Tags: Thanksgiving, weekly photo challenge
This week’s photo challenge theme is Thankful. We’re spending the holiday in Kansas City and the weather was gorgeous yesterday. I am thankful for beautiful days, my family, and being able to capture it all with my new camera lens.
Tags: autumn, fall, leaves, Thanksgiving
Tags: kansas city, Thanksgiving
We had a great time visiting Grandma and Grandpa in KC – well, Jason and Jenna did. Joe and I spent the weekend playing tourists in my old hometown. Here are just a few of the sites we visited:
An early morning visit to Union Station
The new Kauffman Performing Arts Center
The Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
S’mores night at the museum
Dinner at the Webster House, which was once a school
Tags: children's craft, fall, Thanksgiving
Jenna and I made a leaf garland this weekend using leaves we collected in our neighborhood. Here’s how we made it:
We painted the leaves with Modge Podge, let them dry and then flattened them overnight in a book.
The next morning, we painted them gold. This was definitely Jenna’s favorite part. We used a children’s metallic gold tempera paint that was really lightweight and didn’t cover the natural colors of the leaves.
Once the leaves were dry, we arranged them on a piece of twine.
And then we taped the backs of the leaves to the twine.
And then we placed the garland on our fireplace. All done.
I think I was in a recycling mood today. I’ve been holding on to the recent Crewcuts and DWR catalogues with the idea that I would think up something crafty to do with them, and then I came across this great post on making kirigami leaves. They are much like snowflakes, which I also love making.
First, I cut the leaf snowflakes using the templates in the kirigami post and I glued them, along with some individual leaves, to sides of a paper bag that I cut into two pieces.
Next, I let Jenna paint the bags with shimmer tempera paint that I found at Michael’s recently. I mixed the red and orange together to create a bronzish color. And last, we added the word ‘Happy’ to each, creating pictures with built-in handles for hanging. We’ll be taking these to Grandma and Grandpa’s house as a Thanksgiving gift.