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in the studio :: village store photography

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! Is it already August? I feel like these past few months have flown by. I don’t really mind that August is here, because that means my birthday is right around the corner, and I do love birthdays.

models

On to the topic of this blog post…what’s been in my studio. It’s quite exciting actually. Several of you have emailed or commented asking about being able to buy products made by our Village Store artists. Thank you SO MUCH for your support and desire to bring HOPE by purchasing these handmade items!

Purses1

Purses2

I recently did a photo shoot so that I would have handy dandy photos to put on our store website. Aren’t the purses beautiful? Thank you so much, ladies, for your modeling loveliness however, I think the little one takes the cake on cuteness.

bib model

cute model

Unfortunately he doesn’t come with the bibs, but he sure makes them look good, doesn’t he? After getting permission from his parents, I asked him, “Is it okay if we do a photo shoot?” He said, “Yeah, it’s okay. Shoot me!” (FYI…all the kids here in S. Africa refer to photo taking as shooting.)

Currently we have purses, bibs, keychains, and our Ten Thousand Homes t-shirts available in our online store. In a couple of weeks, we’ll have Christmas ornaments! I can’t wait to show you. They are fantastic! Gloria and Kenneth are our current artists whose work is featured in the store. Your purchase helps support them as well as the work Ten Thousand Homes does with orphaned and vulnerable children.

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

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in the studio :: crafting for america

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! So I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about how Independence Day holds special memories for me. That was undoubtedly why my 4th of July crafting list was a bit long. I’m happy to say that the crafts I really, really wanted to do, we were able to do. They seriously proved great fun for all the kids (American and non-American) during their Winter break from school.

american flag banner

I’m so glad I had Jeremy pick up a few special craft items during his quick trip to the states. Jumbo popsicle sticks, and red, white, and blue duct tape…I mean what would we have done without them? The kids loved making these easy popsicle stick American flags. I loved the cute banner that made up all of these wonderful flags. Isn’t it fabulous?

american flags

The other craft I really wanted to make was a Patriotic Robot otherwise known as a Patri-botic, because honestly, what would Independence Day be without a robot dressed in red, white, and blue? We filled his body with star shaped sugar cookies and jam thumbprints. Yummy, although forgotten in the midst of sparklers and s’more roasting. Oops!

sugar cookies

patribotic

I hope your Independence Day celebrations were lovely. I’ll have more photos of our celebrating America’s freedom an ocean away next week!

{Craft ideas are from my Today’s Mama Independence Day crafting roundup.}

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

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in the studio :: yarn balls



Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! So I’ve already started thinking about 4th of July. Growing up, Independence Day was a fun, all-day event in our little town. The past several years, it seems that I am out of the USA more often than I’m in the USA on 4th of July. It’s so weird to celebrate America’s independence on a Winter’s night across the ocean in S. Africa, but we do it every.single.year. As I was putting together an Independence Day Crafting roundup for Today’s Mama, I got inspired and started making a rather long crafting list to make our festivities even more special. I don’t know if I will get to everything on the list. It does make for some fun home school art projects!

yarn, glue, & a balloon


We’ve done yarn balls before, so I thought we would do some 4th of July ones. A quick check into my yarn stash revealed several shades of red, white, and blue that would be a perfect addition to any food table decor. I love how they turned out, reflecting everyone’s personality. Here’s how we made ours!

making yarn balls


4th of July Yarn Balls


1. Blow up a small round balloon and place it on a bowl.

2. Cut 6 in. strips of red, white, and blue yarn.


3. Put glue in a bowl. Dip strips of yarn into glue and place around balloon.


4. Let dry 24 hours and then pop the balloon. Voila!

yarn balls

With all the talk about Independence Day, Emma Grace had a very important question she posed, “When is the 4th of July?” she asked. Well, my love, that would be on July 4th. In case you were also wondering, the curiosity is over now. [Smile.]




Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

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simple ideas to show love and appreciation

chocolate box

I like putting thought into gifts I give…especially ones to important people in my life and my kid’s lives. Why? Because people are valuable. Jesus says so, and I believe Him. 

May is a perfect month to show others value through gift giving. As the school year comes to a close, it’s a great time to say, “Thank you,” to the teachers who have invested into our kids lives. Then there’s Mother’s Day! Those very important mamas and grandmothers deserve to know just how much we love them.

Read about some of my tips and ideas to show appreciation over at Tommy Nelson!

Crafts Home Schooling Kids

happy earth day

happy earth day!

Well, today is Earth Day. It’s really not even talked about here in S. Africa. At least I haven’t heard anything. I do value recycling and repurposing, though. I think it’s the good steward in me.

earth day banner

In honor of Earth Day, the kids and I made Earths last week for Science. They were so easy and so fun. They were also quick which meant it was easy to turn out lots to make an Earth Day banner! To make your own super easy Earths, here’s what you’ll need…

jman painting earth

Supplies

round coffee filters
paintbrushes
blue and green food coloring
water

eg painting earth

Method

1. Drop several drops of food coloring into cups of water and stir.

2. Take your coffee filter, dip your paintbrush into the food coloring mixture, and paint away!

Idea inspired by No Time For Flash Cards.