Father’s Day Round-Up


I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I have been BUSY lately! It’s really an answer to prayers so I am not complaining at all. I’ve got my newish job plugging away at the Stationery Company and then I’ve partnered with metta prints making big cardboard things and I’m also now making weekly printables for Alphamom!

So I thought I’d just do a quick round up of all the father’s day posts I’ve been writing lately.

We made some printable tattoos. They turned out super cute. It was a real scramble to find a Dad willing to let me photograph him but thankfully one of Bug’s classmates came through at the eleventh hour. Seriously, we took these photos five minutes before the bell rang at school drop off the morning my post was due. Cah-razy! Good thing those two were photogenic!


We also made some cube cars—a variation on the Daddy Cam


I like this craft because we got to use spray paint. I know spray paint is not really the safest art supply but I like to go rogue once in a while.


I also whipped out a quick colorable card for Dad. That’s always handy for the last minute gift. And if you like that one you might like this one too made by my co-contributing writer, Lindsay Boardman. She always has the best crafts and sometimes we even think alike!


And last but not least I made a quick how-to-tie-a-tie printable in case Dads or Grads needed a little extra help. I know I did. I thought you’d appreciate that the tie I used to photograph the printable was my dad’s from 1972! It was the only tie I had! I think it turned out cute. I’m so thankful that my Dad gave it to me a few years ago. I don’t care how out of style it might be, it will always be special to me.

Round-up at the Kelp Rodeo

kelp wrangler

No, I didn’t actually wrangle any dolphins with my kelp lasso. That would be cool though, wouldn’t it? I was actually just at the beach with Jennui, (a blogger friend from way back). She is visiting from Canada and when she and her husband made some squeamish faces to each other when I stepped on a few kelp pods I couldn’t resist. What’s gross about stepping on kelp? It’s not gross! It’s cool. It pops like bubble wrap and it’s fun to play with.

not my first kelp rodeo

Kelp is amazing. You can play jump rope with it and swing it around your head like an idiot. I love kelp. It doesn’t seem smelly or slimey to me. It smells and feels like the ocean, like a fresh wave of ocean water. Don’t even roll your eyes at me. They sell hair products with less alluring descriptions.


Anyway, I also wanted to use these images as sort of a “round-up” of what is going on with me these days. I really need to get back to blogging every day because now I feel incredibly behind and if I post anything it’s going to take paragraphs and paragraphs of explaining because there’s so much back story! And I have no time for backstorying!

tug tug tug

So whatever. Onwards and upwards.

The biggest news these days is that I’m teaching a water color class for Craft Cabinet on April 12th. I’m terrified. I’m not a teacher. There is a reason I don’t homeschool. But teaching is what I’m going to be doing and to make matters worse they’ve written me a grand-sounding introduction that intimidates even me. I am not an expert at water-coloring!



My plan is to rely heavily on my “perfection is not important” mantra and really show the class how to make some water color messes. Then we’ll let it dry (while I push glasses of wine on any critics) and add some pen and ink on top. We’ll pretty-it-up and call it art. I hope I can do it. I’d say rush over and buy some tickets so that you can cheer me on or make fun of me but I’ve heard they are nearly sold out. Can you believe it?!! So much for my plan to pack the house with my friends. So pray for me! Pray that I am the best water color teacher ever and that I can manage to keep the shakiness out of my voice.

Other news!

messy girls

Last week Bug and I went to Bethany’s. We had a “Messy Art Day” sponsored by The Honest Company so I could write this post. It was such a blast. We played Twister with paint and then did face-painting. We tested out some crazy ideas for an art party that Annalie might be having for her ninth birthday party coming up next month. I can’t wait!!

growly bear

Then we did some crafts for theshiksa.com for Passover. One of the crafts won’t make it on the blog this year but it will probably show its face next year. So check out our painted sedar plate and finger puppets if you are celebrating passover…or you happpen to be a sunday school teacher/homeschooler/crafty parent and you are going over the ten plagues. (Though the Jewish translation says the 4th plague is wild animals. I did illustrate swarms of flies if anyone would prefer some puppets with that translation.)

And that’s it, I think.

I heart kelp

Three cheers for kelp!