Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Crafty mamas

I have been thinking for a while about how I want to get more crafty with Iris. Even though I consider myself a creative person (well, at least I used to be before children!), I have such a mental block when it comes to figuring out arts and crafts for us to do. I have the usual Play-Doh, paints, crayons and markers, but that's about where the artistry ends at our home. A couple of weeks ago Iris and I (with a tiny bit of help from friends) made a neat Thanksgiving wreath, but I even had to go purchase some glue to put it together. Yeah, my crafting supplies are dismal. I don't even really know where to buy crafting supplies. I just got paint at the local toy store, but I'm thinking that's not the cheapest place in the world to buy supplies. Sigh.

So I recently discovered a couple of blogs about mamas who are also crafty. I don't need to overwhelm myself with crafting blogs or websites (at least not right at this point!) but I love knowing that other mamas have time and energy to be crafty and to see what is really going on in their world. The Rowdy Pea and The Weekend Warrior are both inspiring to me. Wander around both of their blogs a little bit and see what they have been working on. It's especially nice that they both have LOTS of photos on their blogs (something I should really work on, as well!).

I also have had this crazy idea lately, another business idea (Melissa, my partner in crime, you reading this?!?!) is to start a small child's crafting/art studio. A place for mamas like me to bring their wee ones to work on art projects and not have it have to take over their whole home or worry about the mess. It would be specifically geared towards little ones, like under five maybe? Those who aren't in school yet and might not have access to these things in a school environment. I bet there are alot of mamas out there who, like me, want to get in to stuff but A) don't have the room, B) don't like huge messes (and what fun is doing art without the mess?!?!) and C) are daunted by the cost of buying/storing art supplies and not really knowing what to do with them. If there was a special art studio that parents could just drop in whenever (so not like a structured class) and work on an art project and have everything provided so the child gets the experience and they can have a ton of fun then go home with a finished project! I wish I lived in a big enough home to have people over to do something like this.

I just need to get off my butt and get some supplies built up here at home for the girls. What are those of you who are crafty doing with your kids? Where do you get supplies? Where in your home do you have room for it all?

4 comments:

  1. I'm with you on wishing I did more crafty stuff with my little ones. I do some stuff, but jeez is it hectic with two of them and an apartment I'm afraid of staining. Thanks for sharing those two crafty blogs.

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  2. Oh that is such a wonderful idea. What a dream come true to have an art space for young children. And you could have lots of resources for the parents about doing art with children and bins and bins of supplies. And big, bright spaces for creating and a nice lady in a paint-splattered apron in charge of it all. *sigh* I think I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  3. I would definitely go to a place like that! Wow! What a brilliant idea! I have three crayons so far for the Kidlet. That's it. Clearly I am someone in need of crafting work as well... at what age does one start crafty stuff with kids??? I'm clueless!

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  4. Target is not a bad place to start for art supplies, and Michael's or A.C. Moore have the more advanced crafty supplies. We do the same typical stuff-paint, markers, crayons, stamps. The kids also like to make collages-I cut shapes out of construction paper and then they use paint brushes in a little regular white glue, or glue sticks, to glue the shapes onto the paper. At this age, I feel like it's the process, not the product, that's important. Other good things to help contain the mess are lots of newspaper, and paper plates-they make great paint palettes, and when you're done, just throw them away.

    A site I like for crafts is www.enchantedlearning.com. It's a homeschool site, but it has loads and loads of resources and printables-it costs $20 a year to join, but you could do a different craft everyday for a year.

    My dream is to have an art room in the basement, but since that's not going to happen, I've recently moved all our art supplies into one of the kitchen cupboards, and we do our crafts at the kitchen table.

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