Thursday, August 5, 2010

YOU:create ... Week 4

Boy, did I have fun with this week’s project.

This week, I facilitated the creativity of little people. :)

When the Hayward’s came to visit [my friend Susie aptly named them the Shan Clan] I honestly spent most of my time with them in bed. My stomach has been less than cooperative with me, but late Friday I got some new anti-nausea meds that allowed me to be up and around a bit more on Saturday.

Their last day here.

Needless to say, I tried to cram a lot of fun into that one afternoon. And since the Shan Clan is a homeschooling bunch, I took it upon myself to contribute [as every good family member should] and declared myself the art teacher.

God knows I wasn’t going to be teaching them math.

Anyway, I had some eager little helpers as I pulled out paints and brushes and canvases, and declared that we were going to paint artwork for their school room back home.


I mean, people. Have you ever seen such cuteness in your life?


Little Yodi went straight to work with colors and squares and dots. At one point I commented that it was a lovely door, and she explained it was a light. And I thought it was a lovely light, until she changed her mind and decided it was an excellent door.


Rule number one in art class: Be flexible in the creative process.



My Nie Nie made a gorgeous canvas with the word that she wrote repeatedly in her art all week long.


A girl after my own heart, she is. And she was such a joy to have around I thought it was fitting of her sweet self.


They each made two canvases to take back home, and then my artful, thoughtful Nie Nie set to work on another.




This one she left for me.


We took it around the house to decide where it should hang, and discovered that the colors worked perfectly with the canvas I made a few weeks ago...


And with words like “You Rock” and “I Love You”, “You are Awesome” and “You are a Joy” written all around the edges, I figured it was perfect to have reflected in the mirror for my self affirmations every morning. :)


Now, because I know I promised to make something myself each week, I did put together this little frame of photos to remember their trip. It’s probably the least creative thing I’ve ever made, but it’s full of love and happy memories.


And should you ever doubt my sincerity about how meaningful this visit was to me, just take note that I chose to display photos. Of myself. Swollen from steroids. If I love memories more than I hate my neck, you know it’s pretty darn phenomenal! :)

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I can’t wait to see what you guys came up with! Just click below and follow the instructions to link to your project. When it asks you to choose the web or a file for your thumbnail, choose web. Then it will take you to a list of the images on the page you are linking to and you’ll be able to choose a photo to represent your project.

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