Tree watercolour

Similar to my last post, here is another watercolour sketch. I tried to capture the energy that I find present in the forest. When I walk there and experience God’s creation, I feel rejuvenated. Again I enjoyed being able to just play. My baby was kind to me and just sat in his baby chair looking up at a balloon that was taped to the ceiling for an hour.

tree watercolour painting

Step 1

tree watercolour painting

Step 2

tree watercolour painting

Step 3

tree watercolour painting

Step 4

tree watercolour painting

Step 5 – dry – it’s always sad how flat watercolour can look once it’s dried. I don’t think it helped that there is raw pigment on my pallette right now.

tree watercolour painting

Step 6 – final – jazzed up with a bit of mixed media.

Great weekend adventures

We had a truly lovely weekend. I enjoyed visiting Squamish, BC and taking photos at Britannia Mine Museum and the Sea to Sky Gondola. The textures and scenery were inspiring for me so I wanted to share them with you creatives. Sunday we hiked bear home so there are a few pictures from that walk as well.

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Cliff watercolour

watercolour palletteI’m kind of excited to be writing a post that is not baby-related! I decided to just pick up my watercolours today and do some “fun” paintings. I find it so much easier to work on art when the pressure is off – I’m not working on a big canvas, but rather what looked like scraps of watercolour paper.

I am inspired by nature, and if you are following me on instagram you will see that I spend a lot of time out in the forest. So today I decided to also paint what inspires me! Below are just some snapshots of the process of painting a mossy cliff landscape.

watercolour process

Step 1

watercolour forest

Step 2 – still wet

watercolour scenery

Step 3 (I think this is just Step 2 after it dried)

mixed media watecolour painting

Step 4 – added more colour and texture with pastels, watercolour pencils, and more paint.

 

Bandana bibs

handmade bandana bibsOne of the fun things about having a baby girl is dressing her up. Luckily there are still some fun things to make for baby boys! I decided to make a few bibs last week for practical reasons, as well as for fun. Here are the ones I made with cloth on hand. Doesn’t baby A look impressed??

bandana wearer green bandanabibs blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ha ha. He tends to look a bit stoic at 2.5 months old. I used a free pattern shared by Lurel White (thank you!). Thanks also to my mom who helped keep the baby happy so I could get this done.

Here are a couple of action shots from my kitchen:

sewing the bibs

Seemed hard to believe these two pieces were going to sew together, but with some patient pinning and ironing, it worked out fine!

sewing

DIY Wooden baby toys

DIY wooden baby toys

Homemade wooden baby toys

For some reason, it’s easier to motivate myself to make crafts like this rather than paint or write. Is this the same for you other artists? There is something freeing or permissible about making something useful.

I had planned on making the wooden teething toys, but found it almost impossible to source wooden rings. I checked local craft stores, home stores, etc. and finally ordered some from the States. My dear husband walked across the border today to fetch them for me, and also drilled holes through the rest of my wooden balls.

2 month old milestone babyAt two months old, our baby’s favourite toy is “jingle bird” which he likes because of the light bells. I suppose these bells are not baby safe, but at this point he is not putting things in his mouth.

For the teethers, I followed another person’s idea from pinterest and sewed 2.5″ wide strips of cloth together. I made mine about 12 inches long.

The toy in the middle is sure to be a hit in about a month – the baby should enjoy moving the ring along the beads. I oiled all the wood with a food safe oil we use on our bamboo cutting board. The beads are strung together on a leather cord.

The yarn toy is also on leather cord, and is more to look at on his toy bar or to feel the yarn. I remember reading in the Dr. Sears baby book that little yarn puffs are interesting for babies to play with.

Hopefully my next post will relate to some non-baby art.

Read about my other recent baby crafts:

Baby gym

Toys for baby gym

DIY baby gym

homemade baby gymMy husband found time to put together the frame for the baby gym, just in time to catch our baby being interested in playing at 6 weeks old. I wanted a simple wooden frame high enough for the toy straps that we could put in our living room, and that could be folded up when not needed.

homemade baby toys

A few toys I made.

Somehow I found time to make a few toys after the toy straps I last posted about. The soft blocks took the most time. My older kids each helped make those, as well as the yarn things. My baby likes “jingle bird” a lot, and he loves looking at the felt triangles.

baby playing homemade baby gym

Action shot

cute baby playing

 

Getting crafty: baby gym

toy straps DIY

We got rid of all our baby stuff a few years ago. We had essentially decided we were done with having kids, and I realized it wouldn’t be that hard to get new baby stuff. In fact we found most of what we needed again frugally. But now that Asher is six weeks old, he’s starting to wake up to the world, look around, and will soon want to play. I thought I’d make a simple baby gym. I didn’t want to buy one, or have a plastic or flimsy one. After taking a quick spin around pinterest, I had a page full of sketches of what I wanted to make. While I wait for Curtis to make the frame, I got started on the toys.

Fabric tubes in progress

Fabric tubes in progress

 

Actually, these stretchy toy holders that I saw here. At first glance, I thought, “Nah, that doesn’t look very fun or worth my time.” Then I decided to make them anyway. In conclusion, it took me two days to make them (of course between baby care and grocery shopping and playing dominoes and reading with the older kids).

Fact: reversing a narrow strip of cloth that you’ve sewn inside out is really hard.

Fact: getting a safety pin off a piece of elastic that is 5 inches from the end of a cloth tube is really hard.

Fact: Figuring out snaps is one of those things that for some reason confuses me.

But in the end, “Ta-da!” – plus, I got to teach my 7-year-old daughter how to use the sewing machine, which she is thrilled about.

Middle strap after elastic was added.

Middle strap after elastic was added.