Friday, November 22, 2013

Adorable Fall Owl Craft


How cute is this little guy? It's perfect for a quick fall project, right? Thanksgiving break is coming next week in the states and this owl craft would be perfect to do with your kids, family, or grand kids. 

My daughter came home from school last week and wanted to teach her brother and I an art project they had done at school. She was super excited to show us! 
I have to give all the credit to her and her fabulous teachers. :) 
It is super easy and loads of fun.
Here's what she had us do....

Gather supplies:
pine cones
cotton balls
googly eyes
yellow round stickers
construction paper 

First, break the cotton balls apart into smaller pieces and begin stuffing them into the spaces in the cones. We didn't use glue for this. The cotton stays tucked nicely inside. I am sure you could use glue, but it is not necessary. 

After the owl is fluffed up, decide which side in going to be the front. Now, use the glue to attach two whole cotton balls to the top portion of the cone for the base of the eyes. Place a round yellow sticker in the center of each cotton ball. Then, on top of that glue a googly eye. Repeat for the other eye. 

 Using some yellow paper cut out a small folded beak and glue between the eyes. The final step is to glue a feather on each side for the wings. We just put a little bit of glue on the end of the feather and stuck it into the pine cone. There are lots of different variations that can be done for the wings! My kids wanted their owl to have brightly colored wings. :)

That's it! Your adorable owl is finished and ready for display.
SO cute!

Happy Creating,

Monday, November 18, 2013

Gratitude Jar - mambi Design Team Project

Hi all!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. :)
I had a creative weekend...painting, scrapping, and crafting away. Thanksgiving will be here in no time and I have a super fun, easy DIY project up on the me & my BIG ideas blog today.
It would be a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving day and d├ęcor. Come read all about it

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gratitude Journal - 14 Days of an Art Journal

Happy almost middle of November! Can you believe that!? I know I can't. There is so much to many lists of things to cross off. But, lately with so many crazy things going on around me, I have an urge to get quiet, simplify, cherish moments, cling to the true blessings, and hunt down every bit of gratitude in me.

 With 14 days counting down until Thanksgiving, I thought I would challenge myself to reflect on these with a journal spread each day. A creative gratitude journal is exactly what I need right now. I don't want to burden myself with expectations or have a certain way it needs to look. One day I may paint...the next write & doodle...and the next scrapbook. I am going to go with whatever I am feeling that day. Yes! I like the way that sounds. Do you keep a gratitude journal or something like it?

I am going to kick off my little challenge with sharing a few journal pages that I have been working on. I am still trying to finish up my current art journal so I can begin another! Geesh, it is taking a long time, lol.

This page came together SO quickly. I had a bunch of paint already spread randomly around the page. (Probably a page used to wipe excess paint off from other pieces. Many of my pages start like that.) Then as I passed the page sitting on my table one day, I just grabbed a brush with some black acrylic paint and made simple flowers. After several layers of more paint, washi tape, white pen, and Faber-Castell PITT pens, I really wanted some words. These words from a me & my BIG ideas 3x4 Specialty Cards were perfect. I just cut them up, glued them down, and wrote my own words to finish it off. It says, "Dance like no one is watching, Love fiercely, Sing loud, and pray always.

Here is another page I am working on. It started much the same as the other. It is a work in progress, but I love how it has begun.
 Feeling blessed...beyond measure... :)

I'll be back to share more pages of gratitude. Let me know if you are sharing somewhere too, so I can come by for a visit. I love visiting new blogs or Instagram feeds. Come follow me on instagram too @sadieinspired.

May your week be filled with color, blessings, and tons of creative mojo!