My kids are a lot like their parents- they were born with the creativity gene. My mother-in-law is quite the artist- the sews, gardens, paints, creates beautiful rugs, and much more. My husband is equally as talented. Their artwork is more of the "serious" style (painted china, rich tapestries, etc), while mine is usually more playful- cartoony doodles, silly poems, contemporary paintings. My mother-in-law and my husband will spend weeks, months, and even years completing their art, while I normally don't create anything I can't finish in a couple hours- at most, a couple days.
My art is a release- it's important to me- whether it's a doodle, a song scribbled on the back of a piece of junk mail, or a painting slapped onto canvas. When I was a kid, especially in my preteen and teen years, I spent a lot of time writing poetry, filling sketchbooks with drawings, and painting whatever came to mind. My days were filled with these sort of things, and they always reflected what I was feeling at the time.
It's no wonder my children are so drawn to art. They are always asking to do a "project", and love when we venture out to Michael's or Hobby Lobby.
We do a good bit of Mommy-made crafts and spur of the moment things, but the kids love the little cheap projects that we snag here and there. I like to keep stocked up because there are times when I need something to keep them busy while I get things done around the house. I've been collecting little projects for when the baby arrives as well, and soon I'm going to get started on setting up my own set of project bags for them. I want to stock pile so they'll have plenty to do and keep them upbeat when Mommy can't give them all the attention they desire because the baby needs feeding or diaper changing or... Mommy needs a nap! :)
Here's some photos of the loot we recently grabbed from Michael's. (They were putting in new inventory which means MAJOR CLEARANCE!)
Four bins of stuff- plus five frames for displaying more of their artwork around the house.
What was in the bins. All sorts of good stuff- crosses to paint, wooden spoons to make dolls, tiles to decorate, mini canvases to paint, beads to make cute safari necklaces, sponge "bugs" to grow, stamps to make cards for friends, mugs to decorate, and so much more! RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP!
A view of the kids' game and project closet. (There's a couple more boxes elsewhere.. but this is most of it.)
And, how about a snapshot of my cuties and me to close this post out?
I'll post photos of the "Mommy-made" craft bags when I get them done! I know I always love some quick craft-spiration!