Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away and my daughter is loving all of the hearts. She has been making sweet Valentine’s every chance that she gets. She even learned to spell and write the word love on her own. It is wonderful to get love messages from my little girl now.
‘Up on the House Top’ was one of my favorite Christmas songs growing up. After playing it repeatedly the other day, we were inspired to make a few roof top art projects and a craft.
As you know, we are staying with my husband’s aunt as we await the completion of our home. There is a sweet 2-year-old that lives with her & my daughter & her have become two peas in a pod. My daughter has been taking on a big sister role. She has been trying to teach and at times gets a little bossy, but it is adorable to watch. They spend a lot of time drawing and reading together & I spend a lot of time doing both with them as well. Every time they draw together my little one always asks her friend “What are you drawing?” The answer is usually the same “a house”. She loves to draw houses.
Houses are fun & easy to make and with the holiday season approaching, when I think houses, I think gingerbread.
The idea was that I wanted the girls to make gingerbread house ornaments out of Popsicle sticks. My first design I liked, but it was more time-consuming than what I had wanted for a simple craft & I did not want to repeat it several times.
I made these simpler houses instead.
I asked the girls what color they wanted their houses.
I cut squares out of construction paper in the color of their choice & glued Popsicle sticks around them like shown.
I cut out a triangle for a roof & lined the sides with sticks as well.
I glued the square over the triangle as shown.
I glued a loop of yarn around the back of each for hanging. When all the glue was dry. I gave both children their houses & let them decorate. They used buttons & markers.
They both made lovely ornaments.
My daughter wanted to hang hers right away. We do have a tree yet, but we hung it on the door knob for her.
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We have been reading a lot of books lately. On Sunday, I felt like we read about a hundred of them, though in actuality it was probable only about 5 or 6. In one of the books or magazines that we read together, there was a lovely illustration of children looking out the window. I love crafts in windows & I thought that a simple winter scene with the silhouette of children looking out would be a cute one.
I am often asked about the emphasis I put on arts & crafts in our home. I get teased by friends and family about the abundance of craft supplies & projects all over the house. I get poked at that I must have too much time on my hands. I know that some do not understand it, but art is a huge part of my life & something that I am happy that I can share with my daughter. There are many reasons that I craft with her, but the main one is the great talks that we have while working on our projects together. I love watching what she can do & I love watching her creativity blossom, but mostly I love our bonding time. The best conversations we have are during these times. Last night was no different. She dug through my craft bin & pulled out Popsicle sticks and asked if we could paint them. I of course, said yes.