Monday, April 30, 2012

Paper Mache Puppets

We worked long and hard on our puppets in art club today. First, the kids did sketches of their ideas. Then we balled up some newspaper and used masking tape to attach it to sticks we found outside:
 Then we made ears and other features (also with newspaper and tape):
This kindergartener initially sketched a short-beaked bird, but decided to go with a more exaggerated beak once he started putting it all together:
After we made armatures out of newspaper and tape, we got out the paper mache. Here is a dog puppet with a couple layers of paper mache:
 And a stoic deer:
 And a silly bunny:
 And a happy panda bear:
 And a precious unicorn:
And a mythical dragon:
And a long-beaked bird:
Next week we'll paint them. I kind of can't wait. The kids are totally awesome, as evidenced by 8 year old Ellen's rad outfit:
Click here to see the kids' finished puppets!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Successful Saturday

Carrie and I went garage sale-ing and to duke gardens, where we met a tiny puppy and bought some plants.
Then we worked on a paper mache project while Eli cooked chili. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I counted all of the good things you are

 Although we've been engaged for a good while, we finally had some "engagement" photos taken a few weeks ago when we were in Wisconsin by the very fun and talented Nikki Nischke.
We got such a gorgeous day - the woods were glowing and the lake was a rich mirrored blue.  We've been pretty lucky.

Odd Couple

Here is a very happy Darby hanging out with her giant new friend, the aptly named Titus.

Monday, April 23, 2012

DIYing our invitations, Part 2: Assembling, Stamping, Stuffing, Sealing

Here is the last bit of preparation before we sent our invitations off for their journey through US postal service. For our 5.5"x8.5" invitations, we ordered these awesome 6"x9" craft paper envelopes with neat little string ties for 40 cents each. 
For the reply cards, I ordered a combination of smaller "apricot" and "grenadine" envelopes for 20 cents each.
 I also ordered a self-address stamp, which cost about $45 but was awesome in saving us from writing our address 200 times on the inner and outer envelopes.
Once everything was stamped and dry, I assembled all the pieces together while Eli addressed envelopes (this was his responsibility because of his exceptionally lovely handwriting).
 
Then it was off to the post office to get a million stamps, which turned out to be the biggest invitation related expense at $60. I liked that these ones were colorful and folky.
So there you have it, our homemade invites for about 2 bucks each including postage.
 Here they are all stamped and sealed and ready to travel! 

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