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Little Owl’s Art

I have been freaking out a little bit about Little Owl’s art lately. I am so in love with her emerging style.  Here we have an elephant and a kitty cat.  There’s tons more but I know better than to start posting everything.  That way madness lies.


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Today Little Owl and I celebrated by making an altar together. My Grandma and Pa’s favorite candies, sent to Little Owl as part of a Halloween care package by my mama, and photos of the two of them joined pumpkins, candles, and beflowered calaveras.

I wanted to make the altar without the need to purchase anything – I often find it frustrating how consumption-driven children’s crafts are, so this was all about upcycling. Dried flowers from Little Owl’s birthday party and a cut up Shiner Cheer six-pack carton made for some pretty great materials.

We had a wonderful time talking about days long past, remembering stories of family who left this life before Little Owl would remember them or before she was even born. What a beautiful day this is.

Apologizes for the quality of the pics – my current photo editing capabilities are nil, to which I say screw it, I’m posting anyway.

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So, I’ve been wanting to try this for a while.

I made some wind chimes for Little Owl. We painted some tee-ninsy little terra cotta pots together, which by itself was good for about an hour of entertainment. For both of us. I let them dry and just knotted them onto some twine. It took about five minutes total to get them strung on, and it turned out just as I’d hoped. Of course, I didn’t seal the paint so it all washed off in our recent rains – but that just means we get to do it again. Little Owl loves ringing them – it’s just a pleasant little sounds, and she says the faeries really like it.

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Doll has been repaired. I can’t find the before pic I took, but her poor little self was all ripped and stained and worn through. I found her in a box in the top of the closet in my old room on a recent trip home and kind of freaked out a little. I don’t remember her at all but I just love her sweet little face.  And I love how her hair has gotten kind of smooshed into a fauxhawk.

I made a new body for her, following suggestions from Jean, The Artful Parent.

I used an old t-shirt for the body – a knit is definitely a good idea.  I made it a bit bigger than was strictly warranted, so the shoulders are a bit loose.  And the neck is slightly wonky.  But all in all I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.


I always love the ideas Little Owl comes up with for art, and particularly for artistic mediums.  Today she was playing in the kiddie pool, with the little backyard climber’s slide stuck in it so she could slide down into the water.  I found a piece of chalk that had been soaked by the sprinkler and just handed it to her.  She then spent 30 minutes drawing on the slide, erasing, and drawing some more.  She drew individuals, family groups, the dog, all sorts of things.

She also spent most of her shower this evening drawing on the shower wall with finger paint.  We actually do that pretty often.  Fun fun fun.


And today, I finally made my Little Owl her long-awaited sandbox.  She’s been loving them so much at friends’ houses, one of the nearby parks and at her playschool.  And her beloved school is closing.  So it was time for something big, and a sandbox seemed a good idea.  I ransacked the scrap lumber in the garage and came up with leftover planks from the deck and some timbers from the raised garden beds.  IU built it back in a little corner of the yard that was a huge mess when we came in and is now filled with native plants and wildflowers.  Perfect.  We picked up a bunch of sand, but I need to go get more tomorrow.  The tot loves it.  Happy day! 



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I have been working a lot on the front yard, trying to get a bunch of plants in and get it all fixed up cute and, you know, not awful. I am always kind of scared when I’m doing any planting because I hate to chop a worm in two and I’m always afraid I’ll accidentally murder a toad or something. So you can imagine my horror when I turned over a shovel full of mulch and this little fellow came flopping out all chilly and confused.

Poor thing, just trying to hibernate. We hung out for a while and then I made him a pile of mulch and leaves to hide in.

So to make up for it, I finally got around to painting some toad houses with Little Owl. I’d been meaning to do it for months. There’s a ton of information about different ways to do it. In the end I opted for easy – just flip a terra cotta pot upside down and kind of bury it so it’s crooked and the toad can crawl in on one side.

The tot loved painting them and setting them out – now it’s just a question of convincing her not to look under all of them every time we walk past.

I just hope I’ve appeased the toads.

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May Day

To celebrate Beltane, also known as May Day, the tot and I set out a little offering of dried flowers for Lady Spring and the faeries.  (We did this today rather than yesterday, when she was a sick pup.  Lady Spring understands if the festivities need to be rescheduled because of barfing.) We had some dried daffodils on our nature tray, as well as a few dried bluebonnets and lavender blossoms, and I had some eggshells that I had dyed with tea. I was envisioning setting the dried flowers into the shells in little arrangments, but Little Owl had different plans. She crushed up the eggshells and layered them on a little terra cotta tray, then layered the flowers on top. That went under the big flowering bush that shelters her secret reading place. She also scattered the little treasures she found on a recent walk – seed pods, an old wasp nest, a little stick.  A dried leaf, an acorn cap, a blade of grass. A heaven in a wild flower, that is the world for my darling girl.

I love it when she has her own ideas about how she wants to do these little things I plan for us. And I love that she knows exactly where the faeries would like for us to leave their flowers.

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To celebrate Earth Day, we recycled catalogs to make collages.  Good in theory, but I’m not sure how green any craft with that much glitter glue actually is.

It was all very ephemeral, so I didn’t get many pictures. But this I did manage to snap. I was cutting out paper dolls and stuff for my girl, and also decided to quickly cut out some critters.  She loved the puppy and wanted to decorate it.  Here he is in all his glittery glory. 

He got a little smeared but she gave him a sad face and a belly button. What’s not to love?

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