Today is the final day to vote in the Parents Best Craft for Kids Blog competition so this will be my last post asking for your vote :) Thank you so much to everyone who has already voted for me! I still need some more votes so if you haven't voted but were planning to could you spare a few minutes today to vote for The Crafty Crow? A heartfelt thank you to everyone for your support!
There's only a few more days to vote in the Parents Best Craft for Kids Blog competition and I really need your vote. I know it's a pain and I hate to beg because I know you have to register to vote and all and no one likes to have to do that but if you can take a few minutes to support my efforts here I would really really appreciate it. I haven't posted about it too much because I hate to bother you with it and, frankly, it's embarassing - I know you come here to get craft ideas and not to be bugged about voting in some competition. But, it would mean so much to me so please consider taking the time to vote for The Crafty Crow. Thank you, thank you!!
I hope you enjoy all the great art and craft projects that I feature here on The Crafty Crow and if you do, would you consider voting for me over at Parents.com in the Best Craft for Kids category? I would really appreciate it! Thank you so much!
Today I am introducing a new series on The Crafty Crow - it's called Meet The Artist and it's an online children's art gallery! If you have a child that is interested in having their artwork featured and sharing a bit about themselves on The Crafty Crow then please click here to read all the details. This will be ongoing and you can always find the information under Pages>Meet The Artist in the right-hand column.
My first contributors are the twin daughters of Helen at Curly Birds and I am thrilled to introduce you to them!
Meet the Artist: Nola!
"ice cream person" 9" x 12" candle and watercolor paints on watercolor paper
What is your name? Nola
What country do you live in? USA
How old are you? 4¾
Tell me about your artwork. I scribbled with the candle and I couldn't really see it. I painted and magically it made a beautiful picture. And then I could see the picture a lot better. Is it an ice cream person.
Did you learn anything while doing this artwork? That wax makes a beautiful picture.
What kind of art are you going to try next? Make a little baby picture.
What are your favorite colors? blue and pink
What are your hobbies? rock climbing, playing in my sandbox, and I like to sew
Do you have any pets? Maxi and Dave (cats)
Thank you Nola!
Meet The Artist: Kira!
"dream picture" 8.5" x 11" paper and marker
What is your name? Kira
What country do you live in? USA
How old are you? 4¾
Tell me about your artwork. The picture is a dream of mine that I saw that I watched in my bed. I loved it. I did circles and a rectangle and dots and tiny circles. It is a dot project.
What is your favorite medium to work with? Paint, markers, crayons, and felt. I like felt to make things. I sew really well.
Do you have any favorite artists? The artists at the art museum.
What kind of art are you going to try next? I'm going to draw a picture of a person jumping over a jump rope. And then I'm going to paint it.
What are your favorite colors? purple
What are your hobbies? swimming, rock climbing, making books and playing
There's a new blog competition going on at Parents.com and I am thrilled to be nominated along with so many other wonderful blogs. If you would take a few minutes and consider voting for The Crafty Crow in the Best Craft for Kids category I would very much appreciate it!
Be sure to visit The Magnifying Glass this week (and everyday!) for their Earth Week celebration! The Magnifying Glass is an online nature journal written by a wonderful group of contributors that have a special love for the natural world. They always have something interesting to share - crafts, activities, science experiments, book reviews and interviews.
I was asked for an interview this week and there isn't any other day of the year that I would rather be associated with than Earth Day so it was an honor! One of the the interview questions was what are some of my favorite wild places on Earth. Click on over to see my answers and in the comments I would love to hear your answers as well!
The kids at Se7en made all these crow pictures for my 3rd anniversary - aren't they wonderful?! I have posted the collection over at Facebook and I thought if any one else wants to send in their child's picture of a crow I'd love to add it in. This will be ongoing so anytime you're ready, send it over!
I just realized last night that today is The Crafty Crow's third anniversary! Honestly, it feels longer than that but probably because I’ve been blogging for six years so I wanted to share a few thoughts with you and I hope you will indulge me :)
One of the things that I am becoming more and more aware of the longer I blog is the issue of information overload. I adore the internet, I really do - I am still constantly amazed at the information that it can provide without ever leaving your home and for an introvert like me it's a wonderful thing! As a kid, if I needed to know something I really only had two or three resources for an answer - my parents, books (at home or the library), and teachers. Basically, if my parents didn't know the answer then I pulled out our encyclopedias and looked it up. If the answer wasn't there then, well, that was that. Now, finding out the answer to something isn't a problem at all, the problem is that there are too many answers and weeding through the good and the bad information becomes all-consuming. I have many interests and am continually trying to educate myself on a variety of topics but with so much information my head sometimes feels like it is going to spin off my neck like a top! My reason for telling you this is that when you visit here I hope not to add to your information overload. I don't want you to feel overwhelmed each day with a ton of ideas and if you're like me, inadequate, in not being able to do more, more! more!! I try to post ideas that are simple yet creative, doable by beginners, enjoyable for everyone, and inexpensive. I love for you to be able to make use of recyclables and natural items and find the joy in crafting and creating with your children even if you don’t have much space or experience. I try to post a variety of projects that will appeal to all ages and interests, and while I make an effort not to post too many similar crafts I adore seeing a new spin on an old favorite. There are thousands of ideas in the archives and I hope you will explore them when you are looking for a new project to try.
Everyday I am grateful to be a part of the arts and crafts blogging community and it has brought opportunities that I never dreamed possible. When I became a single mom I wanted to be able to continue homeschooling and spending as much time as possible with my kids, so trying to generate an income by working online became a very exciting option. Did I know anything about blogging, graphic design, html, digital photography, social media, online marketing, advertising? Uh uh. Nothing. No technological education or experience whatsoever because, yes, I am that old. But, I read and researched and experimented and I’m still here, six years later, blogging, with a reasonable amount of knowledge in those areas that lets me do what I want to do. I have exciting things on the horizon that always present a new learning curve but that’s life isn’t it? At the same time, not a day goes by where I don't feel stretched to the limit and disappointed that I wasn't able to do more. Not a day. My kids are growing faster than I'm comfortable with and the bittersweet feelings that accompany that remind me that my time with them is fleeting and precious so I am evermore conscious of making that time a priority. I do the best I can to balance it all but invariably something slips and I’m afraid one of those things is communicating with you. It pains me not to be able to respond to all of your emails, to leave comments on your lovely blogs, to update Facebook and Twitter and participate in the larger crafting community but I do read everything and cherish your comments and thoughts and I hope you know that.
The older I get I realize that I only have so much time in my day to offer and as much as I'd like to believe that I'm stretching time it really just snaps back to get me later on mentally or physically. I am still working on the art of balance and that is as much learning what you can do as what you can’t. If you feel the same way I hope you will work on finding balance too.
Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to read this and every moment you spend here on The Crafty Crow and communicating with me. And, as always, I would love to know what you would like to see more of in the future or ways that I can make The Crafty Crow the first stop in your crafting adventures.