Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Thankful For The Day...

Thankful For The Day

by Catherine Pulsifer

Once a year, every year it comes
Marching in drum by drum.
One year ends and another begins
Often time it brings a grin.

Some people are glad to see the old year go
But others feel time has gone to slow.
Some people wish time would stand still
But a thought like that gives me a chill.

You see an opportunity exists each year
To help others and bring good cheer.
Our attitude towards our time
Can be worth a dollar or just a dime.

This coming year live each day
Keep negative thoughts at bay.
Life is too short to live with regrets
Life is too short to live with big debts.

Appreciate and be content
Do not spend your time in lament.
Awake each day and always pray
Be thankful for another day.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Nutcracker & Angel Ornaments

An invitation... behind the scenes! 


Welcome to my creative mess. 

The beginning layers. 

Putting the final touches on these wonderful art pieces.

Next up, angel ornaments. 

I couldn't image Christmas without creating a few. 


If you haven't had a chance to see/shop for these
"limited addition"  ornaments, here is the link to my Studio Gallery.


Saturday, December 18, 2021

Ho Ho Ho

 Santa has arrived!!
Well, in craft form anyways. 

Our Holiday Program is in full swing for 

my grade-school kiddos. 

Excitement fills the classroom… 

as many know it is ONLY a short time before 

Santa arrives to fulfill their Christmas wishes. 

Kiddos were very eager to dive right into 
the art project, crafting a Santa. 
Many giggles surrounded the art table… 
Once kiddos started gluing down their handprints 
for Santa’s beard!

What a magical time. 

After writing/structuring a curriculum 
that implements a “theme” like this one. 
I go back and organizing (in thoughts) 
“how” this will be orchestrated in the classroom. 
In my mind… 
I might be thinking, “this is an amazing program!” 
Yet, it MUST contain a continuous flow of activities 
with open ended projects, and minimal prep/cleanup. 
A lot of “behind the scenes” takes place 
before the program is finalized. 
There are some projects/activities that just don’t make it. Budget plays a HUGE factor in this decision.
Adequate staff.
Time limitations. 
These are just a few, to give you a general idea. 

At the end of the day… 
A “successful” program is the greatest reward!!

Friday, December 17, 2021

Paper-Towel Christmas Tree


Just a few simple supplies can turn…
“ordinary” craft into an “extraordinary” craft! 

There is just something so “magical” about the process!

Card-stock paper 
Christmas tree (template)
Paper towel roll
Scrap painted paper (cut small circles)
Acrylic paints 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Paper Plate Angels

Celebrating the season.
Kiddos in our after-school program
had a BLAST crafting these angels! 
I just adore how unique each angel is.
It always amazes me… 
even when the same materials are use to create with, 
no two are alike. 

Paper plate
Sharpie (black)
Oil pastels
Paint (tempera)
Glitter glue 

Monday, December 6, 2021

The Aha Moment…

After countless “ugly” painted pages,
forcing myself to paint “loose”
 and working outside my comfort zone… 
It happened. 
Grabbed ahold of several colored-soft-pencils,
sketched a subject I thought was delightful,
and began to paint. 
Paint, play, feel free, and relax. 
Mentoring that inner voice… 
“Doesn’t have to be perfect.” 
“Just play and relax your movements.”
“Not everything about the subject needs details.”
“Be suggestive.”  
The AHA moment arrived!!
Such pure joy and excitement 
about painting this page occurred. 
It might not be the most amazing “still life” painting anyone has laid their eyes on… I agree. 
What makes this painting amazing? 
It holds my AHA moment. 
It symbolizes “trusting the process”. 
However looooong it takes. It will come. 

Friday, December 3, 2021

Fruitcake Fringy!

 Christmas Fruitcake Art Project

In today’s world
these kiddos did not have a clue what a fruitcake is…
Matter of fact, none have ever experienced eating one. 
 I thought “tis the season for fruitcake!” 
Christmas is a perfect time of the year.
For this art project, I had a small discussion on 
“The History Of Fruitcake”. 
Then away we when to the drawing tables 
to create a delightful fruitcake. 

Drawing paper 
Sharpie (black)
Oil pastel (brown)
Markers (red, green, yellow, pink)