Friday, March 11, 2011

When a Mess Means Fun

The mess I'm about to mention seems trivial in comparison to the tragedy of Japan's earthquake. Hundreds of homes lost. Businesses destroyed. 88,000 people missing.

Life has to begin anew.

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Arts & crafts have become the go-to activity in our home. It started with Play Do and crayons and rapidly progressed to all sorts of crafting with an amazing birthday gift with boxes full of art supplies.

We ventured to take out the glue, markers and glitter pens but I feel like I need to wrap my sofas in saran wrap every time they are in use.

Our house is by no means big so the den becomes the craft area with a huge plastic tablecloth spread out on the floor. Luckily most of the markers are washable, and as I learned last night, wipe off our couches quite easily with water.

But there is one plastic bin that I am avoiding, almost hiding, in fact.

It's the one filled with paints. We've got everything we need for Hannah to be the next Creo or Van Gogh (brushes, colours, canvasses, easel) but I am terrified at the thought of opening it up. Yes, she paints at school. But how supervised are her strokes?

Hardwood on the floor, one colour of paint of the wall, furniture that is somewhat scotch guarded...can they withstand her masterpieces?

I guess the only way to find out is to give it a go but I'm letting fear of the mess get in the way. Maybe its an activity thats best to try on the weekend under the supervision of 2 (one to watch, the other to clean).

Hopefully, this weekend's weather will make for plenty of outdoor activities so the only painting we'll potentially be doing is maple syrup on snow.

Happy weekend to all!

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    My name is Jen and I work for the Canadian Red Cross. Thank you for helping to spread the word about how people can donate to our Japan earthquake appeal. We really appreciate it.

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    Thank you for your support!