Jesus and the Angry Babies

Every once in a while, my husband and I join a few local artists at a drawing group that meets every Friday morning on the campus of Brigham Young University (BYU).  It’s a nice little creative getaway from our kids; plus, we get to mingle with some of our favorite Utah artists: Caitlin Connolly, Fidalis Buehler, and Brian Kershisnik, to name a few (all of whom, by the way, are incredibly down-to-earth people with extraordinary artistic talent).

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After teaching Brian and Caitlin how to fold paper boats (thanks to paper boat folding knowledge I had gleaned from a Curious George book I had read with my daughter a few weeks ago – long story), our little artists group enjoyed a fine lunch at nearby Mountain West Burrito (I LOVED my veggie burrito – excellent fare – I highly recommend it).

Later that day, I was perusing Brian’s website and found some gems.  I love how he captures moments of life and motherhood in his art.  This is one of my favorites, “Jesus and the Angry Babies”.  Because babies will be babies, no matter who is holding them.  And also, sometimes you just want to toss your children onto someone else, especially when those children are driving you crazy with their antics or annoying each other to no end or throwing fits of irrational rage.  Who better to throw your angry children at than Jesus?  I can think of no one else more patient or loving, especially towards angry babies.

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I like this one, too, which portrays how I feel as a mother sometimes.

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Mr. Kershisnik has a great talent for putting moments and feelings on paper.  Please peruse his work here.

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Small spaces require creativity

With baby #3 (a girl) on the way, I’ve been rethinking the children’s bedroom.  Currently, my two girls (ages 3 and 20 months) share a room (toddler bed + crib).  Thinking ahead to when we’ll add girl #3 to the same bedroom, I’ve been researching bunk beds to find something that will fit their compact space.  With 1700 square feet to work with in our home, I need to use our space creatively to fit the needs of our growing family.  I’m also picky when it comes to furniture, having a predisposition to clean, modern-looking furniture, and preferring sustainably sourced items, although I’m not opposed to acquiring second-hand pieces.

In doing some research (thanks to Pinterest), here are some amazingly creative bunk bed designs.  I really love the designs featuring stairs and incorporating additional storage somewhere around the bunk beds.

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What do you think?

I love to knit.

Ever since I was roughly eleven years old, I have loved to knit.  Maybe it’s the old lady inside of me, but I seriously find so much enjoyment in turning a skein of lovely yarn into something beautiful and wearable.  Of course, I’ve had my fair share of “practice projects” to make up for the nicer looking ones.  Today, I finished two of the nicer looking ones: two identical hats for two baby boys to be born to two of my cousins in the coming months.

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Front of the hat.

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Back of the hat.

I just love the ear flaps and the little knitted details featured on the hat.  Subtle, but adorable.  I used a free pattern from Purl Soho for the Garter Ear Flap Hat, making only a couple of minor adjustments.  Instead of alpaca, I used a gray wool yarn in the same weight.    I also only used size 7 double pointed needles to create the hat, since I couldn’t find my size 8 needles, and since I didn’t have circular needles in the correct size.  (I think I prefer double pointed needles anyway for hats like this.)  This was a fairly easy pattern to use, and it’s very versatile.  You can make any size of hat, from a newborn size to an adult size.  Maybe I’ll make one for myself one day.

 

Word/Project of the Day: Scherenschnitte

For many years, I have harbored a secret love of the art of papercutting.  There’s something so immediate and enchanting about the intricacy of the art.  Today, I read a wonderful article about friend and paper cutter extraordinaire, Cindy Bean, whose work was featured on the fantastic blog The House That Lars Built.

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Image of Cindy Bean from The House That Lars Built

Although I don’t want to even attempt to compare my skills to Cindy’s when it comes to scherenchnitte (which means “scissor cuts” in German and is the art of papercutting design – thanks, Wikipedia), every once in a while I attempt a project to exercise my novice papercutting skills.  I recently designed a gift for my husband for Valentine’s Day: a papercut map of the world to showcase our travels together.  It’s not perfect–I wouldn’t use it to navigate the globe or anything like that–but I’m pretty proud of my handiwork.

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My 24″ x 36″ papercut map of the world (don’t look too closely)

Papercuts are inherently cost-effective, which is one reason I like them.  (Relatively cheap materials and tools make me happy.)  To make my map, I searched the interwebs for a map image that I liked; copied and pasted it into Photoshop; enlarged it to the preferred size of 24″ x 36″; and finally printed it out.  With this template in hand, I overlaid it on black paper and proceeded to cut out each continent.  Once I had completed the papercutting, I pasted each cut piece onto a sheet of watercolor paper and mounted the whole shebang to a cork board that I had discovered at the local thrift shop (I painted the frame of the cork board black – I always go for a black frame).  I then added some sleek and simple pushpins to locate where my husband and I had traveled over the years, and voila! I had my map and the perfect gift for my honey.  A fairly simple but handsome DIY project that turned out pretty well.

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I like these metal pushpins showing where my husband and I have traveled together.

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A close-up of the map.