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Something Old-something new

One of my most favorite things to do is find something funky at a yard sale and repurpose it. It’s kind of like going on a treasure hunt. I like to redo ordinary things, too, like take an old piece of furniture or an ugly piece of furniture and repaint it or turn it into something it wasn’t meant for. It’s fun to take a piece of jewelry and turn it into something very unlike jewelry. I love it when you take a rustic old ladder and use it for shelving and showing off vintage glassware in the living room. The possibilities are endless for turning something old into something new.

Take a look at this colander turned light fixture.

I discovered a neat blog today, My Cottage Charm. This gal does a wonderful job of repurposing items and building new things. I really love her work. She has one post on painting brass candlesticks and I’ve been meaning on getting around to that forever. I bought the candlesticks at an estate sale way back in February. Maybe that’s what I’ll do next week.

Check out this simple mason jar flower vase at another blog I like–Simply Staci.

Art and artsy things are fun to me. Growing up, I loved to do arts and crafts, anything from sand art to rock tumbling. I remember making my grandmother a tiny little bottle of colored water when I was about 8 I guess. When she died, I found the bottle. She had kept it all those years. Now I have it, somewhere! I love beautiful paintings, too. My Mom and I took painting lessons when I was a freshman in college. It was so fun.

It’s really easy to incorporate all this into your homeschooling curriculum. Think of it as life skills or art class. Oh the fun you and your kids will have as you all learn new things such as painting techniques, the color wheel and warm and cool colors, measurement, reading skills (you have to read directions sometime), telling time (you have to know how long to wait between paint applications), saving money and consumerism (shopping at thrift stores and yard sales are a great way to teach about saving money)… You can introduce artists and play art games. Even science can be learned. Take a look at the plantings below.


Leave a comment about something you have repurposed. I would love to read about it.


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Stimulating Art

Perhaps you have a budding artist at your home. My daughter loves to sketch. She took lessons in art at our local co-op school and fell in love with sketching. She consistently improves because she takes time to practice almost daily. While she knows much about art, I still like to encourage her to broaden her artistic horizons by learning about art history as well as various art techniques. Studies have shown many benefits to dabbling in art. It  improves other academic areas, and is very important in helping the brain reach its full potential. Many folks who suffer from stress or traumatic experiences are participating in art therapy. Art is truly a universal language.

One easy way to encourage your child to learn more about art is by playing online art games. Most are free and certainly capture the child’s interest. There are also several art programs or art games available online for little to no cost. A few minutes exploring art games via a search engine will turn up more leads than you can imagine.

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Posted by on November 7, 2010 in Helpful


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