January 12, 2010

A Star is Born

I feel so inadequate regarding 2010. I keep reading all of these inspirational new year's posts regarding weight loss (awesome work Renee!) and organization, but all I did lately was think about what to post about (and not even write anything) and make some Moravian paper stars {hence, the stars are born}.
Yeah, a bit late for Christmas ornaments, but my friend brought over a kit she had and we got to work. I have aspirations of a mobile or something cool with patterned papers, but we'll see. It's a bit addicting, once you get the hang of all the folding.

Some of my lethargy has to do with this awfully cold weather (highs in the teens over the last week) and our inability to go outside for walks. With one car, it's hard to coordinate outings too.

So stuck inside, what to do? I've been slowly working on the guest room that is being turned into a play/art room, but since it's been so cold, I can't take the bed rails and mattress up to the attic. I cringe at thinking of opening that door for more than 10 seconds. Therefore the room is still in a state of shambles and too crowded to rearrange furniture properly. And dangerous for a curious toddler to be in.

We've been doing some kitchen table art, for S, coloring, and for me, I pulled out the watercolors to dabble.
Since birds are stylish right now, I decided to do a stylized Red Crossbill that I found on our Audubon calender. Naively, I thought I could do paint few lines while minding the boy. He was happily playing around the kitchen quietly, so I thought that things were ok for 3 minutes (literally) while glancing up now and then. Then I saw thisall over the kitchen. It went from the fridge along all of the cabinets and the doors. I could have died, not out of anger (it was actually pretty funny) but because here I am not watching him, painting away, indulging in MY activity. Such a bad mama. Thank goodness for Goo Gone.
I'm sure it's nasty, but it worked so well in just a few seconds and has a pleasant, natural citrus smell. Apparently it's eco-friendly and made with natural ingredients.

Not sure if I'll continue the painting today. But we sure are going nuts, being housebound here and reading every truck book we can get our hands on.

14 comments:

  1. Kathleen, I'm feeling housebound already in Vermont. By my count, we have about 108 days before the snow is gone. One car here, too.

    I've been making stars for years and they are so addicting and such mindless relaxation.

    Best to you for the winter stay. Stopped by for a tutorial we found from July.

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  2. We're finally back in the 20s after too many days of single digits and below-freezing overnights. Not good for the psyche! And the kids are going nuts...

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  3. We are feeling house bound as well. Not because we can't go anywhere, but because it is SO cold! We usually play outside every day and we just hit 30 degrees as our HIGH today. We moved to TN from CO and this is not normal for TN. I'm ready for Spring...or atleast 40 degree weather. LOL

    Enjoy your truck books, we'll be reading Elmo - again.

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  4. We are feeling house bound as well. Not because we can't go anywhere, but because it is SO cold! We usually play outside every day and we just hit 30 degrees as our HIGH today. We moved to TN from CO and this is not normal for TN. I'm ready for Spring...or atleast 40 degree weather. LOL

    Enjoy your truck books, we'll be reading Elmo - again.

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  5. You will be jealous to know that our high is 72 here today!! I know Im so mean!

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  6. I love those stars! We've got a fun paper crane mobile in our playroom from when I was housebound (due to my first pregnancy, not adverse weather--though it was like 115 degrees that month).

    Goo Gone and their sister product "Sticker Lifter" are definitely a mom's friends. As is whitening toothpaste, which is the best thing for getting sharpie off of sealed surfaces!

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  7. Oh and if you haven't already, the Kate and Jim McMullan series of machinery books is fantastic! They're "I Stink" and "I'm Dirty" and "I'm Mighty"--easily my 22 month old's favorites.

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  8. We're home tomorrow if you want to get out and visit.

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  9. I think the unmotivated and laziness is going around-I totally agree it's the weather.

    Stupid cold.

    Those stars are super cute! And that painting is gorgeous-At least your doing something!

    Glad you got those markings off the wall :)

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  10. The stars and the bird are beautiful. That stuff is good at cleaning up after a budding artist.

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  11. Kathleen,
    I am always homebound and not creative like you. Your stars are lovely and WOW your water colours are beautiful. Soren's work is splendid of course and Goo Be Gone is a fantastic product to have on hand.

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  12. *GASP!!!*

    Thank goodness for Goo Gone!!

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  13. Ok, I feel really bad because here on the West coast the weather has been so mild. I really should get out more and since we have 3 cars, I have no excuse at all! Talk about a bad mommy.

    I love those stars! I am sure you can come up with something clever and creative to use them with/on/whatever that isn't Christmas related. Not a challenge but I will be watching and reading to see if you decide to do so... no pressure LOL.

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  14. First of all, I feel your winter pain. I hate, loathe, abhor winter!

    Secondly, those stars are AWESOME. Seriously inspiring! And third of all, I can't believe you can just whip out that bird while your toddler is running around, you've got a gift my friend.

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