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Kid’s ATC Swap – Update



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Here, as promised are the cards Emily has done for the Kids ATC Swap. She mainly used artist’s inks, wet-on-wet, but also some watercolours and felt-tip pens on some.

Her favourite is the Jellyfish.





I can’t decide Between the snake or the Killer Whale. 

Killer Whale














The cards are now on their way to their new owners and Emily awaits hers with much excitement!

Many thanks to Blair and Erin for organising this, it has been a lot of fun.

Kid’s ATC Swap

Blair and Erin are hosting a kid’s ATC swap and Emily couldn’t wait to sign up.

ATCs ( Artist Trading Cards), for those of you that don’t know, are miniature works of art based on the old collectable sports- themed trading cards. They are always  2.5″x3.5″ in size. They exist as originals, or one of an edition(a set of identical cards) or series (a set based around a theme).

I’ll post photo’s of Emily’s creations when she has finished them. Meanwhile the swap Flickr group is here for anyone that is interested.Kids_ATC_Swap

Kidmade Again


Oil Pastel and Watercolours

Isaac didn’t do a self portrait (unless its showing the inner workings of his mind!?!) but wanted me to show everyone this.

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Self Portrait


This is Emily’s Self Portrait for this months Kidmade challenge. I helped her with shaping the nose and cutting out the top lip but the rest is all her. The headband is particularly her, lol, her fantasy headband!

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What a Difference a Day (or two) Makes

Friday was so lovely, sunny and warm that we decided to have our family drawing time out in the garden and sketch a few of the spring flowers. Can’t show you any pictures though as the scanner is playing up for some reason.

“Emily’s Tulip and Grape Hyacinth”

Much fun was also had when not one, but two snails were discovered and both Emily and Isaac spent a long time observing them and fetching cans full of water to keep the snails happy!

We also checked on the tadpoles and they seem to be doing great…

The first part of Saturday was also spent in the garden but the weather soon changed from sunny to rainy, not to mention bitingly cold! Still we did manage to get some seeds sown (to raise indoors) and tidy up the remaining parts of the garden that were crying out for attention.

This morning Isaac dragged me out of bed hideously early to take him to the toilet. When we got in the bathroom he squealed “it’s snowing!” and it was, not only that but it had settled.


This was the first time in over a year that we had had snow to play out in, so of course we had to make the most of it.


I was going to write about Easter Blah, Blah, Blah but there’s not much to tell. Isaac was ill for the most part, but much better now. Unfortunately it took a course of antibiotics to get him there – his first lot :o(

Everythings been ticking over quite nicely HE wise. As part of out geology lessons Emily has been having fun with the Virtual Quarry
and I’ve started her doing a self assessment type thing at the end of the week (although not as scary as that sounds?!) mainly to find out what she enjoys/doesn’t and what she finds easy/difficult so i can tailor her work as necessary.

Also i must pass on this link as this man’s work is breathtakingly lovely, not to mention jaw-droppingly amazing!!!

oh and i got Soulemama‘s book yesterday and it is awesome! I highly recommend it, lots of great ideas.

Right, sewing is calling…

Drawing With Children – Lesson 2, level 3


Carousel Horse in Felt tips and Aquarelle pencil

Emily started this back in November but it has been tucked away in the drawer since then. She spent the last couple of days finishing it off as she is keen to get onto the still life lesson. I think she has done a lovely job and she is really pleased with it.

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Why painting is a naptime activity….

Isaac is a fan of Jackson Pollock’s technique – complete with manic grin!