Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
A couple weeks ago I bared my soul in a conversation about copying vs. inspiration. Today, I’m back with Sandra discussing jealousy and envy when it comes to blogging. I may have said I’m the Oprah of envy and asked people to check under their chairs. Would you believe me if I told you it’s all a hazy blur?
Head on over to Raincoast Cottage to check it out and add your own thoughts on envy and jealousy. You can catch an excerpt from the exchange below.
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
A month or so back, Sandra approached me with a new column idea for Raincoast Cottage. The idea was to create a dialogue around a topic creative people struggle with and document the conversation. She wanted to capture a conversation in real time, or as close as she could get it.
To achieve a level of intimacy, the conversation would occur over email—just between me and her. There was only one rule: you couldn’t read the response until you were ready to write back.
Using this method, we’d say things we wouldn’t necessarily have said had we spent time polishing our answers. She was aiming at capturing how we really felt. What we’d really say to one another.
I decided the concept fell somewhere in the land between terrifying and thrilling. Naturally, I was in.
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Last month, we took a trip into DC. While there, we thought we’d stroll past the White House. Now, Dave has walked by it countless times, but the kids and I had never seen it in real life. I know! I’d been to DC so many times and yet had never seen it. I felt so deprived.
On our way to there, we stopped by a CVS to pick up a camera for our son. He was the only one who wasn’t properly equipped for such a touristy destination. I’ve mentioned before how much I love the idea of giving kids cameras. It’s incredible to see what they capture. This time, however, I thought it’d be interesting to see photos from parents vs. kids.
This spring break (or summer if the kids are already back in school), give this photo project a try: take the family somewhere, give them all cameras and see what everyone captures.
For our project, I paired images with each photographer’s response to three questions. Let’s begin… (more…)
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
What’s not to love about Vimeo? The videos are beautiful, experimental and short enough to hold my ADD-like attention span. The other night, the kids and I put together some of our favorites for you. So grab a box of Junior Mints, kick back and enjoy. (more…)
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Check out the inspired pieces of art above made out of, wait for it …toilet paper rolls. Now, let’s be honest with each other here: TP roll arts + crafts projects are usually, well, I’m just going to say it, kind of hideous. These artists, however, have transformed the rolls completely. Pretty astounding, yeah?
Photos are property of the owners. Visit their sites (linked above) for tutorials.
Want more ridiculously cool stuff you can make using cardboard rolls? Check out these links:
Where the Wild Things Are characters
Oragami-like masks, trees, peek-a-boo scenes and pixel characters
Monday, March 12th, 2012
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Before we left for the museum trip that wasn’t on Monday, I packed each kid a snack. To make the snack feel extra special, I added a little doodle here, a little doodle there, tied it off with friendship bracelets (that I finally finished) and voila!
Now, I did a little searching for this post and stumbled across some amazing dads who have elevated the lunch bag doodle to an art form. Apparently, there’s a whole underground lunch bag art world. Who knew?! Check ‘em out… (more…)
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
I’ll be honest, when I got a note home at the beginning of the year that my first grader would have monthly book reports, I couldn’t fathom how a kid who was still reversing b and d could pull it off.
Thankfully, his teacher is far wiser, and has more vision than me. She has the kids doing non-traditional book reports. One month the kids made character masks, another it was puppets. Last month kids were asked to make a book sandwich (pictured above).
Have your kids done “book reports” yet? What do you think about non-traditional book reports. They seem pretty fun, yeah?
Bread – Title and Author | Cheese – Picture of the Main Character | Meat – What the story was about (It’s a book about a boy who does bad things. His mother still loves him) | Last Slice of Bread – Student’s name