Art Projects 101…

We are away on our summer holiday at the moment. I can’t say that it’s all that relaxing when you are running around after a 2- and 4-year-old. BUT it’s very nice indeed to have a change of scenery. And a change of routine for a few weeks is heavenly.

When we travel and are away from home I still feel like I pack everything, including the kitchen sink. But as the kids are getting older I am noticing the amount I’m packing has decreased immensely (Yay!) If there’s one thing I make sure we have enough of it’s art supplies. You know I have my art supply/craft kit at home but the travel version comes on the road with us too. I always plan for some kind of art project when we are away.

This time I wanted to keep it simple. Like Art Project 101. I packed our watercolors Crayola paint , paint brushes and a few pads of watercolor paper  and marker pads. That was it. I was going to figure it out once we got to our destination.

I have to say that some of my simplistic ideas turn into some of the most memorable ones...

We’ve been going to the beach a lot and have been finding great stones and of course seashells. So what do you think I have the girls painting? You got it, what the land has to offer. What’s been fun has been collecting the stones and shells from the beach that day and as a family sitting on the porch and painting our findings. Not to pat myself on the back but I have to say that some of my simplistic ideas turn into some of the most memorable ones. What’s been so nice is that we are all sitting down, husband included, to paint. When we are back home it’s more about me setting something up for the kids to keep them busy so I can get a little work done. Being on holiday with nothing but time on our hands, has been a great bonding experience for the whole family. If you’re on Snapchat, I’ve been posting lots of those moments there.

So, the main take-away from this post is you needn’t kill yourselves trying to come up with “the” most magical craft you can line up. Keeping it simple makes equally magical moments. Trust yourselves, you’ve got this! Wishing you a magical summer filled with great memories.

Emma xx


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Rosemary Knapp (RK) says:

Sounds like you’ve found the recipe for the perfect vacation…relaxing and enjoying simple pleasures together and making wonderful family memories that you’ll all treasure forever.

Shannon Rae McKenzie says:

Love Your Journal Style. Life passes you by in a blink of the eye…& then they are almost grown… time with your children is the most precious, impressionistic time… love that you don’t waste it. They will sweetly hold these moments in their hearts forever & you are ultimately shaping who they will turn out to be. Love love love! My daughter is 20 now & wow what a beautiful, loving, kind-hearted, giving, sweet, artistic, fearless young woman she has turned out to be. The investment of time, money, tears, sleepless nights, early mornings was and still is truly worth it. We are both therapists working with children with autism & I could never be more proud of my daughter, who she developing into, what she stands firm for & how big her heart is! And we still do all sorts of art together… if not nightly… weekly.
Keep making memories, impressing your heart into all you do with your children and family. Love that your husband is involved. The investment is so truly worth it. Shannon Rae McKenzie

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