finishing projects

So while I am waiting for up my home remodeling project to finish up (floors being laid today) I am planning my year. I am making my goals and visions for this year's art and school and life in general.

One new goal for my older kids (Lily age 8 & Matthew age 10) is for them to do some finished craft projects. I was going through last years stuff, putting away workbooks, sketching projects and paintings on construction paper in the abyss that is my school closet and I noticed how prolific my kids are; but also how many drawings and paintings are not quite realized, not quite finished enough to say 'done'. Which has been fine up to now, they are young and is still fine for my 6 & 4 year olds, but I am going to expect more from Lily and Matthew this year. So I am planning out projects for them that will result in finished pieces. I think that it is good for them to see something through and for them to feel pride in their handiwork.

To that end, as I mentioned in my last post, I am taking part in an online Mom and kids art workshop at the wishstudio. Here is a little bit more about the classes. I hope you will join us, it is going to be fun & perhaps your older kids could take part in too:

this fall, carve out some juicy creative time for you and your little ones and join our online art playgroup!  the group runs for 5 weeks from august 30th through october 3rd.every monday a new 1 hour project will be presented by a fabulous guest teacher encouraging you to play and create in a variety of different mediums throughout the weeks.  our virtual open studio allows you to work from home, at your own pace, and when it’s most convenient for you.  along with all the artsy fun you’ll enjoy connecting with other moms and sharing your work and creative time in our private playgroup flickr pool.  all projects are designed to be inspiring and engaging for both mom and child – this is not simply just for kids! supply lists will be provided in advance for you to gather everything you’ll need for each project.  our exciting  and exclusive schedule of workshops is as follows:

august 30th :: Mixed Media Love with Shona Cole
september 6th :: All About Me Photography with Tracey Clark
september 13th :: Hearts of Stone ~ Plaster Pendants with Stephanie Lee
september 20th :: Wish Jars with Mindy Tsonas
september 27th :: Spirit Dolls with Pixie Campbell
the playgroup costs $48 and you’ll find full class descriptions and registration on our workshops page.
hope you’ll join us and help us spread the word!


Tomorrow I will be announcing the first August, 2010 Follower giveaway winner. 


  1. That's really neat, Shona.

    Trudy and

  2. Sounds fun! Although im not a mummy, can i play with the child inside of me? ;-) I love the look of all the fab presenters. :-) I also have a color challenge on my blog for August. Do you fancy joining in with your lovelies? We pick a different color every Sunday and then have to create something in just that color (with black and white) for the week...then post to our flickr group pool - its amazing how its stretching the peeps involved already.

    Have a wonderful weekend Shona. x Heres the link if you fancy it -

  3. Hi Shona, Wow I'm impressed! I've got to get to the laundry and the kids have friends over (Cody, Tim, Jacob, and Rebekah)and they are filming a home movie, so I kind of need to be mentally available.

    I just posted an article on tips for homeschooling that you might like. It's my 'advice' from 20 years of teaching. :o)


  4. Oh my goodness, I just noticed the new header. Very nice!

  5. Anonymous10:53 PM

    you who...
    Shona...reading all about your clever clothespins...and loving them...just loving very indeed...clever...waiting and watching for new stuff from you is just too will my 10 year old like these projects being offered starting with you in August...thinking it would be something nice for us girls to do together...xo xo Eden

  6. Anonymous11:08 PM

    ....and on page 169...
    of Hand Crafted is
    a romp in the garden...
    6" x 4"
    i LOVE this!!!!
    xo xo Eden

  7. Shona, thanks for the comments on my statement banner. I have enjoyed following your family adventures and (now) renovation adventures... Best of luck with the house! Until next time,

  8. Anonymous1:23 AM

    Shona...I hope you are planning to photograph your finished home reno project soon! We are finishing an addition so I would love to see what you have done as well! Not to mention that the floor in your photo looks EXACTLY like the floor we laid in our new family room! Would love to see how yours turns out! Thanks!


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