It’s hard to believe summer is winding down and within weeks our daily schedule will be changing drastically to include packed lunches, backpacks, and evening homework sessions at the kitchen table. Looking back over the past 2 months, it’s amazing to me how much has taken place in our lives. Here are the highlights of my summer, and some of the ways I’ve been able incorporate my love of crafts into everyday, common activities!
To start off, I decided to plant a vegetable garden this year for the first time in my life – hard to believe since I am married to a farmer! Wow, have I ever learned a lot! More of what not to do in future years that what I did right! I found that it doesn’t take 20 pumpkin seeds to guarantee a pumpkin or two, and that Pole Beans are definitely different than Bush Beans when selecting seeds for growing green beans! I also learned that cucumbers should be caged and that more space between rows is better than not enough! Now that I have shared my personal gardening tips, let me just say I am completely hooked. It has been so fulfilling from preparing the soil and planting to picking the first cucumber off of the vine. To put the icing on the cake, I also was introduced to canning. My mother brought all of her canning supplies to my house and she taught me step by step how to can green and yellow beans. Whether you grow vegetables to make delicious salsa, or stick to the daily staples, canning can be a wonderful way to share with family, friends and neighbors. I have created fun jar tops with fabric and ribbon and have given them away to special people in our lives. The extra touch of the crafted lids have made them so much more fun to give, and much more appreciated.
In late June, my brother and his family visited from Georgia. They have three children roughly the same age as my kids, and I am always in charge of the annual kids’ birthday bash. This year the theme was “On Safari,” and each of the kids crafted a foam hat of the animal of their choice to wear during the party. I created an awesome scavenger hunt that kept them busy for an hour, and we finished off our time together with a trip to the new safari park at our city zoo. The kids had a blast!
During the largest festival of the summer in our town, my daughter and I participated in the Chalk Walk for the first time. It is an event sponsored by our local art museum, and for two days, we spent hours on our knees in the blocked-off downtown streets, creating our masterpiece with pastel chalks. The assigned space of 4’ x 4’ was ours to draw anything we wanted, so we chose to support our Minor League Baseball team in their inaugural year by using their logo in an Andy Warhol style. Walking the streets and admiring the other artists’ work was almost as fun as creating our own. There were some truly amazing and remarkable works of art! I have shared several of the photos I took of the event with you here! It was absolutely mind-boggling to think it was all done with chalk on the asphalt street, and after the first good rain, it would be gone forever! We were so lucky to be involved and are already planning our designs for next year.
You can click on the Chalk Walk Link above to see additional images.
Hopefully the time will present itself for a quiet moment to reflect on the fun, creative activities that filled your summer!
~ Karen (Kabby)