Monday, 22 December 2014


stage one cutting the dough

stage two decorating

We had a lovely day painting our salt dough decorations on Friday, they all turned out beautifully.
It was our last class until the start of term next year and I can't wait to get started on some new projects together. Thank you so much to everyone who has come along especially the families who made the class such a part of their lives each week. I loved having you all and seeing what you made.
It is Summer here and I will be taking a holiday for a few weeks and will be not updating this journal much until the new year. I hope you have a rest and relax as well and look forward to what 2015 may bring.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Last class for the year today!

It will be our last class for the year today and our last class in our current location. I will be posting information through January about the upcoming timetable and classes will commence with the School term. Thank you so much to eveyone who has come along and made such beautiful artwork all year, I have just loved it.
I look forward to seeing you there and hope you have a happy new year.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Storm Glass

It feels like Christmas is barreling down and in an effort to get it all ready as quickly as possible I have been dashing around buying things. Unfortunately I seem to buy myself things, why does that always happen? These silver sneakers for example.

I guess it is just lucky I didn't see one of these beautiful Storm Glasses in my travels.  I have a friend who has one and it is so magical. It predicts the weather by either being clear or crystalline and was originally used on by Admiral Robert Fitzroy on his voyage with Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle. I bet they had some interesting chats.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Salt Dough Decorations

This week in Art class we made salt dough decorations, we did the same activity last year and it is a lot of fun and the decorations last for years especially if you seal them with Estapol once they are decorated.
 turn this...

into this...

with these salt dough decoration instructions....

Friday, 12 December 2014

Walter Martin Christmas song

Today we will be back on for our second last Art class for the year. I can't believe it!
We will be making something and decorating it next week so come along for the first step today between 10 and 12 if you are in the neighbourhood.
I have not even thought about Christmas yet but I have just bought even more copies of Walter Martin's album We're all Young Together for Christmas presents. I just love it so much.
Walter has released a very sweet Christmas song that you can download for free on his site. It is very lovely and I think I have listened to it about fifteen times already this morning.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

childhood books

Part of what I hope to do on holiday is read lots of chapter books to my children. I have borrowed some of my favourites from when I was little and am looking forward to revisiting them. I have to say I found re reading the Magic Faraway Tree decidedly un magical so hopefully these two favourites are still as good as I remembered!

Monday, 8 December 2014


There will be no new activity to upload this week as I am away on holidays. See you next week for a new one.
If you are feeling uninspired you can have a look at past activities like the one pictured here.

Friday, 5 December 2014

No Class today!!

There will be no Art class today, Friday the 5th of December as we are away on holiday. Woo Hoo.
Hopefully I am lost in a jungle or drinking a cocktail in a pool under a palm tree. Or looking for fish in the water.
I hope you are also having a relaxing day too.
See you next week on the 12th of December for the second last class for the year!!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

This american life

I often listen to these pod casts whilst working, I love the scope and sense of discovery it gives me all while sitting at my desk. It makes me feel like I have met all these interesting people.
If only there  was an Australian equivalent.
I haven't started yet but It seems their new series Serial is captivating as well, maybe I will try and catch up on it all at once.

Monday, 1 December 2014

hoop planes

turn this...

into this...

with these hoop plane instructions...