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lately

lately things have been busy.. a lot more busy than I like my summers to be and with a lot more morning alarms than I would like.

Our first two weeks of July were family filled. My parents left, my in laws arrived (they live with us for parts of the year) and then my sister in law came for a visit with her two kids.. they are very similar aged to ours which meant lots of love, laughter and lots of fights. 




The next week and the week ahead are full of classes. D is taking an intense tennis class bright and early every other morning.. hence the need for an alarm. And then both boys are doing their annual summer swim crash course.. but thankfully things will all slow down as the month ends and then we can take a little break.. with no alarms. 

How's summer been treating you?

Now a question for my crafty friends.. my son attended a paint by arrow class. Paint filled balloons dangled over a canvas and he shot arrows at them. 


This is the canvas he created. Now I was thinking this could maybe turn into a pillow or something.. is there a way to seal in the paint? Don't know what kind of paint it is.. but it seems water based.. Any ideas?


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40 comments:

Jennifer said...

Looks like lots of fun!

Jennifer
Curated By Jennifer

Martha said...

It sure sounds like a full but fun summer so far. Great photos!

Marie Smith said...

You’ve had great family time. Wonderful! Enjoy the remainder of the summer.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That paint-by-arrow work of art is amazing! I don't know how to seal in the paint though I bet the staff might know how to at an art supply store or a craft store.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

What a cool piece of art! Could you spray with clear polyurethane maybe? It sounds like lots of fun but I agree, less alarm clocks are the best part of summer!

Kelly said...

The photos do look like a lot of fun is happening. I got tickled at your addition of "fights". They go with the territory. ;) How nice that your kids get to enjoy so much time with extended family.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Sounds like a wonderful summer, filled with family and fun, regardless of the alarm clock! Sorry, but clueless about the paint. It is nice, though!

Rajani Rehana said...

Mind blowing post

Janie Junebug said...

Your son is the new Pollock, but I'm afraid I'm not crafty and can't help with creating something else from his creation.

Love,
Janie

Liz A. said...

It's good the kiddos got to spend time with their cousins. Sorry, I can't help with the arrow art, but the suggestion about asking at the craft store was a good one. They'd probably know.

Polyester Princess said...

Sounds like lots of fun was had, well worth the early morning alarms!
Especially if you've got some quieter times lined up in the near future.
I'm loving your son's paint by arrow masterpiece, hopefully someone can point you in the right direction of sealing the paint! xxx

karen said...

I am so happy for you that you are filling your days with extended family! You are making up for lost time :) I'm still unpacking and probably will be for a few more weeks but we are closer to being done.

Jeanie said...

First, if you can find the person who did the project, ask if it is water-based paint and more like a watercolor or an acrylic. An acrylic you wouldn't need to seal -- when it dries, it is secure. A water color, nope. I'm not sure about tempera, which is what they often use for projects with kids. When you know (if you can) go to an art store (versus a craft store) and ask someone or call your nearest art department and ask. For pastels, there is a fixatif that one can spray on, but if you are doing a pillow from it, not so sure how that would work. (They are a bit smelly). You might be able to Scotchgard it - I know that helps with a lot of furniture to provide a coating. So, that's another idea -- make it into a pillow and then take and ask an upholsterer what they would recomment and if a Scotchgard would work. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Please check to see if the paint is safe for human contact. Polyurethane is not safe to inhale. I wouldn't want it on my skin either due to off-gassing. A wall hanging would be nice once it has aired outside or is protected by glass if framed.

You have a Jackson Pollack in the family! I hope you will display his art in a way for everyone to enjoy.

Be well.

Polly said...

WOW your son's artwork is fantastic, what a great idea. I would frame it as it is.

awhite said...

Paint-filled balloons? What a fun way to create something so pretty!

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

Lovely said...

Sounds like a busy month for you! I'm sure paint by arrows was fun!
xoxo
Lovely
www.mynameislovely.com

Elephant's Child said...

I have never even heard of paint by arrow. Sooo much fun - and I hope you can find a way to preserve it.

Emmylou said...

Aaaaw...that's so awesome you guys are having a fun-filled summer! So cool that the relatives can visit.

Veronica Lee said...

That paint-by-arrow work of art is so pretty!

How nice that your family got to spend summer with relatives.

Happy Wednesday, Hena!

Christine said...

Fun family times to be treasured! Nice painting by your son.

Angie's Recipes said...

The canvas D created is really beautiful.

Ginny Hartzler said...

It looks like everyone had so much fun!! How is the covid virus there, will they be attending school?

Laura B said...

Looks like you have been busy having lots of fun!

Kathrine Eldridge said...

So glad you are all getting outside! That canvas is so cool!

https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

Debbie said...

hi girlfriend...i would frame and hang that canvas, it is beautiful and hopefully a great memory for him!!

busy summers, that is always a quandary. there are so many awesome things to do but it can become exhausting!! summer for me, 4 weeks in the hospital and rehab, i have missed everything!!

i enjoyed the pics of the kids!!

Red Rose Alley said...

What a wonderful painting your son made. It would look very nice on his wall like a tapestry. It looks like the kids are having fun being together with rides, frosty drinks, and companions their own age. A little fighting is bound to happen. Mia and Francesca are best friend cousins, but sometimes they want the same toy that the other one has. ; )

~Sheri

Jodie's Touch of Style said...

I love how you included the bunch of fights too Hena, LOL!! It's part of family time, right?
XOOX
Jodie
www.jtouchofstyle.com

Sparkles and Lattes said...

I know you can use Modge Podge to seal things. I would try that. I have used it on a ton of things. Sounds like a fun July so far!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Wow that painting came out cool. I'm getting some Jackson Pollock vibes.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

How wonderful to share summer days with your parents and in-laws! Lots of happy memories to cherish. Your son's painting is uique-- perhaps you can find a frame with a plastic or glass cover to preserve it?

Amy Johnson said...

Looks like you've been busy but having a lot of fun.

Pam said...

Busy with fun adventures it looks like. Nice.

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra said...

Looks like so many fun adventures, especially the rafting. That's a great art project too. I hope you're able to find answers to your questions because that would definitely be a pretty cool pillow design.

Rach said...

What a busy July! But so far it seems like summer is treating you well!

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

Sounds like it's been an eventful summer!

Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

It sounds like you are having a fun-filled summer!

Jill - Doused in Pink

Stef NL said...

It's great how you've gotten good suggestions on how to make your son's painting safe. What a cool activity to have participated in.

Mica said...

Sounds like such a fun summer! I don't mind if I have to set an alarm - most days one of the kids wakes me before it goes off anyway, haha! :)

It would be so fun to turn the art into something - hope you find the answer, I'm not sure sorry!

Hope you are having a good weekend :)

Away From The Blue

bread&salt said...

Woow looks like tons of fun! Looks great.

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