Sunday, September 28, 2014

St. Basel's Inspired Children's Paintings

Did you need to see some color today? Then look at these amazing paintings done by children in 3rd, 4rth, and 5th grade.

We looked at some pictures of St. Basel's Cathedral in Moscow. What a wonderful inspiration! Onion domes, swirls, checks, and other colorful patterns.

I asked the children to use large sharpie pens to draw their buildings. I encouraged everyone to be imaginative and make it the way they wanted. We talked about patterns a little, and three children demonstrated some patterns they could think up. I asked them to put pattern on the rooftops and on the sides of the buildings.

After using the sharpies they could add details with gold and silver paint pens.

Then it was time for watercolor paint! Look at the colors and details! I wish I had a poster of these paintings in my studio. They make me want to paint. According to Brenda Ueland, that's what art is...infection! When you see art, it makes you want to create, too.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weaving With the Littlest Ones

Kindergarten and first graders can have a little trouble remembering to alternate their weaving strips as they move from row to row.  Here is an experiment I am going to try where even if they forget I think it will all hold together pretty well!  The bases are pieces of paper.....Do you think that will be too floppy? I could staple them to card after they are finished weaving.  I have a gorgeous collection of fabric strips ready to use.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kaffe Fassett Show at the American Museum

I can't wait to go this Fall.  We would also like to go to the Harry Potter Museum.  The show will be there until November.  Wow!  There is a link to the American Museum in Bath, England, below.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Color Inspiration Thanks to Amy Butler

Blossom #2, Amy Butler's online magazine is out!

Here's the link....

Friday, March 21, 2014

New Directions

 I started Acorn Pies to share some of the crafts, art, and outdoor adventures which I was doing with my youngest child.  He is older now and the emphasis has shifted.  I thought for a while that Acorn Pies was done and I stopped posting for a while.  But Acorn Pies and I are just growing in new ways.  As always, you will find lots of color inspiration here.


 My art experiments.

 The outdoor fun and family adventures go on, but I will probably post less about them now to give my child more privacy now that he is older.

 Inspiration and excitement from my after school art classes.  (You won't be seeing any faces here, just busy hands.)


 Some baking fun.


 Flowers and Swiss Happiness!

More pictures, fewer words.  Sometimes, just one special picture, and maybe no words at all.  Acorn Pies:  I hope it will continue to be a place for you to come for cheerful colors, inspiration, and joy.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


 A glass of wine, a beautiful sunset over Lac Leman, some loved ones nearby, woolly colors in my hands, bliss.

If you need some great crochet inspiration, check out the blog Attic 24!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Paper Color

Joy, joy, paper joy!  This is an experiment I did to play with my collage papers in a way which felt like quilting.  It was fun, but maybe a little too much?  I feel like my eyes need a rest.  How about yours?