Category Archives: Zoë

New Year, New Life, New Creations


Hello 2014, Think I forgot about you?

Well if you’ve been following along at all by now you should have realized I’m terrible at maintaining my blog,

add in the fact that I had our second baby at the end of January and the months tend to slip by.

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But that’s life, and my kids and family are a big source of my joy and desire to create Art.

So how am I managing you might ask? lol Good Question.

Not Bad I guess,

I’m currently working on finding balance in raising two BEAUTIFUL Daughters: Zoë & Prudence

while trying to find time to keep our house from looking like a complete disaster 😉

while also doing my jewelry inventory

All the while trying to keep up with the flow of creative ideas I’ve had lately

Oh and of course trying to squeeze in sleep so I don’t go completely insane Heh!

So all in all not too bad.

I’ve also signed up for the entire season at our local Farmer’s Market so that will be keeping me busy from June until the end of August this year

and of course I’m still peddling my wares over on Etsy so pop on over.

As for me, I have a lot of work to do 🙂 and I will try to keep updating as I go along, but for tonight, back to inventory 🙂

Cheers,

Amanda

 

 

Abstract Baby


Alright Ladies & Gents be prepared to get messy with this one:
Flour Paint!!!
So much fun and best of all Non-toxic which is great for Babies who like to taste test their world.

First the recipe
…really easy
Mix flour with water and add food colouring

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How much you ask? Well that’s the beauty, you can make it as thick or thin as bright or pale as you want.
I opted for a smooth consistency and just used a plate for Zoë to dip her hands into.

Next the setup
I used a contained environment for the test drive aka I strapped her into her high chair, pulled on the water-resistant bib and put a drop sheet down.

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Then I used a board canvas because it would be sturdy and wouldn’t turn to slop like paper.
I picked a size that would fit in her tray (being a painter I rarely lack canvas to choose from but if you’re not like me just go down to your local dollar store and pick one up there) anyhoo then I duct taped it down to the tray to prevent kitten from pitching it across the room.
Then I offered the pallet to my blossoming little artist.

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Eventually I just let her play with it.

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As you can tell by her mouth heh she had to become one with the canvas.

Also the flash makes her blink.

If it had of been the “non-toxic” finger/poster paints you buy in the store I might have been a bit leery.

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If you’re wanting even healthier dyes you can always use food puree juices to mix with the flour water mixture like raspberries, beets, carrot etc but I was going for quick this time. Plus the unappealing flavor of bland flour might help teach her that not everything is mouth worthy.
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As you can tell she’s still teething.

 

So once she was done painting and I washed her off I took her one of a kind work of art and popped it in the oven on a cookie sheet at 180°- 200°c until it dried out. Spray on a few layers of clear a protective coat and it’s ready to display.

I wonder what the Artist was thinking when she created this heh 🙂

Now if only this would pay her tuition lol

I suspect we’ll be doing this project again someday, because both baby & mommy had fun.

If you decide to give this one a whirl let me know how it goes.
Cheers,
Amanda

Snow much Fun


Things have yet again become a bit crazy in the Milke household since my last post primarily due to two factors: 1) DST (daylight savings time) and 2) Teething.
So most of my time has been spent adjusting schedules & soothing gums until yesterday.
See one of the basic stereotypes about living in Canada is our Snow and plethora of it.

(Which is fine by me because I love the stuff, though my husbands thinks that’s primarily because he does most of the shoveling)
But in good Canadian fashion we got a good ole blizzard style dump of 25cm yesterday so I thought why not take munchkin out and experience God’s snowy white canvas.
So I bundled her & I up and we tredged in the yard to play. For Munchkin that meant becoming an abominable snow baby, so to give her more mobility I plunked on her sled and pulled her around.
But of course I had to shake it up a bit cause it’s me, so I grabbed a spray bottle added a bit of vinegar so the nossel wouldn’t freeze, filled it with water and food colouring and we set off to paint the snow.

It was fun.
She seemed to enjoy watching the snow burst into colour and shapes.

I would have done more colours other than blue but I only had the one spray bottle on hand at the time.
I’ll have to pop into the dollar store and stock up for next time.
But just one more easy way to do colour and sensory play.

Cheers til next time, whenever that may be.
Amanda

Rainbow Rice


I’ve been hunting for hands on ways to introduce munchkin to colour/paint without the worry of her eating it

and stumbled onto an idea for older kids on Pinterest that I filed in my head for future use.

Then I thought, why not mini-me size it.

So I did and it was a blast!

The Pins that I saw suggested using dyed rice instead of sand in a sandbox. Neat eh.

What I did instead was dyed up some white rice,

(super easy, drop a few drops of food coloring onto some dry rice, stir, voila)

and put it in a square plastic container.

Then I plunked monkey down in her high chair,

rolled up her sleeves, put on a waterproof bib and let her have at it.

I figured worst case scenario, she grabs a fistful and chows down,

I wasn’t concerned since it’s non-toxic & edible.

Of course she tried lol who wouldn’t want to taste the rainbow heh

but one “No honey, yucky” from me and she took me at my word and didn’t try again.

She loved grabbing fistfuls and mixing the colours and dropping it on the dog like confetti ha

I poured it over her hands like rain, buried little toys in it for her to dig out, and just generally had fun with it.

When I saw she was getting tired of it we changed it up, thus the waterproof bib.

I put the container aside and grabbed a water bottle

and poured it out like a fountain on her tray and over all the spilled rice.

The colours began to swirl and mix together and my daughter promptly began splashing wildly.

Wet floor, wet dog, wet baby & mommy, but totally worth it.

Dry mop & sweep later, all tidied up and the leftover rice, in a bag for next time.

I highly recommend it!

She got to have fun while playing with colours, exploring sight, sound and touch and worked on fine motors skills by trying to pick up grains of rice.

Just remember, don’t be a schmuck and supervise all play 🙂

A world of wonder & colour


One (of the many) of the things that excites me the most about having a daughter/child in general is that

I get to introduce her to the world of color & texture.

This is an amazing opportunity to have, especially for someone in love with both of those things.

I just love breaking out something colorful and flashing it around to watch her reaction, it’s wonderful!

When she was really little (few months old) she LOVED Black & White patterns, she would get so excited and squeal in delight.

Now she’s begun to branch out into color.

Lucky for her, she has me for a mom.

If you take a quick glance at my work you’ll quickly figure out that I’m in love with color and my house is no exception.

My rooms are:

Master bedroom: Orange & Red

Nursery: Purple & Pink

Bathroom: Yellow & Red

Living room: Bright Blue

Kitchen: Lime Green

Spare room: Teal

And throughout the house I have the majority of my Acrylic Paintings hung.

So needless to say, my darling daughter is surrounded in a world of color.

Plus, she loves it when we walk around the house and stop, look at and touch all the paintings.

I can’t wait to crack open the paint, crayons, markers, chalk, etc and say “Go to it sweets”, but that will have to wait until things stop going straight to the mouth heh.

In the meantime, we’ve played with ribbon (colorful & gumable), I’ve made her tag blankets, sensory bags, shakers, bought teething jewelry, played with mashed food, did hand & foot dough prints and even filled her highchair tray table with water and food coloring to splash & mix colors with.

So we are well on the road to broadening her senses.

Oh, looks like nap time is over, of on another adventure we go.

Cheers.