Friday, April 29, 2011

(Eastertide) Art Showcase Link Up

Before I begin this post, I just wanted to say that our family has been keeping all those affected by the tornadoes and storms in our thoughts and prayers.  I can't even begin to imagine what so many are going through with lost homes and loved ones.  A friend of mine just posted the article below on her Facebook page and I wanted to share it with you.  May God give this family and so many others comfort and peace during this difficult time. 

Faithful Father of Thirteen Gives His Life for His Children In Alabama Tornado Destruction



I'm linking all the following art work to Kimberly's Art Showcase over at Happy Hearts Academy. You can link up each Friday and join the fun! 

My 10 year old daughter recently sketched this drawing showing perspective in her homeschool art class.

 The same daughter took some Easter candy, Laffy Taffy, and made a flower garden out of the candy.  She worked on this by softening the different colors in the microwave and forming it into flowers.  She even took the picture and asked, "Mom, can you put this on your blog?"  :) 

Did you know that Easter is not just a day, but a season called Eastertide?  Eastertide begins on Easter Sunday and ends on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter Sunday.  Pentecost commemorates the giving of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, the beginnings of the Church and its mission to every tongue and people and nation.

So since we are still celebrating the joyous resurrection of Jesus Christ, it's still not too late to post Easter art!  Just before Easter we dyed eggs and did some art on the eggs.  Have you ever taken a white crayon, wrote a name or design on a hard boiled egg, and then dipped the egg in food coloring?  That is how we got the cross on the egg below.  We also wrote names of all our family members on each egg.

 Just before Easter we took our salt dough crown of thorns that I posted about HERE and got ready to change our crown to a golden one with jewels.

My cupcakes are painting the crown here with gold glitter paint.

Here they are gluing the jewels on the crown.

Another tradition we do at the beginning of Lent (forgot to post this during Lent) is burn last year's palms, which by the way is the only proper way to dispose of blessed palms.  Then we put the ashes in a small pot with soil. 

Then a week before Easter Sunday, we plant rye grass seeds in the pot.

The grass shoots up quickly and we decorate the grass with chocolate eggs and bunnies just in time for Easter morning. Here is the finished crown of thorns and the pot of real Easter grass (vs. that annoying fake Easter grass that gets all over the place! :) )

 These two fun activities sum up the truths and joys of the Easter season:  Jesus, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, conquered death and He gives us new life!

May you have a blessed Eastertide! 

I also linked this post to Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop over at  Tots and Me
Tots and Me 

Please join Lynda, Anna-Marie, and myself at No Ordinary Blog Hop (NOBH).  Click button below for details and to read some great blog posts that have already linked up!


Unknown said...

This is a great post, lots of good ideas!

I didn't know the proper way to dispose of palm leaves was to burn them!:) Your oldest cupcake is very good at drawing:). I love the rye grass idea instead of the plastic Easter grass, I dislike that stuff it jams my vacuum cleaner:(. Voted for you today.

Mary said...

I really enjoy your art showcase posts. You have such great ideas!

Mom2Seven said...

Oh Tracy! That post about the father covering his children with his body was heart-breaking! There is a woman from Alabama whose blog I follow... she has not posted, and she has not answered my e-mail (which she normally does pretty promptly), so I am worried about her and her family.

Another beautiful aspect of our Catholic faith... Easter is a season! Rejoice! +JMJ+

kewkew said...

I found your blog over at Picket Fence Blogs. I really enjoyed this post. The crown of thorns surrounding the pot of real grass was great. I think we will try that next year. I was wondering if you would link it up with the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop.
The link will be open until tomorrow night.

Thanks Jen for stopping by and commenting! Glad you liked the ideas :)

Thanks Anna-Marie for your nice comments. Since the palms are blessed on Palm Sunday each year the way to get rid of them is to burn them vs. throwing them in the trash. We do use the fake Easter grass in the kids' baskets and it is annoying :) Thanks for the vote!

Thanks Mary! So glad you could stop by and that you enjoy the art showcase posts :)

Hi Annita,
Yes, the story of the heroic father is heart breaking. Have you heard from your AL friend yet? I hope she is OK. I hope you are able to enjoy your Easter season despite all the destruction and sadness that has hit our country with the storms.

Hi "kewkew"!
Thanks for stopping by, commenting and letting me know about the link up! I did link up and I see you linked up to NOBH! That's great! Glad you liked the painted crown and grass idea :)

Unknown said...

Hi Tracy!

I love all the art work for this week. The crown of thrones is just beautiful. The kids look like they really enjoyed completing that project. The Easter Eggs look great. I love the one with the cross on it. Oh how creative with the laffy taffy! I love it! Thank you so much for linking up with me each week. It has been so much fun and I can't wait to see all the neat things the kids are doing. Have a wonderful day! I am sorry for the tardiness in my comment, but sickness has finally left my house. Talk to you soon!

Hi Kimberly,
I'm glad everyone is well now. Sickness is no fun :( It's been so fun linking up to your Art Showcase each week and seeing your kid's artwork. I hope you get the books soon that I sent you :)

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