Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Day of Faith And Art!

Today ended up being an Impromptu Art Day!

I don't do a very good job incorporating art into our school weeks...
But I do appreciate it.
And I still claim to be "craft handicapped" so if I can do a craft, anyone can!
That being said, I do collect arts and crafts supplies, in hopes that I will do more things.  But they tend to build up in my drawers instead.  
While cleaning out a few cupboards and drawers today, putting Christmas stuff away, I found some of these supplies that I had picked up at the Dollar Tree
over the last year...I thought "Let's Do It" and decided to finally put a few of them to use!

These plaques were so cute and they came with the bow already connected.
I had spray painted them gold for a "past project".
Having just learned a new crafting word recently:
"Repurpose"...Love that word...
I found a "new purpose" for my plaques.
Coupled with these little wooden letters, which are perfect for all kinds of crafts,
I came up with a way to honor the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
 I guess the photo (above) kind of gives away what I ended up with!? 
Just a little Modge Podge, paint, and glitter...
Not very fancy but super easy!
Voila, we have a plaque that completes our
January Liturgical Wreath!
~January is dedicated to the Most Holy Name of Jesus~
{Catholic Icing also has some other fun craft suggestions}
We just hung our regular wreath over the plaque that reads
"Jesus Loves"
~With these sentiments, the wreath also makes a nice St. Valentine's decoration~
I just love this wreath of red roses that I found at Target (last year) since
Red Roses also represent Our Lady!

The rest of our afternoon was spent using pastels.
We have had a pack of pastels on hand that we are rather unfamiliar with using.
Princess (Age 8) watched a video tutorial on You Tube on how to use pastels.
There are a few good videos for beginners if you google around.

Princess decided to draw her 1st Communion Patron Saint
and try out some pastels.
She used our favorite
Catholic How-To-Draw book from CHC.
~Saint Kateri Tekakwitha~
Princess found it hard to use pastels on the smaller facial features, like the eyes and mouth.  But I say it was a brilliant first try!  
We were also inspired by pastels used by
That Artist Woman
and her project that
Lacy posted over at Catholic Icing
on Mary, Mother of God.
She makes it look so easy!
*We are really liking these pastels and plan to do a few more things*

I found these adorable Holy Family Templates
over at Deviantmonk.
They also provide the templates for the entire Nativity.
I thought they were so cute!
I traced and used pastel coloring and blending...
Once again, not fancy but fun.
February is dedicated to the Holy Family!
~Hmmm, lots of stuff to do with that one~

Here is our quote to memorize and copy for the week in keeping with
January's [Most Holy Name of Jesus] theme:
"The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; The godly run to Him and are safe."
~Proverbs 18:10~


  1. beautiful wreath. you always find the greatest things as the dollar store. and your craftiness is superb! the wreath can stay all through febraury! I must do a wreath. you've got me thinking. and the pastels are lovely too. love your welcome stencil (decal?) on the front door. I've noticed it before and just never remembered to comment. yes, the themes for Jan and Feb gives us so many ideas for celebrating!

  2. you have a gift for making great things with whats on hand.

    may you continued to be inspired and inspire others.

    ALL FOR!

    pax Christi - lena

  3. Gardenia and Lena said exactly what I was thinking. And you always share your gift with us.

  4. I don't think you are craft challenged at all! I agree it is hard to fit the crafts in and I tend to put things off because I don't want to have to clean up the mess, but I need to be better about that!! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  5. Your wreath looks so lovely! What a beautiful, welcoming doorway you have!


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