Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Man Who Invented Christmas {Tuesday's Treasures}

One of the very first stories I remember from my childhood other than the Nativity is A Christmas Carol. I found this must have book at our local library.  It's one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time.

The Man Who Invented Christmas : How Charles Dickens's a Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits*

  • Author: Les Standifordbr 
  • Format Paperback | 241 pages
  • Dimensions 137.16 x 190.5 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • Publication date 25 Oct 2011
  • Publisher BROADWAY BOOKS
  • Publication City/Country New York, NY, United States
  • Language English
  • ISBN10 0307405796
  • ISBN13 9780307405791
 This is one of those books that you don't forget in a hurry.  It's living history and human interest in one beautiful book. This books was hard to put down.  It's full of wonderful, insightful and well researched information. Having always known Christmas as it is today I was surprised to learn what Christmas was like back in the Victorian era and how much this influenced Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. If you love Christmas and Charles Dickens then this is definitely a must read for you.

In this small but remarkable book, Les Standiford offers readers a gift for all seasons. Carefully researched and written in a stately, lucid prose, this book will be cherished by those who love Dickens, enjoy Christmas, or ponder the endless mysteries of human behavior.- --Roland Merullo, author of American Savior
I hope you will enjoy this treasure as much as I have.

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Silent Night & Other Christmas Carols

I love this time of the year and I love beautiful books just as much.  That is why I just had to share this beautiful treasure I found at the local library. Silent Night & Other Christmas Carols includes a CD with carols and beautiful pop up inserts on every page.  It's beautifully illustrated and is the sort of book you can spend hours looking over.

Silent Night and Other Christmas Carols
  • Format Hardback | 18 pages
  • Dimensions 240 x 298 x 19mm | 692g
  • Publication date 01 Oct 2010
  • Publisher The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd
  • Publication City/Country Ferntree Gully, VIC, Australia
  • Language English
  • Illustrations note chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Illustrated by Lee Krutop
  • ISBN10 1741785847
  • ISBN13 9781741785845
Christmas Carols contained:
  • The First Noel
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Silent Night
  • Deck the Halls
  • Away in a Manger
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • O Christmas Tree
  • Joy to the World!
I hope your family will be as blessed by this book as we have been

Love and Blessings

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Paper Marbling {Virtual Fridge}

This Week
This term we are joining in on a fortnightly craft class with some of the local home educating families.  It's so good to do things we wouldn't normally do due to cost.  However by co-oping we have managed to do a few interesting things.  This week we tried our hand at paper marbling. I found some interesting YouTube clips.  This lady made a flower, and this one shows you a DIY of the process used in paper marbling. This one of The Makers of Marbled Paper at a bussiness - Art of the Marbler is an old documentary explaining the why and how of the process by a company in England.

Our tutor bought a Marbling Kit by Jacquard on eBay.

Included in this kit:

Nathaniel adding ink to the carrageenan.

Nathaniel marbled paper

Chareen marbled paper
A few years ago we did shaving cream art which was very similar but you can do it with craft paints and shaving cream.  Here is a YouTub clip on how to do so.

Are you on INSTAGRAM ?  You can now use your IG account to link up an show us your art adventures.

This weeks Feature

This weeks feature is a tutorial from over atOur Unschooling Journey Through Life.  They did this super easy Thanksgiving Art idea with a Turkey and Zentangle patterns.

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I invite you to take some photo's of your children's artistic pursuits put them in a post and link up with me I would love to come over and see the wonderful art your children have enjoyed doing.
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