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Merry Christmas!

Posted: April 1st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »


Happy Halloween!

Posted: October 31st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Pumpkins, this is not your year. You’ve had a good run, but Halloween 2016 belongs to PINEAPPLE JACK-O’-LANTERNS.

Here’s how to make your own pineapple porch fright. It’s easy!

What—? DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT THIS YEAR, BELL PEPPERS. Try again next October.


Sandwiches ahoy!

Posted: April 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

The weather is getting warmer,  grassy green parks are starting to call, and stomachs are beginning to rumble…

This can only mean one thing. It will soon be picnic time!

Artist Michael Beitz invites you to imagine inviting everyone you know to lunch with you al fresco at his tree-length picnic table.

Tree Picnic, 2014, ©Michael Beitz

Of course, you’ll need to pack a picnic basket big enough to hold all the goodies you’ll need at such a jumbo table. For inspiration, take a look at the seven-story corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company in Newark, Ohio.

It’s never too early to start preparing for summer!


Painter’s puppets

Posted: February 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Swiss-German master painter Paul Klee depicted dreamlike images in his celebrated works. Here is Landscape With Yellow Birds (1923).

Art by Paul Klee

Lesser known are his handmade puppets and love of puppetry. Ompomhappy has posted a wonderful collection of the master’s magical creations.

Puppets by Paul Klee

Puppet by Paul Klee

Puppet by Paul Klee

Puppet by Paul Klee

Puppets by Paul Klee

Funny, Paul Klee’s puppets painted just like Paul Klee! The joy Paul Klee found in puppetry is wonderful to behold. Does it inspire you to create a puppet of your own?

Paul Klee and puppets

Visit ompomhappy to see more of Paul Klee’s puppet love.


More know your animals

Posted: November 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Demilked.com has posted some wonderful new hybrid creatures born of the wonders of Photoshop. There may never be an opportunity to sight these animals in the Wild, but it’s best to know their names, just in case.

Behold the Butterphant!

And the Koaowl!

And the Orangupanda!

For further education on a few more important (and imaginary) species, refer to Demilked.


Happy Halloween!

Posted: October 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Get your spirits soaring and have a MADly good time!


Gnome home

Posted: June 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Tree stumps.

They’re everywhere.

And they always look a little sad and forlorn.

Luckily, gnomes (and fairies, to be fair) are always in need of housing. And there’s nothing they like better than to move into one of these babies. With planning, imagination, and spare time for fun, anyone can transform a sad-looking tree stump into an inviting home for wee members of the magical realm.

(This excellent gnome home found here)

 

(This roomier gnome mansion found here)

Whether or not a gnome (or fairy, to be fair) chooses to move into one of these fantastic creations, I would much rather see a gnome home than a forlorn stump, so I’d better get building. For tips on how to build a gnome home, there is no better resource than Jennifer Pilcher. She will break it down for you with pictures of homes so charming you will want to send the gnomes packing and move in yourself!


King of the Wild Things

Posted: April 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

There’s a Wild Thing in the White House!

When reading a book aloud, it’s always fun to act it out. President Obama showed bad boy Max who the REAL King of the Wild Things is when he read Where the Wild Things Are to participants in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the nation’s capitol. Grrr!


April Fool’s!

Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »


When old sounds new

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra is a children’s musical group that plays instruments made from recycled trash. The instruments incorporate everything from tin paint containers to spatulas.

The idea of turning something discarded into something uplifting came when music teacher Favio Chávez and trash picker Nicolás Gómez  joined forces in the city of Cateura to find a way to teach economically disadvantaged kids to play music in a place where a real violin costs more than a house.

The idea is nothing new, but the instruments are!

“Repurposing materials that are part of your everyday culture has been something that a lot of cultures have done for thousands of years,” says Dr. Daniel Piper, curator of musical instruments at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.