I feel the same way! I used to come here a few years ago and all the projects would just be posted in order of posting - can I just see a random list of completed projects? I am interested in many diff. things! Thanks!
I agree - go to the doctor - ear candling, aside from being somewhat dangerous - doesn't work. All of the "earwax" that is extracted is just wax from the ear candle! Check out this website for more info - its all stuff I've heard from my doctor about candling - I asked her about it because it sounded interesting. She said not to bother!
Hey! I have co-taught at an Art Camp for 2 9-wk. summers in a row, and we do projects like this all summer! I love that you're doing in-depth educational art projects with those kids! Most people think of crayons and messes when they hear about kid's art projects, but here are some of the things we've done:
-read about Easter Island and made our own Moai head statues carved from florist foam -studied the aztec calendar and made our own versions out of craft foam -learned about what makes the sky blue and what makes for dramatic sunsets, and painted them -studied Frida Kahlo's self portraits with animals, and drew/painted one of ourselves with animals in our lives/or that are meaningful to us -discussed what endangered animals lived where, and made a papier mache globe, and individual animal flags, then stuck the flags in the globe where endangered animal's habitat is -found out how people from Ghana make Kente cloth, what it means, and made our own versions -re-enacted the finding of the Lascaux caves, and then painted our own "prehistoric cave art" on brown paper -studied ancient egypt and made self-portrait sarcophagi -studied narrative structure and wrote comic books based on amazing or seredipitious events in our lives -looked at the energetic graffiti of Keith Haring, and made our own interpretations based on our own strong feelings and reactions to our environment -observed the same field for a number of days, and made an environmental journal filled with drawings, current statistics, notes, poetry, and found natural objects -learned about different quilting techniques and patterns, and created our own quilts made from cloth as well as craft foam -studied the work of vincent van gogh, and painted flowers in his "thick paint" style -collected sun designs from diferent cultures and painted our own, and made new kinds of suns using sculpey -emulated the work of Chihuly's blown glass by making sculpey versions of our own -studied different kinds of african masks, and made our own papier mache versions -looked at Vermeer, and painted people in rooms doing common, daily activities in perspective...
I could go on and on - we did many more! Some artists you might want to look into: Mucha, Lautrec, and other Art Nouveau poeple did some very naturalistic work - and lots of advertisements - fun to look at
Also check out the work of Monet, Klee, Dali, Minnie Evans, Howard Finster (the Talking Heads used one of his paintings for an album cover), Emily Carr, and Picasso - feel free to PM me if you want details on any of these projects!!!
My husband and I usually make x-mas gifts for our families every year - and we've made tie-dye t-shirts (more people dig 'em than you'd think - esp. kids!!), soaps (melt and pour - fun - a common suggestion), ceramic tiles (bought in bulk, with a glaze design, and fired) as trivets; developed & framed all those pics you take of people when they come and visit, or you visit them, and they just never make it into the mail to them; and last x-mas we made etched glass cookie jars, serving platters, and glasses - it was fun, but a bit caustic.
Anything you can think of is great, and I know that people love homemade gifts ALOT - this year I think we're making blank books/photo albums - we'll see...I'm also planning on making pencil cases with goodies inside for nieces and nephews.
Just enjoy making the gifts, and it will be a breeze - we always try to make practical/useful things, because people have so much stuff these days - if you can make them something special, unique and USEFUL, they just love it!
I saw very similar fabric (maybe with a blue background) in Jo-Ann's fabrics here in Sarasota, FL - perhaps they carry it at other Jo-Ann's? It was with the other scrubs material (you know, teddy bears with thermometers, and dog and cat prints - suitable for scrubs for techs in dental offices, veterinary clinics, pediatric offices, and the like.)
You should be able to find something similar w/o too much trouble!
I really dig the "pearly whites" theme - very cute bag!!