Monday, July 14, 2014

Marble Art

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This past week I have been testing out crafts that I want to use with my moms club. Virginia has been loving it since we have been painting almost every day. I usually don't paint with her everyday because it is such a long process setting up and cleaning up. But I have found a solution to my problem. We have started to put the paint in one of breck's clear baby food tubs. This keeps the paint fresh, no more throwing away paint, and Virginia can open the containers all by herself. I have also started making Virginia clean up her own mess at the end. This has made a world of difference.

This time we tested out marble art. I had seen it on Pinterest and YouTube and seemed like something she would enjoy. It took Virginia a bit to get past the fact that her fingers were going to get messy. My clean freak, love her but am confused by the fact she will play all day in the play ground mulch, but hates getting paint and food on herself. 

Once we rolled the marbles in paint. We cut a sheet of paper to fit I side our tray lined with aluminum foil. Virginia dropped the marbles on the paper and went to town rolling back and forth. We rediped some of the marbles to get more color onto the paper. Virginia loved the whole process and asked to do it again. A sure sign that the craft was a success. I loved the fact she could do it all by herself as I fed Breck.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Scratch Art



I have been searching for fun activities to do with my Moms Club. I have searched Pinterest and all my favorite blogs. Now I have fallen in love with surfing YouTube for craft videos. I came across a DIY scratch art video using oil pastels.

I have seen the same concept using paint. But the great thing about oil pastels is you don't have to wait for them to dry. With Virginia the quicker the process the better. I actually tried this out by myself. I don't get to play with my art materials a lot. So I jumped at the chance when Virginia was busy watching Stampy and Breck was napping.

This project literally took 15 minutes start to finish. I cut out a simple square. I kept it small so it wouldn't take me long to finish. Then I colored the whole square with different colors. Next, the scary part I covered the whole design with a black oil pastel. 

Once covered, I used a cuticle stick and a stencil to scratch out a design. This project was so fun and really addictive. It was fun seeing what colors popped up and just fun scratching off the black. Got project for kids to do by themselves. And you don't have to worry about being perfect, so all ages can do this craft. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Petit Collage






From the beloved design brand for nurseries, playrooms, and every space in between, Petit Collage shows you how to make 25 of their bestselling paper and wooden accessories for your home. 

Customize toy chests, create cheerful name plaques, build bunny clocks, and more, with artist and owner Lorena Siminovich. Breaking down each project with simple, illustrated step-by-step instructions, Siminovich presents easy tips on how to personalize the Petit Collage signature style with your child’s favorite colors and patterns. All you need are rubber stamps, paper, scissors, and the provided project templates to create a contemporary space filled with bright and distinctive décor.

The things I enjoy most about this book is the beautiful photography, the mix of skill level for each project, and the informational details about the materials and tools used in each project. I feel that the beginner and most advanced crafter could find a project they would enjoy in this book.

The things that I am not crazy about in this book include the font choice for the alphabet in a few projects. I felt the font was not easily read. I also wish that the templates in the back were detachable. I feel that would make the templates easier to use.

I look forward to creating the baby door tag, friends coat rack, and family memory game. Overall this book is filled with creative projects for babies all the way to young kids.

I received this book for free from blogging for books for this review.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jammed Packed

Week in Review

This week has been jammed packed with tons of fun activities. Started off with a trip to the mall to play with friends at the indoor play ground. The weather was crazy. It started to pour rain on our way into the mall and then on the way out it was raining and sleeting. The schools actually were on a 3 hour delay the next day. 

That night we went to Virginia's school where she takes speech for a meeting for upcoming kindergarteners. They had a local teacher and the head of the Head Start program talking to us about what to expect in Kindergarten. I will be honest my stomach churned just a little bit by the end of the meeting. I don't like how academically driven kindergarten as become. I feel kids at this age should be kids and learn though play. I don't feel like they should be worked as hard as they are. 

I kind of laughed when they told us not to drill them over the summer but to let them be kids. Because they will be working hard during the school year. So yeah, that just made me shake my head. It does make me rethink the idea of homeschool, but I know Virginia will love school. And thankfully we can take school year by year and decide what works best for us. I am thankful to have a great homeschool group of friends that would help me in the journey if we decided to go down that path.


By the end of the week the weather was beautiful. I am talking 72 degree weather with a breeze beautiful. We spent both days at the park playing for hours. It was funny to watch Virginia, she has started to like playing with the boys more then in the past. Both days a group of boys followed her around the play ground playing. 

Thursday, Reiggin took Virginia to Chili's for their Father / Daughter dinner night. Breck and I decided to meet up with some friends for BBQ. 


Friday was a blast as we met our homeschool friends at the park for a play date. She spent the whole time playing soccer and playing on this huge mud hill " mining for gold ". 

Saturday was amazing as we drove down to Historical Brattonsville for their children's farm day. This annual family event focuses on farm life in the 18th and 19th centuries and was tons of fun. They had a professional story teller, blacksmith, horses ploying the fields, pony rides, and so much more. We spent over 3 hours walking all around and still didn't see everything. I got a work out pushing Breck in the stroller though the grass. 


Virginia is truly blessed with amazing Aunts. My sister Lisa stood in line forever with Virginia so she could ride a pony. And we stood and watched Virginia walk around a circle 7 times just to make a birthday size candle. Aunt Susan and Lisa were huge help to me in taking Virginia around when I had to stop to care for Breck. I love our outings with my sisters, niece, and nephew. 



Sunday we wrapped up the week by going to sunday school and sunday service. Breck made it halfway though before he decided to make a large fart and poop in the middle of the service. I just had to giggle when the guy in front of us turned around and smiled. Honestly I enjoy sitting in the crying room better some days. Our church is awesome and has a "crying room" a room beside the main room that has a couch and rockers and toys that parents can go to if they need to breast feed or if their kids are restless. The room has a double sided window where you can see inside the service and still hear the preacher's sermon. 


Afterwards we relaxed for most of the day until we met up with Reiggin and went shopping at the Mall and ended the day with dinner at Pizza Hut with our good friends Meredith and Lincoln. 

Knitting WIP (works in progress )


Virginia is still working on her second square for her blanket or scarf. She hasn't made up her mind yet.

I am working on two projects currently. My first project is my monthly challenge project Siamese Paws. This is my first time knitting on size one needles and doing intarsia. So learning new things with this project. My second project I am working on is a washcloth, Slant Dishcloth pattern, for my friend Jess who is expecting her second baby soon. I am wanting to knit all the dish cloth patterns on Knit Picks 52 weeks of dishcloths

Knitting FO ( finished objects )


I have finished the womb wisdom headband/ ear warmer for Virginia. It is a little loose on her and fits me perfect. But it is much cutier on her then me. I have never looked great in ear warmers or head bands. 

Photo of the Week



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Open Roads

Hey Everyone, I am back! I know I took just a little blog break. But glad to be back and hope to post more on a regular schedule now. So let me give you an update on everyone in the family.

Please excuse the horrible onesie he is wearing. Go Tarheels!

Breck is 3 months old now. He is my chunky monkey. He is already in 6 month and some 9 month clothes. At his two month check up he weighed 15lbs and 7oz.  He is sleeping better now at night just waking up one time. He is a early raiser and likes to wake me up at 5:30am and 6:00am. He loves his sister and she can always get him to laugh. He is laughing and giggling so much more these days. He is even starting to grab at the things that hang above him in his bouncy chair.


Next up is Uma our loving dog. She is officially over a year old now. She is still digging holes all over my back yard. She loves to sneak a few licks of Breck's head when I am not looking. She follows Virginia all over the house. She really is a great family dog. 


Virginia is growing and can't believe my baby will be starting Kindergarten in August. She is doing great. She loves playing outside and of course playing on her Ipad. She has also picked up knitting. Yep she is learning to knit. Makes me so happy. And she is still very fond of doing crafts though out the day. 


Reiggin and I are doing great. We both got new cars. I know it is crazy but the time was just right and things fell into place. I am thrilled to have two cars again. Being stuck in the house during the week was getting old. 

Week in Review


So now that I have a car again Virginia, Breck, and I have been hitting the open road. This week we have enjoyed going to the park. Going to the park with two kids by myself is really a learning process. I have learned it is easily when you have a friend with you. Also have learned that when the park is packed it is tough to roll the stroller up and push your kid on the swing. But walking the stroller around the track I hope will be a good source of exercise for me and bonus it puts Breck to sleep. 

We also have gotten back into speech lessons so we have those Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday we got back into going to story time at the library. It was so much fun to be back and to see our favorite librarian and to see how much the kids have grown that attend. 


I even was brave and took Virginia and Breck to Homeschool skate day on Friday. Virginia has been begging to go skating. And it was nice to see all her homeschool friends and their moms. This group of moms, we have almost all had babies in the past year. I was nervous about helping Virginia skate and taking care of Breck at the same time. Virginia surprised me and after following her around the rink two times she took off on her own. My baby is growing up.


Saturday we drove to Clover for Zach's birthday. It is always fun when we go to the Miller's house. But this time it was beyond awesome. They had a new roller-coaster toy that the kids love. Even the adults were pondering if they could ride the coaster without breaking it. 


Sunday we went to church and did some rainy day crafts and just hung out at home since the weather was so nasty outside. 

Knitting WIPs ( Works in Progress)


I am currently working on the womb wisdom headband/ ear warmer for Virginia. I am using size US8 needles and Red Heart with Love Fruit Punch yarn. This is the first project with cables that I have ever done. I am really enjoying doing the cables. 

Virginia is working on the second square of her blanket. She keeps changing her mind if she is going to make a scarf or a blanket with the squares she is knitting. 

Knitting FOs ( Finished Objects )




Since the beginning of the year I have finished a Knit Hat for Virginia, Grandmother's Favorite wash cloth for Faby's new baby Melody, and the Onesie wash cloth for Jess's baby Joey. 



Virginia has finished her first knitted square. She is practicing her knit and purl stitch. Her first square is pink. I honestly forget what kind of yarn and needle size she used on this square. 








Well that is our week in a nutshell, I am hoping to at least post once a week with a summary of how our week has been. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Brecklen Gram



Wow it has been over five months since I have made a blog post. Alot has happened in the past five months. Virginia turned five years old. Hard to believe that my baby will be going to school this time next year. Also we welcomed Brecklen Gram into our family on December 11th. He decided to make a speedy entrance into this world. 

So quick that I ended up having a natural birth. Yeah not on my birth plan at all. Never thought I would ever have a natural birth. Thankfully it was quick and Breck was born a healthy 8lbs 4oz and 21 inches long. We both are adjusting and getting into a routine. Thankfully Breck so far is a very easy going baby.


It does seem funny I have a son now. Some differences are you better change the diaper fast unless you like getting peed on. And instead of doing a load of pinks I am doing a load of blue and brown laundry now. But I am enjoying the journey and can't wait to watch him grow up. Crossing my fingers for a baseball player, just saying.

My friends have all been great and came and visited us. I say us but I think they really wanted to get their hands on Breck, baby fever and all. But it was great seeing everyone. And I have been lucky that friends and my sister have given us tons of hand me down clothes and toys.

We had a great New Year's Eve, even though I didn't realize it was NYE until the night of. We spent the night eating dinner out with friends. Then came home to relax on the couch and rung in the new year watching the ball drop on tv.

My goals for the new year is to knit more and continue to challenge myself to learn new craft things both in knitting and sewing. I also will add blog more to my new years goals.  I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's Eve and Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers

I have been preparing for my elementary art classes that I am teaching at Sign and Doodle by testing projects with Virginia. This month the kids are learning about Vincent Van Gogh. The first project we are doing is Vincent Van Gogh sunflowers. I found an amazing turtorial on YouTube by an art teacher called Mr. P

While we were visiting my parents today, I had Virginia test run the painting. I wanted to see how long it took her to finish. I wanted to see if she could do each step by herself with little to no assistance from me. Most importantly I wanted to see if it kept her interest and if she enjoyed it. I believe I met and exceeded all my goals. She had a great time and the project didn't go to far over her abilities, but still challenged her.






Monday, July 14, 2014

Marble Art

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This past week I have been testing out crafts that I want to use with my moms club. Virginia has been loving it since we have been painting almost every day. I usually don't paint with her everyday because it is such a long process setting up and cleaning up. But I have found a solution to my problem. We have started to put the paint in one of breck's clear baby food tubs. This keeps the paint fresh, no more throwing away paint, and Virginia can open the containers all by herself. I have also started making Virginia clean up her own mess at the end. This has made a world of difference.

This time we tested out marble art. I had seen it on Pinterest and YouTube and seemed like something she would enjoy. It took Virginia a bit to get past the fact that her fingers were going to get messy. My clean freak, love her but am confused by the fact she will play all day in the play ground mulch, but hates getting paint and food on herself. 

Once we rolled the marbles in paint. We cut a sheet of paper to fit I side our tray lined with aluminum foil. Virginia dropped the marbles on the paper and went to town rolling back and forth. We rediped some of the marbles to get more color onto the paper. Virginia loved the whole process and asked to do it again. A sure sign that the craft was a success. I loved the fact she could do it all by herself as I fed Breck.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Scratch Art

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I have been searching for fun activities to do with my Moms Club. I have searched Pinterest and all my favorite blogs. Now I have fallen in love with surfing YouTube for craft videos. I came across a DIY scratch art video using oil pastels.

I have seen the same concept using paint. But the great thing about oil pastels is you don't have to wait for them to dry. With Virginia the quicker the process the better. I actually tried this out by myself. I don't get to play with my art materials a lot. So I jumped at the chance when Virginia was busy watching Stampy and Breck was napping.

This project literally took 15 minutes start to finish. I cut out a simple square. I kept it small so it wouldn't take me long to finish. Then I colored the whole square with different colors. Next, the scary part I covered the whole design with a black oil pastel. 

Once covered, I used a cuticle stick and a stencil to scratch out a design. This project was so fun and really addictive. It was fun seeing what colors popped up and just fun scratching off the black. Got project for kids to do by themselves. And you don't have to worry about being perfect, so all ages can do this craft. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Petit Collage

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From the beloved design brand for nurseries, playrooms, and every space in between, Petit Collage shows you how to make 25 of their bestselling paper and wooden accessories for your home. 

Customize toy chests, create cheerful name plaques, build bunny clocks, and more, with artist and owner Lorena Siminovich. Breaking down each project with simple, illustrated step-by-step instructions, Siminovich presents easy tips on how to personalize the Petit Collage signature style with your child’s favorite colors and patterns. All you need are rubber stamps, paper, scissors, and the provided project templates to create a contemporary space filled with bright and distinctive décor.

The things I enjoy most about this book is the beautiful photography, the mix of skill level for each project, and the informational details about the materials and tools used in each project. I feel that the beginner and most advanced crafter could find a project they would enjoy in this book.

The things that I am not crazy about in this book include the font choice for the alphabet in a few projects. I felt the font was not easily read. I also wish that the templates in the back were detachable. I feel that would make the templates easier to use.

I look forward to creating the baby door tag, friends coat rack, and family memory game. Overall this book is filled with creative projects for babies all the way to young kids.

I received this book for free from blogging for books for this review.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jammed Packed

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Week in Review

This week has been jammed packed with tons of fun activities. Started off with a trip to the mall to play with friends at the indoor play ground. The weather was crazy. It started to pour rain on our way into the mall and then on the way out it was raining and sleeting. The schools actually were on a 3 hour delay the next day. 

That night we went to Virginia's school where she takes speech for a meeting for upcoming kindergarteners. They had a local teacher and the head of the Head Start program talking to us about what to expect in Kindergarten. I will be honest my stomach churned just a little bit by the end of the meeting. I don't like how academically driven kindergarten as become. I feel kids at this age should be kids and learn though play. I don't feel like they should be worked as hard as they are. 

I kind of laughed when they told us not to drill them over the summer but to let them be kids. Because they will be working hard during the school year. So yeah, that just made me shake my head. It does make me rethink the idea of homeschool, but I know Virginia will love school. And thankfully we can take school year by year and decide what works best for us. I am thankful to have a great homeschool group of friends that would help me in the journey if we decided to go down that path.


By the end of the week the weather was beautiful. I am talking 72 degree weather with a breeze beautiful. We spent both days at the park playing for hours. It was funny to watch Virginia, she has started to like playing with the boys more then in the past. Both days a group of boys followed her around the play ground playing. 

Thursday, Reiggin took Virginia to Chili's for their Father / Daughter dinner night. Breck and I decided to meet up with some friends for BBQ. 


Friday was a blast as we met our homeschool friends at the park for a play date. She spent the whole time playing soccer and playing on this huge mud hill " mining for gold ". 

Saturday was amazing as we drove down to Historical Brattonsville for their children's farm day. This annual family event focuses on farm life in the 18th and 19th centuries and was tons of fun. They had a professional story teller, blacksmith, horses ploying the fields, pony rides, and so much more. We spent over 3 hours walking all around and still didn't see everything. I got a work out pushing Breck in the stroller though the grass. 


Virginia is truly blessed with amazing Aunts. My sister Lisa stood in line forever with Virginia so she could ride a pony. And we stood and watched Virginia walk around a circle 7 times just to make a birthday size candle. Aunt Susan and Lisa were huge help to me in taking Virginia around when I had to stop to care for Breck. I love our outings with my sisters, niece, and nephew. 



Sunday we wrapped up the week by going to sunday school and sunday service. Breck made it halfway though before he decided to make a large fart and poop in the middle of the service. I just had to giggle when the guy in front of us turned around and smiled. Honestly I enjoy sitting in the crying room better some days. Our church is awesome and has a "crying room" a room beside the main room that has a couch and rockers and toys that parents can go to if they need to breast feed or if their kids are restless. The room has a double sided window where you can see inside the service and still hear the preacher's sermon. 


Afterwards we relaxed for most of the day until we met up with Reiggin and went shopping at the Mall and ended the day with dinner at Pizza Hut with our good friends Meredith and Lincoln. 

Knitting WIP (works in progress )


Virginia is still working on her second square for her blanket or scarf. She hasn't made up her mind yet.

I am working on two projects currently. My first project is my monthly challenge project Siamese Paws. This is my first time knitting on size one needles and doing intarsia. So learning new things with this project. My second project I am working on is a washcloth, Slant Dishcloth pattern, for my friend Jess who is expecting her second baby soon. I am wanting to knit all the dish cloth patterns on Knit Picks 52 weeks of dishcloths

Knitting FO ( finished objects )


I have finished the womb wisdom headband/ ear warmer for Virginia. It is a little loose on her and fits me perfect. But it is much cutier on her then me. I have never looked great in ear warmers or head bands. 

Photo of the Week



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Open Roads

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Hey Everyone, I am back! I know I took just a little blog break. But glad to be back and hope to post more on a regular schedule now. So let me give you an update on everyone in the family.

Please excuse the horrible onesie he is wearing. Go Tarheels!

Breck is 3 months old now. He is my chunky monkey. He is already in 6 month and some 9 month clothes. At his two month check up he weighed 15lbs and 7oz.  He is sleeping better now at night just waking up one time. He is a early raiser and likes to wake me up at 5:30am and 6:00am. He loves his sister and she can always get him to laugh. He is laughing and giggling so much more these days. He is even starting to grab at the things that hang above him in his bouncy chair.


Next up is Uma our loving dog. She is officially over a year old now. She is still digging holes all over my back yard. She loves to sneak a few licks of Breck's head when I am not looking. She follows Virginia all over the house. She really is a great family dog. 


Virginia is growing and can't believe my baby will be starting Kindergarten in August. She is doing great. She loves playing outside and of course playing on her Ipad. She has also picked up knitting. Yep she is learning to knit. Makes me so happy. And she is still very fond of doing crafts though out the day. 


Reiggin and I are doing great. We both got new cars. I know it is crazy but the time was just right and things fell into place. I am thrilled to have two cars again. Being stuck in the house during the week was getting old. 

Week in Review


So now that I have a car again Virginia, Breck, and I have been hitting the open road. This week we have enjoyed going to the park. Going to the park with two kids by myself is really a learning process. I have learned it is easily when you have a friend with you. Also have learned that when the park is packed it is tough to roll the stroller up and push your kid on the swing. But walking the stroller around the track I hope will be a good source of exercise for me and bonus it puts Breck to sleep. 

We also have gotten back into speech lessons so we have those Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday we got back into going to story time at the library. It was so much fun to be back and to see our favorite librarian and to see how much the kids have grown that attend. 


I even was brave and took Virginia and Breck to Homeschool skate day on Friday. Virginia has been begging to go skating. And it was nice to see all her homeschool friends and their moms. This group of moms, we have almost all had babies in the past year. I was nervous about helping Virginia skate and taking care of Breck at the same time. Virginia surprised me and after following her around the rink two times she took off on her own. My baby is growing up.


Saturday we drove to Clover for Zach's birthday. It is always fun when we go to the Miller's house. But this time it was beyond awesome. They had a new roller-coaster toy that the kids love. Even the adults were pondering if they could ride the coaster without breaking it. 


Sunday we went to church and did some rainy day crafts and just hung out at home since the weather was so nasty outside. 

Knitting WIPs ( Works in Progress)


I am currently working on the womb wisdom headband/ ear warmer for Virginia. I am using size US8 needles and Red Heart with Love Fruit Punch yarn. This is the first project with cables that I have ever done. I am really enjoying doing the cables. 

Virginia is working on the second square of her blanket. She keeps changing her mind if she is going to make a scarf or a blanket with the squares she is knitting. 

Knitting FOs ( Finished Objects )




Since the beginning of the year I have finished a Knit Hat for Virginia, Grandmother's Favorite wash cloth for Faby's new baby Melody, and the Onesie wash cloth for Jess's baby Joey. 



Virginia has finished her first knitted square. She is practicing her knit and purl stitch. Her first square is pink. I honestly forget what kind of yarn and needle size she used on this square. 








Well that is our week in a nutshell, I am hoping to at least post once a week with a summary of how our week has been. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Brecklen Gram

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Wow it has been over five months since I have made a blog post. Alot has happened in the past five months. Virginia turned five years old. Hard to believe that my baby will be going to school this time next year. Also we welcomed Brecklen Gram into our family on December 11th. He decided to make a speedy entrance into this world. 

So quick that I ended up having a natural birth. Yeah not on my birth plan at all. Never thought I would ever have a natural birth. Thankfully it was quick and Breck was born a healthy 8lbs 4oz and 21 inches long. We both are adjusting and getting into a routine. Thankfully Breck so far is a very easy going baby.


It does seem funny I have a son now. Some differences are you better change the diaper fast unless you like getting peed on. And instead of doing a load of pinks I am doing a load of blue and brown laundry now. But I am enjoying the journey and can't wait to watch him grow up. Crossing my fingers for a baseball player, just saying.

My friends have all been great and came and visited us. I say us but I think they really wanted to get their hands on Breck, baby fever and all. But it was great seeing everyone. And I have been lucky that friends and my sister have given us tons of hand me down clothes and toys.

We had a great New Year's Eve, even though I didn't realize it was NYE until the night of. We spent the night eating dinner out with friends. Then came home to relax on the couch and rung in the new year watching the ball drop on tv.

My goals for the new year is to knit more and continue to challenge myself to learn new craft things both in knitting and sewing. I also will add blog more to my new years goals.  I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's Eve and Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Vincent Van Gogh Sunflowers

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I have been preparing for my elementary art classes that I am teaching at Sign and Doodle by testing projects with Virginia. This month the kids are learning about Vincent Van Gogh. The first project we are doing is Vincent Van Gogh sunflowers. I found an amazing turtorial on YouTube by an art teacher called Mr. P

While we were visiting my parents today, I had Virginia test run the painting. I wanted to see how long it took her to finish. I wanted to see if she could do each step by herself with little to no assistance from me. Most importantly I wanted to see if it kept her interest and if she enjoyed it. I believe I met and exceeded all my goals. She had a great time and the project didn't go to far over her abilities, but still challenged her.