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HOW TO USE YOUR SMARTPHONE SMARTLY

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Want to know who invented pet rocks? Push a button on your phone and you’ll have the answer.

What song is this? Your phone will tell you.

What should I be doing today? Ask your phone.

How wonderful are smartphones?

With those little pockets of technology you can shop, speak, bank, pay bills, research, write, take photographs, make videos – is there anything they can’t do?

I don’t know how I’d live without one. Oh, wait, I did, for more than half my life.

 

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HOW TO MAKE A TURTLE PLANTER

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to make a turtle planter.

World Turtle Day is celebrated on May 23 each year to raise awareness about the plight and importance of those wonderful creatures.

Did you read my post, A Tantalising Turtle Tale to Add Magic to Your Day?

To celebrate and to honour turtles I’m going to show you how to make a really sweet turtle planter.

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A TANTALISING TURTLE TALE TO ADD MAGIC TO YOUR DAY 

 

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A group of islanders stand at the tall cliffs overlooking the South Pacific Ocean and sing a song. And a little bit of magic happens.

The islanders, from the village of Vaitogi, in American Samoa, sing some ancient words and one by one, the sea turtles in the area will come to the surface of the ocean and raise their heads from the water as if in greeting.

Those lucky enough to see this spectacle are often rewarded with the sight of sharks also coming to the water’s surface at the sounds of the ancient song/chant.

That the sharks and turtles, natural enemies, would swim alongside each other is a modern day mystery steeped in ancient legend.

 

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WARNING. THIS MOTHER’S DAY PAINT PROJECT IS ADDICTIVE

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, a Mother’s Day paint project you are sure to find addictive.

Of course, you can do this project at any time, but it’s fantastic to make beautiful handmade cards or even a lovely landscape painting.

And you don’t even have to consider yourself a great painter to get stunning results.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT COOKIES, HUGS AND THE GRANDEST OF JOBS

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Move over super mums – here comes Super Gran (and I’m not talking about the children’s series).

I’ll let you in on a secret. Grandmothering isn’t all about cookies and hugs.

Today’s grandmothers are juggling work, home and babysitting commitments with the flair of the best superheroes. This is a far different picture than the many cartoons littering the internet depicting grandmothers as little old ladies wearing aprons and baking cookies.

Grandparenting has become a much more serious business.

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HOW TO MAKE MAGNIFICENT MUDDY MASTERPIECES

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – magnificent muddy masterpieces.

Mud has been used in artworks for thousands of years and there is a good reason. It is a wonderful medium.

If you read my post, How to Increase Health and Happiness by Playing in Mud, you will know that getting dirty is good for you.

It is also fun to work with.

Soil can create a range of shades of black, brown, red, orange, yellow and white – perfect for painting.

Mud containing clay is wonderful for making sculptures.

This week’s projects include mud painting, mini mud buildings using homemade mud bricks, and seed bombs – a fun gift for gardeners.

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HOW TO INCREASE HEALTH AND HAPPINESS BY PLAYING IN MUD

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It has been used to build houses, make pottery, keep creatures cool, and is one of the oldest words in the English language. Mud.

The word dates back to at least 1400 and is derived from the original term “muddle”, meaning the lowest or worst of anything.

This ‘lowly’ material can also make you happier and healthier and possibly, more productive and smarter.

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7 FUN IDEAS FOR GROUP ART PROJECTS

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – this week I’m offering ideas for group art projects.

If you read my post, How Group Art Projects Can Make Children Better Adults, you will know the benefits of getting kids to work together to make something.

You can do this with family members, or have a friend play day and make it crafty.

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HOW GROUP ART PROJECTS CAN MAKE CHILDREN BETTER ADULTS

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There is no doubt that creating art, in any form, can help children learn and become more self-confident and independent.

There is even evidence that enjoying creative activities can improve health.

It’s a wonderful feeling to be focused on a creation, in a world of your own, enjoying the solitude and immersed in your project.

When a group of people come together to create something, another kind of magic happens.

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HOW TO TURN OLD FENCE PALINGS AND CLAY INTO BEAUTIFUL POPPY ART

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – turning fence palings and clay into poppy art.

With ANZAC day just around the corner, I’ve decided to share with you the instructions for a lovely piece of artwork featuring poppies.

The poppy has important significance when it comes to war.

The corn poppy, also known as the Flanders poppy, grew profusely in the WWI trenches and also flowers in Turkey in early spring.

According to war historians, a valley south of ANZAC Beach, Gallipoli, got its name Poppy Valley from the field of bright red poppies near its mouth.

A group of war widows of French ex-servicemen went to the British Legion Headquarters in 1921, armed with some poppies they had made and suggested they be sold as a means of raising money to help those who were incapacitated as a result of the war.

In Australia, single red poppies are not usually worn on ANZAC Day (these are worn on Remembrance Day, November 11). However, wreaths of poppies are traditionally placed at memorials and honour boards on ANZAC Day.

BEAUTIFUL POPPY ART

 

MATERIALS

  • Old fence palings – those with worn and jagged edges look great
  • Air dry clay
  • Red nail polish or paint
  • Black paint
  • Background paints in assorted colours of choice
  • Rolling pin
  • Fishing line
  • Craft Glue
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Small piece of wood

 

METHOD

  • Cut the fence palings to the desired length and hold them together vertically, jagged edges up, by nailing a thin piece of wood to the back of both palings. Use this to attach eye hooks and string for hanging.

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  • Paint the palings in the desired colours. I used a combination of green, blue, copper and orange.
  • Meanwhile, use some fishing line to cut a small slab from the air dry clay.
  • Roll out the slab and cut it into a circle.
  • Pinch the edges of the circle to make them thinner and slightly wavy.

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  • Repeat for each poppy you wish to make.
  • Use some more clay to roll small balls and gently press these into the centre of your poppies.

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  • Place your clay poppies over a small dish so that they will dry with an indent in the centre.

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  • Allow the poppies to dry. This could take up to three days.
  • When they are completely dry, paint them with red paint or nail polish. (I happened to like the sheen created by the nail polish).
  • Outline the clay poppies with a black marker or paint and paint the centre part – where the little clay balls were placed.
  • When this is dry, glue the poppies into position on your fence palings.
  • Finish by painting long black stems from the poppies.

I hope you enjoyed this craft. Be sure to share if you did.

Did you read my post  Celebrating ANZACS – What Makes a Hero?

Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.

 

 

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