The New and Improved Thinking Cap

Hanging out with family I seldom get to see is super fun. Whenever my parents have any grandchildren over, they always like to do fun and special things. If you are wondering where I get the wherewithal to create fabulous doodles, you need look no further than my awesome Mom. She has always been creative and is on the lifelong search for the perfect project. Sometimes she finds that project and needs to find a new one.

Get Outta My Space!

This year, when my brother’s kids came from Texas for Spring Break, my mom decided she needed to do this cool planet project. The original idea is to use oil based spray paint to make sweet planets and moons on a piece of paper. We were going to try it out on some T-shirts. We soon discovered some problems with the initial plan, and my mom created this ingenuous work around to make sweet, sweet shirts for the three boys.  (My Brother and sister in law have seven kids, five of which are quintuplets).

Like Saturn, but without the rings

Like Saturn, but without the rings

Neptune-ish plus mini-Mars!

Neptune-ish plus mini-Mars!

Excellent Black storms on a green planet

Excellent Black storms on a green planet

Riley is Too Cool for School and also the dining room

Riley is Too Cool for School and also the dining room

The gun show is apparently across the solar system

The gun show is apparently across the solar system

So, as you can see, my mom is ridiculously awesome. Also, space puns anybody?

Flower Hats

Upon further consideration, my mom decided the planet shirts were cool, but that the girls might want something a little different. At the last minute, we decided we should do some hand-painted hats, similar to a hat my mom painted for herself. We did three pink hats for the three young girls, a black hat for the tween, and a pillbox-type cap for mom.

yellow flower hat 1

Kaydence

Kaydence

purple flower hat 1

Kassidy

Kassidy

Kyndall

Kyndall

teal flower hat 2

Kaiya

Kaiya

My sister-in-law got a special hat to commemorate the state where she grew up, Hawaii.

Rachelle

Rachelle

hybiscus hat 2

Going downtown wearing their color coordinating duds

Going downtown wearing their color coordinating duds

 

 

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Creeper Gonna Creep

I made it through a full year of my nieces and nephews birthday cards, and the last is for an April Fool’s baby. He loves Minecraft like most other kids his age. His card took the longest to plan and color because I wanted it to be as much like the actual game as possible. Of course, the main feature of the card is not realistic to the game. The green creeper is a terrible monster in the game. Unlike other in-game mobs, they do not burn up when the sun comes out and they are silent except for the popping noise they make right before they blow up. Many a time have I been playing Mincraft when I die unexpectedly because of a Creeper.

Pretty pretty blocks

Pretty pretty blocks

If you have never heard of Minecraft, I’m pretty surprised. The game itself is deceptively simple as are the graphics, but it is actually a beautiful game. The environment is blocky, but the colors and light are superb. It has especially realistic atmospheric perspective (you know, the thing that makes purple mountain majesty). Other aspects of the game are also cool, like the soundtrack. I even learned to play one of the in-game tunes on the piano. (The tune is called Sweden if you want to listen to it.)

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