Friday, December 26, 2008

There once was a kitty

First Curly Girl drew a kitty. Then she decided the kitty needed to be a momma so she gave it a kitten. Then she decided the kitten needed a sister.....Then she decided that no kitty has only 1 or 2 kittens so she added 2 more.........

Friday, December 19, 2008


Go ahead and say it.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

She's wirey.......

Curly Girl's latest for her art class in school......she has to create something from wire.

I asked her why she gave the artist brown curly hair instead of blond. She said 'it is not ME mom....' my defense, I thought it would be! lol!
I love that the little flower painting on the easel is not complete.....

Friday, November 14, 2008


Curly Girl's first painting! Didn't she do a GREAT JOB!?

I think she did!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Curly Girl had an interesting class project this week. They had listened to some music for her music class and then were to 'draw' death.
Of course, she drew an interpretation as only she could..........I love it.

So.......can YOU find 'death?'

Friday, October 24, 2008

I see you.......

Here is the latsst paper mask Curly Girl made for art. You can't see it from the side (duh, me)
but it is a bird..........pretty cute.

I like the curlee-ques on the top of the mask!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Game piece chicken.....

Curly Girl and I were playing a board game the other day.
After wards, I went into the kitchen to start cooking dinner.
A few minutes later she called for me to come in and look what she did.........

Here it is:

A game piece chicken...............funny!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

One Divine Ermine.....

Curly Girl chose to draw an Ermine in her after school art class this last week.
Here is a close up of its little face:

An Ermine is commonly known as a ferret. They are brown and white in the summer and totally white in the winter.........

Here is another shot........

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A little fox.......

A couple days ago, Curly Girl sat down and drew 8 pictures.

She just sits down and draws stuff....she never uses a picture to look at...........

This one is my favorite.........I especially like the tail.

It has to be a 'she' because she is so pretty! Isn't she lovely?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Curly Girl made some 'Meranimals' the other day.
I love to see some of the creatures she comes up! She has such a vivid imagination.
She was so proud of these she took them to show her after school art teacher.
Her teacher (Miss Margie) said 'these are the types of things judges like to see in competition because they are so original.'
You should have SEEN the smile on Curly Girl's face. It lit up the entire room and she was STILL smiling when I picked her up!
She hasn't entered any competitions yet, but maybe that compliment will give her the push she needed!

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Curly Girl just finished this little kitty in her after school art class! Isn't he GORGEOUS!

She named him Leo, after her own kitty at home, "Leonardo Da Kitty."

Check out his eyes.....she tried to make them glow and experimented on her own.....I think she did a beautiful job.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tissue box condos.......

Curly Girl was at it again this weekend. She had me save up a bunch of tissue boxes for a few weeks, then she took them into her room to 'create' something for her little pets. I always know where to look when my tape goes missing!

She made this giant 'condo.'
It is soooooooo cute in person. You can't see all the details in these the little beds inside the boxes and the little stairs and windows, etc.
There are too many details to share....and she isn't even finished. The 3 boxes on the left are still 'under construction!'

Here is the 'back' of it.... You can see the little ramp and the little shutters from this angle.

I really like the little boat she made this time around. The little star shaped piece on the right side is the steering wheel....I didn't realize it was supposed to stand up until after I took the photo. Sorry Curly Girl!
She won't be happy that her pets fell down while I was moving it for its photo! Guess I'd better set them up in a hurry!

She and her friend played with it all weekend.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Another Doodle........

Curly Girl created another fantasy creature...........this one is a 'zebra, tiger and dragonfly'.........

Her name is Lily and the creature is called a "Zegerfly."

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Curly Girl was doodling yesterday when I picked her up from school. As I drove up, I could see her slide something away. She likes to surprise me when she gets in the car.

She presented it to me with a flourish........but cracked me up because when I asked what it was she said 'I don't know....' Basically, it is a tortoise, unicorn and dragon fantasy creature.

She later dubbed it a "Tragon." So there you go!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Meet Buddy....

This is Curly Girl's latest art class creation. She named him "Buddy" after the movie with the dogs that play basketball. We think he is gorgeous!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Kick Yer Heels Up!

Curly Girl likes to draw horses that are from time to time she will bring me a drawing like this one:

Friday, August 22, 2008

Reversible sketchbook tutorial

In this post, I showed you a neat little sketchbook Curly Girl had made in her art class at school.
She was told to 'fill it up' with drawings over the summer break and then take it back to school and show the art teacher.

I had a few people that were interested in learning how to make them so I did this tutorial for them. It is best to read through this tutorial because it can be tricky. Folding the paper and pressing it down while wet, etc. If you can remember how you folded a 'fortune teller' from when you were in school, it helps because the diagonal fold is the part that makes this work.

You will need:
colored mat board or other thick board for the front and back of the sketchbook
white lighter weight mat board for the decorated part of the front and back (or heavy weight sketch paper)
several sheets of medium weight sketching paper (we used 7)
paper trimmer
double sided tape (optional)

To begin:
Cut 2 pieces of the heaviest weight mat board into the size you like. We did a 6 X 6 inch square.
These will be the front and the back of the sketchbook. Set aside.

Next cut 2 pieces of the white mat board into smaller squares to fit inside the cover pieces. We did 3.5 X 3.5 inch square. See how it fits inside the colored mat board.

Next tear out several pieces of the sketchbook paper. (we used 7)

You will need to cut all pieces to fit the book. Don't cut them until you fold them.
Fold them side to side first.

Then fold up one more time.

Then measure them to determine how much you need to cut from 2 ends. DO NOT CUT THE FOLDED EDGES.

Next open each page up and take one corner and fold it DIAGONALLY across to the other side.

All folds should be made the same way as they have to fold in on each other throughout the sketchbook.

Make sure you lay the paper down with the diagonal creases facing up and running in the same direction. (It doesn't matter which direction you choose. Ours ran right upper corner toward lower left corner.)
See how the crease itself faces UP. That is important because of the way the pages fold in on themselves.

Next, cut your ribbon about 30" long. Lay the ribbon pretty side DOWN on the wrong side of the colored mat board.
Glue the ribbon down. Let dry

Once dry, apply glue on TOP of the ribbon for your first sheet of sketchbook paper. Smooth the glue out to the edges with a piece of scrap paper first.

Next take your first piece of folded sketch paper and glue one of the flat corners (the one without the diagonal crease running through it.) down on top of the ribbon. Let dry.

In the next photo, see how I'm pinching the folds so the page will lay down properly. You take your right hand and press the open flap down and will make your 'next' page that way. (It is sort of like when you wrap a present and fold the ends in on themselves.)

One dried, the rest goes fast. You can use glue for the rest of the pages but I found that double stick tapes works well too.

Starting with the first page that has been glued down. Fold that page down. The corner that is facing up is the corner you attach the next sheet to. You will put tape on it. (or run a bead of glue) Pre fold the paper again and then press it down on TOP of the tape/glue.

In this next photo you can see how my thumb is on the 'bottom' sheet and the next 'top' sheet is
to the right.....Above my right thumb, you can see how the sheet folds in on itself like an accordian.

Continue doing this until you are done with all pages of the sketchbook.
Don't worry if the pages are not PERFECTLY aligned. You don't see it once the mat boards are in place.

Once done, take your other piece of colored mat board place it face down. Run a bead of glue and glue the LAST page of the sketchbook to it. I use a piece of scrap paper to smooth the glue out first.

Set something on top of it and let it dry.

Next, have someone( I asked Curly Girl) paint something lovely on the 2 pieces of white mat board. Once dried, glue them to the colored mat board. Then you can tie it up with the ribbon.

Since this is reversible, you want both sides to be pretty.

That's it! Now you are ready to start sketching.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dreamy dolphin

Yesterday Curly Girl was in the craft room helping me with her sketchbook tutorial. I'll post that later. :-)

She pulled out her watercolors and painted different colors of blue on a leftover mat board. The water soaked right into the board and caused some of the paper to 'pill.' It made the picture look sort of fuzzy.

Then she made a line on the board, turned it around to show was a dolphin. The lines melted into the blue a bit....which is what she wanted.

It is very simple compared to some of the things she has done but it is neat that she did it the way she did. The darkness you see at the bottom of the photo isn't due to lighting. That is the way she painted it.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

An Award for Curly Girl!

Zoe presented Curly Girl this WONDERFUL award!

Curly Girl really got excited about this award....after I explained it to her.

She is only 10 and so very thrilled to get it. She was speechless but gave me a big fat hug! (Thanks for that Zoe!) She then said to 'say thank you for me."

So, THANK YOU Zoe for picking her for this award. And thank you to everyone who comes and comments on her blog. It 'makes my heart happy.' (her words, not mine!)

So here are the rules for this award:

1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider to deserve this award, creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community, no matter of language.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award-winning blog has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) Award-winning blog and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y pico" blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5) To show these rules.

Curly Girl has some favorite blogs she likes so here they are:

Planet June
because June has the "BEST STUFF MOM!"
June does just about every craft under the sun but her amigurumi ROCK!
Life with Nature Girl
because "we have swapped with them and they are nice people." This blog is full of insight, crafts and daily musings of life with a beautiful 4 year old.
Stitchy McYarnPants
because "they make us laugh" until we cry. Enough said. If you've never been, you must go NOW. Prepare to laugh.
M. Patrizio
because she likes the cuteness of this blog. This lady is seriously talented. She did the graphics for the "Horton" movie.....seriously.
Wild Jenn
because 'she has kids too.' Jenn like to dish on aprons, kids, fashion , Alaska...

Oh, and don't think she left ME out. She suggested my blog but I thought that would be a bit of a conflict of interest. What a sweetheart!

Thank you AGAIN Zoe!

Baby sparrow.....

Curly Girl decided cheep needed a pal......he looked lonely.

So she drew another baby bird.....this one looks a bit like a sparrow. I love his legs........she is so observant!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A little cheep

Curly Girl likes to draw in pen from time to time. It is so hard to do though because she can't simply 'erase' what she wants to redo.
That being said, many of her sketches she has done using pen, never make it online.
Until now!
She did this little cheep in a few minutes last night and brought it to me to post.
Pretty darn cute, huh?!

Thursday, July 31, 2008


This is another picture Curly Girl did at her summer art class. She was very particular about wanting to draw a picture of a dolphin splashing into the water. She was THRILLED when she found something to use in class.
She has a 'thing' for dolphins so this one is really special to her!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A story about a bunny....

A little over a week ago, Curly Girl went with me to the pet store so I could exchange a couple fish for our aquarium. As we were walking up to the check out, she went to look at the cute little bunnies.
She yelled out for me to come look at the baby bunnies. Well, I had been to the same store an hour earlier (different story) and there were no BABY bunnies. So I walk over and sure enough there are 3 little teeny weeny, itsy bitsy, bald as a cucumber baby bunnies. They were freezing as the mom had just popped them out without a nest and hopped away.
So, Curly Girl DASHED to the front squealing with delight about the cute baby bunnies and the lady (who helped me before) said 'uh, we don't HAVE any baby bunnies..." Curly Girl and I replied "YES you do!" Actually, I said, 'you do NOW' and made a comment about bunny birth control.
Well all ---- broke out as they dashed around getting a separate cage for DADDY who apparently killed the last babies....just a few short weeks earlier. (I guess what THEY say about bunnies is true.)
After all the chaos, Curly Girl walked out very pleased with herself that she had 'saved' the babies from that MEAN daddy bunny.
So, here is the picture she drew of the momma bunny:

Sunday, July 13, 2008

'Blogworthy' Doodles.......

The last several weeks, we have had a lot of company...both from out of town and from local friends having sleepovers.
So I wasn't surprised the other day when Curly Girl announced she was needing some 'down time.' She sometimes just needs to play by herself, be alone and decompress.

When she was very young she would say, "No mommy, I play by self." It was her way of saying that she wanted to be A L O N E.

That being said, she spent 2-3 days without friends, just building with her legos, singing to herself, loving on the pets..especially Leo, cutting and doodling. She also did quite a bit of snuggling with me :-)

Here are 3 little doodles she did and then brought them to me for her blog. She always asks....'are these blogworthy?'

These 2 are more of her "Fire and Water" dragons.....even without color, you can already see more detailing in this pair than in the ones she did in March.

And here is a Sad faced little puppy....

So cute!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Little Flower

Here is a new project for Curly Girl. We've been so busy with company that I didn't realize I hadn't been posting her art work! I love this little fawn..........she named her "Little Flower."

Isn't she lovely!

Bambi....where are you?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Here kitty, kitty....

This is Curly Girl's latest creation from her Summer art class.
I love the two little kitties......she did a good job. Doesn't hurt that the background has LSU colors! :-)

Friday, June 13, 2008

a little panda purse

This week for her sewing lesson, Curly girl chose to make a purse.

I took her to Hancock's to pick out fabric. She picked out some CUTE dog fabric and we went home. I helped her cut out the pattern and said, " okay, lets get you seated at the machine"
She said 'machine?" "uhhhhhhh, I don't want to do it with a machine....I like doing it by HAND."
So....back in the car and off to Hancock's one more time. This time I knew to take her to the fleece.

After seeing the movie "Kung Fu Panda," I'm not at all surprised by the print she chose.......and the little purse turned out really cute.

To make things a bit more interesting and to make a prettier edge, I taught her the blanket stitch .

She did a GREAT job!