Monday, January 18, 2016

Rock Art at the Garden

Try your hardest
Stay grounded
Start each day with a clean slate
Keep still
Be well-rounded
Live in balance
Never take life for granite!
(Ilan Shamir)
Rock painting is something I've wanted to do with the kids at The Secret Garden for a while.  And since I was in charge of arts and crafts this past Saturday, that's exactly what we did.
Give kids markers, brushes and paints and they are happy campers.
Their creativity was amazing to see.
We had a bigger turnout than I expected so the nearly 30 rocks I bought weren't even enough.  Some of the kids that came a little late were searching for any type of stone or concrete block around the garden that they could paint.
Two hours went by so visit.  While some of the kids took their rocks home, some left them behind for the garden, so the next morning I went back to place them around the vegetable patch.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
(Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Have a great week!


Betsy said...

So much fun for the children and for you Tammy! I am so impressed by your dedication to the garden and teaching the children to value it by doing fun things with rocks are beautiful and I'm sure the smiles of the children were too.

Createology said...

The simple JOYS of children and life. Great project Tammy! This will surely become a repeat event. I would love to send you some rocks but the Post Office has made postage costs really out-of-bounds. Creative Rock Painting Bliss Dear...

Linda said...

This reminds me of my sisters and I painting rocks from around our yard when we were little. We always had many rocks because my parents were pristine landscapers when it came to our yard - we had rock paths that led through the backyard, and an array of landscaped gardens that included rock borders, etc.

Not having a good start to the new year here - many bad things which I won't go into. I've always said that people's enthusiasm for a New Year is overrated.

Still... today is a holiday off for me and I'm enjoying a nice day at home. I did begin my day with a 4 mile run and it was 2 degrees out (way below zero with the wind). I didn't get cold though because I had 3 layers of workout gear on. ;)

Hope you enjoy a nice week,

Serena Lewis said...

Lovely post, Tammy! I have a thing for rocks so this was fun to read and to see all the great pictures. Kids are amazing artists. It sounded like a successful day. :)

Teresa Kasner said...

Love all of this post! I also am a rock-hound. I do love them.. and seeing all the kid's work was so neat! I liked seeing them around the garden. You rock! LOL! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Amy at love made my home said...

Very wise words from the rocks and very good rock painting by the children! xx

Ana Love Craft said...

Lovely and colorful crafts with rocks! I bet that children spent a good time.
Have a fabulous week!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft

Diane said...

A great project for kids. And the colorful rocks in the garden add such a happy note. Diane

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
The opening poem about the rocks is so lovely and also the ending quote by Martin Luther King Jr.
Loved the photos and how true is that ending quote!!!

Linda P said...

Two good quotes at the beginning and end of this post. I'm sure the youngsters enjoyed being creative. Stones are so tactile and every painted stone is unique. A great idea to place some of them in the garden.

She loves to crochet said...

That must have been so much fun Tammy, how lovely some of the kids left their rocks to decorate the garden. I like the poem too. Hx

Laurie said...

What a neat idea. It looks like you have some budding artists there.

Jennifer said...

Painting rocks is fun! That was a great project for the kids in your program. I remember painting a large chunky rock as a doorstop for my mother. I think I did it in Brownies. Hope you're having a good week so far, Tammy.

linda said...

The rocks look lovely Tammy, I remember we did similar with the clients in the day unit where I work, they really enjoyed it, we varnished them and they lasted in the garden for ages. :) xx

Tanya said...

Best part of this wonderful post are those beautiful little hands, busy at creative work. LOVE this - never taken for granite! ;-) XOXO

Gracie Saylor said...

This is among my favorites of your posts, Tammy! Rock painting is something I have wanted to do, but haven't. I admire how and why you organized your event! xx

Beatrice Euphemie said...

How fun and inspiring! The rocks look so pretty in the garden. Wonderful quotes. Karen

Susan said...

Oh Tammy, the kids must have LOVED that project. So colorful and fun! Susan

Debby said...

Looks like you are helping them see the beauty in their environment. This will help them learn to take care of their part of the world.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

The quotes are great and the rocks so much fun. such a great project to work on.
Many thanks for the kind visit and for taking a look at my daughters video and yes, I think you did buy the jerseys from the same shop.
she bought hers when she was in London.
Hope your week is going well.

handmade by amalia said...

What a great craft, Tammy, and such a colorful addition to the garden. A lovely post.

eclectichomelife said...

love love love this post. what a happy time they had painting the stones and rocks. They will remember this x

Mereknits said...

You are beyond lovely in your attention to the garden and those lucky children.

Lorrie said...

How pretty they are! What a wonderful way to get children involved with art and the garden.

Helen Philipps said...

Wonderful and inspiring rock painting! How lovely for the children to enjoy this creativity.
Thank you also so much for your kind and gentle comments to me recently Tammy x
Wishing you a happy weekend.
Helen xox

Sangeetha said...

The secret garden seems like so much fun. Makes me want to be a child again and do some rock painting :)Incidentally while I drew and painted a lot as a child, (still do) I never tried rock painting!
Have a lovely day.

Yarni Gras! said...

love it! I love the small splashes of color. What a wonderful idea! I can tell you are enjoying your retirement!

Pearlin J said...

It's lovely to know what a lovely sanctuary the secret garden is becoming Tammy. So heartwarming to see all the rock art

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

Thankyou for visiting my blog, and now here I am, returning the visit! Such a lovely post, you've made me want to find some lovely stones now lol

Melanie said...

I love that you painted rocks with the kids - what a fantastic project!

Bindi said...

Tammy you do really wonderful job!
Stone or pebble painting is such a fun activity!

Rostrose said...

Another wonderful Secret-Garden-Post, dearest Tammy, another great idea of you (and pefert for linking to ANL, if you want to :o)) The painted rocks are a colorful and pretty decoration for the garden and a great creative input of the children.
Thank you for your nice comment to my different sweater-looks! Yes, I know the capsule wardrobe project but I've definitely more than 33 cloths (and I like them all) - too much for for participating ;o)) But as you know I don't buy new cloths now - and I'm thrilled that you could resist the sale, too! :o)
Lots of hugs, my dear -

SusanLotus said...

It´s great to be back here. And to see all the creativity in the Secret garden project. I have to read a bit from your blog each day to get a picture of your year because I was gone from internet for so long time. :)
Lovely idea to hang hearts a little here and there just to make people smile. The best gift ever... To see someone smile.

I´m also a Skywatcher and always look out from the window first thing I do, and last, and sometimes you can see stunning clouds... almost like signs from Heaven. So I saved many photos of the sky on my computer. I think I´ll start publish some of them... :) I´ts inspiring.

Have a nice sunday evening!

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