Sunday, February 21, 2016

Saturday Craftivities

My Saturdays of late have been filled with lots of creative activity.
Last Saturday I did a book reading at TIES Center about keeping our environment clean.  Afterwards the kids picked up garbage and learned what could be recycled or repurposed and then created art from it.
I also taught them how to make simple God's Eyes which was a huge success and lots of fun.
Yesterday morning was spent with members of our Kuwait Crafters Group giving some of the crochet pieces at the Secret Garden a facelift.  We were able to yarnbomb another bench with the granny square contributions received for the yarnbombing event held in November.
And yesterday afternoon I was back out at the garden for arts and crafts.
More God's Eyes, drawing and planting seeds in newspaper pots.
One little girl used the wooden skewers meant for God's Eyes as knitting needles and knit a little piece that she immediately tied to one of the trees and her younger sister decided if she couldn't make a God's Eye, then she could  at least draw it.
Very inventive.

In crafting there are no mistakes, just unique creations.

Have a great day!

27 comments:

Mereknits said...

You are a blessing to all those children and of course to the secret garden. Teaching them to love crafting, creating and recycling, you are the best!
Meredith

Susan said...

Oh Tammy, how wonderful you are working with the children, bringing beauty and creativity into their little lives. That makes your creations all the more beautiful.. Susan

busybusybeejay said...

Love the photos.I was looking for an idea of something to do next week with my granddaughters so God's Eyes it will be.

linda said...

It looks like a lot of fun Tammy. :) xx

Melanie said...

I love how you are working with your community and teaching the children such fun crafts! You are really finding your niche since you left your job - I give you a lot of credit! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Tanya said...

I love God's Eyes - how much fun is this!!! Even the drawn one in the bottom photo screams of how much fun these kids have with you. Did you get a haircut, or just pull it back for the day? Keep up the fabulous work with those little ones and that grand secret garden.

Quinn said...

What an uplifting post, Tammy! I think doing environmental ed activities with children is SO important, besides being extremely good fun! And I love the painted planter-tires, and the crochet squares on the bench :)

kathyinozarks said...

awesome Tammy

Teresa Kasner said...

I just think you're wonderful spending time with the kids and friends to teach the younger generation how to not litter and keep your town cleaner! It's nice to be part of the solution instead of the problem. I admire you so much. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Gracie Saylor said...

Tammy, I am thankful for the creative investments you are making in the world around you. Thank you for making the world more beautiful, and sharing some of the precious art of the children you have witnessed. :) xxxxxxx

Sam I Am...... said...

Those children are lucky to have you there! I would have enjoyed that too! I've never made a God's eye but I've seen many of them. Nor have I made a paper pot and I have never yarn bombed! I think I'm missing out! LOL! I love the trees and I bet they love all the attention. I am a "literal" tree hugger! Have a great week! Hugs to you and all your great friends and children there...and the trees!

Betsy said...

My goodnessall of those parents and children are so blessed to have you in their lives. Torching them to appreciate the place they live, beautiful crafts and sharing. What could be better? I am so glad to call you my friend. I always enjoy seeing and reading the latest news at the Secret Garden.
Blessings,
Betsy

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
What a great work you do for all those kids! They will have a seed planted into their minds that will last them a lifetime.
Lovely photos from it all and I love to see again a photo of your happy self; doing what you like most!
Clever kids and indeed, it teaches them also to stimulate the mind for always being creative. That will give happiness all through life as it is the little things that give us joy.
Yesterday the mail in Sweden did arrive (Saturday for us) so I'm anxious when it reaches the dessert.
Hugs,
Mariette

Createology said...

Tammy Dear you make my HeArt so happy to see all the fun and "craftivities" you are doing. I love hearing how the children are creative and make do with what they have. God's Eyes are beautiful and the drawing is precious. Blessings Dear as You Embrace Creative Bliss...

Preeti said...

That's a great job you are doing !! Nice to see kids understanding and enjoying the recycling and keeping the environment green. The yarn bombing has added lot of color to the surroundings. Wish you the best to keep up the enthusiasm among the people:)

podso said...

Such worthwhile things you are doing. Love that that little girl was creative in her knitting needles and what she did. It looks like a beautiful morning.

Linda said...

It's wonderful, the difference you are making in the lives of all of these people. ♥

a writing place said...

I hope you are able to see the Full Snow Moon tonight.

Wonder if this Full Moon is called by a certain name, in the part of the world, where you are? It certainly wouldn't be called Full Snow Moon, there. :-)

Gentle hugs,
Tessa
(upper NE of the US)

Mary said...

Lovely how you share so much of yourself with these kids Tammy. It all looked like so much fun! The little knitter caught my attention, especially as I'm teaching my 11 year old neighbor to knit!

Hugs - Mary

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

So rewarding for you dear Tammy!
Love your photos of the creative day - amazing!
Think of you often.
Shane x

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

It's wonderful that you spend so much time teaching the kids about the environment and crafting with them, Tammy. The crochet pieces make the secret garden look very cheeful.

Bee Lady said...

I have seen God's eyes before but I never knew that's what they were called. Why are they called that? I think this would be a fun craft to do with my nieces. So nice that you are showing children how to be creative and how to re-purpose things at the same time. You will be blessed.

Cindy Bee

Serena Lewis said...

It sounds like it was a wonderfully productive and special day! Kids love to be hands-on with arts and crafts. What a delight to see all the pretty and colourful crochet pieces decorating the area.

I'm probably early due to time-zones but just wanted to wish you Happy Birthday for Friday. I hope I've got the date right - Feb. 26th? I hope you have a magical and very special day!

Love and hugs xo

Pearlin J said...

What a wonderful idea to encourage children to recycle and be creative.Keep up the good work Tammy. I'm sure it's making a lasting impression on the minds of these kids

Min egen hälsoresa said...

Very inspiring photos!

You are having so much fun with all the kids and
creative projects. And the cakes with some coffee looks
yummie too. Thanks for sharing! :)

Have a wonderful friday/weekend.
Blessings!
Sussie

handmade by amalia said...

A lovely way to spend the day.
Amalia
xo

June said...

This is wonderful what you all did at the reading and the children's activities will have a great impact on them, I am sure. I love darling little drawn God's Eye. So sweet. The seedling in the newspaper pots was such a cool idea Tammy!
It would be fun to be a member of your craft group...I could think of some people I would like to yarn-bomb :)))))
sending hugs...

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