The Prisma App

Posted by mrssmythe on September 13, 2016 in Art, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, iPhone photography, Photography |

I’d like to revisit a topic I introduced in the last post – namely, the Prisma App. If you enjoy tinkering with photos on your phone, this is definitely something to look into. It can take any so-so photo and give it a wonderful, artistic look – so artistic, in fact, that I’m tempted to print […]

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Youth Classes at the Springfield Museums

Posted by mrssmythe on July 17, 2016 in Art, Museums |

The kids each got to select a week-long day camp to attend this summer. Pepper chose “Painting in Oils”, one of several teen art classes offered by the Springfield Museums. (For a complete listing of current classes, click HERE). Before taking this class, Pepper had never had any sort of formal art instruction. She does like to sketch, though, and […]

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The Brown Bear Blanket

Posted by mrssmythe on April 13, 2016 in Art, Crafting |

I finished another stash-busting project this past week – a variation on Lion Brand’s “Blended Colors Baby Throw“. The first time I knit this pattern, I followed the prescribed color scheme exactly. This time, I branched out and matched the stripes to illustrations in the popular children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. I […]

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The Pom Pom Curtain

Posted by mrssmythe on April 10, 2016 in Art, Crafting |

I happened on a DIY for a pom pom wall hanging this past week on Pinterest. Always looking for uses for my leftover yarn, I sat up and took notice….especially since Ginger received an industrial-sized pom pom maker for Christmas. (Industrial-sized, meaning it can make multiple pom poms at once – though, I suppose you could […]

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The 4th Annual Festival of Flowers

Posted by mrssmythe on April 7, 2016 in Art, Museums, Out & About |

It’s Festival of Flowers time again at the Springfield Museums. The girls and I dropped by this morning to see all of the flowers while they were still fresh and at their loveliest. It was a shot of welcome color on an otherwise drab and rainy morning. My hands-down favorite was the first thing I […]

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