art into the tapestry of everyday life by including my children and
family in my artful life. This week that was making lanterns for and
walking in the lantern parade here in Jamaica Plain. It was the 30th annual parade at the pond and our first time walking it as a family.
Crafts are not my thing. Learning a new skill in what at least at the time feels like a high pressure environment is not my favorite activity at the end of a busy week. But on Friday afternoon after school after my little girl woke up from her nap grumpy and ran around the house mostly naked for awhile I made a batch of glue slurry, cut up some tissue paper and got to creating with my big girl. The big girl had a great time building her lantern that little girl eventually calmed down and joined us to help out with the finishing touches.
glue started to dry on my fingertips and that bothered me but I kept
going. Soon our lantern was done. Then I made two more on my own. Funny
how the learning process can be so painful at times but then something
clicks and you just keep going and keep creating. I got to use some fun
tissue paper that I have been hoarding for years.