Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Puppet Show

Our in-house puppeteer...

 ... courtesy of an old cereal box, scrapes of cloth and some finger puppets. Thanks to Mama Scout for the inspiration.

I helped cut the cardboard, Miguel painted it and Lola (Grandma) attached the curtains. A family affair indeed!

A few hours later, hubby and I were watching Miguel's first puppet show. So cute =)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Impromptu Story

Remember the notepad from my last post? I took it again. It's proving to be a very useful item.

This time Miguel and I drew random images in each pad.

Then we folded each piece of notepad and put in a container where we can shake it like they do on raffle entries.

Then we picked 3 pieces of the folded notepad. Open it up to reveal the drawings then we stitch up a story using the images that we picked.

Once I got images of a car, a headset, a flower, a mountain and fire. What can you make of that? Here's mine.

One day, we were in our car  on a trip to the mountains. Daddy was wearing his headset as he listens to some music as he drives. We saw flowers along the way. Once we reached  our destination, we set up camp and made a bonfire to keep us warm and cook some hotdogs. 
We're doing short stories right now as we are picking only 3-5 images at a time. Maybe later we can make it longer as we go along and as we add more images to our lot.
Do try it, it's fun.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mini Book

I saw a tutorial on how to make a mini book a few months ago and I immediately put it in my to-do list. But since I am not inherently creative, it took me a while to come up with something.

I used one of Grimm's fairy tales called "Simeli Mountain" simply because I was confident I could draw a mountain. I didn't think I could do 7 dwarfs or a big bad wolf but I was sure I could do a mountain.

In a nutshell, Simeli Mountain is a story about a man who found a mountain filled with treasures. There is a secret door that opens and closes when he speak the magic words. The villain is his older brother who, upon learning that he suddenly grew rich, beat him to tell him where he got his money. The older brother then went to the mountain himself and went crazy with greed when he saw the treasures. He spent too much time inside the mountain that he forgot the magic words and was trapped.  

To make my mini book, I used this notepad that my husband got from one of the seminars he attended previously. I used the reverse side so it's free of any characters, signs or logos.   

Since I didn't have a picture book to copy from, I had to call out (or maybe beg) my inner creativity so I can draw the characters and events from the story. 

After 10 pages, I made the cover page, put the title in it and sew it up.  

That's it, my first mini book. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weekend Escape

No, we did not drive or fly to an out-of-town getaway. We're spending the weekend at my parent's house. It is less than an hour's ride from where we live but the place always makes me feel like we're miles away from the city. 

This is not the house I grew up in. I wish it was. Unfortunately the house I spent most of my childhood was a 2-storey structure located in a flood-prone area where the rain is not a pre-requisite for the streets to be submerged in grimy water.

Anyway, these weekend visits / overnights in my parents place is becoming a little too frequent in the past several months. And it's more than me missing my Nanay's home-cooked meals. 

It breaks the monotony of living in a cramped neighborhood. Wouldn't you love waking up to this scenery every morning? Or hang out under that big mango tree?

 How about lounging in this swing chair while you read a book? 

Or just simply give the little fella some room to run and explore?

It's definitely worth the trip.