Minimalist Valentines

Recently, my daughter was sharing, with obvious disgust, that all of her friends gave out store-bought valentines. I had to break it to her that I, too, always had store-bought valentines. I have vivid memories of trooping to K-Mart with my dad, long after most kids were tucked away in bed, rummaging through the shelves late…

Arrow-shaped Valentines

While my life is awfully pink and purple, naturally, living with two young girls, I find valentine’s a great time to explore how colors interplay. Pink can be obvious. But, what other colors can you put together that still feel valentine’s day? This is one of those exercises that is all subjective. Some people like…

Daruma for New Years Luck

Why? The Daruma doll is a harbinger of luck, associated with Bodhidarma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. In Zen Buddhism, action is a form of meditation. This sect of Buddhism is associated with the tea ceremony, chado, for example, in which the practice of preparing tea for a guest become a reverent, ritualized practice. Daruma…

Paper Poppers

Why? I love mischief. Tricks, jokes, and hilarity are deeply embedded in my soul. But, I work in a serious place. I invite my children to mature and to become more serious. I had imagined myself to be one of those parents (extolled in paper toweling commercials) that makes messes with abandon. But, it turns…

Paper Helicopters

Paper Helicopters Why? Making something that moves and floats on its own is powerful.  Perfecting a design is even more powerful.  This activity blends the power of pattern with the practice of prototyping. How? The basic premise is that a strip of paper can be fashioned in a helicopter.  The top half becomes the propeller. …