Craft: Decorative Eggs

What do you do when you have spare honeycomb board in the house?

Make Crafts of course!

And since Easter is on the way let’s make some decorative eggs!

Materials:

  • Honeycomb board
  • Corrugated cardboard sheets
  • Magazines
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Pen

Directions

After drawing an egg shape on the honeycomb board I cut it out and peeled the sheet of cardboard off one side.

The fun followed as to the boys tore pages out of the magazines, crumpled them up and placed them in the holes on the board.

After they were finished I used some of the corrugated cardboard sheets to make a border around the eggs, which was stuck on using sticky tape.

My kids thoroughly enjoyed this craft and were happy with their decorative eggs. It was easy for them to do and they had fun ripping the paper and crumpling it. There was little mess to clean up afterwards, in fact it all went in the recycling!

Happy page turning and crafting x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Do you remember how joyful it was to draw when you were a kid?

Do you remember how joyful it was to draw when you were a kid?
To draw something just because you wanted to, without worry about whether you could or what the result would be. Imagine how wonderful it would be to revisit that feeling and just sketch something for the joy of it!

Last year I took part in a #sketchtember challenge and it was rewarding in so many ways. Mostly because it reminded me about the excitement of a blank page and the challenge/ joy of attempting to recreate images captured in imagination, even if they didn’t always turn out as planned. One of the biggest lessons was realising that doing is more important then perfection.

I also met some amazing people and artists along the way.

I really would love to recreate that #sketchtember joy so I have created a prompt list.

30 prompts, 30 days, 30 sketches. They aren’t any rules really just sketch something using traditional or digital means and post on stories or your grid. I have created a new hashtag #wecreateforjoy for the challenge so we can all see each other’s creations. Also pls tag @bright.blue.balloon so I can see and share your creations.

That’s it from me. Thanks for reading and hope you will join in and sketch, sketch, sketch!!!

Sending 💜💜💜 to you all!

My Little Dream

My little dream⁣⁣
⁣Whispers in the morning⁣ “Please make time for me,⁣⁣
Just a little moment,⁣⁣
⁣While you have a cup of tea.”⁣⁣
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I make my dream a promise⁣ “Let’s check in a two”⁣⁣
⁣Then I go about my day,⁣⁣
⁣Listing things to do.⁣⁣
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It’s all so very busy⁣⁣
⁣And soon enough it’s two.⁣⁣
⁣My dream is right on time,⁣⁣
⁣But I’m nowhere to be seen…⁣⁣
⁣⁣
My little dream,⁣⁣
Shouts in the evening⁣ “Where were you?”⁣⁣
I say “I’m very sorry,⁣⁣
⁣Tomorrow is anew.⁣⁣
⁣Let’s arrange a meeting,⁣⁣
⁣Just me and you⁣⁣
⁣I’ll be there – let’s make before two.”⁣⁣
⁣⁣
My dream says “Will you really?⁣⁣
⁣You’ve promised for a while.⁣⁣
⁣I’ll only wait so long,⁣⁣
⁣Make some time,⁣⁣
⁣Don’t let it pass you by.”⁣⁣
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Thank you for visiting brightblueballoon.com

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Fireworks remind me it’s August

I always know when August has arrived because around 10:20pm we can hear the fireworks from the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo (I had the pleasure of attending the event a few years ago and it has become one of my treasured memories). A few evenings ago I was looking for some inspiration and almost immediately the sound of fireworks caught my attention. This poem and illustration followed.

The night canvas is silent, still

Until…

Suddenly

Buckets of colour rise up

And splash across the night sky,

As if Jackson Pollock stopped by

Moments of wonder

Colours galore

Faces in awe,

Hoping for more

An interval…

Silence,

Anticipation

Another offering

Which colours will be

Red, no purple maybe

An array – all at once

Flashing sparks of colour,

Fill the sky repeatedly

Like Highland dancers,

They twirl and leap

Until the performance is complete

A moment of appreciation before

The crowd disperses

Satisfied,

Whimsical,

Inspired

The night canvas returns once more

Silent,

Still.

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Happy page turning x

Words and image ©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy