Summer Art Series: Degas

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Hi friends!

I mentioned last week that this summer I hope to have a bi-weekly post on some sort of art or craft project for kids.  Lately my kids have been really fascinated by the art masters and have been wanting to check out books and videos from the library.  They were fascinated by Degas, partially because they've seen some of his paintings, but also because my kids love to dance.

When I think about Edgar Degas I think mostly about his paintings.  However we read the picture book, "Degas and the Little Dancer"  my kids were much more excited about making a sculpture than painting a picture. (The picture book is good, btw!)

We made the these ballerinas over the course of two afternoons, and I have to say this project was a total hit!  My kids loved sculpting the bodies and playing with the clay.  They wanted to make more out of clay after we finished the ballerinas.

The ballerinas have a pipe cleaner and foil center, and the clay is just wrapped around the formed body.

Ready for the tutorial?  Let's go!

Here's what you'll need for each ballerina:
  • a 20 mm wood bead
  • 2 pipecleaners
  • foil
  •  modeling clay.  I used polyform model air, and it worked well.  It's very light and pliable.
  • permanent marker to embellish the face
  • small scraps of tulle for the skirt, if desired
  • paperclip 
  • hot glue gun to attach the skirt
 Let's get started!

Start by making the body out of two pipe cleaners and the wooden bead.  I made a loop at the top of the head so that I could loop a paperclip through.  This is great if you want to make your ballerina into an ornament.

Wrap foil around the pipe cleaners to make the body.  We found that our clay didn't stick well to the pipe cleaners themselves, so make sure you cover it all in foil.

Once your ballerina is about made, let it dry at least 24 hours.  Mine was still a little wet the next morning. We took strips of tulle and ran a simple gathering stitch to puff them out.  Then I just used a hot glue gun to attach the skirts to the ballerinas.

We used a permanent marker to draw in the eyes.
And that was it!  Of course you can always add some more details with markers or even paint them!  So fun, right?

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Have you followed me on Instagram yet? Plus a sneak peak!

Hi friends!!

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that things were going to change a little bit around here!  I think that for this summer I'm going to try to blog about once every two weeks...of course that may change, but that's just my goal.  I'm hoping to be on instagram a lot though, so I'd really love it if you followed me there.  I've been posting almost daily lately there recently, and its so much fun.
 I think one of the things that I'm most excited about though is the videos that I've been including on instagram. Videos like this one.   So far I've mostly done illustration videos, but I think craft ones would be really cool too. 

I've even been playing around with Instagram stories.  For those of you who aren't familiar with instagram stories, they are short videos or pictures that are available for just 24 hours.  I feel like it's great to be able to give a quick look at what I'm working on, or perhaps even places where I am visiting.  So anyway, hop on over to instagram and check it out!  You can follow me @jillpauli.

In other news, I want to share with you a new summer series that I'm doing with my kids (and that I'll be sharing here).
The idea will be to share some fun craft and art projects inspired by famous artists.  My kids have really enjoyed learning about different artists over the course of the school year, and they really wanted to continue over the summer.  I thought it would be fun to share here!  You can expect lots of kids projects over here on the blog this summer.  My kids are already telling me how bored they are and this is only the second day of summer break for them! Off to do some lesson planning!



Simple Ruffle Shorts (with Pockets!)

 Hi all!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  School's wrapping up here, and I can't believe that it's almost summer time.  Boy did this school year go by quickly! Anyway, when I go try to finish up some teacher gifts I thought I'd share this shorts project that I'm sharing today over on Make It and Love It.

I made these shorts for Lu because it's just so hard to find shorts for her that are actually a decent length.  I love the little ruffles on the bottom...and the pockets are pretty cool too!  I hope you guys love the tutorial.   Have a great week everyone!




(Almost) No-sew Ladybug Wings

Hi Friends!

Is school wrapping up where you are?  Things are certainly here!  Ellie had favorite book character day at school today and we threw together a quick costume for her.  The whole thing took me about $20 minutes to make because I already had most all of the supplies around the house.  Red tutu. Check! Black headband. Check! Ladybug girl shirt. Check!  Ladybug fabric. Check! 
 Yeah.  I actually had lady bug fabric.  Seriously. I REALLY need to go through my fabric stash.  It's overflowing!  But hey, being a fabric hoarder really came in handy this time!  Ellie loves the ideas of being a ladybug, but I think the wings and antennae are her favorite part.

 Making this costume is so simple that it really doesn't even need a tutorial.  It's really that easy!
 A REALLY long time ago I showed how to make really easy butterfly wings.  These wings are made in a pretty similar fashion. Let me show you how they were made.


Lots of changes around here....

Hello friends!

Have you noticed all the changes around here?  My blog is looking pretty different these days....

So you might be wondering what's going on with the new look!  There is actually quite a story to this change!  See that first tab on the top left of my blog:  MY WEBSITE!!!

Yes, I have a new website!  I've been doing a lot of thinking over the course of the last six months.  I've thought a lot about where I want this blog to go, and where I see myself spending my time.

When I started this blog a while back, my kids were  babies!  I started my blog as a way to force myself to do something creative.  I figured that if I blogged, I'd feel the pressure to maintain a creative schedule, which was an outlet that I felt like I really needed at the time.

But things are changing.  I am changing....and my kids are too! My kids are growing oh so fast!  What it really comes down to is that I've started to really think about what I want both professionally and hobby wise. 

I think I've really been questioning whether the "Snugglebug University" title really defined me anymore.  So I took a little bit of a leap.   I updated my pinterest  and instagram accounts to my name.    I created a brand new website:  www.jillpauli.com. I wanted a place where I could send people to show them my work.  I link to my blog (this blog!!) from this website...so no, I'm not creating a new blog.  I see my website more as a main page that directs to other places. I think that after so many years of blogging I'm really beginning to find my creative voice, and I'm really excited to share that with people here.

As you probably noticed lately I've been playing around with some new photography and illustration stuff..and I'm in the process of opening up an ETSY store too! Unlike my pattern shop this will be to sell physical goods.

Right now I just have a few prints listed but I hope to slowly add more.  I think it would be super fun to add a few things now and then.  Maybe a batch of kitchen towels, or bags.  
So how will things change around here?   I plan on continuing to blog here.  All of my sewing projects and crafting projects--new and old--are going to stay here.  My posts might not be as frequent, but I'll probably be over on instagram more as I continue to try to find my artistic voice.  I'd really like to be on that platform more frequently, and I'd love it if you followed me there!!  I'm even figuring out how to add videos to instagram there!  I love process videos!

I really hope you'll follow me on this new step of my creative journey! I know that this might feel like this post totally came out of the blue...but it's actually anything but.  I've been working towards this since September, slowly putting my website together...taking lots of little baby steps to make all of this come together.  This all feels like such a big step....and a little bit (ok, maybe a lot!) scary. So I just want to say a huge thank you for supporting me, believing in me, and encouraging me!  

You really are the best!  I'd love to hear what you think of all of these changes!

Have a wonderful week everyone!




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