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JOSEPH AND LAURA'S FIRST PROJECTS

I did other projects with the kids but didn't think to get pictures of them. By October, however, I had caught on. so that when Joseph came over and wanted to do a project, I had the camera out.

JOSEPH'S JACK-O-LANTERN JAR
October, 2002

You can read step-by-step how nine-year-old Joseph and I made pumpkin gardens in the Seasons pages: Fall: Glass Pumpkins.

LAURA AND HER TREASURE BOX

Three year old Laura didn't want to be left out after the older kids had decorated and filled Michael's hutches and painted their own boxes. (Joel did his in camouflage to go with his GI Joe stuff.)

So, here she is, holding her treasure box that she painted. She was the youngest to do a project with Nana.

I used the brush-cleaning water from Laura's painting session to give a Michael's hutch a color wash!

We used stickers to decorate the sides and glued on a strip cut from a magazine advertisement around the top.

Unfortunately, Laura forgot to take this little hutch with her, so it's still around here somewhere, waiting for some rabbits to fill it. (Knowing how rabbits are, I'm surprised they haven't already!)

CLAY ANIMALS

Another of our projects was making creaturess from polymer clay. I made a dinosaur-like animal and Joseph made the very colorful cat and dog. We used flower pips for the eyes.

I forgot to take pictures when Jenna and Joel worked on their clay creations. Joel made fanciful creatures using things like paper clips, staples, thumb tacks, etc., as body parts. Jenna made more cuddly things.

I hadn't yet learned how to use my digital camera effectively at this point. That's why these early pictures are not sharp and clear.

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