Category Archives: Paper

The Jewel Box

Baby painting still life of tomatoes and the Spy making a crack-proof thing around an egg.

Baby painting still life of tomatoes and the Spy making a crack-proof thing around an egg.

Using straws and tape (and about a 60 minute time limit) try and build something that will protect an egg from dropping to the ground.

Egg Drop Batting Practice

Egg Drop Batting Practice

You can also use paper and bubble wrap (in addition to straws and tape).

The Spy and his friend

The Spy and his friend

Yolk

Yolk

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

Hahahaaa

Hahahaaa

Belgian White Carrot Seed Head

Belgian White Carrot Seed Head

Delice de la Table (melon; like cantaloupe)

Delice de la Table (melon; like cantaloupe)

Rouge Vif d'Etampes

Rouge Vif d’Etampes

7.30.14

7.30.14

Yellow Blooms on Red Romaine seed heads (and nasturtium in the background)

Yellow Blooms on Red Romaine seed heads (and nasturtium in the background)

Love in a mist (nigella) seed pods drying out and feverfew in the background

Love in a mist (nigella) seed pods drying out and feverfew in the background

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Red romaine blossoms (nasturtiums in the background)

Red romaine blossoms (nasturtiums in the background)

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Red Romaine and Nasturtiums (and the garden living room)

Red Romaine and Nasturtiums (and the garden living room)

Harlequin Marigold

Harlequin Marigold

Rouge Vif d'Etampes pumpkin

Rouge Vif d’Etampes pumpkin

Dexie

Dexie

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin

Atlantic Giant Pumpkin

Red

Red

Balloons

Balloons

Daniel Boone Bridge

Daniel Boone Bridge

Missouri River

Missouri River

Horses in Fog

Horses in Fog

Fog in Missouri River Valley

Fog in Missouri River Valley

Baby at School

Baby at School

Forest School

Forest School

And in other cool structures…

The Jewel Box

The Jewel Box

Blooms at the Jewel Box

Blooms at the Jewel Box

Built in 1936

Built in 1936

Awesomest green house: we need a (smaller) version!

Awesome green house: we need a (smaller) version!

Pretty Jewel Box

Pretty Jewel Box

Spy Garden Valentines and Spreading the Garden Love

The Spy’s valentines:

"Have a doggone wild Valentine's Day!"

“Have a doggone wild Valentine’s Day!”

They’re printed up and ready to go in the red and pink shoe boxes of his classmates at school tomorrow.

However, there’s still room for sharing your best Valentine puns because…

Spy Sister (Aunt Spy) captured this gem today:

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Yes, that is a leg o deer. Better a dog treat than a deer eating treats from Spy Garden, right?! hahahah (I know the gardeners feel me on that one!) So basically now we feel compelled to make at least a couple of valentines just for fun out of these pictures. Last chance to make up and share some bad puns! No bones about it…

Insert bad-pun valentine caption here.

Insert bad-pun valentine caption here.

Insert bad-pun valentine caption here.

Insert bad-pun valentine caption here.

For those of you who do not think bad puns are compulsory for a valentine…

Cut...

Cut…

heart shapes out of paper that's been drawn/painted on...

heart shapes out of paper that’s been drawn/painted on…

(In this case we can thank baby for the lovely watercolor splotches.)

arrange...

arrange…

glue on a piece of cardstock folded in half.

glue on a piece of cardstock folded in half.

Very simple!

Very simple!

In the spirit of sharing the LOVE of gardening via social-media-garden-internet world, Spy Garden has a guest post to share!!! Please click here to read my post on sweetdomesticity:  “Cultivating the Love of Gardening” (when you click the article will open in a new window). Please click and read it to learn more about how to get your kids into the garden, about some of our favorite kid-friendly varieties and more!

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

You’re a Doggone Good Friend Valentine

I shared some of our Valentine fun-o-2013 yesterday. Click here to see
last year’s Valentine and here for a very easy truffle recipe.

I don’t like to brag too much about the fact that the Spy makes his own Valentines because…essentially…a Valentine is a little rectangle of paper. With something on it. A picture, a bad pun. It’s not very complicated.

I am a big proponent of always having cardstock (cardstock = regular printer paper that is just thicker) on hand. Pretty much all the “crafts” we do involve using cardstock in some way. We do not really have a lot of art supplies in Spy Garden home. Glitter, specialty papers, fancy hole punches, bejeweled embellishments, pom-poms, “DIY” accessories sold by Martha Stewart, etc: I find none of that necessary to make something creative and interesting. You can do millions of things with just regular plain white printer paper, cardstock, cheap paints, pencils/crayons/markers. Add a few types of tape (love colored Duck tape and double-sided Scotch!), scissors and glue and the Spy Garden art pantry is complete.

So for the Valentines…

Last year the Spy drew a picture of a tank and then wrote “Tanks for being my friend.” I scanned it in to the computer and then printed copies on cardstock. Then cut them with a paper cutter (ok, one more useful Spy Garden art pantry tool!).

He and I were both tempted to just hit “print” again and use the same one as last year, but decided…though there are many kids that weren’t in his classroom last year, the few that were can’t get a re-run of a Valentine!

Since…

Aunt Spy’s dog, Magnolia,

Aunt Spy’s dog, Magnolia,

is at our disposal for photo shoots with Dexie, we decided to do a “You’re a “doggone” good friend” card using a picture of the two of them. A photo shoot was in order to get some photos to choose from to make the Valentine.

And so, here are our attempts at:

Depicting Dog Friendship

People let me tell you 'bout my

People let me tell you ’bout my

beeeest friend...

beeeest friend…

[She's] a warm-hearted person who'll love me till the end...

[She’s] a warm-hearted person who’ll love me till the end…

Cuz she's my best friend...

Cuz she’s my best friend…

And the Spy decided on…

DSC_6327 (500x314)HAHAHAHah so “You’re a doggone good friend” doesn’t really go with this photo and it looks like they are shouting in anger at each other.

“It’s ‘RUFF’ being your friend.” would be more fitting but not really appropriate. HAHAHahah. It has to be a pun because that is sort of a Spy Garden Valentine Requirement (Officially). If you have a better suggestion, we have a few more days to get these printed, so please leave it in the comments! I’ll share pictures of the final Valentine when they’re done!