Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Caleb’s Stories

getting-creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Caleb's Stories

Today I want to talk about creativity. When I was a child, it was greatly celebrated, but I was never so sure that I actually possessed any of this creativity stuff. There were only two subjects I disliked in school: P.E. (We’ve talked about this) and Art. Yep. I never liked Art. I love to admire other people’s artwork. I would just rather not make any myself.

Sure, I write all the time. Non-fiction. All of my work is simply jotting down what happened, what’s funny, and what is true. Reading fantasy, sure, I’ll do that. Dream up fantasy? Wait. I do that too, but I keep those thoughts to myself. Be thankful.

So today, I’m going to let Caleb tell the stories. His stories are grounded in fantasy, but they sound quite believable. In fact, one of them IS TRUE. See if you can guess which one.

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

The photo wall I’m most proud of. This is as creative as I get folks: picture arrangement.

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

See my fire-place mantel scarecrow. You can buy him at Hobby Lobby, often on sale. It makes me smile every time I look up at my fun fall mantel.

 

Caleb’s Stories #1: Aiden, the Wolf, and Me   (Written as Told by Caleb)

One day me and Aiden were playing in the woods. This was before we all got poison oak, and you told us we couldn’t play back there any more, Mom. We were just on the edge of the woods. All of a sudden, we saw this whole herd of deer, and they just came running by us. They didn’t even see us.

Me and Aiden were like, “Whoa! What the…” Then a WOLF ran by!!  Two wolves! Two wolves were chasing the deer, because it was getting dark outside. Aiden and I just froze.

One of the deer was so scared, he even fell off the little bridge into the ditch! I guess he just wasn’t looking where he was going or something, but then he was stuck down there and couldn’t get out.

It was the scariest day of our lives.

 

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

Each of the boys drew a self-portrait in art class at school. I thought this was impressive for a kindergartener! Daniel is a perfectionist, so he covered up some black splotches with paper, as you can see.

 

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

Nonna has her house all decked out for fall too, and I thought this turkey centerpiece she made was cute and festive.

Story #2: The Raccoon Family

One day, it was starting to get dark, and Joshua and Aiden and I were playing in that big tree. You remember, that one that was so awesome for climbing? We saw a whole family of raccoons come out of the SEWER!

The dad was super fat, too. Then there were like four little raccoon babies. They were so adorable! Like kittens! We wanted to pet one, but of course, we didn’t because we were a little bit scared to do that. We tried to throw a rock at the big fat dad, but then we were like, no, just kidding, and we didn’t throw a rock at him. We did scare him though, and we didn’t think he’d be able to fit back into that sewer. It was hilarious!! We were all dying laughing.

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

Nonna created this coffee table arrangement with a basket and fall gourds and silk flowers. Love it!

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

Even our littlest man has been getting creative.

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

I just loved how Caleb set this table up. That’s an octopus, wearing a baseball cap, with its tentacle wrapped around JD’s sock monkey.

Last, but not least:

Story #3: Bats!!!

One day, it was starting to get dark, and Aiden and I were still playing outside. We were whacking the trees on the hill behind our house with sticks. Whack! Whack! Whack! Whack! Then, all of a sudden, like FIVE bats flew out of the tree we were hitting!!! Aiden and I looked at each other with the wide eyes like, “Aughhhhhh!” Then we just took off running. He ran to his house, and I ran to our house. It was crazy. I’d never seen bats that close before.

 

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

Daniel’s drawing of Grandaddy

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

Before: Our new house has these two windows that you could see through a little too well.

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

The new window treatment was hard to photograph from outside, so I took this photo from inside. See the pretty new windows? Alan got these static cling strips from Lowe’s and stuck them right on there. Now you can’t see straight into our living room any more.

 

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

Caleb loves to draw sharks, and he’s also enamored with that swirly-sky Monet painting. You can sometimes see signs of that in his art. Looks like this boat is in a lot of trouble.

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

We love to draw monsters.

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

Spongebob characters, by Caleb

My husband is surprisingly creative too. I guess that’s where the kids get it from. Recently, the cover completely fell off of my Bible. Alan decided to fix it for me one morning while I was away and surprised me with this when I got home:

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

Duct-Tape Bible cover

Teal is my favorite color, so he bought teal duct-tape and white duct-tape. Then he wrapped my Bible in it. It turned out cute too!

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

The original burgundy cover doesn’t even show through.

Getting Creative: Windows, Duct Tape Art, and Make Believe

I was impressed.

So which of Caleb’s 3 stories do you think was true? Leave your guess down below or on Facebook, and I will tell you if you got it right. If you haven’t liked my Facebook page yet, be sure to do so. It’s hard to keep up both a personal FB page and a blog FB page, so I am trying to move to primarily using the blog FB page. You can follow me on Facebook here.

Happy fall, y’all!!

 

Decorating the New House: Autumn Style

 

fall decor galore

Something has happened to me since I sent the boys back to “regular” school. My days opened up a bit, and I began to have fun keeping house again. I have especially been enjoying decorating for fall!

fall decor galore

Confession: When I actually set all these out, it was the middle of August. I figured if people can decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving is even over, then I can decorate for fall in August. Don’t ya think that’s fair?

Having just moved makes it especially fun and challenging because I have all new nooks and crannies to work with.

decorating for fall

dining room centerpieces

Confession #2: I haven’t even found my old decor items. I bought all these this year. I found them on sale (40% off) at Hobby Lobby, but I’m itching to go check out what Big Lots has. Anyone care to join me?? Let me know, and we’ll make a day of it. John David will only complain a little bit. My three-year-old can do some serious grumbling when I tell him we’re going somewhere. That boy wants to live in his pajamas, play airplanes, take baths at 11am, and eat snacks with Mom. He is a serious home body.

Now you may think that no one who reads my blog actually lives near me, but you never know. Besides, my momma and Alan’s momma are both only two hours away. That doesn’t seem all that far anymore.

I still have to finish decorating the boys’ rooms and my bedroom. No, I’m not going to decorate the whole house in fall colors. I mean I haven’t even finished hanging pictures.

I’ve been looking for the perfect fall wreath and for autumn porch decorating ideas too, and I pinned about 20 million of them. (To my Pinterest followers, I am so sorry.) Would you like to see a few beauties that I’m using for inspiration??

from sortature.com

from sortature.com

 

This site had hundreds of ideas.

This site had hundreds of ideas (photo credit: flamingotoes.com)

 

All I need is a good bench, and I am so doing this one!

All I need is a good bench, and I am so doing this one! Anyone want to sew me a pillow like that one? April doesn’t sew. My spell-checker doesn’t even recognize the word ‘sew’! (photo credit:herecomesthesunblog.net)

 

fall decor

What? I know they are not decorations, but they are pretty!!! I need to look like autumn too, right? hehehe             (photo: cupshe.com $19.95 for the top)

Just kidding. While it's beautiful, you know hay would send 4/6 of us to the ER with athsma. Haha! That's how we roll...

Just kidding. While this is beautiful, you know actual hay would send 4/6 of us to the ER with asthma. Haha! That’s how we roll…

And now for the wreaths!!!

I’m totally going to make one of these wreaths and post it for y’all later this week. Hopefully, it WON’T be one of those Pin-fail “Nailed it” posts!

I super hope my pretty Southern living door bucket like this one did not end up at Goodwill or someone else's house with this move. I'm still hoping to find it! (photo: kristenscreationsonline.blogspot.com)

I super hope my pretty Southern living door bucket like this one did not end up at Goodwill or someone else’s house with this move. I’m still hoping to find it!                           (photo: kristenscreationsonline.blogspot.com)

For all you Disney fans (photo cred:http://wanderingsofclaire.com/2015/09/26/diy-fall-mickey-wreath/

For all you Disney fans
(photo cred:http://wanderingsofclaire.com/2015/09/26/diy-fall-mickey-wreath/

photo from:http://diy.allwomenstalk.com/outstanding-fall-wreaths-you-can-make-yourself/21

photo from:http://diy.allwomenstalk.com/outstanding-fall-wreaths-you-can-make-yourself/21

You can actually just by my favorite here:https://www.etsy.com/listing/234918472/hydrangea-wreath-monogram-wreath-autumn

So pretty! You can actually just buy one like this here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/234918472/hydrangea-wreath-monogram-wreath-autumn

 

Dee's crafts had tons of ideas:http://deescrafts.com/were-thinking-of-orange-brown-burlap-much-more/

Dee’s crafts had tons of ideas:http://deescrafts.com/were-thinking-of-orange-brown-burlap-much-more/

And last but not least:

Pumpkins!http://deescrafts.com/were-thinking-of-orange-brown-burlap-much-more/

Pumpkins! Also from Dee’s Crafts: http://deescrafts.com/were-thinking-of-orange-brown-burlap-much-more/

Okay, I guess I’ve gone on and on about fall decor long enough. Our week is off to a swell start, and we hope yours is too. Happy decorating!

Oh! And since it’s also back-to-school time, I took part in an article on dealspotr.com. They asked me and a panel of other Mom bloggers for back-to-school shopping tips. Curious as to what I would say? Click here to read the article.

Then share in the comments what you like to do to decorate for fall. If you can figure out how to post a picture, do that too! Or post a pic on Facebook or Instagram and tag me in it!