Renwick Gallery

On the South side of the White House across the street is the most amazing art gallery featuring interactive and mixed media pieces. A lot of what is on display is just passing through, so what I saw there may be different than what you will see there. Regardless, it is spectacular!

The Burning Man was showcased in the gallery the day we visited. It was spectacular! As we entered the gallery we decided to start from the top floor and work our way downstairs. The first thing that caught our attention was amazing mushrooms that opened when you stood under them complete with beautiful lights.

 The next room was my son’s favorite of all. It was full of pillows that one lounged on and watched a digital light show above.

 He was mesmerized by it!

 The beauty of the gallery was not only the fabulous art, but also the presentation of it. One room lead to another and was part of the work. Every angle, shadow and light was considered not only in reference of the piece it was part of, but also the art around it.

 The play on lights through out the gallery was genius! In one room perfectly constructed metal pieces with delicate cuts used light to create a masterpiece.

 There was an entire room made up of intricate wood carvings. The walls and ceiling were part of it. Visitors were encouraged to write on the carvings and leave notes. 

Another room housed a  chalkboard wall encouraging visitors to write out their wish.

 Another  room featured  sculptures that were created with everyday objects. This dragon had a lot of kitchenware as his body.

 The costumes were magnificent and so creative.

 The artist of this sculpture did a wonderful job capturing the woman’s body in wire.

 My daughter was captivated with this piece. She actually got the best picture because she laid down on the floor to take it. No one in the gallery even gave her a second glance. Creative minds are welcome here!

 The final piece was a real stunner! It was made up of cardboard and had so many peep holes to look through. Here is just a sampling of this amazing piece a long with the peep holes.

Renwick Gallery is diffidently worth a day. I was only able to spend a few hours there, but hope to go back in the future.
Until next time ~ Happy Travels!
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2017 Christmas Planner Tutorial

Christmas is a special time of year and getting everything done to create a fun memory can be a challenge with a family of five. I need all the help I can get, so I created this planner. This is a two part post. First, I show you how to make the cover for the planner. Then, I show how to make a pocket folder for it in a video. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful!

To create the cover you are going to need two pieces of foam found in the kids’ section of most craft stores. One needs to be adhesive and it if sparkles even better! 
Measure two lines with a ruler on the backside of your adhesive foam with a pencil.

 Take a circle, fold it in half and use a ruler to trace the line.

 line up the line on the circle with the one on the adhesive backing and trace half the circle.

 Repeat that process and cut out the scallop border. Set aside.

 Measure your cover to your preferred size. Find the center and score 1/4 inch line on the right and left of the center (leaving a 1/2 inch space).

 Mark where to place your holes for the bands.

 Punch holes. I like the Crop-O-Dile because it cuts any thickness.

 Adhere your scallops to the cover lining up the edges.

Thread your elastic thread through the two holes according to how many inserts you are going to use.
Here is a video on how to make the multi pocket file: 
Here are a few pictures of the inside of the complete planner:

This was a ton of fun to make and I can’t wait to use it this season!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!