59 posts categorized "Crafts & Hobbies"

Summer is right around the corner, Part 1

March 09, 2006

So, I know we just had snow today, but I'm still thinking about the summer, which is just three months away! Our biggest girl is 5-1/2 this summer, and I am hoping that she'll have more summer options than before. Here's our list with some highlights (she's not going to all, but these are just a 'few' of the things we're thinking about):

Ethos Music Camp: For five (non-consecutive) weeks through the summer, from late June to the end of August, Ethos offers a variety of music camps focusing on guitar, percussion, piano, strings, and even hip-hop and rock band ensembles. Cost is $195 per week, from 9-5 daily, grades K-12. Ethos is a well-respected music school with several community programs for school-aged children. Each child can enroll for a maximum of 2 sessions per summer.

Grace Art Institute Camps: Last year, it was India. This year, it's Greece. This summer Grace Art Institute summer camp will explore the fascinating and historical Greek culture. Cultural folktales are the heart of each week's curriculum and campers choose to immerse themselves in a variety of performing and visual arts, including dance & music, drama, glass art, ceramics & sculpture, fibre arts, visual arts, book arts. Cost is $205 per session, from 9-3 daily with a Friday art celebration, ages 4-12. (Before & After care can be arranged.)

smARTworks / PNCA: for 1st graders to middle school, this year's focus is storytelling. Cost is $235 per week and camp runs 8-5pm.

Children's Museum summer camps: These are among the pricier ones, but I thought I'd still put it out there. Camp runs 8:30 to 2:30 ($200) with aftercare available ($90). Still, there is art, drama, activities, games, crafts.

Audobon Society: "Audubon Summer Camps inspire children to love and protect nature, in the very best way, by exploring, learning, and having fun." Camps run for ten weeks throughout the summer. Half-day (9-1) sessions for first graders, and full-day sessions for 2nd graders and older. I can't find the cost in an obvious place online, so let me know if you find it!

Oregon Zoo Summer Camps: Use interactive activities, crafts, zoo exploration to learn more about the animals. All camps include guided zoo tours, animal visits in the classrooms, Discover Birds show, visits to the family farm and pygmy goat kraal, lorikeet feeding, songs, games, stories, a train ride (except Penguin Camp), snacks and a ZooCamp t-shirt. 3rd – 8th grade camps include a visit to the Washington Park play structure and Elephant Barn picnic shelter. Half-day camps for kindergarteners ($85 for members/$100 for non-member); full-day camps for 1st graders and up ($190 for members/$220 for non-members). Before and after care available.

YMCA - Camp Collins: Day camp for children in grades 1-6. "Campers will participate in archery, arts and crafts, hiking, nature activities, climbing tower, field games, and believe it or not, much more!" Camp runs for 9 sessions; fees are a sliding scale ranging from $165 to $215 per week. Daily bus service to camps run from Alameda school (NE), Gresham and the North Clackamas Aquatic Center.

Camp Ky-O-Wa: "Explore a trail in the woods, enjoy the cool waters of a lake, try your luck at fishing, bounce on a trampoline, sing camp songs, and discover other fun summer activities. Camp Ky-O-Wa is an integrated day camp for children ages 5-11, with and without disabilities." Sponsored by Portland Parks & Recreation.

Summer Nature Camp: Also by Portland Parks & Recreation, for children ages 5-12, week-long sessions "provide youngsters with a firsthand experience with nature through hiking, storytelling, scientific observations, and forest crafts."

OMSI Summer Science Camps: Junior Naturalist camp, Naturalist camp, Adventure camps. These camps are serious all-week camps at various locations throughout the state. Without a doubt, our kids could get an invaluable experience (camps run $385 for the week). But, our biggest girl is still eons away from spending the whole day and night away from us! Programs run for youth ages 7-18. Camps run from 1 to 3 weeks long! We are SO not there yet. Someday!

Mad Science: For some reason, I had it in my head that Mad Science camp would be so fun for our biggest girl once she became of age. Now, I see that they've only got one location in the inner eastside, and it's isn't even a full-day (it's only 9-3pm). So, it won't work for us, but maybe the locations and times will work for you! It's about $129 per week for ages 4 and up.

And, actually, this listing of summer camps is pretty good.

Calling All Crafty Mamas

February 28, 2006

You sew. You knit. You make beautiful handpainted ceramics. You make jewelry. Whatever your craft, have some fun, get to know other local artisans and maybe make some cash by getting a booth at Crafty Wonderland. Starting April 9th, Crafty Wonderland will be held the second Sunday of every month from 11am - 4pm at the Doug Fir. Click here to learn more about the application process. I know that I get bombarded with "invitations" to show at various trade shows and I turn them all down (or I create my own) because I hate the sales vibe at most of the big cheesy trade shows, and I know I will get little or nothing in return. The ladies behind Crafty Wonderland seem to be creating something above a trade show: a close-knit group of local crafters who love what they do and they're creating an environment that will attract buyers who truly appreciate the work and craftsmanship of handmade items. Plus, at only $25 a table, it's super ultra cheap. I hope to participate later on in the year, and I hope to see all of you crafty mamas (of which I know there are PLENTY!) there too!

Summer Programs in Portland

February 22, 2006

Hi!  I ran across your web site as I was searching for summer programs.  My family is planning on spending a month in Portland as part of our search for a new home.  Our current home is Cleveland, Ohio.  Can you ask your Mamas about summer programs for 3 year olds.  We will be staying in the Milwaukie area.  I hope I can join you for an event this summer.  Your groups sounds fun!

Mark your calendars - Mama S&B/Craft night

January 16, 2006

While the cat is away, the mice will play!  Well, while dh is heading out of town, I thought I would host a craft night for folks interested in knitting/scrapping/whatever your craft of choice is.
Date:  Tuesday, January 24 2006
Time:  8:15-whenever  (I'll try to get Andrew down before folks arrive)
RSVP:  Leave a comment w/ your e-mail below and I'll add you to an evite with the location info :)

If you don't have a craft of choice and feel like you want to learn, I will be willing to brainwash teach you how to knit.  I'll also have some teas/wine/snacks too.  Hope to see you all there!  Well, at least as many as my house can hold hehe...

Surprise! The Lila Guide | Baby-Friendly Portland

January 11, 2006

It was SO long ago when I think I filled out a survey for the Portland lilaguide.  What a treat it was to find one in my mail slot yesterday!  Calling itself the "new parent survivial guide to shopping, activities, restaurants, and more...", the lilaguide is written by parents for parents.  Reviews are Zagat-esque, incorporating first-hand comments and quotes by customers and parents just like us.  Unlike Zagat, where we can expect some witty snarky comments, lilaguide is pretty, smooth, and uber-palatable.

The guide is organized by county - Clackamas, Washington, Clark, and Multnomah.  The urbanMama in me wishes it was mostly Portland information organized by neighborhood.  Still, I found some fun stuff like quotes about almost all the parks and playgrounds with helpful firsthand information.  Of a park just a few blocks of me: "a nice park to visit although there's not too much shade during summer months ... the usual facilities including restrooms and off-leash area..."  I also enjoyed leafing through the Exercise section, highlighting activities I'd not heard of like Baby Boot Camp or Divine Pilates of Portland or Moving Through Center or Stroller Strides.  The Baby Basics section is a great resource, with listings and info for all our favorite joints like Fairies & Frogs (on NE Fremont), Generations (on Hawthorne), Grasshopper (on NE Alberta), Milagros (on NE Killingsworth), Piccolina (at SE Clinton and 26th), Sweetpea's (in Sellwood), and Zanzibar (on NE Fremont near 15th).

I'm glad I have a copy.  But, I'm glad I got a free one (for completing at least 14 reviews of Portland establishments).  I don't think I'd necessarily go out and buy one.

What Can't Sarah Gilbert Do?

December 15, 2005

I took up Sarah's (that's Cafe Mama, Everett's Mama, Truman's Mama, Blogging Baby editor, Kenilworth-Abernethy blogger - oh, and don't forget contributor to Slash Food, TV Squad, and a founding urbanMama) open offer on a holiday card photo shoot.  We were a bit late heading out the door, and found Sarah waiting patiently with adorable Truman hanging from her hip/front carrier.  Everett was amusing himself by running around the square.  On top of that she had bags, blankets, and her camera along with her.  It really didn't feel like a photo shoot at all since we sat for one pose as she snapped away.  As we chased after the kids and pretended to look at trees, she took some more candids.  Again, it didn't feel like we were getting our pictures taken as I was more absorbed in making sure the kids were o.k., and chatting with some of the other mamas who showed up for the socializing.  Now, for my point!  Sarah is incredible.  She's such a busy mama, but to do a photo shoot with both of her boys with her, in busy, busy downtown, was a feat unto itself.  I am always in awe of other busy mamas (Sarah included) and being inspired by all that they do.


Craftin', Scrappin', & More

December 13, 2005

Ok.  The holidays are coming at us like a speeding bullet and I need to kick it up several notches.  BAM!  Holidays are so hard, trying to balance the joys of giving with the fun of receiving.  Philly has already made her list and checked it twice.  This week, though, we're going to focus on all the giving.  What's more fun and meaningful than hand-making the gifts?

Mimosa Studios on NE Alberta near 17th:  We go to Mimosa lots because it's convenient for us.  The space is on the cramped side, so curious toddlers get up close and personal with the shelves and shelves of pottery lining the walls.  Still, we've managed to go to Mimosa several times in the past couple of years, despite having little people.  Owner Austin and her staff are attentive, creative, and super helpful.  They've helped us come up with new gift ideas, color schemes for our projects, and strategies for involving the kids in the fun.  Fridays this month are late nights with food & drink provided.  Check out their calendar for other fun stuff.

Amazin' Glazin' in Sellwood:  Haven't been to this one yet, but I know some of you have!  Sounds like Amazin's got more space for the more mobile tots.  Like Mimosa, they've got a great schedule this month for the hoildays.  This coming Thursday, their special project class is Poinsetta Platters from 6-8pm.

Art House on NE Broadway: They have a couple of fun events coming up, including "Crop with Me" and "Kids Make Holiday Tags".  Check out their event schedule or Marlynn's Family Friendly post.

Quirks & Quandaries on N. Mississippi:  It's a boutique that doubles as your own craft room space.  The craft room is stocked with all the supplies you'll need for small projects or to finish up old projects.  If you can't finish your project, you can always walk out with something unique & affordable from the front shop.

Knitty Knitty Bang Bang

November 11, 2005

Are you a knitty mama?  I'm not.  But, I do know that there are lots of knitting mamas out there!  Some of our pdx mama bloggas on the left are some knitting mamas, including Knitting Mama Phenom, StitchMarker Mama, Semaphoria, to name a few.  Who else?  Any ideas for some classes, events, or resources intown for a newbie like me?

Got any spare diaper wipes boxes?

January 19, 2005

In our home, we go through diaper wipes boxes (6-packs Kirkland brand from Costco) faster than we can recycle them. They are such a handy size for so many things, but there was one potential use that really caught my attention: Magazine holders! Now, as a Martha Stewart fan (yes, I still think her periodicals contain useful information, even if she did screw up), and a subscriber to several other periodicals, the magazines just seem to pile up more quickly than they can be read. Without further ado... Here is the tutorial on how to make your own magazine holder from a wipes box.