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Erika Hastings

 

Art and Inspiration

The No Cry Nap Solution – Book Review

There are a handful of authors in the world who truly astound me for their ability to completely transform my life through a book. Elizabeth Pantley, world renowned parenting expert, is one of those authors. And The No Cry Nap Solution is one of those books. If you...

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Happy Ayyam-i-Ha!

We LOVE Ayyam-i-Ha (pronounced: Ah-YAHM-ee-hah), a special time of year for the Baha'is where we show hospitality, service, generosity and thankfulness. Juliet and I inherited the gorgeous Ayyam-i-Ha banners that my mother made about 25 years ago, and we divided them...

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Breastfeeding – Painting

Ah, breastfeeding. Some days that feels like all I do. Like yesterday when Fiona went through a growth spurt and wanted to feed non-stop from 11am to 11pm and skip all her naps. Babies are so amazing. When they are born, they have a limited range of focus. It just so...

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How to calm a crying baby

Did you know that it was possible calm almost any crying baby in about a minute or less? I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. Just before Fiona was born, I went to a presentation by Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the...

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How to make a soft glow in photos: Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a Photoshop tutorial on how to make a soft glow and change the lighting of your photos. It's really fun and easy to do. 1. Open up your photo in Photoshop. I'm using a photo of Fiona's foot for this tutorial. 2. At the top, click "Images," then scroll down to...

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Baby Love – Painting

"Baby Love" is what I am most looking forward to after my baby is born. Those first few days where all you want to do is stare at them in amazement, with an overwhelming sense of...

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My Little Skunk – Painting

Every night I go for a walk after the kids are asleep and at least 3 times a week I bump into "my little skunk" along the way. One time I was about a foot away from the skunk before I noticed him. My heart started beating like crazy and I slowly backed away from him....

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Nesting – Painting

Nesting feels pretty instinctual these days. I find myself feeling the need to have everything cleaned, in order, and all last projects completed now as the clock ticks nearer to having this baby. Every time I go shopping I feel like I'm stocking up for a natural...

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Finding Balance – a Pregnancy Painting

This is a watercolor painting that I created today called "Finding Balance" and is a pregnancy painting. The dancer is self-portrait of myself at 8 months pregnant and gracefully balancing all of the aspects of my life. I oftentimes create paintings as sort of a...

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Handmade Dolls

Thanks to Claire Garland and her book, Toys to Sew, I have created these three sweet handmade dolls for the kids for...

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Siblings Bonding – Painting

My sister is 4 months pregnant now and I was thinking about how Olee and his new brother or sister are already starting to bond. Even though they haven't seen each other yet, the baby can hear Olee, and Olee can hear that baby's heart beat at the midwife appointments....

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Support – Painting

This is a watercolor painting that I made as a visual reminder that I am always supported and cradled in God's gentle...

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Tranquility – Painting

Here is the watercolor painting that I finished of the three of us during nap time/ quiet time/ tranquility-alone time. My focus for this coming year is on bringing peacefulness to all aspects of my...

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How to create an erupting volcano

Here is a recipe for creating an erupting volcano: 1 large bottle large baking pan 1 TB flour 1 TB baking soda 20 drops red food coloring Put the bottle in the pan. Pour the flour, baking soda and food coloring inside the bottle. 1 cup vinegar Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar...

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Felt boy dolls

This is the boy version of the bedtime felt doll set that I made. Bedtime story book and a little car on a the...

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Pincushion

I really have never done much sewing before, but everyday I've been getting more and more inspired by Juliet's creative sewing projects. I'm inspired to try out some, but a bit intimidated at the same time because it's so new. A pincushion seemed like a good,...

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Petting Zoo – Painting

This painting is watercolour painting of my children at the Victoria Petting Zoo in Beacon Hill Park that we visited last week. They had a great time brushing the goats. The favorite part was throwing the sawdust back on to the goat, to then be able to brush it...

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Sleeping in the Garden – Painting

This painting is called, "Sleeping in the Garden." It is an acrylic painting that I made as a gift for my mother. I was inspired by a dream that my father had, where my mother was out in my garden, muddy and rolling in flowers and leaves. In this painting I added my...

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Photo Tutorial: Stained glass giraffe mosaic

This is a photo tutorial. For a detailed written mosaic tutorial, see my previous mosaic tutorial in the side links. 1. Shopping at IKEA. 2. Painting the wood. 3. Designing the image (I cut a giraffe out of paper and traced it on twice on to the mirror frame). 4....

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Stained Glass Mosaic Tutorial

Stained Glass Mosaic Tutorial Mosaics are best done on wood, ceramic or cement. This tutorial is for making a glass mosaic with wooden frames and a mirror with a wooden frame. I purchased these items at IKEA. Materials and equipment needed: - glass cutter - plastic...

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Nice soft playdough recipe

Here is a fantastic, soft playdough recipe that, if stored properly, can last for years. 4 cups flour 1 cup salt 4 Tablespoons cream of tartar 8 tablespoons of oil 4 cups of water Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, add any food coloring you like and cook it in...

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Felt Paper Dolls

This week was my felt paper dolls week. I got a whole bunch of felt from the dollar store and have been cutting all week. Isabela got the cutting bug too and has been making all sorts of things to add the felt paper doll collection. The amazing thing is that so was so...

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Yum! Edible Playdough Recipe

Edible Playdough (From "Surviving Your Preschooler" by Trish Kuffner) 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 flour (any kind) 1/2 water (may need to add more, depending on what kind of flour you use) Kneed. Play. Eat....

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