Tinsel Tent — for drawing in the late afternoons

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I’m establishing a drawing half an hour outside at about 4:30 to 5:00pm on most afternoons when we are home during the school holidays; a most delightful time of day during summer: the sun’s bite is gone but it’s still light.  Creating a dedicated space helps with these little routines sometimes so I put up a tinsel tent.


50 metres of tinsel (I used cheap stuff)

Tent pegs

The kids often play out in the backyard tree and so I looked for a brand that was relatively parallel to the ground.  Then pinned the tinsel from the ground, up around the branch once, and then back down again to create a tent shape.  I expect it will last a couple of weeks or so. If there are any breakages, I’ll simply tape the ends together with some strong masking tape.

When it come to this long holiday period, I look at our drawing materials, and restock if needed.  My kids enjoy drawing their own designs — and I want to encourage that — so I purchased four A5 art journals for $3 each and a new packet of textas. And there you have it!  A little routine for the next couple of weeks taking us up to Christmas.

tinsel tent for drawing - on beafunmum.com

tinsel tent for drawing - on beafunmum.com

tinsel tent for drawing - on beafunmum.com

afternoon drawing time outside


Fun with Trees

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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