One More Easy Valentine-I Promise :)

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watercolor newspaper lovewatercolor newspaper heart

Ok so I know I promised that the last post was going to end my Valentine obsession but I couldn’t help myself…I had some newspaper spread out on my tables so I dripped the liquid water-color in warm then cool colors on separate sheets.  The last two weeks we have been learning about warm and cool colors so I thought I would use them.  My students were in my room during lunch so I had one of them cut the word love out then a medium-sized heart and we made these on black cardstock.  Easy peasy and really pretty.  Last one I promise…Happy Valentines!

Easy Valentine Cards For your Kids to Make

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As promised some more easy Valentine projects you can do at home with the kids 🙂  OK so don’t laugh too hard at my fingers in the bottom left corner I was in a hurry yesterday to get out of my classroom on time!  I have really been into using this black cardstock you can get anywhere but I ordered mine on Amazon see link below if you want to buy some.  Then I took some of my watercolor paper or white card stock and made some heart templates.  Next I used my chalk pastels to color and blend the chalk onto the cut out.  Glue down and then use fun Prang metallic markers to write whatever you want 🙂  If I have time in my classes I will let the students create their very own.  Happy Valentines Day!

Told you easy and really fun!  Happy renee

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Here are the links to order supplies:

black cardstock-

white watercolor paper or cardstock-

Prang metallic markers-

God Has A Plan-Favorite Quotes of the New Year

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This week was back to teaching art…I had First, Fourth and Sixth Grades and they we had some fun.  I also wanted to share with you the two best quotes of Christmas and New Years Vacation.  Got to give quote credits to Mrs. Colosi who said this on New Years Eve.  The second one I saw on a dish towel in Truckee.  They both are so true and are words to live by 🙂









In First Grade we did George Rodrigue’s “Blue Dog.”

first grade blue dog




Then I did paper portraits with the Fourth Grade class which was also fun 🙂

fourth grade paper portraits

And to finish my week I worked with the sixth grade on these Asian Bamboo watercolor pieces.  They really got into using the different brushes and simulating the bamboo. Continue Reading »

Celebrating 50 Years Was So Much Fun on the Island of Namotu in Fiji

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hamock in namotu fiji  Namotu Island Fiji  namotu fiji sunset private pool by our villa

It was a bit crazy getting out for a family trip before Christmas but I have to say we had so much fun.  We have never celebrated Christmas away from home since the kids were little.  Now that they are 18, 16 and 13 it was nice to go away and have time together as a family away from all the holiday hype.  The Island of Namotu only house about 23 visitors and you can only have one internet connection at one time for $100 so our technology was limited.  The above picture is the hammock and the island, our first sunset and the pool that was by our Villa.

santa came to fiji girls catch mahi mahi

We stayed in the back of the property in what was called the Villa.  I think originally this was built for the owner of the property but now is used for guests.  The girls shared a room and my son had his own with a joint bathroom.  Kent and I had the master bedroom with a lovely bathroom and amazing views to Cloudbreak and Namotu lefts.  There are breaks all along the island and a boat ride away from some of the best surfing in the world.  Above is a funny plastic Santa I found on the beach and the girls torturing their brother with the Mahi Mahi they caught.  The trip gave us plenty of family time and also lots of fun water activities to do besides surfing.  One day we went out for a “skull drag” which consisted of hanging on to a few 2 x 4 pieces of wood and being drug around the reef for an hour.  It was amazing and the reef is still very much alive and beautiful since the last trip Kent and I took to Fiji 25 years ago when we lived in Japan.

shell I found on namotu island fiji heart coral in fiji

The staff was amazing.  Very friendly and welcoming.  Even with all of our food allergies they rolled with it and made us feel at home.  The picture of the shell above is one I found on the island.  Also lots of coral and beauty on the beach.  Thanks to Scottie and Mandy who own and operate the island.  We had a memorable family trip we will not forget.

Carmel Valley Ranch-Girls Weekend for 50th Birthday Celebration


We got to get away the weekend before Thanksgiving to celebrate a couple 50th birthdays.  It was mine and my friend Carrie’s 50th birthdays a week apart so we decided to get away and do a spa weekend.  We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place its sometimes hard to find a place to get away too that doesn’t cost a fortune.  But I found out that Carmel Valley Ranch has a few two bedroom suites along with a spa so we decided to go for it.

carrie and renee's 50thWe got there early on Saturday around noon so we could have lunch on the property then I could get to my massage appointment at 2PM.  Lunch was incredible I had ahi tuna salad nicoise which was amazing.  Then I headed off to my massage.  Then later in the afternoon when the rest of the girls and Carrie came we had appetizers and wine and sat by this outdoor fire pit by the pool.  It was so much fun to catch up and relax with these amazing women 🙂  I feel truly blessed to have such beautiful women in my life to share 50 with.

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Simple Holiday Wrapping Ideas

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Yes I know you think I am crazy but I almost enjoy gift wrapping more than buying the presents 🙂  This year I of course took inspiration from pinterest from and  I just ordered my holiday cards on etsy from and she is going to print them with the same chalkboard theme I have going on my wrapping paper.  Cannot believe I got this all done before Thanksgiving!  Below are the links to buy the items you need to do any of the 4 wraps.  Email or message me if you have questions.  Happy wrapping!

simple holiday wrap with rosemary sprig holiday childrens wrapping

1.  Marvy gift tag punch- Overstock has it for a little over $20 and free shipping.  You will use this forever so it is worth the money.  Continue Reading »

Art Conference and Shopping In Orange County

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byredo flowerhead perfume

christmas tree newport beach  Fun time this weekend going to Orange County for an Art Education Conference and doing some shopping with my oldest daughter Hailey.  She came down from San Diego and stayed with me in Irvine for conference and we did a little damage at Fashion Island.  Also got to see our good friends the Pearson’s who live in Corona del Mar.  I had my presentation early Saturday morning then headed down to shop with Hailey.

First stop was Neiman’s.  They were having their sale and had lots of designer items discounted.  Plus I love their shoe department.  So fun to look and ogle at the really expensive shoes like Jimmy Choo, Prada etc.

My friend Lisa had me try this perfume by Byredo and it is awesome.  I am not one to wear perfume but this smells so yummy.  I guess they are known for their Gypsy Water one but I really like the flowerhead. Continue Reading »