Medway Thayer House, for Medways Art Week. Friday 4:30-8:00
My Program "Beyond Colored Pencils" at 4:30-6:00, will feature on going demonstrations on how to enhance a coloring page. I'll show you techniques to use with special watercolor pencils that activate with watercolor brushes, pastel pencils that smudge, and blender pencils that blend several colors for a graduated effect.
Community posters to try these mediums will be set up for teens and adults, and posters with crayons available for the younger kids.
There will be other hands on arts projects along with music and dance at 7:00 PM. Go to: Made In Medway for a list of all events.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
An Easter paper craft of mine had just been published in the children's magazine "My Big Backyard".
The craft was a egg holder in the shape of a bunny. I had successfully made this craft with lots of kids at my school presentations, and showed the Bunny to my egg coloring guests.
After coloring 4 dozen eggs we all decided we could make THREE DOZEN Bunny Huggers as name tags for our Easter dinner tables! A grand idea to accomplish in an afternoon...but we did it!
We had a blast! Here is how you can make your own Bunny Hugger for
Easter Sunday, or any ol' day.
Cut an 8 1/2" piece of paper in half.
Fold the bottom edge of one of the sides up to the edge to make a triangle.
Cut the rectangle shape away to make the triangle. Cut carefully and save that piece.
Cut a long triangle shape into the point of the triangle (while folded in two).
Fold the saved rectangle piece in half and draw a paw and a foot.
Cut out paper pieces for eyes, tail, ear centers, nose and whiskers.
Bend the triangle shape around a toilet paper roll section and glue or tape in place.
The toilet paper roll section will give the Bunny stability to hold an egg.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
One mission is to find a place to rent for 2020. We want the gulf side, but haven't seen too much more than Venice FL where husbands Mom and Dad lived. We've been visiting Venice for 30 years!
After seeing other areas from Sarasota to Naples we ended up liking Venice the best. So we found a house to rent and will take our dog and cat with us next year!
Back home today the weather has been pretty good, in the 60's. Best of all we are back with our fur babies that missed us very much.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
|Baby Mandala. Personalize with babies name and date.|
|Wedding Mandala. Personalize with bride and grooms names and date|
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Natick Center, MA
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Judith Moffatt is an illustrator, teacher and crafts woman. She is the illustrator of over 50 books for children, and popular magazines including Highlights and Ranger Rick. Ms. Moffatt has taught Children's Book Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and continues to present programs in the New England area to colleges, public & private schools, libraries and civic organizations.
Combining design, illustration and craft, Ms. Moffatt has self-published a series of Mandala coloring books and personalized art pieces. Each Mandala is created with an eye for detail and filled with symbolic meaning. Her latest passion for crafts has produced a plethora of whimsical pincushions with personality.
Five Crows Gallery & Handcrafted Gifts
41 Main Street (Route 27)
Natick Center Cultural District
Sunday, July 22, 2018
I adore my gardens. I should say OUR gardens as husband Bill provides most of the brawn that goes into their creation and maintenance. The shady Hosta Garden has three sections. Although not planned, the over all look is a big PEACE SIGN, with paths our dogs have created and we have added stones. Here's our new dog Ellie. We call her Ellie Font, she has very prominent ears.
The front garden is all sun, so this is where we can grow Day Lily, Balloon flower, Peony, Miniature Lilac, and Black Eyed Susan. All the gardens are lined with interesting rocks that I've collected since high school. I remember when I got my own home my mother said "and don't forget to take your rocks!"
Yesterday it was terribly hot and husband and I worked avoiding the sun. We were in a rush to finish as it will be raining here for three days. Perfect for a few of the plants I transplanted. One picture shows the bird bath, the other an overhead shot from the upstairs bedroom.
Hope when the sun shines later in the week we have time to get back to the garden. Working in the garden is so satisfying!
Sunday, May 27, 2018
|Bill Hoffman proud Veteran|
The Town Common is a new discovery for me. I am always in search of perfect breakfast spots and this one ranks high. The location, across from a park and beautiful old stone church is gorgeous. Breakfast is served on Fiesta wear in a variety of colors. You can watch the owner cook your delicious meal from and opening looking into the tidy kitchen, and the waitresses are amazing (one helpful gal helped me when I could not shut of the data sucking app Waze!)
Below is a bit of cool history about this scenic little town.
|Outside Town Common|
Founded in in 1842 Adin Ballou and his followers purchased 600 acres of land on which they built homes for the community members, chapels and factories.
Ballou believed that he could create a Utopian community blending the features of a factory town with those of a religion-based commune. The community stood for temperance, abolitionism, women's rights, spiritualism and education.
Fourteen years later the intentional community was converted into a textile factory town. The factories were purchased by George and Ebenezer Draper.
|Inside Town Common. Refinished wood and brick.|
|Side door leading into Town Hall. Stained glass windows not visible.|
The planned community with innovative 19th and early 20th century employee housing, remain essentially intact today.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Six years we produced an award winning section for the kids magazine that consisted of a poem, fingerplay and illustration. It was the best job I ever had. And one of the best Art Directors I ever worked with.
We had had great conversations about the work and other stuff long distance. Although we never met in person, I felt like I knew her like an old friend.
A couple weeks ago Karen, who lives in the DC area, came out to visit her Boston friends and I was lucky enough to be one.
Karen got two dishes, and I got two giant brand new down filled couch pillows for a great price.
I have also donated quite a bit of crystal and china to this clean, well run store.
We ended her visit at The Miss Mendon Dinner. An old dinning car that has been transported to the back of a car dealership. Excellent food. Homemade potato chips are the best!
I got to show Karen a bit of my world out in the country, before rushing her back to the train to Boston. And I do mean RUSH she was on the train 2 minutes before it pulled out Whew!!