Good morning campbellsworld visitors and readers everywhere.
This morning in the Author’s Corner Mother Author and Proofreader Jo E. Pinto brings us a story that speaks to multiple topics all at one time.
The story opens with a little girl bored from her early school-year sickness which has kept her home right off the bat and a mother who is happy to break the tedium of her work-day by finding a stopping point and spending time with her daughter. We see mom once again learning from her creative girl and being drawn from her comfort zone.
Go with Jo and her daughter into an afternoon of creativity and fun.
Once you’ve enjoyed this as well as gathered some project ideas for your wee ones please make certain to keep reading to find out about Jo’s other creation her book, The Bright Side of Darkness. Which I might add is much more than its title proclaims.
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Happy creating and blessid be.
by J. E. Pinto
My ten-year-old daughter stayed home from school sick for two days in a row during her second week. To tell the truth, I think it was the smoke from the forest fires that got to her, rather than an actual illness. She was stir crazy by the second afternoon, tired of vegging on the couch watching Monster High movies and YouTube videos.
Her dad and I have enrolled her in the Creative Girls Club, so she gets two craft kits about every six weeks in the mail. She’s had a busy summer, and the undone kits have begun to stack up.
I’d been proofreading a world history book all day, slogging through a chapter about the ancient empires of Korea and Japan. So when my daughter asked me to do a craft with her, I agreed to help her decorate a chalkboard to hang on her bedroom door. I figured that couldn’t be too difficult. Some ribbon and purple paint, some glitter and stickers–it ought to be a snap.
My daughter painted the wooden frame around the chalkboard purple. Then, while she waited for the paint to dry so we could attach the ribbon hanger, she decided to open a second kit.
“Making gemstones out of soap!” she crowed, delighted. “Check out these molds … and the awesome colors! Purple, teal, and gold–I love these!”
I felt cold fingers of dread clawing at my soul. I’m not a crafter by trade, although I can fake it pretty well for the sake of my creative girl. But soap-making sounded like it would be way out of my league. Molds meant hot liquids, which usually led to blistered skin in my experience, and colors plus hot liquids almost always equaled stains somewhere other than where they were supposed to be.
Still, my kid was dancing around me, as excited as a puppy with two tug toys. I couldn’t disappoint her. So I asked her to start reading the directions. We cleaned off our work surface, rustled up some paper cups and plastic spoons, and began carefully following the steps. Working together, we melted blocks of clear and white soap in the microwave, added the provided colorings to each cup, stirred, and poured the hot liquids from the cups into the waiting molds. When we were finished, we had six perfect soap gems–four gold in two different shades, one purple, and one teal. In spite of my misgivings, we had succeeded!
“Did you like doing two crafts at once?” my budding artist asked me as she applied a second coat of purple paint to the frame of her chalkboard while I got dinner going.
“It was fun,” I answered. “I tend to be a person who finishes one thing before I start another, but I enjoyed having two crafts going at the same time.”
“I shake you out of your boring old habits, don’t I?” my little girl said happily.
“In more ways than one,” I admitted.
That’s one of the best things I know about kids. They pry you out of your comfort zone as often as you let them. I never would have tried creating soap gems if it hadn’t been for my daughter. I may never do it again. But it was a delightful way to spend an August afternoon, and my life is better for having had the experience.
“The next kit is a tie-dye dip scarf.” My daughter set the chalkboard aside to dry and started cleaning up her work area.
Tie-dyeing? Uh oh! But hey—it might be fun. My creative girl and I spilled a few drops of teal coloring on the dining room table during the soap gem adventure, but the stain is hardly visible. The table was in pristine condition when I got it from my childless aunt before my daughter came along. But after ten years of crafts and board games, homework and the hustle of family life, the table seriously needs refinishing. Maybe soon it will wear a drop or two of clothing dye among its badges of honor.
The Creative Girls Club
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.
Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.
The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.