Thursday, August 22, 2019

Virtual Refrigerator - Creating A Masterpiece (From the Archives)

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Things have been pretty slow on our Virtual Refrigerators this summer, haven't they? I know that for all three of us co-hosting this link-up, life has been busy and school has been relaxed at best, so none of us have been sharing a lot of new stuff lately. With a new school year starting, I suspect that will change somewhat for my co-hosts, and I look forward to having some new things over the next little while as well. I know, for example, that we should have some drawings coming soon, because we just got access to the new Drawing Program offered by Creating a Masterpiece. We'll be reviewing it over the next several weeks, and my artist and I are both looking forward to it. We went shopping for some of the art supplies we needed yesterday, so we are ready to get going. 

Since we don't have anything completed yet, I thought today it might be fun to look back at the artwork Kennady did when we previously reviewed the art instruction programs from Creating a Masterpiece in February and March of 2017.

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okayish fish by KAT, February 2017

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Peaceful Lake by KAT, February 2017


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Caribbean Lighthouse by KAT, February 2017


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Peacock Feathers by KAT, March 2017


Watch for new art and a full review of the Drawing Program soon! 
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In the meantime, if you'd like to see our previous review of the online art instruction program taught by master artist Sharon Hofer, you'll find it here: Creating A Masterpiece - A Homeschool Coffee Break Review

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The Virtual Refrigerator is co-hosted by: Jennifer at A "Peace" of Mind and Kristin at A Mom's Quest to TeachOur current link-up is open for the entire month of August, with anchor posts appearing on Thursdays.

Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Join us and share the artwork created in your homeschool. We cordially invite you to add your link and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges too! The Virtual Fridge link-up is open all month.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A Conservatory Tour PhotoJournal - Franklin Park

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Last week was our Summer of Kennady vacation, and it was a little different from the vacations we did with the boys the years they graduated. With the boys, the younger siblings were along for the trip, so the kids could hang out together. Since Kennady is the youngest and the boys had work obligations, she didn't have anyone close to her age to buddy with, and that made some of the vacation possibilities less appealing to her. We considered inviting one of her friends to go along with us, but the logistics of doing that were difficult. After several vacation ideas were considered, she finally decided she wanted to see conservatories and gardens, and we came up with a plan that took us out of town for a few days but allowed for a staycation and day trips for a few days too. The day trips meant that she could quite easily take friends along on those conservatory visits! Today's collection of photos will concentrate on the first conservatory in our tour, and the one that initially sparked her interest - Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio.

A few years ago we visited Franklin Park while spending Christmas with family in Ohio. My husband was somewhat familiar with it, because he used to attend trade shows in Columbus (he manages a greenhouse). We really enjoyed it - so much that when we had a couple of days to ourselves in Columbus this past Christmas, Kennady wanted to visit again. And so it was fitting that we started the Summer of Kennady Conservatory Tour with a day at Franklin Park.





I was glad we were able to visit during the Blooms & Butterflies exhibit! 







The conservatory showcases plants in several different biomes - Himalayan Mountain, Rainforest, Desert, a Pacific Island Water Garden, and a Showcase house where the Bonsai Collection is currently displayed. The Palm House was built in 1895 and inspired by the Chicago World's Fair. There's an extensive outdoor Botanical Garden and Children's Garden, but we didn't explore that much on this visit.

Desert Biome

Palm House






Once again, we loved the Chihuly Collection glass artwork on display throughout the conservatory.





We took a break to go get a bite to eat, then returned to Franklin Park for a free concert in the evening. The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra offered a Summer Music Series in the gardens, so we enjoyed a beautiful concert of Mozart pieces under the evening sky. Before the concert started, we took a little time to view the Bride's Garden and a little bit of the Botanical Gardens outdoors.





Our previous visits were during the Christmas season, so if you'd like to compare what the holiday displays look like, you can see those photos in A Franklin Park Conservatory PhotoJournal and a few more in A Columbus Christmas PhotoJournal.

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More Conservatory Tour PhotoJournals will be coming in the days ahead!

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Coffee Break Reading List (August 19, 2019)

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Some of the things around the web that I've been reading or exploring during recent coffee breaks: 



Some fun things I've found during coffee breaks: 






Some things Homechool Review Crew members are sharing: 
  • Last week was the Homeschool Review Crew Not Back to School Homeschool Blog Hop. Whew! Long name - lots of great articles by Crew bloggers! Start with a couple of the anchor posts on the Crew blog, like this one: Homeschool Encouragement and then pay a visit to the participating bloggers who wrote on all kinds of themes. I was on vacation last week so it will take me awhile to browse through all the great stuff! And I'm not even homeschooling this year! 
  • On At Home: Where Life Happens, Lori wrote a series about learning life skills. Kimberley of Vintage Blue Suitcase does most of her homeschooling while traveling, and her series Roadschooling With a Teenager provides tips that are also useful if you actually homeschool at home. Who stays at home while homeschooling though? I mean, really?!


What I've been reading during longer coffee breaks: 

Britfield & the Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart

  



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Found anything interesting on the web lately? Read any good books? Leave a comment and let me know!

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