Designthinking Challenge for Children


The rainy days over Spring Break inspired some new projects!  After lunch, each camper got one piece of paper, a pen, scissors and tape and was offered the challenge to make a toy or game.  Everyone got right down to work!  Several collaborated. Good ideas sparked better ones.  To see our inventions click here.


Games to play on a rainy day


Last week’s Spring Break Camp was very rainy.  We usually spend a lot of time outside playing.  We found some ways to play together inside the clubhouse. This game was invented by the kids.  It was cooperative and mixed together wildness and quiet, observing and silliness,  rules and freedom.

Getting Started with Skype Interviews


First thing this morning, Jaimie Harris, my assistant helped me set up this interview.

It’s important to work with people who can make you laugh and have complimentary skills.

We were in two different rooms in my house and we got a case of the silliness.

Now she is working on my 1099’s for tax season.


So, here is to celebrating a little bit of progress!

1. Figuring out Call Recorder: an add-on for Skype to automatically transform my video calls into movies.

2. Doing my first interview

3. Loading it on

4. Blogging about it!


“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
–Walt Disney


Happy New Year


electric guitar art

Rock on 2011!  We’re dreaming big!  These are our creative vision blasters.  (Electric Guitar Camp)

time warm sunglasses, children's art

We played with shading the past and making the future brighter. (Time Warp Camp)


I love that Crafty Cow featured our  new year memory string project over the holidays.


I had fun looking at these new books at the Alameda Library!  Bold Graphic Wow.

2010 in review


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,400 times in 2010. That’s about 20 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 89 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 142 posts. There were 220 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 28mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 16th with 126 views. The most popular post that day was DIY Handmade Kids Holiday Gift Club: Father’s Day Pop-Up Card.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for funny products, alphabet art, drawing lessons, one hour art projects, and beard art.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


DIY Handmade Kids Holiday Gift Club: Father’s Day Pop-Up Card June 2010
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Foil Action Figures= Green Art April 2010
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Alphabet Moustache November 2008


Inspiration Board February 2010


Alphabet Houses 2 November 2008