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Reese Witherspoon Reveals Her Own Take On The “Wreath Witherspoon”

Posted December 26, 2014 by Anonymous

We love it when a celebrity can poke fun at themselves. Oftentimes, they seem so unattainable; but every now and then a celebrity steps forward and joins in on a bit of friendly teasing. Wild actress Reese Witherspoon did just […]

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‘Twas Four Days Before Christmas

Posted December 23, 2014 by Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

‘Twas four days before Christmas, I sat in my house My cat was still sleeping, ignoring her stuffed mouse; My friends’ stockings were hung by the new wooden stairs I sat in my office in my old office chair. At ten in the morning, my first morning call; I chatted as per usual, not suspecting […]

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Celebrating The Holidays & Sharing Your #WellWishes

Posted December 18, 2014 by Anonymous

We are literally days away from Christmas, and Hanukah has already begun—it is well and truly the holiday season now. I’m pretty proud that I can say I’ve finished all my holiday shopping, my tree is up and decorated, I’ve […]

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Edible Holiday Gifts Perfect For Your Neighbours

Posted December 16, 2014 by Anonymous

Written by Kait Fowlie You’ve receive more pre-packaged biscotti than you know what to do with—to re-gift, or not regift? If you want your neighbors to add it to their pile of sugar-infused generic sweets, sure, hand ‘em over. But […]

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Holiday Gifts For The Whole Family

Posted December 15, 2014 by Anonymous

Are you thinking of getting a “family” gift to put under the tree this year? Or maybe you were hoping to find a family gift to give your neighbours or relatives. It may seem like a strange thing to do—buy […]

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How To Host A Holiday Popcorn Party

Posted December 12, 2014 by Anonymous

Written by Kait Fowlie Popcorn has been a big holiday symbol through the ages. A Saxon custom back in the 1840s, it all started when Queen Victoria expressed a desire for a Christmas tree adorned in popcorn, ribbons, flowers, and […]

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Donny & Marie Bring Christmas Fun To Toronto

Posted December 11, 2014 by Sonya

I know what your thinking. Donny and Marie Osmond? Yes, remember them? I certainly do! They are in Toronto with their annual Christmas Show bringing everything they’ve got. They’re here until December 21st playing at the Princess of Wales Theatre […]

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Christmas Traditions For Every Family

Posted December 8, 2014 by Guest Author

Written by Lindsay Ducharme Growing up we had many family traditions for birthdays, seasons and holidays; however, none were more special than our yearly Christmas Eve traditions.  Without fail, each year we would attend church and come home to find […]

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How To Host A Cookie Swap In 2014

Posted December 5, 2014 by Anonymous

Written by Kait Fowlie If the term “cookie swap” conjures an image of festive-sweater-wearing ladies pouring over plates of cookies to Christmas carols as an apron clad host breezes around spreading cheer, you’re not alone. The tradition may be as […]

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Enter For A Chance To Win A Kurio Kids Tablet

Posted December 1, 2014 by Anonymous

The safest, most fun Android Tablet built for kids is Contest #5 in our Holiday Wishlist Giveaway Extravaganza! The Kurio takes kid tablets to a cutting-edge level with its improved design, features and technology. The easy-to-use Parental Area is password […]

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How To Make Your December Baby Feel Special On Their Birthday

Posted November 25, 2014 by Anonymous

You’ve been hit with a double whammy—the holidays mixed in with your child’s birthday. Depending on who you ask, having a birthday amidst all the holiday mayhem isn’t very convenient. But as a parent, you don’t want your child’s special […]

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Mixed Media Angel Block

Posted November 23, 2014 by Gail Bartel

The Christmas rush is coming…I’ve spent the last week doing all the clay projects, I have 2 more weeks of Christmas themed projects and then I’m prepping for Christmas craft day.

I’m exhausted just thinking about it :)

Here is a angel that Grade 6 will start tomorrow.

The substrate is wood. I had my carpenter ‘father in law’ cut hundreds of these for projects.  The planks are 1.5″ thick and 7.5″ wide. They come in 8 ft lengths and are cut square.

You could also use canvas, cardboard, or canvas board.

They are thick enough to sit on a mantle or shelf.

I’ll give you the full “how to” in just a minute but first…

from Ulysses Press

…how about a giveaway!

Daily Zen Doodles is a new book by Meera Lee Patel. It’s a little workbook filled with prompts for doodling and inspirational quotes to help you relax and focus during your busy year.

With the holiday season upon us we all need a little time to slow down and quiet our minds a bit.

I try to do some drawing everyday, whether it’s faces, my corner of the staff room, or what I see outside my window. It calms me and helps me think so I can plan out those 24 different Christmas projects or whatever else is on agenda.

This book is a great way to get you started.

I’ll put the give-away details at the end of this post.

Now back to the angels.


– substrate, mine is wood and is 7.5″ square
– acrylic paint in white, blue, and purple
– some everyday items for printmaking, pencils, lids, cups, etc.
– sandpaper, optional
– metallic acrylic paint in gold and silver
– Crayola Model Magic, you’ll need a golf ball sized portion
– tacky glue
– iridescent glitter glue, I use an opal or clear type that works with your base colour
– wax paper
– scrap of kraft paper or a brown bag
– tan coloured card stock
– coloured pencils
– old book page
– some embellishments, I used a sequin star and some metallic foam (a placemat)
– mod podge for sealing
– printed text from the computer, “all is calm, all is bright”


Take your wood, sand any rough sides if needed.

Paint the 4 sides and the front with white acrylic paint.

Set aside to dry.

Take your scrap of kraft paper and paint it white.

Set aside to dry.

Take a piece of wax paper, 6″ or so wide, and crumple into a ball.

Flatten out the wax paper.  Using the leftover white paint print some shapes onto it with some everyday tools.

I using circle shapes.  I like to use ends of pencils and dowels, little shooter cups I get from the dollar store and corks.

While our painting is drying we will make the body of our angel.

Give each student a golf ball sized portion of model magic.  I like using model magic in my mixed media projects.  It’s expensive so we only use it for one part and I tend to use my 40% off coupons at Michael’s to buy it.

Have the kids flatten out the model magic. Our backgrounds are 7.5″ square so we don’t want our body too big. Around 9cm or 3.5″ max. I pre cut some strips of paper to use as a guide and you could also get the kids to measure with their rulers.

Model magic is easy to cut. We just use a plastic knife.

Cut a nice triangle shaped body.

Now we want to texturize our model magic.  I’m using a bottle lid and a glue lid.  I’m also using my new favourite clay tools. These are cupcake decorating tools that I found at the Dollar store. I get 8 tools each with 2 ends for $1.

I bought 12 sets!

Leave your model magic to dry overnight on a paper towel.

When the wood slab dries we want to add our background colour.  We are going for a distressed look, we want to see some white poking thru.

Using a dry brush and being careful to only use little amounts of paint at a time brush on the background colour.

Let dry.

When it’s dry you can distress it further by sanding some of the paint off.

Your kraft paper should be dry by now.  Using the inside of my masking tape roll as a template I traced out a circle for my halo.

I want a rich detailed design for my halo.

Squeeze out a little gold and silver paint. To make my design I use cut pieces of cardboard, dipping the ends into the paint and making lines.  Corrugated cardboard gives you a nice ripple. I’m also using my glue lid again, end of a pencil, and the end of a paint brush or wooden skewer.

Let dry.

I use up my leftover metallic paint by painting my old book page.  Metallics tend to be translucent but you can add a bit of water so it’s more of a wash.  You want to still see the text.

This will be used for the arms so each student only needs a quarter of the page.

When your model magic is dry paint with acrylic paint.  I used purple.

Squeeze out a little glitter glue onto your wax paper and then using your finger smear it on top of the paint.

While my body and halo are drying I work on the face.

I have a range of flesh toned card stock for the kids to choose from.  They only need a little square.  Using a plastic shooter cup (yes it’s those same ones from the Dollar store) trace out a circle.

Using coloured pencils I add the hair and rosy cheeks.  With a sharpie I add eyelids and a smile.

Your angel could have open eyes if you prefer.

Cut out the halo and glue near the top of the background.

Glue the face into the middle of the halo.

To make the wings fold the printed wax paper in half.

Cut a leaf shape on the fold so you have 2 wings.

To attach to the background I use mod podge.  I use the mod podge instead of glue because I want it to dry clear.  Glue can sometimes dry cloudy and you would see it thru the wings as they are a bit translucent.

Glue on the body of the angel.  I just use tacky glue.

For the feet I cut 2 circles from a gold placemat. (Dollar store again)

Cut the book page into strips for the arms.  I added a sequin star.

I printed out the text “all is calm, all is bright”.

I added some colour with some disk tempera.

Glue onto the background.

Finally you can add a coat of Mod podge to add a nice shiny finish and help keep everything in place.

That’s it.

If you are interested in winning your own copy of “Daily Zen Doodles” by Meera Lee Patel you can enter by doing one of the following:

– leave a comment on this post
– like or comment on this post on my Facebook page
– or send me an email at

I’ll make the draw on Friday Nov 28th/14.

Good luck everyone.

A big thank-you to Ulysses Press for sponsoring this giveaway!


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UrbanMoms Holiday Wishlist Giveaway: 10 Prizes To Be Won!

Posted November 17, 2014 by Anonymous

We’ve made our list, checked it twice and it turns out all our UrbanMoms aren’t naughty, they’re nice! So we’ve put together our Holiday Wishlist Giveaway to help you fulfill your holiday dreams! Every week for the next six weeks, […]

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10 Jaw-Dropping Gingerbread Houses You Must See

Posted November 17, 2014 by Anonymous

Looking for a wonderful tradition to start with your family this holiday season? Why not throw on the aprons, bust out the icing and decorate your very own gingerbread house! They make a wonderful centerpiece for your holiday dinner or […]

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How To Prepare For Pictures With Santa

Posted November 12, 2014 by Anonymous

It wouldn’t be the holidays without your child’s annual Santa photo. It’s a great Christmas tradition where your children get to spill all their holiday hopes and dreams to good ol’  Saint Nick — that’s if they’re not already bawling their […]

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Christmas Is HOW Many Days Away?

Posted November 6, 2014 by Anonymous

I received a very alarming email this morning. I was going about my day, dealing with an overflowing inbox (as per usual) when Outlook informed me I had a brand new message. “There are only 49 days until Christmas!” the […]

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