A Tree Is Nice

by Stefani on 14-August-2008

See, summer isn't SO bad. 

Especially, if it affords you the chance to hang out half the day in a tree, with one of your best pals at your side. 

A Tree Is Nice

Or, you know, a little closer to the ground, if you're the mama, and your best pal is a mama too.


And when it's all said and done, and you've got your dry clothes on and all the sand toys unloaded from the car, and you've had waffles for dinner, it feels pretty nice to put a little summer down on paper too. 

Just so you'll never forget what it felt like to be way up high, like a superhero. 

Way Above the World

Do y'all know about these things? 

Joy In a Box

They're pretty pricey, but they are SO cool! I have been known to play with them myself after the boys have been long tucked into their beds. 

You just color with them, like you would with regular crayons, and then you wet a paint brush and blend the color. 

It took a little experimenting (for example, we learned that they work much better on actual watercolor paper), but once we got the hang of it, there's been no stopping the painting fun. 


I hope your weekend is filled with lots of colorful adventure too!
BlueLikeTheSky August 14, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Can’t wait to get some for my little artist.

I just linked to your Peacha Pawbler page, which will star at our cookout tomorrow.

Stay Cool.

brit August 14, 2008 at 9:44 pm

well. Now I do! Awesome. My four year old started drawing this week. Kids are so funny. His 2yr old brother scribbles on everything, but I can never get him to color pictures or anything and then this week. Bam. A turtle. A peach. A bowl of cereal. Just like his dad, unwilling to do it halfway..must do it perfectly.

katiemae August 14, 2008 at 11:14 pm

These look great! Something for the wish list. We’re heading out camping for a few days and are bringing our watercolor paints. Should be fun to see what we come up with.

Corynne Escalante August 14, 2008 at 11:42 pm

that spot looks like so much fun. is that a river? i have the watercolor pencils but i still haven’t really figured out quite how to use them. i’ve had them for a few years, too! maybe i’ll have to try actual watercolor paper.

Amy August 15, 2008 at 3:30 am

What a lovely photo! It sums up summer to a tee.

Teresa August 15, 2008 at 4:03 am

I love that picture up in the tree. Simply beautiful!

And those crayons! What fun. I haven’t herad of them and definitely want to try them now!

Mandy August 15, 2008 at 5:08 am

So awesome. They make watercolor pencils too!

jessica August 15, 2008 at 6:05 am

Those watercolor crayons are pretty neat! I need to get myself some of those. I love that top picture of the kids in the tree-certainly what summer means to me!

Jules August 15, 2008 at 6:06 am

love the tree pic
thanks for the reminders of summertime, we’re counting down the days out of our melbourne winter into the spring. can’t wait to splash in the ocean rather than the ‘muddles’ (muddy puddles).

melissa August 15, 2008 at 6:07 am

I used to have a set of watercolor crayons that I got from Nasco- called caran d’ache. The price has gone up but they lasted for years and years. I used them to make monoprints- AND they make good face paints!

molly Bridle August 15, 2008 at 6:20 am

Love the pic of those two in the tree! Angry chicken had a link not to long ago to discountschoolsupply.com and their watercolor crayons seem pretty cheap.

melissa s. August 15, 2008 at 6:44 am

breakfast for dinner is always nice in my book. thanks for the tip on the wc crayons, we will definitely check those out. happy weekend!

Linn August 15, 2008 at 7:11 am

I haven’t tried the watercolor crayons but I know Stampin’ Up! sells them…I wonder if they’re cheaper there or more expensive. I love the superhero picture.

The Mommy August 15, 2008 at 8:17 am

Watercolor crayons are awesome! I especially love that picture of the lawn chairs next to the river – I sooo want to go there right now with a good book on my Kindle!

BabaB August 15, 2008 at 11:22 am

Will have to get some of these water color crayons. Great for artsy cards and crafts.

kristin at praire daze August 15, 2008 at 11:50 am

i. want. those. chairs.

ms.cleaver August 15, 2008 at 12:04 pm

That first photo looks like a still from a movie – I could hang it on my wall – it’s truly lovely.

Hanna August 15, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Sounds like you had a wonderful day. I had some of those crayons when I was young. I loved them! And treasured them, I still have them – or bits of them anyway!

Kristi August 15, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Great summer pics!! I really enjoy watercolor crayons, but you are right they are pricey and hard to put in a 3 year old’s hands. Crayola makes a watercolor pencil that works the same way and it is cheaper.

Jennifer August 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I knew Crayola made watercolor pencils but have never heard of the crayons!

Made your peach ice cream recipe, it was superb!

Nancy August 15, 2008 at 3:14 pm


You can find reasonably priced watercolor crayons at Stubby Pencil Studio — we like ’em a lot, though I haven’t tried other brands to compare. And the crayon rocks are silky and awesome. Hoo boy, do I ever love craft supplies!! -Nancy in NC

Emily August 15, 2008 at 6:53 pm

You can also draw on fabric with those crayons-and get them wet to blend the colors if you like. A lot different from using them on paper. I don’t think they would be very durable, but it is a nifty technique for a wall hanging or something of that sort.

divina August 15, 2008 at 7:53 pm

I found your blog through Uncommon Grace and enjoyed your post. I also read your “About Me” page and loved it. I think this blog is one for my Google Reader. Can’t wait to read more!

divina August 15, 2008 at 7:55 pm

I found your blog through Uncommon Grace and enjoyed your post. I also read your “About Me” page and loved it. I think this blog is one for my Google Reader. Can’t wait to read more!

Julie Alvarez August 15, 2008 at 7:56 pm

The color comes to me this weekend through my ripple blanket in progress.
I love watercolor pencils! They ARE pricey here indeed. I wish they weren’t…
Oh, I could really enjoy some time by the lake now.

Thimbleina August 16, 2008 at 12:27 am

We have watercolour pastels which are similar and my daughter loves them. They are expensive but she gets so much more enjoyment out of them than the cheap crayons and the colours are so much more intense

kristen August 16, 2008 at 5:33 am

I wish it could be summer forever!

BlueLikeTheSky August 16, 2008 at 9:28 am

Just had to tell you that I am in love with your cobbler recipe. Luckily, at last night’s cookout, someone had brought popsicles from the Mexican market for the kids so the grownups were able to make the cobbler an “adults only” dessert.

Elizabeth August 17, 2008 at 2:16 am

What gorgeous photos. The top two are just quintessentially summer.

Relyn August 17, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Time to head to Hobby Lobby. So glad you had a wonderful, summerful day.

Ansley August 17, 2008 at 8:13 pm

The water looks so inviting!

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