Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tightwad Tuesday

I am very excited about joining my first Tightwad Tuesday hosted by Canadagirl.

Sometimes you get lucky and find something that will make a real difference in your homeschool PLUS save lots of money.  This is what happened to me last week.  I found five Great Museums of The World art books at a library sale.  They were filled with almost 100 prints each.  I paid $3.00 for each book.  I then took the books and cut out all the prints that were bigger than 4" x 6", appropriate for all ages in my home, and famous by artist or painting.  I then glued the prints to old 8x10 card stock that was laying around the house and pasted the name of artist, year, and name of painting to the back of the card stock.  The result is that I now have 76 prints for my children to do Charlotte Mason picture studies.  I have wanted to buy some prints for a long time now but they are very costly and often small.  For the cost of $15 dollars and a few hours of effort I have more prints than I could ever have afforded!  Hurray!!  There are still many prints left in the books that can be used for other projects in the future.  

Since this is Tightwad Tuesday, I would love to ask you all a tightwad question.  My younger ds turns 6 this month and wants an art themed birthday party.  Any ideas on cheap art projects for eight kids who are 3 to 7 years of age?  I would love to hear your ideas.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. Wahoo !!! You got a GREAT deal ! I am praying to find something like this. I have wanted to really get my picture study really going. I love your idea of putting this on cardstock and put it out to absorb.

    Thank you for joining and sharing !

    Blessings and ((hugs)) my SSiC

    In HIm<><


  2. Great idea! Very creative!

  3. Wow....that's a great find!

  4. blessedwith2angelsApril 1, 2008 at 3:05 AM

    That was a great find!


  5. Oh no, I am jealous! LOL What a great deal! I was in Picture Memory contests when I was in 5th grade and I've been looking for this very sort of thing all these years. Well, maybe I can find a similar deal at Half Price Books one of these years. I have signed up for e-mail updates for local used booksales near me, but nothing yet. Does your son have a theme for his party? I'd google art projects on that theme. For my son, it would probably be trains. But he has opened his mind up to baseball! LOL



  6. What a great find! Wow!

    I minored in Art History and loved it!



  7. Wow; great find & great idea!

    I do searches for easy crafts & can usually find something online...

  8. wow! good for you! i still haven't even visited our library here, I better find it soon!


    aka /Heartnsoul

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  9. Great deal on the pictures!

    As far as cheap craft ideas...check out EnchantedLearning.com Lots of ideas. For those ages you can't go wrong with glue projects. Cut yarn up and make pictures with it. Glue sequins, beans, noodles.... Another easy one that only requires paper and crayons is a "scribble picture." First you take a pencil and just scribble. Then you use crayons and color in each spot with a different color. Very fun and pretty and always an original.


  10. Dawn, I've got no ideas, but lots of praise! I am always looking for ways to inspire the kids in the area of art--I'm not that artistic, and I love to see the ideas on your blog. The books are wonderful! I have bought some books from Barnes and Noble for coffee table placement and indirect inspiration, but I've not seen such wonderful finds as of yet.

    Also, congratulations on the lapbook--it looks great. We have had early fits and starts with this type of learning, too, for the youngest, and she's enjoyed it. We've not done it for a while and she will at times come to me and say, "When are we going to make a book?" Knowing how much she likes it, I'm looking forward to having more time in the next couple of weeks. I'll let you know how it turns out.

    Belinda @ With a Taste of Chocolate

  11. Great idea! I came across a Georgia O'Keffe photography book just this morning and was contemplating doing something along these lines...now I'm inspired!!