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I hope you guys had a great Memorial Day Weekend...
we did but don't forget... it is not about sales and BBQs
it is about LOVE
love so deep for your country that you are willing to sacrifice your life for it
GOD BLESS our heroes lost and living!!!

here is what the Farley Clan did this weekend!!!

here are a few more pics I wanted to share...

just love this pic

this is MEmow and G-Pa after we ate hotdogs


PART 2 End of Year Art Project!!!
if you missed part one... go to the previous post to check it out
OH and here is the link where I found this IDEA on pinterest... NOT my idea
NOT claiming it as my own...
all credit given to THIS PIN

my surprise is in the making and I can't wait for you to see it!!!



  1. WOW...this is awesome! I so pinned it:) I have a blank canvas at home and have had no idea what to do with it...well now I do:)

    I am one of your newest followers! Come check me out:)
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  2. Those are AMAZING. They look so great and so cool that they are the same, but different.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  3. Um, these are AMAZING! I would love to do something like this with canvases next year!


    Will Grade For Coffee

  4. Oh, my goodness! I love them! I am sitting here trying to figure out how first graders could do this!! Beautiful!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  5. Wow wow wow wow wow! These are gorg-gee-ous! I love them! What a treasure for your kids to have forever! :o)

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  6. Oh - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!!!! They are stunningly spectacular and make me so happy just looking at them!!! Definitely have to borrow this idea!!!!!

    Runde's Room

  7. Those are wonderful! I might have to make one to put in my classroom next year. Maybe I'll even try it out with my kids. :)

  8. Wow! I am so blown away by these suns! What a beautiful and bright art project. I love how unique each child's sun turned out. The textures, colors, and words add so many nice touches. What a treasure your kids will have forever. Adore!

    Sprinkle Teaching Magic

  9. Hi Farley:
    I am not-in-the-least-bit artsy, creative, or anything else necessary for this project.
    And yet... There is something so positive and bright and cheerful and, well, possible about it!
    I'm thinking I could try it over the summer and then have next year's kiddos give it a go.
    Thank you for posting it in a way that I could follow along...
    Next year, the sixth graders may actually turn to each other in wonder and say, "We're doing art in our room today!!!"

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  10. Those are beautiful Farley!

    They're bright and cheery and something to cherish a long time :)

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  11. These are absolutely amazing!! What a keepsake :)

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  12. Those are amazing!!!! I love them...I WISH I could order the one that says believe!!! That's my fave word....it's all over my classroom:) Love love gurl!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  13. These are beautiful - the kids must be sooo proud of their work!

    I want to do this with my leadership class next year... it will be a great way to start off the year.

    Addie Education - Teacher Talk

  14. Those are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I just pinned them. Thank you!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  15. Those are awesome! I love them!

    Delighted in Second

  16. Ahhhh, oh my gosh these are so incredibly AMAZING!!!! I just can't get over how great they turned out!!! I am going out this weekend to buy canvases and supplies for my kiddos to make these!!! And I love the "shine" touch... what a good message for the kiddos to take with them as they leave us!! I love all the bright fun scrapbook paper you used too! Did you use a specific kit/get them from somewhere specific or were they just a bunch of leftovers?? Thank you so much for the inspiration! I am so excited to do these!!

    Lessons with Laughter

  17. These are SO awesome! I forwarded the link on to our Art Teacher here at the middle school I teach at and I can't wait to possibly create one of my own. Just need the canvas! :)

  18. Those look great! Your kiddos did an awesome job!

    Learn, Play & Have Fun

  19. oh farley - you amaze me!! I wish I could have even HALF your creativity!! Can I just touch you??? Maybe it'll rub off on me - at least SOME!?! Maybe I SHOULD buy a plane ticket for the y'alls meet up!! lol

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron

  20. Absolutely gorgeous!! I think my girls and I have our first summer art project!!

    surfin' Through Second

  21. Oh Boy! Those are beyond magnificent!
    My Second Sense

  22. The students did an outstanding job on these!! What a great idea!!


  23. Beautiful!
    Did your students get words from a book you read?
    I would love to try these with my class - here in Alaska we need all the sun we can get in January!!

  24. B-Utiful!! I'm going to give this a run with my own three! We can hang them when we move into our new home in a few weeks. I'm looping back up to 4th next year and I know my group would LOVE to do this!! Thanks for all you do and all you share!!
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

  25. OMGosh! I love those....they are so inspiring! =)

    Heather's Heart

  26. These projects are AMAZING! On my way to pin....

    Teaching In the Early Years

  27. Love it! Love it! Love it! What a great memento of their year!

    Lifelong Learning

  28. Meghan,
    These are amazing! I love your new blog design!

  29. They are beautiful! Wow...Your blog looks fantastic too! :-)

  30. Absolutely beautiful- I may have to try a 'pre school' version here. Thanks for sharing, you must be one proud teacher.

  31. Wow those are AH-MA-ZING!!! How did I miss your cuteness blog for so long?? I'm a new follower! :)
    Tori's Teacher Tips

  32. b.e.a.u.t.i.f.i.l. I made my sample this evening and cannot wait to do them with my students this fall. Simply gorgeous. And what a great piece to take home as a keeper! Thanks a million!

  33. I love, love, love these. I teach 4th grade and just have to try these this year. Couple questions...what type of paint did you use? How'd you make the cute swirlies? And lastly, what size canvas did you use? So inspirational! The colors make any room a "happy place."

  34. Did you answer the questions above somewhere? I'm wondering about the canvas size and type of paint. I'm thinking so not as crafty as you but I think this would make a wonderful activity to kick off the year next week.
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

    1. regular acrylic paint... not sure what the exact canvas size was but it was bigger than a piece of writing paper...hope that helps a little :)

  35. Thank you for posting this. I am a teacher but instead of my whole class making one I made one this summer with my 4 year old daughter. I used the word smile and since I don't have a cricket I just used the largest sticker letters I could find. I have had many compliments from my teacher friends and students and I have told them about your site.

  36. Hi! I did this with my class!!!! It was AWESOME!!!!!! My kids had a blast! Come on over to my blog and check it out!


    From Behind the Lavender Door

  37. This is beyond darling, and I am going to give it a whirl for sure. What is really putting me over the edge is that MACHINE that I have never seen before! What is it? Does it make letters and do I need it? LOL!

  38. these are absolutely fabulous!!!!
    YOU are absolutely fabulous!!!

  39. This project was great to do in a small class of students. Since I don't have a cricut machine I just hand wrote the letters out for my students in block letters and they spent the time cutting them out. We had a 1 1/2 hour long class and it was the perfect amount of time. The results are fantastic and the parents loved them! Thanks.

  40. Hello, what was the font called that you used on these canvases???

  41. I love these paintings. I have a Grandma Party every year with 20 plus of my grandchildren. I would love them to experience this project. You said you use acrylic paint, did you use the paint in tubes or the less expensive bottles? How did the children make the swirls in the early stages of their painting? Did they use paint or pens? I loved the shades of blue you used, do you remember what colors you used?


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