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Saturday, April 24, 2010

I am a paleontologist...

...that's who I am, that's who I am, that's who I am! I don't suppose any of you are familiar with They Might Be Giants' awesome educational CD for kids, "Here Comes Science", are you? My brother bought it for my kids, and I cannot tell you enough how great I think it is. Because of the songs on this CD, my four year old now knows all of the planets in the solar system, including the dwarf plants and "a bunch of other stuff", he often discusses whether things are liquid, solid or gas (although sometimes it comes out like "Mommy if you give me REALLY hot milk, I will have gas." Hmm.) and he knows all about the blood traveling through his body and the job of the white blood cells (they are soldiers who fight infectious germs, of course!). I am pretty sure I knew none of this at four. And the best part - MOMMY LIKES THE SONGS TOO!! It's actually not torture to have to listen to it in the car. Again. And again...

So anywho, I've been thinking I really need to make some cards inspired by They Might Be Giants and their awesome CD, so here is the first one - inspired by "I Am a Paleontologist".

Of course it never mentions anything in the song about riding on a see-saw with a dinosaur, but whatever - details!! This adorable image is one of Hambo's digis, which I love ever so much (and own a zillion to prove it!). I made this card at a crop - yes, I brought my sewing machine, but I had to sew standing up, so my stitches are even more crooked than usual, ack! The color scheme came about because I was playing along with this week's Color Throwdown, for this first time in about a trillion years or so...
Carter loved the paleontologist song so much we had to go out in search of dinosaur bones to dig for ourselves! Luckily the Austin Nature & Science Center has an awesome sandpit with "fossils" hidden for the kids to discover.

I love diggin' in the dirt
With just a pick and brush
Finding fossils is my aim
So I'm never in a rush
'Cause the treasures that I seek
Are rare and ancient things
Like Velociraptor's jaw
Or Archaeopteryx's wings

And because I know you all want to hear it now, here's the song that inspired this post - "I Am a Paleontologist" by They Might Be Giants.

Hooray for Science!

  • Stamps: CL184 Thoughtful Messages and Dino See-Saw digi image by Tim Hunter
  • Paper: Kraft, Always Amethyst, Sage Shadow, Bordering Blue from Stampin' Up
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink (Black Soot), Copic markers, Black Glaze pen
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, buttons, linen thread, machine stitching
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  1. Sorry, forgot to comment, I also really like the color combo, then again I also like the Wisteria line from Basic Grey, have most of those papers, saw the post you followed from LeAnne, I believe was her blog, Anway, love the card you made, and your son looks adoreable!!

  2. Libby, you do realize you've become a little obsessed with sewing on your cards recently? Just thought I'd make sure you're aware of it. :-)

  3. Terrificly cute! Love the image...I get lots of inspiration from my kidlets too! I think your Carter and my T could be "brothers from another mother". We have gone from weather to space to volcanoes to train to airplanes to sharks...I feel like I could write an encyclopedia on each of the topics!

  4. Darling card Libby! They grow up so fast- I remember the dino stage very well- what a fabulous card you have created!

  5. Oh, I'll have to remember that CD when my grandaughter gets a little older. Her mom, my DIL, has degrees in Mayan culture and archeology from UT so I know she'll approve. When I used to teach kindergarten the dinosaur unit was one of the kids' favorites.

    BTW, I love the idea of your Texas Tuesday posts. I'll look forward to each of them.

  6. What a cute card--cute post---cute kid---cute video! Thanks for the BIG smile you gave me this afternoon! Love your take on the CTD colors! I have sewed for years, but sewing on cards is different than sewing on fabric...I am still learning my way around that challenge!! And yes, we have missed you--glad you came back to play CTD with us!:D

  7. Fabulous Libby and so much fun to hear about the things that inspire and why!


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