Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Art of Giving Part 2: Parade of Artwork~ Artful Friday

I'm so happy you stopped by for part 2 in 
on combining art and service 
to help the  impoverished of Honduras. 
I'm thrilled not only to be part of a team of bloggers promoting the work of 
 Cross Catholic Outreach, but to be participating
 as a family in the online art show to raise 
 money for their efforts as well.
All the donations will be given directly to Cross Catholic Outreach 
and used to feed impoverished children and families in
 El Progreso, Honduras
 at the Prince of Peace Nutrition Center. 

If you missed our first post about this event please click here for all the details.

AND in addition to the online art show at  Cross Catholic's s site,
 all of us on the team are sharing our kids' work THIS WEEK.
My children recently created and have entered these at 
Cross Catholic slideshow.~
More will be added tomorrow....


The above crucifix art
( a how-to is posted here)
 was created on Good Friday,
 but the boys wished to submit the pieces
for Cross Catholic's sideshow.

The kids made these handprint with sponge stars
seven ( ! )  Christmases ago 
and decided to add them 
to our submissions as well.
We take these and other creations out to display each December.~


In honor of Our Lady of Guadelupe's feast day next week:
Isn't this a gorgeous picture??



~Doctor Who Art~
"The Raggedy Doctor"

"Doctor Who Paper Lantern"
My younger son created this recently and wanted to add it to the slideshow.
It makes a cool nightlight for his room when a
 battery operated votive candle is placed within.
My kids have been asking family and friends to make donations
 on behalf of their art work. 
They have sent out this letter, too!

On behalf of my young artists I humbly ask that you donate to Cross Catholic Outreach. Please consider supporting them and donating here in their name. 
(write their name(s) in the comment box when donating.)
All donations go directly to Cross Catholic Outreach for the poor in Honduras.
Thank you for any help you can give!
You can see all the art work that all the kids have created on Flickr ~ Click here.
(New art is added every few days.)

Thank you for any help 
you can give during this Christmas season!
Please click to these bloggers who'll be sharing their kids' work this week:
Sunday, Dec. 1 - Catholic Inspire
Monday, Dec. 2 - Enter Under My Roof  
Tuesday, Dec. 3 - Designs By Birgit
Wednesday, Dec.4 - Happy Little Homemaker
Thursday, Dec. 5 - Equipping Catholic Families
Friday, Dec. 6 -  Campfires and Cleats
Saturday, Dec. 7 - Do Small Things with Love
Sunday, Dec. 8 - The Catholic Book Blogger  

Do you have kids, students, or grandkids?
Do your kids want to help the poor and needy?
Would your kids like to draw a picture and ask grown-ups for donations? 

A linky for all who've entered their kids' art at Cross Catholic
to share on their own blogs!

The link-up will start Monday, Dec. 9 and continue through Tuesday, Dec. 31.
 If you are a blogger and have posted (or plan to post)
 about your child’s art work please join in our 
ART of Giving Link-up!

For my previous "Artful Friday" posts, 
you might like to click below.....
They're all here if you'd like to dust off something from the archives:

 ( knitting, winter crafts, the theater and piano)

And, my son's popular  guest posts on crafting rocket balloons,
 both of which include instructional videos:
I hope you get a chance to click over and enjoy one of his posts!

Don't forget to subscribe to Campfires and Cleats
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I'd love to stay in touch regularly!

Until next time,



  1. Your boys are quite the artists, Chris! I love how you are teaching them about giving. It is so important during this season. I love teaching my kids about both art and giving as well :)! Another thing we have in common. I am not getting your posts by email for some reason. I answered you under my Santa Needs Caffeine post. If you have a chance would you come by and see if you can see my amazon link yet. My reply over there explains where it should be. Thanks for your help! I'll let you know when I start getting emails from you again!

  2. Chris, these are so creative!I You do have budding artist!! Thank you for helping with this! Praying, praying,praying that these "draw" some helpful hearts to donate to the poor!! God Bless!

    1. Thank you, Jen...and thanks for including me in promoting CC's work.:)

  3. Good luck and God's blessings upon your kids' entries, Chris. I love PUG! Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas...

    1. Sheila
      Thank you so much for stopping in and for you r kind words, friend!

      Merry Christmas to you as well...though I hope to "see" you here in blogland before then!

  4. Hi my sweet friend Chris! I left you a comment on this a few days ago but it looks like it didn't go through :(. I may have accidentally done it in my Safari browser which never works for some reason... First, I wanted to tell you those boys of yours are awesome artists! I love that you teach them about both art and giving. I do the same with my kids. Two important things for them to respect.
    Second, I wanted to let you know I am still not getting your posts by email. I left you a reply under my Santa Needs Caffeine post letting you know and asking you if you are able to see my Amazon link yet. If you get a chance, please check for me. It says in the reply where you should see it. Thanks for your help! I really appreciate you!

  5. Hi again! Someone just added a comment about her post on fixing the issue with feedburner she thought you might be having. Her link is the last comment under Santa Needs Caffeine.

    1. Candace,
      thanks for your legwork in letting me know about the comment and the help!
      I'm tellin' ya, this community of bloggers is so awesome!
      I am so blessed to be a part of it!

      Thanks for the kind words too!

      You're the best.xoxox

  6. I'm absolutely loving all the gorgeous artwork on your blog, Chris. Completely inspired. Glad you've got your blog behaving itself again!

    1. Lucinda-
      You're a doll!
      Thanks for the kind word sand the visit...:)
      And yes, So happy that the feed is working! yay!


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