Canada is celebrating 150 years this year and I am so excited to honour our beautiful country in as many ways as I can! I am proudly Canadian and exploring all our great nation has to offer is important to me. From the Rocky Mountains through the beautiful prairies all the way up to the thick tundra and along through our capital city and beyond to the open arms of the East coast Canada is a multitude of wonderful niches. I have been blessed to have travelled much of Canada and continue to dream about the places I have yet to see. Our country is diverse in its people as it is diverse in its land. If you’ve yet to visit this land of plenty, I encourage you to do so! Consider joining us on July 1st to celebrate Canada’s 150 and wave the maple leaf flag high or get crafty and make up your own Canada Proud shirt!
E and I spent an afternoon creating these adorable shirts to wear for our upcoming festivities. It’s an easy art project that doesn’t take much time to complete! I placed some newspaper on the inside of each t-shirt so the paint wouldn’t go through to the backside. Then I mixed red acrylic craft paint with a textile paint and painted E’s hands and my own. We placed our handprints in the centre of these plain cotton t-shirts and then painted red solid blocks on either side of our handprints to complete the maple leaf. Lay the shirts flat until they’re completely dry. I’ve handprinted other shirts in the past with this paint and they machine wash wonderfully (although I hang dry these special items to prolong the life of the artwork!)
Last year we made something similar with our handprints with these tin can wind socks. I cleaned out empty bean cans and cut the bottoms out of them. I punched holes along the base for streamers and two holes on the top to tie a ribbon through to hang them from. They made cute festive decorations to hang around our patio and even though I left them out all winter, they’re still hanging and although the cans have slightly rusted you can still see the painting and they are still waving proudly in the breeze!
Stay tuned to see other ways we’re planning to celebrate our favourite country…there’s sure to be plenty of maple, some poutine, lots of red and white, caesars (with pickles), butter tarts, celebrations with friends and family and more than likely fireworks!
O Canada, Our True North Strong and Free!