Tangram Tales at the St. Bernard Parish Library – Saturday, November 10, 2012

Friends: Last Saturday, I was at the St. Bernard Parish library performing my Tangram Tales family workshop. It was so much fun working with the grown-ups and the kids, teaching them how to use tangrams. I taught them how to make their own tangram set, how to format the pictures with the Tangram shapes, and […] Read More

Categories: Author, Children’s Books, Children’s Show, Children’s Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Language Arts, Library, Literacy, math, Reading, Tangram Tales
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Fun with Easter Crafts

Friends: Today, Eliana and I decided to create a DIY Easter tablescape. First, I started very simply. I stacked cake plates and covered them with Easter grass. A ceramic bunny (my mom made when I was a child) went on top with plastic Easter eggs on the bottom plate. Cute! Then Eliana worked on her […] Read More

Categories: Children, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, Family, Holiday
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Luck O’ the Irish Shamrock Paper Plate Craft

Friends: Here’s a fun quick craft for St. Patrick’s Day! Make a lucky shamrock out of a paper plate. Materials: 1 paper plate 1 green crayon Scissors Directions: First, fold the paper plate into quarters. Next, with the point at the bottom, cut out the shape of a heart. The paper plate’s point is the […] Read More

Categories: Children, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Holidays, Kids, Spring Craft
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West Ship Island, Mississippi – Sunday, July 5, 2009

Friends: My family and I took a day trip to West Ship Island, located 11 miles off the coast in the Mississippi Sound. To get there, you have to take an hour ferry ride. It was a nice ride across the sound. We even saw dolphins and a dredging station that keeps the channel deep […] Read More

Categories: Beach, Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Travel
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My Cousin’s Visit to New Orleans – June 18-23, 2009

Friends: My cousin, Heidi, flew in from Arizona on Thursday, June 18, 2009. I haven’t seen her in 30 years so it was a momentous occasion. After picking her, we took her to Zea for dinner and then she saw the rest of the family – my mom, Clay, my brother, and his children. She […] Read More

Categories: Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Heidi Hafner, Louisiana, New Orleans
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Merry Christmas Eve! Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Friends: As I write this post it is already Christmas in Louisiana! On December 24, 2008, Christmas Eve, we spent the day preparing. We went to church and then to my mother’s house. My 18-year-old daughter, Soleil, gave me a gift that truly touched my heart. She spent hours making me a hand-sculpted and hand-painted […] Read More

Categories: Christmas, Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Storytelling, The Cajun Cornbread Boy
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Dianne Performing Scared Silly at Audubon Elementary – Friday, October 31, 2008

Friends: I had the pleasure of performing at Audubon Elementary in Kenner, Louisiana. I performed at the school last year and many of the students remembered me! When they saw me, they began singing my song “Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam.” My “Scared Silly” show began with grades 3-5. The school was celebrating a Fall […] Read More

Categories: arts education, Beach, board games, cuisine, Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Fiesta, Hurricane Gustav, Kitchen, Language Arts, Literacy, Louisiana, New Orleans, Stories, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, Valentine Craft, Valentine’s Day
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Sunday Dinner with the Family – October 5, 2008

Friends: Today, I had my whole family over for Sunday dinner. I went all out, creating appetizers, main course, and dessert. I made the gorgeous centerpiece by carving the insides out of a pumpkin, filling it with water, and arranging autumn-colored flowers inside. I love how it came out. This was our Sunday Dinner menu: […] Read More

Categories: Cooking, Dianne de Las Casas, Family
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French Quarter Festival – Sunday, April 13, 2008

Friends: Due to my insanely busy schedule, I have not had a chance to blog! So here I am catching up! On Sunday, April 13, 2008, my family and I went to the French Quarter Festival. This year, there were over 400,000 people in attendance, a record-breaker! Here is a picture of the St. Louis […] Read More

Categories: Family, Travel, Uncategorized
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Eliana’s Super Star Award 3-25-08

Friends: Eliana, my 7 year old, is such a sweet girl. She is constantly kissing me, hugging me, and telling me how much she loves me. She is also very helpful and will do anything I ask her to do right away. In addition, she often takes the initiative to do thoughtful things on her […] Read More

Categories: Artist, Award, Children, Family
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