Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
I admit, this is one of those projects that I've seen all of over the place and always thought "there's NO way in the world I'm making that disaster-in-the-making mess with my boys!" When this month's issue of Family Fun Magazine had a little blurb in it about DIY slime once again, I decided that maybe it wouldn't be such a nightmare now that my boys are a bit older. So we dove right in, and suddenly I'm the coolest mom EVER.
All you need to make your own slime is a 4 oz bottle of white glue, a small amount of Borax, some food coloring, and water.
Starting with a 1/2 cup of water in a bowl, add your entire bottle of glue.
Add your food coloring and mix well.
Heat 1 cup of water and add slowly add Borax 1 tsp at a time until it will no longer dissolve. I think we used about 4 tsp.
Pour your Borax mixture into the glue mixture and stir well.
It will immediate start clumping up. This is where I noticed that my boys had completely failed in the "mix well" directions I mentioned earlier, and we ended up with lumps of uncolored glue mixture in ours.
Drain off the excess water and smush it around in your hands for a few minutes until it is no longer sticky.
Stretch it, squeeze it, mash it...make bracelets out of it?
Oh, and those unmelted and uncolored glue lumps? The more we played with our slime, they completely dissolved into the goo. Phwew, craft crisis averted!
See? No more lumps! We put ours in a plastic zipper bag, and it has kept for a few days already in perfect condition. In fact, it kind of gets better with age!
It's extra stretchy now!
Smooth as can be!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I finally decided on the Tea Time Necklace, which is sort of perfect for me since I absolutely adore tea. Seriously, I've been drinking tea for as long as I can remember, and it conjures up memories of spending childhood weekends at my grandmom's house having tea parties with my sisters and cousins. I'm super nostalgic like that ;)
It was such a tough decision though...I mean, just look at a few of these amazing goodies that Barberry& Lace has to offer!
I'm totally loving this cute vintage-inspired owl ring!
The Love Letter Necklace is so sweet and perfect for wearing every day. Maybe someone I know *hint, hint* might want to get me this for our 10-year wedding anniversary coming up this Summer ;)
I looove this Eyeglass Necklace (but I feel like I'd be cheating on my Lasik surgery if I keep going back to my love for glasses!)!
Clara Ring is so feminine and delicate (something I don't see a lot of with all the testosterone running around this house!), and it comes it lots of other colors and similar styles as well.
Mix tapes and Karaoke...who wouldn't love this!?!
I always find myself attracted to beautiful Dragonfly necklaces, and this one is especially lovely!
So, to say thank you to all of my super awesome blog followers (we hit 200 followers this weekend!) Leigh of Barberry & Lace is giving one lucky reader ANY item in her shop (up to $25 value)! Whoever wins this is truly going to have so much fun picking out their prize - hopefully you're not as indecisive as I am! :)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Just to say thank you to my follower friends, I have a fantastic giveaway in the works once we hit the 200 follower milestone. Stay tuned! :)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The forecast is calling for a lot more wind and rain around here. Yuck! I usually don't mind the rain too much, but now that it's officially Spring I'm starting to miss the warmth of the sunshine. Just to keep with the rainy theme, we decided to craft some rainsticks out of cardboard tubes that we had left over from a roll of wrapping paper.
The boys chose to decorate their tubes by covering them in crayon and construction paper, but you could use anything, really - paints, glitter, yarn, rhinestones (hey, why not?). I figured that it wasn't going to be long before the rainsticks turned into swordplay, so I was happy to keep it fast and simple.
Cap one end of your tube. You can make the cap look really clean and pretty by using a circle of paper and a gluestick, but again, I have boys that have been cooped up indoors for what seems like forever now. Rainstick sword fighting seems somewhat inevitable at this point. I sealed mine with Gorilla Tape ;)
Loosely crumple up a piece of aluminum foil that is slightly shorter than your tube, and insert it into the middle.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
At least once a week or so, we have a night that we call "Kids Cook!" The boys look at our menu board and get super excited to see Kids Cook! up there. The only rules to planning a Kids Cook! night is that the menu has to be easy, fast, and something that the kids will actually eat if they prepare it. This week we made a classic - Pilsbury crescent roll creations. You can stuff these with just about anything, but since it was Kids Cook! I let the boys choose our ingredients, and they picked ham, cheese and bacon bits.
First cut up all your ingredients, and pre-heat the oven to 350.
Next we opened our package of Pilsbury crescent rounds and flattened them directly on our lightly greased baking sheets. We actually end up using two packages of crescent rounds, but we made 8 stuffed rolls so that the boys would have leftovers for their school lunches.
Time to pile on your toppings!
Cover with another flattened roll, pinch the edges to seal, and bake for about 15 minutes.
Yes, this is the same picture at the top of the page. It came from here. Our finished rolls were obviously round and not rolled up like these ones, but I was in a hurry when photo-hunting. I'd show you our finished crescent roll creations, but let's just say that the result of Kids Cook!, two-toned fluorescent kitchen lighting and a lime green plastic plate didn't exactly make for the prettiest photo presentation LOL. Just enjoy this one instead, k? :P
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I started by filling foil pans with hot water and adding food coloring to create varying shades of similar colors. I created three shades of yellow/orange for my yellow flowers (since I wanted them to look more natural) and three shades of blue/violet for my blue flowers (so they would look a little more funky and colorful). I found that adding a little glug of vinegar to each pan helped the filters to take on a more intense color. I dyed about 15 of each color at a time.
Each completed flower will use five coffee fiters: One of the darkest color (for the center of the flower), two of the mid-range color, and two of the lightest color (for the outer petals). Fold and cut as shown above. You will also want to cut a tiny bit off of the bottom folded tip to create a small hole in the center of the coffee filter (this is where you will insert your floral wire or skewer).
Fluff and admire!