- rocks (grab a bag of the white or clear ones from the dollar store)
- cardboard egg carton
- gold and black paint
- gold glitter
- paint brushes
Customer service is a cornerstone of any good business and selling cookies IS a business for these ladies. So, learning the power of a heartfelt thank you, both verbal and in writing, is essential. Usually I have my daughter write little notes of gratitude but this year we made Thank You Badges for all our orders with the help of our PSA Essential Stamps.
Last week I read that an old school mate, Jake Simpson, was going to be opening for Molly Ringwald and well, I’ve had this movie stuck in my head ever since! Hmm, wonder what the kids and I will be watching tonight?
To start things off I really just wanted to play around with the stamps, practice lining them up, using the tools, and switching out the ink cartridges. Since Esther has been reviewing her seven addition facts I figured why not make a Bingo game?
It’s funny how quickly I’d forgotten a toddler’s need for constant stimulation. Getting school work done with the kids while simultaneously giving Des the attention he needs has become a major challenge. As I find handy antidotes I thought I’d share them with you. These are not crafts, heck they barely classify as activities! They are simply a means to occupy a toddler’s time.
First up, pipe cleaners and colanders. We cut our pipe cleaners in half to make them shorter and more manageable. Next grab a colander-or steam basket-and in case you hadn’t already found out, items from the kitchen mesmerize toddlers…I swear. Now show your little one how to put the pipe cleaners through the holes.
It might take them a while to get it, that’s kinda the point. They might start playing with it in other ways, again, kinda the point. Des actually flipped the basket over and started putting the pipe cleaners in and out and then back in. Just let them have fun and if you’re a homeschooler take this time to help the older children how to figure out predicate nominatives.
NOTE: Des would chew on barbed wire if we gave it to him so his pacifier stays in his mouth much more than I’d like it to and definitely when we bring the pipe cleaners out. That’d be a Dr.’s visit I would NOT want to explain. Anyway, you know your kids, if they’re prone to sticking things in their mouths be careful with the pipe cleaners.
Flashback to the early 1990s: picture me sitting on my bed, a Sassy magazine thrown to the side and Temple of the Dog playing on my cassette deck. I’m using a pair of scissors to carefully distress the knees of my jeans before I take a marker to them. Those were the day, when comfort and flannel ruled and if your coolest concert t-shirt got a hole in it, it just made it that much cooler. Sigh.
Now…I’m a Mom, and I realize I’m the only one who feels a twinge of nostalgia every single time I see my kids in jeans with the knees ripped out. Usually we go the cut-offs route because let’s be honest, they just don’t make jean shorts LONG enough for girls anymore, but that’s an entirely different conversation to be had! Since it’s still a little early for shorts this year we opted for patches.
Flashback a little further: cue Madonna’s Like a Prayer - before I went grunge I wanted to be a pop princess. Then I didn’t distress my jeans I decorated them with ribbons, buttons, chains, and patches! I remember feeling like a fashion genius (don’t laugh) when my little sister’s friend paid me a dollar to decorate a pair of her jeans. Those were the days…
Back then when I put on a patch I’d just slap it over the hole and stitch around it, this time I went with a different approach. I put the patch under the hole and used embroidery floss and as decorative stitches as I could muster. They should hold until summer hits and then we’ll be getting the scissors out again.
This Crafty Hangout was sponsored by Plutonium Paint, the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Ever see an amazing piece of art and think, I wish I could make that? For this project I decided it was time to stop wishing and start doing, luckily for me there are a couple websites and products out there that made it easy for me to create this one of a kind piece! Hope you enjoy the video!
February 19th marks the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. I’ve always found astrology, palm reading, mediums, and all that jazz interesting. I’m not sure if I believe it 100% but I know after reading my horoscope I usually feel hopeful, and that can’t be a bad thing!
To celebrate and acknowledge the holiday the kids and I made these sheep finger puppets! Aren’t they cute? I’d like to say they’re easy, but, they might not be for everyone. My seven and nine year old both had trouble with some of the cutting so this one will require a helping hand. Here’s how we made them.
Once upon a time, in 2011, I shared a recipe for baked crab Rangoons. It continues to be one of my most popular posts and was even featured in All You magazine a couple years ago. That said I thought the slap-dash writing and not-so-great images needed a refresh so…it’s back!