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Posted on Dec 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Glitter Emergency!

Glitter Emergency!

  Out of glitter? A common conundrum, I know. It’s right up there with sparkle shortages and fairy dust droughts. If do you happen to find yourself in a glitter emergency, toss some aluminum foil in your cross cut shredder.       That was a close one. Glad I could talk you through it.   It can also make kinda awesome tinsel. Ghetto tinsel. But tinsel.       Happy Winter Crafting! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on Mar 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May your joys be as deep as the oceans Your troubles as light as its foam And may you find sweet peace of mind Wherever you may roam ~Irish Blessing ~Non-Irish Blessings   Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on Feb 27, 2014 | 3 comments

A Storm Is A-Comin! Rainy Day Art

A Storm Is A-Comin! Rainy Day Art

Happy Rainy Weekend, Southern California!   Yes, that is a sentence worthy of All Caps.   We’re having our second rain storm of the winter. Normally we’d be on our fourth or fifth. And, by “rain storm,” of course I mean 1/4″ of light showers.   But, still, it is a reason to celebrate. And a reason to do rainy day art projects!   This artsy little umbrella is decidedly NOT within my normal parameters of easy/fast/ridiculously simple. But, I saw it on Pinterest (naturally), and just HAD to do it. Something about those glistening rain drops charmed me to such a degree I had to have some for my very own. (Kids are such a great excuse to extend one’s own childhood, aren’t they?)   Thanks to Mama Jen for the idea. Click on her site for step-by-step pictures. Mama Jen is a scissors savant or something because she just freehanded the umbrellas. I took an hour and lots of equipment to get these. I penciled out some rough pictures of...

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Posted on Nov 13, 2013 | 0 comments

Thanksgiving Gratitude Cards with Turkeys, from Your Little Turkeys

Thanksgiving Gratitude Cards with Turkeys, from Your Little Turkeys

You know what? Thank God for the internet. I don’t know how people who care for preschoolers used to get out of bed in the morning without solid plans of how to keep them occupied all day. (Yes I do: the kids jumped on their heads until they decided getting out of bed was easier than staying in. Toddler enthusiasm: life’s timeless alarm clock). Preschool kids are tough! They require constant attention and diversion, unless you like your toilet bowl becoming a lake for your lipstick “boats,” which I’m guessing you don’t. These days, all you need to do is pull up Pinterest or Bloglovin’, type in some random search words that contain the word “craft,” and, BOOM, you’ve got nine thousand ideas of what to do with your kids today. Take No Time For Flashcards, one of my favorite sites. They’ve got a myriad of Thanksgiving projects and twelve Turkey-related crafts right up front. My project is an adaption of this one. As I selected ideas from this crafty little list,...

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Posted on Jun 18, 2013 | 1 comment

What Do You Get a Nonagenarian For Her Birthday?

What Do You Get a Nonagenarian For Her Birthday?

My Grandma is turning 95. She’s my role model in many ways, including her striking long-livedness. One of my favorite things about her is her joy in being outdoors. For her birthday, she wants to go on a picnic. She selected the entire menu herself, including the directive of “no vegetables.” On your 95th birthday, you’ve earned the right to skip the salad.   For her gift, I chose something inspired by the outdoors that the boys and I could make together; tissue paper flowers. Then, I invited Martha Stewart to teach us how to make them.   The first thing you do for this stunningly impressive gift is you go to the store and buy a pre-assembled cellophane package, complete with pre-cut flowers and instructions so basic, you can practically hear them enunciating verry slowwwwly for you to comprehend them. Then, you mess them up first thing, just to get it out of the way.   The package mainly consists of tissue paper, cut all fancy, and promising...

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Posted on Apr 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Lava Lamps

Lava Lamps

I got this idea from Play at Home Mom. This project appealed to me in particular because 1) it was easy, and 2) it was cheap. In fact, I already had everything in the house except the trashy oil. (I wasn’t about to use my organic extra virgin olive oil for this).   The kids spent the morning outside and by the time they were ready to come in, I was just about ready to deal with them. Ha. So I assembled all the materials.   Clean jars with screw lids.   A funnel, said trashy oil, and water.   Food coloring and denture cleanser. Play at Home Mom recommends Alka-Seltzer, which is probably better. My denture cleanser turned everything blue. Beautiful, but blue. (Since you asked, I have denture cleanser because it’s a great way to clean a retainer, or a tooth whitening tray. Little bonus tip for you).   First, pour in the oil. You’re aiming to get your jar 3/4 full, but if you run low on...

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