Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
As soon as breakfast was finished, and while I was still in my jammies, I started creating my wreath. I have never worked with spanish moss before (if I had I might not have been so excited) and didn't realize how messy it was. I did start out with newspaper undereath my work area, but the moss didn't "stick" to my wreath very well, not even with tons of hot glue. Finally though, I was able to get enough moss to stick to the wreath to add the eggs. The eggs also had a hard sticky to the moss as well. I finally got it attached to my door hanger and now have something Easter/Spring-y on my front door. However, I am not happy with the wreath. I saw one on a blog somewhere that was so cute. It was so bright and fun. I am thinking I might have to ditch this wreath and recreate another. Anyways, here's my first attempt at an Easter Wreath :)
Up Next: Take 2 of an Easter Wreath
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
While James was away, I figured I would surprise him by redecorating our room. I decided to stain the wall behind our bed because it is so plain, and James doesn't want anything on the wall over his sleeping head, so I thought staining a design would be fun. My sister-in-law, Nicole, had stained her kitchen wall and it turned out so cute, that it gave me the courage to try. It took me 4 hours to "stain" the design on using a stencil, then another hour to rub the stain to "antique" the wall. I think the time and effort was worth it. I think the wall turned out kinda fun.
I was worried the design was a little too busy, but I liked the softness the ragging created to help tone it down. (Sorry the picutre is so bad, but it was late at night and the wall obviously reflected my camera's flash)
And finally, to start celebrating Easter and spring we made these fun "Bug" eggs. When I was browsing through my Oriental Trading magazine, I saw these cute bug eggs you could purchase (I beleive already filled with candy too!) I thought they were so cute. But, of course, thought it would make a fun craft so I had to copy it for myself. So I ran to the store and purchased some craft foam, traced the egg, and started decorating. I thought they were so fun! My little 5 year olds (well my child and my niece) did a great job!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
So here it is, my St. Patrick's day shelf. I think it's pretty cute. Although in the picture you can't see our "Wee Leprechauns" very well, but I think the girls have done a great job!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Not quite finished project. So, I'll give you the details on how I made it, just in case any of you desire to make one too :)
Next, Family Fun had this cute throw-back to the 80's with this hair barrette.
Friday, February 26, 2010
A perfect book to go along with this cake is "The Hungry Caterpillar" but sadly, we don't have it. So we are reading a cute book called "You're My Little Love Bug"
I hope you enjoyed animal week. Next week we'll start celebrating St. Patricks Day!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Christina, at A Family filled with Love & Fun had this super cute idea---Bathsoap and Markers. We didn't make the bath markers (because that's usually our sidewalk paint) But we loved the idea of bathtub crayons. To go along with our animal theme, I decided to turn them into cute animal bath soaps.
To get all the wonderful instructions on how to make these cute bathsoaps/crayons visit Christina's website here.
(She has a lot of great and wonderful ideas so check out her blog!)
---She used Dove soap. I used Ivory (because it was white and inexpensive) but it seemed a little too soft. I think I'll try it again with Dove this time.
Next up: Homemade suckers. We had a lot of fun making and eating them! If anyone out there hasn't made homemade suckers, I hope I can motivate you to try it. It is pretty easy, but does require a few things like a candy thermometer, candy extract, sucker sticks, and sucker molds. (If any of you neighbors want to try before you buy, you are more than welcome to borrow mine)
First: Mix 2 cups sugar, 2/3 cups light corn syrup, and 3/4 cups water in saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissoves. Bring mixture to a boil without stirring.
Here are our finished bear suckers. We wrapped them in "Cling" wrap and put in a cute vase on our counter.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
For lunch we had Octopus and Seaweed
We just made up a package of Ramen Noodles, dyed with a little blue food coloring (in the water before noodles were added) Then made hotdogs and split with knife to form legs, then used mustard to dab on some eyes and a smile.
Next we made bathtub floaties. I took this idea from Family Fun. Click here for instructions.
Then for dessert we had Cream Puff Swans
We also like to read books so in keeping with our animal theme we read a book entitled "Animal Babies in ponds and rivers" and The Ugly Duckling.
Still to come: Homemade suckers in animal shapes, bathsoaps in animal shapes, and animal sun catchers.