Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Spooky Eyes

So here is our Halloween Entry.  When I was younger I had way more energy to give into these projects that and my children really like to be involved so I often just follow or help them see their ideas through.  Anyway this year I saw some eye ball plates and thought I could make those and use them as decorations.

Here is what I did

We made whole bunch.  Then I had this black leaf garland and we made an little wreath to add to our spooky decorations.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Amazing Jake

Yep!  I think he's amazing.  He's been busy since he was born.  I love this "little dude" although he's not so little any more.  So here it is my son he's a creator.  He doesn't just dabble he does it pretty much non-stop.  I decided sometime back that I would catalog these amazing creations by taking video or pic's. I've missed a few creations, such as his scuba tank made from hose, bike pump parts, gal. apple juice container and various other things.  It was a big hit at the community pool and all the kids thought he was amazing and I think I got all caught up in the moment and forgot to snap a pic.  Anyway.  I'm just going to post as many as I can.  Hopeful if you have a boy and he's a creator too they might serve as inspiration to get him creating.  Also you can link me to any post your kids have done as we always love inspiration ourselves.

Way back in when he was about 4 or 5 he's learning about circuits with dad at a children's museum. 
Dec 2010 Jake's Tinker Toys Creation

And this is when it all started at Legoland and the Mindstorm class. He just loved it!

This is a lego hand sanitizer dispenser.  I especially like the wall mounting.
Oct 2011 He made a lego gun of sort.

This was an invention for his sister to help her water the plants.  It's a watering can backpack.
This is a recent invention of a boat he's working on.  He actually is try to do a submarine but I'm not about to let him submerge and $200+ toy under water.
By far my favorite. It's a machine gun that shoots lego brick.  So cool.
Like most everything Jake does he read about this in a book.  This is with OUT photoshop or anything this is just what it looks like.  I don't even recall how he did it but he loved showing me this!

This is a door lock with that only opens with the right combination or "access code".
This is a joint creation his sister (the older one) helped Jake with the music aspect of this invention for his younger sisters birthday.  Seriously I think she is one lucky girl to have a brother so cool!
This is Jake current invention a pinball machine.

I hope you enjoyed these little creations.  If you have any questions please feel free.  Jake loves to share his joy and love for creating.

Monday, August 27, 2012

DIY Sunflower Seeds

Well my husband loves Sunflower seeds.... He's always got a bag of David's and as David's say's this is his snactivity.  So this year when I was buying seeds for our garden I got some sunflower seeds so we could make some home-made seeds for him.  

Once the flowers start to droop and hang down they are ready to be cut.  After you cut then lay them out in the sun till they turn brown.  I had the kids can rub the seeds out on to a tray they loved it. Then.....

I didn't salt my quite enough for my hubby so next time I'm going to dump in about 1/2 cup of salt.  That's about 1/4 per head.  Soak them over night. (if you don't want your's salt then just skip this one)

 Then drain them.  If you didn't already pick out the bad one or pieces of stems.

 I laid out a paper towel and kind blotted them as I laid them out.  You don't want a whole bunch of water in the pan.

I baked my at 300 degrees for 40 mins but I would do it different next time.  Either I would have used 2 pans so less seeds were on the pan and cook for 40min.  Or I would lengthen the time.  My sunflower seed expert said he's like them roasted a little longer next time.

I hope you enjoyed this and your seeds.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Onzie Fun

Ok so decorating, dying, sewing things onto...onzies is so fun and easy.  Here are a few pic's of some of my more recent creations..  I'd love to hear about your creations.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY Outdoor Bench - in less than an hour

This is the fun bench we created!

Ok so I saw this bench on pintrest maybe you did too?
And I thought we (my hubby and I) could make this for a cushion I already had.  The cushion was about 100in long and some pillows from a previous bench.  We had gone through a down sizing and the bench became firewood but I fought to save & storage my beloved cushions, and I'm so glad I did.  Anyway I asked my hubby to help me create this cinder block bench for my cushion.  So we headed out to Home Depot, where we felt a little overwhelmed.  Suddenly we we thinking how many blocks we were going to need and then we'd have to pick them all up, put them in the car, unload them, stack them....and suddenly we were both less motivate to create this DIY bench.

Then "it" happened, I saw something that gave us an idea.  An idea of how to create a simpler, cheaper and easier bench.... That actually turned out in our opinion much cuter.  I just snapped some photos and then later decided it would make a good blog post.

So we picked up 12 cinder blocks (I think you could actually do away with the top row and make the bench lower)  and 4 4x4x10 pieces of lumber to slip in the openings of the cinder blocks.  It's wonderful the cinder block acts as a side table as well.  All these supplies cost under $40.00 and we finished it in less than an hour.  My kind of project!

 We used a concert adhesive too.

I just love this project.  When I get a chance to finish this little area I'll take some new photos.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

DIY Bath Toys

So today in an effort to get my littlest to get in the bath.  At this point I don't care if she soaps up I just need her to get in the bath.  So I remembered seeing this idea on Pintrest.  So I thought we'd give a test drive and see if cutting out craft foam would indeed make some fun bath toys.  IT DID!  So this little fun project quickly brought the attention of all the kids.  Including me.  

 Faith loved making this fun face and flowers.....

Kelsey and I both started these fun Winnie the Pooh characters....... (I have a feeling we'll create the whole crew and accessories since it's one of our families favorites)

This is them after the bath all up and clinging to our bath wall.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Traveling with kids

Let's meet the kids

First we have Faith our six year old she is cute and very busy!  She loves make-up, heels, art, talking typical 6 year old.

Then we have Jake he's 10 and loves building,  iPods, iPads, suduko,  Mad Libs,  and building.

And Kelsey our 12 year old and her recurrently cut off hair.  She loves music, reading, reading  drawing, reading, talking, reading.

The trip.  A 36 hour train ride to Seattle, WA, a 7 hour drive to Canada, and then a mere 2.5 hour flight home.

Ok so that's the plan.  First they are good kids in the fact that they know how obey and have always been great travelers.  So I'm not so much worried about them and the hours to fill.  We've done VACATION JOURNALS (I will get to these later) their whole life so I know that will be fun.  I was excited to make the travel fun though.  But my eyes for fun were much bigger then the time to prepare.  So I've listed some links to the sites that inspired me.

First I loved this envelop idea I found on pinterest here is a link.  The idea is basically this put some fun activities in envelopes and then give them to the kids at certain intervals so they aren't all opened in the first 10min of the trip.

So I got inspired, I hit the 99 cent store where I dropped about $40.00 and then came home and started sorting and getting my ideas set-up.  SO there I am on my couch.  At least I think it was my couch, but I couldn't see it with all my stuff laid out all over the place.  Then I was regretting spending the $40 and more so I was regretting all this prep stuff.  But now it's done and I'm trilled to surprise them along the way.  My kids were a little too old for some of the activities so I made some of my own.


I think the picture speaks for itself.  I didn't do this.  But I do have a little box and I'll let see if my son wants to make it for himself.

I love this idea! I love the order and organized way it appears in the back of the seat.  But I only live like that in my dreams.  My kids are kids and I would be so upset about loosing the cards to the real game and we wouldn't be able to play monopoly at home.  Because the cards fell out of the car when we stopped at Starbucks and I had to go pee so bad I couldn't see straight and didn't notice them on the ground.  Or while passing a drink back it spilled all over the cards and then the only thing to do at that point it throw everything away besides the kid and the car.  Anyway I do like the idea and I think if I found a board game at a garage sale or goodwill then I could use it in the car and not feel anxiety about the box in the game closet with 1/2 it's innards driving around the country.

So all my kids have their own iPod (it wasn't always that way) and before we leave we download stories to listen to.  One year we all downloaded the Chronicles or Narnia and had such a great time listening together and talking about the stories.  Anyway this is where I spend my time before we go away.   I LOVE selecting stories for my kids it's so awesome.  I could get lost on lists for books for your kids.

We do these different and it mainly depends on where we are going and what we are doing.  In the beginning when the kiddos were under 3 I made them and wrote in them.  They drew pictures and pasted picture we took on the trip in the journal.  Now the kids pretty much make them all themselves.  I have two blank journals I picked up at the library book sale and we pattern our pages after them.   This year I got those zipper pouches that go in your three ring binder and we put everything the kids needed to do their journal.  Scissors, glue, tape (double sided) paper, stickers, etc.

So the last two are pretty much what we do on our road trips.  That and talk, laugh and I can't wait to go on vacation with my cool family!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Upcycle T-shirt

Taking dad's old T-shirt and making a new fun one for my pre-teen.

STEP 1 Cutting
Cutting along the white lines. First I cut the neck to the desired width. Then I cut the sleeve off (put them aside we'll sew them back on in step 2). Cut the bottom off.

STEP 2 Sewing
You can serge (mine was acting up) so I just did a fancy zig zag stitch around the neck line.  I left the bottom cut and this is what I did with the sleeves.
 I took one sleeve cut off about 2in and then cut it in half.  Lined up the half way point on the new sleeve to the shoulder seam and sewed it down.  Then I folded it back so it looked the above pic.

This is what you should have now.

STEP 3 Painting 
I got out my Tulip fabric paint and free handed some circles and flowers.  I did a few extra marks to become flowers in the next step.

STEP 4 Glitter & Bleach 
 Then I added glitter again from Tulip.

 Then I added some free hand flowers with my bleach pen.

STEP 5 Tulle
 Then I cut out about 3-4 layers of tulle flowers and sewed them on the bottom three flowers.

My daughter was thrilled and loved her shirt.  So 1 t-shirt saved from the rubble pile and made into a new shirt for my daughter successful day!

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