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Magnetic Bookmarks July 1, 2014

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Magnetic Bookmarks

 

This past weekend was our Book Club’s annual Girls’ Weekend at the lake in Minnesota.  A great time was had by all.  We didn’t have very good lake weather, but we still had great girl time!  As a fun treat I made these fun magnetic bookmarks for the girls.  I found the idea on Pintrest from “The Southern Institute“.

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Materials

Figured Fabrics (2)

Coordinating Thread

2 Round Magnets

Step 1:  Cut each figured fabric into 2.5″ by 6″ rectangles.

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Step 2:  Sew the two pieces together (right sides together).  Leave about a one inch opening to turn right-side out and insert the magnets.  Also, clip the corners to reduce bulk once they are turned right-side out.

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Step 3: Turn the bookmark right-side out.  Insert a magnet on each end of the bookmark.  Be sure you are putting the magnets in the correct way so they don’t repel each other.  The tutorial I followed said to use sew-in magnets, but I couldn’t find them in town.  I just used some magnets I had in my stash of supplies.

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Step 4:  Since I didn’t have sew-in magnets, I needed to do something to keep the magnets in place.  I just sewed a zig-zag stitch at the top of each magnet to keep it in place.

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Step 5:  Viola!  Snap your bookmark together in your book to hold your place.  It should hold several pages together.

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Girls' weekend

Love these girls!  We were missing 2 girls from our group on our trip this year.  Hoping everyone can be together to celebrate our 10th anniversary later this month!  So fun how a random group of girls can come together and become great friends!

 

stART ~ Houdini and Butterfly Colors and Counting June 30, 2014

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I think this was one of the most fun book projects yet!  Bennett (2 yrs old) absolutely LOVED it!  He still wants to add to it a week later.  We read two different books this week.  One for Will’s level and one for Bennett’s.  The greatest part was that Will was able to read Bennett’s book to him!  Bennett’s book was “Butterfly Colors and Counting” by Jerry Pallotta.  It is just what it says each page has a certain color and number of butterflies.

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Will’s grandma read him “Houdini” by Janet Pedersen.  This book is about a classroom pet caterpillar who loves to perform for the children.  When the children stop noticing Houdini’s usual tricks he needs to come up with something really great.  Can you guess what his trick is?

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Tissue Paper Butterfly

 

This project came once again from I Heart Crafty Things.  Like I said it was a huge hit!  I just love to look at it on my wall, too.

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Materials

One sheet of Contact Paper

Various colors of tissue paper cut in squares

One pipe cleaner cut in half

2 wiggly eyes

Brown Cardstock (cut into butterfly body)

Glue Dots

Washi Tape or Painter’s Tape

Sharpie Marker

Pencil

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First, draw a butterfly shape on the paper side of the contact paper.  I’d suggest using a pencil first (I did not and wished I had).  Trace over the pencil drawing with a Sharpie marker.  Now flip the contact paper over to the other side and trace the outline you made on the opposite side with the Sharpie again.  Set this aside for now.

Cut the brown cardstock into a butterfly body that extends all the way from the top to the bottom of the center of your butterfly pattern.  Using glue dots attach the wiggly eyes and draw a smile on your butterfly.  I raided my huge tub of tissue paper I’ve saved from gifts and (with the help of the neighbor girl) cut them into strips and then small squares.  I used about every color of the rainbow.

To get ready to create your butterfly, peel the paper off the contact paper and attach it sticky side up to the wall using washi tape or painter’s tape.  I found that painter’s tape ended up working a little better.  Be sure to attach it to the wall at your child’s level.  Stick the brown butterfly body right to the contact paper.  It will just stick!

Now have your children create a beautiful butterfly by sticking the tissue paper squares all over the butterfly.  Show them how to stay within the boundaries of the black outline and to vary the colors.

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How many times do you think I cleaned tissue paper up off my floor?  LOL!  Bennett loved to hand me the tissue paper and have me put it on, too.  We worked on naming the colors as we did each square.  This is a skill we are still working on since everything is still “lellow”.  Will helped a little bit, but wasn’t quite as interested in this project.  He likes to help his kid brother so that is sweet.

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Here is the best picture we could get of the final product!  We have kept it up by our other artwork board.  I love looking at it everyday!  I highly recommend to give this project a try!

 

stART ~ Robin’s Home June 25, 2014

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To celebrate summer (along with the springlike weather we’ve had) we read the book “Robin’s Home” by Jeannine Atkins.  This book follows a family of robins whose babies are getting ready to leave the nest.  One little robin isn’t quite ready to leave his home and is a bit afraid to fly.  Read “Robin’s Home” to see what happens.

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Paper Plate Robin

 

When I saw this paper plate robin activity from I Heart Crafty Things I knew we had to do it this summer!  I thought it was so adorable!  Both boys seemed to enjoy the project as well!

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Materials

Robin Pattern {here}

Dessert Paper plate cut in half

Brown Cardstock

Yellow Cardstock

Orange Craft Paint

Brown Craft Paint

White Crayon

Wiggly Eyes

Foam Brushes

Glue

Scissors

Painting Collage

Start by tracing the bird pattern on the brown cardstock and cut it out.  Paint the bird’s tummy with orange craft paint.  Next, paint half of a dessert paper plate with brown craft paint for the bird’s wing.  Let both pieces dry.

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To make the tail feathers use the same brown cardstock and trace around your child’s hand with the fingers close together.  You can leave out the thumb.  Trace the outline and make lines where the fingers would be using a white crayon.  Cut it out.

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To complete your robin glue all the pieces together.  Place the eye and beak (cut from yellow cardstock) to the bird’s head.  Attach the tail feathers to the bird’s back at the end and then glue the wing over top lining it up with the bird’s back.  Last, cut some feet from the brown paper and attach them as well.

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This is my two-year-old’s first attempt at a big book project.  He had some help, but I thought he did a great job!  Can you tell which robin he made?

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 This little bird is ready to fly from the nest!  As you can see the other birdie already flew the coop (wasn’t so much about taking a picture)!

 

stART ~ Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too & Elmo’ June 17, 2014

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Last week we combined our stART activity with Father’s Day.  It was fun to read stories about fathers and then make a special gift for Daddy!  We read two books this week.  The little one LOVES Elmo so he listened to “Elmo’s Daddy” that tells all about Elmo’s dad.  Elmo is also fuzzy in the book, so super fun for a two-year-old.  The second book both boys really enjoyed.  It was “Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too” by Anna Dewdney (same author as the Llama, Llama books).  This book shows the fun relationship between a father and child in creating something fun from big cardboard boxes.

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Father's Day Frame

This idea came from I HEART CRAFTY THINGS again.  I thought it would be so fun to make for my husband from the boys.  I thought it would be great to put on his desk at work.  Who wouldn’t be motivated to work seeing those adorable faces, right?

I found the frame at a thrift store and bought it on Memorial Day when they had 50% off store wide.  It was a steal!  It worked perfect for this project.  The challenge was getting my two-year-old to stand in Daddy’s shoes long enough to take a nice picture.  The photo taken of the completed frame wasn’t really great so I put just the pictures below, too.  The other frame openings I printed out the poem (below in the picture collage) and a heart with the boys’ names.  Quick, easy and cute!

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Father's Day Collage

We had an enjoyable Father’s Day celebrating with all the dads in our life!  After church we took Dad out to breakfast.  Later we had dinner with Grandpa P.  To follow-up dinner we took Grandpa T. to ice cream.  We are so blessed with all these wonderful men in our lives!

 

stART ~ Hiccupotomus June 12, 2014

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Since it is summer vacation, I thought we better get back at our book projects.  We kicked off the summer with the book “Hiccopotomus” by Aaron Zenz.  This is a cute rhyming book using mostly nonsense words.  This hippopotamus hiccuped and fell on his bottomus (get the picture).

 

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paper plate hippo

 

I found this paper plate hippo on I Heart Crafty Things.  Check out Rachel’s blog — so many cute things!!  It is one of my favorites!  This project takes some time since you have to wait for paint to dry in between steps.


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Materials

2 paper plates

White Cardstock Paper

2 Large Wiggly Eyes

Pink Craft Paint

Purple Craft Paint

Black Marker

Glue

Foam Brushes

Scissors

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First, slightly cut the edges of each paper plate to make them more of an oval shape.  Also, fold one paper plate in half.

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Now it is time to start painting!

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Paint one plate all purple (or grey) and the other plate half purple.  After that dries paint the inside of the folded plate pink.  This will make the hippo’s mouth.

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Now add the details.  I cut the ears, nostrils and teeth from white cardstock paper.  We ended up painting the ears with the purple paint to match the rest of the hippo.  You could also use purple cardstock.  Fold the end of each tooth slightly to create a tab to glue them to the inside of the mouth.  Glue the bottom teeth close together and the top teeth further apart so the mouth will close.  Glue the folded mouth to the other plate and the wiggly eyes on.  Last, use the black marker to make dots on the mouth.

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Ta-da!

 

April Tidbits May 4, 2014

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April Tidbits

 

1.  Here are my two characters on Easter Sunday all dressed up and ready for church.  This year was impossible to get a nice picture.  You know how it is – if it wasn’t one it was the other.  🙂

2.  Bennett has grown up so much lately.  He definitely is transforming into a little boy – not a baby anymore that’s for sure.  He wants to do everything his big brother or anyone else is doing.  One of his favorite things to do at Grandma’s is play in the water and bubbles in the sink.  He sure likes to “help”.  You can often hear him saying, “I help.”

3.  Will’s school hosted a Hobby Fair at the beginning of April.  It was such a fun idea.  The kids could sign up to set up a display of their hobby to share with others.  There was a great turn out – so many fun things to look at.  Will brought his Skylanders.  He had the most fun running around with his buddies, while Mom sat at his table.

4.  April brought Spring Soccer.  We thought we would give soccer another try with a school year of maturity.  It is going better this time around, although we don’t really think team sports will be his thing.  We have lucked out most of the time with weather so far.  This week wasn’t the best, but what do you expect with South Dakota springs?

5.  My mom and I traveled to Minneapolis to celebrate with my sister-in-law Ashley for a baby shower hosted by her mom and sisters.  It was a lovely day.  So much fun to shower this baby girl with love and gifts.  This picture is of Ashley, my mom, aunt and I.  She got so many nice gifts.  Hopefully, you’ll get to see pics of the new baby in the May Tidbits!

6.  Will is really into playdates theses days.  He and the boy across the street (and in his school class) have spent lots of time running between their houses.  As you can see Little Brother wants to join in the fun, too.  Another common phrase we hear from Bennett is “_____, too!”  (“Me, too! Pizza, too!, Guys, too!”)  Here the boys are playing Wii U a favorite past-time.

7.  Call me crazy but I took the boys along with the whole city to an Egg Hunt in the park the Saturday before Easter.  It was crazy!  First, we missed Bennett’s age group for the hunt.  Next, Will only found two eggs which had nothing in them.  Last, we stood in line for over 30 minutes to get the cotton candy you see in the picture.  It was nice to be outside though.  Note to Self: make our own egg hunt next year.

8.  Family Easter Picture (fail).  See I told you if it wasn’t one it was the other. 😉

 

Photo-covered Letter May 3, 2014

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Photo-covered Letter

 

Finally, finally, after two years of having this project pinned I got around to making it happen!  I decided my scrapbooking weekend retreat was the time to get it done.  I know several of you were hoping for a tutorial after I posted a picture of it on Facebook.  You are in luck — here it is!

I pinned this project from A Little Moore.  I made a few variations of her original project so check hers out, too.

Materials:

1 wooden or paper mache monogram letter (mine was wood and about 12-15″ high

Black and White photos (I fit 9 photos on my letter)

Black craft paint

Foam brushes

Mod Podge (matte finish)

Scissors

Pen

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First, I painted the letter (front, back and sides) with black craft paint.  I probably wouldn’t have needed to paint the front, but I thought if some of it showed through with poor cutting or odd photos I’d be covered.

Next, I laid the pictures on top of the letter to see where they would fit best.  Be ready to really crop and cut your pictures.  When you choose pictures try to find ones that were taken a little further away – they seem to fit best. When I went to actually cut the pictures I laid the letter on top of the photo and traced around the letter with a pen.  That made it easy to cut the picture to fit and cover the top of the letter.  Sometimes I cut the picture bigger than needed so they would overlap some.

 

 

 

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I used Mod Podge to glue each picture to the wooden letter.  After it dried, I used a small scissors to trim any pictures that hung over the edge.  Lastly, I applied three coats of Mod Podge over the top of all the pictures.  I let it dry between each coat.

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I rested the letter on a shelf in our bedroom with two other framed pictures.  Now I’d really like to try this project at a larger scale for another place in our house.  Hopefully, it won’t take me another 2 years to get it completed.

 

 

 
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