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Pencil Roll February 15, 2016

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Like many adults, I got an adult coloring book for Christmas this year.  There was, however, a shortage of colored pencils in town after Christmas.  I was able to check my reserves and found an old box of Crayola colored pencils from who knows when to get me by until I could find some new ones.  I quickly found out 1) I needed more shades of colors and 2) I needed to be able to see all my pencils at once outside of the box.

I found a pattern for a fabric pencil roll on Pintrest here and had to make one for myself and one for my mom.  I love how it turned out and it is the perfect home to my new palate of 50 colored pencils.

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Materials

2 coordinating patterned fabrics (cut 12″ x 18″)

Coordinating Thread

Coordinating Ribbon

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                       Start by placing the right sides (pretty sides) of the two fabrics together.  Pin them in place.

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        Sew around the rectangle, but leaving about a 4 inch opening to turn it right side out.

After sewing around the rectangle, pull the fabric through the opening so that the right side of the fabric is showing.

Iron your fabric rectangle.  Next, use a decorative stitch to sew around the rectangle and to secure the opening.

It is hard to see in my picture, but I used a wavy line decorative stitch.

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Now fold up the bottom about 4 inches or so to create the pencil holder pockets.

Using disappearing ink, make line guides about every inch or so.

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Sew the vertical lines using a straight stitch.  Be sure to stop at the top of the folded fabric.  Also sew the ends of the fabric to create pockets at each end.  This is where you may want to add a ribbon to one end before sewing it closed.  That way you can wrap up your roll with a tie.

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Add your pencils and roll it up!  When I got more pencils I was able to fit two pencils in each slot so my roll holds about 50 colored pencils.  It makes it easy to store and to carry with me.  Bring on the stress relief of coloring!

I am loving it especially while watching the latest episode of Downton Abbey!

 

 

Elmo Birthday Party ~ Part 2 ~ Decorations July 16, 2014

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I found this birthday banner on Pintrest.  Turned out that there were no directions on how to make it, but I was able to recreate it.  I think it will definitely be able  to be used for future parties as well.  In fact, it is going to be used for my friend’s Mickey Mouse party in a couple of weeks!

Materials:

Black Cardstock

White Cardstock

4 or 5 Coordinated Patterned Papers

Orange Ribbon

Red Tulle

Cricut Machine

Art Philosophy Cartridge

Disney Pooh Font Set Cartridge

2 Elmo Invitations

Masking Tape

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First, put your Circut machine back to work.  I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut out the scalloped squares at 5 inches.  The patterned paper is used to cut the inside part and the black cardstock is the frame piece.  Adhere those pieces together.  Next, use the Disney – Pooh Font Set to cut out the letters.  I used the Marker  and Marker Shadow function for the letters.  Adhere the letter and shadow together and place them on the squares.

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Next, simply turn each square over, lay the orange ribbon across and tape the ribbon to each square using masking tape.  Not pretty, but the back won’t show anyway.  I added one of my Elmo invitation {here} to each end of the “Happy” ribbon.  Now do the same for the “Birthday” piece.

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Now flip each piece over and tie a piece of red tulle between each letter square and at each end.

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I also found this cute fishbowl centerpiece on Pintrest.  We know that Elmo adores his pet goldfish, Dorothy.

(Thanks to a friend for loaning me the fishbowl! )

Materials:

Black Cardstock

Red Cardstock

Orange Cardstock

White Cardstock

Patterned Paper (polka dot)

Cricut Machine

Art Philosophy Cartridge

Sesame Street Font Cartridge

Plantin’ Schoolbook Cartridge

Cuttin’ Up Cartridge

Red Tulle

Bamboo Skewers

Fishbowl

Goldfish Crackers

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I cut all the pieces out on my Cricut.  I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut the shape w/ frame with Bennett’s name on it.  I used Plantin’ Schoolbook to cut out the letters of his name.  I used black paper for the shadow of the letters.

The Elmo was cut from the Sesame Street Font cartridge (the same cartridge I used for the invitation).

The “B” and “2” were cut out using the Cuttin’ Up cartridge.  I added another background of black paper to help them stand out.  I just used scissors to cut around the shape.

Attach a bamboo skewer to the back of each piece using tape and tie a couple of pieces of red tulle.

Fill the fishbowl with Goldfish Crackers and stick the skewers in.

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I added a few of our stuffed Elmos to the table.  I found a red paper lantern in the $1 bin at Michael’s and cut out the Elmo face pieces from the Sesame Street Font Cartridge and glued them to the lantern.  Add a piece of red tulle to hang it.

 

 

Magnetic Bookmarks July 1, 2014

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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.

download Nelly Gnu

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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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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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!

 

 
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