Thursday, June 29, 2017

Camp Creativity at Michael's

The past few weeks Lil Monkey and I have explored a variety of activities, but one of our favorites has been the Camp Creativity at Michael's Stores. We have made a few Disney themed projects from painting to Perler Bead projects, and Model Magic. 

Each week had its own theme and we have 2 hours provided to do 2 projects and a journal page. Here's a view of some of our projects ...


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Throwback Thursday with Kids Craft

You may remember last year a Father's Day post from last year when Lil Monkey and his friends, The Princess and The Professor, joined us to decorate fabric that we turned into pillows for the 2 dad for Father's Day. We had a lot of fun and the Dad's loved them ... though the kids enjoyed them just as much.

This year, we didn't really plan n doing a craft, but lately I'd been toying with the idea of DIY Shrinky Dinks. Remember those from when we were younger? I loved them, but that may be giving my age away. 

Well, I'd heard that you could make them yourself using plastic from specific clear to-go containers. If I could recycle some plastic, that was more preferred than buying specially packaged plastic sheets and of course, that's less waste in the garbage.

 I was intrigued, but then none of the places we'd eaten at had the specific containers I was looking for ...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Operation Organization: Summer Fun!!

Helloooo! (Read with  British nanny accent!)

We have survived out first 12 days or so of Summer Break and I have to say, all the work and time it took to organized our summer activities for Lil Monkey.

I printed some really fun calendars from Beautifully Tarnished. (While you're there, check out some of her other cute posts!) Once I printed the calendars I wrote down all of the scheduled activities we had like the weekly day camps. Since our community hosts concerts in the park and movie in the park as well as a monthly Farmer's Market, I went ahead and added those as well. I made a second copy of the calendars for my mom and stepdad who may be asked to pick up Lil Monkey if I have work or a meeting (or you can photocopy when done.) This also helps them know when he had free time if they want to take him to do some activity.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Mugs

Hey, Mother's Day is around the corner and I am excited. I am always excited when I get close to a holiday that involves making crafts, and this time I picked a craft that was a "Pinterest Fail" for me in the past, modified it and it turned out awesome!!

So you may have seen the Nail Polish Mugs that were a big hit about 2 or 3 years ago ... well, mine just wouldn't turn out right. They look like a goopy mess. The project has been known to have parameters that can alter your outcome such as temperature of the water, the type of nail polish, etc. Mine were so bad that I didn't even blog about them, and you know I would have been really frustrated to not at least make a comedic post about it. I think one came out right and I gave it to one of my grandmother's for Christmas. They have to love stuff their grand kids made, doesn't matter how old the grandchild is (mid-30s).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time for Tea (Towels) ...

When I first got married, I had just started stitching tea towels. When I lived alone before we were married, I loved having holiday and seasonal towels in the kitchen. When I started cross stitching tea towels, I loved how quick they were and I found lots of free and budget-friendly projects that fit both seasonal and holiday themes and some that could be altered to fit several.

Friday, April 21, 2017

I Am Terrible, Horrible, No Good ...

I am a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad ... at finishing projects.

I haven't always been, there was a time when I finished what I started in a timely manner. When my husband left for his first deployment, I used crafting and cross stitch to keep me busy, and I finished a lot of projects that year .. and the year of the second deployment. 

Now, I didn't complete them all, there were some large projects that I'd set aside because I needed a change, but I made vintage-style ornaments for Christmas, stitched matching kitchen towels and pot holders, and other home decor projects. I hadn't started quilting at that point, though I had as a teen since my mom was a quilter.