This is an annual tradition in my parts. Wouldn't be Christmas without it.
The kids were thoroughly enjoying their White Christmas with a snowball fight too. :)
Hope you and yours have a wonderful remainder of your holiday season.
17 December 2012
05 December 2012
Recipe is as follows -
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
Very simple, with cheap ingredients, seemed like a winner.
This mixture needs to be cooked on the stove to form a clay but working with it before it was cooked was where the fun was.
------->If you placed your hand on the surface of the mixture, your hand sank down into it like melted ice cream.
------->If you punched the surface with your fist as hard as you could (and why would you NOT), your hand BOUNCED off the surface as if it was a solid piece of wood!
That was 30 minutes of entertainment for the monkeys and I.
Put it in a pot and on the stove over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it resembles thin mashed potatoes.
Dump it out onto a cookie sheet dusted with a little cornstarch until it cools enough to kneed with your hands until smooth.
I brought it into school with a bin of cookie cutters to make some little ornaments with one of my classes.
Let dry, then bake at 175 F for 15 minutes.
We may decide to paint these after the kids come back next week.
28 November 2012
25 November 2012
13 November 2012
This is a petrified shell I found in my yard. The previous owners must have placed it there after a trip.
I don't have a very large laundry area but I am fortunate enough to have a space dedicated to the task. A few years ago I used an old shutter and build a very simple shelf to stand up behind the washer and dryer for holding all the detergents and such needed to keep my laundry in tip-top shape. Above this space was a wire rack shelf for things that needed mending, the occasional toy in time-out, and some swimsuits. It was just not working.
-a 1x10 pine board $7.00 (6' length but they cut it for me down to 56")
-3 pine brackets from Lowes about $5.00 each.
-white paint (thank you Glidden free quart give away, still painting with it)
-3" drywall screws (from the spool shelf project)
With the odd storage assortment going on here I still wasn't very happy with the results. I searched about the house, switched basket with plastic bin, with canvas until I found a few for this area. I'm going to stop by the store to pick up one more for the end. Yes, one is mint green, if I can find another in that color I'll be very happy. If not, I'll replace it for white.
Top off the area with a small painted birdhouse collection from my kids and I think this is a very cute, very functional area to work in now.
Another petrified piece of wood this time. Also found in my yard. The previous owners had scads of matchbook cases from all over the place so I can only assume they traveled the country quite a bit and put all their found treasures into the flowers beds around the house.
07 November 2012
31 October 2012
Another Pinterest post. These we just too cute not to make for my 1st graders Halloween party today.
One coating dip into the melted choc
Cold choc chips were pressed in for eyes. My boys said they had to have some with red eyes.
29 October 2012
It occurs to me, I've been a bit quilt-obsessed of late, so here's something that's not a quilt.
<--- This is a little leftover leaf and some corn as a bonus project I hung in my kitchen. There's a small frame behind it for support.
To start, my middle boy is a major leaf collector. I needed something to do with all the leaves he stashes here, there, and everywhere you can put a leaf. Modge-podge to the rescue!
Paint both sides, let dry. They stay colorful and flexible to be used in all sorts of projects.
We've collected all sorts of leaves. Here are maples, oak, fire bush, pin oak, and some we pulled off the blueberry bushes in the backyard.
Next up are the millions of iris seed pods in my yard. I picked a large bundle when they were very dry and started bundling them into smaller groupings.
24 October 2012
I'll back this is in a soft yellow polka dot and bind with that cute elephant pattern.
I've got a million ideas running through my head these days. Pinterest is like a serious addiction to a crafter/artist like me. So many pins, so many ideas! So little time!!
3 more weeks of my grad class and I'll be free to finish up some of these tops and get a roll on christmas ideas :)
13 October 2012
Me - "Hey Olive, what is this?"
O - "A diamond"
Me - "Are you sure? What is it?" (move it like a fish swimming in the water up and down)
O - "A pillow!"
Me - "How about now? I added an eyeball. What is it?"
O - "A one eyeballed scary monster!"
Me - I give up.