Posts Tagged ‘Crafting’

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The Amazing Accordion Book

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I discovered these books yesterday. During a meeting last week I noticed the instructions taped to the wall used for camp earlier in the day. I was intrigued. I can’t believe I didn’t know about these simple little books until just now. You can whip them up on the fly for any occasion. All you have is the back of the kids’ menu placemat and you need to buy yourself another 10 minutes until the food arrives? Ta-da! Accordion books. So, I’m assuming I’m not the only person who hadn’t been introduced to these yet and could really use them in his or her repertoire! Voila! I present to you an accordion book tutorial! How to make an accordion book in 7 easy steps! (In step 5 cut from the folded edge the length of that square only.)

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Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

The Mitten

DSC_0065When my big kid gets an idea. It has to be executed immediately. Sometimes, oftentimes, that happens when I’m tied up with doing something else like making dinner or some other task that requires my full attention. I’ll tell her that, I’m sorry but, I just can’t help her at that moment. Most of the time I suggest that she start with a sketch of her idea and wait for me to be free again to help her move on to the next step but that is hardly satisfying.

DSC_0064You want to know what she finds satisfying? Just doing it and seeing her project all the way through to completion even if that means she has to do it all by herself, that it might not fit and that it might be a little wonky. She’s way more interested in seeing her vision through than executing it perfectly.

On Friday she decided to make Avery a pair of mittens. She traced, cut and sewed these all by herself except for the part where I threaded the needle for her. She’s unstoppable that kid. She must just absorb this stuff by osmosis.


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Saturday, December 8th, 2012

A Christmas Craft For Tiny Hands

Pomanders are an old fashioned traditional holiday decoration that make great gifts and are easy enough for little hands to make (very nearly) on their own. We used clementines because Chase REALLY wanted to try this project after finding it in one of our craft books and that’s what we had in the kitchen. But it turns out that a clementine is just the right size for her level of ability and concentration.

You don’t even need many supplies. Fruit, whole cloves and a skewer to help poke pilot holes for the cloves. Oh, and some string or ribbon for hanging. I helped her tie the twine. She could probably do that part on her own but we tied it after the fruit was studded with cloves so it was a little tricky and I helped.

They smell just like Christmas.

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Paper Toys

I wonder if this will be a reprise of the paper girls. That went on for such a long time and there hasn’t been anything quite like it since. The girls had so much fun working on these this afternoon though and they do have a lot of stuffed toys. Somewhere in the house is a rainbow bear with a little tuft of poly-fil for hair.

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Sunday, November 11th, 2012


You can make your own! Avery’s birthday is a month from now and, since a month in our house is really only two weeks, I’m starting to think about her party. The day after last year’s Care Bear fiesta she started talking about her Thomas birthday party and has been waiting ever so patiently for it to happen ever since.

I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with creative Thomas themed ideas that won’t require me to spend a fortune at Party City. The cheapest Thomas pinata costs twenty bucks? Yikes! That will just make me grouchy watching it sit around until recycling day.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Sandy Days 1 & 2

We’re very lucky that Sandy passed through here leaving us unscathed. I was so worked up about the storm yesterday. I was really, really worried but, in the end, everything was fine. We spent our second day at home today. We made it! Only to find out after dinner that school is cancelled tomorrow too! Can you believe that? There aren’t enough  Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, October 26th, 2012

Pumpkin Juice Boxes!

Ok, here it is. The easiest Halloween craft. You know, should you find yourself responsible for providing the juiceboxes for the class party and with an hour or three to kill. I got the idea poking around online. I found something similar with mummies. They’re super cute but I wasn’t sure that they would read mummy to kindergarteners. Nothing like thinking your project is SO cute only to find out it’s not so much cute as way too obscure. So I decided to give pumpkins a go.

This is a super easy project all you need are juiceboxes + colored duct tape + a sheet of black duct tape. You wrap the orange duct tape around the juiceboxes, cut the face out of the sheet of black and stick it on. Voila! Imagine the possibilities. Hello Kitty juiceboxes!

The juiceboxes we have need 2 1/2 strips to cover them fully. It took me a while to figure out that the tape is easy to rip in half lengthwise and that I could save some tape by making half strips. I covered twenty juiceboxes with this roll. If I don’t lose interest I might even make paper leaves to stick to the tops.

So, who else got roped into or foolishly volunteered to help with class party projects?

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Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Simply Fun!

There is no shortage of craft books at our house but, so far, this is the best one. We made five projects out of this book over the long, rainy weekend. Chase chose a bunch of projects and had a lot of fun coloring and cutting and taping. By this afternoon she had a whole menagerie of animals set up in front of the tv.

I don’t know what it is about this book. It’s some combination of the cute illustrations and the simplicity of the projects that makes it so appealing. The projects are just the right balance of challenge and simplicity. Most of them can be completed with just paper, scissors and markers or crayons. The elephant required a few household items that might be harder to come by but how smart is making legs out of clothespins?

Also this weekend? A Cinderella paint with water book and a disney princess sticker book (The Book Thing never disappoints). How did you fill all the rainy hours?

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

I Earned My Popcorn

I did some good work today.  All kinds of stuff!  Still crossing things off that list and feeling good about it!  I have an OB appointment tomorrow.  I’m anxious to know if there’s been any, shall we say, movement.  I’m enjoying making good use of this time but all of the excitement and anticipation is the best part, isn’t it?   Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, April 21st, 2012

My Curtain!

I didn’t adequately supervise the installation and so it’s not actually hanging where it was intended to go but I like it!  I’ll just have to be a little smarter about how I use the remaining three napkins to make the other curtain.  I guess this next one will have to be more authentically patchwork.  I just don’t have that much material left to work with but have a whole other window to cover.   Read the rest of this entry »

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