Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Step 1: Cut pipe to right length. I did this one long so my nephew, who is on the short side, can attach the hose without help. Mine is shorter so the kids can adjust the setting when they're sitting on the slide.
Step 2: Spray paint.
Step 3: Once the paint is dry, drill tiny holes up the side and along the top.
Step 4: Glue the pieces together. Make sure you know which side of the slide your hose will attach so you don't end up with the hose attached to the wrong side. If you aren't careful you could water the swings instead of the slide. Although that could be fun too.
Step 5: Once your glue has dried, attach it to your slide. I used zip ties but every slide is different so use whatever works.
Step 6: Sunscreen! (My boys were sunburned because their dad took them swimming when I wasn't feeling well. Nice to have a quiet house. Not so nice to have sunburned kids.)
I think I covered everything. It's a really simple inexpensive project and the kids love it. Actually, my kids like it. Their friends love it.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Put the pieces together and then cut the corners and strips. I don't measure. That's why I put the two pieces of fabric together. Cut right side out. Unlike sewing, you work with the right side facing out.
My precious scissors are really sharp and I didn't want my kids to get cut so I did all the cutting (no really! that's exactly why I won't let them touch my beautiful scissors.) My daughter and her friend are ten and my son is seven. The girls might have been able to do the cutting but I'm glad I opted to do the cutting myself based on their tying skills.
Once the fabric is cut, the kids can tie the strips together. Be sure to remind them to keep the squares together. It's easy to skip a strip. My daughter got to the end and had two extra pink strips because she had skipped two purple. It's a good thing fleece is so forgiving. You will also want to make sure they double knot them. My daughter's friend was only single tying. It came apart rather quickly. Then I had to retie it. My youngest had a hard time tying so I did most of it.
Stop when you have three sides tied together so you can stuff it.
Stuffing is one step my kids had no problem doing. Once it's stuffed, tie the remaining side. And you're done.
My kitty obsessed seven year old with his tiger pillow.
My daughter's pillow is two sided, depending on her mood. I love the little opposing color fringes. These little pillows are so soft I'm tempted to make one for me, only bigger. They would make great throw pillows for couches or beds. Of course right now the kids are using them to beat each other. Whatever. At least they're soft.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
This is the last week my kids are off track so I will be posting one more craft this week and then get back to my regular doodles.
Last week my kids decorated shirts with permanent markers and rubbing alcohol. Here are the results.
Last time we did this I had the kids put elastic bands around the shirts, cover them with marker, and then we sprayed them with rubbing alcohol. This time we did something different. The kids put the shirt over a cup and then put the rubber band over the lip of the cup. They colored small areas and then I used a dropper to put the rubbing alcohol on them, creating these cute little circles. It's really cool how the rubbing alcohol spreads the colors. This first shirt is my daughter's. She loves pink and purple.
The shirt above and below are my son's shirts. He likes green, orange, and whatever marker is closest to his hand - as long as it isn't pink.
I helped my son with the second shirt since he lost interest after the first few circles he put in the middle of the shirt.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I decided a few years ago that I didn't want to give my children more candy for Valentine's day. This year my two youngest are off track (They go to a year round school which means they go to school for nine weeks and are off for three instead of getting the summer off.) but they still end up with more sweets than I'd like them to have. So I decided to give them books for Valentine's day - but not just any books - books they'll love or books I loved when I was young. The first year I did this I gave my oldest A Wrinkle In Time. He loved it. I gave my daughter Anne of Green Gables a few years ago. It turned out to be a simplified illustrated version. I was disappointed but she liked it anyway. I checked the full version out for her from the library and it didn't interest her. I'll have to try again now that she's older.
We have anxiously been waiting to this sequel to The Roar for over a year now. My oldest checked The Roar out from the library because he liked the gun on the cover. He didn't plan to read it. I read it and told him it was kind of like Ender's Game, which he loved. He read The Roar and loved it too.
I knew this Valentine would be a hit - and it was. I even got a hug. Did I mention he's almost 13? I love hug-worthy gifts. If you haven't read The Roar - go get it! It is similar to Ender's Game with the simulators they use to train the children, but the rest is very original.
Anyway, I found this copy of Alice in Wonderland and thought she would like it. The pictures come from several different artists and it contains the full text. (I checked this time.) It really is a beautiful book and she has always liked the story. She's seen the movie but hasn't read the book. I'm happy to say she likes it. Part of the reason I picked it is because she likes art so much.
I think my son's favorite part of the Bad Kitty books is Uncle Murray's fun facts. My son actually uses them as reference. Our cat thinks the tub is a great place to get a drink so he's always in the tub. I told my son he wanted a bath. My son ran to his room, grabbed Bad Kitty Get's a Bath, and read to me about how cats hate baths. I gave him this new book a half an hour ago and he's already finished it. I was smart this time and got him the hard cover. He sleeps with the books and the rest of the series is getting hashed.
Oh, and my wonderful husband got those scissors I wanted! It's one of the most romantic gifts he's ever given me. They're so shiny and pretty (and sharp!). He also got me chocolate covered strawberries and paper lanterns like the ones from Tangled. I can't wait for Spring so we can take them out somewhere and light them. They're even bio degradable. How cool is that?
I got my husband this music.
I made him some chocolate frogs to go along with it and some other music from the Piano Guys.
I hope everyone has a fabulous Valentine's day! What do you get for your loved ones?
Friday, February 10, 2012
I followed the instructions for the bracelets in the above blog except we didn't use craft paper. We used regular paper and the kids used permanent markers to create their own designs. I traced a flat stick on the paper and they colored them. Then they cut them out and used mod podge to stick their papers on the bent wooded sticks. We added another layer of mod podge over the top of the papers and let them dry. They dried cute and shiny. The kids love them.
I think the best part is that I already had the craft sticks, markers, and paper. I did have to buy the mod podge but I could have used equal parts Elmers glue and water instead. I opted for the mod podge so I could be sure they'd be waterproof.
Next week we're doing tie dye shirts with permanent markers. We've done it before but they've all outgrown their shirts.