Sunday, February 27, 2011

Stop and Think Necklace

With having two children that struggle with ADHD we have to do a lot of reminding and coaching. I recently heard of a teacher making a picture of a stop sign and brain to put on a child's desk as a visual cue to "stop and think", and I was thinking my daughter needed a cue she could have with her at all times. SO, we made this necklace together. 

Here is what you need to get started-
1. Tim Holtz Fragments (found mine on sale at Michaels)
2. Paper glaze 
3. Packing tape
4. Pictures to use on your necklace *we also added a gem to give it a little bling.
5. E6000 glue 
6. Scrapbook paper to back your photos 
7. Ring & necklace to finish it.

Step 1: Print out your picture on cardstock. My daughter really enjoyed getting to choose the brain picture she wanted. Cut out your pictures and stick the top side to packing tap. This will protect your photo from bleeding when you apply glue to the picture. 
Step 2: add the pictures to your fragment. I think it is easier to position it on a paper towel and then dot the top of the picture with glue and then place the fragment on top. Let it set for 10 minutes (or so).
Step 3: Once the pictures are adhered to the fragment, spread glue over the back and stick to scrapbook paper. This will be your background for your necklace. Once this dries (which I usually let this do overnight), you will cut out the tile. I made a second one to back this and glued them together using E6000.

Step 4: Once your necklace has been glued to the back and everything has dried, you are ready to drill a hole and attach a silver ring. Add a gem for some bling and your necklace and you are set.
Annie has been so proud of her necklace. She knows what it means and has used it to help her think about her words and actions before they come out. 

Of course, when Max saw what mommy made for his sister, he wanted one as well. This is the beginning of his necklace. He enjoyed picking out his brain, and I think this one is turning out real cute as well. 

 They may be selling in a store near you soon :)

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cousins' Craft Night

My cousin Bethany and I have been so inspired by crafty blogs, that we decided to create a night where family and friends get together to share in the fun. This evening we pulled from one of our favorite blogs Tatertots and Jello (love the name) to make this tiered tray activity. 

What you will need to begin the activity:
-scrapbook paper (complimentary patterns)
-Gorilla glue
-pizza pan and a serving tray (or you can double one size if you want both trays to be the same). Can be found at the Dollar Store and General Dollar.
-Modge Podge & foam brushes.
-acrylic spray as final coat on project
-candlesticks (needs to be a flat top, you can have colored ones or glass ones and spray paint like we did)
-knobs for the feet (we had wooden knobs, but you could also choose door handles).

Before we begin step 1- you have a lot of options for this project. Bethany decided to glue two candlesticks together. Pay attention to the warning signs for Gorilla Glue. It can be messy and stain and it expands. So, use sparingly. It does dry quickly.

Step 1- Spray paint your candlestick and feet so they can start to dry.
Step 2- Cut your paper into strips. You might want to figure out how you want them layered on your plate b/c once your hands start to get Modge Podge on them you will want to touch only the paper you need.
Step 3- Apply Modge Podge to the back of your paper strip and lay it down covering the top portion of your plate. You will want to fold it over the edges. You do have some time to move it if you don't like it's position, but it dries quickly. Make sure your rub out the bubbles. It will also dry clear. 
Step 4- Once you have covered the entire plate or pan with strips of paper, You will apply one final coat to the entire plate. You may want to consider adding paper to the bottom if you are using a tall candlestick and people might see the underside of your project.
Step 5- Once dry (very important lesson learned the hard way, hee hee), you will spray your plate with an acrylic spray.
Step 6- Use the gorilla glue to adhere the plates to the candlestick & add your feet.

We had not added the feet to our final picture due to the damp weather and margaritas. (We needed to call it a night). Thank you Tatertots and Jello for the fun idea. We are already planning our next Cousins' Craft Night.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I Heart Faces Challenge- Red

Little girls and their secrets

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Where Women Create Contest- Living Locurto

I Love this website. Great Ideas. Free Printables. Cute Birthday sets to purchase. Great photography!
photography by Amy Locurto
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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Groundhog Day Celebration

Who would have thought that we would ever have school canceled for 4 days due to snow and ice? Not me. This is where I became so very thankful for teachers and wondered how parents that home school remain sane. Truly, I have no idea how you all do it! Each day we cooked our meals together, read a lot of books, completed some math homework, and played. 

It was approximately 4PM on February 2nd, when I realized it was Groundhog's Day. SO, I quickly went to the website called Groundhog Day and found some great items for teachers. Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil has his own website? I didn't until this day. I also never knew how to spell his name until this day.

The kids loved all of the activities. We colored pictures, completed a maze, word find, and math sheet which showed a special coded message. Max loved it! We even made our own Phil puppets. 

To make this- print off the groundhog face (front and back) from the website referenced above. we used toilet paper tubes for his house (Gobbler's Nob). Annie even drew a door on hers and labeled it Eli's Gobb. We hot glued the puppet head to the tip of an old foam paint brush. The kids have played with these all week long. It was a great activity using recycled items.

Not that we will ever be at home on Groundhog's Day again, but I know where we will be going next time it happens. 

I Heart Faces Challenge- Hearts

These sweet cousins have so much in common, and they truly love each other. They are both adopted, have adopted siblings, and have a transracial family. We get together every month with our extended family, and you can always find these two together. They are inseparable! 

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Crock Pot Potatoes & Sausage

This may not be the healthiest meal, but it is a family favorite in this house. I like to add a salad to it, which makes me feel better. We were recently snowed/iced in for 4 days and we made a lot of projects and food as a family to pass the time. I started to feel like I was turning into the Pioneer Woman (who inspires me daily).

This is what you need:

One of the best purchases at the grocery store is the Reynold's Crock Pot Liners. It makes using a crock pot easy to clean, which means I use it more. Thank you Reynolds for thinking like a mom.

Next step- cut the potatoes and sausage into small slices or cubes.. 

 You are going to layer in this order:
1. Potatoes
2. Salt & Pepper *your preference as to how much
3. Butter *you can change out for margarine, fat free, or whatever your prefer. I like to cut into thin slivers so it can be spread over many potatoes. This helps them soften during the cooking process.
4. Sausage 
**Repeat 1-2 times**

Cover and cook. If you cook on high, it should be done in approx. 4 hours. It depends on how big your potato pieces are. Feel free to do a taste test. It's best when the potatoes are soft and the sausage has cooked over them. 

You can also make this in the oven. Hope you enjoy as much as we do!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011