Fairy House

Jacey and I have been working hard on adding details to the fairy house. We have been finding some great online tutorials to get our ideas. This week the kids have spring break so we have some more ideas to work on. The fairies need some accessories and wall decor.

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More projects!

With St Patrick’s day coming up and snow falling outside, June and I spread out projects all over the floor this morning.  We finished up our garland for the fireplace.  June helped me glue all the pieces together for our felt leprechauns.  We used a big needle and yarn and she handed me the leprechauns and shamrocks in a pattern to string up.

Next we finished tying on our material scraps to a wire hanger to make a wreath.  June found all the green material in my scrap bucket, I cut strips 1″x6″ and tied them to a wire hanger.

I also found a bunny pattern in the pile of Grandma Terry’s pattern.  It didn’t look too fussy, so I thought I would try it.  I bought some fur material, sewed him up and June claimed him right away. She named him Marley Fluffy Marie Neils.  He’s soft and squishy.  Jacey now requested one made out of hot pink fur.  That one is in the works.

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The kids requested some new masks to use with their capes I made them last year.  One snowy weekend I whipped up some superhero masks and they loved them!!  Also, Jacey thought the first picture was the coolest because she has RED EYES like Mahulk.  (That is what she calls The Hulk.  Mahulk.)   Now she wants the hulk hands she saw in the store for her birthday to go with the mask. To wear with her purple leotard and high heeled shoes of course.


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Jacey likes to browse the internet with me looking for new projects to make and do.  We came across a pattern to make a winter hat that “looked like a stegosaurus” so she decided that Mommy could just sew all the kids one.  The pattern was a sketch that I downloaded, so it took me about a night each to get all the hats to work out and fit right.  Jack has been sleeping with his hat on he likes it so much.  We have to pry it off his sweaty head at night when we go to bed.

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Fun with Clay

We’ve been busy with clay crafts this week.  I found a recipe for cornstarch clay which we made earlier this week.  The kids measured and dumped in all the ingredients and we mixed up a batch.  When the clay was cooling, we went on a scavenger hunt around the house finding all sorts of things to push into the clay to make imprints.  We collected some old spools, buttons, cookie cutters, forks, bottle caps and various other things that made a cool mark when smashed into the clay.  The kids had a ball seeing what kind of mark each item made.  After our clay was full of imprints, we took cookie cutters and made shapes and also rolled some into balls to make beads.  We poked a hole in everything so we can either hang them up or string them together.  Then everyone was tired of that activity, so we let them sit on the counter to dry for a few days.

Today we decided to paint all of our beads and other various hanging things.  We got out paints and brushes and started up our “Lion King Soundtrack” station on Pandora for some nice background music and got to work.  Jack was very good at choosing specific colors for different things and he chatted non-stop about why he was painting each color where he was.  Jacey liked to roll the beads in the paint and then roll them around on then paper to make cool designs.  I mostly kept elbows out of paint and constantly rinsed out brushes.  I did get to paint a few myself in between all that.  Now they are drying and we talked about what we are going to do with them when we ate lunch.  We might make a mobile.  Or maybe a necklace.  I guess stay tuned, maybe we’ll have a picture of what we decide to do with our creations!

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Valentine’s Day

This year for Valentine’s Day I couldn’t get the kids excited to make valentine cards, but they were very excited to make Valentine food items.  We started off making a half batch of chocolate chip cookie dough.  A half batch because there was only half a bag of chocolate chips.  Jack said we should make one HUGE cookie, so we made one big heart shape.  The kids were my “dumper guys” and Jack cracked the eggs for me, which is his new favorite thing to do.  They had a lot of fun squishing the dough into a heart shape.

We also made a batch of sugar cookies and the kids cut those into heart shapes.  For lunch we had grilled cheese sandwiches we cut into heart shapes.  Those heart shaped cookie cutters were a great investment!

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Still Life in Watercolors (and stickers)

Today Jack, Jacey and I got out the watercolor paints, the markers, stickers and colored pom poms.  Let’s see if you can guess the artist… although all the titles were straight out of Jack’s mouth.  Also, a side note, WOW! watercolors have improved since I last remember using them, the colors are very vibrant!

Exhibit A, titled “Airplane in a Cloud”

Exhibit B, titled “A Big Pond with Lots of Fish Swimming Around”

Exhibit C, titled “Oh Some Squiggly Lines Because Jacey Can’t Draw Yet”

Exhibit D, titled “Why Do the Train Tracks End Right There It Will Fall Off”

Exhibit E, titled “My Boat Can’t Get to the Dock Because the Water is All Swirly”

Exhibit F, titled “You Used a Lot Of Stickers Mommy”

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