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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Today's Finds...

This cute paper owl mobile is found on A Winding Road...

Little Birdie Secrets has a Teach Me Tuesday all about Gardening...

Update: Another cute handprint from Home Sweet Home

Just found this thing called Hot Prints while browsing on It's Good For the Heart

Finger Puppet Tutorial from The Idea Room

Framed Paper Bugs from Embellished Bayou

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Ideas...

Update: These ideas are from eighteen25.

Go here for the one below.

The Happenings: fun lovey dovey ideas (for valentines, but would work for teacher gifts as well) (in fact you could fill one of those cute bag ideas with some homemade magnets instead of goodies.)

The Idea Room: Personalized Hand Sanitizer

Martha Stewart: Cute Tote

Roots and Wings: S'more teachers like you

Better Homes and Gardens: Treat Box

Just A Girl: Hand Sanitizer

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Board Games

I have actually wanted to make homemade board games before, but have never gotten around to doing it. Well here is someone that makes darling ones and sells them too. Check this one out below Here.

Jute Balls

I realize these are everywhere and I am really slow to join the bandwagon, but I have to say I do like Jute balls. I don't know if I can pull them off in my eclectic home, but I might try sometime. :) Here are just a couple of ideas for creating them...
Some pictures and projects from How About Orange

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Other Crafts by Amanda...

More fun things to make from Crafts by Amanda

Recycled Craft Ideas for the Kids...

Crafty Crow had a post today about making things from plastic lids. Something else I think the kids would have fun diong during the summer. These ideas below were my favorites.

Lady Bugs from Crafts by Amanda.
She has so many cute ideas for recycling things.
Magnents from esprit cabane
Turtles from Inna's Creations

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pier 1 imports Easter Wreath

I was trying to create an easter wreath that I was hoping would turn out something like this one from Pier 1 imports, but mine isn't quite there yet. I wanted this picture for a reminder of what I'm giong for.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Basket Liner Tutorial

I need to line some baskets that are tucked inside my entryway bench. Here is a tutorial from Make it and Love it ...

Monday, April 12, 2010

More Summer Ideas...

Child Made Finger Puppets featured on The Crafty Crow

Recycled Paper Beads from The Crafty Crow

Early Start on Summer Ideas...

Of course I believe summer is a time to relax and spend a lot of time at the park, riding bikes, having picnics, and just doing nothing :), but I know that can only last so long and my kids will get bored quickly. So I am trying to brainstorm and be prepared for those moments when they need a little something extra to keep them entertained.

Most of these are things Ive posted before, but I wanted to keep a list of things I would most likely do with the kids this summer in one spot. So, here is my list...

For starters Chocolate on my Cranium has a great list of summer activities. I like her idea to have the kids stamp wrapping paper and birthday cards so you have some ready to use throughout the year. She even went as far as having her girls make Christmas decorations. Talk about getting prepared early! Love the idea! (for some Christmas ornaments ideas go here at Fresh Poppy Design)

Hand Print Art - these are hand prints on painted canvas...

Paper Flowers - something for my daughter

Paper Hut - was planning on doing this for spring break, but didn't have enough newspaper. I think I will be ready by summer. :)

Painting rainbow squares - another something we didn't do over spring break

Build Robots - My son is always trying to build a robot. I think this tutorial has great ideas for creating a fun one.

Piggy Bank - make a piggy bank out of a small water bottle

Body Flip Book - pages colored by the kids and cut so they can interchange the head, body, and legs.

Mini Book - this could be a book about something where the kids cut pictures, color pictures, print pictures and put them in this book. Or they could write their won story and make their own pictures as well. The options are limitless. :)

Scrapbook Paper Hand print - these hand prints are made with paper rather than paint like the ones above. They are even framed. :)

Rock Creations - painted rocks

Other ideas I would like to do with the kids this summer...

Make Cool Aid Play dough. (when I find my recipe I will post it)

Earn Mommy Bucks - I have this idea of having my kids earn "Mommy Bucks" by doing extra chores or helping around the house when needed. I would give them Mommy Bucks that they could use to buy things from the Mommy Store every so often. Which would be stocked with dollar toys or other small items I have on hand.

Birthday Banner from The Idea Room

I made a paper birthday banner for my son this year, but I love this fabric one at the Idea Room that can be reussed again and again.

Dry Erase Book

This comes from Somewhat Simple.
I love this idea!!! This is something I have been needing for church for my kids. I will definitely be making some of these.

Homemade Granola Bars

I need to give these a try. We really like granola bars, but don't buy them too often because they cost a lot and they aren't really that good for you. :) But we still like them all the same. The recipe for the ones above is at Little Birdie Secrets.

The Rollie Pollie

This picture is from the site Made. That really fun looking gigantic ball - is called a Rollie Pollie. You can buy her pattern at her site. I am so tempted. I know my kids would love this!

Diaper Bag Tutorial and Purse Pattern

I have always used the free hospital bags that they give you after having a baby, but they seem to fall apart easlily and still I haul them around everywhere I go. I think it is about time I make one for myself that I actually like. :) Here is a tutorial at A Mingled Yarn...

Both the diaper bag above and the purse below came from Everyday Celebrations. The pattern for this purse below can be found at Made by Rae...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Treats

Some from easter treat ideas from the idea room. Go check it out....