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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Snowman Craft

Snowman with a sequined hat.
I have to make a craft with my son's class tomorrow. There are 18 kids. He specifically requested a snowman made from styrofoam balls so I googled around and found some cute ideas (pinned here) and finally came up with this. I used a mini cupcake paper to glue to the bottom.  I realized that I should NOT have use red glitter glue to attach the hat because he looks like he's bleeding!  Tomorrow I'll use silver.   Trial and error . . .
Snowman with a pointy hat. Note to self:  don't use red glue.

Styrofoam balls and long craft sticks. Use round sticks not popsicle sticks.



Pom poms and sequins for the eyes, nose, buttons, and hat.  These are the small, short popsicle sticks to use for the arms.  Break one in half for 2 arms.

Precut hats - top hats and pointy hats
Precut scarves

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Inspiration

I've had this around for a long time.  Probably the best qoute(s) I've ever seen.   Thank you Coastal Nest!!

If you do nothing else, you must.....*Have a say * fight fair * you gotta believe * phone home * take a stand * shoot for the moon * do wheelies * live free or die * go where no one has gone before * vive la difference * keep a light on * there's no place like home * pursue happiness * pioneer * get smart * leave a key under the mat * have a dream * do it all for love * pull your weight * give back * root for the underdog * raise hope * jump at the chance * invite the neighbors over * belong to a nutty and extraordinary family * have vast pride * be thankful

Friday, September 23, 2011

Why Kids Have to Eat Junk!

This is something that has bothered me since my son was a baby.  I've been dealing with it for so many years now that I think I just put it out of my mind so as not to be constantly furious

Today while browsing my new Family Fun magazine, I read about a California Mom who made homemade cookies for her child's preschool class.  Yes, HOMEMADE.  
Here in the sunny state of Florida, schools do NOT allow homemade food to be brought in for class snacks.  At all.  Every day I send my children off to school where they are offered some type of processed, sugary, fake, packaged food in the classroom.  Every Day.  And if you even ask about  having guidelines for snacks you are considered the "problem" parent.  I have been told that it would be too much of an inconvenience to ask parents to only send healthy snacks for the class.  But it's o.k. to ask me to allow my child to eat it every day.

It has finally pissed me off enough to sit down and write about it.   Something is seriously wrong when children are not allowed to eat food that has been made with whole food ingredients, without food coloring and added pounds of sugar or artificial sweetener, and chemical preservatives.  Yet, they are REQUIRED to eat packaged food.  Food MUST come pre-packaged in Florida. 

Why? 
Because snacks are distributed for the entire class (everyone has to be equal -don't forget).  And if I make food at home that is healthy for the kids to eat during snack time, I may have accidentally dropped something in it.  Or, I may a have secretly put peanuts in it endangering another student who has allergies.  While on the surface these seem like logical reasons, if you really think about it, it's nuts (no pun intended).   

So, rather than risk the extreme million to one chance my child might bite into a random item dropped in their food, I am expected to be o.k. with him eating carcinogens, preservatives, excessive sugar, food coloring, aspartame, and who knows what else.  All in the name of "safety."  Go figure.

When my kids were young I was able to get by with sending their own separate snack.   Never mind that I was the "freaky" parent that didn't allow her kid to eat the fake food that was standard for all toddlers.   My kids were still too little to realize they weren't eating crap.  But, all too quickly, they realized everyone else was eating red, green, and blue crackers that look like fish! 

I could only maintain control for so long.   Finally, they became aware that they had a snack that was "different."  I once had a teacher tell me that my child wasn't eating his lunch and I should send something else because he really didn't like it.  Especially since the two kids next to him were having McDonald's for their lunch, complete with awesome toys and a cool box.   He had been fine with his lunch until then.  

Yes, yes, I know people will say I can always put my children somewhere else.  And, in fact, I did just that when we lived in a large city that had other options.  My son attended a preschool where fruit was the only snack eaten and there was a list of so-called "food" that wasn't allowed in lunch boxes.  Along with the fact that it's just plain unhealthy, these smart teachers realized how additives and processed foods drastically affect children's behavior.
 
Problems with behavior, extreme obesity and disease are rampant in our country.  Take a look at what your kids are being fed, people.  Jamie Oliver Rock On!

Just had to vent.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sequin Mirror


This mirror had an ugly dated brass frame.   With a little hot glue and 2 bags of sequins I came up with this! It was a tedious process but I love the way it came out.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Kids' Keepsake Photo

We live at the beach so I came up with the idea to take a photo of my kids' feet in the sand each year.  This is the photo for this year.  If you don't live at the beach you could take a picture in a sandbox or spell out the year with rocks or some other item. 


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Art and Craft for Kids

Glitter Glue Starfish

Just posting a link to my blog  Ruby Slippers Art where I  post photos from Art Camps and other art work.  The kids made some fantastic art so I wanted to share! 

My next project . . . I'm dying to make the hanging fish mobile my wonderfully creative friend Julie made from Magnolia leaves and sequins!  It's fantastic!  


Monday, May 9, 2011

We went to Whitney Beach on Longboat Key hunting for sand dollars.  My girlfriend Amy (seashell/sharktooth hunter extroadinaire) told me this was a good beach to find them.  We found one  intact right as we walked down to the water and later a bit of a broken one but, unfortunately, that was it.  I think we needed to go further out in the water and also "put in the hours" as Amy phrases it.






  We did find this pretty shell completely unbroken.



Later we went into Bradenton Beach to get slurpees.   LOVE Joe's Eats & Sweets ice cream shop painted bright beachy colors!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day Gifts

My wonderful kids made me these fabulous cards for Mother's Day!




My son made a card with an acrostic poem using my  name.  



My daughter made a portrait of me "in tie-dye"

Door Decor

I was out a  few weeks ago in funky Burns Court and saw the cutest shop-door decoration.  It was made from canvas cut into triangles and hung in an upside down pattern and embellished with feathers and glitter (love it!).  I came straight home and tried to figure out how to make my own.

I remembered I had a made a painted floorcloth a while ago and decided to use that since it would stand up to being outside.  As much as I wanted the glitter and feathers I don't think they would last long outside at my house.

I needed to make two door-hangers as I have double doors.  For each door hanger, I measured and cut 3 triangles from the floor canvas. I hot-glued two of them side by side to a piece of wood ( slat from a broken bi-fold closet door).  I glued the 3rd triangle in between them at the bottom.


   I added a starfish to the center top, and strung small plastic pearl strings to hang them.  I really wanted to use raffia to hang them and add as trim but I just didn't have any around the house.   I plan to add it later and do some more embellishing.  But for now it's a fun, beachy welcome to our house in sunny Florida.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Peppermint Birthday Party

We decided to have a Peppermint Party for my daughter's 5th birthday.   It's just before Christmas so I thought this would be cute and very simple.   I used the Curlz font to print the information then traced it onto the black and white invitations printed on cardstock.  Then I colored in different bits with pink and blue markers.  Lastly, I added a pink candy cane with a silver tinsel pipe-cleaner.  


For treats we dipped marshmallows in melted chocolate then dipped them in crushed peppermint and  placed them in mini-muffin papers.


We also made  mini peppermint cupcakes topped with vanilla frosting mixed with more crushed peppermint. 


Guests made candy canes from pipe-cleaners and beads to take home.  Very simple but very fun!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pony Tails and Hair Bows Please!

This is a repost of something I made last year.
I'm entering this project in Get Your Craft On at Todays Creative Blog - Fabulous Crafts and Projects!

So after scouring stores today with Ruby looking for anything to hold up her hair I finally decided I'd make my own.  At least when it gets lost I can make another one.

I figure I can find something in this pile . . .


And here's what I came up with.  I took an aqua hair band and tied small pom-pom fringe and organza ribbon all the way around it.   Next I put a thin line of non-fraying liquid on the ends (clear nail polish works too). 


And the real test . . .