Monday, June 25, 2012

Play Dough

Tried this KoolAid PlayDough recipe today....

Definitely a keeper:)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Shrunken Apple Heads!

I remember a fantastic craft my mom let us do when we were little kids:
Ideally, I think this would be great in the fall when you have excess apples falling off your trees, but we didn't want to wait that long!
 Have the parent peel the skins off the apples...
 Then hand the kids butter knives and let them start carving a face into their apples:)
 All the extra 'knicks' and 'bumps' add character!
 My 3-yr-old took lots of enjoyment in the fact that I was letting her
 (encouraging her) to cut with a knife...yikes!
 Make sure to eat the parts you carve off!
 I put our apples on bamboo skewers and wrote the kids' names on the end
so we would know "whose was whose".
We set the apples out on our back patio table to let the sun start the shriveling process!

Then we waited SEVEN whole DAYS!
It seemed like an eternity to the kids,
but they made sure to check the shrinking progress every day:)
Finally, today, we brought in our Shrunken Apple Heads!

I drew some cartoon clothes on cardstock, the kids colored them, & then cut them out.
I used a hole-punch at the top & bottom, and we skewered on our apples' wardrobe:)
 They really come to life!
No really, the kids couldn't keep them still:)
 They truly have their own personalities!

The kids convinced me to draw some more outfits
to make their apple heads into an astronaut, a ballerina, & a surfer.

So do you have apples that are already bruised or past-their-prime?
Don't toss 'em, SHRINK 'EM!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fourth of July Bunting

AlphaMom shared this darling bunting idea to make with kids!

 AlphaMom used star fruit.
But being in 'potato country' I opted for a potato stamp.

Yep, burlap AND potato stamps......very Idaho.
 The kids did great stamping the stars in the center of the burlap flags.

 We let them dry, 
 and then I sewed them onto a length of floral ribbon.
 I love the patriotic feeling in our home this time of year:)
 Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Make Lemonade!

I was having a bit of a bummer week.

So to lighten my life, I put this little reminder where I can see it often:)
 Here's a free printable:
(if you need a little "boost", too)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Chalkboard from a Crib

I don't know who was more excited when I bought my first home...
me or my mom!

Wonder why?

Because then it was my turn to finally take back all of the 'junk' I had been storing 
at my parents' house!
One of those being, the crib they used for me as a baby:)
I had seen a couple of ideas to turn your crib into a shelf or a bench,
but couldn't bare the idea of chopping my crib in half!
So, I when I saw this idea at Design Sponge, I knew that was the route to go.

 Here's my awesomely '80s crib:
I took off all of the hardware.

 Dusted and cleaned off the cobwebs.  Eeew!
 Filled the holes with wood filler and sanded smooth!
 Next I spray-painted one crib piece a bright red!
The other crib piece I revamped with a light cream color:)
Finally I used this Rust-Oleum brand Chalkboard paint to paint the centers of the crib.
I was surprised at how easy it was to use and how smoothly it applied!
The hardest part was waiting for the chalkboard paint to dry/cure!
I was so anxious to try them out!

I distressed the red chalkboard a bit,
but kept the cream one nice, shiny, & smooth.
 I have used these beautiful chalkboards at SO many different events: bridal showers, birthday parties, luncheons, baby showers, etc.

But the MAIN people who use these chalkboards are the KIDS!

 I decided to not fix mine to each other, easel-style.

For one, I couldn't decide on the color:)

But also, keeping them separate makes it SO easy to move them. 

Even the kids can move them.
I also love this alternative to painting with chalkboard paint on the actual wall:
they can draw outside, inside, upstairs, downstairs, etc.

So if you have your old crib hanging out in your storage shed (a.k.a. parent's house), 
or if your last baby is just about ready to move to a "big kid" bed,
grab some chalkboard paint and go crazy!
You will LOVE the results!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Owl Cake Pops

I had the chance to make these fun Owl Cake Pops for a friend's daughter's bridal shower last weekend!
"HOO" thinks they turned out cute?
I do!
Yeah for Bakerella inventing/perfecting cake pops.
They make my life happier:)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mustache Cake Pops

Just in time for Father's Day!
I came across this impressive idea of mustache cake pops in preparations for a friend's Mustache Bash this past weekend.
I wanted something similar, but a bit more 'cartoony'.

Yep, I apparently hang around kids all day, because I prefer cartoon over realistic:)

 Make your basic cake pop filling based on Bakerella's instructions.
I used a chocolate cake mix and chocolate fudge frosting:)
 Start with a ball...
 Roll it out into a short 'snake'....
 Flatten the ends and the top....
 Pinch the center...
 Pinch and curve the ends to form your mustache!
 I did all of mine a bit different and it was so fun!
I will say that the shorter/stouter mustaches were much easier to dip & handle.
 Dip in chocolate melts and let cool.
I immediately laid them on wax paper because they were too heavy to cool standing up.
However, next time I will let them cool on a cooling rack to let the excess chocolate drip through.
 This is what I ended up with.
It looks a bit messy, huh?
To remedy,simply snap off the excess chocolate and 
re-dip to give it a smooth outer shell!

Aren't they so cute?!

And I guarantee you they're tasty....
how else do you think my hubby was bribed into taking this picture?!  
I "mustache" you to whip up a batch of these silly mustaches cake pops for the favorite dads in YOUR life!

And if you do, here's a free printable Father's Day card!
Linked up at SomethingSwanky!