100th Day of School!

Every year, about mid-January, I start hitting Pinterest for 100th Day of School project ideas. Am I alone? I can’t help but think I’m not! 😉

Last year, we lucked out and there were no at-home 100th Day projects for my kiddos, but this year my kindergartner has to make a shirt to wear.

In 2013, my Oldest Daughter and I made this shirt for the 100th Day of School.

100th Day of School shirt

So adorable, so easy, so fun!

So stubborn! She won’t release the shirt nor the rights to the idea to her little sister! “It was MY idea, she can’t copy!” (Technically it was someone-on-the-internet’s idea, but no time for arguments now, I have pinning to do!)

‘Tis alright, Middle Daughter, there are loads of new, fun ideas floating around!

100th pin board

Click here to see the ideas I’ve collected on Pinterest. I think my favorite is the shirt with the 100 felt hearts! What cute ideas do you have? Please share them! 🙂

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Valentines Finds 2012

I have a special little something up my sleeve for my kids this year, but before I post more about that, here are some of my favorite Valentines ideas I’ve seen around Pinterest lately!

woolly letter M

Just because I was away from the blog for months doesn’t mean I wasn’t busy!

Here’s a little something I did for the baby’s nursery. I knew I wanted to incorporate her first initial into the decor somehow, but I wanted something a little different. We decided to nickname the baby Mary, and the first thing my then 4 year old said was, “just like Mary had a little lamb!” Indeed! So a theme for the nursery was born, and the best way I could figure to make the initial was make it look woolly like a lamb.

woolly letter M

For this easy little project, I used a wooden letter M, a sharp pair of scissors, a skein of Bunny Tail yarn (I dearly love this stuff!) and some white school glue.

bunny tail yarn

I didn’t take photos as I went along; I worked on mine late at night as I watched TV. But I’ll try to recreate the events for you. 🙂

First, I cut all the little “bunny tails” off the string.

cut off the bunny tails

I don’t have a before photo of my letter M. It’s a large capital M that came primed from Michael’s. For the purpose of recreating, I’ll use this smaller, non-primed wooden letter. If your letter isn’t primed, it might be best to brush on a coat or two of paint in the color of your bunny tails so that the color of the wood doesn’t peek through.

put bunny tails on the letter

Now I just smeared white school glue onto the wooden letter and positioned the bunny tails onto the letter. I worked in sections, making sure to smoosh them together as close as possible. The bunny tails are longer than they are wide, so I was sure to alternate their positions, putting them this way and that so there wouldn’t be any apparent pattern and it’d look more fluffly like real lamb’s wool. I covered the front and sides, but left the back unfinished so that it would lean or hang flat against the wall when I used it in my decor.

the finished woolly M

And voila! A woolly letter M!

Mary's M

Annabelle Banner

This is another one of those UFOs found while cleaning last week. It’s a name banner that I’d hoped to use as decoration for my youngest daughter’s first birthday, but I lost steam when I found my white school glue was warping my paper and pressing between books wasn’t helping.

Thankfully now, a year later, I’m seeing it with new eyes. Why didn’t I use something like, oh, spray-on adhesive? Or even simpler, glue dots? Yes, glue dots were the answer! So that’s how I finished it.

I’ve seen these types of banners/pennants/garlands/whatever-you-want-to-call-them all over party planning blogs, Etsy, etc. Loved them, didn’t want to fork over the cash for them, so I started out to make one myself. I don’t have any fancy punches or cutters, I did the circles the old fashioned way. I used a bowl from my kitchen to trace circles onto scrapbook paper, then I cut them out using scalloped shears.

The letters are from Martha Stewart, they came precut in bags and I found them on a clearance end cap at W*lmart. Stuck the first few on with glue, that was a no, so this morning stuck the rest of the letters on with glue dots, this was a yes! Punched holes in the tops of the circles, strung them with white satin ribbon and I’m done!

My youngest daughter has her 2nd birthday coming up next week, I’m not sure I’ll use the banner for that occasion or not, so I went ahead and hung it over her bed this morning. She Ooohs and Aaahs when she sees it, I think it’s a WIN!

Boredom Buster #1 – Pumpkin Pal

My 3rd grader attends a year-around school and therefore tends to have longer than average school breaks throughout the year.  These breaks are sometimes challenging, and I’ve found the best bet for survival is a list of Boredom Busters.

A week or two before break begins, I sit down at the computer and research. I look for local activities, craft ideas, science experiments and just anything fun we can do at home. I type them all up into a word doc and when the “I’m bored!” or “There’s nothing fun to do!” complaints start, I’m prepared!

Today is Week 1, Day 3 of fall break here, and I had to pull out my list and get them busy with their first Boredom Buster – Pumpkin Pals! I found the idea over at LessonPlansPage.com. I liked this because it’s fall themed and because though it’s listed for grades 3 through 6, I knew I could simplify it enough so that my 4 year old could also participate.

Prep: I made a few notes to myself about how they could develop their Pumpkin Pals… names, ages, personality traits. I collected craft supplies in a basket, and I cut pumpkin shapes out of orange construction paper.

To start, I gave them paper and pencils and had them start jotting down who their Pumpkin Pals are.

developing the Pumpkin Pal

writing details

I did the handwriting for my 4 year old while she dictated, and then I asked her to draw where her Pumpkin Pal lives.

drawing the pumpkin patch

Next, I gave them their pumpkin shapes, and following the instructions on the lesson plans site, I suggested the pumpkin be their Pal’s head and for them to use their imaginations with the rest.

craft supplies

My 8 year old did great with this, he’s a big fan of free style craft time. He went to work at creating a Star Wars Clone Trooper pumpkin. My 4 year old struggled a little with making some of the supplies work the way she wanted, so she had some Mommy help.

making pumpkin pals

This little project took around 45 minutes from the time they sat down to the time they taped their “biographies” and Pumpkin Pals to the wall.

And without further ado, I’m pleased to present Clone Trooper Pumpkin, age 45, and Sally Pumpkin, age 12 1/2.  Clone enjoys weapons, gear and pizza. He’s not a fan of various types of Droids. 🙂

clone trooper pumpkin

Sally likes pizza, pretty dresses (as seen in the photo), flowers and sunshine. Her dislikes are rain, bees and flags. Haha!

sally pumpkin

pretty magazine files, easy!

Long time no post, eh?

I’m just starting the process of organizing and decorating my home office and I thought I might share some of the steps I take here on the trusty ‘ole blog.

I’m sick with a cold and my husband’s traveling for work, so one teeny little step to start.

I bought these cardboard magazine file boxes from Ikea for $2/5 pk.

Ikea Magazine File Box _ plain

I knew when I saw them that I’d cover them somehow. Originally, I wanted to use fabric, but then I quickly realized it’d be much easier to use paper. Paper with my very own homemade designs. I whipped up some words and graphics and printed them on 8.5 x 14″ paper.

paper and spray adhesive

And then I bought this handy dandy can of spray adhesive! Forgive me, this is the first time I’ve used glue in a can and wowee wow wow! I’m going to be gluing stuff to other stuff for days. Love. (Nevermind that my hands and forearms are now sticky from spraying and holding… that’ll go away with a good scrubbing, I hope!)

Cut the paper to fit, spray the adhesive onto the back and apply it to the magazine file like a sticker. Voila!

new pretty magazine file

Here are a few together on my bookshelf. I didn’t crop out the mess on the shelf above so you can see how this organizing is truly needed.

pretty boxes on messy shelf

Spray adhesive rocks my world. Let’s see what else I can use it for…