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Potato Stamps

13 Jan

PotatoStamping

One of FabDaughter’s favorite things to do is paint. I try to mix it up every once in a while by using different types of things to paint with, new paints, stamps, etc. I had an extra potato that I wasn’t going to use, so this morning I made heart stamps and both FabDaughter and I went to town stamping away.

Directions:

  1. Cut your potato into chunks sized for toddler hands.
  2. Use a sharpie or pen to draw the shape you want to stamp onto the potato.
  3. Lightly trace over your pen with the tip of a paring knife. Then carve out about a half-inch around your design.
  4. Dip stamp into paint and stamp away.
FabDaughter is potato stamping away.  (She's wearing my old art smock from the 80s!)

FabDaughter is potato stamping away. (She’s wearing my old art smock from the 80s!)

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Update: Summer Fun List

8 Aug

We’ve been busy crossing off items on our 2012 Summer Fun List .  This week we crossed off #16: Make some sidewalk chalk paint and paint the driveway and #22: Plant some flowers / vegetables / herbs (plant anything really).

FabDaughter LOVED the sidewalk chalk paint and it was super easy to make.  There are various recipes are all over Pinterest.  The one I used called for equal parts of cornstarch and water (I used a half cup each).  Mix until the cornstarch is dissolved, divide the mixture into cups or a muffin tin, then add a few drops of food coloring and stir.  FabDaughter made the paint under my directions then all three of us went outside to work on our masterpiece.

This weekend I went to Michael’s to stock up on some of the cheap craft projects out of the $1 bins.  These are perfect to have on hand to entertain FabDaughter on a weeknight while I’m getting dinner ready.  I found a Good Luck Egg that grows shamrocks with the possibility of a four-leaf clover (probably only if you are lucky) and thought we could use that for #22.  It took all of 5 minutes for FabDaughter and I to set it up (which consisted of adding 2 tbsp of water to the planter and dropping the seeds in) but we did plant something:-)  FabHubby told me today that our seeds are starting to sprout.  Yay!

I had the best intentions to start a small vegetable and herb garden this year and possibly plant some flowers in our beds.  But the fact is that I have NO idea what I’m doing.  I never started and I ran out  of time to plant anything.  I’m hoping next year I can at least get vegetable garden started.  I will have to plan it in advance so I don’t miss out on the timing again and hopefully my Mom will help me get started (hint hint, wink wink)!  My grandpa, her dad, had quite the extensive garden.  I have very fond memories of helping him in the garden when I was a little girl and then taking our picks inside for Granny to wash and cut up.  Plus, fresh veggies from the garden are the best!

#19 Summer Fun List: Make a bird feeder and watch for birds

24 Jun

We got to cross something off of our 2012 Summer Fun List this weekend!  FabDaughter and I made a few bird feeders and watched for birds.  We haven’t seen any yet.  Originally, I was just going to use the old method of covering an empty toilet paper roll with peanut butter and rolling it in birdseed until I saw this fabulous method on eighteen25.  It was super easy and the bird feeders came out adorable!

I used 3 cookie cutters (heart, star & duck), a piece of wax paper, a package of Knox gelatin, 1/4 cup of water, 3/4 cup of birdseed and some left over white ribbon.

Step 1: Mix the water and gelatin in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer.  Stir the gelatin until it dissolves.

Step 2: Remove sauce pan from the heat, let cool for a minute and stir in the birdseed.

Step 3: Lay your cookie cutters on wax paper and fill half way with the birdseed mixture.

Step 4: Loop your ribbon, tie the ends into a knot and push down into the birdseed.

Step 5: Finish filling the cookie cutters with the birdseed mixture and let dry overnight.

The dried birdseed was very easy to push out of the cookie cutter molds.  Here is our finished product:

FabDaughter and I went out this morning and hung them on the tree that FabHubby planted for her when I was pregnant:-)

2012 Summer Fun List

22 Jun

In honor of the summer solstice, I’ve put together a list of things that I want us to do as a family over the course of the summer.  I’ve noticed that some people are calling these their “Summer Bucket List.”  I’m not sure I like that name, since to me the expression “bucket list” has a bit of a morbid connotation.  So I am calling this our 2012 Summer Fun List!  We may make some additions to the list along the way.  We also may not accomplish everything on this list but we sure will have fun trying:-)

  1. Catch lighting bugs
  2. Have a water gun fight
  3. Slip n slide!
  4. Play in the sprinkler
  5. Make a sand castle
  6. Go to the zoo
  7. Dance in the rain (thanks for the idea Jackie)
  8. Make s’mores
  9. Get ice cream at an ice cream stand
  10. Make some sun catchers and display them proudly in a window
  11. Have a picnic in a park
  12. Make some fun homemade popsicles
  13. Visit a farmer’s market
  14. Pick some berries
  15. Go to the wildlife safari
  16. Make some sidewalk chalk paint and paint the driveway
  17. Go to the splash park
  18. Teach FabDaughter to ride a tricycle
  19. Make a bird feeder and watch for birds
  20. Feed the ducks at the pond
  21. Go on a walk
  22. Plant some flowers / vegetables / herbs (plant anything really)
  23. Have a movie night
  24. Paint some rocks
  25. Go to a carnival
  26. Let FabDaughter have a sleepover at Granny and Papa’s house so FabHubby and I can have a date night!

What are some things you and your family are looking forward to doing this summer?

Update:

We had a fun and hetic summer and still only managed to get through half of our list.   I can’t believe summer is over already but it’s time to switch gears and think about all the fun things we can do during fall.  I will definitely move #26 to our fall fun list.   Even though FabHubby and I have lunch dates and watch movies together after FabDaughter goes to bed, it is still very important to get in date nights out of the house!

Handmade Easter Cards

18 Mar

This morning FabDaughter and I made Easter cards. I saw this idea online and had to try it.

How cute are these?

What you need:

  • Finger paints
  • Paint brush
  • Cardstock
  • Fine tip black Sharpie pen
  • Orange marker

I have the worst handwriting so I made a blank 4 x 6 file in Photoshop and added text saying “Some Bunny Loves You!” and “For Peep’s Sake… Have a Happy Easter!” using the Jenna Sue font and printed them out on cardstock. (Below are the files incase you have ugly handwriting too!) I painted FabDaughter’s thumb and let her press it onto the cardstock. For the bunny card, I painted her pinky finger too and had her press her finger above her thumb print to make the bunny’s head. Then I let her go to town on some blank paper while I waited for the cards to dry. After they were dry, I added in the details with the Sharpie pen and orange marker. We plan on handing them out at Easter. FabDaughter always is so proud of herself when she gives out her artwork. It makes my heart smile:-)

Fabulous Leprechauns

4 Mar

I saw this “Lepre-CUTIES” craft on Pinterest and thought it was so adorable FabDaughter and I had to make our own.  (She LOVES “helping Mommy!”)  Click here for the directions.

Instead of painting a paper plate orange and using that for the beards (as per in the directions link), I just cut circles out of a 12 x 12 piece of orange cardstock.  The only thing I would do different is to print out the faces on photopaper instead of cardstock.  When I glued the faces to the beards, the colors bled through the cardstock a tiny bit.

Valentine’s Craft

11 Feb

FabDaughter has really been into painting lately so when I saw this craft idea on Rust & Sunshine I knew we had to make handmade Valentine’s!  We used toilet paper rolls, tape, plain white cardstock and pink & red acrylic paints.  I squirted some paint on a plate, dipped the toilet paper roll into it, showed FabDaughter how to stamp the heart and then she took over.  She had lots of fun “painting hearts” and has already specified who gets each Valentine she made.  What a fabulous activity for a toddler!