March 29, 2015

Fun with Foamies

A few weekends ago, my daughter and I sat side by side in our newly established art room each working on our own creative pursuits. It was awesome. For my 4.5 year old, it was a fun with foamies sort of day. She completed two activities with the peel and stick foam shapes, and was engaged for a long time as I worked on my own projects.

The first activity was filling a rectangle grid labeled with the numbers 1-8 with the corresponding number of foam shapes. Count, peel, stick. Easy peasy.

For the second activity, I drew six curved rainbow lines and asked my daughter to place matching colored foamies on top of the rainbow lines. I was surprised by how long she stayed engaged with this craft. She loved it! She put a great amount of effort making her picture just right.

November 17, 2014

Tire Swing Meets Rocking Horse


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We visited a different pumpkin patch than usual this year and they had the coolest tire swings! The tire swings were formed into the shape of a horse. All the kids (and even some of the adults) had a blast rocking and riding the tire swing horses.

I did a quick google search and discovered that the horse shaped tire swings can be DIY'ed from a single tire, cut and turned inside out. All you need is an old tire, some sharp shears and a lot of strength. Here is a link to one of the DIY Pony Tire Swing Tutorials I found online.

Now, who wants to make me one? :-)

November 14, 2014

Wooden Number Birthday Card

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A special friend turned seven this fall. Here is a photo of his gift. Instead of a traditional birthday card, we wrote our birthday wishes on the back of a wooden number which corresponded to his age.

Little wooden numerals like this can be found at any craft store and are generally pretty cheap. Ours came from Walmart and was only $1.47.

Trace, cut, and mod podge scrapbook paper onto both sides of the wooden number. Write your birthday wishes on the back side and attach with ribbon or raffia.

Happy Gifting!!

October 14, 2014

Pete the Cat Four Groovy Buttons Costume

My kid cries over spilt milk. That's why I love Pete the Cat. This series of children's books has an underlying message of don't sweat the small stuff. The repeating line from the four groovy buttons book is a repeating line in our household as well.

"Did Pete cry? Goodness no! Buttons come and buttons go." 

The four year old has multiple costume parties this year and asked if she could be Pete the Cat for the Halloween party at the library (and Frozen's Anna for the school party and trick-or-treating). Loving the character, I was more than happy to oblige and put this entire costume together for less than $7.

In the Four Groovy Buttons book, Pete wears...
- a yellow shirt with long sleeves and a collar
- four groovy (aka large) buttons: teal, dark blue, green, and red
- Optional red sneakers. Pete is barefoot for most of the book, but the opening page shows him wearing his famous red sneakers. (Which he also wears in several of his other books.)
- Pete has blue fur, a white nose, and yellow eyes.

Our costume....
Yellow cardigan - $5 Walmart
Yellow sunglasses - already owned
Red sneaker shoe slipcovers - 2 sheets of red felt $0.23 each and spool of white ribbon $0.44 Walmart (template to follow)
Blue cat hat - scrap fabric (template to follow)
Four groovy buttons - scrap fabric and Cheerios box
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To Make Buttons
Trace and cut four circles from an empty cereal box. Glue teal, blue, green and red fabric to cardboard circles. Paint on button holes with white paint. Attach to shirt with safety pins.

To Make Pete the Cat Shoe slipcovers (for child size foot)
1. Cut two of the following shapes from each sheet of red felt. You will need four total. Fold felt in half hamburger style before cutting to get matching shapes.
2. Cut small holes for shoelaces.
3. Hot glue along back seams only. Also add a small piece of scrap felt to the bottom center.
4. Using child's shoe as a sizing guide, attach strap to other side.
5. Use ribbon to lace shoes in the oh-so-cool (but not very practical) horizontal bar way that Pete does.
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Blue Pete Hat
If you use polyester or fleece this hat is easy enough for even a beginner like me because it's all straight lines and you can cheat and leave unfinished edges because polyester is a non-fraying material.
I am not a sewist -See? I don't even know the correct term!- so I am not even going to attempt a full tutorial on the hat. But I will share my crappy scribbly template sketches - just to give you an idea of what shape to cut your fabric. Don't forget to measure your kid's head! (My kid has a huge head!)

You will need TWO of each piece. I should note that the seams for the top of the hat will be at the sides and the seams for the ear flap pieces will be the center of forehead.

*If I were to do it again, I would make the ears a bit smaller and reposition them more medially.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
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