Monday, October 24, 2011

Trunk or Treat

 My daughters school had their Trunk or Treat on Friday night.  This was our first time doing this.  I decorated the back of our truck and my husband passed out the candy.  I was a volunteer, so, needless to say, I didn't get any pictures.  I was to busy running around.  I did take these before we left.  
I wanted a theme and I had a few in mind and narrowed it down to this.  Who doesn't love 'It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown'?  I know I DO!  All I did was paint a huge piece of cardboard for the backdrop and  used some cornstalks and some pumpkins to make the pumpkin patch that Linus waits in for the Great Pumpkin to arrive.  We were the only cutesy trunk there.  The rest were decorated with ghosts and goblins and lights.  I tallied the votes for Best Decorated Trunk and we only got 3 votes.  Sooo, looks like next year, I may be decorating differently.  More scary/spooky?  
 Here is a picture of my husband, Charlie Brown.  The kids loved his costume!  My kids are Glinda the Good Witch and Strawberry Shortcake-minus their hats at the end of the night.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bats made from TP rolls

 We made these cute bats from toilet paper tubes.  Painted them black and cut out wings and glittered them.
The idea came from here.
 Thinking we need to add something else to our little tree branches.  Some pumpkins maybe?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Painted hiking sticks

My daughter found this stick while we were walking to pick up my other daughter from school one day.  I asked her if that was her hiking stick and she said yes.  Then I suggested that we paint it and make it pretty.  Of course, we had to do it as soon as we got home.
We actually had this other, large stick in our garage for quite some time.  Perfect for my other daughter to have and paint.

This was something that was actually on our to do list for this summer, but, we never got around to it.  We are having our Indian Summer and the weather has been PERFECT!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Paper plate GHOST

 We started making some Halloween crafts today.  This one was super easy to make.  Here is the link.
Once my other daughter gets home and sees this, she is going to want to make one or two or three.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back to School teacher gift

I made this for O to take to her teacher on her Meet & Greet night.  I figured the first day of school would be crazy!  I found this idea on Pinterest.  You can find the tutorial here.  It was super easy and fun!  I already had a large pineapple can.  I had to buy the cork.  Used my 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby.  I used regular glue to put the cork on.  Then I realized, I needed to buy another roll of cork.  Went back the next day and used my 40% coupon again.  You know, you can show them the coupon on your smartphone.  No need to print coupons anymore.  Anywhoo, as I opened the next package of cork, I realized it was self stick on the back.  I was a little worried, but, it worked out wonderfully.  And, I think both corks that I bought were different thickness.  Of course, I didn't look.
 The green tacks, paper clips and the pencils came from Target Dollar Spot.  I bought the candy and the ruler at HL.  The note cards were a FREE printable that I just printed and cut myself.  (I don't have the link to this, so, if anyone knows, please let me know, so I can give credit.  I still have the pdf file though.)  The Kindergarten sign came from a piece of scrapbook paper that I had and I just cut that out.  I made the apple from my Cricut and had O write her teachers name on it.

As I am looking at the apple, I realized that she wrote Mrs. and she is a Ms.  Oopsie!  Sorry Ms. Janke!  :)

Bubblegum Necklace

Decided to make these gumball necklaces.  The inspiration came from here.
The other blogger said she used a metal skewer to make her holes.  So, I'm thinking to myself, what can I use?  Don't laugh, but, I used our metal, marshmallow stick to make the holes.  Worked perfect!  Then I used a large needle to thread the ribbon thru.

 The girls enjoyed them!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Little House on the Prairie

The picture above, that I found on Pinterest (which is a post in and of itself) is what inspired this Little House on the Prairie learning unit.  You can find the above picture at The Crafty Crow.
I had scraps of square fabric, so, the clothes were actually miniature size.  But, they still worked out and were still cute!   There were pants, a shirt and 2 style dresses.  We also used the mini clothes pins.
I got these bonnets from my mom.  She had them in storage.  I think maybe I played with them as a kid, I don't remember.  She said she thought that my Grandma made them for some church event.  She was an excellent sewer!

I actually found this washboard at a local thrift store for $7. 

They had a fun time doing this.  My 5 year old really got into.  She wore her bonnet all day and pretended she was a prairie girl.  When she was washing clothes, she kept saying, "darn stain, get out."
Next, they hung them on their clothesline.  I took 2 dowels that I had and strung twine between them.

This one loved to play in the water!

And that is the end of our Little House on the Prairie unit.