Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Brick pavers

The girls have been wanting to do this for a week now and we finally got around to it.  I have a dozen, keyhole shaped pavers sitting in my garage.  I first used them here.  What the heck am I going to do with 8 pavers?  Maybe a frog or a turtle or a pumpkin or a ghost.  Maybe even a flag.  I might try that one.
 One decided on the ladybug and the other on the bumblebee.  

 They painted everything except I did the stripe down the center of the ladybug and the eyes I did too.

I did kinda fill in where there wasn't enough paint.
 I thinks these little guys turned out super cute!

 S. wanted to stand hers up on the front porch.  She knew exactly where she wanted it.

Garden signs

 My husband has been wanting a garden since last year and this year he finally put one in.  It's not a very large garden and we only have 5 things growing.  But, nontheless, it's kinda exciting.  I'm just excited about the green beans!  Mmm mmm!  My husband and the kids tend to it a lot more than I do.  Although, I did pick weeds the other day.  I thought the garden needed a 'crafty' touch, so, I Googled images for garden signs and found these adorable little ones.  Even more better was that we had everything on hand already.
 I had the girls paint the sticks for me.  Then I glued the 2 posts on the back.  Next I wrote the name of the vegetable and drew a little picture of it and then Modge Podge'd it.

 Do you see it?  This is actually our first tomato.  It'll be August before we get anything it seems.  The weather hasn't been helping either.
 There you have it, our little garden markers.  I think they are perfect.

 Yes, that is spinach and not weeds.  (haha)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lightning bugs {day 3}

Here is another little project that we did.  I searched the internet and found this idea here.
We used glow in the dark paint instead of white paint.  We used glue dots and then put the pipe cleaners on first and then did the thumb print.  
I am lovin' the glow in the dark paint that I want to use it on a t-shirt now.
When they were done, we went into the closet to see them.  It was pretty cool!

Lightning bugs {day 2}

 This is the project that inspired me to go crazy over lightning bugs.  I found the idea thru paintcutpaste, which led me over to ohdeedoh.  As soon as I saw them, I had to make them.  
 Now, if I was a brilliant blogger (and photographer), I would have taken the jar outside and taken it's picture in the grass.  That would of been a great photo moment.  But, no, I am NOT, so, it is sitting on the kids table in the living room.
Seems I forgot their wings-DOH!
 Here they are at night, GLOWING!

 Seems we have a male and a female, hence the eyelashes. (wink)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Click on the link here to read a cute little story on lightning bugs.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lightning bugs

 {image via Google images}

I saw a craft awhile ago about making your own firefly.  It was so cute!  That made me think back to when I was a kid and catching lightning bugs (as I call them) and putting them in jars.  Ahhh, the good ol' days!  I think I would still catch a lightning bug in my hand, but, I don't think I would touch any other bugs anymore.  Eww!  So, I decided to teach my girls about fireflies this week.  We went to the library on Monday and checked out a few books on lightning bugs.  I figured I would read one a day.  

 I also printed out a few coloring pages for them to color and I talked a little about the firefly; how they glow, where they live, etc.  They probably didn't understand much of it, but, oh well.  Who knew there was a website dedicated to fireflies.  Check out www.firefly.org
Did you know that they are disappearing?  I believe it.  I really haven't seen any in a long time.  Very sad actually.  I hope my girls get to catch lightning bugs in a jar like I did.  Tomorrow, we are making the craft that inspired this learning about lightning bugs.