Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Rainbow does not look like yours!

Another Pintrest find for craft night!  Apparently, our rainbows look a little different from yours!

Jello Popcorn

Found the recipe, of sorts, on Pintrest.  M thinks it's "wonderful, Mommy!", hubby says "omg, take that to work! get it out of the house!".  So, kids enjoy, parents, maybe not so much.  cheap and easy for a kids party!  One can of sweetened condensed milk, on package of jello, 12 cups of popcorn.  Directions can be found at:

Pictures of ours:  i used strawberry jello.

Chalkboard Wall

So, we did it!  We finally did something that we see all the time in magazines and online and everyone thinks is cool, but i don't currently know anyone who has actually been brave enough to actually do it!  Now, you, lucky enough to know me, know someone!  We took a section of wall in our kitchen and made it into a magnetic chalkboard!  yes yes yes!

Magnetic primer....about $22 for the box.  Says it covers 16 square feet with 4 coats.  We covered 15 square feet with about 5 coats and still had some leftover.  Now my math may be off, but... so, now i have some leftover magnetic paint, what do i do with it?

The magnetic layer.  We only did it in the middle, first, because we though we need to conserve the paint (wrong), then because we figured we wouldn't be putting any magnets way high up or near the ground.
Chalkboard paint....about $8 and covers about 100 square feet.  Have a lot of this leftover after 3 coats....anyone interested in the leftovers?

 waiting for the wall to dry.  Takes 3 days to sit, then you condition it.  Conditioning is simply going over the whole thing with chalk and then erasing it.  This was a long 3 days!

 Our wall!!  We still need to get a cover for the outlet so the outlets are closed off, but we couldn't wait!  As you can see we drew 'the line'.  Kids, down, adults, up!  I'm so excited!!!

A close-up of the Parent's side.

Let me know if you get brave and do something like this too!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Teacher Valentine's

So, we came up with an idea for the teacher Valentine to go with the crayon circles.  Large crayons!  The insides are Rolos topped with a Hershey kiss.  Hard as heck to make since you can't get Rolos in a tube anymore!  Should have improvised and went with Mentos or something!  Anyway, here they are.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine's Follow-Up

As promised, here are the completed Valentine's for preschool.  They are slightly different from those I saw on Pintrest, but i finally learned how to use my circle cutter and got carried away so I worked it in.  M chose the colors and decided which crayons went where.  Good stuff!

April Challenge

So, I guess April is going to BE something!  I've signed up for a blog challenge of blogging everyday in April, except Sundays, with each day starting with a lettered topic A on the first, B on the next and so on and so forth. I guess M and J will get a full month of crafts and cakes!  Wish me luck!  If you blog and want to sign-up, go here.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

"Mess Art" magnets

Sunday morning....slow day, happy kids, and the ever present question... "Mommy, can I make something?".  So, not wanting to create another huge mess in the craft room, i gave him a little cup and access to my supply wall.  He picked out a few items and "ta-da!"  a wooden disk, some random items, and glue gun, and a magnet dot.  Easy and satisfied that artsy need!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Paraprosdokian Sentence

I have to give credit to Mimi (my mom) for these.  I may put them randomly in my FB status updates, but they're too funny not share all at once.  Enjoy!

A paraprosdokian sentence consists of two parts where the first is a figure of speech and the second an intriguing variation of the first. They are used typically for humorous or dramatic effect.

1. Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
2.  Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
3. If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.
4. The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
5. Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.
6. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.
7. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.
8. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.
9. Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
10. How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
11. Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand at the edge of a pool and throw fish.
12. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
13. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a baldhead and a beer gut and still think they're sexy.
14. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
15. You don't need a parachute to skydive, but you do need one to skydive again.
16. The voices in my head may be fake, but they have good ideas!
17. Hospitality is making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.
18. I scream the same way whether I'm about to be eaten by a shark or seaweed touches my foot.
19. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Homemade Valentines

It all started with standing in the holiday aisle at Walmart.  Since Christmas, it has been stocked with Valentines! So, the four of us were standing there looking at them.  M is in preschool and we know the valentine party is coming.  However, the selection was overwhelming and underwhelming all at the same time.  Do you know what i mean?  Well, M chose some, but i offered him an option.  I said, let's see if we can't find some cool valentines to make and if we can't then we will come back and you buy some.  Deal!  So, we went on Pintrest, Family Fun, and Etsy....perused the ideas and M chose a craft based on making your own heart crayons.  Awesome!  Found it on Pintrest btw.  I've not had luck before with making crayons, but i never had specific degrees or times either.  this time i was ready!  I asked my sister to pick up a silicone ice tray from Ikea.......they have almost every shape you can imagine.  She, of course, found hearts.  Mikey picked through and found his broken that was hard.....and we set to work.  Success!!  I would especially like to point out that the ice molds (which say "for water only") worked just fine!  No melting/burning issues at all!  Certainly cheaper than going to Michael's for molds!  Hope you are inspired to do your own!  BTW, 230 degrees for 15-20 minutes!  I'll update when we put the Valentines together!

Picking out the broken crayons....the small amount in front of him is what isn't broken!

Broken Crayons

naked crayons

Awesome mold from Ikea

Melted crayons!