Tuesday, May 29, 2012
For Earth Day Amelia wanted to make a recycled craft to bring for show and tell. We decided on these little water bottle fish.
Basically you paint glue on tissue paper to a twisted water bottle and voila......a fish. Does it really count as an earth day craft if I bought the water bottles to make the craft?? We never have water bottles.
These are hanging like a mobile from our chandelier right now along with our other recycled craft, jellyfish.
These are made from a clear plastic cup and curling ribbon and crepe paper. Amelia's was embellished a little more with glitter ribbon and these silver discs. I highly recommend it for an easy, scrap busting craft for kids.
Posted by vrb at 7:54 PM
Friday, May 25, 2012
Yep, it's been like 6 months or something since I posted but this adorable little thing is why I haven't able to get to much of anything (and I guess the fact that we moved out of state 2 days after he was born, and did I mention Philip moved away 10 weeks before us, leaving me in charge of 2 kids, a house to pack, and a baby to incubate). Hours and hours of driving for Philip to come home "just in case", 4 hospital stays, tons of false alarms and still no baby. Finally the doctor agreed to give me pitocin and 1 hour later (seriously not kidding) Miles was born on April 3rd at a hefty 8 pounds, 10 ounces and 22 inches long. He was HUGE!!! But he is a perfect baby. Quiet, patient and growing like a weed. I finally have a squishy thighed baby. Now I am getting back to me which means making lists and crossing them off again. Have no idea who reads this anymore, but I feel like it isn't official until I post it and then I can cross it off. So whether or not anyone checks it out, it's my therapy!!! On to the collages!!
I could tell a post on each of these, but I am just getting them up and out so I can start for real again. Now on to more fun projects again!!
Posted by vrb at 1:13 PM
Monday, January 23, 2012
I hate when I make a really cute pattern and don't write it down and then I can't recreate it. Especially when it's shoes and I need 2!!!! You would think I would learn my lesson, but I don't. I've been doing this for years. I was trying to make some crocheted baby moccasins and was so tired I didn't get up to find a pen and paper and actually stop each step to write it down and said to myself out loud, "This isn't that hard, I will totally be able to figure this out again, right", and Philip looks at me with total doubt and questions why I do this to myself. Luckily I don't really love how it came out, so I am going to remake it but this time I am going to write it all down for real!!! Poor 3rd child. It's true that they get less of those special things the others did, especially when it's the 2nd of a gender. It's crazy how much time and energy we spent getting clothes, bedding, and gear for each of our other 2. I just pulled out my box last night and said, "should I feel bad using pink burp clothes and putting pink socks on a boy if no one sees it?? I mean I do have boy stuff for when we go out, but if I can't get laundry done and he needs clothes.......", I guess I am just justifying my lack of interest in shopping, nesting, sewing, whatever it is. Hopefully the 2 hats, the pair of shoes (if I actually can get 2 to match!!) and a blanket or 2 I hope to make will make up for the other things I just don't seem to be rushing out to get this time around. And because I hate posts without pics....this is me 3 weeks ago. This seems so small when I look at it so I guess I have definitely popped more. I wish I had been better about picture taking this time around. I am just over 30 weeks now, so here's to the countdown!! Hope to post some of my creations soon!!!
Posted by vrb at 11:32 AM
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
OK, I have been dying to see how much money I really spend on crafts and projects and my year end total is very positive. $280.43!!! I haven't even used a ton of this stuff and I haven't posted a lot of the things I have done, so there are way more projects than are posted. The great thing too is I actually got a number of these items for free with credits and gift cards, but I don't want to try and factor that in. I think that's pretty impressive that I did all my homemade gifts, boredom projects, decorating, upcycling, toys for the kids and all that for less than $300!!! I don't know if I will track my money again this year. I mostly wanted to prove to my husband that all my crafting and supply buying is really worth it. He thought it was a lot more but I think he should be pleased to see this amount. So I think this proves I should keep it up!! So here's to another year of crafts and blogging. Hopefully after I am done creating my 3rd biggest craft (our baby boy due in the end of March) I will get back in the swing of things. Happy crafting!!!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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Thursday, October 6, 2011
And the whole thing rolls up into a little bundle. It is about the size of a changing pad so it would fit easily in a diaper bag or big purse. Happy birthday Liam!!
Posted by vrb at 10:11 AM
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I like to make things, especially for presents. On my husband's side of the family there are a lot of kids. He is one of 7 and my kids are 2 of 17 grand kids. It is a little too overwhelming for me to wrap my head around gifts for that many people, so a few years ago I kind of decided that I would do a baby present when they are born and a 1 year present. This month there are 2 nephews turning 1, so I wanted to make activity books for them. After I got about a week into the first one, I realized how long it would take me to get 2 done and had to revamp my idea for the second nephew. I haven't even started it yet, so I'll save it for another post. This is a little activity book made around his name, Owen.
I mostly wanted something that could be fun with lots of colors, and textures and letters and different activities for fine motor skills. I used a very stiff pellon which makes the pages stiff like a real book and the removable pieces are double sided so they can be played with on the page or separately and all are made with the same material so they aren't floppy like the felt kind you see around. This is the first book I have made like this, so it was a learning curve. Lots of sketching, making things and throwing them away and lots of hand sewing, which is not my thing, but I liked the way it turned out. Of course I am much more critical of my work and can see so many things I want to change, but that's a slippery slope that leads to never finishing anything!!! It's not very long, but hopefully long enough to keep him entertained for a few minutes and small enough to tuck in a bag or have in the car. I made a few similar pages (but kept them lose so they could both pay with them and not have to fight over the same book) for my kids almost 2 years ago and they still fight over who gets which one when I pull them out. Their favorite is the race track and our ocean scene (I put some pics of them below if you are curious). I hope this is as successful.
Posted by vrb at 12:32 PM