What Did You Make Wednesday? Summer Passport to Fun

Today is the first day of spring! I am excited that the temperatures are starting to warm up and the flowers are blooming.

Look at my daffodils!

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I think this one might be a crocus.

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Even our peanut plant is ready to be transplanted. Look at the before and after! The first photo was taken 2 weeks before the second one.

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The kids have been playing outside more because the weather has been so nice. With that and it staying light outside longer, I have started dreaming of all the fun things we can do this summer. It never hurts to plan ahead! So I wanted to share with you our Summer Passport to Fun. I let the kids pick out activities they want to do and places they want to eat. I also added a few myself that I think they will enjoy. Then I scoured the internet for some cute clip art and made our booklet in Microsoft Word.

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Somehow ice cream ended up in the book twice, but I don’t think anyone will mind!

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Here’s to having tons of family fun this spring and summer!

What Did You Make Wednesday? The Party Dress

I have been in an organizing mood lately. I was joking with my friend today that since I spent the last 15 weeks of my pregnancy on bed rest maybe I am going through the nesting phase now (my twins are 5 years old). I really just think it is due to my OCD. I have been organizing everything…closets, the homeschool room, and Monday I decided to go through my fabric stash. I hadn’t gone through it in a while and it is kind of like looking at old photographs. I started reminiscing in a way about the fabric that I hadn’t seen in a while. Well before I knew it I had started on a project and the organizing got pushed to the side. This quote is quite appropriate for that day.

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Quote found here.

I made my daughter a dress using this piece of fabric I found in my stash. It had a big hole in the middle.

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I used The Party Dress tutorial from u create. Here is how it turned out.

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This is the first garment I have sewn from a pattern since my sophomore year in high school. My sash turned out narrower than the one in the tutorial but I think it works. I love the fabric covered buttons, they are so cute and were so easy to make. I had never made any before. I will use this tutorial again. It was easy to use for a novice like myself. However I do need to sharpen my skills at attaching a gathered skirt to a bodice.

What Did You Make Wednesday? Bow Holder

I recently have gotten into hair bow making. I think I am making up for the first 4 years of my daughter’s life where I pretty much let her walk around with her hair hanging in her face. I finally learned how to make the hair bows and now I probably will never think she has enough of them.

The only problem I have had since starting to make the bows is finding a place to store them all. I had a belt hanging in her closet that I clipped them to, but it soon filled up.

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Then they were scattered all over her dresser.

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She also has a lot of headbands, other hair accessories and necklaces that I didn’t know what to do with. See her bathroom drawer!

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I knew I had to make a bow holder of some kind so I went on Pinterest for inspiration.

I found these cute letter bow holders, this lampshade bow holder and these oatmeal canister headband holders. I had some wooden letters that my sister-in-law had painted for my kids when they were first born. They looked so cute in their nursery, but I thought this would be the perfect update for them to match my daughter’s room now. My daughter also had a lamp with a broken base. The lampshade is cylindrical just like the oatmeal canisters, so I combined the idea of the lampshade bow holder and the oatmeal canister headband holder.

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Here’s what I did.

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I painted the background of my letters pink.

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Then I painted a chevron pattern on the letters. I figured if I couldn’t make the chevron work on the quilt, I might as well make it work on the bow holder. I put a sample piece of the quilt in the picture so you can see how they will go together. I am hoping to finish up on the quilt in a couple of weeks.

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I simply hot glued ribbon to the back of the four letters in the middle. My ribbons are 36 inches long. I added four cup hooks to each of the letters at the beginning and end of her name to use for the necklaces. I added saw tooth hangers and rubber bumpers to the back of each square. Now I’ve got that tongue twister in my head…rubber baby buggy bumpers. I hung them kind of wonky so I didn’t have to stress out too much over getting it all perfectly straight and level.

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Then I organized all of her headbands onto the lampshade.

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I organized her brushes, combs, water spray bottle and spray conditioner in one of my Herbalife containers and simply slid the lampshade down over the top.

Now I just have to figure out what I want to put in that empty drawer in the bathroom!

Garlic Bread with Paprika Hearts

This is a simple technique that was inspired by some of the cake decorating ideas I have seen on Pinterest. The ones where they take a stencil or a cookie cutter and then apply powdered sugar or sprinkles and you are left with a cute design. Here is one example.

I was trying to come up with something cute to serve along side our Valentine’s day lunch. I had already planned to serve garlic bread, so I thought why not use the same technique but with something savory like paprika.

Here is how I did it.

You need

  • Buttered Garlic Bread
  • Paprika
  • Waxed Paper

Preheat your oven to 350. Lay out your garlic bread on a baking sheet. Cut out a rectangle of waxed paper large enough to cover the individual pieces of bread. Cut a heart out of the middle of the rectangle. Lay the waxed paper stencil on top of the bread and sprinkle on the paprika.

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Carefully move the stencil to the other pieces and repeat the process.

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Bake until heated through. Enjoy!

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I think this would be fun to use with cinnamon toast too. I am going to try that in the near future.

Valentine’s Day Fun

We had a great Valentine’s Day together as a family. I hope your Valentine’s Day was a good one as well. I thought I would share with you our day.

We started off the morning by reading “The Valentine Bears” by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Jan Brett. This is a book I remember reading when I was a kid.

I found the picture of the book here.

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Then I helped the kids with a craft. We made these shape bears to go along with our story. The kids cut out all of the circles and I cut out the hearts for them. Then they glued them all together.

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They enjoyed opening mail that came just for them. All together they each got three valentines in the mail. They were so excited! They also got new tee shirts from their Big Daddy and Gamma and money to spend from their Pa pa and Gigi.

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Valentines Day wouldn’t be complete without Conversation Hearts. So we did graphing with them. I found the printable graph on Blissfully Domestic. My daughter ended up with ten more hearts in her box. I thought that was quite a difference…maybe my son was eating them while I wasn’t looking.

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Of course the most fun they had with the activity was eating the candy.

We had Cajun Chicken Alfredo for lunch. I also made garlic bread with paprika hearts.

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We finished off the day by making Peanut Butter Blossoms together. Only I used a mini muffin tin to bake the cookies in. They come out so cute that way and most importantly the cookie to chocolate ratio is better.

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Happy Valentines Day from our family to yours!

What Did You Make Wednesday? Letter Art

I have seen so many cute ideas for letter art on Pinterest. I thought we would try out our own version to hang above the kids desk in our homeschool room. Here are links to some of the examples that inspired me. This one uses watercolor to paint over a masking tape name. This one uses homemade edible finger paint. This one uses printed fabric for the background and then when you paint over stickers with black paint and remove the stickers the words are revealed.

I decided to let the kids paint whatever they wanted onto a canvas. I then drew a simple letter with a pencil outline. They are still learning their letters so I wanted the font to be simple. I painted around the outline with black paint so that the only thing left showing was the letter. Then I came up with some adjectives that describe each child and painted them in the same simple font around that childs letter. I used purple for my daughter and blue for my son. Lastly I gave each canvas a good coat of Mod Podge. I think these will look great hanging above their desk!

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Valentine’s Day Candy Necklace

I have really been getting in the Valentine’s spirit lately, so I decided to check out my Valentines Pinterest board and see what fun things the kids and I could do together. I came across this Candy Necklace that I had pinned a while back. I thought it would be a perfect way to mimimize the stash of candy at our house and at the same time make something cute for the kids in my Bible class. The kids helped me for a little while by putting the candy in patterns for the neclaces, but they got bored because they weren’t able to help with the entire craft. Tying knots with curling ribbon on small pieces of candy isn’t very easy for a 5 year old.

Things you will need for this craft:

  • Small pieces of candy (make sure they have wrappers that stick out on the ends – Peppermints, Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, etc.)
  • Curling Ribbon
  • Scissors

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Start by lining up your candies in the order you want them in. I used on average 14 pieces of candy per necklace, keep in mind that if you use short candies you will need more and if you use long candies you won’t need as many.

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Cut out 14 five inch pieces of curling ribbon.

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Overlap the candies as shown.

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Place curling ribbon underneath the candies where the wrappers overlap.

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Slowly tie the pieces together tightly with a double knot.

When all the pieces of candy are tied together, tie the last piece of candy to the first to close the necklace. Curl the ribbon and your necklace is done.

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These would make great birthday party favors or stocking stuffers for Christmas too!

How To Clean Burner Pans

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So I decided to try out one of the ways I found on Pinterest to clean my stovetop. It REALLY needed it. Everytime I would turn on one of my burners I had to fan away the smoke so the smoke detectors didn’t go off. Everyone’s stove gets a little dirty after a while, I had just let mine go longer than a little while.

Here’s how this cleaning trick works. You need about a cup of pure ammonia, 4 paper towels, a large black trash bag, a zip tie, and your dirty burner pans.

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Remove your burner pans from your stove and wipe out any loose burnt crumbs.

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Place the burner pans in the trash bag. I laid my trash bag on a large Rubbermaid lid so it would be easy to carry if needed. Place one paper towel on top of each burner pan. Pour about 1/4 cup of ammonia on top of each paper towel. Tie up the bag with your zip tie. Let them sit for at least 24 hours. I let mine sit for 48 hours, because something came up with the kids as it sometimes happens. After they have soaked in the ammonia take them out, with gloves, and rinse them off. I used an SOS pad to scrub the gunk off, adding extra soap as needed. When all the gunk is scrubbed off, wash each one in soapy water.

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Dry them off, and enjoy your sparkly clean stove.

There was only one thing about this cleaning method that I didn’t like. Some of the burner pans were hard to get clean even after soaking for that long. The dirtiest one, however, came the cleanest. I figure next time I need to clean them sooner before the food gets cooked on unrecognizably.