Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I have to give credit to my husband for this one. He was going over our kid's spelling words and my daughter wanted to write with a marker so my husband went in my desk and grabbed a "window" marker. Gabrielle told him that she couldn't use that on paper, so he said, "write your words on the window!" Now, she asks to practice her words all the time! Way to go hubby!!!!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
|I have a bag of these foam leaves that we used for this project.|
|I cut the leaves like a puzzle and then had the kids use bingo markers to put dots on one side of the leaf.|
|On the other side of the leaf, I wrote the corresponding number.|
|The kids would count the dots and then have to find the correct number to put the puzzle leaves together!|
|We did it! We got all our leaves back together!!!|
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A friend of mine was having surgery, so I thought I would put a little gift together for her while she recovered.
|This is one of those empty paint cans that I decided to "jazz" up for this gift.|
|I cut scrapbook paper to fit the can.|
|I added a matching scrapbook paper to the top of the lid as well.|
|I made a little "tag". It says, "A Bucket of Get Well Wishes"|
|I added yellow ribbon to the top and bottom edge of the can. I also added felt flowers (with button middles) to the outside of the can.|
Here are some of the contents of the can.
|The tag to this little nut mixture says, "breakfast in bed".|
|This is the Cashmere Glow lotion from Bath & Body Works so my tag read, "You will be 'glowing' again in no time".|
|A can of beer - "Here's to a speedy recovery. Cheers!"|
|A small bottle of antibacterial hand soap - "Keep the germs at bay without having to leave the bed."|
|Gum - "When your throat gets dry"|
|Cluster candy - "Indulge in some quiet time"|
|More chocolate - "Take 'pleasure' in a little down time"|
|Green tea - "Green tea to help flush your blues away"|
|Chapstick - "Because your lips always feel dry after surgery"|
I thought I would take some pictures to show you why I stop at yard sales! I have found some of my favorite things from yard sales and it keeps decorating (which I do often) cheap! I love a good bargain. Here are some of my favorite ones:
|This desk is an old sewing table. I scored it and the chair for $20 at a yard sale. The sign above it I got for $3. The lamp was a birthday gift from my husband (got it at TJ Maxx).|
|This old record cabinet sits in my living room. It is an orange/red color that adds some "pop" to the room.|
|This chair was $1! It had a dark green, fake leather seat. I took the seat off and stapled an old feed sack I got for 25 cents to it. I screwed the seat back on and now we have this great chair in our bedroom (it only cost $1.25!)|
This is a fun craft to do with your kids. With all the colorful leaves that are out right now, this turkey makes for a great craft.
Cut a turkey body (peanut shape) out of brown paper. Collect some colorful leaves. Glue the turkey's body to another piece of paper and then glue the "feathers" (colorful leaves) all around the turkey's body! We added googly eyes, a beak and some feet. They turned out really cute!!!
Monday, September 10, 2012
This was a great little acorn craft we did today. I cut an acorn shape out of some thin cardboard. Then, I had the kids crumple up little pieces of brown packaging paper (stuff left over from a package that came in the mail). They glued the crumpled paper onto the top of the acorn and then painted the bottom half brown. We taped a stem on the top and viola..... an acorn!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Have you ever received a box in the mail that is full of brown packaging paper? Well, here is a great little project to do with your kids that uses some of that paper!
|I cut two pieces about the same size.|
|The kids crumpled up one of the pieces and we put it in the middle of the other one.|
|We gathered the flat paper around the crumpled ball and tied it with a rubber band.|
|The kids painted the "apple" red.|
Monday, September 3, 2012
I got this pair of old lockers at a yard sale for free. The owner said he was just going to take them to the dump. I didn't know if I should take them because I thought they looked pretty rough. My husband was with me and he was the one that convinced me to get them. He said since they are free, let's try and keep them out of the landfill and fix them up! I am so glad he did. I think they came out really nice. He was able to take the rusted bottoms off and rebuild some nice wood ones instead. They still have that "old" feel to them, but with all the sanding and priming, they really came out great!
Here are a few pieces that have been waiting for me to bring them to life! Now that the school year is starting, I will have some time to work on these. I am really excited!