Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pumpkin Painting

Beth & I decided to get Noah & Kollyns together for a paint-date! They were so cute painting & the pumpkins turned out precious! I can't wait to put hers on the porch next to my chevron pumpkin!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

(Pin)spired: Chevron Pumpkins

I love decorating for Fall almost as much as I love decorating for Christmas, ALMOST.  I saw some cool chevron painted pumpkins on pinterest & I HAD to try it.  So we went & picked out our pumpkins, I put Kollyns to bed last night & went to town with my painting.  I'll be the first to say I'm about the least artistic person I know.  Like seriously, I can't draw a stick figure.  And let me tell you, my chevron pumpkins turned out FAR from perfect.  But they were kind of perfectly imperfect.  The imperfections made the pumpkin look kind of cool & Halloween-like.  All you need are sponge brushes ($0.98 for 4), white outdoor acrylic paint ($2.97 for one tube), & painters tape (about $2), & a pumpkin ($5).  I wiped off my pumpkin and started taping it off.  The taping part was a little tricky because I didn't have the patience or the time to cut every piece of tape perfectly even.  So I just went with the flow & free handed it.  Then I started painting without rhyme or reason.  You will see what I mean in the picture (I made a mess).  It took about 2 coats to mostly cover.  I went to bed, woke up, peeled the tape off & put my (somewhat) pretty little chevron pumpkin on the porch.  I loved it! And it was relatively easy!

Magnets are ALWAYS fun!

My fridge is stainless steel, therefore we don't get to use magnets on the front side.  Every time we have went to anyone's house with magnets on the fridge, Kollyns stands in front of the refrigerator & just plays and plays.  So I saw on pinterest that a mom had taken a large baking sheet & used it as a magnet board. Why didn't I think of that?  So off to the store I went & for under $5 I got a baking sheet, a pack of magnets, number magnets, & poms.  I already had a hot glue gun, so I went to town with the poms & magnets too!  The cool thing is you can glue almost anything t the magnets so if they get bored you can switch out what's on the board.  It's great for sensory skills AND counting! Kollyns loved it!

Busy Bag: Popsicle Sticks & Velcro

I've seen tons of ideas for busy bags, and this past Saturday I wanted to throw something fun together for Kollyns that wouldn't take too long.  I picked up some Popsicle sticks & a pack of stick-on velcro & voila, we had a fun toy!  Kollyns really enjoyed sticking the ends together & pulling them apart.  And since it's never too early to start learning new things, we also created some shapes together. Fun, cheap, quick & simple.  Can't go wrong!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Homemade Play Dough! Kollyns Tested, Mommy Approved!

I was on the hunt for a simple & quick play dough recipe that wouldn't hurt Kollyns if she decided to do a taste test!  I stumbled upon a recipe & it mixed up beautifully!  Kollyns enjoyed helping me measure out & pour in the ingredients!  It came out bright white & pretty so if she ever makes a creation that I want to dry out & paint for a keepsake it will look great!  Below is the recipe & a photo overload of our fun little experience! :)

1 cup Bisquick (Gluten-Free Bisquick works great too!)
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1/2 TBSP alum or cream of tartar
1 TBSP oil

Pour all ingredients into a microwave safe bowl, mix & microwave for three minutes.  Scrape bowl & let cool a bit, then add another 1/2 tbsp of oil.  Mix with hands & store in an air tight container! Have fun!

(Pin)spiration at work: Butterfly Craft

I really don't know how we ever survived before pinterest. And I'm pretty sad that when it became popular, I was already married & couldn't use some of the ridiculously creative ideas for my own wedding. Which is why I fully intend on redeeming the lack of pinterest in my life pre-wedding, by putting the ideas to use with my sweet Kollyns. Pinterest has GREAT ideas for activities for toddlers.  I also just started teaching a 2 year old Sunday School class & I let Kollyns do the crafts first so I can see just how age appropriate they are before letting several toddlers loose with the projects!  The first craft we attempted together was a Butterfly!  The idea was borrowed from the blog No Time for Flashcards & it turned out super cute! And I have to say...watching her little hands at work decorating her butterfly made my heart melt! I love watching her discover & learn!

You will need:  Construction Paper, Contact Paper, Ribbon in your choice of colors, & Scissors

I drew the butterfly & cut it out & placed it on the contact paper.  I cut up an assortment of ribbons & put them in a little bowl so Kollyns could choose her own decorations for her butterflies!  She loved it so much we ended up making 5 butterflies!  She kept going back to the table and asking to do another & she decorated each time with as much enthusiasm as the first.  The 2 year old class loved it too! Ahhh, Success.

& yes I know, it's not the safest thing in the world to let your kid stand on a chair...but until I buy her a craft table, this is where we will be making our messes!