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Easter Roundup

March 31, 2013

I had a plan, I had a schedule, I had Easter figured OUT.  Then I needed an antibiotic for a sinus infection that made me sick to my stomach (like, a LOT) and I lost all of Saturday and a large part of Easter itself.  I am on the mend, I’ll show you what were were working on.

We colored eggs

Little Girl made a bunny paper chain

We saw the Easter Bunny.  The girls were a little bummed that we didn’t dress for the occassion, but refer to the last few posts here where it’s been 40 DEGREES IN LATE MARCH, CONNECTICUT.  The bunny was still happy to see them.

Our weekend featured lots of bunnies of all shapes and sizes and materials – food, games, icecubes in mom’s gatorade…

We had planned to host family brunch at our house, we had started a several-step dessert (more on that tomorrow) and the girls were mad that there was to be no party with mom being under the weather.  We finished making the dessert (and froze some for when we could see the family) and moods were calmed.  Until the sugar kicked in!

Cake Camp

July 25, 2012

There’s a little cupcake shop around the corner from the scrapbook store where I work.  Customers will frequently wander over there to get a snack and always come back with some pretty impressive looking cupcakes.  Imagine Big Girl’s surprise when she found out that the Cake Gypsy was having several days and themes of camp over the summer.  (Big Girl has wanted to own her own cupcake store since before she knew there *were* cupcake stores!)  Even though there’s a couple dozen different classes, thankfully for my wallet and my waistline, she chose 2 days to attend…

First day was Angry Birds and she frosted, filled and decorated a half dozen cupcakes.  The fondant figures were really really good!

2nd day was tie dye and she frosted/fondanted her own little cake!

(She also chose her outfit to match, and wore her own apron the 2nd day!)  She had tons of fun and we have to thank the cupcake lady for her patience and allowing her to come since she’s a little on the young side for what the bakery had requested.  It hasn’t occurred to Big Girl that she might be able to sign up for another class, she’s already planning which ones she wants to take next year and we are enjoying her very special treats, made with love!

good bye summer, hello rock candy

October 7, 2011

i’m going to miss summer, this one was a good one.  the girls learned to swim (mostly), we had some great days hanging out and enjoying everything we could find to do.  the colors this year were just so vibrant and fun.

one more colorful project i tried this summer that met mixed results was rock candy.  i won’t  bother with a recipe because i didn’t find a real winner, but feel free to share one that works with me!

there’s sugar and water and mixing and boiling and mixing and waiting and all that… then food coloring and a little flavoring.  and 2 more lbs of sugar than you think you’ll need.  look, pretty!

(and mason jars, too!  woo hoo!)

skewers and clothespins are involved.  how hard can it be?

there’s  whoooole lot of waiting and hoping.  the first batch… nuthin.  sticks in colored water for a week.  so i tried again and got something.  i don’t know what i was expecting, other than MORE.  but here we go:

they’re not so bad, i guess…

next time i might try string instead of sticks…  and see what i can get!

I Spy Bottles

June 16, 2011

or: one of the 47 craft projects i’ll have to do to get rid of 20 lbs of dried rice.

back in the spring i coordinated the pre-school’s annual spaghetti dinner.  the centerpieces were super cheap and wicked easy (just like me!) – handmade cardstock pinwheels in little buckets filled with rice.

that was months ago, and now i have the bag of 20 lbs of rice hanging out, taking up a lot of space, and with the huuuge potential for a mess.  after asking my twitter pals, the suggestion of coloring the rice and making ispy bottles was the most popular suggestion.

recipe for colored rice:

1 1/2 cup rice, capful of rubbing alcohol, coupla squirts of food coloring.  SEAL THE BAG and shake.  you’d think the “seal the bag” part is a given, but i’ll be picking up purple rice from every nook and cranny in my kitchen for the next 14 years….  you’ve been warned.  once the rice is the color you want, spread it out to dry on a piece of waxed paper.  it only takes 15 minutes, maybe a half hour and you’re ready to rock and roll.

ohhhh, so pretty….

i gathered all the little trinkets i could find, but i had to find 2 of everything… i’m not Noah, i’m the mom of 2 little girls close in age, so everything has to be the same or it’s a whole lotta “why did she get….”  (i hate that)

this is most of it…  also a shell, a christmas light bulb, and one special trinket so that they girls could tell whose was whose.

we used empty Gatorade bottles, cleaned with the wrapper removed, they were just the right size.

(i think she’s counting rice grains.  or figuring the volume of the container.  that’s just the way she is…)

there was much shaking, and lots of “ohh, i see the ___” then the other one would have to shake theirs and find that in their bottle… 

i hot glued the lids on, hunny’s only comment was “you know what’s gonna happen if someone takes the top off…” killjoy.  whatever, they’re closed now.

and now i only have to come up with a craft for the other 19 pounds of rice!

rainbow mobile

April 28, 2011

ages ago i painted some wooden circles and hearts.  hunny drilled holes in them for me, and then i waited… and moved the little pieces from here to there waiting to dig out some fishing line.  it took a trip to the in-laws and a request to my father-in-law for me to finally get some line to finish it.

(nevermind that schmere on the counter, it’s mod podge and won’t come off. dumb charcoal counters)

i hung it from the cabinet knobs to be sure the pieces were even-ish.  then took it outside.  we have nothing to hang anything from outside.  aaaand it was pouring rain today.

so i came back inside and hung it from a hook in the ceiling in the spare bedroom (we call it the changing room)

and that might be where it stays!

 

birthday tutu wreath

April 27, 2011

my grandma’s birthday is next week.  she’s turning 423 years old.  not really, but i can’t remember for sure.  she’s looking forward to the family getting together for a party, and i offered to do it at my house – probably more cost effective, we’re getting to be a big group, and also just easier for me.  i’m selfish.  i don’t like keeping the girls out late on Sundays, it’s a school night after all.  we’re saying we’re doing brunch, but my family is not terribly timely, so it’ll probably be brunch foods at 4p.m.  whatever.  i made a birthday wreath decoration thingie, look how cute!

super cute and wicked easy, just like me.

the base is the inside ring of an embriodery hoop, and it took about 2 full rolls of tulle….  there’s 3 colors, i used all the white and probably still have 1/2 rolls of the pink and purple. 

just knot and knot and knot.

and if you know me, and i think you do, you know i wanna make one in every color scheme i can think of.  gotta stock up on those craft store coupons!

the “happy birthday” sign is just cardstock on some chipboard to make it sturdy, and the letters were cut out on my cricut.  nothing fancy, but i didn’t think it needed to be.

the butterflies were a dollar store find and matched perfectly.  don’t you love it when that happens?

i’m sure we’ll use this for many years to come!

( i was inspired and instructed by this post by Holiday Snob, their Easter Wreath is so adorable, and the idea so versitile!)

re-made crayons, test run #1

April 1, 2011

mother nature played a cruel joke on us this april 1st, we woke up to a layer of fresh snow and temps in the 30s.  i have a thing or 2 i’d like to tell mother nature.  anyway…  i made crayons today!

the preschool is having a spaghetti supper next week and we like to have a kids table to keep the little ones entertained while the grown ups visit.  some years the teachers or parents have some grand craft project, but we just don’t have the … *something* this year…  this part’s gonna be a little more self-lead and for the kids to explore on their own.  you like that??  instead of saying something like “we just don’t have the time or energy this year” (which is not *really* the case), i changed it to how it’s helpful to the kids!  like i was a teacher back-in-the-day or something!!  i almost know what i’m talking about!!  so the kids can draw and color while the moms and dads chill.

this little project started with much crayon paper carnage, and almost with the loss of my fingertip.  don’t try this at home, kids!

then the hacking of the actual crayons…

at the end, it was like i had murdered a pinata.

i got a special cupcake tin just for the project, i do not care for waxy cupcakes….

they’re mmmeeeellllting….  i argued with myself about whether the off-brand would do just as well as the crayola brand, and in the end, my cheapness and proximity to any sort of crayons won out and i got the off-brand.  tonight on my way to work i’m going to get some crayolas, because the wax separated from the color on these and one side is all wax and no color.  fine for now i suppose, but i know that would frustrate the crap out of me if i was a little kid.  i’ll make a batch of good ones, too.

i thought this one was particularly cool – camouflage!

and of course, it wouldn’t be me these days without a rainbow set…

you can see the separation here:

hopefully the kids will think they are fun and enjoy some craftiness.

babycakes enjoyed the trial-run!