Monday, November 30, 2009
After choosing the images we wanted to stencil onto the shirts we had, we printed them off the computer and traced them onto our freezer paper. We were careful to do this on the non-shiny side!
Then, using a sharp X-acto, we cut out our stencil.
Next we placed it onto our shirt (shiny side down) we ironed over it to make it stick. When doing this, be sure to place the iron straight down and not move it back and forth as you would normally do when ironing your clothes. Then we were ready to apply the paint!
Depending on the type of fabric paint you use and what color material you are stenciling on you may want to put a layer of white down first to make the final color pop.
After we let our initial layer of white dry, we applied a coat of red (we found that we actually needed to apply two coats of the red to make sure of nice, even color).
Once the paint was completely dry, we carefully peeled off the stencil revealing our finished image!
The last thing you should do is set the image by ironing it while the shirt (or whatever else you are stenciling) is inside out. Then you are ready to try it on and show it off!
As many already know, this project is so fun and easy - not to mention versatile! You can give new life to all sorts of things. We already have our eye on a couple stained shirts, as this would be a great way to cover those stains and give the shirts a whole new look!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
A few weeks ago we went apple picking. We
came home with 40 lbs of apples. We knew applesauce was in our future. We had many different varieties in our basket, but any tart cooking apple would work well.
This was a great teaching opportunity as well. We talked about the parts of the apple, the stem and blossom end. We cut the apples in half and found the apple star.
This was a 5 quart pot that we filled almost to the top with apples. Next we added 2tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of nutmeg and 1/2 tsp cloves. We poured in 2 cups of water and covered the pot. We simmered for about 35 - 40 min. You can mash with potato masher, or blend in blender for smoother sauce.
Monday, November 23, 2009
The idea of the challenge is for crafters to make pillowcases and donate them to the charities that need them in their communities, in the hopes that 1 million will be donated in 2010. Their website has patterns you can use, or you can design your own - we'll be sure to post the ones we make!. They also have lists of possible charities that you might want to send your completed pillowcases to.
A pillowcase is such a quick and simple project, but sometimes it's the simplest things that can mean so much. Because in this time where we remembering all the things we have to be thankful for, it is also important to remember those who need a little help.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
We saw these cute turkey cookies on Nick Jr. Our four year olds knew right away that they had to make these.
We used refrigerated sugar cookie dough. We traced our four year olds hand (use your smallest child's hand, they got huge in the oven) on construction paper. Cut it out and use it as a pattern for the cookies. We used a bamboo skewer to cut out the dough.
We also made some leaf shaped cookies as well.
Next we made a very simple frosting just using powdered sugar and water. For the brown icing we added vanilla extract and cinnamon (about a tsp. of each) We made the frosting slightly runny and used new paint brushes to paint on the frosting! We used our last few pieces of Halloween candy corn for beaks for the turkeys.
So fun painting cookies!
Some of the turkeys ended up a little abstract.
Our fall leaf cookies turned out beautiful as well!
Monday, November 16, 2009
So we went over to Education.com and checked out what activities they had for kindergarten math. There we found this great idea for making a memory game using numbers!
What you need:
- 10 blank index cards
- small stickers
We placed all twenty cards face down on the table. The idea was to flip on card over, and find the card that had the matching number or written on it or the correct number of stickers on it! For example, if a number 6 cards was flipped, we tried to find the card with the six stickers on it. This game was a fun way for the boys to practice counting as well as helped them to associate the number symbols with quantities. And it's good for working on memory as well!
And, let's face it, games are fun!
Friday, November 13, 2009
So to help us find a happy medium between full-time moms and mad crafters we have decided to officially schedule our postings. In a perfect world we would post everyday, but that is pretty unrealistic for us. We tried posting about three times a week, but even that wasn't a perfect fit. So instead we have decided to designate Mondays and Thursdays as our official project posting days starting next week!
Thank you all for bearing with us! Stay tuned because we have some really cute ideas coming your way!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Need a gift for a new baby, but want something a little special? Try these. They only take a few minutes, and require very little sewing skills. But the end results are not only practical but stylish and adorable as well!
What you need:
- cloth diapers - the 6 layered kind (washed & dried)
- cotton fabric (we used flannel also washed and dried)
Before you cut the fabric, pin it to the diaper, right sides together. Then cut around the diaper.
Now sew around the diaper as close to the edge as possible. Leave a 4-5 inch opening and then turn the cloth right side out. Hand stitch the opening closed, and you're done. We rolled ours up and tied them with a pretty ribbon.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
We made these bookends for our ladybug girl Chloe. (born Oct. 30!) We chose ladybugs, but almost any favorite shape would do. Our ladybug were about 10 inches wide and 8 inches tall. We cut our shapes out of felt and sewed them together with embroidery floss.
Each ladybug is reversible, so we cut out two of each piece. We top stitched them together, leaving the bottom open. We stuffed the ladybug with some paper towel and then stood it up on black felt. We traced around the ladybug (making an oval shape) to make the bottom of the bookend. We took the paper towel out and sewed the bottom on leaving a 5 -6 inch opening. Next we placed a heavy duty zip lock bag inside the bug and filled it with new sand. (We tried rice and beans, but they weren't heavy enough.)
Then we squeezed all the air out of the bag and zipped and taped the bag shut. The bottom of the lady bug was closed and a final flower embellishment was added.
**This project has been entered in the Creative Craft Contest hosted by Floral Showers Crafts!**
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The cowl didn't turn out as full and drapey as we would have liked because the fabric we used was a scrap from a previous project, which made it's size pretty limited. But even though it didn't turn out exactly how we envisioned, we still think it was an adorable, quick, and easy way to help a boring tank make a cute statement!
Another thought we had was to add snaps to the top and the cowl allowing you to attach different cowls to fit your different moods. This would turn your one shirt into many! Maybe we'll save that project for another day, though!
Monday, November 2, 2009
We divided the bubble solution into several small dishes, then added a good amount of food coloring until the solution was dark. Then we gave the kids bubble wands and paper and let them blow the colorful bubbles onto the paper! When the bubbles popped they left colorful circles.
Having done it once, we now think this would make a great outdoor project (maybe with over-sized paper!). The bubbles tended to spray solution when they popped, spraying color as well. Make sure you are doing this in an area that can stand some mess and have your kids wear smocks - this can stain!
We also think this would make great wrapping paper!