Monthly Archives: January 2013

Jewlery Wind Chime

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My daughter really loves jewelry, like her Mother. So she has a ton of costume little girl jewelry. And if you also have a little girl you know how often these cheap pieces break.

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I started saving the beads and other pieces of her jewelry to fix them but I ended up reusing them in other projects. Like this much needed fresh air project. You see, we’ve been stuck in the house for a week now. Both kids have the flu and its been chilly and too windy to get out.

Now finally today it seems they are on the mend its a beautiful 70 degrees out. So today we are attempting to get some fresh air in and germs out! So what a perfect day it is to make a wind chime with her broken jewelry.

I grabbed one of my little needle point rings, wire, glue gun and my daughter’s beads and things. Now just be creative with your kids and make a wind chime.

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Now this wind chime doesn’t sounds as beautiful in the wind as some you can purchase but it looks super cute and maybe even better to hang in my daughter’s room.

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An Author at 3 Years Old

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My daughter loves to have books read to her. She also loves to make up her own stories. So I thought it would be fun to have her help in writing her own story. I also love any way to use up my endless scrapbook supplies since I no longer scrapbook.

First I printed out free coloring pictures from the internet. I chose pictures that I thought she’d be interested in like a princess, astronauts and dinosaurs.

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I had her narrate to me a story to do with the picture she was coloring. I wrote it under each picture and attached the pictures to some heavy card stock. I also cut pictures out of her and her brother’s face to put on their characters in the story.

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Once we finished the story, I  3 hole punched the pages and used some of my extra yarn to tie the book together. Then I glued letters, again from my scrapbooking inventory, onto the cover for the book’s title.

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She’s been enjoying reading the story and coloring the pictures for 2 weeks now.

book holland read

This would be a fun gift to make for Mother’s Day for Mom or Grandma with them included in the story. Or a great gift for your little one’s best friend with them both in the story. What a wonderful keepsake this will become.

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I’ve seen so many fun crafts made with Scrabble letters. And I LOVE Scrabble!

I was so lucky when I found an unopened Scrabble board game at the Thrift store for only a few dollars.

Scrabble Tiles

Scrabble Tiles

I had my husband cut some squares out of thin wood and I glued down some fun drink words. I first used hot glue but quickly realized this was not a good glue for coasters that needed to be sturdy. I used some strong gorilla glue instead. I let these dry over night.

drink words

drink words

Next my husband varnished them so they would be pretty and shiny and water proof. After a few coats we let them again dry over night.

Coasters

Coasters

Lastly I cut squares of felt to glue to the bottom of the coasters.

Now they are set to be used or gifted.

Drink Scrabble Coasters

Drink Scrabble Coasters

Smart Scrabble Coasters

New Resolutions of Gratitude (Jar)

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I saw this gratitude jar all over Facebook this past week and I thought it was such a great and easy idea.

We get stuck on the negativity and take the good little things for granted. So I thought this would be a wonderful way to start off the new year and keep it going through out the next 362 days.

All I used was a large jar. I save most of my food jars to reuse. Some spray paint and a note to start it.

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I sprayed the top of the jar and thought I’d add a little Pollock to my jar. Not too much since I want to see these positive notes stack up through the year!

Obviously there are countless ways to decorate this jar. If you have older kids, have them decorate it with you.

This will be fun to do with the kids helping you remember to write them down.

So each time something good happens, write it down and put it in your gratitude jar. Then at the end of the year, New Years Eve, read all the good things that happened throughout the year.

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Happy New Years!