Monthly Archives: February 2014

Pretty Flowers Project

A few weeks back a friend was having a party and looking for flowers to go on the cake that had a certain look. I saw them and thought they looked like Crepe Paper Flowers! Now, no one in this house had made them before, but really how hard could it be right? Knowing that we surely had enough craft junk here to be able to do them, we took a stab at it.

The 3 flowers were a soft pink with sparkling rhinestone centers that trailed up the side of the cake. We had some pink crepe paper left from a girl’s birthday last year so we gathered that, some toothpicks, white glue, paper and, our jars of buttons and sparkly things and this is how it went:

1. Tear the paper into small strips, about 1 to 2 inches. Flower petals don’t have a straight edge so these shouldn’t either.DSC_0027

 

2.  Have a cute little kid crinkle the petal paper pieces up a bit.  Almost destroying something in the process of making things is, after all, fun.

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3. Have another kiddo draw circles to use as a base on whatever paper you choose. We traced coins in two sizes onto  card stock weight paper. Then they can cut them out as neatly as they can.

4. Keep another  child busy with cutting tiny strips to make a little piece that will be glued between the two circles to add just a smidgen of space between the two circles that you then  glue, large piece, bent strip then small piece to make center/base for your flower.DSC_0140

5. Glue “petals” around the  base in layers until you think it looks flowery enough for you. If you want to you can glue your little circles onto a cupcake wrapper just so you can be a little more messy with glue and little hand. It gives you a wider base and is easy to cut off at the end if needed

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6. Find  or make a sparkly center. We used a large bead surrounded by small beads glued to paper then glued it onto the center of the flower. We did have a great time looking through old buttons and beads and counting and sorting. I don’t know why but kids love sorting buttons.

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7.  Glue and squish and mush the paper around till you like it.

8. Then paint a little sparkle on the edges of the petals to make it a little more fancy if you want.

9. Finally attachDSC_0190 a long tooth pick or straw to the back so  you  can place on  a cake  or in a vase, or wherever you’d like.

 

 

 

Oh yeah, on the kid end of things I gave one the camera to take pictures of the whole project , just in case it worked.

Photo Credit goes to Thomas Gaffney!

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It was a  fun little project , kept them busy for two entire evenings and I hear made a great addition to the cake.

 

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Picture Perfect

As I was getting up this morning I was thinking about  moms who have a picture of their baby’s first wince, baby’s first smile, baby’s first Christmas,  baby’s first Valentine’s Day, and I had a tiny bit of guilt. I take more pictures of other people’s babies than I feel like I do of my own sometimes. My kids won’t have those posed, costumed, photos to look back on…..

Then I remembered why. I am not THAT mom. I am their mom. A different mom. A mom who may not have taken all the pictures because I have them here in my arms and sometimes the snuggles and messes and Craft days of life are bigger than a picture.

In fact the ones we have had “professionally” done are nice and we try and keep them as stress free as possible. For the most part the kids can be themselves and wear what they want, but the ones where we have to have them dress a certain way and have the “perfect smile” and all look the same direction as their third cousin twice removed’s sister, are just not fun.  They are high stress.

The kids tend to remember the stress of that kind of picture when they look at it. Seriously, a four year old is not going to look at the funny heart glasses they wore in a picture 2 years before and think how sweet and happy they were on Valentine’s day, but they may look and remember their grandma having convulsions and singing like a flamingo caught between and alligators two front teeth, which of course was her way of making said child “happy” and “joyful so we could capture the REAL him the picture.

All that said last night my sweet niece wanted a picture to post of her Valentine ’s Day that wasn’t a seflie of her in front of the bathroom mirror with the open toilet behind her while she stool defiantly being “her own Valentine.”  But  she did want one that strikes out against the, “look what I got! My ring and roses is bigger than yours,” posts. So we saw some really cheesy roses and a giant fake ring at the dollar store and thought maybe my three year old could hand them to her and I could get a pic of the back of his little head looking up at her adoringly (He does truly adore her.) That would be a sweet little, #Idon’tneednomanforthesake ofaholiday post, right?

BUT, the sweet little three year old wanted to dress up in a suit and  really give her this stuff and then when it was all said and done wanted to be sure she could keep it because he is, “ really marwying her!” So he was way sweet and way adorable and all the kids had fun AND we got some too cute and funny pics in a “posy” picture session without stress, who knew

I opened my computer to send those ultra-sweet photographs to my niece (shortly after my little guilty moment) so that she could thumb her nose at social media through curtness and what did I find?  My cousin’s two utterly adorable heartbroken kids in their Valentine’s Day photo of happiness.  It seems that they oh so love holiday’s at school. See my cousin is totally amazing at the holiday matching pajamas into the holiday day clothes into the holiday activities thing (yeah, opposite of me who sometimes buys the cookie cutters we plan on using but most times don’t get to). She always takes a picture of them “ready to party,” and we all ooohhh and ahhhh at the cuteness.

Well today, today, school was cancelled. Snow days usually bring joy and holiday photo sessions at least a conjured smile, but today this is what we got….

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This is an awesome holiday picture!

 

So may I remind you, and myself, that dressing a kid in holiday attire and surrounding them with photo props may not always convey the picture perfect moments of life in a photograph, but that when moments of life happened to be captured forever that really does make a picture perfect.

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Inside Play for a Snow Day

Tomorrow just might be a snow day for some of you.

I don’t have to worry about that. My kids don’t ride a bus. They don’t go off to school. They just stay home for school (I love that).

Every snow day I see moms posting about how they are being driven crazy by their kids who were underfoot all day. I hear that they have bored kids that make messes, whine and then complain again about how bored they are, then make more messes while  fighting all day with their siblings seemingly driving their mommies up a wall or into a padded room somewhere.

So I got to thinking, “what can you do on a snow day?”  Something easy that takes no prep time but will keep the masses happy and busy. Something that has kept mine busy and playing within their imaginations for long (well long for short attention snap having children) stretches.

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The kids and I made the ones in the picture above  a few months back. Look at them closely and you might  find some made of a ballerinas up there.

I remembered how fun these little beauties were to make when I was in school so I looked them up, refreshed my memory, and we made a blizzard! I didn’t need anything we did not already have in the house. It just required some paper and scissors. It was EASY.

Once I taught them how to fold the paper, where to cut and where not to cut , I kid you not, they made them for days. Not only that but  this is one of the go to crafts for a few of tmy little one that helps  to quell their boredom, no coaching needed.

There will be a snow drift or two under the table when they are through but its paper. It sweeps.Cleaning the mess gives  them something else to do for five minutes (bonus).

Check out this link for an easy step by step-http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/how-to-make-a-paper-snowflake-tutorial/

Oh… Not enough paper in the house? Try coffee filters or cupcake wrappers you have in the cabinet. I find  they actually fold more easily into the cone shape needed to cut out these cute little crafts than paper.That of course makes less work for Mom and more the kids can do for themselves. Then everyone wins. No one whines!

Happy Snipping .

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