Monday, February 25, 2008
This evening starts the holiday of Ayyam'i'Ha and part of that is giving gifts so the kids and I whipped up some soap for them to give to their friends. It really could not be easier so it is a great project for most ages. You just buy a big block of glycerin soap from Michaels, cut it up into 1" (or so ) size pieces and melt them in the mocrowave. After they are melted, stir in a little soap food coloring and fragrance and pour it into molds. We put little plastic toys and glitter in our soaps. I love the way this yellow fish pops out of this purple and the way he is swimming through his glitter.
This hammerhead is also a favorite. We are completely shark crazy over here. So tonight we will wrap them up in nice cellophane bags and get ready to gift them all away. Except the starfish, which was gifted to me today from my lovely girl.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I love those little swirly goldish glass ones. We also got a nice hose reel with lots of hose for $9. We have a large yard so it will be a nice addition- that poor lilac in the very back corner may get watered this summer. We got to have a date to the Garden Show yesterday. We try to go every year- there is still so much to do in our yard it is nice to get some inspiration. I have to say that one day I will build a big brick outdoor fireplace. There is just something so great about a big fireplace outside. The show was not as good as last year but we played games to make it more interesting- you got a point for every mullet, crazy knitted sweater and lost husband you could spot. We also had a good chuckle from the guy who looked deep into my husband's eyes and asked him how "How is your nozzle working" and the old guy walking around with his ,F@@k milk, Got Pot?" Tshirt on. We were able to buy some great Dahlia bulbs and this year I will put them somewhere safe as last years Dahlia bulbs came home in a paper sack and my husband put them in recycling. Recycled $35 worth of bulbs. He also recycled a bag full of vintage children's sewing patterns but that is a story for another day...
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
And I made caramel apples for the first time in...well, probably ever. I may have made them once in my childhood but I just can't recall. I melted guittard milk choclate chips (soooo good!)and drizzled them with it so they were big and so yummy looking. Didn't eat any but they looked good. I didn't know it at the time but the chocolate all over them prevented them from sticking to the bags which was very helpful. They were a big hit. Everything everyone made was a big hit and we managed to make $300! Not bad! That will buy plenty of movies. We did a similar thing in the summer and all the kids raised $283 to go towards a cow through Heifer International. We try to do regular things like this so that the kids really get a feel for how they can help other people. Happy almost Valentines Day! Don't eat too many of those little necco hearts!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
We are all pretty over winter here so it is nice to have a little springy touch in her room. We did manage to have two snow days, though you east coasters would laugh because an inch of snow here practically shuts down the city. I love this photo of Dusty in the snow. Even though you can't see his face, the contrast is nice and you get a good feel for how absolutely snuggly this dog is. And here is our tiny little snowman that L made. It was melted and gone by 1:00 p.m. I have to say though, that waking up to a suprise snow is just magical.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
So the lamp above is this year's auction project for my daughter's kindergarten class. I find I usually want to be decorative and practical-ish in the auction projects I do with the classes. Though last years project was sort of a funny shape to be too proactical. Another Mom helped with my sons class so there was just one project this year and that was fine with me. I think the little drawings are so sweet. There is one on there with a tiny face drawn and a big "I love you Mom!" What parent could resist that? Here is one more shot: Just fabrics from the stash and a five dollar Ikea lamp. I will probably make another for her teacher appreciation gift as I had the kids do two drawings each. Pays to plan ahead so that teacher appreciation gift doesn't sneak up on you.
I have been trying to work more fun projects in and I will tell you, if you don't watch tv at night, there is no end to what you can accomplish. The banner is from some linoleum blocks I carved up the other night. I have been wanting to do that for some time and it was so relaxing and fun and they turned out with better detail then I thought they would. Plus I didn't carve a big chunk of flesh out of myself which felt like a pretty real possibilty as I was digging through that linoleum so that was a pretty big plus.