Thursday, December 27, 2012

I am Superwoman

Not only do I bake, make homemade soup and make pretty things but I also shovel snow! It's exhausting being a Superwoman!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Crafts for kids: Johnny Appleseed

Did you know that today is Johnny Appleseed day? It is pitiful how little I know about him. Regardless I decided the little guy and I needed to make something for the occasion. I gave him a paper plate with a string attached. He painted it Apple red and we added a green stem. Perfect simple fall craft!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Photography Post: My New Camera

I recently purchased a new camera and I've been obsessed with it. It takes some pretty great pictures and I thought I might start sharing them here in case anyone else is obsessed as well. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Mommy School: Colors

Good Morning! The kids and I had a busy week of colors last week. My two year old is a bit frustrating when it comes to colors. I can't tell if he is pretending he doesn't know his colors or if he really doesn't know. One of the most difficult things about teaching my kids at home is letting go of the worry and guilt of what my kids don't know or aren't learning. Don't I have enough Mommy guilt without piling more on? They are fine. I'm doing the best I can. These are the words I tell myself every day.

Anyway, sorry for that tangent. Colors. We picked a color each day and played a game. They had to find things that match the color and put it into our color box. Annabelle loved this but Dashiell got frustrated. Then I asked him to find cars and trains in the color of the day and he did it no problem. We also read a great series of color books by Sarah L. Schuette. 

Annabelle spent a lot of time in the craft room painting rainbows. We had a funeral to attend and my sweet little girl wanted to make presents for the family. She painted a beautiful rainbow and put a smile on someone's face which put a smile on my face too!

Lastly, we made play dough. I've written a lot about play dough and I think I finally got the right recipe. Here is my favorite:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon Oil
2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
Food coloring of your choice

Mix in a pan and stir until it forms a ball. If you don't have cream of tartar go buy some. I've tried recipes that don't include it but it never works out. Also, you can use either vegetable oil or olive oil. Both worked fine. 

Annabelle and I spent a whole afternoon making 6 different colors of play dough. We talked about the color wheel and primary and secondary colors.

I halved the above recipes to make smaller batches. She was thrilled. She had beautiful, colorful play dough.
Then her little brother woke up...

Then we talked about what happens when you mix all the colors together and how we use our words when we are upset.

We made more...once she calmed down.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Crayon Hearts

My daughter woke up the other morning and declined the invitation to visit the Science Center. She wanted to stay home and make crafts! She is definitely my daughter! I have wanted to make these crayon hearts for awhile. Inspired by Martha Stewart, they were a bit more complicated than they appear. (Isn't that always the way with Martha Stewart crafts?) I did love how they turned out. Not loving the crayon wax on my ironing board though! I might do this again. I think Annabelle enjoyed it and the effect really is stunning!