Crafting


I read on a blog recently on how to re-use your old broken up crayons and make them into new, fun and exciting crayons. Yes, I’ve got 4 kids and have TONS of broken bits of crayons. So I figured I would try this out. First, have the kids peel all the paper off the broken bits and break them into smaller pieces. That actually kept them busy for about 10min!

No plastic animals were hurt during this procedure

Then stick all the broken bits into a mold of your choice. I found this one at Extra Foods for $2. I think its a silicone ice cube tray? But it seemed to do the trick.

Filling the tray with the broken pieces

Next, I heated the oven to 170 degrees C, 200 degrees C, finally 250 degrees C  (Yes, I was getting impatient because the darn crayons were not melting) and let them sit there for 2 min at a time constantly checking on their meltedness.  (Is that a word?)  Finally they were melted, took them out and stuck them in the freezer to cool down. 

Melted waxy crayons

I think I may have popped them out of the mold too soon because half of them broke!  But the ones that made it looked pretty cool.   And besides you can always melt them down again and make new ones!

The final product (at least the ones that made it|)

And Hannah had no problems jumping in right away and colouring with them 🙂  So if you’re looking for something to do on a cool and rainy Sunday, this is the perfect trick!

Action Drawing. This is Hannah's Potato Head Monster.

 

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This year I took it a little bit easy on the Mardi Gras celebration. How in the world did I manage to make donuts from scratch last year with a week old infant? I must have been nuts, or at least sleep deprived 🙂

This year we did yummy rootbeer floats. Easy and quick!

Vanilla ice cream, Root Beer, Whipped Cream and of course you can’t forget the cherry for on top!  (And yes, that is one of my old beer mugs from my days in Engineering, perfect for Root Beer!)

It was so delicious!  Next we made some Mardi Gras masks. The girls really liked doing this one. I gathered all my supplies at the local dollar store. They even had some great sparkly adhesive foam sheets.

First I cut out a mask shape and made some eye holes, next I cut two slits in the side of the mask for the wooden dowel (in order to hold the mask in front of your face), and finally comes the fun part…the decorating! Warning, there are many pictures in this one 🙂

  

 Here is Therese decorating her mask. 

 The finished product!

Marie with her mask……

And finally Hannah with her mask.

 Nicholas is a bit too young to be playing with such small beads & stickers so I made up this one for him.

  Here are the girls showing off their Mardi Gras masks.  May your Lenten journey be fruitful!

This was my first attempt at making soft soled baby shoes. My poor little guy outgrew his hand-me-down shoes and was without anything on his feet for the last several weeks (except socks!). I came across this great tutorial several months ago and decided to give it a whirl. If you are even remotely crafty, just even a teeny tiny bit, this is a great project for you.

I did increase the pattern size by about 1/4″ since my son’s feet are bigger than the ones in the pattern. I also think I might take it in at the sides a bit for the next pair I make. Oh yes, there will be more!

My materials were:
remenant piece of sueded cloth for the soles
remenant piece of bamboo fleece for the lining of the soles
Riley Blake, Mind’s eye blue circles for the top/lining
Riley Blake, Mind’s eye brown plaid for the lining/top

Look how cute these turned out!

Here is the little man sporting his new shoes!

Come inside and have some fun! Okay, we don’t have snowmaggedon (or whatever they are calling it) like they are in the East, but it sure was darn cold today. Woke up to -32 degrees C with a -45 degrees C windchill. Yes, school busses were cancelled, but we still managed to get in the car today and do a few errands. After all that was finished, Hannah was itching to do something fun. I remembered a great post on the Faith and Family blog mentioning…bring some snow inside for fun. (Now why didn’t I think of that?)

So Hannah put on her mitts, donned a nice bright pink apron and out I went to get a bucket of snow. Would you believe she had a blast for close to an hour? Mostly scooping it up and shaping it (once it melted a bit) into different size balls. What a great way to spend an hour. (And I got my T4 slips finished!)

Check out those mitts!

Bucket of snow

Having a blast!

Yes, I’m already trying out a few thing’s from some home schooling curricula. The girls wanted to make their own ‘lap books’ so we decided to get right into it today.

What are lap books? It is basically a folder, with pictures, information, etc… attached to it to make it fun for kids.

Here are the items I used: File folder, scissors, glue, crayons (not shown, pictures printed off the Internet).

Here are the final products. As you can see, it can be fun for kids of all ages. Have fun making your own!

I took the plunge last week and tried dyeing my 95/5 blend wool interlock with kool-aid!  I’ve hand dyed yarn before with food colouring so I was confidant that this would work.  And did it ever!  This is a fun project that I’m going to get the kids more involved in next time.

Here are the tools I used:

These are the steps that I took:

  • warm water with some dawn liquid, soaked it for 5min
  • rinsed with cool water
  • warm water with a couple of glugs of vinegar and soaked for 10min
  • mixed up 3 packets of lime kool-aid with a bit of leaf green wilton food colouring with 2 cups of warm water and 1/4 cup vinegar.
  • put it all in my dutch oven on the stove, added a bit more water so the soaker would be submerged and boiled/simmered until all the colouring was gone from the water. (about 1/2 hour)

  • Let it cool down for 5min then rinsed under cool water (no colouring came out!)
  • rolled it up in a towel and let it dry.

Here is the finished product.  My not so little baby, Nicholas is modelling it for me!  Can you believe he is almost 5 months old already?   (Just a note, I did lanolize the soaker before putting it on him.  I’ll save the explanation for another post)

I’m sure this method would work with any natural fibre fabric or yarn!  If you’ve done something similar, post a link in the comments section, I’d love to see it.

I was honoured to receive a message from the Etsy Cast team (Christian Artist Street Team) notifying me that they were featuring my hooded baby towel on their Friday Finds.

It just so happens that the scriptural quote that was used is my favourite. It reminds me of my own conversion and how I try to maintain that childlike trust in the Lord.

Have a great day!

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