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Friday, April 29, 2011

Mismatched Socks - Some Tutorials

So while I was putting together the spring cleaning roundup, I got inspired to make a whole roundup of things to do with mismatched socks.  I don't think that I could use all of our mismatched socks if I had a whole lifetime to devote to the pursuit, but here are some fun projects anyhooo.

Sock Bangle

Sock Monsters
Sock Wreath
Sock Rattle
Sock Vases - these are awesome.  I never knew I needed to make these until I saw this post.  I'm think that this idea + character socks of my daughters + old pringles cans or plastic cups = fun crayon holder/desk organizer.

Barbie clothes  I'm sure we did a tutorial on this last year, but it is really fun.  I even let my daughter, then 3, make some herself.  Who cares?  They are made from mismatched or outgrown socks.  What could go wrong.  Plus, they are really easy to get on and off, so you will not be barbie's personal dresser for the day.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

I wish I loved anything like kids love bubbles

Chenille Stem Bubble Wands - talk about cheap fun!
This wand looks like something a fairy would leave on your doorstep.
Giant Bubble Wand
Some Bubble Solution Recipes:

Cyndi's Bubble Recipes
from the Nathan's Wish web site

1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid (Dawn or Joy)
2 cups of water
2 teaspoons of sugar
Cyndi suggests adding a dab of food coloring for colorful bubbles. Mix the solution and place in a shallow pan (or refill your old bubble containers). NOTE: More recipes and fun with bubbles are available at the website link above.

p.s. and I'm not judging here, but you might be a little crazy if you need your bubble solution to be organic, but you could make this with your organic dishwashing liquid and organic sugar. 

Ann Hallock's Recipe
from the Family.com web site

Ann says: "This recipe is a winner. It's easy to mix up--and inexpensive to boot. Simply stir together 6 parts water, 2 parts Joy dishwashing liquid (this brand works the best), and 3/4 part corn syrup. Store in a covered container. Have your kids try experimenting with a variety of homemade bubble wands: pipe cleaners bent into interesting shapes, cookie cutters, yogurt lids with the centers cut out, and so on. For a giant bubblemaker, cut off the top and bottom of a large metal can with a can opener and hammer the inside edges until they are smooth (a parent's job). Dip either end in the solution and wave through the air."

Put corn syrup or sugar is in place of going to the pharmacy and getting glycerin. 

To be honest, we just mix a few drops of dish soap in with water and call it a day around our house.  It usually ends up spilled anyway.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thanks for the Feature on our Bubble Shorts

Look at all of the adorable offerings from etsy sellers.

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Some of My Favorite Blogs

This is a very random roundup of some of my favorite blog.  I like to check them out once or twice a week just to see what new and great stuff they have going.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas from SkiptoMyLou

I hadn't even thought about this one yet.  It is coming up on that time of the year.  My daughter only has about 3 weeks of preschool left and then its summer.  Plus, her teacher is retiring this year, so I want to do something extra special. 

I just love the dark and whimsical artwork of Inside a Black Apple's blog.  You can get it on etsy.  She sells the most wonderful paper dolls that were featured on Marth Stewart.

Over at I am Momma Hear Me Roar she has a new tutorial up to show you how to make your own rhinestone letters in any script you want.  Ingenious. 

I also love Vintagericrac for all of her adorable projects and little animals.

This is a little website called TasteSpotting for all of the foodies out there.  Instead of just showing you recipes, it is a visual catalogue of food that links you to blogs and recipes.  You might make something you never knew you couldn't live without.

My final entry today, and this really is a last but not least sort of a thing, is CraftHope.  Basically, the beautiful curator of this blog scours the internet for worthy charities that might benefit from the work of crafters.  Then, she organizes a project and spreads the word to get donations.  The last project really hit home with me and we organized another crafting for charity dinner to get it done.  That was safe birthing kits for the women in Haiti.  This time around, they are making bracelets for orphans. 

Featured in a Great Little Treastury

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