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Showing posts from May, 2013

Orange Juice Carton Wind-spinners

It's been crazy windy here lately, and since we just finished up a weather unit I thought it would be fun to make a wind-theme craft. We go through a ton of orange juice in a week and I have started to save some of the cartons for crafts. They'll make great buildings or boats someday but we started out with wind-spinners. 

Our Supplies: orange juice carton, spray primer, x-acto knife, acrylic paint, brushes, twine
Step #1: prepare carton by applying one coat of primer. Once primer has dried use an x-acto knife to cut a door in every side (make sure all doors open in the same direction). Also use x-acto knife to cut a small string hole at the top of the carton. *this step should be done by an adult

Step #2: paint all sides of the carton

Step #3: once paint has dried, thread twine through hole and knot, then hang your wind-spinner. 

Here is a closer look at our finished wind-spinners.

The kids have really enjoyed watching these spin. Big Buddy has probably enjoyed this craft the mo…

Annual Lindsey Memorial Weekend Bash

It's become a tradition to kick off our summer with a Lindsey family gathering at Jeremy's Aunt Tonya and Aunt Patsy's place. They open their beautiful home and pool to us and we split meals and clean-up duties. It's become a highlight of our year. It's a great time to catch up, there are always tons of laughs, and the food is amazing. 

Weekly Outfit Summary

I found this skirt in a thrift store in Boston last spring. It was in the vintage section and looks to be homemade. Either way it was a great price and I love fun colors and prints. 

I got this dress at Old Navy several weeks back and debated between sizes for awhile. I ended up going with the larger size. It's a bit loose but I was looking for an everyday summer dress and the extra room makes it easier to wear when chasing after kiddos. 

I think you can tell in the pictures that this skirt is actually a maxi dress. I found it on crazy clearance (under $4!) this winter. It's strapless and thus I would have passed it by if it wasn't for the price, not actually for modesty reasons. I think length/strap rules are a little silly. Just because something is strapless doesn't necessarily make it immodest.  My hesitancy with strapless has much more to do with how difficult it is to keep it in place while also picking-up/carrying children. I had to pull it back up a couple tim…

Small Graces

A weekly reflection inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".
"these are the small graces, the little moments when the miracles come... they are a reminder to the heart there is more to life than meets the eye...
...sometimes they slip by without notice
sometimes they are very hard to see other times it's very clear when they are happening to me" 

Foil Handprint Tiles

For the grandmas' gifts on mothers day we went the traditional route - a handprint craft.  

These were inspired by this "tin ceiling tile craft" I did with my VBS kids last summer. 
Our Supplies: cardboard (trimmed to size/shape preference), pencil, tacky glue, heavy duty aluminum foil, shoe polish, tissues, packing tape, scissors, and ribbon. 
Step #1: use pencil to trace hand onto cardboard

Step #2: cover hand prints with tacky glue.

Step #3:  once the glue has completely dried, cover cardboard with foil and use eraser end of pencil to press foil around glue lines.

Step #4: smear shoe polish on top of foil. use a tissue to remove any excess polish. 

Step #5: if you wish to hang your tile, cut a piece ribbon, fold it into a loop and secure with packaging tape. you may also want to use the tape to secure the ends of the foil.

We had to send some of our handprint tiles through the mail but the kids were able to personally deliver Maca's. 

Here's a closer look at some o…