Monday, April 30, 2012

Reptile Rock Star

My daughter attended a fun birthday party last weekend. Like usual, I made a gift tag to match the party's theme, but this time I didn't have much time so I just made a little doodle for the front of the tag. The theme for the party? Reptiles and Rock Stars!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cash Drawer Shelves

My husband and I have set aside a room in our home for use as a playroom for my kids. It's the designated place for my kids to spread their toys out all over the room in their quests to conquer Darth Vader, create the most unique restaurant, or build the most elaborate contraption. And the LEGOs... we have shelves and drawers and bins dedicated to keeping the tiny little pieces organized for play. But somehow this last toy still manages to trickle into almost every other room in my home, especially the mini LEGO figures. My son loves to bring his LEGO figures into his bedroom and play with them before bed, so we've always had a  problem keeping the little pieces off of the floor of his room.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Easing An Eyepatch

My daughter was instructed to wear an eyepatch to aid in treating her Amblyopia. She was a little nervous about needing to wear the patch outside of our home.

Hello Kitty to the rescue!

My daughter thought this was pretty funny. She's going to carry the little stuffed animal with her for awhile so she feels safety in numbers. "We're in this together!"

update: Some have asked what type of eyepatches we use. Pictured here is the type we found most successful, Ortopad Adhesive Pads. We tried some of the fabric types that attach to glasses, but there was always a bit of a gap on the sids, and the only way to make sure your child ONLY uses her weaker eye is to make sure the other eye is TOTALLY covered. Even just a little bit of peeking on the side can diminish the effectiveness of the treatment. This brand was also gentle on the skin and my daughter liked the designs.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cardboard Slide

When I was a child, the church I attended had an annual harvest festival in the fall. The activity I loved best at this festival was the cardboard slide they created down one of the church's staircases every year. When I received a large box the other day, I knew that I had to share this idea with my own children.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pastel Dandelions

After our oil pastel "explosion" art project I decided to show my kids a more practical use for pastel lines: dandelions!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Cuter Wristband

The last time my husband and I took our kids to an amusement park, we were all required to wear wristbands. While my husband fussed over cutting the way-too-long end off of his wristband with the pair of fingernail clippers we had in the car, he glanced over at me and laughed.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spring Tree Confetti Collage

My kids decided they wanted to continue our tradition of seasonal tree collages. This time I decided we should use confetti instead of torn paper since tree blossoms are often much smaller than leaves.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Egg Carton Snack Box

I used a couple of egg cartons to make some Easter snack boxes filled with edible bunnies for my kids.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nana's Easter Baskets

Well, my daughter's health is finally in a holding pattern, so this week I was able to find the time to help put some Easter baskets together for a Nana's four grandchildren. Just in time, too! There just aren't enough hours in a day!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Eraser Stamped "A"

Using a pencil eraser as a stamp is a simple way add polka dots to a project. I used this method this weekend to embellish a gift bag my daughter took for a polka dot party.