Thursday, May 20, 2010

Steven James- Holding on to You (FishFest 2010)

My friend's husband is trying to get onstage at Fish Fest! Watch him on Youtube and help :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Think Baby Shower

Think Baby Shower: They could work as both center pieces, and party favors for about 10 cents each.... well maybe a few pennies more each if you need to buy the fabric. But hey, talk about money saving. Throwing showers is expensive!

I even sprayed them with perfume to make them smell like roses :) That was my husband's idea :)

I think they are even just fun May decorations for my table. Too bad I need to take them to work on Monday. Oh well... I can enjoy them for at least a day.

Pencil Bouquet For Mom

Here is a pencil bouquet for mom! She bought this fabric a long time ago and wanted me to make something for here is a fun little craft. This would also be great for a teacher appreciation gift... just saying :)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fabric Flowers

Happy May Day!

At school we are studying plants. My partner and I decided to turn our Dramatic Play centers into flower shops. She has tons of fake flowers and I have none. Believe it or not... fake flowers are actually very expensive when you want to buy a bunch. Lucky for me, this weekend I came across a tutorial on how to make no sew fabric flowers... and lucky for you, I am going to share them with you!!!

These are a perfect favor for a garden bridal or baby shower, a flower for your love that isn't going to die and can be made out of cute punk rock fabric, for Mom on Mothers Day (coming very soon), for your Kindergarten class like me, to celebrate May Day (hurry you have only an hour left), or just a fun addition to your home.

Here is what you need:

  • Scraps of fabric that are at least 2x16"
  • pencils, wooden dowels, skewers, or really anything else you want to use as the steam. I used pencils from the 99 cent store (packs of 10).
  • some scrap felt
  • glue gun and extra refills

Cut a length of fabric at least 2x16

Put a strip of glue down on the edge of the wrong side of the fabric.

pinch and glue to the top of the pencil. I like the eracer poking out because I think it looks like the pistol of a flower... but if you don't want to see the eracer, then just start higher up on the pencil. The more you pinch the more gathered and open your flower will look. Play around with it to see the different types of flowers you can make.

cut out a piece of felt in a circle then cut the radius. (yes math term... I know it is shocking) Glue to the bottom of the flower.


A view from the side. You can see how the felt looks.

I made a lot of flowers! 30 to be exact. Once I got started I just couldn't stop. They are truly addicting! So super easy too. (They really do look better in person. I am just too impatient to wait for the sun to come up again to have good lighting and take a picture)
I even made one for my hair :)
Total cost: $3 for 30 flowers How do you like them apples!!!

Happy flower making!

Earth Day.... a little late

As many of you know... I am a fan of going green. So did I celebrate Earth Day? Why yes I did. At school we made recycled paper projects... and at home I chastized those who were joking "I threw my trash on the ground". Duty done. Now for the post. Late is better than never :)

So here is what we did:

You need newspaper and colored tissue paper. Give each child 1 page of the news paper and about a 6x6 piece of tissue. Have them rip up the pieces.

Put it in the blender, cover the paper with water and blend. Yum :)

Pour the pulp onto a screen and have the kids push the water out. This is actually a splatter screen for cooking.

The kids then push the pulp into cookie cutters. Yes I am using scholastic book orders to absorb the water. Hey there is no way I would be able to use all fo the book orders they send. They even send new book orders when you order books. Hello... I just ordered out of this catalog! Yet another way to be green.

This is how they turn out. Cute huh! then just let dry.

You could also do it flat like my partner did.

I think there are totally ways to do this as an adult to make recycled paper.