Thursday, May 27, 2010

Model Session

I had this great idea to increase my photography portfolio. I would be at a certain location for an hour and I would have friends bring their kids to be photographed. I would do about 10 minute session and in return, the parents would get to choose an image of their choice. I would also give them the copyrights to reproduce that picture.

I thought my plan was brilliant, although, I didn't get more families out than I would have liked, I like the idea and want to do it again. It keeps me in practice when I am not doing sessions.

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I think next time, I'm going to try and get teenagers!

P.S. I tried putting a watermark on my pictures for the first time. It looks more professional now!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Fabric Cork Tiles

Don't you just love crossing things off your list? Ooooo, I do. Makes me feel like I have accomplished something, which I have of course, but it's more than just that.

I am almost approaching the end of my biggest and littlest daughter's room. My middle daughter said to me the other day, "CJ is so lucky, her room is so pretty." I had to tell her, that her turn was coming close.

I'm excited to do her room too! So many little plans up my sleeve. Ahhh haha haha!

Onto this little project. I bet you will just fall in love with it because it is SO easy.

What you need:

Cork Tiles

Fabric
Staple Gun
Scrapbook paper

What to do:
1. Lay cork tile onto fabric and measure about 2-3 inches past the edge of the tile.
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2. Staple one side and then the opposite side, making sure you pull the fabric snuggly.
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3. You want to fold the corners like you would a present.
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4. Staple a piece of scrapbook paper on the back. I actually used some cardstock. Mine isn't the best color to show it because it's brown, but you get the idea.
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5. You can hang it any way you please, using small nails or whatever. I just stapled picture hanging wire and then twisted the ends to make it secure.
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Now the fun part! Hanging it on the wall.
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*You can see the dry erase desk in all its glory (that's for you Ben!)

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I think I'm going to try to make some fabric covered tacks. Now how fun is that???

Saturday, May 22, 2010

My 10 year old Model

Yes, my daughter is beautiful. Today I was able to take her out and snap a few. Love this girl with all of my heart!

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Coffee Filter Butterflies-Kids Projects

We studied insects this week and read "A Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. I am a huge Eric Carle fan!

We made some butterfly mobiles and here is how we did it:

Materials:
Coffee filters (the flat kind)
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Watercolor paints
Paint brushes
Newspaper
Pipecleaner

How to begin:

1. Tear open the sides of the filter. After the first one, I got smart and just cut the edges so you don't get the frays.
2. Soak them in water and wring it out a little. You want it to be wet.
3. Lay them out on newspaper.
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4. Now it's time to paint. I didn't have watercolor paints, so I just watered down some acrylic paint. Basically, you want the paint really wet because when you paint on the damp filter, the paint will bleed and spread out.
*You can discuss how butterflies are symmetrical and whatever you do to one side, you need to do to the other.
5. After painting, I let it dry a little.
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6. Then, when still damp, I grab the edges and attach a pipe cleaner.
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7. Set the butterfly back down on the newspaper, paying attention to how it lays, because that is how it will dry.
8. Once dried, I attach it to a string.
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9. Then attach it to anything you want. I used a paper cup.
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You'll have to do more than one, they are too fun to make!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dry Erase Desk

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My oldest daughter loves using a whiteboard while doing her homework. When I found this desk on Craigslist, for FREEEEEE, I had a great idea. I wanted to make the top of her desk a whiteboard. Of course, when I told her, she was elated!

I bought some shower board from Homedepot. It was around 11.00 I want to say. The board is huge! Anyways, we cut it down and I used gorilla glue to attach it.

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I also had a great idea of using a can to make a whiteboard marker holder and eraser. I used fabric that I had left over from making the curtains. I also used some foam for the eraser on the bottom.

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I'm not completely satisfied on the outcome. I was hoping for a different look. But, I think it turned out okay.

The concept on the otherhand, I think is awesome. I love the idea of having a place to put the markers and it also being the same place where the eraser is.

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You just write, erase, and then. . . start all over again!

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I'm getting closer and closer to finishing my daughters' room. Still on the lookout for matching bedding, desk lamp, and little accessories for the shelf, which I finally finished this week!

Yay! Almost there.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Oops!

I'm outside taking pictures and turn to see this. . .
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My son who finds it very relaxing to take his clothes off and run around naked, decided to make his first premiere outside!

Oh to be young and free!
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I wish my bum were that cute. . .

Friday, May 14, 2010

Oh me, Oh my!

Yesterday I got 20 birthday cards in the mail! All from brothers and sisters in laws and their kids. Pretty amazing! I adored all of the cards from my nieces and nephews. I have to admit, I got a little choked up feeling so loved.

A big thank you to the person who organized it all! No one had to tell me who it was, I already knew. Thank you for making my day special!
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Nothing beats getting a card or letter through traditional mail!

Nothing.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Making Mud-Kids Project

I have loved doing preschool for "X". He looks forward to it and I love doing it for him. It also forces me to be more organized and I like that. Today was plant day. We planted some things in the garden, did some plant art, made sprout houses, sang a song, and made some mud.

MMMMMMmmmm Mud!
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Ingredients:
gummy worms
chocolate pudding (I just used the snack cups, but you can make your own)
crushed graham crackers
M&M's or whatever you want to use for the seeds.

Mix some crushed graham crackers into the pudding to make the soil.
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Make little holes and put the "seeds" in them.
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Next, place the worms on top.
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And there you have it. . .edible mud!
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Here's the song we learned:
Green Plants (sung to "Row, Row, Row your Boat")
Grow, grow, grow your plants
Grow with lots of care.
Carefully, carefully place your plants
Where they will get air.

Grow, grow, grow your plants,
Growing can be fun!
Carefully, Carefully place your plants where they will get sun.

Grow, grow, grow your plants
Never let them spoil.
Carefully, Carefully place your plants
In a healthy soil.

Grow, grow, grow your plants
One more thing to do:
Carefully, carefully give your plants
Lots of water, too!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Picture This!

Between my kids and the heating and cooling installers, I had some broken frames. They had broken the glass and so I decided instead of throwing them away, that I would find a place for them.

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I'm in the process of decorating my daughter's room. I finally finished painting it and now I'm on the lookout for things to accessorize the room with. Awhile ago, I picked up some scrapbooking stickers because they were cute and had lots of the colors that I am using. I knew they would come in handy someday!

I used some scrapbook paper and some textured translucent paper to put on top. I like how they turned out.

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I'm usually a crazy, I can't stop until I finish, gotta get it done quick kinda gal. Lately, I've been trying to change things up a bit, so I don't burn out so quickly. I'm taking it easy, doing a little bit at a time. It's been great because I can cruise yard sales and find little treasures here and there and get exactly what I want instead of just settling for something because I want it done right then. It saves money in the long run too! Plus, I'm not insane all the time.
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What's next on my list? I found this cool shelf at a yard sale for 2.00. I'm going to paint it and maybe put some pegs in it? I also bought some cork tiles awhile back and have been searching for the perfect fabric to cover them with.

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These frame are going to look great on her orange walls! I had to put them on to see how they look.

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Her room is going to ROCK when I get done with it!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Rainbow Cookies-Kids Project

We've been doing Rainbow cookies for years. Why change a good thing? I'm doing a little preschool for my 3 year old and today was Rainbow Day and we HAD to make Rainbow cookies. Wanna know how to?

Here's the recipe. but basically you can use any sugar cookie recipe (click on it to get a bigger view). I only made one batch and divided into 3 balls and then colored them.


Here they are. . .
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Then I give each child 3 smaller balls, one of each color and have them split it in half.
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Take one of the halves and split that in half. So now, you have the one bigger ball and 2 little ones.
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Now for the secondary colors . . .
Combine a small red and blue, red and yellow, and blue and yellow to make purple, orange and green
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Next, make snakes (that's what I call it) and form your rainbow.
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I like to sprinkle some sugar on top, bake it and there you have it! Now go make some Rainbow Cookies!