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An alternative to store-bought Snow-Tex, I knew I had to share this DIY version of snow paint texture for craft projects as soon as I tried it!
I saw this idea from creative guru Crafts by Amanda a while ago, but never thought it was something I could actually pull off. But recently I decided to give it a try (due to the Scrabble letters that were just calling out to be used for something) and - yay! - success!
Amanda's suggestion to use Snow-Tex Snow-Tex is a good one - it's easy to use and looks like real snow. But when I want to make something, I want to make it *right NOW* and I didn't have any artificial crafting snow on hand.
The toy catalogs that inundate our mailbox this time of year are the saddest things I've read in a long time. Perhaps I'm just getting old or maybe I haven't paid such close attention in years past. But these selections of the "best" toys of the year are downright depressing.
It's not just the cost, which seems to have jumped several brackets. ("No, Sweetie, you won't be getting that $200 Hot Wheels garage. Ever.") And it's not the technology that permeates nearly every toy option. At least not entirely.
I have a new hobby - sewing! I'm still a beginner (although Little Miss 8 told me, "You've been doing it, like, a month now - you're not a beginner anymore!" Thanks, Sweetie...) but I'm having a blast making trick-or-treat bags for Halloween. Once I nailed those tricky boxed corners there was just no stopping me!
Of course I've been scoping out Pinterest and my favorite crafty bloggers for inspiration and new ideas. The best part is there's no need to be a sew to put most of these babies together. Some have sewing instructions, but you can always start with a store-bought plain bag and go from there. Let's get creating!
I had seen clothespin puppets before (thank you, Pinterest!) but I admit, they always looked a bit too tricky. Perhaps I was just browsing the more elaborate varieties. But when I received an activity booklet from Apple and Eve that included an adorable yet totally do-able-looking version, I just had to give them a try!
We tend to celebrate everything in this family. And I do mean everything. Half-birthdays, losing a first tooth, mastering the monkey bars. And I think our neighbors will always remember my sister’s “Hooray! You’re potty trained!” party. (No, really…) So of course the last day of school, the unofficial start of “real” summer, and being promoted to a new grade is certainly worthy of being commemorated as well.
Kay is starting 3rd grade this year. I know - she’s an old lady now! I always like to hang up a sign to greet her on her return from her last day of school. The end of kindergarten she was met with a large, “Look out, 1st grade - Here comes Kay!” and last year I made her a t-shirt that said, “This is what a 2nd grader looks like!”
We've long been a family game night kind of family. Sure, sometimes life gets in the way, and weeks, even months, go by without a gaming session, but eventually we get back into. As sappy as it may sound, we enjoy spending the time together. Even those endless games of Candy Land (well, sometimes....).
I tend to choose games I know from my childhood. We've given a few newer games a go, but the instructions always seem to be so complicated that it isn't worth the effort. We recently got to try Ninja Squirrels from RoosterFin and it defied ever prejudice I've held until now about those "newer" games.
As time goes on, it gets trickier and trickier to get Kay to practice fine motor skills.
When she was younger it seemed easier to get her involved in activity that was, unbeknownst to her, helping to work on the small muscles in her hands that are so important for everything from writing to dressing. But now that she's the ripe old age of 8 (and a half!), she's much to old for things like crafts and activities. Or so she thinks.
I've read through posts before that claim to describe "easy" craft ideas. But what some people call "easy", I call "not a chance I could pull that off!".
So rest assured - the wall art in this post is Emma-approved. That means you can do these, I can do these, heck, my 8 year old can do some of these. No talent needed - just a desire to express some creative (and same money by not paying for store-made art!). Ready?