This little cutie was inspired by a site that gave me lots of inspiration. It's in French, which I'm trying to learn (and have been for years now!) but the photos are just amazing and ooze creativity!
I've found a new hobby!
I admit, I started thinking up "random acts of kindness" for Kay. I thought it would be a good example for her and hopefully something that would stick with her as she gets older.
But I also did it for a more selfish purpose as well. We all get wrapped up in the comparison game sometimes and I'm certainly no exception. So whenever I start to feel jealous, my newest method is to think of something kind to do. And - what do you know? - it actually helps!
We recently had the honor of playing host to a robin's nest in our backyard. It was fascinating to watch the babies grow (from a distance, of course) and the protective parents feed them and shoo away any potential predators (unfortunately, this included us!). When I'd go in the backyard to do anything, Mr. Robin would follow me, staring hardly at me until I left. Still, seeing the babies learn to fly and eventually leave the nest was exciting. I just loved it!
So for this month's Project: Recycle & Create, we worked on making a nest craft from scrap paper. Not as interesting as the real thing, perhaps, but still fun to make!
Buttons are such a great fine motor material - the fact that they're colorful and fun are just an added bonus!
For this month's Project: Recycle & Create, we're working with buttons. We actually came up with a few projects that you'll be seeing on the blog pretty soon, but this tree craft got us outside and into nature, so I wanted to share this one first!
We tried three - count 'em, three! - different projects with plastic bottles with month. All but this one turned out to be a fail. On the plus side, we sure did a lot of reusing of recyclables!
A year is like an eternity in the blogging world. It seems weird that it's been a whole year since we hosted the year-long Recycle & Create series, encourage reusing materials and frugal creativity. Now, Teach Me Mommy has picked up the slack and it's looking to be even bigger and better than before!
To kick it off we took the challenge of putting gift wrap to new use.
I've recently discovered the wonderful world of Crystal Light container crafts.
What? You didn't know there was a world of ideas out there using these plastic containers? Yeah, me neither, until a random Pinterest search brought up some good ones, which inspired a few of my own.
Now, I call them Crystal Light containers, but, for us, it's more like "store brand powdered drink containers". Hey, whatever works.
There's a chill in the air here. (Heck, we even had snow last night. SNOW!) Time to get our the sweaters and sweatshirts and winter jackets. And, of course, we can't forget our little stuffed friends. They get cold, too, right? (Hey, it could happen!)
Last year we had to throw away one of Kay's too-small nightgowns and on a sudden wave of inspiration, I used the sleeve to make a super-easy shirt for her toy dog. No sewing, not even any gluing; just a cut here, a snip there and you're done.
Lately Kay has been interested in money values. She learned a song in school that simply recites what each coin is worth, "A penny's worth 1 cent, a nickel's worth 5 cents...". It doesn't rhyme, it merely states the facts, but add a sing-song voice and she remembers it easily. Now she just needs a little help matching the value to the right coin.
This money-sorting game was inspired by Happily Ever Mom's version (which is a lot prettier, by the way - check it out!).