A Little Bit of This & That

The Random Things We Love to Make and Do

Paper Earrings March 28, 2012

Filed under: Art Projects,Crafts — Lizz @ 11:00 am
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I don’t know about all of you out there with 6-year-old girls, but mine is currently obsessed with dangly earrings.  For a while I wasn’t allowing them.  Kids play hard, and I am always nervous of a long earring being ripped out.

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A little while ago, Skylar took matters into her own hands.  Using nothing but paper, scissors, and her existing stud earrings, she make herself some lovely dangly earrings.

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I was very impressed!

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So now, I do occasionally allow dangly earrings, but not for school or playtime.  Paper earrings however, are always welcome.  Can’t wait to see what design she comes up with next!

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For those of you whose girls do not already have pierced ears, you could have them cut out their designs, and use glue dots or some other adhesive to let them have a little fun.

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

 

First Aid Butterflies March 21, 2012

Filed under: Art Projects — Lizz @ 10:02 am
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In honor of Spring finally being upon us, here’s a fun and easy art project: First Aid Butterflies!!

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Things you need:

  • Paper in your choice of color
  • Markers
  • Gauze (or cheesecloth)
  • Band-aids

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Have your child use the markers to color the gauze squares.  It’s not a perfect science, just give it some color.  Then pinch the top and bottom of the gauze together, and use the band-aid to attach it to the paper.  Just add a face and antenna, and you’ve got yourself a butterfly!

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So cute!!

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But don’t use up all of your band-aids!  With the amazing weather we’ve been having here in Chicago, I see a lot of outdoor play and scraped knees in our future.

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Have a wonderful (85 degrees in March) day!!

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Lizz

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Wanna pin our cute art project to your Pintrest page? Click here: 

 

I’m Guest Posting at What’s For Dinner Today! July 11, 2011

Filed under: Accessories,Guest Posting — Lizz @ 10:06 am
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Welcome visitors from What’s for Dinner!  I hope that you like what you see and choose to stay for a while…

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Today I am guest posting over at What’s for Dinner.  Not only am I posting this super fun accessory I did a while back:

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Magnetic Necklace with Interchangeable Bottle Cap Charms

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I am also hosting a giveaway for one!

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So please take a moment to pop over to What’s for Dinner and check out this super easy tutorial and/or to enter the giveaway.  You only have until Wednsday (July 13) at Midnight to enter, so don’t wait!

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Good Luck Everyone!  Have a wonderful week!

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Lizz

 

I Was Featured on Beneath the Rowan Tree! July 4, 2011

Filed under: Featured on... — Lizz @ 10:01 am
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I recently shared this First Friendship Bracelet post…
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…on Beneath the Rowan Tree’s Monday Playdate.  And she loved it enough to feature it on today’s Monday Playdate!

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Beneath the Rowan Tree

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Thank you Beneath the Rowan Tree!  I’m glad you liked our bracelet!

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If you want to see the other amazing projects that were featured, and linked up, *click here*

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Have a great day!

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Lizz

 

First Friendship Bracelet June 28, 2011

Filed under: Accessories,Art Projects — Lizz @ 7:06 am
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I remember summers as a kid.  I always went to camp, and I always had a great time.  There are many things that should be mandatory when one attends camp.  Nature walks, cookouts, capture the flag, and of course friendship bracelets.

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I have been waiting 6 summers for Skylar to have the dexterity to do this, and this summer is it!!  And it went really well…

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I thought we would start with a simple bracelet

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I’m not sure what the official name for this, so let’s just call this one “The Spiral”.  To get started with any friendship bracelet, you will need a variety of colored embroidery floss, and a safety pin.  Cut the floss into long strands (about the length of your arm), and tie them together on one end.  Poke the safety pin through the knot, and secure it to either the end of your pant leg or to a sock.  (This will help to anchor it for you while you work.

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Here’s how you get “The Spiral” done, as demonstrated by the amazing Skylar…

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First, grab the color you want to show on the outside (orange in our case) and hold it in your right hand.  Hold all of the other strings in our left hand.

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That hitchhiker’s thumb is actually necessary.  You need to wrap your chosen (orange) thread, up and around the thumb.  If done correctly it will look like a number 4

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Then you will take that orange string under and through the opening that was created.  Pull the string all the way through.

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Now, bend your thumb to release that string.

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Now, pull it tight.  Not crazy tight.  Just tight enough to look right.

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This step will be repeated however many times you would like (we did ten each).  Then switch you another color and do another set.  Keep going until the bracelet is as long as you desire.  This would also make a fun necklace.  Tie off the end, and cut off the access string.  I used a silly band to tie up the ends, but you could do a simple knot, or something fancier

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Now, all there is to do is think.

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Should I keep this?  Should I give it away?  Who would I give it to?  What colors should I use next? When will my mom stop taking my picture?

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(Cough, Cough) Okay, enough thinking.

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If you have smaller kids, you could always try this with thicker yarn.  I think Skylar did an amazing job with this one, so we will probably be trying some harder patterns next time.

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Until then, I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far.  Is there anything you plan on doing with your kids that you miss from summertime?  I’d love to hear about it!

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Have a great day!

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Lizz

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I will be sharing this post at these parties:

Kids Can Craft @ Sew Can Do

Will See it Wednesday @ Fabric Bows and More

Linkin’ with Lil’ Luna @ Lil’ Luna

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

Under $100 Link Party @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree


For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Delicately Constructed Fridays @ Delicately Constructed

Simply Link Party @ Simply Designing

Party Mindie Style @ Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo

Sensational Sunday @ What’s for Dinner?

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Craft-O-Maniac Monday Link Party @ Craft-O-Maniac

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie

Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Inspiration Board @ Homework; Today’s Assignment: Be Inspired

Summer Boredom Buster Link Party @ Thrifty 101

Creative Bloggers Party and Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime

 

Upcycling – A “New” Craft Supply Container June 22, 2011

Filed under: Art Projects,Tips — Lizz @ 12:20 pm
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Hooray!  I learned something new today: the difference between recycling and upcycling.  Some of you may already know this, so bear with me, ’cause I’m new to this bandwagon.  Apparently:

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Recycling is altering, adapting, treating, or processing something in order to reuse it (i.e. processing plastic bottles to create new products.  They cannot be made into plastic bottles again)

Upcycling is reusing something without changing its composition. (i.e. what I have done below…)

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This whole thing starts with one of our favorite summertime drinks, lemonade! While making fresh lemonade is generally preferred, the best quicky way is Country Time Lemonade Powder.  I found them on sale for $1 a container (which is amazing!!).  So I bought (ahem) 10 of them.  Now we are not only swimming in lemonade, we are swimming in lemonade containers like this one:

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I actually really love the shape of these containers, so, I thought of a great way to re-use them as we polish them off.  They can hold our crafting supplies!  And our first order of business was to collect up all of the beads we have.

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All you have to do is peel off the label and give the container a washing.  I went simple with decorations, and just used a purple permanent marker to write what the contents would be.  I will probably have Skylar decorate these a bit more later, but first we just need to get organized!

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I love how the container is just clear enough that the colors of the beads come through.

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Then I put all of the strings into a ziplock bag.  I was able to just fold up the bag and put it in the container on top of the beads.  (Sidenote:  I love using ziplock bags to store things for kids, but I prefer to use the ones with the slider.  I know they cost a little more, but then the younger kids can open and close them without any help)

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Another great thing about these containers is that the top can be used like a bowl to hold the items when in use.  This way you can see the beads when you’re trying to pick some out.

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I plan to use more of these for other tiny craft supplies that need a good home like gems, sequins, pom poms, ect.

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Another great way to use these containers would be for painting.  The curved top of the container would help keep drips and spills under control, and the lids could be used for mixing colors.  Then when the paintin’s done, you can just screw on the top and keep the paints fresh for next time.

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What would you use these containers for?  I’d love to hear some suggestions!

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Have a great day everyone, and I hope you learn something new today too!

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Lizz

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I will be sharing this post at these parties:

Linkin’ with Lil’ Luna @ Lil’ Luna

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholars

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Simply Link Party @ Simply Designing

Sensational Sunday @ What’s for Dinner?

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Made By You Monday @ Skip to My Lou

Craft-O-Maniac Monday @ Craft-O-Maniac

Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Made It Myself Mondays @ You Had Me at Craft

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie

Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Party Mindie Style @ Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo

Creative Bloggers Party and Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime

 

I’m Guest Posting at Reasons to Skip the Housework!! May 25, 2011

Filed under: Art Projects,Guest Posting — Lizz @ 7:38 am
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I am so excited, because today, I have the honor of being one of the guest posters for Reasons to Skip the Housework‘s 500 Follower Gala!!
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I would love if you would take a minute to go over and see this super cool craft we made:

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Magnetic Necklace with Interchangeable Bottle Cap Charms

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I am also offering a GIVEAWAY over there.  You’ll have to check out my guest post *HERE* to see what it is, and to enter.  You only have until Friday to enter, so don’t delay!!

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(Note:  If you would like to sign up for the giveaway, you must submit your entry comments on my post at the Reasons to Skip the Housework site, not this post)

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

I will also be submitting this fun project to these parties:

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholars

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge