This is our fourth summer in this house and I finally feel like we’re making some real headway! I just had to share this progress pic!
Last year Jason (aka husband extraordinaire) took down that big sun-blocking tree, and now everything is flourishing because there is sunshine in our backyard again! So far this year we’ve finished extending the patio and now have a new fence! A huge difference, don’t you think?!
Jason is finishing up building the garden box in that top corner so we can plant veggies this year, and we’re working our way SLOWLY out of that corner to tackle the rest of our landscaping plans. It’s amazing how a simple thing like a fence can make me fall in love with our yard!
Are you tackling any landscaping projects this year? Is your list of things to replace as long as ours?!
We were really excited to take the boys to see The Lorax, since there haven’t been many kids movies worth seeing in the theatre for a while. Now I find myself loving all things Lorax. It’s those beautiful truffula trees that really captivated me – gorgeous pinks, yellows and oranges. Cotton candy is the secret ingredient for these Truffula tree toppers over at Hank & Hunt.
This DIY Lorax Pinata, featured over at Babble, looks fun to make! And WhiskerWorks carries this Lorax-inspired mustache-on-a-stick! Makes me want to have a Lorax party! Someone have a birthday already!! 😉
Science & Art swirled up into one! This is my favorite project yet, and the last in the series! A huge thank you to Shannon (A Mom’s Year) for suggesting this art project. I was eager to try it, and I’m excited to share it with you!
All you need for this project is the following:
1. A plate 2. Milk (2% or higher) 3. Food Coloring 4. Dish Soap (That’s it!!)
1. Fill the plate with a thin layer of milk. Next, put in drops of food coloring.
2. Then, add a few drops of dish soap into the center of the food coloring, sit back, and watch! (I should mention that I tried this first with eco-friendly dish soap and it didn’t really work, so stick to the hard stuff for this!)
KA-POW! The milk fat instantly reacts to the soap, creating art!
Wow, right?! It will spin for quite a while, and if you add more drops of dish soap into the dark areas of food coloring you can keep the action going for quite a while.
If you want to see milk art in action, you can check out this video that I found:
Looking for more DIY’s to do with kids? Here are some more good ones:
At a doctor’s appointment recently, my oldest was entertaining himself with a paperclip, bending it into shapes to pass the time. When we got home I found these images online, and was able to show him examples of amazing things that can be made with wire, skill and some creativity.
Just to give you an idea of age appropriateness, my seven year old was able to make this bone by himself, but my five year old would have needed help if he had been home. Supplies for this DIY project are easy, you just need some thin wire and a pair of pliers! I tried to make a chair and found out that constructing anything three dimensional was harder than I’d imagined. That’s where skill would come in handy! Regardless, it was so much fun to play with a new medium! I’ll definitely try this again!
Here are some of the inspiring pics that got us started – aren’t they amazing!
I like projects that are simple and easy to prepare. In my opinion, the set up should not take all day if the enjoyment only lasts ten minutes. This is the easiest volcano you can make, believe me! And kids of all ages like to see things explode! All you need are the following:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1. A tray, or dish, that is large enough to catch all the “lava” that will come out! 2. 1 tablespoon baking soda 3. Red food coloring 4. A can, or plastic cup 5. Paper bag 6. Vinegar
1. Cut halfway up all four sides of the paper bag.
2. Put the paper bag upside down over top of the can or cup.
3. Tear a hole in the top of the bag, above the opening to the cup.
4. Push back the torn edges and tape to the inside of the opening.
5. Fill the cup 3/4 full of the vinegar.
6. Add in a couple drops of food coloring.
7. Have the kids decorate the tray for full effect.
8. Finally, add in the baking soda and watch it go! You can add more baking soda and vinegar to keep the “lava”, and the fun, flowing.
As you can tell from the smiles this activity was a hit! (My oldest is fishing out the Lego Ninjago skeletons that he’d thrown into the volcano as it was exploding… yes, boys will be boys!) I’d definitely do it again!
I hope the Spring Break DIY’s this week help to make any rainy days a lot more fun! I know I’m having fun making them. And there are more to come…!
I would rather jab my eye with a fork than play Pokemon cards again. Really. Can anyone else relate? Thanks to some quality phone time with a good friend, I know I’m not alone in this. I just needed to change my attitude and step it up a notch… for everyone’s sake! If you’re in the same boat, and are looking for activities that you can do with your kids over Spring Break, or on rainy weekends, I’ve put together some sanity-saving DIY’s this week!
Have you heard of yarn-bombing before? I posted an example of it here… but I’m not a knitter, so I won’t be doing that. When I discovered eyebombing last week, I thought “HOW FUN! The boys would love this!” And I was right! My oldest and I spent a half hour placing eyes strategically throughout the house to surprise his younger sibling. It was really fun for us eye-bombers to watch all the faces being discovered with glee. And, now the younger one is excited to surprise his brother the next time he’s out.
This one’s good for the kid at heart too, don’t you think! I would love to hear what YOUR favorite activities are to do with kids! Oh, and stay tuned for more, because I’m only just getting started!
I have been amazed by the talent of bloggers lately! I thought that I’d share some of the inspiring DIY art projects I’ve been seeing. First up, Lindsay, of Little House Blog created this fabulous abstract art last week. Her tip: Start by painting the background black first. I’ll be trying this!
Children can take part too in Merilee’s DIY Circle Punch Art on Mer Mag!! I may try this with the boys in the next few days since the teachers here are on strike… no school!
Style at Home featured David Barclay’s home, and the simple, bold art he created for it. Choose your favorite color, buy a large canvas, and go for it! (Photography: Stacey Brandford)
And, although not recent, I had to include this fabulous typographic piece that blogger Alisa Burke created using black shoe polish!! Shoe polish! What a great way to bring a meaningful quote into your home.
I hope these projects have inspired you to create some art of your own!
Well, this post was supposed to be written last night, but we had no power in our neighborhood! The power shut off just after we had drilled the first hole for a curtain rod we were putting up… so thank goodness for cordless power tools, flashlights and candles! It’s our most romantic DIY yet! 😉 I’m excited to show you the new addition to our eating area very soon! More excited than Jason was to have his picture taken that’s for sure, haha!
In the meantime, I’d love it if you would come and join me over at Cottage & Vine today, where I’m sharing my Favorite Room! If you haven’t met Rene before, make sure you say hi! And for those of you visiting from Cottage & Vine, hello there! I’m glad to meet you!
I have always loved the look of white bookends, and animals seem so much cooler in white, don’t they? These images have been floating around in my head for a long time. While I was going through the boys’ toys lately I had an idea for how I might be able to replicate these without spending a penny!
When the boys were young they received quite a few piggy banks as gifts, and many of them are now too babyish for the boys. While I was filling a box with toys to give away I came across these, and I thought that all they really needed was a coat of spray paint to be pretty fantastic bookends! And when they’re filled with coins they’re nice and heavy!
Do you have piggy banks from when your kids were smaller? I’d love to hear if you re-purpose yours!
Bodie & Fou (above) and Apartment Therapy (below) featured these beautifully-styled pallet tables, and it was these pics that inspired me to create one for myself.
Backyard construction over the summer left behind three pallets. (My friend Jessica says that they would have been gone in three seconds flat if I lived in East Vancouver.) I live in the suburbs, so there was no demand for them by passersby, just a desire from our neighbours to get them off our front lawn!
The funny thing is that this is as far as I got before my kids claimed it as their stage for performances… so for now I’m going to hold off getting glass cut for the top. For the price of four industrial castor wheels I have a new coffee table, and the boys have a stage! What do you think?
Ignore the post-Thanksgiving styling job… I just can’t bring myself to throw out perfectly good gourds quite yet when they’re so pretty!