Saturday, September 19, 2009

Halloween Candy Dish Witch...

This is a true family tradition in my house, the Halloween Candy Dish Witch (say that 5 times fast - LOL).

Approximately 35 years ago, my mother saw this craft in BH&G or Woman's Day or some other magazine just like that and made this...


Yes, this is the original glass Mom made many moons ago and she put it out in her house every year for Halloween until about 5 years ago when she passed the torch to me. I have happily carried on the tradition.

I have no idea what kind of glue she used but those are the original googly eyes and construction paper mouth (and they are cemented to the glass). ;)

Next you need to make her a hat...



I cut two different size circles, cut a slit in one to fold it into a cone, and stapled/glued together to make her hat. I also added a piece of orange ribbon as a hat band and curly ribbon in several colors for hair (my Mom used to make her hair from drinking straws).

Fill her with candy (usually we use candy corn, but I didn't have any in house). Luckily, I did have some gross-looking gummy worms.

Monday, September 7, 2009

super easy, super quick, super hero capes...

Anyone who knows Matt, knows the boy is obsessed with superheroes! I couldn't let him grow up without a decent cape - seriously, what kind of mother would I be. ;)

Looking in my magical craft closet, I found a couple of yards of felt (that I am sure I bought for some wonderful project idea, which was forgotten and never came to be) and I was off. I worked without a pattern. I just held the felt up to Matt and trimmed it to fit. (The picture below shows the final shape.) I then went to Google and found Superman and Batman's logos to copy...





I think they were a huge hit with Matt!





Now I am off to make a few more (for the JK and Kindergarten rooms' dress-up corners.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

how to make a four year old boy happy...

Matt felt that the ABC vinyl wall stickers around his room were "too babyish" for him (his words, not mine) and that he would like "superhero walls". I gave him the typical Mom response "let me think about it" and promptly forgot all about it.

UNTIL...

Standing on line at the Post Office a couple of weeks ago, they had these great superhero stamp postcards on sale!



I found these removeable wall mounting tabs and hung the post cards around his room...






Matt jumped up and down and screamed - he was SO EXCITED! He has only told me about 45 times this weekend how much better his room is. May he always be this easy to please!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

First week of school...

Sometimes life surprises you...

I planned on sending my children back to public school this week and in a period of 24 hours changed my mind and re-enrolled them at St. T's. This feels like the right decision in so many ways (except for in my pocketbook). I have spent my entire week filling out forms, driving around New Haven and gathering information.

Molly and Matt took the change in stride and dealt with it far better than I ever could.

Here are the kids heading off to the official first day of 4th Grade/JK orientation...


...of course, Cookie came along!

Matt's orientation went well...



Although, apparently he and Ryan thought the bagpipes in Chapel were WAY too loud!





The kids this morning (Matt's first "official" day of JK)...