Thursday, May 20, 2010

Stone Soup...

Tomorrow is the Junior Kindergarten production of Stone Soup - A Rock Opera.  I can hardly wait! 

I wanted to make the kids aprons for all the cooking they have to do - but of course didn't think about it or start the project until yesterday. 

I found 20X26 dish towels at the dollar store, washed and ironed them, and then called Matt in to function as my model.  Holding the towel up to him, I figured out how wide it would need to be at the top, added an inch to each side, and cut the towel at an angle. 

I folded the cut edges over twice and hemmed it (leaving a channel to feed the ribbon through).  I feed the ribbon through the channels and tied large beads to the end (so the JKers can't pull out the ribbons by accident). 

I added each JKer's initial to the top and lined them up to go. 

I am pretty pleased with how they turned out (and they were so easy, I turned out 8 of them in under 3 hours).  Hopefully, I will remember to get a picture of all of them in their aprons.

However, I found out the the Kindergartners were coming to help the JKers sing some of the songs and I couldn't leave them empty handed.  So...

I went to my Magical, Mystical Craft Closet and (as usual) it did not disappoint me.  I pulled out some small stones, googly eyes, and glue.  You know what I made? Of course you do, Pet Stones (okay, they were Pet Rocks - but they are doing Stone Soup, get it?)  :) 

I went back to the closet and found some Easter grass, small paper bags, and round label stickers.  I made two stickers for each bag - one saying "Congratulations!  Stone Soup 2010!" and the other "Caution!  Pet Stone Inside".  Voila!  Instant Stone Soup Party Favors for everyone!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

before and after...

What is that horrendous picture?  Well, it was the paint job in my bathroom.  We moved into this house in August of 1999 and every day I walk into the bathroom and think...

I hate the paint in here - it is just HIDEOUS! 

I have no idea why I have waited 10+ years to fix it - but finally, this morning - I couldn't take it for one more second and I decided to change it. 

Here is what the paint looks like now....

I am going to replace the light fixture (I don't like that either) but somehow, without the ugly 90"s sponge paint, even the light fixture doesn't look so bad. 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

lunchbox woes...

This is a lunchbox.

It is NOT just an ordinary lunchbox - this is the lunchbox that my mother gave to Molly her first day of pre-school - 7 years ago.  Molly has used this lunchbox every day at school.  She loved it.  Well, we had a very sad morning this week, when the zipper finally broke.  :(  Daisy lunchbox, you have served us well for 7 years.  We will miss you. 

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day...

It was a lovely Mother's Day.  Andrew and the kids spoiled me with jewelry, funny cards, and a SPIDER CATCHER!  LOL!!!  I loved it! 

Here is this year's crop of gifts that the kids made their Grandmas...

Matt - I asked him to draw me a pretty picture for Grandma. 

He drew a girl walking through a field of flowers with a scarecrow.  I was supposed to know he was a scarecrow because or the crows in the air and the fact Matt drew an arrow and three lines (I thought it was a Freddy Kruger reference) but it was the wind blowing straw out of his shirt. 

I took the picture to Kinkos.  They were able to scan the picture, resize it, print it, and glue into pads.  Adorable!  I added a magnetic strip to the back so his Grandmas can hang them on the fridge.

The only regret I have is not having Matthew sign his work (oops).  I did put a sticker on the back of the pad with Matt's name and date. 

I was so pleased with these, that when I went to look at the proof - I had them make an extra one for me!  :)

Molly - I wanted to give her a project that was easy enough for her to feel successful, but let her have total design control.  Both Grandmas like to hang flower wreaths on their front doors, so it seemed like a good choice. 

At Michaels we picked up 14" wreaths and lovely red, yellow, and orange daisies (Molly's favorite colors) that were on sale. A little hot glue and we were off!

Molly did a great job of putting together two very different, but beautiful wreaths.

Friday, May 7, 2010

ECGC Academy...

Elm City Girl's Choir had the first concert of their Spring Festival Week tonight.  Molly is finishing her first year in the Academy Division.  She has really grown musically this year and has gone from "liking choir" to "LOVING CHOIR".

I am looking forward to many more concerts with ECGC!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

where my kids will spend their summer...

Kind of makes me wish I was a kid. We spent the afternoon touring the camp my children will spend 8 weeks this summer. It was hard to convince the children to get back into the car and come home. Swimming, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, drama, etc. what could possibly be better? Oh yeah, the pony ride Matt had!

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Saturday, May 1, 2010


Just a couple of pictures from Matt's first day of t-ball.