Monday, May 25, 2015

Patriotic Wreath

 Gracie made this absolutely adorable patriotic wreath.
It is made on a 12 inch wire frame.  You need 60 clothespins... Walmart has a package of 100 for less than 2 dollars.  Paint 20 of the clothespins red, 20 white and 20 blue. We just stuck the smallest star stickers I could find on the blue clothespins. 
 Grace braided  red, white and blue yarn to make a hanger for the wreath. 
The star behind this wreath is from Walmart...I think it looks great behind Grace's hard work. 

Water and Oil Art

 We had fun exploring with water and oil during art time recently.
Using a medicine dropper we dropped water colors onto a dry sheet of watercolor paper. (I think the liquid watercolor is a must for this)
 The kids then dropped vegetable oil onto the paper.
(Place the paper on a cookie sheet or cake gets messy)
They enjoyed seeing the colors get "pushed around" by the oil. 
 We then dipped our paper into water before dropping on the colors...the colors spread and mixed, making for nice designs...
 After dropping the oil onto the wet paper we achieved very pretty mixing of the colors. 
The paper on the left was wet....on the right dry... These dried quicker than I thought they would. I thought the oil would slow down or prevent the paper from drying, but everything was dry in about 12 hours. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Birthday, Roman Catholic Church!

Tomorrow is the Feast of Pentecost...the birthday of the Roman Catholic Church. 
We were inspired to make a Pentecost windsock from over at Shower of Roses
You should spend some time at Jessica's is full of wonderful ideas of how to live your faith with your children day by day. 
Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray....."

"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.

 Then fill the shelves with lots of books,

Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks –

 Fear not, because we promise you

That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They’ll now begin to feel the need
Of having something good to read."
--Roald Dahl

 These are just our living room walls....

Friday, May 22, 2015

Our Homemade Birdbath

Weekly Wrap-Up
I look at Pinterest occasionally ....(cough, cough).. and I saw cute terracotta bird baths.  I ended up combining several examples to complete a project completely our own. 
We used three terracotta planters....10 inch, 12 inch and 14 inch.  The base is 14 inches.
 Any craft or home paint will work for this project because you seal it with a spray on sealant.
Colorful jewels, dry grout and Liquid Nails finishes this project. 
 Laura and Kimberly were happy to paint.  Luke brushed a few strokes of paint on the base and then was done with this step. 
 We dotted our red pots with blue paint and foam "dot" brushes.  These were only about a dollar. 
 Our craft paint was MOSTLY washable!
 All stacked up...but not yet finished.
We sealed each pot with a spray on outdoor sealant. We used about three coats of sealant. 
This step is best done outdoors.  I had various "jewels" in our craft supplies, using Goop glue, I placed a bit of glue onto the base and then the kids put a jewel on the base with a Popsicle stick.  The glue has a very strong smell, so do this step outside or in a very well ventilated area.   
Continue gluing down jewels until the
 base is covered as much as you wish. 
We left the base to dry for 2 days, making sure the glue was totally set. 
 Mix grout in a throw away container. 
 Smush it between the jewels.  We had a container of fast drying grout so we had to move pretty fast. 
 After completely covered, using a sponge, gently wipe away the excess grout.  
We then allowed the grout to set for 2 days.
 Kim and Luke enjoyed polishing the jewels.  
 They used a paper towel, a tiny bit of water and a lot of elbow grease. 
 Daddy taught the kids to use Liquid Nails and a caulk gun.
 This was also allowed to dry for a couple hours. 
 Filling the birdbath!
 I planned on having it out back with the bird feeders, but it came out so cute, the big kids insisted it remain in the front yard. 
Ready for the birds to take a dip!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

It's all about birds....

Weekly Wrap-Up
 We have been learning all about the birds this past week.  We have studied the art of Audubon and we have been on the lookout for our own native birds. 
The origami passenger pigeon above is made with a template from "Fold The Flock" This site tells all about the extinction of the passenger pigeon and also has some very cool videos. 
 I made the kids a chart of all the birds we see in this area....I found the original printout at Jimmie's Collage.   I have since added many, many  more birds to our list. I simply look up images of the particular birds on google images, cut and paste them to a document and then print them out.
I have to say, the kids are becoming experts in identifying birds.  
We have many resources that we are using...I will get to them in the next few days. 
Pinterest has been my go to guide for all things crafty and birdy!
I found a few different terracotta diy birdbath.  I'm combining two different birdbaths.  One  idea is from My-CreativiT.  The other element...a jeweled and grouted bowl....if from Happiness is Homemade.
Laura and Kimberly did the most work on our project....
They painted yesterday and Kimmy is almost clean today.  
We sealed the whole project with a heavy duty outdoor sealant. 
We used Goop heavyduty glue outside to keep the fumes at bay. We need to leave about 48 hours to set completely, and then we will be using grout to finish it off.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The 2015 Twin Photo Shoot!

 It's a week late, but I finally had a chance to post some of the "twin week" photos.
It's a pretty special week when my babies are the same age.
They are each others best friend....
best buddies....
always ready to give each other a hand.  (Kimberly had to get Luke up on the rock)
They are lonely when they are apart.  Kimberly had a terrible time when Luke was recently in the hospital..she wasn't allowed to visit and was very sad..
They are both in 3rd grade this year and doing great.
Luke's favorite food is tacos. Kim's favorite is homemade macaroni and cheese. 

This year Luke's favorite subject in school is math and his favorite book is Harry Potter.
Kim's favorite subject is reading and her favorite book is The Willoughby's
One year old
and NINE!!