Guess what I did this afternoon?
Monday, August 19, 2013
Saturday, August 3, 2013
I disappeared for a while! No great adventures or fabulous vacations to write about, just life with three kids at home all day. It's been a busy mix of swimming lessons, summer camps, play dates, and other random things from our summertime bucket list. (We're actually making some good progress on this!).
It seems to be that the kids' new favorite activity is geocaching. I am hoping it is because they love to explore the great outdoors and see new things, but really I think it must be the swag. Either way, I'm happy. It gets us out of the house and away from passive activities on electronic devices.
Here's a few pics from our latest exploits:
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Because of where the cache was hidden, it sort of looks like the kids are in jail. I took another photo close by so I could get all the kids together. I think we will have to do this again.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
This bracelet was fun to make. I enjoyed experimenting with beads of different sizes, colors, materials, and opacity. The final piece ended up with a combination of glass, metal, and semi-precious stones that I have accumulated over the years. Usually everything I make is matchy-matchy in monochromatic colors, but this time I went with purposefully unmatched beads.
I used a sterling silver multi-strand clasp and crimp beads to attach the four strands of beads. It took me about an hour total to put this together.
I love the feel of this bracelet when I wear it. It has a good weight to it, and the variety of colors mean that it will match a lot of different outfits. Now I just need to make some matching earrings!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
The best part is that these flowers are free! I just save all of the tissue that we get from presents and gifts throughout the year, and now we have a rainbow of colors to choose from. The wrinkles in the tissue aren't really noticeable, and if any, just give the flowers more texture.
Monday, June 10, 2013
- 1 inch by 1 inch photo
- Glass tiles (I bought the ones I used from this Etsy shop)
- Exacto knife
- Super glue
- Dimensional adhesive
The first thing I did was to find a close up photo of the kids that still looked good when it was shrunken down to 1 inch by 1 inch. I resized the picture in a Word document. After printing it out, I placed the glass tile over the photo and used an exacto knife to cut around it.
I put a few drops of the dimensional adhesive on the tile and used a toothpick to cover the entire surface. No bubbles!
I carefully put the photo face down on the tile and made sure that the edges were flush with the surface of the tile. Some of the adhesive oozed out and I just used a paper towel to clean it up.
And then one more layer of dimensional adhesive to cover the photo.
Since this was such an easy project, I made matching pendant necklaces for the three older girls. Now we have a matching set, and they love wearing them.
Friday, June 7, 2013
How many more days until school gets out?
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Maddie was happy with her new skirt. It is perfect for warmer springtime and summertime weather. She said it is super comfortable, especially with the stretchy waist band. I am thinking that I may actually be brave enough to try another one.