Friday, May 27, 2016

Helping the Nail Polish Obsession

I have an addiction. I know I am not alone, my cousin is addicted too...we can't get enough of finger nail polish!!! I LOVE all the pretty colors and the new textures.

Recently I cleaned out my polish stash. I had some that where old and drying. I can't tell you how hard it was to throw them out.

I have a pretty nail shape so painting my nails has always been a pleasure. I went through a phase where I changed my color every couple of days. Now with 3 kids, not so much.

Then I came across this: Make Your Own Wonderful Galaxy Jewelry.

Oh my!!! My mind started to whirl. I had some flat bottom marbles from the dollar store. Of course, I had nail polish.

Thus started my addiction!!!!!

My little slice of the universe.

I used all the dollar store glass marbles and then headed to Michael's. They have glass marbles that don't have that weird sheen to the top of them.

I am not sure what to do with them now. I was thinking of making them into a stepping stone. I have avoided the glass marbles at both stores...too much temptation!!!

Hope I don't spread the addiction.

Here are some more pictures:

I just love them.

These are from the dollar store. They have that sheen.

The center one is from Michael's. It does not have the sheen.

Monday, May 2, 2016

New Toy...Cricut Explore

For years I have had a Cricut. I bought it off of Ebay back in 2009. This is exactly like mine:
In all honesty, I have not used it all that much. I quickly found that having to buy cartridges and having a cutting surface only 9" wide where limitations. In the end, I only ever bought three cartridges. I just couldn't convince myself to spend $30-$50 dollars buying images I wasn't even sure how often I would use.

The main use for my cricut was for party decorations. My last cartridge was for my son's dinosaur birthday. I made these to decorate his cake. They turned out so cute, my sister still has one of these saved.

For my son's Pooh party, I used my cricut to cut letters for a banner.

With Mother's Day around the corner...I ordered this:
I am SO HAPPY with my new machine. I WISH I had upgraded a long time ago. I can't stop looking for projects to make. So far:

I am having a love affair with vinyl. The tumblers are for my childrens' teachers. Sorry for the poor lighting in the pictures, it was late when I finished them.

I am so glad that you no longer have to buy cartridges for the new cricuts. There is a whole database you can use from with both free and membership images.

My old cricut sat in it's box until I needed it. Now I want to find a place for my new cricut where I can use it all the my printer.

Now to find a great online vinyl store so I don't go broke at the hobby store. We all know that while they hobby stores are great for getting items quickly, they don't always have the lowest prices.

Happy cutting!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Gymnastics and Medals

A byproduct of gymnastics competition is medals!!

Go onto Amazon and look up "gymnastics medal holders"...I'll wait...let's compare results.
The first item that shows up on my search result has the price of $38.95+$12.95 shipping. Who wants to spend that much?

I found a quick solutions, probably temporary, but very cheap.

How does it look?

Can you believe that this only took me $2.00 and some things I had on hand to make?

The picture frame is an 11x14 inch frame I found at the dollar store. Now this size of frame is not always in stock. I have about 8 frames this size in the back of my closet for future projects. (I like to print large size black and white pictures of my children to decorate our living room wall.)

The white hook is also from the dollar store. The metal is plastic coated which I might have been able to paint but didn't want to try.

There you have my $2.00 investment.

The silhouette I found online, resized and printed, traced onto black and cut out. Super easy!!

The background is just acrylic paint on a white sheet of paper. I could have used wrapping paper or maybe tissue paper, but I had a look in mind. Of course, the silhouette is not glued down so the background can be changed at any time.

Now I know we will have more metals than this. I will eventually find an alternative. What I will not do is spend $40 on it!!!

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment so that I know you are out there! ;)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Classroom Decorations

One of my favorite things about having a classroom is changing and adding decorations on a whim.

The school theme is Snoopy.

 I enlarged a Snoopy and Woodstock on my home computer and made a poster board decoration for our classroom wall. They sit right inside our door. I know that you can go buy almost any decoration you can imagine, but we are a small school. We are located at a church so you can imagine our budget is tight. If I spent all my money buying decorations, well, there would be no point in working.

I am a self professed craft junkie. I have all kinds of craft materials in my house. I have a ton of 12x12 scrapbook paper so making paper decorations is cheap!!

I guess you could say decorating my classroom falls right in line with my love for party decorating!!

Check out my Snoopy fun below:

Ready for Christmas: see the paper lights?

Ready for February
Heart garland
3d layered  heart

Valentine's Day Snoopy with 3D hearts.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Being a "teacher"

I am a teacher in a preschool program. The children in my class are 4 at the beginning of September. Most of them turn 5 before the school year is over. This means most of them can begin kindergarten next year.  (So I will not see them again.)

I was a substitute last year and in no way prepared to be a teacher this year. I thought I knew what it was to be a teacher...yeah, no clue!!

I LOVE my children! I see them only two days a week (some three) and still feel so attached to them. I can see the children that need more from me, the ones that seek my approval, the ones that seek my attention, and the ones that seek my love.

I have a business degree in college, but studied child psychology in my electives. I was raised by a psychology major so I have my fair share of "shrink" think. Even with all this, I was not prepared for how much I would fall in love with my children.

I am a mother of three!! I have my own kids at home. I am not lacking in children to feel "motherly" toward. Yet, there is a love that blossoms from seeing your class children learn, experience and grow.

I have children in my class who's names I know from being a substitute in their class last year. I had a few days to get to know them, but this year to really meet them. Now, I know their smiles, I know what makes them laugh and what makes them sad.

So to every first time mom who worries about their kids and the preschool teachers, please know...we LOVE your kids. I look forward to the days I work and hearing all they have done while away. My kids override all the frustration I may feel at the "system" or the limitations. My kids are why I gladly go to work and why being exhausted is worth it.

My own family knows all about your kids, they have head their names and know who is "naughty or nice."  My "naughty" kids make me try harder and my "nice" kids make the day easier.

I could not have imagined how emotionally exhausting my days can be, yet how rewarding. I know public school teachers have it harder than I do, and I know that the love of their kids is what keeps them going!!

Say "thank you" to your child's teachers...they deserve it!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Nylon Bags and Gymnastics

My 7 year old is on pre-team gymnastics. What exactly is "pre-team"? Well, at the gym we are at, it means a day less of practice as team and also a little less expensive. She is technically a Level 2 gymnast.

She LOVES gymnastics. When she was 3, we began with ballet. She danced until this past year when she decided to give gymnastics her full attention.

The gym tries very hard to maintain the cost of the pre-team low. (Which I appreciate very much.) Because of this, they do not have a team bag. At our first meet, all the girls had their own bags to put their shoes and sweats in while they competed.

For some reason this drove me nuts. I decided to take it upon myself to buy the girls bags. The most inexpensive option is nylon, drawstring bags. The problem with this kind of bag is getting decorations to stick.

After looking EVERYWHERE online for information (and finding very little) I decided to experiment. I only needed nine bags and received twelve.

Online you can find a special kind of vinyl for nylon, but it requires a professional iron press. I just couldn't see how I was going to use it at home. I tried regular iron-on vinyl: no go. Then I picked up some fabric paints: the color was not bright and did not stand out. Lastly, I tried out my paint pen. Winner!!

I was able to use a silver, oil based paint to draw the team name on the bags. I then tried to layer a second color (fabric paint) on top to get the look I wanted. The fabric paint came off so I used a second oil based paint for the top layer. This worked perfectly!!

SO if you buy nylon bags, use oil paint pens!! I found mine at Michael's by the paint, not by the fabric paints. (Don't forget to use your coupon.)

The paint pens I used.
The finished bag.

Thanks for checking out my post!!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Thrift Store Monday

There is a local thrift store I started visiting when my daughter had dance class on Mondays. This specific location has a great sale on Mondays. One of their color tags is half off and another is 99 cents. That's right...99 cents!!

I go through the store, looking at the departments I am interested in with blinders to these two colors only. I pick up dress pants, jeans and purses. I go through the kids jeans and sweaters knowing that at 99 cents, it won't even hurt my feeling when they rip through the knees or stain them.

I have never been the kind of person to obsess over brands. I do not need to spend $100 on a pair of jeans to feel good about myself. I hope to impart the same thing to my kids. They always look clean, coordinated and taken care of. If you like what my kids are wearing just ask me where I got it. It might surprise you to know how little I paid for it.

Now I have a purse I picked up for 99 cents that is a blank canvas which has my fingers itching.

One of my all time FAVORITE movies is My Neighbor Totoro. I am thinking of drawing Totoro on this is white so I see a literal canvas when I look at it. I may find myself adding some more images from my favorite Ghibli films. Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro are movies that make my heart sing. Each of these I have watched multiple times and my kids love as well. So if you have never seen one, please do.

These is the purse I picked up. I have some fabric markers I need to brake in!! Can't wait to show you the final results.

My blank canvas

Has a few stains, but they won't be in the way.

Friday, January 1, 2016

My Personal 2016 Challenge

I am making myself accountable for a challenge this year. I am going to do a post a week this year. If I have time or tons of inspiration, well then, it may be more.

I am going to stick with what I know and then try to branch out to things that interest me.

I will be face painting more this year...sharing some inspiration, some personal ideas, and even some failures.

I am still obsessed with 18 inch doll stuff. (More than my 7 year old.) Keep an eye out for those random things I can find that work for dolls or those things I can make.

I started working in a preschool program this fall. I love making things with my 4-5 year olds. I am always on the look our for crafts ideas for them. I then have my 4 year old and 7 year old try them out. If my kids like something, I will have to share.

Let 2016 begin!! I can't wait to see what all it has in store!!!

Happy New Year