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Remember those diodes I found thrifting?

Well I fiddled with them and made these:

I have no idea what to do with these delicate creations, but had fun making them.  There are still a gazillion of them left, so I wonder what else I will think of.

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Making Sensory Bottles With Piper

We are so lucky to have a pint sized visitor at our house this week.  My cousin Stacey was nice enough to share her baby girl, Piper, with us.  We have been having tons of fun.  It’s a great chance for me to do crafts that are too young for the boys.

Today we made sensory bottles.

I have seen them around Pinterest and have wanted to make them, but mistakenly thought my boys were to old for it.  Ami has been trying to sneak them away from Piper since she made them.  I think we will be making more in the very near future.

Jeremia was nice enough to bring home 3 empty 8 oz water bottles, from school, for this project.  That size is perfect for small 2 year old hands. The rest of the stuff I had already.

We used pom poms, food coloring, glitter, water and oil, but the possibilities and options are endless.

Please excuse the bad flash photography.  I was juggling too many things and she moves too fast to take clear photos in the kitchen light.

Piper puts pom poms in one of the bottles.

Then she puts some glitter in another bottle.

Snack break.

The one on the left has pom poms, water and glitter, the middle one has water, blue food coloring, glitter and olive oil.  Next time I will use mineral or vegetable oil because they are cheaper, but the oil was an afterthought so I grabbed what was closest.

Leave a little bit of air in the top so everything moves around nicely, then super glue the lids on.  The first thing she tried to do was unscrew the lid so I was very glad I remembered to glue them.

5 minutes is all you need to make these and they provide hours of enjoyment.

Once they are full and glued, all that’s left is to SHAKE ‘EM.

So much fun and it costs next to nothing.


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Creative ADD and I Love My Husband

I have creative ADD.  I lose focus too easily.  I work on a project full throttle until I think of another project that seems like more fun.  Then I skip to the new idea until it becomes boring and I abandon it for a third creative endeavor.  This cycle goes round and round.  I keep 3 or 4 projects (at least) going until one by one they either get finished or forgotten.

Most of the time I have more ideas than I can process.

Here are just a few of the things I am “working” on now.

Covering my stained and battered dress dummy with vintage patterns.

I will finish her…the question is when.

Making paper bowls using tissue paper and/or book pages.

They are really cool, but take a llllooooonnnnnnggggg time and are MESSY.

There is a lot of time spent waiting for them to dry enough for the next layer.

They needed a few more layers, but I was tired of the clutter.

Just look at my “desk”.

Then there’s this cool bracelet.

It’s actually an empty roll of duct tape that I wrapped with embroidery floss.  I wanted to finish it the rest of the way with black, to create a checkered effect, but I am not 100% pleased with it so can’t motivate myself to finish it.

I have Der saving empty tape rolls for me at work, in case I decide to try making more.

Speaking of Der.  I asked him how I could drill holes in silverware for another potential project I have.  The next thing I knew he had set up his drill press and grinder on the back patio for me. He is so helpful.

If I have an idea, but am unsure how to make it happen he always helps.  AND he doesn’t lose patience with me when I switch from one thing to another on a whim. NOR does he pester me about my creative messes.

How did I get so lucky?

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Vibrant Paper Cows

I saw this pin on Pinterest and thought it would make a great art project for the boys.


Using that as a reference I drew an outline of a cow and cut it out for a template.

I centered and traced the template onto 12×12 pieces of bright scrapbook paper.  Then cut them out with an exacto knife because I wanted the outside frame of the cow to be intact.

I also cut the cardstock into strips all different widths.

I did all the prep work the night before.


The boys each got a sheet of 12×12 scrapbook paper to glue the strips on. I gave them black or white because we don’t use those colors very often.  It would be a good way to use any paper you don’t like, since it won’t show.

I had them use glue sticks because when I made mine I used elmer’s and it got crinkly.



The rules were not to leave any gaps and to vary the colors and widths.


They did great.

After they were done gluing the strips I gave them the cow negative to glue on top.




They are so bright and cheerful.

I think they are adorable and they were fun, quick and simple.



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