Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Years Fireworks Craft

I have been taking it easy this Christmas vacation and have not been doing any crafts or blogging. I am still recovering from Christmas. We had a great Christmas but I am ready for some down time.

We did this simple but pretty fireworks craft last year.
All you need is black paper, glue and different colored glitter.
Make the glue lines on the paper and sprinkle on the glitter. Allow to dry.
It turns out really pretty, a lot better than the picture shows.

Here are some other crafts New Year projects from last year.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Very Merry Christmas

I want to wish everyone and their families a very Merry Christmas !!!!!!!!

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Craft Stick Wreath

Here is a simple last minute craft to make with the kids over the Christmas break.

You will need: 15 large craft sticks, green paint, brush, craft glue, beads and ribbon or bow.

Paint the craft sticks and allow to dry.

Glue 5 sticks together in the shape of a pentagon.

Glue another pentagon together and glue in on top, slightly tilted to the left.

Make a third pentagon, and glue in on top of the other 2, slightly tilted.

Wrap on ribbon and glue on bow.
Glue on beads to look like berries.
Glue on a hanger.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

I Thought This Was Funny

I have been out of commission for a few days because I've had that stomach virus that has been going around. I hope to be back to normal by tomorrow.

My friend Jamie emailed this to me, and I thought it was funny. So I thought I would share it with you because who doesn't need a laugh ?

Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned
and cuddled my children on
demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor
and sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a
shade tree on the
school playground.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several
Christmases, since I
had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on
the back of a receipt
in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when
I'll find anymore
free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:
I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple, which I already have)
and arms that don't hurt or flap in the
breeze, but are
strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy
aisle in the grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in
the seventh month of my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd
like fingerprint resistant
windows and a radio that only plays adult music, a
television that doesn't
broadcast any programs containing talking animals, and a
refrigerator with a
secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to
talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that
says, 'Yes, Mommy' to
boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who
don't fight and three
pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use
of power tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting
'Don't eat in the living room' and 'Take your hands off your
brother,' because my voice seems
to be just out of my children's hearing range and can
only be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd
settle for enough time
to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or
the luxury of
eating food warmer than room temperature without it being
served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas
miracles to brighten the
holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare
ketchup a vegetable?
It will clear my conscience immensely.
It would be helpful if you could
coerce my children to help around the house without
demanding payment as if
they were the bosses of an organized crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is calling and my son
saw my feet under
the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back.
Have a safe trip
and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come
in and dry off so
you don't catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the
table but don't eat
too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always,

P.S. One more can cancel all my requests if you
can keep my
children young enough to believe in Santa.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Santa and His Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer

This craft was a group effort for sure. Cody made Santa's sled and the girls and I made the reindeer and Colton made the water bottle Santa.

The reindeer are just toilet paper rolls painted brown. Then, I cut out the legs. Next, we glued on the eyes, nose, tail and antlers (Christmas tree pieces).

Santa's sled is just a cereal box cut on an angle. Then Cody painted it red. The black part of the sled is cut out poster board and glued on.

I know this is an odd craft but I really do like it. If nothing else, it is different.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Tree Craft

Cheyanne and I made this Christmas tree today. I think it turned out really good.

We used: construction paper, pine tree pieces, scissors, glue, pom-poms and old Christmas cards.

Cut out a Christmas tree shape and a star.

Glue on the Christmas tree shape as a guide to follow.
Glue on tree pieces.

Glue on the star.

Glue on the pom-poms for ornaments. We also cut out pictures from old Christmas cards and glue them on to the picture.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Super Easy Rudolf

This is such an easy and cute Rudolf craft. I just love it !!

You will need: Construction paper, paint, glitter or pom-pom, glue, scissors and wiggly eyes (or you can draw the eyes).

Cut a circle for the nose and then glitter it.

Make the hand prints for the antlers and cut out.

Fold over the brown paper and cut into a triangle.

Glue on the eyes, nose and antlers.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Tour of Homes

BooMama is hosting a Christmas Tour of Homes.

Also Hooked on Houses is hosting something similar.

Tip Junkie is also Virtual Tour of Homes.

So here is the tour.

Here is our main Christmas tree.

The Living Room:

The Living Room:The other side of the Living Room. With the evil music playing mouse.

The Kitchen:

The pantry doors with the kid's art work.

The Dining Room:

The Breakfast Nook:

Our Second Tree with only my kids ornaments that they made. My main tree has plenty of them too.

Here is favorite Recipe, Santa Pancakes. We also make Snowman Pancakes and Christmas Tree French Toast.

From my family to yours, " Merry Christmas !!!!"

And don't forget to go to check out Boo Mama , Hooked on Houses and Tip Junkie for more tours.

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Water Bottle Santa Craft

Colton and I made these Santa's from water bottles.

We used: Water bottle, red crepe paper, electrical tape, glue, cotton balls, scissors, small pom-pom and a red sock.

Fill the bottle with crepe paper.
Wrap the electrical tape around the bottle for a belt.

Glue on eyes, beard and nose.

Glue on the cotton balls for the rim of the hat.

I glued the cotton balls on to the bottle and not on the sock so that we would not ruin the sock. Socks are too expensive.

Put on the sock for the hat.

HO ! HO ! HO ! Merry Christmas !!!!!!

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