Saturday, January 28, 2012

sewing lover's bulletin board

What you will need:
sewing starter kit
about two medium patterns
bulletin board
mod podge
hot glue and gun
fabric button kit

step one: mod podge patterns on to bulletin board. you want to layer them, but try to stay as close to one layer as possible.

 Step two: cut pattern paper into 2" squares. this does not have to be exact. wrap the squares around the end of a pencil. put a spot of hot glue on the tip and stick it on the frame. you can make this as thick or thin as you want.

 Step three: hot glue sewing kit items around the edge however you would like.

Step four: make button push pins. you will want to use pliers to remove the loop on the back of the fabric buttons. then follow the instructions that come with the fabric button kit.

hot glue thumb tacts to the back of the buttons. you can also use regular buttons as well.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

science kit

This was so fun!

I made this kit for my nephew for Christmas.

first I gathered science experiments from Science Bob. and printed out the ones I felt were age appropriate (he's four).  

I then gathered some of the supplies that were commonly mentioned in what was needed for the experiments (like balloons, food coloring.)

I found kid safety glasses on Amazon (came in a pack of six)

I made the lab coat out of a mans button up white shirt. I choose to buy one, but I'm sure an old one would be a cheap, great idea. I cut off the bottom a bit and hemmed it and used the fabric I cut off to make the pockets. 

I put it all together in a bin I bought at Walmart and it was done!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ginger bread fun!

My family started to do gingerbread creations last year and the tradition I think is here to stay.

This year my husband and I decided to do a nativity scene.

nativity scene

Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus

three wisemen

cant forget the camels

Donkey (I know it looks more like a horse, right?)

Shepherds and their sheep
Here are some from last year. 

our train

log cabin

out house to the cabin

Salt Lake City Temple

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wooden Airport

My oldest stinker toad loves trains and has more wooden train pieces then I care to count. 

Well stinker toad 2 loves airplanes almost as much as his brother does trains. So we wanted to get him a wooden airport.

I couldn't spend much on it this year because Santa was cutting back, so I decided to take this idea I had in my mind and make one. (why do I do things like this?)

Santa's quality was not so good this year.

let's just say it fell apart that same day.

Over all the boys love it and still play with the pieces, but I would be doing things different if I re-did it.

Note to self: don't use fiber-wood and hot glue.
I would use real wood and liquid nails if I was doing it over again.
[update: after doing my homework, I would use Gorilla Glue or Zap-a-Gap. I still would not recommend fiber type wood.]

(sorry the picture quality is so bad i took it with my phone with the intention to take more with my camera later. didn't happen)
meant to look like a suitcase closed up

open up to a runway and airport
It was still pretty neat looking before it was played with.