Avocado Egg Salad, Aerosmith, and Airmail

Miscellaneous things today.

David and I have been making this really good egg salad lately.  4 hard-boiled eggs, 1 smushed up avocado, a little red wine vinegar and mayonnaise.  It’s really really good!

Davey had a Father’s Day party today at his pre-k Summer Camp.  They’d made some fun father’s day crafts for gifts.  They decorated the tables, and they had donuts.  He also made a craft with David.  It is a pet rock.  David texted a picture of him to me.  I replied “that’s awesome” but I messed up and the auto-correct replaced it with Aerosmith.  Aerosmith?  Turns out it’s a fairly fitting name for this little pet rock.  He reminds me a little of Steven Tyler. David and I have officially dubbed it Aerosmith.


And finally, I’m once again trying to actually write little notes, put them in an envelope, add a stamp and send them off the old-fashioned way!  I found the cutest little Mary Engelbreit notecards today at Michael’s.  I came home and wrote notes to my 3 oldest nieces.  It’s kind of fun to write a little note and send it off (I did this promptly before I got sidetracked!).   I also think it is very fun to receive a little note in the mail too.  I’m going to try to be better about occasionally doing this!

All Harry Potter. All the Time

We are the house of Harry Potter. We just finished reading the first book to Davey, and he loved it.  We had to tone down just a couple of parts so they wouldn’t be too scary, but overall the first book was really fun.

We are well into the second book now.  Davey is Harry, I’m Hermione and David is Ron (he began as Hagrid, but Davey re-dubbed him as Ron).  Oh yes, and Buster is Hedwig. Davey says, “Mama.  I don’t mind spoilers.  I want to know EVERYTHINGGGG there is to know about Harry Potter.”  Fortunately, I can’t deliver on too many spoilers, because I just don’t remember!  It’s been too long since I read the books.  I’ll remember this time.  We have discussed the first book thoroughly.

So today we pretended to have Potions class.  The potion we made was actually another Dollar Tree find:  a little sand art craft.  Davey and I carefully mixed up the potion which consisted of pouring sand slowly into the little plastic bottle.



Davey very carefully mixed his potion.  Then he said he had to go show it to Professor Snape.  He already finds Snape to be quite a complex character, and he loves to discuss his relative “badness and goodness”.  Davey is convinced that he is more good.




This is the finished rainbow wizard potion.  Not quite sure of its magical purpose yet.




A Simple and Fun Craft

I went by Dollar Tree this morning to see if there were any fun craft possibilities.  I’d intended on going to Michael’s which was next door, but I thought I’d check Dollar Tree first.  Davey’s attention span on crafts can be iffy, so I thought inexpensive options would be great.

I found some great stuff.  One of the little crafts I found was a bumblebee foam picture.  We made the bumblebee with what looked like little foam sprinkles.  Those little foam things get everywhere, so we took the craft outside.

Davey has little patience for drawing, coloring or painting, but he enjoyed this craft a lot.  We just pulled off the paper to reveal a sticky surface, and then Davey started dropping the sprinkly things onto the bee.


He was very happy with the result.


I’d packed away the glue so I found some glitter paint.  Davey liked squishing the foam down so the glitter paint peeked around the edges.  Nice sparkly touch.


This was a lot of fun for $1.00!

Playing with Photo Transfers – More Pinterest!

Davey and I began another pinterest inspired craft the other day.  Davey had fun helping me with the first step, but he wasn’t too interested after that.  It’s a little tedious though for a 5 year old.  I, on the other hand, am having way too much fun with photo transfers.

We followed the tutorial provided by Elsie Flannigan on her blog.  She has a really fun blog.  I used to follow her more when I was scrapbooking.  I’d not checked it out in quite awhile, but then I found her photo transfer tutorial on pinterest.   She had such a positive response that she wrote a follow up FAQ to photo transfers which you can find here.

She provides great photos and explanations of how to do a photo transfer.  It’s not too hard to do; you just need a little patience.  It requires only gel medium, a photocopy of a photograph, and a canvas or, as I found out, just a piece of wood.

Davey helped me apply the gel medium to our first canvas.



After we applied a thick coat of gel medium, we took the photocopy and placed it face down on the picture.  I read that the photograph should be copied onto just cheap copy paper.  I have experimented just with black and white so far.  I want to try color next. 

We waited several hours for the gel medium to dry.  I even let a couple of them go overnight.  Then I took a spray bottle and sprayed the paper.  I let it soak in a little and start to loosen up.  Then I carefully started peeling and rubbing the paper off. The image stays behind. I had to be careful though otherwise, I’d pull off some of the photo.  I did this a few times, but it just gives it a kind of aged look – I like it.  This is the tedious part that takes awhile.  I had to keep respraying to get off all the small bits of remaining paper. 

I was pretty happy with my first transfer.  



It’s kinda wrinkled at the top and it’s a little messy still around the edges.  When the photo is wet, it’s hard to know what it will look like dry, and so I missed a few spots.  While it was still damp, I finished it off with another coat of gel medium.

At this point, this became my fun project for me.  Davey wasn’t too interested in the delicate process of pulling the paper off.  It’s not too easy.  He’d rather be goofy.



Next I tried another favorite photo.  This is my current header photo for my blog page.  I love my little heart shaped tree.  I took this picture in Boulder at Chautauqua Park last summer. 



I like the beat up edges.  It’s still kinda wrinkly.  I need to make sure and smooth the photo even better.  

So for my last transfer, I tried a little 97 cent wooden plaque.  I think it might be my favorite so far.  The wood gives the picture a little bit of a warmer hue, and I liked that.  I just plain love this picture anyway, so it was fun to see how it would transfer.  It was not anymore difficult to transfer to wood.  I think it might have even been a little easier.



This transfer is a little bit beat up around the edges, which I like, but it’s not too wrinkly – came out pretty smooth.  

I’m just having a lot of fun with this!  I’m looking forward to hanging them up in my craft area once we move. 

ahhh Pinterest. Painting with Davey

Pinterest.  It’s awesome.  I tend to avoid it unless I am looking for something specific, because I can lose a lot of time while on that site.

Yesterday I went looking for fun craft ideas for Davey and me.  I found several.

Our first project required that we make a trip to Hobby Lobby to get a canvas, masking tape and some paint.

We began by “writing” a word on the canvas with masking tape.



Then I set Davey up with paint and off he went.



He painted and he talked. He talked and he painted.  I think he really liked discussing the entire process more then he liked painting. Although he did have fun with the paint.  I did too.  We both just painted randomly all over the canvas.



Buster rested at our feet.  He’s such a good boy.



No rules.  No strategy.



Once the paint was dry, I peeled the tape off.  Davey and I are pretty happy with the final result!



Speaking of love.  Davey was explaining the workings of the human heart to me yesterday.  He explained that there are no bones in our hearts.  Just blood and Love!

“Collage” with Davey

Today Davey, Buster and I went on a picnic.  After we ate, I thought we’d draw for a little while.  We tried drawing what we saw around us.  Davey drew Buster, and then he had another idea.

“Mama.  I want to do a collage.  I’ve always wanted to do this!”  I don’t know if this is collage exactly, but it was a pretty cool idea I thought.

He wanted me to draw a tree, and then he added the details.



We added twigs to the bark. He told me that the dandelions are yellow apples.  The red flower is the sun!  He specified that he wanted leaves falling from the tree.  Then he added grass.  He wanted a “human” in the picture, so he found what he thought was a “human-like” weed.

I loved this.  I wanted to draw pictures, but he wanted to create a completely different type of picture.  Creative kid. 🙂

St Patrick’s Day 2013

It’s been almost a week since St Patrick’s Day, but I wanted to post a few pictures about the fun things we did.

Davey was all into St Patrick’s Day this year.  He wanted to have a “party” so we decided on a craft and a green treat to make together.

Pinterest came in really handy for this, and we settled on making a rainbow and pot of gold.  This involved Froot Loops and goldfish.  And glue.


I sorted Froot Loops.  David applied glue, and Davey attached the Froot Loops (well a lot of them).

This final result was cute!


Within about 5 minutes of the completion of the pot of gold(fish), Buster jumped up and ate about 3 of the goldfish.  That was his contribution.

We made green cookies too.  This was a really easy recipe which involved sugar cookie mix, andes mints and chocolate chips.


Davey refused to try a cookie.  I’ve realized he is somewhat of a purist (have to put a positive spin on his particular eating habits).  He likes sugar cookies, Andes mints, and chocolate chips – but he does not like them all mixed together.  Davey is not a fan of mixtures of any type.  (and of course the cookies were green – maybe not a selling point either!) But sugar-laden cookies -not a bad idea to refuse anyway!


I like this close up of him.


And then a short Buster story.  Buster is almost 6 months old and of course he likes to chew things.  He is in love with this Superman (who is about 3 inches tall?).


He will dig it specifically out of a tote with about 40 of these little guys.  I tested him.  He got it, and I took it away and reburied it in the bottom of the tote.  A minute later, he had found Superman and was carrying him across the room.  It’s all about the cape I think.  He was ready to annihilate the cape.   Superman is safely put away though.  For now.