Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Ours is name Buddy, and he has been coming to our house for 3 years. His first year here was pretty rough. It was his job to keep an eye on two preteens, who were very ornery. At least the teen was very nice to him. You can read about that year here. Now that all of the kids are mostly out of their ornery stage, his visits have been more peaceful. Here are some of the fun things he has done this year since arriving on November 30th.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
There are two things about these Glitter Trees by Robyn of Robyn's View that make them the perfect type of craft. #1. The supplies are from the Dollar Tree. (one of my favorite places to get craft supplies) and #2 There is glitter involved. Everything looks better with glitter. They are super simple to make, and can be customized to your favorite colors. To see how Robyn make these pretty glitter trees, but sure to stop by Robyn's View here. Thanks much linking up to Dare to Share Robyn!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
We are decorating our Christmas trees tonight, and while going through the ornaments I came across one that my daughter made in 1st or 2nd grade. I love this little ornament, and it would be a fun one for kids to make. The white part of the ornament she made at school is made from poster board. It would also be easy to use a heavy card stock, cardboard, or even a small paper plate. The center of her ornament is cut out using a circle cutter to turn it into a frame. If you do not have a circle cutter, it would also work if the picture is attached to the front.. She colored the peppermint stripes with crayons, and then attached her school picture to the back with tape. The peppermint frame is then wrapped in plastic wrap, and tied on both sides with curling ribbon.
I liked her ornament so much that I had her make another one using a favorite picture of Santa. I believe we made several of these, and gave them to the grandparents that year.
Do you have favorite ornaments on the tree made by your kids? I would love to hear about them.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Melissa from Willamette Valley Wonder Woman shared a new way of wrapping presents,on this week's Dare to Share, that I am sure you probably never thought to do. What she used, sure did gave an extra special touch to her presents. If you would like to see how she made these beautiful bows, and see her special technique be sure to check out Willamette Valley Wonder Woman here. Thanks so much for linking up this great idea on Dare to Share Melissa!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I know today's ornament is going up a bit late. I had another one of those I wish my life was a little less crazy days. I got up when the alarm went off, and woke up my son. He said his leg hurt a bit, and so did his foot. I told him to go ahead and get dressed, and come downstairs. I go downstairs, and find my youngest child being sick in the bathroom. When she comes out, she apologizes that the first time she got sick, it happened so fast that she didn't make it to the bathroom. I look over to see a pile of paper towels covering up something near the couch. About this time my son came downstairs. He mentioned his foot again. On and off he has been saying something about his foot, but then making it sound like no big deal when I asked more questions. He also did not bother to show me his toe in a very long time. Well today, he did. When I saw it, I told him he was going to see the Dr. today. When we saw the pediatrician this afternoon, the Dr, took one look at it, and said that he is sending us to the podiatrist. It seems my son has an infected toenail that is bad enough that the pediatrician said it is out of his expertise. Now I know that when my son says something is not a big deal, I need to look at the not a big deal. It seems this could be a very big deal. We will find out more when we see the podiatrist in a few days. At least my oldest was feeling 100% healthy today.
We started decorating the tree tonight, and I found one of the Santa ornaments that we used to sell when we had a craft business back in the day. I love these ornaments, and they were a great seller at craft shows. It is painted using the same technique that I used on my Santa Gift Box The only difference is I painted a little more of the hat, and added a pom. I also added a little bit of black to his mouth. Santa ornaments can be easily made with pre-cut wooden hearts that can be found at your local craft store.
I found some craft items mixed with the ornaments tonight. I am excited about the ornament I plan to share tomorrow.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Today's ornament of the day is not really a craft tutorial, but it shows different ways you can decorate a snow themed ornament. Kara made the ornament in this picture. She recently saw some miniature presents at the craft store, and asked if she could have them. She then filled a ball ornament about halfway full of snow and glitter before adding the presents. I love how the metallic wrapping shines in the light.