Sunday, September 14, 2014
My son has been walking around the house with a cardboard box, pretending it is an oven. Santa didn't bring one last time, because I didn't want more plastic toys around the house. That is why I decided to make his box a little more realistic. So I collected things we had around the house: - a cardboard box - a bakery pie box (with a window) - pipe cleaners - 4 bottle caps (I used vitamin bottles) - an old bag or any paper to cover the cardboard - 4 old CDs or DVDs First I attached the the pie box to the bottom of the bigger box to make the oven door. The bottom of the pie box was cut to fit inside the big box. I placed the top flap of the box down, so I could place the burner knobs. Next I used the red paper to cover the box. Then one piper cleaner I used to make a handle. I taped shorter pieces of piper cleaners to the bottle caps to make the knobs. Then I poked 4 holes on the front of the box, and placed each one to the the holes. The piper cleaner was twisted in the back, to secure the "knob". I used 4 old CDs and glued to the top of the box, to make the burners. We found a cooking pan and some utensils at the Dollar Tree. And we made some paper food to cook in our stove: and egg and a pizza. Now his cardboard box looks a little happier, and we spent a few hours together in this project (away from the video games). I placed also a smaller box inside, to make a shelf for the oven. And some stickers to decorate the stove. I am not sure how long it will last, but hopefully he will be satisfied with this one.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
When I first saw this recipe on Sprinkle Bakes, I thought it was such a funny name I had to make it. It fits perfectly in my current lifestyle: I look Japanese on the outside, but growing up in Brazil made me take more on the Western culture, even though I am trying to learn more about the Japanese tradition here in America. I am sure all of this seem confusing to you, as it does to me. Really, here I am last week dressed up in a Festival in Long Island, and I had to repeatedly say: "Sorry, I don't speak Japanese, but I can say it in Portuguese." Embarrassing. So a mix of a traditional Japanese dish with an Italian dessert seem very appropriate to this occasion. The recipe from Sprinkle Bake is easy to follow, and it does not take a lot of time. I prepared mine in one morning. And it is fun to serve, using the chocolate sauce she gives in the recipe. If you have some chopsticks, and some Japanese decoration, it makes so pretty to serve. Plus, it is the only type of sushi my picky family will eat. At least I eat the real thing.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Summer is almost over, and a few days away from the first day of school, I am still trying to find some items. I managed to buy 6 bottom pocket folders, when the list said "SIDE" pocket folders. And between making labels for folders, notebooks, scissors, crayons, doctors papers, everything times 2... the "soft pencil case" was still missing. After I Googled soft pencil case, I was relieved to see that SOMETHING I could make. Back in my basement, I found some pieces of felt, some wiggle eyes, and my sewing material. So I cut up the basic shapes, cutting to make a sheep and the fence. Then I attached the shapes to the front of the pencil case. The technique used for stitching is very well explained, with nice pictures on this blog The Future Girl. And this is the final product. With an old button and some pom poms I had in the box. And my son even found an old snowman that I made, with a few pom poms, so he wanted it on the other side. And I think finally I am ready.
Monday, August 25, 2014
We are in the last week of Summer, and I still attempting to make vacation at home a little less boring (or a little less focused on the computer games). One of the ideas I had was making a camping fun in our backyard, using mostly what we had at home. To make it more real, we made this sign with chalk in a little piece of wood leftover from the school art show. I had these branches drying in the yard, that held the sign well. The bag of old water balloons were hanging on the closet since someone's birthday. So I filled them a third way with water, and the rest with air, to make some "fishies". I made little faces with a Sharpie, to make them float in an old baby pool. Then I tie a rubber band in the end so they could be grabbed with a hook. The fishing pole was made with some more old tree branches, with a string tied in a hook made from our pipe cleaners(sorry I didn't take a close up picture of that). For some camping inspired food I made these little camp fires, using pieces of celery on top of a dollop of hummus, and the fire was made out of turkey bacon, that I cut up after baked. Then I also used the celery to make fishing poles, cutting a very thin piece also to use as a string. In the end I tied a Goldfish Cracker. And that was our quick camping in the yard. We didn't have enough to make the S'mores, but it was a few hours of making believe fun.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
So it all started last week, when in our trip to Michaels my son saw this book called Star Wars Origami. Since I have been making folding paper since I was a kid, I thought it would be a good idea, to develop manual skills, concentration and patience. But in the first few minutes, my 9 year old could not finish any project, and he was close to tears. So why not try to be a hero and go to the rescue of your child? After my second page of instructions, I was the one frustrated and about to cry. But because he was watching me, and I didn't want to show that I give up easily (which I wanted to). And between meals and laundry I tried again, we took turns, took breaks, tried again... and after 6 days a few paper creatures were completed. There are other projects that I have no idea on how to make, and I hope he forgets about them. And all this work deserves a proper photo shoot, before these paper dolls disappear or get destroyed. My son had the idea of taking pictures in the sand, because it looks like Tatooine. So this morning we grabbed our towels and bathing suits, plus the paper dolls, and went to the beach. And we played Star Wars! Finally all that work paid off.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I got so excited that Shark Week on the Discovery Channel is here again! So we used this opportunity to make another Shark Party! Especially because we just came back from Toronto, and we went to the incredible Ripley's Aquarium. We saw sharks galore and tunneled into their big tank. So with them still in my mind,I went to my pile of paper and markers, to make some paper sharks and covered a serving dish to place some chips. But then the sharks inspired me to make decorations for the muffins. I thought a few flags would make more colorful for the table. The watermelon shark was present too, like last year. But fun stuff for the kids was missing, so the styrofoam plates gave me a good idea. I cut up a plate with big teeth, painted and used elastic strings to the sides. Then the plates also gave me another idea, and I cut up two pieces and glued together to make a finn. They played shark in the pool and out in the grass. The day was beautiful and we have the whole week to learn about sharks. And the great sharks will always be in my head.