Thursday, December 18, 2014
It is always hard to make gifts for the teachers, and give them something they really like. This year my first grader got lucky (or I did), because one of his teachers have a little chihuahua. So lucky me was able to grab my clay, and make a chihuahua, as close as I could to the picture I saw at her door. Since I could not get a clue from my children, about the other teachers preferences, I made little birds to stuff these mugs with other small gifts. Gift giving is always difficult, but showing that you care is not so hard.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I have been coloring my drawings in the computer, and make them available to print. So for this Christmas party I made some decorations, and you can use them too. After printing and cutting I glued some of the illustrations in colorful cardstock paper. And used them to decorate little snack cups and juice boxes. Also placed them on top of cupcakes. The free printables for these decorations are on THIS LINK. I hope you like, make them and send pictures. Happy Holidays!
Saturday, December 13, 2014
This is not my original idea, and I thought it was so clever I had to try to make this beautiful Christmas centerpiece. The base is made of a carrot on top of an apple, attached by a skewer (this part is a little dangerous, be careful if you try). The bottom is covered with leaves of kale, using toothpicks. Then you go all the way up using toothpicks around, and alternating fruit with different colors. It didn't look like a tree in the beginning, but as I was filling the spaces with fruit, it looked better. The star on top is made of a piece of cantaloupe, I cut with a knife. It was bending a little to the side, so all I did was propping with a big skewer on the back, with an apple on the bottom to hold. Then I put the better looking "face" to the front, and my guests were so impressed they didn't even notice the flaw (until I showed them). The kids loved it and had a healthy dessert.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Last year I bought this gingerbread cookie kit called Ninjabread Cookie Kit, and I made some Gingerbread Cookies shaped like ninjas. My boys loved them. But this weekend I am having toddler girls guests, and I think they would appreciate more colorful cookies. So I used the same cookies cutters, and turned them into girls. I first made a batch of gingerbread cookies, using a recipe from Taste of Home (click here to go to the recipe page). While the dough was refrigerating, I made the royal icing, using the recipe from Food.com (click here too, to get the recipe) . Then to decorate, I line them up to work quickly, before the kids would get home from school. Then using one color at at time,I decorated the cookies. I also planned ahead how they were going to look like, drawing in paper. So with the same shapes, I can make boy and girl cookies. But the boys loved the girl cookies, and the little girls might prefer the ninjas. We will see.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
I grew up making little doll houses using newspapers and sticky rice instead of glue. Now that I have so many different options available, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and make everything in the computer. Plus make it printable, so not only my kids can play with it, but anyone who have a printer around. After a few ideas, I drew in paper a little Gingerbread House, with a Mouse. Then scanned on my computer (and that already was a challenge). After coloring in the computer, I made it available to print. Note: I used the dimensions of two boxes of Jell-o Pudding, to make the house sturdier, but you don't have to use it. After cutting the pieces, the longest part goes around the boxes of Je-llo, like this: The other piece with the door was attached with double tape (you can use glue too). The last part was the roof. I glued it to a piece of cardboard (from a cereal box) to make it harder, but that is also optional. The last step was to place glue on the top tabs. And gently placing the roof. It looks cute for decoration just like it is... ...or you can add a little more. I used some glitter glue I had from the craft store. It is an extra touch for the decoration, and the kids can play. I you want to print the house, just click HERE. I hope you can make, decorate and play. Let me know if you like, and send some suggestions, so I can make more. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 4, 2014
I have been working on this doll for so long, that the pictures of the initial process are gone. They died with my little old laptop. But I finally had time to sew the clay pieces that I have modeled months before, to her body, made in fabric. Then when it was time to make her a dress, I used different sizes of ribbon. After the dress, I glued the hair and the wings. Then she was all done. It took a few months to complete this doll, but I love the process of imagining how she would look, taking her out of my head, to make her real.
Monday, December 1, 2014
I don't consider myself a very good seamstress, but one thing I adventure to sew are pajama pants. The fabric, flannel, is easy to work with. The pants I made are not very detailed, and nobody else will see if you make a few mistakes. I found easy to take the pattern using pants that we already had at home. I followed the instructions I saw on Simply Modern Mom (click on the link, and you can see the pictures step by step). The fabrics were from Joann fabric store, very inexpensive and super cute. My kids got a pair each, and we also sent pajamas for the pajama drive sponsored by Scholastics Book Club, in our school. Plus Carter's will match the donation. They are both supporting PajamaProgram.org, a non- profit organization that provides new books and new pajamas to children in need. It is a good time to help, and a way that I think I can help. To make the top part of the pajamas, I bought a soft T-shirt, and cut a little pocket using the same fabric. And using the leftover fabric, I could even make some scarves. Hopefully they will accept my donation, and one child (or two), can have pajamas to sleep at night.