Monday, February 25, 2013

Week seven

We had the boys with us this weekend.  I had a art and craft project in mind so that they could make something useful for their Mom. While rolling ideas around, I spotted the cardboard candy containers I had saved from Christmas candy, thinking to recover them for supply storage. This clicked with the thought of having the littles paint on some patterned paper with removable letters as I had seen on Pinterest. The example I had seen used tape, probably painters, but I thought we would try stickers, and even tested the removability of the stickers as applied to the paper.  In this pretest, they barely stuck, so I thought we would be good.

I measured and cut a polka-dotted paper and after Sam's morning nap and lunchtime got out the paints and them down to their skivvies so Mommy wouldn't be mad at me for ruining their clothes. Well, plans, as you probably know, are well and good.  Sam wasn't in an artistic mood, so I helped him dab some paint here and there and that was it for him.  Thomas, on the other hand, really did get into it.  He likes to paint. His favorite colors are blue and orange and he has no patience for waiting on paint layers to dry so there also ended up being a nice blend and complete coverage of his piece of paper. I didn't get any photos while they were painting.  It took my full concentration to help them out.  Wish I could have, though.

After our painting time was over, we had to have bath time, since they must take after Mimi as far as getting paint everywhere.  Later on after they had gone to bed, I went back to remove the stickers only to find that they didn't want to be removed, especially those on Thomas' paper. The paint and maybe the water had bonded the stickers. Sam's wasn't so bad, but even there some of the top layer came off. Thomas had completely saturated his page and it was really hard to get the letters off.  I felt like saying some ugly words and started to throw them away.  Being as stubborn as I am, I persevered and kept working with it to get it to work, finally ending up with something I could live with.

Here are the finished containers, one on top of the other. Glued the papers to the containers, adding a strip of coordinating painted book paper.  This idea is from Anna Corba and one I've used before.  I had to add touches of gesso or marker to make the letters show up. All somewhat messy, but we are going to pretend that is the look we were going for.

Their Mommy said she loved them and put them to good use holding markers and crayons on their game and craft shelves.

And below, some shots of the sweeties themselves.  Thomas loves his super heroes. They have the cutest PJ's for kids these days!  He chose to be Superman on Friday evening. This pic totally exemplifies his personality!  Funny and smart as a whip!

Below is our sweet Sam, wearing a tshirt given him by his Aunt Yaya (aka Holly).  We took them home to Tuscaloosa on Sunday. It was a pretty day, so Emily and I took them to a small local park, while the guys watched the Daytona Race. Here Em was holding Sam up so he could try the monkey bars.

Still a few off days left, so we'll see what trouble I can get into before having to get back to work starting Thursday.  Hearing rumors of possible snow and ice predicted for, of course, this weekend when I have to work.  Maybe they will miss this one as I hate to have to worry about getting to work or having to stay over.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Weeks 5 and 6

A little late, as usual, with posting. My idea was to post weekly but my work week throws me off. Then the week I was off this last time was busy for various reasons and ended up sick the last of it going into my work time. I'm about to finish up that and start off time again. Will be keeping the boys this weekend. Looking forward to that!

I resurrected another sewing project and worked on that here and there the first 2 weeks of this month. Again I intended to also do a more artistic project but that didn't happen. Below you can see progress so far. Several years ago, I purchased a small quilted bag at the thrift store, intending all along to alter it in some way.  Some of the fabrics, especially the handle, remind me too much of the eighties/nineties decorating colors, so I wanted to "funk" it up a little bit.

Applique and embroidery on each square seemed to be the way to accomplish this. I'm making this up as I go along.  Not yet sure what I will do about that simple handle or what the purpose of this little bag will be.  Size is about 8" by 10". 

Close-ups of some of the squares.

This week, while shopping at a local thrift store, I purchased some tie-dyed, vintage look t-shirts with another project in mind.  I have several t-shirt scarf ideas on my "fabrications" Pinterest board.  Thought these colors and fabrics would make an interesting scarf.  Will keep you updated on any progress, if and when that happens, lol!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Week 3 and 4 of 52 week challenge

I realize it is past the time of the last 2 weeks of January, but I'm still trying to hang in there with the challenge.  I am cheating somewhat with the project for these two weeks as there is only one craft project to share.  I did work on it for both weeks, though, so I am going to count it for both.

Originally I intended to begin some fabric art, perhaps collaged cuffs, like I've made before, so I started sorting through several bags of fabric scraps and some tote bags with UFO's that had been placed in a cedar wardrobe since our move a year ago. Digging led to the thought that I might as well try to re-organize the junk/stuff and once that was done, I had already caught a bug of trying to finish one of the prior projects that is not too far from being done. The practical part of my brain has latched onto the idea that I could take this 52 week resolution as an opportunity to mark some things off that long "you never got around to finishing what you start" list.  Below you can see what is completed so far on what will be a Christmas stocking. Once intended for one of the girls (yes, this was begun SEVERAL years ago), this will end up being for either Thomas or Sam.  I also have a cat needlepoint stocking partly done and this may be what I complete for the other grandson.  There is also a pretty stocking front I have completed of a partridge and pear.  It needs to have a back and cuff sewn onto it. Since my sewing machine skills are at a very beginner level, I keep putting this off until I can figure out how to do it correctly.  It will be for my longtime sweetheart husband, when and if I get it done.

Speaking of grandsons, I can now announce that we have another grandchild on the way.  Those of you friends with me on Facebook have already been notified, but I really should make it official on my blog as well.!  Holly and Chris are expecting their first baby on July 25th of this year. We are so excited about the prospect of another sweet grandbaby!
During my week off we enjoyed a sweet day with Emily and her family at the McWane Center in Birmingham. I had never been before and thoroughly enjoyed myself! Be sure and visit the link for more information about this wonderful place! This is a shot of one of the beautiful aquariums.

Here is Thomas having fun with one of the interactives on the first floor.

 Sam enjoyed the Clifford exhibit as it had several activities geared toward the littles like him.  He is building a "sand castle" in this picture.

Here is Sam again having a great time with water play.

Thomas loved the giant "Lite Brite" playboard. I am sure he has never seen the original small game.  We had one left from when the girls were small until we were getting ready to move.  It ended up being donated to our local thrift shop. Yet another thing I wish I had hung onto...

Here Emily and Thomas plaIy music on the giant piano!

We all loved playing with the colorful push nails.  Kerry had held Thomas up so he could press his face into one side.  Here he is marvelling at the sight of his face from the other side.

  This is another game found on the first floor.  I love the expression on Thomas' face!

Would love to go back here again as I felt cheated on the time I was able to spend on the floor with the bird and dinosaur exhibits.  Included in the collections in this area was one of antique medical equipment.  That is where I was found when the rest of the family had finished looking and realized I was no longer with them.  I was so fascinated that I didn't even get my camera out to take any shots there.
I am in the middle of my work week right now as I get this post completed.  It has been a busy week. Hopefully this weekend we will get to see Thomas and Sam again.  Kerry's birthday is February 5th, so Emily wants us to come down so that we can celebrate in some way together.

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