My regular readers may remember that I’ve been holding weekly craft sessions this summer for as many as 19 girls, ranging in age from 4 to 17, in my little girl craft club- which finally has a name: the SURF club. The girls voted on names this past week and SURF won. SURF stands for Sweet, Unique, artistic/aRtsy Friends and ties in with the beach theme of my craft room, which is now called Camie’s Crafting Cove. 🙂
This was such a fun kid craft! I got the idea from an early Christmas display at Hobby Lobby. What’s with lollipops and Christmas? I have to say I don’t get the connection. But this was a delightful summer craft for my girls.
For this craft I pulled together the following supplies-
round cake boards (I chose the 8″ boards that come in a pack from Hobby Lobby’s baking section)
12″ dowels (these came in a pack from Walmart’s craft section)
glitter glue, glue sticks, clear Elmer’s glue
adhesive gemstones (Walmart has these in sheets)
scrap ribbon, craft string, yarn
buttons, tiny craft pom poms, sequins (whatever you already have on hand)
duct tape (to attach the dowel to the back of the lolly)
First the girls decorated the white side of their cake boards using a combination of the materials that appealed to them. Some also decorated their dowel with string or the adhesive gems (which came in long strips) and most added a bow just below the lolly.
♥ Which is your favorite? This was one of our last craft sessions for the summer as public school begins here on August 22nd. Marcus and I will start our homeschool year August 30th which is the first day of his online classes. Do you have any fun end-of-summer plans? I’d love to hear about them. Thanks for stopping by. ♥
I don’t know about your kids, but my cute craft girls are currently obsessed with pineapples! Maybe it’s a summer thing as I have seen pineapple prints on beach towels, tote bags, and water bottles.
For this craft I collected the following supplies:
empty cans (washed out, labels removed; I chose hot chocolate cans because that’s what I had on hand)
small paper plates (for the Mod Podge)
yellow construction paper (I had two different yellows- one light and one dark)
yellow tissue paper squares (optional; I already had them on hand from a past craft)
glitter (optional, but little girls love glitter!)
pineapple crowns made out of green construction paper
yellow duct tape or clear tape (for attaching the crown)
black Sharpie (optional; for adding a face if desired)
My daughter created the stencil for the pineapple crowns and although it took me more time and work, I laminated them so they’d be sturdier and wouldn’t tear. That is certainly optional however. 🙂
I had the kids start their craft by tearing pieces of yellow construction paper. Then we poured some Mod Podge onto the paper plates and the kids started brushing the glue on the outside of the can, adding paper, and then brushing glue over the paper. Didn’t they do a great job? As you can see, some of the girls turned their cans into banks as I had lids for the cans.
This craft was a hit with both girls and boys (we had two boys join in the fun), and I loved the way they turned out.
♥ Raise your hand if you love Mod Podge as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by. ♥
Besides the classic journal, as I call it, where you write about every day life, there are all kinds or types of specialty journals and today we are going to touch on three of my favorites…
The travel journal: This is a journal where you keep track of your vacations and travel adventures. Consider including-
the planning stage
your travel companions
the travel route and mode of transportation
weather and location of each day
tours, attractions, local sights
photos (If you have a polaroid camera, that would be a fun size and you could pop it in right away.)
ticket stubs and receipts
favorite memories from each day
travel quotes and memes (Create your own!)
Choose a journal with sturdy pages if you’re adding mementos. Consider blank pages if you want to sketch.
The study journal: This is a journal that becomes a personal study tool. It’s a place to keep your study notes. What you include will vary depending on the type of study, but consider-
vocabulary and definitions
favorite verses and quotes
timeline of events
doctrines and principles
memes, pictures, sketches, doodles
your thoughts and insights
your questions and answers or conclusions
lessons to learn from others’ experiences
your own experiences and lessons learned
I prefer composition notebooks for this kind of journal. A spiral notebook works great as well. I like to use a variety of colored pens to make it fun and to break up my notes.
The gratitude journal: This is a journal for the purpose of positivity. 🙂 It’s a place to record your blessings and works best when you write in it daily. Consider including-
your favorite part of each day
memories which bring a smile to your face
acts of kindness and service bestowed upon you
acts of kindness and service you give to others
things and situations you are grateful for
people who bless your life
uplifting quotes and verses
your doodles and sketches
photos of your friends, family, and pets
Select a quality journal with a beautiful cover or custom make your own cover of a spiral or composition notebook (Mod Podge your favorite quotes and memes). A plainer journal can be brightened up with colored pens, stickers, and washi tape.
♥ Stay tuned for a guest post on bullet journaling, which is something I’ve yet to try. Do you keep or have you ever created a travel journal, study journal or gratitude journal? If so, I’d love to hear about it. What would you add to my lists? ♥
It’s been a busy summer here these past two weeks. Marcus has obtained his learner’s permit and wants to practice as often as I’ll allow it. As his dad is working in another state, it falls to me to be his driving parent. I have to say, so far he is a sensible driver. He’s a really good boy. I’ve started contemplating his tenth grade year and what we’d like to add to his regular online classes. We will be back and forth between our home here in Utah and my husband’s rental house in Montana, where he is currently employed. Hooray for homeschooling!
This was a fun craft and one that helped the girls practice some basic sewing skills.
I painstakingly cut the centers out of each plate beforehand, and pierced ten holes on the outside of each circle. Some of the older girls added more holes, but the ten holes were plenty for the little girls to create a crisscross pattern. Later, at least three holes were added to the bottom of the dream catcher, for the hanging threads.
The girls started by painting their plates and chose their thread color(s) and beads while the paint dried. The floss threaders were definitely easier for the girls to use than the craft needles. I highly recommend them! I helped the younger girls with their threading, but for the most part the girls managed rather well. Some chose a single color for the entire center, while others chose two or three colors to weave. The ends of the thread were taped to the back of the plate. Easy peasy!
♥ Does your child have a dream catcher hanging over their bed? I feel like this summer is just flying by. I hope all of my readers are enjoying their summer (or winter if that is the case). Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. ♥
To kick off my little girl mini craft parties for July, we created ocean and beach scenes with watercolors, sand, and embellishments.
This craft was especially fun to create in my beach themed craft room. This room is my calm, happy place, and the little girls just love it, although I have heard there needs to be more pink. 😉 We have set three simple rules to keep chaos at bay when we craft:
Keep the mess at the table.
Share the supplies.
Clean up after yourself.
For this craft I gathered together:
sturdy paper plates (dinner size) with no pattern
assorted paint brushes
clear plastic cups for water (I reuse these)
craft sand (I had pink, blue, white and a little bit of beige sand on hand)
miniature seashells and pebbles (I also had a package of colored starfish)
Elmer’s clear glue
scratch sheets of paper for testing colors or doodling
Those were the basics. I also pulled out of my craft cupboard:
ocean themed stickers (I had mermaids, seashells, and sea creatures)
ocean themed paper punches (I had a seashell, fish, seahorse, dolphin and shark)
colored paper for the punches or anything else
Another option is to find a free printable ocean creature coloring page online and reduce the size to scale if necessary.
The only instructions I gave the girls was to paint the ocean first, and let it dry, before applying the sand. We found the easiest way to glue on the sand was to sponge brush the glue over the entire area and then gently shake the sand over the glue.
For the past couple of weeks we’ve been trying to come up with a fun name for our craft club. We haven’t came up with any winners yet though. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.
For the snack I planned ahead and had my son make up berry blue jello in clear cups. Once it set (after approx. three hours) the girls added crushed graham crackers to represent sand, whipped topping (sea foam?), and Swedish fish. I didn’t think to do this, but Nerds can be added to the bottom before the jello to represent pebbles. I did find some neon sour octopus candy and added one at the bottom of some of the jello cups before setting. It was kind of creepy, haha, but the girls told me it was yummy.
♥ Are you and your kids crafting this summer? I hope you’re staying cool! Temps here this week (northern Utah) are in the 90’s. Perfect timing for my AC to go out in my car, right? The mechanics have yet to find the leak so I’ve got to take it back in one week for a recheck. I’ve also come down with a fun head cold. Ah, the fun surprises of life. Thanks for visiting. Happy July! ♥
A journal’s purpose is to give you a place to record any and everything that has to do with being YOU.
It’s never too late to start a journal or pick the habit back up again.
Get a notebook, a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity. Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies.
~Spencer W. Kimball
I have five basic tips for keeping a journal:
Set aside a specific time each day (once a week at the very least) for journaling.
Write from your heart and let your thoughts flow out. Just be yourself.
Give specific details of your most significant memories. Details might include location, time of day, your emotions, people involved, goals set and accomplished.
Date each entry with today’s day, month, and year. If you are writing down a past memory, make sure you also include that date or timeframe as best you can remember.
Write both first and last names of people you mention, even family members and close friends.
Sometimes you may feel like your life is too mundane to record, but there is something to be said for the ordinary. Isn’t it comforting to know others have been where you are now?
There are many benefits that come from the habit of journaling:
Detailing your most significant moments in wordswill preserve them for all time.
The act of journaling has meditative qualities, especially if you choose a quiet setting. You will often feel relaxed, reflective, and at peace as you journal.
Journaling is therapeutic. Keeping a journal can be similar to talking to a counselor or a friend who listens attentively and never judges.
Journals become a type of legacy for your posterity.
Journaling may help you recognize and appreciate your blessings. In a later post we’ll explore the joy of keeping a gratitude journal.
When you handwrite your journal, your memory may improve. That’s because the act of taking pen to paper helps us remember important things.
Journaling may help you truly discover yourself. You will get to know yourself better as you journal.
♥ If you keep a journal, what tips and benefits would you add? Stay tuned for more posts in this series. Thanks for visiting my blog. ♥
I’ve been hosting little girl mini craft parties all month long. This week the girls in my crafting club made leis. I thought they turned out pretty cute.
These craft parties all began with a Christmas craft party my daughters and I hosted back in December 2015 with five neighbor girls. They made birthstone ornaments, snow globes, and decorated sugar cookies.
That party led us to host more craft parties, usually around a holiday or in the summer months, and with each party we held, another girl or a couple more girls would join us. Each party would be three to four hours long and include lunch or dinner. And they were a blast for everyone involved.
This summer I decided to host mini craft parties once a week in June. They were two hours long and held in my new craft room. I chose one simple craft per session and included a snack, which the moms of the girls provided as a contribution. I had to hold two separate sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon to accommodate all of the girls as my craft room comfortably seats 10 at my table. This turned out to be a brilliant idea because I started this summer with 13 girls and I now have 19 girls in my craft club.
We ended June’s crafting with lei making and these are the supplies we used:
Fabric lei flowers. I bought mine off Amazon. It was an inexpensive party pack of 30 Hawaiian-style leis. Their quality isn’t great, but good enough for this craft.
Paper straws in a variety of colors and patterns. You can find these in the party section of Walmart or Hobby Lobby and also at Michael’s.
Pony beads in a variety of colors. I just grabbed what we already had on hand.
My preparation for this craft included taking apart the party leis and separating the flowers by color. I then cut the paper straws by fourths or fifths so that each straw came out to be 1.5″ to 2″ long. I cut the string to 40″ lengths. That seemed to work out just right for a medium-length lei after tying off the ends.
I had each girl tie a bead at the end of her string as she was beginning and most of the girls used a sewing needle to thread the flowers, beads and straws onto their strings. Most of the girls chose a flower-straw-flower-straw pattern, and some girls inserted beads after each flower or on each end of the straws.
♥ The finishing touch was having the girls make cards for each lei recipient. These leis and cards were given to grandmothers and cancer patients in our neighborhood. Some of the moms were willing to take their daughters to deliver these in person. ♥ From feedback received by some of the girls and their moms, I’ve decided to continue my weekly craft parties in July, with a break for the holiday week of the 4th. ♥