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Kid Craft- Key Chains

This past week, my SURF Club girls made key chains or zipper pulls.

For this craft, I supplied the following:

  • Key rings, zipper pulls, lobster hooks
  • Jump rings
  • Yarn to make pompoms or tassels
  • Craft cording
  • Beads
  • Unicorn charms and colorful chain (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (for the googly eyes)

You can look online for how to make yarn pompoms and tassels. Here is one tutorial by wikiHow. They’re pretty easy to make and my daughter walked my craft girls through the process. Some added googly eyes to their pompoms.

You may need jewelry pliers or a jump ring opener.

The girls added beads to the craft cord and tied it off directly on the key ring or used a jump ring.

One girl used the chain to make a necklace instead. 😊

One fun place for a homemade key chain/zipper pull is on a back pack.

The girls really enjoyed making these. I think they turned out great.

💛 Wishing all my readers a Happy Memorial Day. 🇺🇸 We are visiting my mother-in-law this weekend to give her some company. She’s already taken flowers to her family’s graves because the weather is supposed to be rainy on Monday. I’m sure we’ll visit my father-in-law’s grave at least. I miss him. He was a wonderful father to my husband and sadly, I only got to know him for four years before he passed away from cancer. 💛 Thanks for stopping by! 💛

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Kid Craft- Cow Hats

This past week was the 104th Black and White Days in our town. It’s named that for the Holstein cows and includes a cow show, parade, horse pulls, and other events. So in honor of that, my craft girls made cow hats at craft days this week. They turned out super cute!

For this craft, I supplied the following items:

  • foam visors (you can find these at craft stores such as Hobby Lobby and JOANN’s)
  • pink craft foam
  • black craft foam
  • white craft foam (optional)
  • blue and green foam, for eyes
  • scissors
  • glue sticks or craft glue (the glue sticks worked well)
  • brads (to attach the ears; optional)
  • templates made from cardstock (optional)
  • Markers (to add a smile; optional)

This was an easy and fun craft. I created some templates for some of the girls to use. I pre-cut some of the parts for three-year olds, but encouraged them cut their own “spots”, which was fun for them. For some the ears, we attached them with brads which gave them a folded look. Some of the craft foam was glittered, which was fun.

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This is what my craft table looks like after a craft day. Sometimes my girls make cards when they finish early. 🙂

♥ These past two weeks have been crazy busy at my house. Besides craft days, which are three times a week, we’ve been decluttering, cleaning, staging our house, and weeding our flower beds, with the help of some amazing friends. It’s kept us up late some nights and has had us rushing about the house to get everything show-ready. The photographer came last Friday and spent three hours taking still pictures and scans for a virtual tour. Then there was a private showing, a realtor walk-through, and an open-house this week. My house and yard has never looked better, but it’s so. much. work. It’s exhausting! My kids and friends have been so helpful. I couldn’t have done it without them. So, that’s what’s going on with us. What’s going on at your house? Is your May as busy as mine? Let me know! Thanks for stopping by. ♥

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Kid Craft- Fairy Gardens

This past week, my SURF (Sweet, Unique, aRtsy Friends) Club delivered their service project, which I’ll show you later in this post. In case you missed my last post, my girls spent their April craft days making fairy gardens for two grandmothers in our community. On their last week I thought it would be fun for the girls to make their own fairy gardens. 🙂

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The sweet 3-year old who made this gave it to away that very afternoon to one of the grandmas. Awww!

For this craft I provided my girls with the following supplies:

  • Easter cartons (bought on clearance from Hobby Lobby)
  • Craft moss, Easter grass or other filler (my daughter simply used a square piece of cardboard)
  •  Ribbon “grass” (it came on a ribbon roll from Hobby Lobby)
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks (Please supervise children)
  • Neon pebbles, river rocks, mini pinecones, rose shavings, etc.
  • Other small embellishments, such as tiny clothespins, wooden spools, pom poms, beads, sea shells, glitter, etc.
  • Paper straws, string, etc.
  • Buttons are great for this craft (think flowers, frogs, owls, butterflies, etc.)
  • I splurged and bought each girl a miniature unicorn (good luck charm from Red Balloon)

The first thing the girls did was fill their cartons three-fourth’s of the way with some sort of filler, such as Easter grass or craft moss. Then they laid a square of ribbon grass across the top.

And then each girl used her imagination to design an enchanted garden any fairy would love.

Even my daughter got in on the fun. She is now a college graduate! Her graduation is this Friday. Woot! Can you tell the theme she chose for her garden?

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My Monday group filled the pots, planted the flowers, and delivered the pots. My Wednesday group added painted rocks.

And here are the fairy garden pots my girls made to give some cheer to two special grandmothers.

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My Friday group placed the pieces I chose, bought from Michael’s, Big Lots, and Hobby Lobby.

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♥ I am happy to say that the last half of April has brought us more sunshine and warmer days. Also, my husband’s boss has agreed to let him try working remotely. So he is home this week and that will be so helpful to move our progress towards getting this house listed within the next couple of weeks. We’re still busy decluttering and moving items to storage and have some small repairs to do.

Thanks for stopping by! I can’t believe it’s almost May! ♥

 

 

 

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My Fairy Gardens

So far, this is a cool and wet spring here in northern Utah. With all the rain, some occasional snow showers, and a couple of hail storms, I’ve only managed to get outside to weed my tulip bed and set up my fairy gardens on my front porch for my craft girls to enjoy when they visit.

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Lil Lil told me she’s spring cleaning her cottage and guest cottage.

In fact, my SURF Club (Sweet, Unique, aRtsy Friends) is in the middle of a combined project this month. Each girl is contributing their creativity to two fairy gardens which our club will give to two grandmothers in our community. So far, each girl has made cards and painted rocks. This week, each girl will add her handprint to the outside of each fairy garden pot. I’ll post the final results when we are finished next week.

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You’ve probably noticed my blogging has slowed down. I am busy living life! My husband and I have decided to sell our house and in preparation for that, the kids and I have been decluttering, room by room. We have been donating or selling items we no longer need/want and packing other items in boxes and containers and moving them to a storage unit. It’s very time consuming. It feels great to declutter and simplify our lives. So many times in our moving around we have lived simplistically and it’s so freeing. Our material possessions really can tie us down.

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Sparkleberry has a wishing well in her backyard.

Our plan is to sell this house and buy an RV to live in for a year or so. I’ve always wanted to road-school (even though living in Peru and Canada has given us some world-school opportunities) and this is my last chance. I don’t blog much about our homeschooling now because there’s not much to show and tell in these high school years. Marcus owns his education and he’s very responsible. He loves the freedom homeschooling gives him. For me, it’s so nice to have him home and I love our morning time driving to and from Seminary (that is a youth scripture study class he attends in person) because we listen to audio books. We just finished Journey to the Fringe by Kelli Swofford Nielsen. If you are looking for an adventure and fantasy novel, this is a great one.

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Dew Drop takes care of the fairy playground and treehouse. She also feeds Halle.

My long term plan is to buy some land, build a house we can pay off quickly, and I have a dream to start my own craft class/party business. I’ve really enjoyed crafting with my SURF Club. We’ve literally created some wonderful memories together. 🙂

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Clover’s garden attracts birds and critters. 

♥ I do hope we get some sun here soon! How is spring shaping up for you? Do you have some fairies living in your gardens? Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥

 

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Kid Craft- Hobbit Doors

This week, in honor of Tolkien Reading Day, which was March 25th, my SURF Club girls designed hobbit doors.

For this craft I supplied:

  • cake boards (these were donated to me, but they can be found in hobby stores in the baking section)
  • markers
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue sticks
  • embellishments, such as buttons, sequins, die cuts, etc. (optional)

When I craft with my girls, I give them a theme and the supplies and maybe an instruction or idea, but otherwise I let them freely create as their hearts desire. Of course, I do have to put a limit on the embellishments because some of my cute girls would use up all my craft supplies in one go if I let them!

For this craft, most of my girls started by coloring the white side of their cake boards with markers. After that, some cut construction paper to look like bricks, stones, and the doorknob.

I just have to show off my daughter’s hobbit doors. She decorated each side of her cake board.

♥ Are you ready for April? We’ve had a lot of rain and snow showers here in Utah lately. I’m hoping there are some drier days next week so I can get outside and weed my flower beds. My crocuses are popping out of the ground and I’m excited for blossoms to appear on my trees. ♥

 

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The Great Ladybug Challenge

I am so excited to participate in this fun and unique challenge/exhibition! This challenge was inspired by Our Little Red House (Check out her beautiful ladybug beanbags!) and begun by Kathy’s Crafts and things, who painted the cutest ladybug rock.

I’d like to thank Starrcreative.ca for nominating me. She made a wonderful ladybug pin cushion I adore! Actually, she nominated me and my craft girls, also know as the SURF Club (Sweet, Unique, aRtsy Friends). These are several of my neighbor girls, ranging in ages from 3-16, and we meet up in my Crafting Cove (my beach themed craft room) and make all kinds of creations together, from lollipops to nature journals to penguins, and now, ladybugs!

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person/s who tagged you and create a link to their blog.
  2. Use “THE GREAT LADYBUG CHALLENGE!!!” logo banner on your post and copy and paste the rules on your post.
  3. Add a picture of your ladybug creation/s and maybe a how-to of how you did it and the supplies used.
  4. Create a link to Our Little Red House blog, so people can be inspired by her beautiful ladybugs! And check out her blog, she makes really neat projects!
  5. Tag 1 – 5 people that you think would be interested in making ladybugs and create links to their blogs.
  6. Notify your tagged people that you’ve tagged them through social media or in the comments on their blogs.
  7. This is a wide open ladybug making exercise! You can make them however way you want, it’s not limited to sewing them. Use whatever is your favorite crafting materials to make them. And you can even write poems or stories about ladybugs or paint pictures of them. Or make cards featuring ladybugs. Or you could even make ladybug cupcakes or cookies! Use whatever creative medium you are comfortable with!
  8. There is no time limit! Ladybug making should be relaxing, not stressful!
  9. Even if you weren’t tagged, feel free to participate in making ladybugs! Tag others and create links to their blogs so people can follow the links to see the ladybugs!

♥♥♥

My SURF Club made a multitude of ladybugs from a variety of materials. This first group was made from tiles. I was at Lowe’s one day with my husband and scored on a sheet of tiles on clearance for less than $1.50. I knew I could make good use of them.

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One of these ladybirds is mine.

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Sammie's Ladybug

For this project the girls used the following supplies:

  • White diamond tiles
  • Small black diamond tiles (these came with the white tiles)
  • Paint and paint brushes
  • Craft glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Small googly eyes
  • Other embellishments such as small buttons, pearl gems, black twine, black chenille stems, glitter, etc.
  • Magnet buttons (We hot-glued these on the underside so they could be ladybird magnets).
  • Scissors

This second group of ladybugs was made from egg carton cups:

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Egg carton, paint, pom poms, tiny buttons, small googly eyes, stick on gems, black chenille stems

And then we have some one-of-a-kind ladybugs:

These ladybirds were made from bottle lids, an egg carton flat, a ladybug inspired key, little jars, and a sea shell. Pretty imaginative if you ask me!

Two of my girls designed homes for their ladybugs:

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This home was made from an empty lemon juice container.
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This adorable bug house was made from an empty cocoa container and half a t.p. roll.

And last, but not least, I found a ladybug coloring page online which some of my girls colored:

 

And there you have it! This was a really fun craft for my girls and they were excited to take part of this challenge. I hope some of my readers will also take part.

My nominations:

  •  Becky at Gazelle Sentiments. Becky makes the most amazing cards! Maybe she will delight us with a ladybug card.
  •  Patty at WhimziVille. Patty has the most creative ways of repurposing and upcycling.
  •  You! If you’d like to take part in this challenge, please do! We’d love to see more ladybugs, of all kinds!

♥ Thanks for stopping by! I hope your week is going great. ♥

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Welcome Spring Crafts (Flowers in Pots, Butterflies & Cards)

My SURF Club girls welcomed spring in this week with two crafts and some watercolor artwork. S.U.R.F. stands for Sweet, Unique, aRtsy Friends. This is a group of some of my neighbor girls who join me for crafting fun every week. They range in ages from 3 to 17.

Aren’t these flowers darling?

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For this craft I supplied the girls with the following:

  • pre-cut paper flowers, printed on cardstock
  • markers
  • green chenille stems (I happened to have four different greens)
  • flat wood craft sticks (optional)
  • little flower pots/cups (from the Dollar Tree)
  • river rocks
  • moss
  • scotch tape

I tried to find these flowers online, but I had no luck. I already had them on hand from an Easter printout I used at church years ago. Notice how the faces of the flowers are pentagon shaped. That allows for the petals to be folded in or out.

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First the girls colored their flowers. Then they created their stems. There were two different ways the girls created the flower stems. One was by winding green chenille stems around a craft stick, which gives a thicker, fuzzier stem that is unbending. I told the girls to leave a little space at the top of the stick to attach the flower, using scotch tape or a drop of glue. The other way was to wind a chenille stem around a pencil or marker to create a coiled stem (see photo above). The flowers were then “planted” into the cup/pot using river rocks and moss and scotch tape to secure them.

For the butterfly craft I supplied:

  • butterfly die cuts (bought from Michael’s and other craft stores)
  • pom poms in a variety of colors and sizes
  • craft glue
  •  markers (some of my girls used watercolor paints instead)
  • embellishments such as stickers and confetti
  • scrapbook paper (optional)
  • craft punches (optional)

I had two different butterfly die cuts because I had some prior, bought years ago (the one on the right with the antennas), and knowing I would run out, I found the other shape (on the left) from Michael’s. For each butterfly I had the girls start by gluing pom poms down the middle for the head and “body” (I think it’s officially called an abdomen if you want to get scientific). I had tiny pom poms for the butterfly pictured left since that particular die cut featured a skinny middle. Then the girls decorated the wings any way they wanted. Some of the girls glued their butterflies onto scrapbook paper for a background.

My girls love to make cards so they each created a spring scene on the front of blank cards, using watercolor paints.

For this project, I supplied the girls with the following:

  • plain white cards with envelopes (from any craft store; I got these in a box of 50 from Walmart’s craft section)
  • watercolor paints and paint brushes
  • water in little cups
  • green construction paper, scissors, and glue sticks (for grass; optional)
  • spring stickers
  • markers/colored pencils

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Many of the girls started out by painting pretty blue skies on the front of their cards. For some of the younger girls, I had pre-cut strips of green construction paper, the length of their cards, and showed them how to use their scissors to cut into it without going all the way through (I hope that makes sense!) to create grass. Then the girls added stickers and their own artwork to finish their spring scenes.

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♥ Thank you for visiting my blog today! I hope you’re seeing signs of spring where you live and that it inspires you to create something and get outside in nature. If you make these crafts with your kids, I’d love to hear about it. AND stay tuned for the SURF club’s ladybug craft reveal which is part of The Great Ladybug Challenge. I hope all of my creative readers will join in! Check it out and let’s keep the fun going. Bloggers may create ladybugs any way they wish, through art, photography, crafting, etc. Anyone is welcome to participate. Until then, I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. ♥