March 7, 2009

Saturday fun

Despite our chilly rainy weather, the girls both enjoyed freshly painted toenails and wearing their flip flops around the house this morning. They both got new flip flops to take on our upcoming mystery trip. Josie's feet have grown nearly 3 1/2 sizes since last summer.

We took Josie to her first play Saturday afternoon sponsored by the Youth Theatre Grand Rapids' Junior Company. Emma has gotten to know Anna B. (who had the lead as Mulan) from our church. Josie didn't quite understand why she couldn't yell out Anna's name during the performance, but she was thrilled to be able to clap several times during the show. Anna did a fantastic job.

I've been busy working on a few special craft projects for an upcoming shower for a dear friend who is adopting a 3 1/2 year old from China. I don't want to give away secrets, but they've turned out really cute and Emma has been begging me to make extra for herself and Josie. I promise to post pictures after the shower on 3/21.

Speaking of craft projects, Emma and I managed to sneak in a craft project while Josie was napping. Emma's been enjoying decorating the area around the top part of her bunk bed. Do you remember melting crayon shavings between wax paper? Or, maybe I was the only one that did this craft growing up in the 1970s (hee hee). We turned our craft into a mobile that she could hang near her sleeping area, but this craft could be turned into many different things.

Supplies needed:

unwrapped crayons
pencil sharpener or grater
waxed paper
white paper
drinking glasses for tracing
hole punch
floss or string
embroidery ring

Step 1. Unwrap crayons and set aside.

Step 2. Using a pencil sharpener or grater, shred crayons one a time onto piece of waxed paper.

Step 3. Spread the shavings on the waxed paper, mixing colors.

Step 4. Repeat with additional colors and set aside.

Step 5. Place another sheet of waxed paper over top of the crayon shavings.

Step 6. Place a piece of paper on top of the waxed paper. Set your iron on low heat and carefully iron the waxed paper "sandwich", melting the crayon shavings.

Step 7. Set aside to cool and harden. Repeat with as many crayons as you like.

Step 8. Once you have a few waxed paper colors, trace around household objects such as glasses to create circles on the paper with a pencil. Cut the circles out with scissors.

Step 9. Using a small hole punch (I used a thumb tack), make a hole on the circle and string floss or string through it.

Step 10. Tie the strings to the embroidery ring, varying the lengths, and knot in place.

Step 11. Cut three pieces of string or twine. Tie each piece of twine on the embroidery ring a few inches apart. Gather twine at the top and knot all the ends together to hang.

Step 12. Remember to clean your iron when you are finished. Turn your iron up to high and iron over a piece of clean white paper. Any wax deposits will melt off the iron onto the paper. It works. I had to iron a shirt later to wear to a play and I didn't have any wax on my shirt.

As we were making this craft, I was thinking that this could be a fun activity for Easter. Instead of tracing circles, you could trace oval shapes and make them into Easter eggs to hang from a window.

Have a good week, everyone. I have a very busy, but short work week. We're leaving on our mystery trip Friday afternoon. I'm only working 4 days this week! Woo hoo!!


redmaryjanes said...

You are the most creative person I know...and thank you so much for all you are doing for the shower. I am so excited!xy

Shanna said...

Cute and fun project! I do remember doing that one in the 70's. We're giving our age away ya know??
Glad Josie did well at the play :o)
Are the girls going nuts knowing that the mystery vacation is just a few short days away?

Truly Blessed! said...

Ooh la la, love those pretty toes!

You're going to have so much fun on your "mystery vacation" -- wish we could join you!

Buffi said...

what a GREAT craft!! And 3 1/2 SIZES?!?!? WOW...I cannot believe Josie's foot has grown that big. How amazing!!! LOVE the flip flops and also the last picture of Josie is SOOOOO cute!!!! LOVE IT!! Now...where in the world are the Kenward's going?!?!?!

Mike and Barb said...

That is a fun project!!
I'm sure you're ready for some WARM weather SOMEWHERE!!
have a good short week, and happy packing!

Buffi said...

Hey Kim....I'm going to try this craft with the kids today....Can I use parchment paper instead of wax paper? (Since the crayons are wax?) I could not find wax paper at the grocery last night! UGH....All I could find was parchment. Let me know. I'm going to try and do it later today. I hope it turns out!! :)Thanks! Buffi