Photo contest…..sort of……

I always like to enter a good contest..though I don’t do it very often.  I like it if I have a chance to win.   There is a company called HerRoom and they are having a photo contest.  You had to take a picture of  your lingerie drawer to try to win a lingerie “makeover.”  Well, who wants to take a picture of their underwear drawer and enter it on a site’s Facebook page for all to see???  Not me…but hey, for a chance to win $400 worth of lingerie…why not??  Plus, they say to be creative and funny…which no one ever is……so that is when I think I have a chance to win!  So, here is my creative photo of my underwear drawer.  I decided to invite some Barbies and Kens into my drawer and have some fun!  I hope I win!!

River’s Latest Drawings…..

I love watching the drawing development in my children as they get older.    River is definitely in that pre-schematic stage.   Her drawings have gotten more complex.  And I love how her latest “thing” is that she adds a little bit of cloth or paper scrap to all her drawings.  And she loves to describe the drawings to me in great detail.  Usually, she makes me write everything she says right on the paper. ..though for these..she let me skip that!

Paper Mache Dragon craft project…..

When Tuesday and Quinn were about River’s age, they took an art class.  One of the projects they made was a dragon.  They turned out so cute and we still have them… River decided she wanted to make one.

The first thing you need to do is get some supplies together. You need two toilet paper rolls or one paper towel roll, 3 small paper cups, some newspaper, a cardboard egg carton and brown masking tape.  First, if you are using toilet paper rolls, you need to tape them together.  Then, cut off a section of the egg carton and tape it to the toilet paper rolls.

Next, you need to tape two of the small paper cups to the bottom portion of the dragon.  These will be the legs, so make sure that they are level, so the dragon can stand.  One of the paper cups, you have to cut a mouth out and tape that to the front part of the dragon.  Don’t be afraid to use lots of tape to secure it well.

Now you are ready for the tail.  Just grab a bit of newspaper….make it into a tail shape….shove it into the other end of the toilet paper rolls and then tape it all together!  Congratulations, you’ve finished the first part!

Now for the beginning of the messy stuff…paper mache!  There are a lot of different paper mache recipes out there..but I keep it simple..just flour and a little bit of water..mix until it is a thick paste.  Get some newspaper strips and you are ready to go!

Your little one may need help covering the whole dragon.  But I know they’ll have fun with this part!  Cover the whole dragon with strips of paper dipped in the paper mache.

Then wait til it dries.  After it dries….about 24 are ready to paint your dragon.  Grab whatever paints you like to use…I like acrylic….and let your little one paint away!

When the paint dries…..your dragon is ready for its final touches……whatever your little one would like to add..buttons, ribbons, feathers, glitter, googly eyes…whatever is in your craft cabinet!  Let it dry and enjoy!  Oh, and don’t forget a little tissue paper in the mouth…for the fire!

Harry Potter boxes..

About four years ago, for Easter, my husband and I made Tuesday and Quinn Harry Potter boxes.  They used to play a Harry Potter  card game that involved a lot of cards…and they needed somewhere to keep their sorted cards.

We couldn’t find anything that was exactly what we my husband came up with a design to make our own boxes.  He did all the wood work…I just did the dremeling and painting.   First, I dremeled out the design and then I painted the boxes using acrylic paint.

Then they got a coat of polyurethane to protect the paint.  I love how they turned out and the kids loved them.  Though they don’t play the card game anymore….they are still nice boxes…..