This afternoon I put together a little magnet board toy for Ayla. It's basically a build-a-scene magnet board. It has a 12 x 12 background scene and several 3-D chipboard magnets made from chipboard stickers and rubons on cardboard (these are made by Imaginisce). The 12 x 12 scene can be slid into the large photo corners (which are adhered directly to the magnet board). This way, the scene stays put, but can be changed out for other scenes (which I have yet to make).
This project is actually a test-run to see if she likes it and uses it (because it's all made from paper and chipboard, I doubt it will hold up well). If she does, I'll make several scenes and buy her several sets of magnets in different themes. And I'll try and make them from more durable stuff...laminated papers, mod-podged chipboard, or even plastic magnets.
So far, she was pretty excited about it. Ben hung it up in her playroom downstairs after she woke up from her nap today and she shuffled the magnets all around...
The other night, my nephew Tucker asked me "Aunt Dee?" (that's what they call me) "How come you never make us stuff?"
I should probably have reminded him of the tunnels we made just last week, but I think he meant something he could take home..so I asked him what he wanted me to make.
His response....a garage for his hot wheels cars. So, I promised him a garage and that we would build something today when they came over (which turned out to be a spaceship).
Here's the garage...made from my favorite cardboard box source...a box of LUVS diapers.
I would have liked to paint it, but we didn't have any spray paint on hand, so it's graffitied up with LUVS graphics. But I did give the flooring a layer of cardstock and even made them a handicap parking space. Hope it provides hours of entertainment! Until it falls apart. :)
And here's today's spaceship creation:
I tell you what...there's nothing better than a dedicated playroom where stuff can be moved and destroyed and rebuilt over and over again. This same landing spot has also been home to a campout, tornadoes, rodeos, outer space, and more down-to-earth pretend games like "house" and "baby".
I have a favorite pair of khaki shorts. But they have bleach stains on them. I wore them anyway. Then, the bleach stains started turning into holes. I wore them anyway. But then the holes got bigger and I had to figure out some sort of rescue mission for them.
Here's my solution. Unfortunately, I failed to take before pictures....
I used Fancy Pants chipboard paisley shapes to trace a design on the shorts, cut out the design, pinned a piece of fabric to the inside, did a quick baste stitch around the design to keep it in place and then went back and hand stitched a brown border with a backstitch (I think that's the right term). It took a while to hand stitch them all, but I like the end result.
Now I gotta figure out what I'll do when the bleach stains on the other leg turn into holes...there in a less "normal" spot to put a design. Hmm...
ps...Ayla was my helper for the top photo. She pressed the shutter button to start the self timer, so the camera would focus correctly. She's a tiny pro.
Today's project: A Paper Lily
I wish it was for a happy occasion, but it's for a paper flower bouquet for a friend and former Scrapjazz Blue Crew member, Shelley. Her step-daughter (17) was killed in a car accident earlier this week and we're all hurting with their family.
Scrap Etc. (the local scrapbook store where she's also a designer) is sending our love and support with a paper flower bouquet.
Instructions for creating this style of origami flower can be found here.
Blogging has been light this week for a few reasons:
- Our internet connection has been splotchy at best...
- We've done very little all week worth posting about...
- I've been in creative mode, working on a fun new project for an article...
We've been going to the Hoover Rec Center for almost a year now...nearly every day! The child care is wonderful, and I'd like to give the two ladies who work there some kind of gift on our 1-year membership anniversary. They're so good to Ayla and she loves them. And I love them because they give me an hour and half of me-time every day. Can't ask for anything better than that!
I'd love to make them each something in addition to getting them a gift certificate, but I'm stumped on ideas. Any suggestions of great crafty (not cheesy) child-caregiver gifts?