Wednesday, August 22, 2012

* End of Summer Celebration: Backyard Shaving Cream Fight Fun!

I was inspired by Meg Duerksen's family tradition of 
an end of summer shaving cream fight in the backyard. 
So... last night, before dinner and pre-bath, 
I told the girls to go out into the backyard for a surprise.
I handed them each a can of shaving cream and told them to have fun!

The shaving cream was "sensitive skin" formula from the Dollar Tree, 
leftover from a shaving cream marbling art lesson. 

They decided to wear sun glasses as "protective eye wear" to keep it out of their eyes
but then decided to ditch the sunglasses (and the flip flops) and just have fun. 

If anyone got it near their eyes, I just used the corner of my t-shirt
to wipe it away - each of the girls only got a bit in their mouths once. 

Both girls had a blast making hair-dos and the mirror by the swing set
(it's on the back of our shed -- a rescue from a neighbor's trash a few years ago)!

When they were both covered, I took them inside,
put them in the shower and hosed them off - clothes and all. 
We would have used the hose but it was a bit chilly.

I only ended up with a bit of shaving cream - 
they got me on the butt after I took this photo -- nice!

They had a blast, made great memories, I got some awesome photos,
and the girls think I'm the best mom ever (thank you Meg!) 
Do you have any (messy) end of summer traditions?

Pink and Green Mama

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

* Back To School Supply Makeover: Washi Tape Wrapped Pencils

The girls are getting ready to head back to school in a few weeks so we 
stocked up on this year's school supplies last week. 
A lot of the "list" from school dictates what the item has to be,
such as plain folders in solid colors, boring notebooks, etc.
so there isn't a lot of room to interject one's personality (read: BORING!)
We decided to remedy that with a mini school supply makeover!

We started with the required packages of #2 yellow pencils
for each girls' classroom.
Then we decided to embellish them with a bit of washi tape at the ends.

The girls have really been enjoying mom's washi tape stash lately.
(It is a new favorite art supply 
It has been making appearances in collages and 
being added to various boxes to add some pizazz.

"E" and "C" asked me if we could add some washi tape to their school pencils.
I googled it and sure enough - it has been done before and looks like it worked.
After I showed the girls the pencils on the Sew Woodsy blog, we decided to 
err on the safe side and not wrap our pencils quite as far down as she did.
Our pencils will be used by the whole class
 and "E" said the naughty boys like to see who can get their
pencil worn down the smallest -- I didn't want to start off the new school
year by clogging up the teacher's pencil sharpeners!

We set to work one morning in our PJs with mom's weekend coffee treat
and wrapped pencils with washi tape.

The girls enjoyed sorting and stacking various color combinations with the tape.

When we were all done, I put the pencils back in their packages
and taped them shut to send in with the first day of school supplies. 

Hope we don't get into trouble with the teachers for adding 
some bling to our boring school supplies!
Happy ALMOST Back to School!

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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Monday, August 6, 2012

* Ocean Box Diorama

We're big fans of dioramas around here. 
I've been known to make peep dioramas at easter time. 
My very talented 9 year old daughter "E" loves to make dioramas for fun. 
If she has a chance to make one for a school project she'll leap at it 
but mostly, she just enjoys making them at home (for fun) in her own time. 
She asked if she can get a job as a grown-up making dioramas. 
I told her if there is, we might have to do it together!

Friday, August 3, 2012

* Origami Paper Crane Wish Tree - Remembering a Friend With Cancer

I blogged about our origami peace cranes gift on May 30th.
My dear friend Lisa, that we made one of the chains for, passed away the next day. 
It was heartbreaking. It still is heartbreaking.
I'm still healing and will be for a long time. 

Lisa and I met at our breast-feeding group when our oldest daughters were tiny little things.
We started a playgroup together and became close friends 
as we journeyed through motherhood together. 
Too many years of friendship and good memories to fit into one little blog post.
There were origami cranes at her memorial service and they'll always make me think of her.
This wish tree was created as a bit of therapeutic art for myself and my daughter. 

The original inspiration for this project came from this flickr picture taken at 
the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore California.

It is said that when one folds 1,000 origami cranes they are granted a wish.
"E" and I are getting there, slowly but surely.

We sat and folded the tiny cranes together using a pack of origami paper
I picked up at Michaels. Each paper square is 3"x 3"

As we sat and folded cranes we talked about our memories of Lisa.
We talked about our hopes and wishes for her family and they heal.
We talked about our wishes for other friends and family fighting their own battles. 

It wasn't all sad talk. We laughed. We told funny stories and jokes.
We talked about wishes and hopes for the future.
We spent many hours together folding cranes over a period of several days.

When we felt like we had enough cranes, we sorted them into piles by color.
The branches for our tree were found in my parents' basement 
(they have an awesome craft room too.) 
 I'm not sure where they originally found the branches.
I wedged them into a little bucket I had from Ikea's garden center. 
You could use rocks or fish gravel to weigh it down so it won't tip over, 
I used some plaster of paris to anchor and keep it weighted down.

I adhered the cranes with Elmer's glue dots. 

Here's our finished wishing tree. 

It's sitting in the family room and makes me smile every time I see it.
It fills me with happy memories and they are slowly but surely replacing the sadness.

Lisa, Chris, Sabine, and Christopher -- 
I love you all and carry you in my heart every day. 

Pink and Green Mama

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