Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hoppy Hollow Easter Village

One of Little Man's favorite ways we decorate for a holiday is the Hoppy Hollow Easter Village we put out every year for Easter.  The ceramic buildings and resin bunnies are so fun to place, and he loves coming up with different places to put things every year.  This year he arranged everything to create a park.  This year was also a first in that we used the lights that we've had for a while but never had lit up.  It was a fun, new element that made the village even more exciting that usual.  I love watching him set the village up every year, he really takes his time to pick the perfect place for every piece.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Intimidator

 Little Man had a biography project where he had to write about a famous North Carolinian. He chose 3 and then was given one of his options...he wound up with Dale Earnhardt Sr...'The Intimidator'. We learned a lot about Dale while he researched his paper. Then we had to do a vision board in the shape of something representative of the person. We did a race track. We had to have so many facts on it, and at least 2 photos. Well, his crafty Mom cracked open the card stock and he wrote the facts on cars I helped him cut out. Stencils for the poster lettering helped it look neat. Then he practiced and practiced all his facts for the 'Living Wax Museum'. The kids had 'buttons' to press to activate them (see the star shape in the lower right-hand corner) and once pressed they recited facts about their person. You can't see it to clearly, but Little Man even has a mustache!

The kids were really creative, and it was a great way to learn more about famous North Carolinians (and prove the craft room's worth!)

This display was for the Wright Brothers...one of Little Man's favorite displays from the other kids.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Annual School Art Show

The Annual Art Show at Little Man's school is one of my favorite events.  All of the students have at least one piece of art featured. There are refreshments, and families are invited to come to the art show to see the art. Volunteers and teachers spend HOURS setting up the exhibits (I've volunteered before, so I know of what I speak) and the kids just love to show their art.

This year, Little Man had a field trip where he was given the role of a CEO of a utility company, which is why he had on the snazzy tie...he kept it on for the show.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

That Time We: Went Indoor Rock Climbing!

The awesome thing about Living Social and Groupon deals is that sometimes they lead you to try different things you never would have tried. And that's what led us to Inner Peaks, an indoor rock climbing center. James and I did a LITTLE rappelling years ago (many, many years ago...so it really didn't help...at all), so we all watched the safety video, were fitted for our harnesses and then had the intro class which basically teaches you how to belay (stand on the ground and handle the rope for the person climbing).  After that we walked around looking for interesting places to climb and got to it.  We all climbed, and James and I both belayed (Little Man isn't old/heavy enough).

It was a lot of fun, and really good exercise...especially for your arms!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Sock Yarn

I saw this yarn on Instagram and the gold colors made me think of Italy...of frescoes, and Tuscany.  I don't know why, since I've never been there to see the colors in person, but...since we hope to travel there this year, I thought this yarn would make for a perfect portable project to take on our travels! I found it at this shop.  Maybe for slipper socks?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An Icy Day, a Cozy Capelet

Y'all know I love Debbie Bliss.  I have every one of her magazines, and when the Fall/Winter issue came out and it had a gorgeous, cabled capelet on the cover called the "Cozy Capelet" I HAD to make it! I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn in Charcoal, and I have to tell you...the capelet is SUPER cozy. It's like wearing a cherished, comforting blanket around your shoulders. It's been perfect while we've had crazy cold temperatures hit!  

It was a really quick knit using the thick yarn and big needles.  I took the ease of the pattern a step further by knitting it in the round, which means when I bound off those stitches it was DONE, no seaming for this craft chick!

We're all home today because of an ice storm that hit last night, and you better believe I'll be staying a little bit cozier with this FO around me!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chocolate Covered Strawberry

I didn't know what to do for Hubby for St. Valentine's Day, but this super-cute chocolate covered strawberry box from SVG Cuts caught my eye, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't talk myself out of making it to put candy in for him.

He loved the box, and said he may use it for me one year (which would be a win-win).

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"NACHO" Average Valentine

 With Little Man now a 10 year-old he isn't into the cutesy St. Valentine's Day cards (sniff, sniff...just as I have learned about Pinterest and had a million cute ideas before me).  In fact, he prefers "cool" things to give to his friends, and what could be cooler than these?!?! I saw the idea on Pinterest, and though I could have printed a free template and made things easier...I didn't like the wording on the version I saw, or the graphics, so I went into Photoshop and made my own.  Doing that also enabled me to vary the teachers' valentines ever so slightly.  I printed them in color on regular paper, had him address them, then cut them out and taped them to the front of the bags.  Another cool one if you like the idea..."You're all that and a bag of chips," which has the added bonus that you could get assorted bags and use any kind and it would work. In order to have enough I ordered the Doritos from Amazon.  

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pre-Valentine Prep

Last year I had just started a new job less than 2 weeks before Valentine's Day, so I didn't get too fancy with making things for the big day.  This year, I was so motivated after seeing the super-cute SVG Cuts box cards set...I had fun picking out paper and cutting out the pieces, and then assembling the cards.  Each box card is like a little piece of magic to me...I love the finished result!

How awesome that these 3-D cards fold flat for an envelope....MAGIC!

Making these cards also meant I was able to use my new envelope board! I found the dimensions that best fit my cards, cut the paper to that size, lined them up with the correct line, and after four score lines, four notch punches and four corner punches...I had an envelope to glue...MAGIC!

I hope those that received them found them to be as magical as I do!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shark Week Sock Bag

Did you make resolutions for this year? Anything crafty? I love hearing or reading about resolutions from other crafty people.  One year I decided I would tackle steeking...another year I had a project to finish.  This year I have several.  One of them is to learn how to sew project bags for knitting.  With all the great patterns out there, I think it would be a fun thing to learn.  And after a successful trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics with my Mom I really want to sew a Christmas-themed project bag...more on that later...can't wait to show you the fabric!

Until I learn how to sew them myself, I thought I'd share a great one someone else whipped up that I came across on Etsy.  Sewn by Bird Leg Bags it's the perfect bag to hold my Shark Week Socks while they are being worked on.

The workmanship is great...she considered every detail...just look at the zipper pull!!