Today we are thinking of all those that are getting hit by the historic Winter Storm Olive! Yikes! In support of you, we are making some friendly snowmen using craft sticks. (Or some might call them popsicle sticks.) We used the wider sticks for our snowmen. Here’s a sneak peek! 😉
You will need 1 wide craft stick for each snowman plus glue, markers, small wiggly eyes, confetti type decorations (or just draw “buttons” on with markers), white paint, paintbrush, small pieces of pipe cleaners and a bit of black paper. (Or white paper that you color black.)
Begin by painting your craft sticks white and allowing them time to dry.
Once the paint is dry, glue 2 small wiggly eyes on each stick.
Using the markers, draw a carrot nose and a mouth on each snowman. If you add a few tiny lines to each orange carrot nose, the nose will look more realistic. 😉
Now wrap a piece of a pipe cleaner around the stick to be the snowman’s scarf. Twist the ends together once.
Glue on 3 small decorations for the snowman’s buttons or use your markers to draw some buttons.
If you would like your snowman to have a hat, color the top part of the stick with a black marker.
To finish making the hat, cut a very small strip of black paper and glue it on at the bottom of the black area you just colored in.
And that’s it! Your snowmen are finished! If you would like to hang up your snowmen, you can glue a magnet or a loop of string to the back of each one.
I hope everyone enjoys making their snowmen and that each and every one of you stays safe and warm! Hang on! Spring will be here soon! 🙂
On a recent trip to Walmart, I saw a couple of Ada Twist Scientist toys that are on clearance with really great discounted prices. Let me just say though, that I’ve never watched Ada Twist Scientist so I have no clue if this is a popular thing or not. 😉
The first set is an Ada Twist Scientist doll with a drawing board that also makes a desk. (Sorry about the face reflection in the picture! LOL)
The regular price was $28.88 but the clearance price is just $9.00! Wow!
The second toy is a Create-a-lab deluxe playset with 50+ pieces.
The regular price on this set was $24.97 but the clearance price is $11.00.
So if you’re an Ada Twist Scientist fan, (or your kiddo is), check in at your local Walmart and see if they have these items on sale too. Great buys! Good luck! 🙂
Welcome to another Monday! And since sometimes Mondays can be a little rough with going back to school and work after a weekend off, let’s have a little fun with riddles to get us all grinning again. 🙂
#1.) What sign is posted at a Boa Constrictors family reunion?
Answer: “No Hugging!”
#2.) What time is it when a dinosaur sits on your sofa?
Answer: Time to get a new sofa!
#3.) What do frogs eat in France?
Answer: French flies!
#4.) Where did the dog leave his car?
Answer: In the barking lot!
#5.) How do sheep get clean?
Answer: They take a baa-th!
#6.) How do you entertain a cow?
Answer: Take her to the moo-vies!
#7.) What do you feed a race horse?
Answer: Fast food!
#8.) What do you call a parrot that likes to hike?
Answer: A walkie-talkie!
Are you smiling now? 🙂 I hope these riddles helped to lighten your mood and make you grin!
Building a snowman outside with the kids can be such a fun time, but it has it’s drawbacks, right? Like getting all the kids dressed for going out into the cold weather. Finding coats, snow pants, boots, mittens and hats and getting all the items on all the kids at the same time can be a challenge! And just as you are ready to head out the door, you’ll probably hear a bundled up kiddo say, “I have to go to the bathroom!” Or you will be outside for a total of 2 minutes before someone starts crying because snow got on them or they are too cold! Haha! Yep, been there, done that! 😉
So today, let’s build some snowman inside our nice, warm houses! 🙂 And why stick with just white snowmen? Nope, let’s add some color to our lives! We’re making colorful snowmen! All you need is a few colors of Play-Doh. You can, of course, make your own dough, but I dug out the leftover cans we have stashed away for the grandkids.
Pick a color for the snowman’s body and work the dough in your hands to soften it up. My first snowman is blue. Then make 3 balls for your snowman…1 small for the head, 1 medium for the middle and 1 larger for the bottom of the body.
Stack the balls on top of each other to build your snowman. If you have trouble getting the balls to sit one on top of the other, stick a toothpick in the center to hold them in place.
Make a little carrot for the snowman’s nose. It doesn’t need to be orange, but since we had some orange Play-Doh, I decided to stick with an orange nose.
Pick another color and make 2 teeny tiny balls for the snowman’s eyes.
Make a long skinny piece for a mouth.
I made a long flat piece of Play-Doh for a scarf. One handy way to roll the dough flat is to use the side of the can like you would use a rolling pin.
I wrapped the scarf around the snowman’s “neck”. He’s quite handsome, don’t you think? 😉
For my second snowman, I chose to use purple for his body.
I added an orange nose, green eyes and green buttons.
I gave this snowman a couple of arms.
Wow, I think that’s the first time I’ve made a blue and a purple snowman! They are kind of wild looking, aren’t they? 😉 That’s what makes them fun! You can feel free to make your snowman look any way you want! There’s no wrong color for a colorful snowman! 🙂
You can have fun making a snowman without needing your coat or mittens! Haha! Have fun!
With the price of greeting cards these days, a great hobby can be making your own cards. Today I want to share a simple design that can be made in different ways for different occasions. This design can be made by kids too although especially young children will need some help.
I used a premade blank card but you can also use a piece of cardstock. If using the cardstock, cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece in half and then use one of the halves by folding it in half.
You’ll need 4-6 different pieces of coordinated printed paper like scrapbooking paper. I had a pack of origami paper, so that’s what I used.
Here are the 4 papers I used for my card.
Cut some strips from your paper so that you have some of each color/print. I cut mine about 1″ wide by the length of the paper which was about 6″. You can make the strips all the same width or you can make them different widths. Both ways will work fine.
Select 1 strip of paper and glue it down to the front of the card. Let it hang over both edges.
Glue another strip of paper next to the first one. I left a small space between the strips, but you can line them up against each other if you prefer.
Continue gluing on strips until you have filled up the front of the card.
Using a pair of scissors, trim off the extra parts of the strips of paper all the way around the front of the card.
Then the outside of your card is finished. 🙂
You can write a verse or greeting inside the card to fit the occasion. The paper can be coordinated with the occasion too. For instance, use birthday type scrapbooking paper for your strips when making a birthday card. I have some stamps and ink that I used to put a message inside my card.
Little stickers can also add a nice touch to your card.
And there you are! You have a cute card ready to send to brighten someone’s day. 🙂
I had some other Valentine’s Day crafts in mind to do for you, but when I got sick with Covid, that all kinda went by the wayside. But I do have one more cute Valentine card idea for you that’s super quick and easy. You can make it as a decoration or a card. You’ll need a piece of construction paper (I used pink), some glue, pretty string or yarn, a pencil, markers or crayons and scissors. Begin by drawing a heart on your piece of construction paper. I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to trace around for my heart. (My apologies for the poor quality of pictures. I was coming down sick when I made this and didn’t feel up to moving around to find better lighting.)
Write your message on your card.
Draw a line of glue on the heart shape.
Lay a piece of the pretty string or yarn all around on the line of glue.
Cut the string or yarn to the right length to finish the heart shape.
That’s all there is to it! 🙂 Your card or decoration is finished! Allow the glue time to dry and then share your craft with that special someone.
Hello again! Sorry I fell off the map there for a while, but my husband and I came down with Covid the same day. UGH! While we didn’t get seriously sick like some folks have, we were definitely miserable and were ready for it to go away long before it did. We are still feeling the crazy tired stuff but slowly improving! I’m hoping to be back in the saddle now here on the blog.
Yesterday was our last day of quarantine and we both had cabin fever. Time to get out of the house while still keeping our distance from people. We ordered “curbside to go” food from a local restaurant, drove through a local coffee shop drive through for some yummy drinks and then went looking at some of our favorite nature spots in our Jeep. Oh yes, Rusty, our Labrador Retriever came along. 🙂 Believe me, he had cabin fever too! LOL
Clear Fork Reservoir is not far from our house so that was our first stop. There is a small Marina there and a boat ramp. We were surprised to actually see a couple of people out in a boat. The trees are, of course, without their leaves, so it wasn’t as pretty as it is in the spring and summer, but the fresh air felt amazing!
Part of the reservoir water is thawed now, but there was still some ice in places. We got a chuckle out of watching some birds running around on the ice. We also dreamed about when the weather will be warm enough again to take our boat out for a spin. 😉
Knox Lake is not far from us either and so we spent a little time driving around that area and finding the different boat ramps. Then we googled where the Knox Lake dam is because its a little tricky to find. (Aaaand Google was wrong so that made it even more interesting!) But we were eventually successful!
There isn’t much to DO at the dam, but again, it was just nice to feel some fresh air and get out of the house for a bit.
We find it interesting to explore the area we live in and almost always find something we haven’t seen before. So even if you need to stay in your vehicle like we did, you can find something to explore. 🙂
It’s February and that means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Here’s a simple but fun Valentine that your kids can enjoy making. You can make it as a Valentine card to give to that special someone or let it be a decoration to brighten up your house for Valentine’s Day.
You will need some construction paper, a pencil, glue, little pom poms and a marker or two.
I chose to use red paper and white pom poms, but you could use pink or white paper with red, pink or white pom poms. Go with what you have on hand or can find easily at a store. Begin by drawing a heart shape on the paper. I used half of a piece of construction paper and I also traced around a heart shaped cookie cutter.
If you would like to write a message on your heart, do it now.
Put a line of glue all around the outline of the heart.
Place the little pom poms on the glue and press them down a little bit.
Keep placing the pom poms on the line of glue…
…until you have filled the whole line with pom poms.
That’s all there is to it! You’ve made a cute Valentine! 🙂 You can decorate the rest of the paper if you’d like to or leave it as it is. Have fun making your own handmade Valentine! 🙂