Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
There is a trick, though. To get the best results, you must soak the stained item in a tub full of the hottest possible water mixed with a scoop of Oxiclean overnight or for several hours.
Just a little story to prove how awesome Oxiclean is. I bought a pair of khaki pants for my little guy at a yard sale. They cost me ten cents because they had a large rust-colored stain on the front. I washed them and the stain didn't even budge. I used Spray & Wash and still the stain remained. It did take three tries and a lot of scrubbing with a toothbrush, but after soaking them in hot Oxiclean water, they are perfectly clean and stain free!!! Wahoo! And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I love Oxiclean.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Just a few little projects and I like my bathroom again! Here are the "after" photos.
Project 1: I found a board I had lying around, painted it navy blue, then hand-painted the words (because I can't afford to buy the pre-cut vinyl words). It's not as hard as you would think. I printed the words off my computer onto regular paper. Then I layed the paper over the board and using a ballpoint pen, traced over the outline of the letters. By pushing really hard, the pen left a faint outline on the board. I just filled it in with white paint.
Project 2: These picture frames are from the dollar store. I painted them white and filled each square with scrapbooking goodies from my stash. It's nothing fancy, but it really helps to pull the two colors together and it makes me happy, so that's really all that matters.
Project 3: Wooden Box. This box was kind of plain before. With a little bit of scrapbooking paper, some Mod Podge, a couple buttons, and it has a new look. And it matches the paper I used in the frames.
This isn't a dramatic transformation by any means, but now my bathroom is a much happier place for me to be. And the best part? Because I used what I already had, I spent a grand total of $3 (for the three dollar store frames). Not bad!
They were really simple to make: I just traced the basic shape onto two pieces of craft felt and sewed them together along the outside edges. (Make sure they are big enough that dad can fit his hands in the holes too.) Then I used skin-colored felt to make the heads and decorated them with little embellishments I had lying around. The puppets have googley eyes, but just a warning---all kids I've ever met like to pick googley eyes off of things. GRR!! I'd never add googley eyes to anything I make ever again if I didn't think they were so stinkin' cute!
Anyway, the sky is the limit with this project. You could make all sorts of characters from the scriptures, or you could go a different direction and make animal puppets, storybook characters, puppets that look like each member of your family...so many fun options!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The paint itself is dark grey and really thick. It needs to be stirred about every sixty seconds to keep the lead from separating. I used a foam brush to apply the paint to the backs of any pages where I wanted things to stick. It was tricky to keep the pages from wrinkling, but laminating helped smooth any lumpy parts out.
Hopefully that takes the mystery out of this mystery paint!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
On the second page, the child sorts through a stack of foods to decide which ones are good for the body and which are bad. Good foods get put on the dinner plate, and bad foods go in the garbage can. I used actual photographs for the foods, so they're realistic looking. The left side of the page shows how I keep track of all the little pieces. Throughout the book, I have these pocket pages. To make them, I glued a regular envelope onto the cardstock and laminated them with the flap closed. Then I traced around the envelope flap with an Exacto knife to make them open up. Easy trick I learned from school teachers. If I were to do it again, I would reinforce the envelope with cardstock to make it sturdier.
Info on magnetic paint here.
More magnetic quiet book pages here and here.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
I thought I'd add a few more pictures from the quiet book I made for my daughter. As always, feel free to ask any questions you may have, but remember...creativity/right-brained thinking is my specialty. Explaining clearly/left-brained thinking is not. :)
First up is the "Build-A-Snowman" page. Each piece is moveable and the kids can build the snowman however they want. I plan to make female accessories too...a flowered hat, scarf, purse...fun stuff like that.
On the second page, kids get to sort a stack of picture cards into 'hot' and 'cold' piles. I drew and colored the little pictures, but you could easily print clipart pictures instead. The striped squares are pockets to store the cards in. You could make many different variations on this page using any opposites...light/dark, black/white, big/little, etc.
Info on magnetic paint here.