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Look at this DIY Halloween Garland idea featured on Forty-Two Roads. We are handing this one over to Erin, our Halloween decorator. Let’s see what see will do with it?

Templates for the cut outs can be found at Paper Crave.

These Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs were a huge hit last year. You might want to try making them with the kiddos for a fun together cooking time.

Deviled Eggs, always for Halloween, but this year we’re laying (out) special spider eggs to creep out some friends.

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon (3 oz.)
  • 8 hard-cooked large eggs
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

1. In an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, cook bacon, turning slices as needed, until browned on both sides and crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. When cool enough to handle, crumble bacon.
2. Cut each egg in half lengthwise; gently scoop out yolks and place in a bowl. Mash yolks with a fork, then stir in mayonnaise, green onions, mustard, and crumbled bacon until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon yolk mixture into the hollow of each egg-white half. Serve immediately or cover and chill up to 4 hours.

Schools out, now what do you do to keep your kids from falling into the frightening world of boredom?  Lisa, from Little Bird School of Stitchcraft can show you how to cast a spell on your kids (fingers) this summer. She has a super trick for keeping little hands entertained while learning an age old craft at the same time.
Thanks Lisa for sharing your Finger Knitting post with us.
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Finger knitting is a really good way of getting children interested in wool crafts, and it is very easy to learn.  It also helps to improve a child’s dexterity and ability to concentrate.  No extra implements are required,  just fingers, the best tools in the world!  I often carry balls of yarn in my bag to pass the time in the doctors surgery or similar.
Finger knitting produces a long thin strip of stocking stitch and there are many things you can do with these strips.  In this tutorial, which is suitable for children, I will show you how to finger knit.  You can use any weight of yarn for finger knitting but for this tutorial I used chunky which produces a nice stocking stitch.
To cast on, begin with the palm of your hand facing you with the tail end of the yarn between your thumb and index finger.  Weave the yarn over your index finger and behind the middle finger then over the ring finger.  Wrap the yarn around your smallest finger and weave back to your index finger:
Weave the yarn around the index finger again and continue in the same manner but above the first rows of stitches returning to your index finger again:
Try to keep the stitches fairly loose otherwise it will be difficult for you to make the following moves.
The first row, begins with the little finger, lift the bottom row of wrapped yarn up and over the tip of your finger (see below).  Ensure that you keep the top row of wrapped yarn on your finger as you go.
Continue the process of lifting the bottom row of stitches over the top row of stitches along your hand until you get back to your index finger:
For all subsequent rows, weave the yarn around the fingers again ending with the index finger. It should look like the image below:
Beginning with the little finger, lift the bottom row of yarn over the tips of your fingers.  Continue weaving and lifting the yarn over the fingers.  As you continue the process you will see a long strip of stocking stitch appearing behind you hand:
To cast off, do not weave the work around your fingers instead, lift the stitch off the little finger and pass it across to your ring finger:
Then lift the bottom stitch over the top stitch on your ring finger.  Continue to pass the stitches across and over until you get to the index finger with one stitch remaining.
Cut the yarn, lift the stitch off the index finger and pass the end of your yarn through the stitch and pull to secure the end:

Finger knitting is very addictive and children love it for its simplicity and ease.  I have loads of strips of finger knitting laying around the house and there are lots of things that you can do with them.

For more crafty ideas, be sure to visit Lisa’s blog  Little Bird School of Stitchcraft.

Thanks again for sharing Lisa!

This week’s Recipe for Fun is one that you can not eat, but a sweet treat to give any Mother. Gather up the family and make a Family Fingerprint Ornament.

Mix up a salt dough of 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup cold water until it has consistency of play dough. Flatten into a circle and then press each family members fingerprints into it.

Bake at 250 for 2 hours. Cool overnight then spray with metallic paint and you’ll have a treasured Mother’s Day gift in time for her special day this Sunday.

Another option is  bronze Custom Fingerprint Jewelry by Brent & Jessica Williams as pictured.

Can you even imagine how surprised your kids would be if they drew a picture that comes to life as an actual soft object to play with and cuddle?

This can really happen, just send your child’s picture to Sunny Little Studio and they will create a custom handmade soft toy they will come to treasure.

Orange ya glad you sent this picture in!

Paint up some Rainbow Toast with the Kiddos this weekend, a super Recipe for Fun from Share and Remember.

We used flavored  Jello in favorite colors and a small amount of milk for our paint. Turning a blind eye to the nutritional value, white bread seems to be the ideal canvas for this art project. Any little paint brushes will do…then turn your budding artists free and let them paint away.

After the paint has been applied, pop the bread into the toaster or oven to turn the bread into Rainbow Toast.

or if you prefer, maybe contain it to an easel.

There’s no better way to inspire your young artist, whether it’s on paper, or if you dare,  on the wall.

Benjamin Moore has a tutorial if you would like a DIY  chalkboard wall for your home.

Many folks however like this generously sized  easel with a chalk board on one side and a dry erase board on the other side. Either is perfect for art projects large and small. There are clips for attaching a roll of paper when that is medium of choice the day.


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Drawing and painting can be used to understand what children are feeling. Often times you can learn what is going on in their lives from the colors they choose or things that they draw. It is a great way to spark conversation with young children.

Turn off the TV!

Fishie Color Crayons DIY Do you have shoe boxes, tins or bags filled with with brightly colored broken nubs and stubs of color crayons?

You can transform those old crayons into little fish crayons like the ones pictured from make it and love it.

All you need is a silicone mold in a fish form or another favorite shape, plus a low temperature oven.

To begin, remove the paper wrappers from the crayon pieces. Making this step easier, you can place the crayons in a bowl of cool water. After about 20 minutes, the wrappers will loosen. Remove the crayons from the bowl and scrape off the remaining paper, or rub them off with paper towels.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F or lower.

Place the molds on a baking sheet and then stack the crayon pieces in the molds. You may have to break some of the crayons into smaller pieces so that you can fill the molds nearly to the top. Be sure to leave as little space between the crayons as you can.

Encourage kiddos to create color combinations; like a blue-and-white blend for drawing the sky or a mix of reds and oranges for coloring sunsets. Just close your eyes and let your kids choose colors that will go well together for new imaginative color combos.

Next, bake the crayons for 5 to 8 minutes, or just until they are melted enough to blend the colors and hold them together. Color caution: baking them until liquefied could create  just one dark color. Be sure the room is well ventilated whenever crayons are being melted. Overheating wax crayons during the melting process may release unpleasant fumes.

An adult should remove the molds from the oven placing them on a heat-resistant surface. Let them cool for 30 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the mold. Remove the crayons from the molds. If  they do not pop out easily, tap them gently on the counter.

Start coloring!

Do you, or do you know of anyone today who actually runs to get a Yellow Pages when searching for a telephone number?

Last night in the entrance of Annie’s condo,  we had to walk past 2 mountains of plastic bags housing new Yellow Page Telephone Books. It appeared that residents were ignoring their existence all together.

If you’re not going to let your fingers do the walking, what do you do with your Yellow Pages?

If you are stumped, here are a few suggestions:

  • Child booster seats which can created by covering them with fabric remnants.
  • Tear out pages to use with kindling to light fires for stoves, BBQ’s or bonfires.
  • Door stops.
  • Make a pencil holder.
  • Window wipes which are ideal for cleaning windows with a simple mixture of vinegar and water.
  • Yellow Pages step aerobics, duct tape books together to use in stair-stepping exercises.
  • Make paper mache.
  • Fire starters for fireplace, grill or woodstove.
  • Recycle – Less than 10% of all phone books printed are recycled, even though they can be recycled into everything from ceiling tiles to cereal boxes. Visit  Earth911.com to find your nearest phone book recycling center.
  • Garden mulch – shred a few pages at a time as they’re great biodegradable weed blockers.
  • Make several hundred paper airplanes.
  • Perfect origami paper.  Instead of buying expensive craft paper to make paper cranes or flowers, use the pages of the Yellow Pages. The words and see-through pages give the origami a interesting look.
  • Make your voice heard. Sign a petition to the Yellow Pages Association insisting that they move to an “on-demand system” of distributing directories.

  • Save them, they could become collectibles?

These bows could be standard fare for a very long at Totally Kid fun furniture & toys with our supply of Yellow Pages. At least I find it to be a good idea. We will see what Megan thinks about them.

How About Orange has a perfect pictorial for this bow making project if you too would like to put your Yellow Pages to good use.

Merriment Designs shows us how to up-cycle the yellow pages into wrapping paper.

How many of you have never used a typewriter? How many kids today have never ever seen one and would not know what it is if they did?

As an officially licensed Apple product, the Limited Edition Typescreen™ offers all the style and quality that you’d expect from Apple with the playful design and innovation expected from Spinning Hat.  Compatible with both the iPad and iPad 2, the Typescreen™.

You may not have to go take your memory so far back in time to remember the “brick” phone.

Hello….

Convert your iPhone into a retro 80′s brick with the new Thumbs Up iPhone case – because you can look as hip as Ferris Bueller, without taking the day off.

You not only protect your iPhone, but totally kick-it retro!

 

 

 

 

How about an Etch A Sketch cover for your iPad?

Smashed Peas and Carrots will show you how to make this retro crazy cute cover.

 

 

 

Put down your electronics for a while and have some doodle dialing fun with the real deal Etch A Sketch.

It’s Oliver’s First Birthday and we know what he’s getting; a special cake baked just for him by his Grandma Stitch.

Here is a pretend cake but this year there are a few too many candles on the cake, but they are attached with velcro, so we’ll save them for another year and just leave “one” in the center.

Any lucky little one can celebrate a  birthday or un-birthday every day of the year. Close your eyes, make a wish and blow out the pretend candles. Our fun wooden birthday cake
has candles, slices and toppings for all of your guests. Includes a 6-slice cake
on a serving plate, 19 toppings, 7 candles, a wooden spatula and convenient
storage box. Happy Birthday to You!


First Trampoline

You’ll  jump for joy with this trampoline adorned with polka dot padded bumpers. Ideal for developing balance and strength. The rubber handle and rubber feet provide a non-slip grip.

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver’s mom and dad will be surprising him with a Skuut, his very first bike.

Skuut is a wooden balance bike minus pedals and no training wheels. Children kick off the
ground as if running, thus pushing or “skuuting” themselves and the bike forward.
The Skuut is perfect for learning balance, steering, coordination and independence.
Having mastered balance on the Skuut, the transition to a traditional two wheeler
bike is easy.

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Liam is wearing a first birthday crown is made of felt especially for little birthday boys by The Munchkin & Me Boutique. If you’re looking for a  crown of a different color or number, yay, it’s available.

Professional photography done by Jena Davis Photography.