Monthly Archives: July 2012

Crafts for kids: perler beads


Lately the perler beads have made their way up from the basement to the kitchen table.  What I’m trying to say is that my kids have “re-discovered” this fun little craft and the different designs that can be made from them.

A popular thing that the older kids have been playing lately on their ipods is a game called Minecraft.  The graphics in this game are all pixelated and everything is made up of cubes.  So perler beads are a great medium for reproducing some of the games’ graphics.  Here are some of the Minecraft icons that my son made:Perler beads are plastic beads that are set out in patterns on plastic plates that are covered in small spikes.  You set out the design that you want, on the spikes, then with some parchement paper over the design, you iron for a bit, then flip over, off the plate and iron the other side.  The beads slightly melt together and become a solid design.

Here are some other designs…..we actually have a bunch floating around here, I’ll have to include ones like PacMan and Domo in another post.

Christmas in July….a puzzling tradition…

Christmas in July….a puzzling tradition…

I don’t quite get the whole “Christmas in July” thing.  I’ve been seeing it everywhere.  I guess it’s great for those people who can think that far ahead and have space to keep all their early Christmas preparations….I just can’t.  I’m afraid that I just took my Christmas tree down in May, so I’m really not feeling like thinking about Christmas!!

But I did just happen to find a draft of a post I did in December, but never posted.  So in the spirit of Christmas in July, here is something we made up to do at our house, to use in our Advent countdown to Christmas…it has been fun, and we have been doing it enough years that each child has made each puzzle!

Maybe July isn’t such a bad time to start thinking about things like Advent countdowns, just in case you see something on a summer sale!!  (I’ve already been searching for things for my daughter’s bday in the fall!)  Anyways, check these out:

(these are some of my digital scrapbook 12×12 layouts using Creative Memories digital content)

Water balloon sidewalk drawing to keep them busy for 5 minutes….


We accidentally discovered a fun little thing to do with water balloons, aside from splatting them and throwing them at people and animals.  I like filling them not-very-full and letting the kids play with them like bouncy balls…but when one sprang a tiny leak today (and other than drinking from the leak) we used it to draw on the sidewalk.

It kept them busy for about 10 minutes…really more than 5 I’m sure!!  And it kept me busy for even longer than that…I did some cool doodles, but by the time I would whip the camera out, and keep one eye on the kids so that no one ran off, the doodles would disappear in the heat!!  Oh well, it was still fun!!

1.  Make a smallish water balloon

2.  Tie the end

3.  Prick a hole in it with a pin

4.  Stand on the sidewalk and wiggle the balloon around

5.  Aim the tiny stream of water onto the sidewalk and make doodles

6.  When the balloon is getting low on water, then squeeze it to keep drawing!

Lego Star Wars party…MORE ideas!!!


For all you Lego Star Wars fans out there….another party!!!  I posted about the party we had for my son awhile ago here.  Now I want to show you some more cool ideas from my friend Amber’s party for her son!  She has some really cool ideas and fun games!  I love this banner she made, it looks fablous, and the fun balloons!  You can see her blog post here.

Her cupcakes turned out really cute, too!

Amber’s party also included a great piñata!!  You have to go over to her blog here and read the funny story behind this Lego Star Wars piñata, it’s so cute and resourceful.

She also shows the invitations they made and a how-to for some lego man head pops (treats!)!!The whole family worked on this party and it turned out super!  I love the Lego character chalkboard drawing and all the details.  I love all the photos Amber takes and posts on her blog, please check out her blog because LOVE is a lifestyle for some great stories, ideas and photos!

The Return of Mr. Men


A long long time ago, when I was a little girl, way back in the 80’s, my brother had a shirt with Mr. Busy on it.  That’s what I remember, my cute little brother with his cute little Mr. Busy shirt.  So we’ve know about the Mr. Men for a long time.  We used to read the books.

They weren’t just popular in the 80’s, apparently they were a 70’s phenomena (I just added that part).  Mr. Men was a series of 49 children’s books by Roger Hargreaves commencing in 1971.  The series features characters with names such as Mr. Tickle and Mr. Happy who have personalities and physical attributes based on their names. From 1981, an accompanying series of 42 Little Miss books by the same author, but with female characters, were published.  And eventually there were many cartoons and tv shows and online games made out of these characters.  Now you know.  And if you want to know even more, look here.

Anyways, the point of all of this was to say that of course I was pleased to see that Mr. Men and Little Misses are still popular today.  It’s all a big marketing thing, I know, to get all us parents to buy stuff for our kids that we remember from when we were kids…but hey…it works.  And I’m happy to buy Mr. Men books for my kids!  If I could only find a Mr. Busy shirt in size large for my brother now……

just a bit more trivia I found on wikipedia:

Mr. Busy

Mr. Busy
Author(s) Roger Hargreaves
Illustrator Roger Hargreaves
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Mr. Men
Genre(s) Children’s literature
Publication date 18 March 1978
Preceded by Mr. Clever
Followed by Mr. Slow

Mr. Busy is the thirty-eighth book in the Mr. Men series. Mr. Busy cannot stop rushing around, and never sits still. Mr. Busy completes everything ten times faster than anyone else could.

Mr. Busy appears under the titles Monsieur Rapide (French), Don Ocupado (Spanish), Meneertje Druk (Dutch), 빨라씨 (Korean), 勤勞先生 (Taiwan), Ο Κύριος Πολυάσχολος (Greek), Unser Herr Schnell (German), Bay Hýzlý (Turkish).  Interesting, but I don’t think Mr. Busy appears in the cartoons that we’ve been watching!!

Another cool 80’s thing: scratch and sniff!! 🙂You can watch the cartoons on youtube, and some still are airing on TV.I love the crazy groovy music on Mr. Men and the retro style graphics!Mr. Rude makes me laugh!!  Especially the one with Mr. Rude and Mr. Stubborn working together on fixing the plumbing! funny! We also like Mr. Small and Mr. Persnickety and Little Miss Chatterbox and Little Miss Calamity.You can find several different websites where you can watch videos or play games.  Just click around until you find a site you like, I mean, one that your kids can play games on.  Here’s a shot of a Mr. Men game on miniclips, though I know there’s a better site for younger kids to play games on, just don’t have the link for you.

Ahh, nostalgia!  gotta love it.  Kids nowadays don’t seem to mind what era their shows, cartoons, games and graphics come from, they accept them all!  I recommend the Mr. Men and Little Misses cartoon shows, they are cute funky and funny and usually have good lessons to be learned!!

Celebrating the years together…


A special day to celebrate a super special couple…my parents!!  This is their 41st wedding anniversary, and as so often happens, they will be spending it out at summer camp!!! 🙂  Not planned to be this way, that’s just the way it goes!  This year we will be together out at camp…Happy Anniversary Dad and Mom!!  Many many more!  (oh, and thanks for waiting years and years before you had me 🙂 !

Summer in my front yard


The front yard of our house is nothing to write home about (as they say)…and we hardly even step out into it really….but I happened to be out in it today, even resting on a quilt in the grass.  Strangely enough, I had my camera in hand, so these are a few “nature shots” I captured today:
This next one has moving ant nature in it….hey, I just this minute noticed the spider!!! too cool…

Lovely dandelion leaves and another bug….

A cuter weed…

Oh look…the mother weed…..And here’s the real reason my camera was out, and why I was in the front yard on a quilt in the grass….this delightful bit of nature!

All of a sudden my photos are looking better than normal.  Usually I just point and shoot on automatic with no flash…but now…now….some tips that my friend April gave me finally stuck in my mind, so I’ve actually been shooting on a different setting! yay!  Her work is lovely and I really need to ask her for more tips, but I’m afraid that it takes me a looong time to digest them and get them to stick in my brain!!  See some of April Scott’s Photography here!