Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer time things to do with the girls

We are in a year round school 
 our calendar is weird
We are in 9 weeks (called track/ed in), 
off 3 weeks (called track/ed out)
We love it
Most people who have never lived the year round calendar
cringe when we say we are in school year round
But really, it is AWESOME

I love track out time
sometimes I panic.....

like today

today is the last day of school

I am in panic mode....
did I say that already?

I feel like I am Julie the cruise director

....without a clipboard

OK, so we only have a week off between grades-
aka-summer vacay


I know

we track in on July 9th
(first day of school)

We track out July 27
for 3 weeks

then we track back in
August 20th 

SO rather than popping Xanax like its candy I turned to my trusty old Pinterest to get me through trying moments Track out

Here are 10 Pinterest inspired Summer Ideas 
I am going to do with the girls during our 1 week "summer vacay" & our 3 week track out in August

My girls are not the most artistic but every once in a while they will find a picture & try to copy it, they will love this site!!!

I am pretty sure you can use the glass pebbles for this, 
with my Michael's coupon loaded on my iPhone
after we have gathered a few supplies 
we are ready to rock these out in no time!!!

I personally L-O-V-E these!
I am going to make one!!!

OK, a little more adventurous 
but would be a fun activity for dad to help us with, 
right, dad?!?!
Yoo Hoo...


There isn't a link for these 
but it is just stick pretzels, hershey white chocolate kisses (Hugs) & M&Ms


The link to these was no longer available 
but these are sooooo cute!

OK so I said 10, which turned into 11
if i don't stop now, 
I will be sitting here 
up amazing things to do with my  kids 
rather than 
amazing things with my kids

So I am stepping away from the computer
and Pinterest for now

Leave a comment if you have found any other fun things to do with your kids this summer!!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Canvas Art with Pencil Transfer Techinique & Winnie the Pooh Quote

So for a while now my Bestie has been asking me 
to make a plaque of some kind 
for her daughter's HS graduation with the adorable quote:

“If ever there is tomorrow, when we’re not

together, there is something you must always

remember. You are braver than you believe,

 stronger than you seem, and smarter than you

think, but the most important thing is, even

if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you”.

-Winnie the Pooh 

Typical procrastinator/ADD/perfectionist/staller 
that I am it took me a while 
to figure out the perfect way to do this.....

Being left to my own creative devises 
I had a color scheme, the quote 
& a pic of the dorm room comforter 

Like with any task in my life now, I started scouring through Pinterest to find inspiration

I used a pencil transfer technique 
that was so frikkin easy 
I just have to reshare and show you what i came up with

I tried a few transfer techniques out there
-wax paper;  mod podge 

But I just couldn't get it right

Then I found the newspaper transfer idea
 I changed it up a little to make my own, 
and it worked!!!!

I think I learned this somewhere along the way in 
an art class or in a scrapbooking class!  
It is not an original idea.

so, back to the project


So here is a pic of the comforter set 
Loved the vines design so we went with that

(her set is fushia/black, doesn't look it here)

First step I "colored" on the back of the pic
 with a pencil

it's tricky, tricky, tricky
(90's hip hop song reference, sorry)

Next I flipped the paper over and placed it on the canvas where i wanted the design to show up

Then using a ball point pen, pressing firmly 
to make sure the transfer of the pencil marks showed up,
 I traced the outline of the vines

see, you can see them
really difficult technique here, ha!

Then I went back with my old scrapbooking markers
and colored in the vines

Glittered Unicorns & rainbows sprouted in my craftroom!

you could easily use a sharpie
I had one on standby if Marvy didn't work!

And this is what it looked like when I was finished with it!

I think I just heard angels sing

I love it

I think it came out so cute & it was really fun to make!

acrylic paints
card stock 
marvy pen


Here is me & Bestie with the graduate on her special day!

Congrats, B!!!