Monthly Archives April 2013

Yay! May Day Crafty Ideas

Little boys and flowers…go together?  Maybe not usually, but May Day is a nice exception.  Growing up as a tomboy, I didn’t care much for many girly things including flowers.  Now that I’m older and a mother, I welcome any chance to sneak in a few floral aspects here and there with craft projects, and I enjoy seeing the boys explore and find flowers in the pasture.  After all, horticulture can be a great study for all kids.  My husband is also training our boys well as he has told them how girls typically like receiving flowers.  They will come in from an outside adventure and say with such sweet voices, “Mom, here’s some flowers for you!”  However, sometimes this comes right before they ask for a cookie, chocolate milk, or another special treat!

This year, I thought we would be adv...

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Hooray! It’s Earth Day!

‘Recycled’ Town Lunch Bags

Back in January, the boys and I had a good time making a paper bag town.  The pieces came from a Highlights kids magazine – all we needed to do was cut the pieces out, glue onto paper bags, stuff with newspaper, and then we had a town!  It passed some time on a cold, winter day.  I then saved the bags thinking we could use them for a future picnic…….

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Both boys really concentrating on gluing the pieces……

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The boys are pleased with their finished town!

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Fast forward to early April.  We were able to have a picnic in the park a few weeks ago, and I got out the paper town again!  This time, we packed the bags with juice boxes, sandwiches, fruits, napkins, etc...

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Treehouse Birthday Festivities!

Theme/Setting

Our youngest son loves being outdoors and climbing. So, it was easy to choose a treehouse theme celebrating his fourth birthday. I was hoping to capture an antique/nostalgia feel. After all, a treehouse is timeless and something boys (and girls) love.

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Our home is rustic with a modern twist, so I basically accentuated the country aspects more. Decorations were FUN to collect for the party!  Lots of great finds from craft & second hand stores, flea markets, rummage and yard sales – unique items made of wood one can’t readily find in newer department stores.

As for the party color scheme, I wanted this spring season birthday to have bright, cheerful colors yet represent a rustic feel – so I went with country blue & white/bright and dark greens/tans & burlap/ brown accent...

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