happy 4th of july!


happy 4th of july, everyone!  we are having a wonderful day hanging out at home.  it’s been lazy and just what we needed as a family.  i got to sleep in and the boys have spent all day outside playing with their magic sand.  i got some tie dye kits from target on clearance and we just finished an epic tie dye session!  we are all so colorful (we don’t need no stinkin’ gloves!)  it looks like a bunch of hippies live here!

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sometimes you just need to make something…


i’ve been felling blue lately.  i think it’s because we got back from bright, sunny arizona and it’s still kind of chilly and drizzly here at home.  but, i can usually tell when i am slipping into a funk and i decided to be proactive and craft something just for myself.

i have been holding on to all the artwork the boys are making at home and at school.  one of jack’s favorite things is to paint, so i have a TON of paintings from him and harry.

when i was reading the blogs i follow, i found this tutorial on poppytalk.com for making geometric mobiles and i thought that would be a perfect way to showcase the boys’ art and get me on the road to getting out of my funky mood.


i took a couple boxes from some fruit snacks and cut them apart with a box knife according to the tutorial’s instructions.  i taped them together with packing tape and then, i mixed up some papier mâché mix from flour, water and salt.  i put on some torn up newspaper and let them dry on the windowsill in the sun that finally poked out!

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when they were dry, i watered down some white glue to thin it out.  i tore up some of the boys’ paintings and used the glue to stick them to the triangles.  i painted the triangles and the back of the torn up paintings to get a good stick, overlapping the paintings to cover the whole shape.

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while these were drying, i took a piece of driftwood that we found on our first family vacation a couple years ago and drilled five holes in it with a tiny drill bit.  i can’t remember what size i used and i forgot to take pictures of that part.  i didn’t measure spacing on this part either; i just eyeballed it.  i took some thin silver embroidery thread and strung it through the holes i’d drilled.  then I played with the length of each thread and the configuration of the triangles until i came up with the arrangement you see in the pictures.  i took some more thread and attached it to the sides of the wood to make a hanger and hung it on a cup hook screwed into the ceiling.  only after hanging it, did i realize that i could see the unfinished insides of the triangles.  so, i cut some more triangles of their art and glued them in the insides.  fin!



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it isn’t much, but i like how it turned out and i love having the boys’ art up where we can enjoy it.  and, now that it’s hanging, i think i want to string some tiny bells inside each one so it makes a lovely sound.

what kinds of things do you do to combat the blues?