Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Nature Treasure Hunt with the kids!!

We are so excited to play outside every chance we get! We had a LONG snowy. cold winter and spring took it time to finally come around this year! So, when it gets nice we head outdoors as fast as we can!

There is an awesome trail by my parents house that leads to a nature centers and a dam. The kids and I took a little adventure walk on the trail. To make it more interesting I decided to collect "treasures" with my 3-year-old. He loves to pick up and collect things.

I got the idea to use the egg carton from I am Mama- Hear me Roar! But, I used it a bit different then she did (Although her activity is awesome too!)

We loaded up the stroller (I LOVE my Joovy Caboose Sit-n-Stand !) with water, snacks, and an egg carton and we on our way!

We walked on the path and when ever my little man found a "treasure" (or something that he thought was pretty cool) we picked it up and put in in our Treasure Box (the egg carton).  

I let him pick up pretty much anything that he thought was a "treasure"... but I did draw the line a cigarette butts and out right nasty garbage!

It was so fun walking and collecting all of our little treasures!

We had fun at the nature center too! 
They had all kinds of things for the kids to climb and play on!  

I hope you are having fun outside too!

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day weekend is here and that means that it is almost pool season here in Minnesota!
We have a small above ground pool in our backyard and love to use it on those hot summer days!
Since we only have 3 months of nice weather here in the great white north, we soak it in as much as we can!

I love that it looks like part of a gate you might see at a beach. 

Here what you will need to make one for yourself:
Scrap wood (I had on hand)
Wood Garden stakes (I had on hand)

Tools (not pictured):
Paint brush
Clamps
Stencils (optional)


We used long screws to attach it to our deck around our pool


Who's ready for some floating in the pool?!
Here is what my pool looks like in the summer

Friday, May 27, 2011

Giveaway!! CREATIVITY FOR KIDS ACTIVITY KITS

****This Giveaway is closed!!***

This giveaway is PERFECT for summer!  It will be great when you have a raining day and your kids come to saying "We're bored... is there anything fun we can do?"

Looking for some old fashioned fun? From wood bits to glue, we give you everything you need for hours or creative crafting...and parents love the neat and tidy storage bag.

Creativity for Kids is giving away 2 Classic Wood Crafts kits that have over 400 pieces to spark your child's inner creativity!
Here is some other cool stuff you should know about this kit:
Go green! The lid becomes a mess free crafting situation and the box can be reused to display your creative creations.

Introducing Eco-Paint...this special formula is earth-friendly and kid approved.

Teacher’s Pick Award Winner

Ages 5 and up

$29.99

I was also sent a kit to review with my son... he is only 3 so, it was HIGHLY supervised {Read: I sat RIGHT next to him and had my 100% attention on what he was doing the WHOLE time... my daughter was napping}.  You probably would not need to be so controlling with older kids! 
I was a bit nervous with how many pieces there were and if my son would "get it" enough to actually create something of his own... but once we sat down and I laid out some pieces he got right into it!  It was so cool to see his little brain work!  I, of course, had to join in the fun and make some stuff too!

Here he is in action:



Here are our creations after about an hour of crafting time: 
The only thing I added to the kit was the googley eyes... everything else is already included (like the glue, paint and marker)
My 3 year old son made:
Red Snowman
Purple man with skies
John Deere Green Tractor
{He also came up with the name for each one...  I am pretty impressed with what he did!}

 I made:
The purple flower
the white bunny.

I think this little wood crafts will be prefect for cards, magnets, gift tags... so many thing!
AND we have tons more craft supplies for many, many more crafting sessions!  So exciting!

TWO F&J followers will win their very own Classic Wood Crafts kit ! 

Here is how you enter:
{Leave a separate comment for each one}
1. You MUST be an F&J follower AND visit Creativity for Kids site and tell me what your favorite kit is.
2. Like Creativity for Kids on Facebook.
3. Leave a comment on Creativity for Kids FB page mentioning Fireflies and Jellybeans.

Giveaway ends on Friday June 3rd at Midnight.  Open to US Residents ONLY.

Good luck!



Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fabric Wall art AND Put me in the Zoo day!

I have another fun project for the DIY Club AND I have a super fun activity for Summer that I am guest posting about over at Brassy Apple

I used fabric DecoArt paint, and my Cutting Edge stencil to make a super fun and beautiful piece of wall art!

Here is what you will need to make one yourself:
Fabric
Frame (I reused one I already had! Hooray for recycling!)
Find the FULL Tutorial at the DIY Club!

I am also Guest posting over at Brassy Apple with a fun Summer activity: Put me in the Zoo Day!


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 76

Welcome to the Show Off Your Stuff party!  The place where we all get together and SHOW OFF OUR STUFF!!!

Here is the run down:

1. Pay attention! There are 3 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!



5. By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post including pictures in a spotlight on Fireflies and Jellybean. (Proper credit and links will be given to you, of course!)














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DIY Club chalkboard vinyl coat hooks

Here is a SUPER quick project!  Coat hooks with chalkbaord vinyl!  It is SOOOO EASY! 
Everyone can do this!  I promise.... you wont even need a single tool!


Here is what you will need:
Chalkboard Vinyl from Ten23 Designs
Command hooks
Check out the FULL how-to at the DIY Club!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

T-shirt to Long sleeve Ruffle Cardigan


Here is the refashion I did for the CSI Project... in case you missed it!

 
Here is what you need:
T-shirt
Extra T-shirt (I used an extra large one because you get more fabric that way!)
Zipper (Make sure that it is a SEPARATING one)
Sewing machine with sewing tools.

Use another long sleeve knit shirt as a sleeve template.  Lay out your sleeve on the side of the extra t-shirt with the wrist in the bottom (That way the sleeve is already hemmed for you!) .  Cut out your sleeve leave at least 1/2 inch as a seam allowance.  You should be cutting though 2 layers of fabric.  Repeat with the other sleeve on the other side of your shirt.

Now open the seam on the t-shirt just on the short sleeve part.   This is going to make it easier for sewing your long sleeve on.

Pin your long sleeve to the short sleeve.  You want the open seam to line up on both. 
 Sew it on..  Now it should look like this. 

Turn your shirt inside out and pin the seam together the whole length of the sleeve.   Sew your seam together.  Repeat for the other sleeve.

Now you should have some thing like this:


Use another hoodie from another shirt as a template and cut out the hood shape out of your extra fabric.  You should be cutting though two layers of fabric.  If you line up the outside of the hood on the bottom of the t-shirt it will be hemmed for you!

Pin right sides together and sew around the curved edge.

Turn your shirt inside out and line up the middle of the hood with the middle BACK of your shirt neck line and pin in place with right sides together.

Continue pinning all the way around the hood.  And sew it using a ZIG-ZAG stitch. 

Now you should have this:

Now we are going to add the zipper:
take your zipper and place it on TOP of your shirt where you want it to be.  Exposed zippers are cool right now, so that is good!  Pin it in place and sew on both sides of the zipper.  You will want to use your zipper foot for this.

Open up your zipper and cut open your shirt.  Cut any fabric that gets in the way of the zipper.

Now lets add the ruffles.  Using the extra fabric cut out 1 - 1.5 inch strips.  My trick is to roll your fabric into a tube and cut 1 inch pieces off.  This is a quick way to keep all your strips straight.

I had to sew my strips together to get them to be a long enough ruffle.  You want it to be at least 1-2 times longer then where you are sewing it to get a good ruffle.

Here is the trick that works for my machine...
Set the tension to the highest setting.... and the stitch length to the longest setting.  While you are sewing pull on the thread at the top and it will automatically make ruffles while you sew.  Try it with your machine to get the right amount of pull. 

Pin your ruffles in place and sew them down!

ALL DONE! 



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