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Suncatchers made with glue

Hello,

I recently did some tissue paper art with my Sweet Pea. We did this kind:

Sweet Pea wanted to make more.

After making this Sweet Pea wanted to try other ways to make suncatchers. I did I little looking into my pinterest board and found one that I had pinned a while back. Make a suncatcher with glue and food dye. Luckily I had all the stuff on hand. 

This is what you need:

School glue (We used the basic white glue but it might be fun with glitter glue. Maybe next time.)

Food dye

A lid

Toothpicks

Beads and whatever you want to try (We experimented with beads, tissue paper, and pompoms. The beads worked and could be used as holes to hang the suncatchers. The pompoms soaked up the colored glue. While it looked pretty neat it made it so the glue became too think to be removed from the lid. We just drilled a hole, lid and all, and it worked nicely. )

First fill the lid with glue. Make sure to cover the whole lid with enough glue. (I did one too thin and it curled.

Put a couple drops of food dye in the glue.

Use the toothpick to swirl and decorate. It does take some restraint to not swirl until it becomes brown. 

We added the extra things for fun and in the hopes that the beads could be used for hanging. 

It took several days for the glue to completely dry. 

It continued to spread as the days went on.

I peeled them out once they were all dry and trimmed the edges. We used hooks and tape to stick them to the window. 

It was pretty fun and turned out alright. We might try it again sometime. 
I found the inspiration here:

http://pin.it/GBCpgZ5

Mishaps in sandpaper transfers

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Alright so I saw this thing on Pinterest about using sandpaper as a fabric transfer with regular crayons.
Step 1: gather supplies

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Sandpaper
Crayons
Spare t-shirt
Iron
Cute helpers

Step two: have cute helpers color on the sandpaper

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Step three: iron to t-shirt

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It seemed super easy and I had all the stuff.

I got help from two adorable little ones. They had fun decorating the sand paper.

After they were pleased with their pictures I took the sandpaper and the plain shirts. With the iron all ready I was feeling pretty good about this experiment.

So with a enthralled audience I tried out Sweet Peas picture first.

The sand paper proved to be sticky on the back when I put the iron on it. That was remedied with a tea towel from my dish towel drawer.

I ironed it for a short time and lifted the sand paper to show off our handy work.

I had forgotten to write the name backwards  so it would transfer the right direction. Whoops!

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Oh well! The transfer did work for the most part and while Sweet Pea may not have a fancy shirt she now has a great craft shirt. (She even wore it to help carve pumpkins in later. )

So next time no words (or at least remember to write backwards) and maybe a white shirt so the colors show up even better.  So not a complete fail. We might even try it again. đŸ™‚

Alright so I found the original pin here:
http://alphamom.com/family-fun/crafts/sandpaper-printed-t-shirt/

So I have to start somewhere… rug from old sheets

So here it goes. I saw this thing on pinterest. Make a rug from old sheets. Great, I have an old sheet with a rip in it and making a rug for my daughter’s room would be fun.

Step one get an old sheet and enlist some help. We used the previously mentioned sheet. It was a flat twin sheet.

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Step two: Rip said sheet into long strips with awesome help from Sweet Pea.

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Now you should have a huge messy pile of sheet strips.

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Step 3: To make them more manageable we tied the strips together end to end and rolled it into a ball.

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If I ever make another one I would consider sewing the ends together with a sewing machine instead. The knots were a little hard to crochet and you have the tails stick out the back of the rug unless you can tuck them.  It would take more time to sew them, but it would make for a smoother crocheting experience.

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Step 4: Get the biggest crochet hook you have. I used a N.  Then start crocheting into the shape of rug you want. We wanted a circle.

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Keep crocheting. Disclaimer: Your arm will probably get tired and your hand will get sore. It is much stiffer then crocheting with yarn. I just kept crocheting because I really wanted to get it done but maybe it would be better to take more breaks and let your hand rest.

The result:

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I used the whole sheet so if you want a bigger rug use a bigger sheet or more then one. Sweet Pea was so excited that she went and put it in her room right away. One project down… so many more I want to try.

Just to reference: I saw this on pinterest. The pinned link: http://www.creativejewishmom.com/2010/06/you-can-crochet-with-sheets.html

it is worth a try

I saw this thing on… I seem to say that more and more. I tell my husband, my mom, friends “I saw this thing on… (insert website)” Sometimes I try things and get awesome results.  Sometimes they are so bad it is hilarious. Awesome or awful, it is usually fun getting to see that picture, recipe, whatever develop into a tangible thing. So I will chronicle my triumphs and failures… I will be human and make mistakes… please be nice and I hope it is entertaining.

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