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That craze called LOOMS

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Hi Everyone, sorry for the absence.

Today I have created a little something that I thought might be a nice swap for the girls at my Girl Guide district as a token of thanks for selling biscuits in the upcoming biscuit selling season.

I had seen this loom idea floating around on Pinterest for a little bit and had wondered what on earth it was. Then at school the kiddos started bringing in these little rubber bands and asking if they could loom at before and after school care.  I was like sure, as long as you clean up afterwards.  Soon more and more kids were brining this craft craze in left right and centre.

I have bought so many of the little rubber bands for the kids I would hate to count how many they have actually gone through.

I myself then fell into the craze and bought a loom and some bands.  I wanted to try and make the charm that looked like the samoa cookie, but that was FAR too difficult so I tried the plain shortbread one that Made by Mommy has made on the loom which is part of the bracelet.  She give instructions at the beginning of the demonstration how to make the individual cookies into charms.

It took me a few frustrating goes ( I have no idea how the kids can be soooo patient when they are doing this) but I finally got one done and its not too shabby if I do say myself.

 

I hopefully will be making a post tomorrow for easter with my cute easter gifts for my family

Busy Busy Back to School!

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This month has flown by so quickly, I almost can’t remember the last time I posted!

School came back  on 29th Jan and I have been flying by the seat of my pants ever since.  I am 4 staff members down too which doesn’t help.  3 of my staff graduated University and were lucky enough to get teaching jobs mainly in North Queensland and out West.  Then the last of my missing crew resigned while they were overseas leaving me a little in the lurch.  So now recruitment begins for some newbies.

We have been on pinterst overload for a quite a period of time during the last month, particularly with Valentines day, and my own personal adventures at home. 

Here is a list of the many fun and exciting things I have made and done

BBQ Pulled Pork (I didn’t put any worcestershire sauce in it bc I am allergic to seafood – you couldn’t even tell!)

Bacon and Mushroom Quiche with Gruyere and Thyme

Brownie Batter Dip

The Post Card Exchange continued (The Ranger Guides are absolutly loving it!!) I think we have 20 postcards so far!

Greek Chicken Burgers

I love you to pieces cards to Valentines Day {Freebie}

– Chocolate Brownie for a comparision between Boxed brownies and from scratch at Ranger Guides (These Brownies won by the way! They were delicious!)

–  Salt Dough medals for the Winter Olymic Games (This is the inspiration, not the recipe…we just used normal salt dough :))

I’m sure there is more, but I just dont remember!

The kids have loved all of the activities and even ask to specifically use Pinterest for ideas.  I will add links to them all and photos later in the day, but for now I need another coffee and in 20 min the kids will be off to school!

Pool Noodle Craft

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To fill in a day of Vacation Care this time around I had seen some Pool Noodle Craft floating around on Pinterest.  Now just at the moment I can’t find where I pinned my pin.  Which is a P A I N!

But the general gist of the activity was buy some pool noodles ( I got mine at Kmart for $3.  They were about that price everywhere I looked) and cut them into bits.  I apparently was abel to get about 13 pieces out of each noodle, which was heaps more than I expected.  Out of the 5 noodles I bought I ended up with 73 pieces of chopped noodle for the kids to use. They were super happy because they got more than one piece to use.  One of my girls at work had found a picture of a bee and printed it out as an idea for the kids, but I had also told them to go to town, make what ever you want, there was plenty of craft items to use.  I had stuff out like paint, chenille sticks (pipe cleaners), goggle eyes, eye stickers, matchsticks, skewers, you name it they were able to use it.  We ended up with so many amazing creations.

Some of the little kids just copied the bee, but that was to be expected.  The older kids let their creative juices flow! We had aliens, boats, cows, everything! It was an amazing craft and cheap as well which is always good.  I will so be doing this again at after school care, they had so much fun creating.

Here are just a couple of photos of the creations from that day

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various noodle craft

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Busy Bees and an Alien

And so this is Christmas – Part 2

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Today is Boxing Day (WOOHOOOOOOOO)…which is feel is the equivalent of Black Friday sales.  I have chosen to avoid them this year.

I have finally mustered enough energy to write the 2nd post of the 2 part holiday special.

Taking up where I left off, bought some Egg Nog last year, never having had it before and it turns out that I love it! So this year I bought some more, this time they had cinnamon flavour available too…now i didn’t like this as much as the regular Egg Nog, but all can be forgiven.  I have used these in a couple of recipes in the last couple of weeks.  First I made this Egg Nog Coffee Cake through a link to Mandy’s Recipe Box.  Now I did a couple of things different.  I used a tub of plain chobani 0% yoghurt instead of the sour cream, and i didn’t realise at the time I made it you are supposed to put it in the fridge for a while.  I wanted cake then and there so that didn’t happen….It still worked fine and was a hit with everyone!

Egg Nog Coffee Cake - pre baking

Egg Nog Coffee Cake – pre baking

We made these tiles a couple of days before we closed for the holidays.  Now the idea for these are all over pinterest.  I used Mod Podge to seal them then sprayed them with a can of acrylic to make sure they were fine to use with water as coasters.  The washi tape was on sale at Officeworks, I think I got it for about 70c -90c from a bin near the registers.  The red stars on the white background were much more popular than I anticipated!  Here is a couple of shots of the final products.

Here is a list with links to a few of the other recipes that I have used over the last few days

Maple Cinnamon Nuts

Bacon, Scallion and Caramelized Onion Dip

Martha Stewart – Classic French Toast

Ice-cream Christmas Cake

Pancetta and Sage Stuffing Muffins (we did ours in a loaf tin though)

Raspberry Frost Sodas

A couple of non consumable links are my present wrapping idea and my gift tags.  The gift tags that I used were just so cute.  They are from over at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night. And there are so many more styles than the ones I used.  I also use washi tape and brown paper to wrap my presents.  I don’t have a link to the exact site where I got the idea from, here are 2 website that have similar ideas.  The first is Curbly and the wash tape idea is at number 2 and the second is this photo over at Flickr.

So between all these ideas and the gift tags this was the end product.

My gift wrapping for 2013

My gift wrapping for 2013

I’m not sure where we would have been without Pinterest this year.  It has certainly made this holiday season MUCH MUCH easier.

So from my family to yours, I hope you have had a very merry and blessed holiday season.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Elf Antics

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Our Elf, North, has been up to more antics during the last week.  While I have taken photos of most of them the one that I missed was him sitting in the sleigh with the reindeers.  This week North has been hanging in a sign, having hot cocoa in the dolls house and fishing off the exit sign above one of the doorways.  I have been using instacollage to make my cut photo collages of his antics.  I love that you can change the colour of the background and the text and the size of the boarder and just about anything!

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Elf Antics

Elf Antics

Our other fun craft of the week has been putting the kids names in lights! The pin I found went over to this blog here.  It is such a cute and easy idea especially with the little kids.  I just googled christmas lights outline to find a suitable shape to use, unless you are super creative and can draw your own.  The kids coloured in the lights in Christmas colours, multi coloured and patterned.  They looked amazing! Here is one of the light strings that one of the 3rd grade kids did.

Name Light Strings

Name Light Strings

I think I have some more to put up, but we had our last day of school for the year yesterday and I am pretty sure I was still drunk at lunchtime today!  I will save that for a post for tomorrow.

Whoops where’d Halloween Go??

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I just realised that the post I thought I had done on Halloween is not actually here.  I won’t make it a long one, but I’ll fill you in on what I did!

We had a whole series of meetings about the restructure of our Senior Management at work, which has made everyone really sad.  To one of the meetings I made a massive bowl of Fall Puppy Chow using a recipe I used yonks ago, from here, at Sally’s Baking Addiction.  I basically used this without the nuts.  Then I added in a combination of Candy Corn, Candy Corn m&m’s and Fall m&m’s.  Everyone really loved it!

Halloween Puppy Chow

Halloween Puppy Chow

We made Glue and glitter spiders webs that were from here, and I used this idea for trying to make my amazing looking pumpkins last the distance (The link isn’t working to the website, but the instructions are on the Pinterest Link). Photo to come…my photo streaming is taking forever! 😦

Halloween

Halloween

We made Paint Chip Pumpkins and Frankensteins too, but those photos are at work and I will add them Monday.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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Over this past week at After School Care we have started cracking out the Christmas decorations and crafts with the kids.  We do it this early as we have 9.5 days of school left.  Not that I am counting or anything! I always do 2-3 weeks of Christmas craft before the Christmas/Summer Vacation starts as if we don’t, the kids who don’t require care during that time miss out on all the fun.

We started by putting up all the regular decorations, tinsel, the wooden sleigh set with the fake insta-snow and christmas lights.  At the moment we are using up all the craft supplies that have been hanging around since I started at the service in 2010.  So thats a long time to have been sitting in the storage cupboard.  To supplement this craft I found a few cute and easy things, that may involve taking more paint chips.

So far we have painted wooden tree ornaments, made ornaments with foams balls, pins and sequins, painted cotton ornaments with water colours, decorated giant reindeer heads, stars and Christmas trees, beaded Christmas trees and Christmas trees made from (you guessed it) paint chips!.  As you can tell its been non-stop since we started.

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

Paint Chip Christmas Trees

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Some interesting trees

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Blinged up tree, using off cuts from the other trees

The Christmas trees are so far the only craft from Pinterest, as we get closer to the holiday there will be more though!