Fun recycled castle project

A few weeks ago we were sitting around with nothing to do and we decided to make a recycled castle out of stuff we had around the house.  There is a step by step tutorial here.  We didn’t have half the items they called for so we improvised a little, OK a lot! SO if you decide to make it, don’t worry if you don’t have everything on their list, come up with your own design and have fun!

(Do you see Baby Dog’s nose on the edge of the picture? So cute!)


Planet Earth Crayons

I made these cool planet earth crayons.  This would be a great project for “Earth Day” or making a crayon for each planet while studying about our solar system would be fun!

I went here to find out the colors of the other planets.

Mercury: grey

Venus: yellowish-white

Earth: light blue with white clouds

Mars: red-orange

Jupiter: has orange and white bands

Saturn: pale yellow

Uranus: light blue

Neptune: light blue

Pluto: light brown

Since most cupcake pans have twelve cups you could make a sun, moon and star(add glitter) crayon to use up all the spaces!

Fairy Wands

I found these wands at the dollar store the other day.  I don’t have any “little” girls at home, but I have been wanting to make fairy wands for awhile.  The kids and I had fun decorating them, and they turned out so cute!  I want to start selling fun stuff  like this at my shop downtown, and these are perfect “test” items! If they sell well I will make more elaborate wands, halos, tutus and such.

What I have been working on.

SO my shop has been really busy lately, and up until yesterday I have been slacking…big time! I do have somewhat of an excuse, a sinus infection and bronchitis! I haven’t been feeling well for awhile, and I guess I had a horrible sinus infection that went to my lungs…ugh!! I have been on a cocktail of about 30 medicines(exaggeration!) for the last couple of weeks, and I am now finally starting to feel better.  Anyway, I had a lot of catching up to do.

The washcloth lollipops are a huge seller at my shop.  Probably because they are so inexpensive and cute.  I like to keep the smaller diaper cakes along with the larger ones,  they make really cute inexpensive gifts.  The mini diaper cakes are great for table centerpieces at baby showers as well.

I did a few gift boxes that I filled with washcloth candies, and the cupcakes below!

I desperately need to make more recycled crayons, I have promised myself that I will get those done this weekend!

Great 4th of July Project

I found this project today at the Family Fun website.  My son had a blast making it and he can’t wait to wear it to the 4th of July parade and festivities this weekend!

  • Plain T-shirt
  • Newspaper
  • Glittery fabric paint
  • Paper plate
  • Pipe cleaners

  1. Start by placing a few sheets of newspaper inside a plain T-shirt.
  2. Pour one or more colors of glittery fabric paint onto a paper plate.
  3. Create a stamp (for each color paint) to print fireworks: arrange four pipe cleaners in a bunch, pinch the center, then bend all eight ends over your thumb and twist them together a few times, forming a loop. Spread apart the ends and bend up the tips. Makes a flower like pattern.
  4. To use the stamp, dip it into the paint so that it’s evenly coated and press it firmly onto the fabric.
  5. Once you’ve finished your design, allow the paint to dry thoroughly, and refer to the paint manufacturer’s directions before laundering the shirt.

Fun Kid Recipe!

What You Need!

2 cups cold milk
1 pkg.  (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
15   OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided
10 worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks

Make It!

POUR milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Let stand 5 min.. Gently stir in whipped topping and 1/2 cup of the cookie crumbs.

SPOON into 10 (6- to 7-oz.) paper or plastic cups; top with remaining cookie crumbs.

REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour. Top with fruit snacks just before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Dirt Cups can also be served frozen. Prepare as directed; freeze 3 hours or until firm.