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Turning Christmas Trees into Summer Trees

24 Apr

I had to have Maddie in Cary for a dentist appointment at 8:00 this morning, which was totally CRAZY for us. I can’t remember the last time I was dressed and out and about that early in the morning, and I didn’t like it one bit! When my alarm went off before 6, Jason said, “Do you remember when you used to get up at 5:30 every morning to go to work?” I do, and I don’t miss it!

The pediatric dentist was amazing, and Maddie acted just as she predicted.  Yesterday, I asked her if she was going to be a good girl at the dentist.  She responded, “After I’m bad.”  I thought at the time that was pretty funny, but that is exactly what she did this morning!  At least she follows through….

One plus side to going to Cary this morning was that we got to go to Target.  We live a little ways from any good stores, so going to Target is pretty eventful for us.  I was finally able to buy some supplies to do something I have been wanting to do for awhile (since the beginning of January, actually).

When we took down our decorations after Christmas, Charlie got pretty depressed.  He was upset it was over, he missed Martin (our Elf on the Shelf), and he didn’t want me to take down our decorations.  I agreed to leave the little trees in his and Maddie’s rooms, and we decided after a few weeks that we would transform them into Valentine’s trees, then Easter trees, then summer trees.

Valentine’s Day and Easter are now over, and the kids still have Christmas trees in their rooms.

Christmas trees-minus some ornaments because the kids have been slowly been picking them off and playing with or breaking them.

Christmas trees-minus some ornaments because the kids have been slowly been picking them off and playing with or breaking them.

 

I found several bags of summer-themed foam stickers in the $1 section of Target.  I peeled the backs off of 2 matching stickers, then stuck them back-t0-back around a pipe cleaner.  They made really cute ornaments!

I found several bags of summer-themed foam stickers in the $1 section of Target. I peeled the backs off of 2 matching stickers, then stuck them back-to-back around a pipe cleaner. They made really cute ornaments!

 

This is the finished sunshine ornament.  I wrapped the pipe cleaner around a branch, then twisted the ends of the pipe cleaner into little curls.

This is the finished sunshine ornament. I wrapped the pipe cleaner around a branch, then twisted the ends of the pipe cleaner into little curls.

 

Charlie working on a snail for Maddie's tree.

Charlie working on a snail for Maddie’s tree.

 

...and his masterpiece!

…and his masterpiece!

 

We used pinwheels (also found in Target's $1 section) for our tree toppers.  I just removed the sticks and the wheels fit perfectly on the tops of the trees.

We used pinwheels (also found in Target’s $1 section) for our tree toppers. I just removed the sticks and the wheels fit perfectly on the tops of the trees.

 

A little frog ornament for Charlie's tree.

A little frog ornament for Charlie’s tree.

 

And a football ornament for Charlie's tree.  These were actually on his Christmas tree, but he wanted to keep them for his summer tree, too.

And a football ornament for Charlie’s tree. These were actually on his Christmas tree, but he wanted to keep them for his summer tree, too.

 

Maddie and her finished tree!  I found some great globe lights in Target, and we wrapped some yellow streamers around the tree as a finishing touch.

Maddie and her finished tree! I found some great globe lights in Target, and we wrapped some yellow streamers around the tree as a finishing touch.

 

...and here's Charlie with his tree.  A little burlap around the bottom covers the cords.

…and here’s Charlie with his tree. We hung some balls on his tree, too. A little burlap around the bottom covers the cords.

 

I am so glad we finally got this done.  The kids love them, and I can finally check “take down Christmas decorations” off my to-do list!

What to do With All of These Seashells?

2 Jul

Hi everyone!  I hope you have all had a fabulous rainy day….yeah.  Here in the South we are getting quite tired of the constant monsoon.  We have gardening to do!

Luckily, I prepared yesterday morning for the rainy week ahead.  The kids and I (and Noah, whose name is quite fitting at this time) packed up and headed to Hobby Lobby to replenish our craft supplies.

We have TONS, and I mean TONS of seashells from our recent vacation.  Everyone likes looking for pretty shells on the beach, especially my mom, who may be a little OCD about her shell collection.  Not only did she tirelessly search for shells, she washed, separated, and bagged the shells according to shape and texture and color. Thanks, Mama!

So we spent the day making things with our shells.  We had a lot of fun and it was a great way to spend this incredibly rainy day.  Here’s what we came up with:

First, we went out yesterday during a break in the rain and buried all of our shark’s teeth.  We are going to have friends over to dig for them as soon as we can walk through the yard again!

We went to the sandbox during a break in the rain yesterday and buried our sharks teeth.  We're going to have friends over to dig for them!

We’ll have so much fun digging for these again!

This morning, Charlie and I redecorated Goldie’s bowl.  We added some smooth black stones and several oyster shells.

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Goldie loves his new bowl decor!  He has been swimming around happily all day.

Goldie loves his new bowl decor! He has been swimming around happily all day.

When Maddie woke up and we had finished with our morning routine, we made seashell sculptures.

We used Crayola Air-Dry Clay.

We used Crayola Air-Dry Clay.

Maddie is serious about her sculpting.

Maddie is serious about her sculpting.

Charlie's finished project-I think we'll put them in our English garden in a few days when they are dry.

Charlie’s finished project-I think we’ll put them in our English garden in a few days when they are dry.

Then we painted some shells.

Charlie making his Spiderman shell!

Charlie making his Spiderman shell!

And some wiggly-eyes for added effect.

And some wiggly-eyes for added effect.

I also made some magnets with some purple-grayish shells.  They match our kitchen well!

Just use a hot glue gun to secure the magnet to the back of the shell.  Easy!

Just use a hot glue gun to secure the magnet to the back of the shell. Easy!

They look good on the fridge.  I think I will make some with the shells the kids painted, too.  That would make a great gift!

They look good on the fridge. I think I will make some with the shells the kids painted, too. That would make a great gift!

I do have one more shell project I am working on, but it may take a few days.  I’ll let you all know when it is finished.  Then I guess we will dump the rest of the shells in the sandbox.

I am glad we had the shells today.  We had a lot of fun making stuff with them and it helped to make our day indoors pretty fun. Plus, we got a visit from Jill and Addison, so that made our day even better!