Saturday, June 9, 2012

Who’s Your Daddy

Hooray! It’s almost Daddy Day.

Father’s Day is just around the corner. “Just around the corner” - Why. Do. We. Say. That? It’s a day on a calendar, not a neighborhood? /end rant

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Looking for something special to give the man that does it all? More importantly, something affordable? And more-more importantly, something personal? This is one of the cutest ideas I’ve seen. Amy, from Positively Splendid, is one of my favoritest bloggers. Yeah, I said favoritest. Get over it.

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All pictures courtesy Positively Splendid

I mean come on…how cute are these?! And let me tell you, as a Dad, I would rather get something hand made like this, over something you bought at the store - any day!

Not only is Amy full of fresh, fun ideas, she shares them with us! This one is totally free! So hurry over and grab the FREE PRINTABLES and get busy making that special guy, a special gift. Oh - and if that special guy happens to be a grandpa, granddad, pops, or papa, don’t worry, she’s got you covered!

Amy, I hope to meet you some day. Be prepared for a hug from a strange man. Love what you do. Thank you!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Burlap and Seeds and Numbers

Oh my!

“Teachers help plant the seeds of the future.”

Good teachers need to be rewarded! Remember, some day your kids’ll be running shit!


This came from a little Pinterest inspiration, from here and here. I combined, changed, twisted and rewrote a thing. Or two. Davin’s teachers name is Mrs. Weisz. Since we didn’t have any letter buttons, we made her name out of numbers. I’m still not sold on it. But that’s what Davin wanted. And…it was his project. Found the buttons at Walmart. Just hot glued them on.



We spray painted a plain-jane pot. The inside and top, outer ring got the green. The rest, purple. Davin picked the colors. After the green dried, I taped off the top, and turned the pot upside down to apply the purple. The whole thing got a couple clear coats once the paint was dry.



We picked out 4 packets of flower seeds. All different sizes and colors. I cut burlap into four, 6” squares. We carefully measured dumped some potting soil on top of each piece of burlap. Then, we dumped one packet of seeds on each pile of soil. I just folded up the corners, and tied each one closed with some twine.



Since the flowers were all different, I wanted her to be able to identify them. A piece of craft paper, popsicle sticks, and bit of Photoshop. Ta-Da…seed packet labels. Oh…and a bunch of hand-cramping cutting with tiny scissors. Sure, I could have used the Silhouette, but this worked. I downloaded the neat little banners from Wee Birdy. Go check her blog!

No, they’re not perfect. Not like they would be from the Silhouette. But they are personal.



The neat thing about the seed packets is they can be planted directly in the ground. Yep. You just toss it in the ground where you want the flowers to grow, and they’ll grow right through the burlap. And of course, the burlap will deteriorate naturally.



I just realized that you can’t really see a picture of just the seed packets. If you want to see, make sure to check the Pinterest link above. Because that’s what they look like.


So that’s it. School’s out for summer. Do you have summer plans?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sew Sew Sew Sew Sew


I say at least once a week, “I need to learn to sew”. Well, here’s my chance. And with a name like the Singer Simple, how hard could it be? Right?


And let’s take extra special note of the bottom catch …. Sewing Made Easy … Why not simple? I mean, it is the Singer Simple. Right?


So, into the instruction manual I go. Mind you, I have ZERO sewing knowledge. Okay. Two words: ZE - RO! But again, this is the Singer Simple! And inside the instruction manual, which by the way, DOES NOT TELL YOU HOW TO SEW, only how to set up the machine… I find this -

Drop the feed dogs. - Are you cussing kidding me???


Now, I don’t care where you’re from. A phrase like drop the feed dogs, might refer to hunting. Or even farming? Maybe even some ritualistic werewolf lingo. But sewing? REALLY?

Dear Singer, there were no dogs included with my SIMPLE sewing machine. I’m screwed! The end.


Hopefully, this will be my savior?



Do you know what that phrase means? No, don’t tell me. It doesn’t matter. Because as I said, my sewing machine did not come with feed dogs. I’m just curious.

Gettin Crafty

With - crafts.

Someone was kind enough to donate a couple boxes of Home Depot Kid Projects, to Davins class.

So I spent the morning helping the kids nail and glue. One at a time. We finished 20 out of 28 students, in under 3 hours! Gonna finish up Wednesday morning.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Nature This, Bubbles That

Blowing bubbles, and exploring. That’s what we did yesterday.

Each time we go on a little outdoor adventure, I try to share or show Davin something new. We take the time to look up, lay down in the grass, and move stuff around. There is so much to see, if you just take the time.

First stop, a bit of posing for dad, of course.



We talked about the reflections in the bubbles.



We made some wishes,


and checked out some tiny bugs.



We explored some seed-pods dropped by a tree.



We stumbled on some remains and discussed what it may have been.



We found lots of owl droppings, and (with the help of a stick) discussed all the bones, and talked about owls.



And I even took time to take a couple photos with my trusty iPhone. Of course, we examined this dandelion closely, and talked about how “it works”.

iPhone + Photojojo Macro Lens + Camera+ + SnapSeed

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Best of all, we spent some great time together. With only 4 days of school left, I plan on many more short, summer adventures, together.