Ready to Get Creative?

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I love creating things. It might be crafting, writing, or cooking. Sometimes, even though I can’t play very well, I drag out my guitar and make some noise.

It’s been a tough year (or two) around here. In February, my sweet Mr. gave us a bedroom makeover that included a new sewing/crafting/whateverLisawantstodo area.

IKEA Expedit
I’m so excited! I finally started on some pajama monsters that were supposed to be finished for Christmas. I’ve been sidetracked by preparing for softball season.
My new favorite chair

Then I sit and look around at all the pretty things and become totally overwhelmed with the options.

Pretty squares

I need a kick in the butt to push me to just start making SOMETHING. ANYTHING.

Sewing Machines

So, I’ve started a challenge for April, and you are all invited to join me.

all the fabric

Let’s get our creative juices flowing shall we? Click through the graphic to find out the details!

#make30 Things in 30 Days

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Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts – Four Leaf Clovers, Leprechaun Hats, and Rainbows

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Easy St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Last week, we were hit with a random wintry day smack dab in the middle of a couple warm ones. I was so incredibly grumpy about it that I declared it an old-school arts and crafts day! Cheesy St. Patrick’s Day crafts with construction paper and Elmer’s glue always make me feel better.

First we made some Tissue Paper Rainbows.

All we needed was paper, tissue paper and glue.

Tissue Paper Rainbows

He managed to finish three rows before he started sneaking the glue behind my back and gluing flat squares all over the page!

Tissue Paper Flowers

I wasn’t going to be too much of a stickler about it being an actual rainbow. She wanted to do rainbow colors in a flower shape.

Tissue Rainbows 2

Her big sister wanted to add a sunshine and some rain.

While they worked the tissue paper crafts, I drew up the hats and four-leaf clovers.

The clovers were four hearts and a stem.

Four Leaf Clover Pattern

Cut them out, glue the four hearts to the stem. Easy peasy.

Clover Hearts

Clover Assembly

In case you’re wondering, I cut out Lil Man’s, he isn’t THAT good.

While they were busy cutting and pasting those, I worked up the hat patterns.

First, I cut 4 yellow strips, and 4 black buckles. The buckle is just a rectangle with two slits cut in it so the band could be weaved through it.

Then I drew the cutting lines on the green construction paper.

Leprechaun Hat Pattern

Cut off the brim, then the hat top. Glue the brim along the bottom edge of the hat top.

Then glue the band to the hat, above the brim line.

Cut out the mini-clover pieces, glue them the same way you did the large one, and add to the hat.

Leprechaun Hats

Easy peasy crafting. I think we spent about an hour doing all three.

Time to reprint my Leprechaun Math Journaling page and get some school-y type stuff done!

 

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Put more YES in your house

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Mom said Yes

I spend a lot of my day saying “no”.

I didn’t realize how often I said no, but geez louise it’s a lot.

No, you can’t have more soda.

No, we aren’t having cookies for breakfast.

No, we aren’t painting today.

No, we can’t play Play-Doh right now.

No,

No,

Uh… not now (basically no) , maybe later (I hope you forget that you even asked).

I don’t want to say no all the time.

I don’t want to let them have free reign over the soda, paint and cookies either!

Since I’m pretty certain my kids don’t sit on the couch thinking of the messiest, most complicated thing in the world to play or pondering what sugar laden junk food to ask for next, I had to conclude they only ask for these things because they see them.

That means, they only ask for them because I bought them and put them in their sights.

Soak that in Momma. You put on the table, then told them not to touch it.

That’s like a double edged sword of torture isn’t it?

You spent money on it, said they couldn’t have it (or do it), then have to listen to them ask over and over and over and over again.

You’re miserable, they’re miserable.

What for?

Oh wait, I remember why I bought it.

I bought the paint so it would be on hand when I finally decided to do art in school; knowing that I only do paint projects in the Spring and Summer.

I bought the cookies for snack tonight because I didn’t want to make them from scratch; knowing that from scratch we get 12-15 cookies and they are gone immediately but buying a big bag means we have cookies for DAYS.

I keep buying things for “some day” or buying more than we’ll consume during that “special treat” and now I have all this stuff sitting around, taking up space, tempting my kids.

I want to stop saying no all the time, but I don’t want to start letting them paint daily either. (Not that daily painting is a bad thing, I just can’t do that kind of large scale mess on a daily basis. I shouldn’t consume that much wine.)

My plan is simple:

Stop Bringing In Stuff I Need To Say No To

Almost genius isn’t it.

There are too many recipes for easy homemade dough for me to have the store stuff on hand.

Cookies really aren’t that hard to make, when you really want a cookie.

If I only buy paint supplies in April, then Springtime will have new excitement to it, and I won’t have to spend all January saying “not today”. (Pick a winter craft to do in January and get them excited about that)

Intentionally bring things in that you can joyfully say YES to.

 

What can you say YES to today?

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