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Pinterest strikes again!

Seriously, I might be obsessed at this point.

This month’s school project was to turn an item (or items) from the recycling box into something else.

In other words, upcycle the recycle!

We dug out some tin cans and got to painting…

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I thought we could turn them into wind chimes. A rainbow window chime.

We gathered string and bottle caps. We punched holes in the caps and cans. We tried and tried to tie the cans together to make anything that would resemble a wind chime. And when that went to hell in a hand basket I went on Pinterest.

And saw this awesomeness pinned. A tin-can lantern? Yeah we can!

The holes required a little more than a hammer and nail, so we enlisted dad’s help because while he says I don’t know how to use the power tools really it’s just that he doesn’t like to share his toys

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And then gave it a new paint job with something more durable to the elements (Chrome!)….

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Let it dry and …..

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Awesmazing.

Too bad we don’t get marks in SK because this totally deserves an A+

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Halloween is approaching once again and the fun of costuming my willing little partner began…

He had a hard time choosing this year jumping back and forth between Mario to a “Transpormer” and then to Spiderman and Thor (only because of the giant hammer!) and back to Mario…… I had to step in.

My mother and I went on a scouting visit to Value Village to see what was available there for a feisty five year old. I discovered that unless I wanted him wielding swords, hammers, knives or any other weapon I needed to keep looking and that’s when I found the used costume rack for kids (YAY! for people who take care of stuff!). I found a Mario costume in really good condition for only $5.99. Sure it was missing the hat and fake mustache but like that would stop me! So after purchasing the costume and some black makeup for a mustache we were off to Fabricland.

And $10 later we had a pattern and some material.

I took a few pictures of the progress….

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Don’t let the pictures fool you, this pattern was a bitch to follow for a non-patterny person such as myself, but I muddled my way through and the end results are fantastic.

Costume and Makeup – $6.50
Hat pattern and fabric – $10
The boy’s pure awesomeness – priceless.

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*Burda Kids pattern 9507 “D”
*Boiled Wool, red.

As per usual I waited until the last possible minute to complete a project or two….

Today is the boy’s very last day of junior kindergarten (insert major sad face here!).

He’s actually kinda sad about the whole matter because he really likes going to school despite having to follow rules and do work and all that stuff. I have a feeling he’ll be asking every other day if he “gets to go to school today?” And when I say no he’ll be sad until I can distract him with swimming or …swimming it’s summer, the pool is really the only place I want to hang out!

Leaving things until the last minute greatly diminishes the options I have for making things as well. Since I had only 6 hours or so, minimal options and somewhat limited materials, I decided to make pillows small ones.

The boy helped pick the materials and sort of coloured in the butterfly and bubble letters that I drew, then I did my part sewing and stuffing.

This is what we came up with….
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The best Mother’s Day so far.

I ❤ my boy.

I made this today on a whim.

It’s a perfect little boy blanket with a cotton dinosaur print on one side and fleece on the other.

I considered just making it a duvet but decided to finish it off after I flipped it right side out. I stitched it all the way around to give it a nice edge without having to bind it.

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Seriously simple, seriously cute!

Today is the boy’s sharing day in JK. This month they are sharing favourite nursery rhymes and are to recite their personal favourites to the class. Sounds very cute except that there is no way my son’s limited vocabulary and pronunciation will ever allow that to happen. The note he brought home mentioned the kids could bring props……so I made him one.

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The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout….
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Down came the rain and washed the spider out….
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Out came the sun and dried up all the rain….
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So the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again….
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And he does it with style…

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I’m not going to cry…

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I’m not going to cry…

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Okay, I may have cried a little on the inside…

But on the outside I am very happy my boy had such a good first day of school!

My boy the ladybug…er…boybug
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Dinoboy!
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I really wanted to post about my son’s new found respect for his lower appendage but decided he may grow up to hate me for it so I won’t but oh my GAWD the stuff he says and does is hilarious and really, its probably normal….except the trying to feed it part….that’s…that’s a little odd….

but he’s a kid. a boy kid. he explores and tests limits and does things many people find disgusting but that’s the best part about being a kid because one day he’s going to grow up and people will frown upon him doing that stuff and depending on what it is I may frown also but for now its all learning material.

and he is most definitely a boy who learns from seeing and doing versus getting it from a book because right now I’m more concerned about what that stuff is on his shirt and him pooping in the yard because he didn’t feel like coming into the house to go to the bathroom. seriously, I’ve even considered toilet training the dogs so they might be a better influence.

maybe its because he’s a country boy. not like backwoods Bon Tempe country just countrified. we are rural. our backyard is a football field filled with trees and weeds, a river and trails for “wreck-reational” machines, an overgrown hole where a pond should be as well as lots of prime mosquito breeding stagnant water. there are now mountains of dirt in the field beside us where my brother is building his house and oh how my boy loves to play in the dirt! so its only natural for him to get into something.

or maybe I let him watch cartoons that are just plain weird (funny? yes. really, really weird? yes. but you can find an explanation here).

or maybe…. he’s just a normal boy.

because that’s what kids do right? they explore themselves and everything around them! and have wonderful imaginations! and great adventures where they catch their first fishes with their dads…

and they make their mother’s shake their heads in wonder and awe.

its often on a daily basis I wonder whether other little boys do the stuff that he does. because I need to know that I am not alone!!!!!

and because I always say he’s just like his father, here’s a few words from Brad Paisley that seemed just perfectly fitting for this post….

hahahahaha – please note that Brad Paisley is NOT his father!



Poor Mowse has been here for a few weeks now but I had yet to take the time to make some fun stuff for her cage.

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I want to attempt a hanging tunnel but for now she gets a simple toy with a bell and a hammock.

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I’m not sure she’ll like either one but she did check out the hammock when I was hanging it. I put a few pieces of food in there to further entice her although I doubt I will see her use it anytime soon as she still doesn’t come out much during the day.

I really wasn’t sold on the idea of a rat living in my house but sometimes even I have trouble saying no to my boy. I do like rodents though and she’s pretty darn cute with her big ears, also the boy is truly enamored with her.

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