Thursday, February 3, 2011

Brick Party Prep Part 1

The big day is just a few days away. I can't believe my 'little guy' is turning 6! Just seems like yesterday I was in the hospital on Super Bowl Sunday delivering him at half time.

On to the party, W has had a few obsessions lately- robots, space and Legos. He settled on Legos after explaining that I was not going to try and work three themes into his party. I always think having a party at home is such a great idea, until I start putting all the work that goes into planning and executing one. Thankfully I had a friend's daughter over for most of the day today so I had a distraction for my two. I finished with two of the most time consuming projects of the party, yay!

Here's the first:

Brick Crayons
I was passed down a huge bag of crayons from friend at work's daughter who had moved out. This was the perfect opportunity to use some of them. All you have to do is peel them, break them into pieces and put them into the mold. It takes about 2 full size crayons per brick crayon.

Then, I put them into the microwave for a minute and then checked on them. I repeated it until it was all melty. It was really cold out today so I put it on a cooling rack and put it on the deck outside and they cooled really quickly. They're a little hard to pop out of the mold, but I managed to make 30.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Keep the Ball Rolling

I'm always on the lookout for things to make for my son. It's so easy to make cute dresses and little ruffle pants for my daughter, but a little harder to find something to sew for an almost 5 year old boy.

I've seen so many of these crayon roll thingys on etsy and thought I'd give it a try. I found this great tutorial from Skip to My Lou.

I used baseball fabric for the front and on the inside is the same baseball fabric and red and white polka dots. I skipped the rickrack since I thought it was a little too girly for my little guy. It turned out really well and the directions were really easy to follow. And I have to say, I was a little leary that the crayons would stay in their little pockets when it was all rolled up. Even with a lot of shaking, those crayons didn't move! I was very impressed! Now I don't have to search the black hole that is the bottom of my purse for crayons when we're at a restaurant or the doctor's office. Yipee!

All rolled up!

Unrolled - it holds 16 crayons

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My First Post/My First Black Friday Experience

So, I'm new to this whole blogging thing. At least to having my own, that is. I've enjoyed reading everyone elses for the past couple of years so I figured I'd better get in on this.

I truely don't know what I was thinking when I decided to go to the biggest toy store on black Friday. I show up at 12:30 after a 12:00 opening, and parking is across the street! Now I really don't know what possesed me to go in becuase when I did, what I saw was APPALING!!! The line to check out was already wrapped around the store and at the front door. I was there for fifteen minutes and couldn't make it to the other side of the store! I had to force my way back out. I will never do this again. However, I did go back tonight and most of the sales that were going on Friday were on today, and there was no one there. I got everything I went in to get, it took me about half an hour and that was with finding someone to take something down from the top shelf for me. Forget black Friday and bring on black Saturday night!

Here is my haul -

Playskool Dreamtown Castle - $29.99
This was originally $199! Plus I got the vanity and ice cream set that goes with it.

Not too bad, if I don't say so myself. Next year I'm going to skip the craziness of Friday.