Thursday, May 31, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Father's day spinning plate. Let dad spin the wheel for his choice of gift on this fun craft!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
We thought these glitter rub ons were just adorable.
The coin purse pictured here was not available, so the one your child received will look lik the round one belowIn addition to the coin purse, you received a sheet of glitter rub ons, and a craft stick. The rub ons come with a sheet of protective plastic. The rub ons themselves are very sticky, so it's a good idea to leave the plastic in place until you're ready to apply them to the fabric. This project will work best, and be the most unique if you cut out each bug, rather than trying to apply them from the sheet as-is. When you're ready to apply your bug, just peel off the protective sheet, put the transfer onto the fabric, paper side up, and rub gently with the craft stick. Be sure your child has rubbed the entire area, then peel the paper away. Don't forget to decorate both sides of the purse!
Project #3 Rainy Day Sticker Sheets
We thought these stickers were adorable, and the toddler in our house agreed... he went through a whole package of these after the shipment arrived earlier this month. These sheets have so many stickers, they are great entertainment when you need to keep a small child busy away from home. (like while waiting for dinner at a restaurant!)
In addition to the coin purse, you received a sheet of glitter rub ons, and a craft stick. The rub ons come with a sheet of protective plastic. The rub ons themselves are very sticky, so it's a good idea to leave the plastic in place until you're ready to apply them to the fabric. This project will work best, and be the most unique if you cut out each bug, rather than trying to apply them from the sheet as-is. When you're ready to apply your bug, just peel off the protective sheet, put the transfer onto the fabric, paper side up, and rub gently with the craft stick. Be sure your child has rubbed the entire area, then peel the paper away. Don't forget to decorate both sides of the purse!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Project #2 -- Tissue Paper Bear
I love these tissue paper projects, and this little bear is no exception. Just peel away the paper backing to reveal the adhesive, and the bear is ready to be decorated with tissue paper.
Project # 3 Love Bug Sticker Scene
Stickers are always a big hit with our Toddler members... what I like about this month's project is the adorable heart shaped paper.This month, our toddler members will also be receiving a set of cardstock stickers with winter scenes on them, they are super cute!
Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday". The name comes from the ancient custom of parading a fat ox through Paris on this day. The ox was to remind the people that they were not allowed to eat meat during Lent. Lent runs from Ash Wednesday thru Easter Sunday.
Mardi Gras moves. It can be anywhere between February 3rd and March 9th. The date depends on when Easter falls.
French people who came to the United States brought the custom of Mardi Gras with them. The most famous festival in the US (and perhaps the world) is at New Orleans in Louisiana *wistful sigh*-- I've always wanted to go, not necessarily for Mardi Gras, but just to see it.
But Mardi Gras parades happen throughout the world. Biloxi in Mississipi, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Nice in France, Binche in Belgiun and Viareggio in Italy are just a few examples.
The Tuesday that Mardi Gras falls on is also known as Shrove Tuesday. The name comes from the custom of confessing on the day before lent. Shrove means "to be forgiven one's sins."
Mardi Gras Customs:
In Southern Italy, people dress up in costumes and put on an ancient play during Mardi Gras
In Rio de Jeneiro, people dance in the streets.
In Nice, France people wear giant masks in the Mardi Gras parade (it looks like a bunch of walking heads with tiny bodies).
In Binche, Belgium people dress in colorful clown costumes (the clowns are called gilles)The clowns wear bunches of ostrich feathers on their heads and dance in the streets. They carry baskets of oranges which they throw to the watching crowds.
For most of you, Mardi Gras customs are likely of the New Orleans variety. During the parade, everyone dresses up in costumes. Trinkets, especially beads and doubloons, are tossed to the crowds from the parade floats. The Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
The selection of kits for the coming year is always one of my favorite things. I have completed the preview for January -- September 2007. October through December will probably happen closer to the end of the year, as there are always great new things available at that time of year, and I would probably change them anyways. Please know that because we do the selections so early in the year, some kits are not always available when the time comes to order them, and substitutions may have to be made. Sometimes it just turns out that we find something we find irresistable later in the year, and we swap things around for that reason.We are including some great new themes this year!
This preview should give you a really good idea of the things to come in 2007, we hope that your child will enjoy them! We test all these kits before they ever hit the mail to your child, and you can always find hints, tricks, and suggestions here on this blog. Happy Crafting!We do our best to find fun crafts that will expand your toddler's experiences, and that will be enjoyable for you both. Please note that we do not intend the toddler kits to be at a level that a child at this age could complete them by themselves. The kits are meant to be a fun activity shared by you both!
January -- Winter Wonderland (See blog entry below for list and pictures)
February -- Valentines Day
- Acetate Heart
- Tissue paper Bear
- Love Bug Sticker Scene
March - St. Patrick's Day and Easter
- Shamrock Paper Plate
- Easter Paper Plate Characters
- Easter Sticker Cards
April -- Just Buggy!
- Weaving Mats
- Insect Rubbing Plates
- Make your own Bugs Sticker Scene
May -- Mother's Day and Father's Day, Cinco de Mayo
- Mom Bear Magnet
- Dad Card
- Fun Fiesta Sticker Scene
June -- Summer Fun and 4th of July
- Beach Sticker Scene
- Foam Patriotic Flyer
- Color your own Patriotic Visor
August -- Dinosaurs
- Dinosaur Sticker Scene
- Dinosaur Mobile
- Dinosaur Magnet
October -- Halloween
November -- Thanksgiving and Fall Fun
December -- Happy Holidays!
We are including some great new themes this year, including some holidays we have not recognized in past kits, like Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras and Hannukah.
This preview should give you a really good idea of the things to come in 2007, we hope that your child will enjoy them! We test all these kits before they ever hit the mail to your child, and you can always find hints, tricks, and suggestions here on this blog. Happy Crafting!
January -- Winter Wonderland (see pictures in January entry below).
February -- Valentines Day, Mardi Gras, Groundhog Day and Mardi Gras
- Acetate and Tissue Heart
- Tissue Paper Valentines Bear
- Groundhog Day Bookmark
- Chinese New Year's Lanterns
- Mardi Gras Pin
March -- St. Patrick's Day and Easter
- Foam Strip Shamrocks
- Shamrock ladybug Bracelet
- Embossed Foil Easter Sign
- Bunny Pouch
- Rhinestone Easter Eggs
April -- Pirate Adventures
- Pirate's Hat
- Treasure Chest Magnet
- Parrot Glider
- Treasure Chest
- Day at the Beach Stickers
May -- Mother's Day and Father's Day
Design your Own Mom Card
Pony Bead Mom Keychain
Beaded Pin for Mom
Wooden Keychains for Dad
June -- Patriotic Crafts (we ship things with this theme in June, to make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy them before the 4th of July)
October -- Halloween
November -- Thanksgiving and Fall Fun
December -- Holidays (Christmas and Hannukah)
Monday, January 01, 2007
Project #2 -- Felt Photo Frame
Penguins are very popular at our house, and this project will be a lot of fun for your child (Kids Club Only)
Project #5 -- Flying Penguin Airplane
The finished product will bring your child hours of fun. (Kids Club Only)
Project #6 -- Polar Bear Photo Holder
Another great way to show off those great holiday photos. (Kids Club Only)