Kids and Crafts: Make an Afternoon of It

-by Jamie

Here's the way I see it:  If you're making a mess then go ahead and really make a mess :-)  Yup! A new way of arting and crafting has emerged from the Hayes household.  On a particularly rainy day I received a package from Amazon.  Lil' P gets particularly excited about packages from Amazon...ever since a huge box (who recalls what was in it...that is not important) arrived for her last year and transformed itself into a spaceship.   Anyhow, the package that arrived on this particular day was quite a bit smaller but an idea emerged.  I put the box along with some crafty things I had collected from my closet on the table, blasted some music, and let lil P go for it!  Out emerged the coolest lil dollhouse I have ever seen (and yes I am biased).

The minute P said "dollhouse" I realized we needed some "dolls".  Clothes pins worked perfect for that.  P drew little faces on about 10 different pins and then had me draw some.  We drew on little outfits for the dolls as well and named each one after one of P's friends and family members, so that they could have a doll to play with when they come over. (her idea)

Pretty much the only other thing I did to help was cut some holes in the box with an exacto knife for windows and the door.

Next P made the carpet:

 

And decorated with "stickaws" and pipe cleaners (which she wrapped around the windows):

 

Now lets talk about all of the high tech modular furniture that P made for her little house.  You see, according to her, these tissue tubes can be seats for a rocket ship, tables, or a bed.  (the house is a normal house but it can also fly in space duh)

(the pillows are not nipple pads although nipple pads would work)

(the pillows are not nipple pads although nipple pads would work)

 

So there we have it.  My kid was entertained for hours which is very much worthy of a blog post if I do say so myself.  :-)

 

 

Fall Decor

-by Jamie

For my first post on our brand new website (woot woot!) I thought I'd share some pictures of the little fall decor projects that have been happening here at the Hayes house.

Atop our console table we have:  Mr. Buddha who was a gift from our friend Matt for our wedding (rumor has it he purchased it from our Target wedding registry....I love it!), a lovely mason jar vase also from our wedding and four 'lil pumpkins painted by our darling toddler, 'lil P.

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Since 'lil P is two years old, rather than handing her a carving knife, we decided to have her paint her pumpkins instead.  We let her pick them out herself at Detering Orchards, which is pretty much the most awesomest place on Earth come October.  (we also helped her carve a jack-o-lantern but this is how we kept her occupied during the carving party).  The best thing about these small little gourd pumpkin thingees is they last way longer than jack-o-lanterns....we'll probably still be able to keep them around to decorate on Thanksgiving.

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After the painting, we let her add glitter to the pumpkins.  The one below is my all time favorite.  We call him David Bowie.

Let's talk about this mason jar (and let's not talk about that huge scratch on my wall which for some reason I didn't notice until posting this picture...sigh).  We spray painted a bunch of mason jars to use as vases for our wedding.  I will post in more detail about how to do that as I continue with the blog posts about our wedding reception.  It's filled with dried "decorative oregano" which we accidentally planted in our garden instead of actual flavorful cooking oregano.  A pretty woopsie indeed.

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Up next:  Another fall decor project for toddlers:  paint a tree with toilet paper rolls (this idea was all over pinterest and I am in no way taking credit for it :-)  )


I think it's time to add some Turkey crafts to the collection!  Until then, my friends!