Showing posts with label girl. Show all posts
Showing posts with label girl. Show all posts

September 24, 2013

Wrist Leashes

Wrist Leash {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
Have you ever seen those backpack leashes?  My kids actually used to love wearing those.  Since they’re getting a little old for them (and I don’t want to have to hold onto the other end) but I’m still worried about them wandering off I decided to sew some wrist leashes.

September 20, 2013

DIY Mickey and Minnie String Backpacks

Mickey String Backpack {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}     Minnie String Backback {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
I knew we’d have things we’d need to carry while walking through each park and I though string backpacks would hold everything we’d need and be easy to carry and pack.  I started off with two red backpacks with logos on them.  I have no idea where we got these but I wanted red to save me some time.

September 18, 2013

Cinderella Dress Makeover

Before and After:
Cinderella Dress Before {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}     Cinderella Dress After {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
Disney was AWESOME!  We had the best time.  I know I haven’t posted in a while and it’s because I was trying to finish everything in time.  Now that we’re back I can share the rest of what I created.

My daughter and I had reservations for Cinderella’s Royal Table for breakfast.  Of course she wanted a Cinderella dress.  I was so lucky to find one at a garage sale for $5.  It was from the Disney store (an older version) but a little too small.  It’s an extra small and she needs a small.  I was planning on making one from scratch using this post, however, for $5 I thought I could modify the Disney one.

August 13, 2013

First Day!

My kids had their first day of school today.  Of course we had to take our traditional first day photos . . . .
Back to School Sign {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}     Back to School {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
Back 2 School Sign {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}     Back 2 School {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
I love making a new sign each year to match the outfit they’ve picked out for the first day of school.  I plan to put them in their photo album with their pictures. 

July 29, 2013

Shrink Art Monogram Necklace–Kid Craft

Shrink Art Necklace {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
This was another fairly easy craft from my daughter's craft camp that the kids kind of just ran with.  (To see the other crafts from craft camp go here.)  I was just planning on making their initial and let them decorate it.  They decided to trace other shapes and turn it into a sort of charm necklace.  I printed some simple outlined shapes that I found searching on-line.  I also had some clipart from a shrink art kit we bought a while ago.  The only think I had to purchase was a necklace.  I got a rainbow colored satin cord necklace from Hobby Lobby for $0.99 each.
Shrink art necklace tracing shapes {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}        Shrink art Necklace Jump Rings {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}    

July 24, 2013

DIY American Girl Wood Doll Bed–Kid Craft

Doll Bunk Beds {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
This was by far the most ambitious craft camp project we did.  Go here to see the other crafts we did.  Mainly because of the prep work needed but also because I was unsure of the skills of the girls and not sure how they’d handle a hammer and nails.  However, they all did great!

July 22, 2013

Decorated Journal - Kid Craft

This craft was pretty simple and self explanatory. We just used composition notebooks (you can find them at Target for less than a dollar in the school supplies or at dollar stores other times of the year). Then I let my daughter choose a bunch of papers and embellishments that were on sale or clearance at Michael’s.

We mod podged the paper onto the front and back covers. My daughter chose Disney colors and wants to use hers on our trip to record what we do each day. Then she just embellished it however she wanted to.

These would be cute to use for “Mommy and Me” Journals. If you haven’t heard of those this is where you and your child can write notes back and forth as often as you like. I love going to my room and finding her journal on my bed. It’s a great way to keep track of some memories we’d otherwise forget.

I didn’t create this one. You can go here to get the free printable for the cover shown above if you want to get started right away!

To see the invitation for craft camp and the other crafts the girls did go here.

July 19, 2013

Colored Salt Jars–Kid Craft

Colored Salt Jars {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
This summer is zooming by.  We were so busy the whole month of June.  Now that things have slowed down my kids are bugging me for crafts.  This one is so simple – and inexpensive!  I remember doing it when I was younger.  It only cost me $0.65 for the salt.  We already had the chalk and jars. 

June 28, 2013

Easy Kid Craft–Straw Painting

Time for another kid craft.  I’ve always loved crafts and I love that my kids (daughter and son both) love creating!  My daughter especially loves anything art related.  This is another easy “painting” craft to do.

Just a few supplies:
Straw Painting Supplies
And a few simple steps.

June 26, 2013

Easy Kid Craft–Hot Rock Painting

My kids are collectors . . . . which explains this . . . .
Rock Collection
. . . . their rock collections.

Since it’s summer break and they’re begging for crafts we decided to try hot rock painting.

June 19, 2013

Summer Craft Camp for Kids!

Since my daughter is getting older and loves crafts I decided to host a craft camp for her this summer.  We picked 4 crafts using a variety of skills and materials.  A 4th of July shirt that will involve a little sewing, a monogram necklace using shrink art, a decorated journal using paper and Mod Podge, and a wood doll bed using simple tools.

May 16, 2013

Dr. Seuss School Year Keepsake–Free Printable (Updated Links)

I’ve posted about this before but since the end of school is fast approaching I thought I’d share it for all the new followers.

What you do is buy the Dr. Seuss book “Oh the Places You’ll Go”. 
Dr. Seuss keepsake gift {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}[4]
To purchase on Amazon, click here.

April 9, 2013

Girl’s Room Closet Makeover

So, I’m slowly making my way through the bedroom closets in my house.  I started with my son’s by adding a narrow bookshelf in the middle.  Go here to see the details.

The next one on my list was my daughter’s room.  This was one of the first closets I organized when we moved in but it wasn’t really working.  I originally used wire shelving to divide it into sections for long hanging, short hanging, and shelves.  The only problem was there was a lot of wasted space.  Luckily I found two narrow bookshelves as a garage sale for $15 total!  One for my closet and one for hers.
The original arrangement looked like this:
Child Closet Before {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}     Childs Closet Before {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}

March 25, 2013

Slumber Party Flip Flop Craft

Slumber Party Flip Flop Craft {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
My daughter loves crafts and wanted one for her slumber party.  (You can see the personalized thermoses party favor she is handing out here, and the personalized pillowcases each girl will receive here.)

Since I didn’t want anything too messy or time consuming (or too expensive) we settled on decorating flip flops.  Luckily I was able to find them in stock at Hobby Lobby already.  We bought several pairs of black and several pairs of pink to give everyone a choice.  I plan to return what isn’t used.

March 22, 2013

Slumber Party Pillowcases

Slumber Party Pillowcase {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
As you know from my last post my daughter is having a slumber party for her upcoming birthday.  To see the thermos party favor I created go here.

Since the thermoses were so inexpensive I decided to make another treat.  I sewed each girl a matching pillowcase with her name.  This is a super easy sewing project for even a beginning sewer.  My daughter picked out the fabric (keeping with her pink and black theme – and a little turquoise).  Then I used my Silhouette to cut out the names from fabric (I ironed on fusible web to the back before cutting so I could iron them onto the pillowcases).  It was then a simple (but somewhat time consuming) project to iron on and stitch around each letter.  Some names are easier to read than others but I think they turned out great and I think her friends will love them!

March 21, 2013

Slumber Party Personalized Thermos

Slumber Party Gift Thermos After {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
My daughter has decided that she wants to have a sleepover for her birthday.  We don’t usually spend much on parties or do the elaborate Bounce U or Chuckie Cheese parties.  I’m always looking for a way to keep the costs down.

January 22, 2013

Encouraging Kids to Save Money

I’ve decided I’m tired of my kids asking to buy everything they see when we run errands.  It’s time to start teaching them about the value of a dollar.  They do have a chore chart but we haven’t implemented it yet.  I’ll share that soon.  For now, my kids get money from birthday’s, Christmas, and the odd job around the house.  To encourage them to save and help track it I printed a couple thermometers and labeled it in $10 increments up to $100 (my daughter thinks she wants to save for an American Girl Doll).  I also hung a bucket from Target dollar spot below to put hold their money.  This was hung on an empty narrow wall between my half bath and kitchen.  As they receive or earn cash they can color in the thermometer and add it to their bucket.
Saving and Tracking money for kids {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
Not sure what my son is saving for.  At this point he loves putting it in his bank for stickers, popcorn, and popsicles and I’m ok with that!  My kids savings accounts are awesome.  For every $10 they get a sticker and once their passbook is full they get a $10 gift card they can spend anywhere.  They also get free popcorn and sometimes popsicles just for walking in.  Another bonus is several times a year we get discounted passes for fun events that aren’t open to the general public.  One was the Magic House and another one was the City Museum.  If you’re ever in the St. Louis area I highly recommend it!!

January 6, 2013

Most Popular Post - Dr. Seuss School Keepsake Idea

This has been my most popular post and since I have several new followers I though I'd share it all again and have all the printables in one place.

The basic idea is to give the Dr. Seuss book "Oh The Places You'll Go" to your child's teacher at the end of each year and have them write a note or story in it somewhere.  Then you can give the completed book to your child at his or her high school graduation.

I started with my kids in preschool but you can start at any time.  If you've missed a couple of years you can even go back and get those teachers to sign.  I had to go back to 2 of my daughters teachers.

So that the teachers know what to do you can include this free printable tag inside the front cover.

Click on the photo to be taken to the downloadable tags, one for a boy and one for a girl (minus the watermark)

I originally gave this book as a baby shower gift.  Here is the tag I created for that purpose:

Click on the photo to be taken to the downloadable tag (minus the watermark)

Hope you enjoy this tradition as much as I do.  I love reading through what the teachers have already written and I know my kids will love it!

December 13, 2012

Santa Shirt Tutorial

Santa shirt tutorial {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
This is from a guest post I did with Sugar Bee Crafts last week.   

For about three years now I have made shirts for my kids for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even a few Halloween and Easter.  Christmas is my favorite.  Our subdivision always hires a Santa and a horse drawn sleigh to drive the kids around the neighborhood.  I love getting a photo for our Christmas Cards at the same time.
Santa and his Sleigh {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
Before I get to the Santa shirt tutorial here are a couple from the last couple of years.

December 7, 2012

First Guest Post–Santa Shirt Tutorial

I’m so excited to be guest posting over at Sugar Bee Crafts!  Join me over there to see how I made this Santa Shirt for my kids for Christmas.
Santa shirt with ruffle bottom tutorial {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}