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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Day 267/365 - Create and Recreate

Stealing my daughter's creativity. But it sort of works with the prompt.

My younger daughter was having a tough day earlier. She was all over the place. Bugging her siblings, not following directions, acting out for attention. 

She gets in these moods. There seems to be a switch of some sort. I never know what's going to start it. (If I did, I would so make sure it never started.) But she has learned an off switch. 

Last year her school offered extracurricular clubs. For whatever reason she chose Yoga club. I was really surprised she picked that because I know calm and quiet isn't her strong suit. But she loved it. 

A few weeks later she got really mad at her older brother. Next thing i see is her sitting the chair in a half lotus, hands together, breathing slowly. Ever since then it's been her go to when she gets mad.

She didn't need her off switch today, although I was right at the edge of asking her to try it. I try to cut off the outbursts before they even start. This time though, I could tell she just needed attention. I asked if she wanted to color with me. She readily agreed because she knows that means she gets a page out of one of my adult coloring books. She chose a page with lines and swirls that looked like feathers to me.

She colored the first area then immediately jumped up and said she needed scissors.

I wasn't sure what she was going for, but I kind of watched out of the corner of my eye. She colored another with the same colors and cut it out too. Then she ran back for two pieces of yellow construction paper. 

A few minutes later she had her mask complete. Then she glued the antennae on and tried on the whole thing. She realized she didn't measure the eyes correctly when she couldn't see out of them. She decided she could just add the third eye. Then she turned and looked at me and said "Look mommy! I'm an alien!"

So, maybe we didn't recreate a masterpiece, but we did make a new masterpiece from another bit of art. 

Some days I'm so jealous of her creativity.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Day 264/365 - If You Build It, They Will Come

I'll admit it, this is the most complete lego thing I've ever built. I've never had any patience for legos, but I knew this is another one the kids would like to help with. They've got an impressive collection of legos. 

The kids love playing with their big tubs of legos, when they're not too busy fighting over them, that is. We've bought packages of them online. Never any of the kits. They all sort of have their own ongoing projects, which didn't leave much left for me to work with. 

You're just going to have to trust me that I earned the bonus. I had all four kids around me while I made this and they were working on theirs. They gave me their suggestions and I had to do some wheeling and dealing with them to get a few of the pieces I needed. 

I wanted to get pictures of everyone's projects, bed bedtime hit first, so all you get is the picture of mine. But it is pretty awesome, and I'm pretty darn proud of myself.

Day 261/365 - Start to Finish

I am really trying to cut myself a break. I knew this month was going to be tough. So I'll get done what I can and not beat myself up over the rest. And sometimes, that means taking the easy out. Which I did on this prompt that was already two days late.

 So I started by looking for a coloring page on the internet that had five toys. If I was going to take the easy out, I would at least involve more collaborators. I started by coloring the ball, then passed it on to my younger daughter, who chose the xylophone.

After that my older daughter chose the house, then the youngest picked the train (his very best coloring to date, I might add. Then my older son was left with the bear. 

I will totally admit to loving how tickled they are when I ask for their help with a prompt. But, some days, they ask me what my prompt is and I get annoyed. Oh well, I guess that's how it goes.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Say 259/365 - Cute & Cuddly

I remembered this prompt from my first Creative Sprint. I had fun with it before and this time.

I've been working a table at a local festival the last two days. I picked up this adorable handmade octopus for my daughter who's a huge octopus fan.

Just added in the "scary" face and it was all done. I liked this one just as much as the first one I did, which is still my profile pic on the blog, because it was favorite prompt the first time around.

Day 258/365 - Window Treatment

Been wanting to use my daughter's Dora castle for one of the prompts. Finally found one!

Had fun making this one. It was fun to color.




Friday, September 15, 2017

Day 257/365 - Scribble Scribble

I loved the idea of this prompt. I thought I could try one of those line art drawings, where everything's connected.

I decided to try drawing lego blocks. I could picture it, but still my sketching skills leave something to be desired. I also tried to go for a full 30 minutes, but couldn't make it stretch out anymore.



Day 256/365 - Made in 3D

Not really a toy, but I've always wanted to try making a duct tape wallet, so I decided to do it today.

I just really liked the outer space print on this tape. Now I'm wondering what else I can use it for.

I looked up instructions. I went with this one:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Day 255/365 - Lucky Charm

I take my prompt pictures from the book every four days. That way I'm not pulling the book out everyday, but I can still keep track of there's planning to do for the next day. I'm thrilled I took them last night and remembered this morning. Some of the days it wants you to do something all day, or use a specific time of day and I don't always have time to take a look until it's too late.

I recently bought myself this cool Hogwarts necklace (that's also a time piece). I added a small something from each kids' space this morning that could be added to the chain. I've been wearing it since I added everything. I've got a heart-shaped lock from my oldest, a junior state trooper badge from #2, a "gold" ring from my younger daughter and a green wood block from my youngest.

I'll be honest, I'm probably going to take it off before my board meetings today. Too many people already question my sanity.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Day 254/365 - Furever Home

Just a quick project to close out a busy day. And a shout out to felllow #make365er hellostudio67 who is Doug a shack a day. I made this shack for my son's stuffed dog.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Day 253/365 - Move It or Lose It!

Read the prompt and knew I could follow it exactly and keep to the theme. I'm a pretty big girl, so it was a tall order. 

So then I decided I'd make a mini version of me to move across the floor. Bring on the legos! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Day 252/365 - Commune with Nature

Unless you're from Ohio, you're asking what this is. It's a buckeye necklace. It's what we do here on a game day.

This was such a case of opportune timing. I was panicking what to do with this prompt. I looked at it first thing this morning and was drawing a total blank.

I spent the afternoon with the kids at the Hot Times festival, here in town. They had a fantastic kids craft area. My younger three wanted to try everything, which I always encourage. Then I saw the big tub of buckeyeys and knew I should make a necklace just for me and just for fun. I wore it all afternoon and evening.

It wasn't until 10 minutes ago, (It's 10:15 pm) just I was accepting defeat on today's prompt that I remembered I already did it!

And now I'll get back to watching the end of the game. Right now, my Buckeyes are down. Still holding out for a rally! GO BUCKS!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Day 251/365- Footloose

Had no idea what I was going to use kid toy related to make a shoe. Then I saw my playdoh. 

And pathetic as this is to admit, this was a second attempt. The first one was real weird. 

Didn't even have to steal the playdoh from my kids. This was from my own stash!


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Day 250/365 - Take a Closer Look

Nope. No toys in this one, but my daughter drew a self-portrait today and it was too precious not to share. But what I really like is that this is how she sees herself. And I like knowing that. It means she was looking at herself just a little closer, and that totally matches the prompt.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Day 249/365 - Popcorn and a Movie

Another day when I knew just what I wanted to do. I love those days! And I even had popcorn in the house. Double win!

And obviously, if the smurfs would watch any movie, it would definitely be Harry Potter.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Day 248/365 - Odd Combinations

Wonder Woman, Boots, Smurfette and Boulder vs. Darth Vader. Who will win?

I knew just what "drawer" to open. Each of my kids have their own space. It's where they keep their stuff. Each one is a  6-cubby shelf on a desk or shelf. This gives them the freedom to control their own things.

And it works pretty well, although they do get cluttered and we go through random clean outs. And it's also taught me that all children are born hoarders. They choose to keep the strangest things. 

But I chose to go to my younger daughter's, mostly because hers is the most eclectic. She's a girly girl. She loves dresses and ponies and bows and sparkly pink things. But her best friends are her 2 brothers, and she wants to be able to play with them. Hence this odd tableau. 


Monday, September 4, 2017

Day 247/365 - Scavenger Hunt


This one was almost too easy to come up with what I wanted to do. Actually planning it out was much trickier, but really fun. This one may have jumped up into my top 10 favorite prompts.

Everyone in my family is a Pokemon fan. My husband and I play Pokemon Go, the older two kids are avid card collectors and players. The younger two have some cards of their own and enjoy the toys and the cartoon. So the prizes were definitely going to be Pokemon related. I thought about creating one big hunt for all 4 of them to work on together, but thought that might get chaotic. So I did one for the older two (they got the cards; chose two of the same so they wouldn't fight) and one for the younger two (they got the toys). 

I liked that they were going to have to work together. I even wrote the clues for age appropriateness. Once I got started, it went pretty easily. Hiding the clues and the toys with all of them in the house was a little trickier, but I've gotten pretty good at distracting them, so I even managed that.

One of the hints for the older two

The younger kids' series

I might have been most proud of my younger daughter. She just started first grade and read the clues by herself. She even solved the clues, explaining to her younger brother what was going on as she did.

I started the hunts with a letter in an envelope, which I handed to each team and then they were off. The younger two finished first, mostly because one of the older kids' clues was pretty hard. In the end we all had a good laugh at them solving it and I appreciated their willingness to just jump right in and try it.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Day 246/365 - Sewing for Fun

So, I'm guessing it says something odd about me that when I read this prompt and paired that with the theme of using kids toys, my brain went immediately to this.

I wish I knew why Gullivers' Travels. I think my brain was trying to go to children's stitching projects, then it went to sewing on a card, then I remembered these small scrapbook pages I have and that one was a forest scene. After that, all I had to do was ask my son for an action figure (first one he found was Captain America) and then raid my knitting drawer for yarn and a yarn needle.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Day 245/365 - Flip It

New month, new theme. I'm going to play with my kids' toys. I started with this little snake for today's theme. Don't worry, I asked them if it was okay if I used them. Don't be surprised if I let them help.