Tuesday, September 29, 2009

End of the Season

Labor Day weekend usually ends the summer and opens another chapter in the crazy seasons that we have up "nort" here. Yes, I said nort, its a Wisconsin thing I guess. Well this year someone forgot to tell mother nature that. September is usually a month of dusting off the plastic tubs full of jackets and coats, along with mittens and scarfs, raking up leaves and preparing for the long cold winter to come. I usually have a plethora of fall crafts planned for the kidos, that coincided with many walks through the leaves and running through the fall wind. Not so much this year. The leaves changed yet the heat stayed, and the bugs were bad. Sure it was nice at the county fair, that is also Labor Day weekend. It was four days of cotton candy, livestock and deep fat fried cheese curds, YUMMY!!! I grew up in Las Vegas, NV where there are 2 seasons. Hot as Hell and kinda cool. The changing of the seasons is something of beauty to me and I guess I'm just excited to see it.

The county fair. Pumpkin called it the "fairy".
She was so excited to ride the train, until she realized that I wasn't with her. Of course she cried until I sat on the train with her. The pumpkins favorite thing had to be the animals. There was a petting zoo with camels and ponies, they even had a lemur. In the tent of champions there was pigs, sheep, goats, and a cow. Pumpkin even got to pet the pigs. As for the cow...
she wasn't too sure about that.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The girl and her boots

I found the pumpkin a cute pair of boots at the thrift store here in my town. They're purple and chunky. I've always thought that it was cute when little girls in wear chunky boots with dresses or skirts . Apparently the pumpkin thinks so too because she wants to where them with everything.

4 wheeling.

Striking a pose.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Teachers Pet Cardi, Simple Tee and Poppy Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

Teachers Pet Cardi, Simple Tee and Poppy Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!!
this is another cute outfit. her stuff is so awesome.

Indian Summer Shirt and Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

Indian Summer Shirt and Skirt GIVEAWAY!!!!
I love this skirt! you should check it out.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Green Pretend Food

I am constantly seeing tutes on how to make that cute felt food. I am also saying to myself that I should make some. Why not? I run an in home daycare and the kids would love it. Between the massive stack of started and not yet started sewing projects, and the fact that my life can be some what busy at times, I just have not gotten around to making some yet. Not to mention that I've been to Hancock's about a billion and one times, walked right on past the felt, and did not even think to buy some. So, what I do have is garbage and green play food takes very little time.

Your basic pretend juice and milk. Iwrote "Pretend Milk" on the milk because some one would think that it was real.

Some take out. I thought that the take out was awesome but the kids just called it a bucket and tried to open it.

Making green play food is very simple.
1st find or just wait until some one finished the milk or juice, make sure that you clean the container out really good. Just take my word on this.

2nd add water, you should fill it about a quarter to half way with water. Remember that children will be playing with these and you don't want their little piggies to get hurt when they accidentally drop it.

3rd add color, for apple juice you use about 2-3 drops of yellow and about 1 drop of red. If it looks like some one went to the bath room in it just adjust your color combo.
For milk I just added some white paint, and for any other kind of juice just play around with the color combo until you get the shade you were looking for. If you are making orange juice I suggest you use paint for a more authentic look.

4th glue your lid on with supper glue or a hot glue gun like I did.

Pretend juice isn't the only thing you can make. You can use cereal boxes, pasta boxes or any food box. You can use junk mail, news paper and plastic grocery bags to stuff the boxes so they wont get too smooshed. Then tape the box shut on box ends with some packing tape. I save the empty spice bottles and fill them with a little rice and glue the lid shut. It makes it feel a little more real to our little ones when they get to play with something that looks like the real deal. Not only that, its a great way the recycle and reuse what is basically garbage.

This is some of our loved and gently used pretend food, and when they get too beat up, I just stick them in the recycling bin and wait for some more trash.