Friday, June 17, 2011

Fashion Shoot for the Little Fashionistas!

I decided to host a fashion photography shoot for some little fashionista friends ;.)  And I'm giving a 40% discount with coupon code BIGDEAL at  I needed hairbow models for Prose Boutique because I've posted many new items on the site and wanted fun pictures for them, and these gals are adorable and ready to model! We headed out to an area forest preserve with bows and a rocking chair and had a great time getting pictures. For the record, my little fashionista wanted nothing to do with taking pics until she saw the other girls having fun. And she picked out her own outfit (hello kitty and batgirl, of course!)

Hello Kitty Extravaganza!

As I've mentioned in the past, my daughter is an extreme Hello Kitty fan:

p.s. the hat in the last pic was made by Flapper Fashions. If you have never visited her site - you should!

Also, see more evidence of my crazy Hello Kitty craftiness here and here.

My son was never really into any one thing at 2 years old, but she adores Hello Kitty. And that of course makes her aunts, and grandma, and my friends (okay, okay, and me and daddy) buy her Hello Kitty stuff. She has three Hello Kitty shirts and some days it is a BATTLE to convince her she should wear one of the other 8 bazillion shirts she has.

So back to my point: every time I see the price on Hello Kitty items, it makes me cringe. See, I am a thrifty girl. I can't tell you the last time I bought something that wasn't on sale (and most of the time, only 1 out of every time items I buy is not on clearance). So to pay full price for these items...hurts. Especially when it is something she loves to wear all the time. So I've come up with a nifty little solution tonight after a trip to Build-A-Bear to celebrate potty training with - you guessed it - the new limited edition pink Hello Kitty. (side note: I had money left on a gift card, and a $5 coupon. Told you - I don't buy things full price!)

Low and behold, the tag attached to Hello Kitty was a thick, glossy cardboard, and aside from a hole in the ear where the tag went through, was in perfect condition.

Hmmmmmm.... you can already see where I'm going with this ;)

I hot glued it to felt. I put a rhinestone on the hole in her ear (like an earring). I used some scrapbooking half-pearls that I bought on clearance at Michael around the head. I glued the whole contraption to a very old, broken white hairbow I had. And then I wrapped an old, beat up headband of hers in strips of denim (frayed to look vintage), and attached the Hello Kitty head to it.

PERFECT! And for no real additional cost (okay, like 10 cents), she had a new hairbow! Hello Kitty hairbow, that is.

I knew I had a couple more of those little things laying around - one was the backing to a Hello Kitty necklace I picked up in the dollar bin at Target a few weeks back, and one was from the shirt a friend just gave her.

I did the same thing ;) One of them had, in type, "3+ years" on the ear, so I covered it up with some white cardboard, then added a felt and button bow to cover it all up. I think she'll be pretty happy tomorrow ;)

Before - two of the pieces. I was too excited and forgot to take a pic of the first one before I started!

And after!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sick Day Fun

I live in the midwest, and this year, Mother Nature has pretty much rained on us five out of seven days a week for months. And the sunny days are always mid-week when I'm working. In fact, this was the first week we didn't have to wonder if our son was going to get to play his baseball game. At the end of the game (1.5 hours of 3 to 6 year olds playing baseball - oy!) our daughter, who is 2, started acting really out of it. I mean, scarily. She had been eating, drinking, playing, then all of a sudden she was just lethargic. We darted home, got her in a lukewarm bath, called the doc, put her in an air conditioned room, got her temp down. Thought it was heat stroke. Until this a.m. when our son woke up with a 103 fever, too.  (P.S. our daughter's temp came down, thankfully!)

And both days were gloriously sunny. So, after being trapped in the house all day yesterday worrying about our baby girl, we were all a little stir-crazy today knowing we'd be in the house all day again on such a nice day. With a little medicine and lots of popsicles, you wouldn't even know they were sick except for the fevers.

I decided a little fun experiment would make the day a little more lively for us, so I got out the tub of old, broken crayons I've kept. We go through a lot of crayons, lol! I decided to make some new, multi-colored crayons for the kiddos.

**Note before you start: Be careful not to try and speed the process. I did this one on purpose to show what will happen - your crayons will not melt enough to seal together, or if you get water in they won't bind.

You need:
  • your broken crayons
  • tealight candles (in a holder - I got a pack of like 20 from the dollar tree, and they are perfect)
  • an old pan
  • a small tray of some sort

Pry the tealight candles out of their thin metal holders (they normally pop right out).

You want to put a little water in the bottom of your pan (about 1/4 inch or so) and put it on the stove til it is really hot. You don't want the water boiling though, so make sure once it starts to boil you turn it down til it settles.

Take out your crayons, unwrap the paper from them, and use a butter knife or scissors to chop them into pieces. The sizes don't matter - some can be bigger chunks, some smaller. Put the chunks into the holders.

Place the holders with the chunks into the pan with the hot water. Keep adding chunks as they melt, but don't stir them (otherwise you'll get a big brown crayon every time). This is when you'll want to add in some shavings, to fill in the top layer. I just use the butter knife to shave some shavings from different colors, and sprinkle it on top of the mix.

You can put a lid on if you want, but make sure the temp is somewhat low. You need to let them "cook" for probably about 20 minutes, maybe more, as they melt. The shavings will help the chunks of crayon mold into place and stay together.

Now, fill the tray (I used a meatloaf pan) with about 1/4 inch of cold water. once your crayons are melted, take them out carefully (with tongs or a spatula) and slide them into the cold water. Once all of my little tins are in there, I normally add ice to speed the cooling process. If you do this, in about 10 minutes your crayons are ready to go.

Use old pans if possible, because you WILL get melted crayon on them (unless you are superwoman. If so, I want your tips!)

Lastly, let the kids color with new rainbow crayons that cost you a dollar at most ;)  The great part is you can use those metal tins over and over again, they are GREAT. I just let them dry, throw them in a ziplock and tuck them away with the broken crayons for the next time we want to make some ;)

see? spillage all the time ;)


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