Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Goodnight Peep Diorama -- Peeps Show IV



I entered the Washington Post's Peeps Diorama contest again this year
and was a finalist (woot!) with my entry
"Goodnight Peep"Peeps Show IV

If you click on the link above
you can see the winner, finalists, and semi-finalist entries
(they even have a cool video tour of my diorama!)


(Look but don't touch!)

 Here's "C" checking it out...
and showing you her copy of Good Night Moon
so you can see the size of my diorama.


I started the diorama on Saturday morning after coming up with the idea in the shower.
(I do all of my best creative thinking there)
Geoff and my mom took care of the girls so I could spend the afternoon building my diorama.
Sadly (or embarrassingly), I actually had all of the materials I needed
to make the diorama except the peeps, rocking chair and fire place!


They interviewed me for the
Washington Post's Magazine
you can read it here.

For those of you local Northern Virginia folks,
you'll see me and my diorama in the magazine this weekend (April 4, 2010 issue).

Some of you have commented about
my new head shot on my blog....
it's from a series taken recently by Diana Adams.


This great portrait was taken by my photographer friend, Diana Adams
to appear as my "head shot" for the magazine interview. 
Thanks so much Diana!

And finally....
In case you didn't get enough Peeps action yet,


I was a semi-finalist in 2008 
with my "Sesame Peep" entry #19 on the slide show.

Yes, I'm a total Peep Nerd. 

Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama,
MaryLea

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Homemade Gift: Lego Book


We attend a lot of children's birthday parties
for various school friends,
neighborhood friends,
and family friends.

All of those kid parties start to 
add up, especially when 
you need a gift to bring for each child.

I prefer homemade gifts 
whenever possible.
I think they're more thoughtful,
heartfelt, appreciated, and creative.

But what do you do when you
are running out of time, ideas,
or you just aren't that crafty?


We came up with the "Lego Book"
as a solution for one of "E"s friends recently.

She noticed that he enjoys 
playing with Legos 
during indoor recess (so do we!)

We love collecting our Lego building ideas
in a three ring binder that I keep in our block center.


We made this little boy, his own book
out of a three ring binder
with a custom cover 
typed on our computer.

We printed out lego construction ideas/instructions
on card stock (to make the pages sturdy)
and slipped them in protective covers.  


We got the directions from the Family Fun
and Lego website and packed his 
book full of ideas!

Simple and fun. 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Homemade Gift: Sock Animals



I'd never made a sock animal before
and I wasn't sure how to proceed,
so I just made it up as I went.
There are probably better directions
out there than mine...



but... I did end up with two finished animals
(a sock bunny and a sock kitty) 
when I was finished!


Stuff a child's sock to form a body.
The heel looked like a good little 
snout/nose/face to me.


I saved all of my sock bits
as I cut them up,
you never know what you're going to need!

I mixed and matched socks to make 
them more "patchwork-y" (new word!)
and interesting : )

I used the skinny long pieces 
(from the toe end) to make 
arms, legs, kitty tails,
and bunny ears. 


Inside out the skinny bits 
to sew skinny little 
tubes with rounded ends
for appendages. 

Then right-side out them, 
and stuff them before you sew
them to the body.


Sock Kitty starting to 
come together....


Pin on those arms and legs
(bunny ears!)
and start sewing.


Sew on some button eyes
and a nose.


Sock Kitty's Tail.

(just like an arm but with 
less stuffing a bit skinnier)



Sock Bunny's 
Pom-pom tail.

(how fun would HE be 
in an Easter Basket?!)


They'll need 
BELLY BUTTONS
of course!


Finished Sock Kitty.

(Do you see the little pink 
felt paw pads
I sewed on her paws?)


Now make sure you give them a 
good squeeze and a cuddle
to fill them with love!


Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

* Backyard Spring Fun


We've been enjoying the beautiful spring weather here.

The girls have been busy "creating" 
with nature in the backyard in their little corner
they call "Nature School"


There has been a lot of lounging with books in the grass....


Exploring flowers as they emerge
from their winter rest...


A fairy ring!


and yard/garden/house projects for mom and dad
like trying to revamp this old rug
with a coat of spray paint on the border
to revive it's sadly sun faded self 
back to a portion of it's former glory



(note to self, don't JUST tape off the edge,
next time lay out newspaper too 
so you don't get a pale ghost of over spray on the rug!)


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Easter Basket with Grass


This year, we're growing "natural" Easter baskets
with cat grass instead of our usual shredded paper grass. 

I actually remembered to start them this weekend.
(a small miracle since we're in the middle of some major home renovations right now!)


First we lined our Easter Baskets with aluminum pans. 
Crafty Recycling at it's finest.... (leftover from our favorite dinner rolls!)

This way, we can remove the trays easily after Easter and turn them into Fairy Gardens! : )


Cat Grass seeds mixed with potting soil.
Might as well grow something the kitties can enjoy when we're done...



Mini-Saurus set to work watering our baskets with her spray bottle.
(Yes... I have blue painter's tape on my doors, they still need a second coat of paint)


Our baskets are sitting by the door, waiting for some sun... and misting from little friends.


Tiny the snail gets a misting too!


Happy (Natural) Easter!

Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama
MaryLea

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Around Our House...


Pet Store Price List...


Sleeping kitties...


Portraits...


Blank canvases...


Well-loved colors...


Listening to "Tiny the Snail"
crunching his lettuce
in afternoon sunshine

(yes...we still have Tiny the Snail)


Bendaroos snail sculpture
by the Frog Princess
(on a real shell base)


Plaster of Paris hand print
cast of Mini Saurus' little hand.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Kids Art: Fishy Watercolor


The Frog Princess "E"
has a pet Betta fish
named "Aquamarine"


She painted this sweet little
watercolor portrait of him
during our snowy week off of school.


I just love it and think
she did a great job!

She used watercolor with a few
sharpie (permanent maker) details.

Happy Fishy Painting!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

* Homemade Fabric Tree Stump Fairy House

I started making this as a birthday gift for one (or both) of the girls
but I couldn't wait to show it to them, so (of course) I gave it to them 
as soon as I finished it...
Yes, their birthdays are in February and March.
Yes, I finished this in December ( a few days after Christmas)
and gave it to them during a blizzard  during winter break this January.

I am an instant gratification crafter  when it comes to making stuff
for my own kids... I can never save it as a surprise. 


Tink was ecstatic to have a new place to call home.


Heads up for those of you getting ready to ask for a tutorial...
I free-form stitched the whole thing without a pattern.
I do a lot of my crafting this way, I just make it up as I go
(again, the instant gratification thing)


This is only a problem, when I'm  asked to make more than one of something...
since there isn't a pattern it's a bit tricky to re-create. 
I can try but it won't be the same. 


I sandwiched plastic craft mesh between two pieces of fabric to create rigid base/platform
(and only broke ONE sewing machine needle in the process).

I used organic cotton quilters batting  between two shades of brown cotton fabric
for the stump and free-hand machine-stitched the "bark" patterns. 

The roots are stuffed and stitched to the base. 



Our Mama Kopp slugs and snails LOVE to visit here for tiny  acorn cap tea parties!
(check out her Etsy Shop here)


For another WONDERFUL Fairy Tree Stump you can make 

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