Boredom….Be gone!

Boredom is the sign of a small mind!  ~Dr. Salter
Wow! How many times do we complain that we are bored or there is nothing to do? A  lot! The quote above is one that all of us can take to heart. My mom came up with an idea to help us not to be bored. We have a Boredom Jar that is full of things little papers that list things we can do when we say we’re bored. Here are some examples:

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  • Reading
  • Cleaning a bathroom
  • Write a letter to someone
  • Bake something
  • Organize
  • Bringing the dog on a walk
I’ve even created my own jar that has almost 30 slips of paper with different things on each one! Most of the time boredom boils down to laziness. We just have to think of the other things we could (or should) be doing instead! If you have other activities for me to put in my Boredom Jar, or have tried this yourself, I would love to hear about it. Just leave a comment!
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Bleach Pen Art

Hello Everyone! Here’s a fun craft for the summer – decorating a shirt or towel. The following are detailed instructions to help you make one…and wear your own art.

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Supplies:

  • Bleach pen (I paid $1.50 at Target)
  • 1 shirt (approx. $3.15 at Wall Mart) Best with a dark color!
  • Stencil/optional

How to do it:

  1. First you should probably practice on an old shirt or towel, make sure to put a piece of cardboard underneath it!
  2. Lay the stencil on the shirt that you chose. I taped the stencil onto the shirt so it wouldn’t move. Then you take your bleach pen and go over your stencil. If you don’t have a stencil when you apply the bleach make sure you have a bleach pen with a point like a pen so you can draw something creative.
  3. photo 2-2After you have thoroughly applied the bleach, set it aside to lighten. Leave the stencil on it while it dries. You may have to put a second coat of bleach on your patterned design.
  4. When you have applied the bleach let it sit for about an hour and a half. Then wash it so it can completely settle.
  5. Have fun with this and unleash your creativity!! 🙂

Tips:

  • I suggest doing it outside because the bleach is bad to breath in.
  • Don’t leave the bleach on to long or it can eat away the fabric. Wash it within an hour and a half as written above.
  • photo 3Wash your hands right away if bleach gets onto your hand. For extra precaution wear plastic gloves.
  • You can really add your own spice to this craft…I added little eyes and a few bleach flowers next to the owl. Let me know how it goes!

Fun Valentines Card Craft!

This year for Valentines Day, I wanted to do something different. I didn’t want to get the pre-made cards that you get at the store, so I did some research and want to share with you what I found.

Let me know if you try it! Happy Valentines Day!!

Crazy Hair – with “Be Funky” App

I had so much fun on Sunday before lunch playing with one of the apps on my dad’s iPad. It is called “Be Funky.” You take a picture of yourself and it has all kinds of effects and ways to edit it. Well I came up with a few “funky” hair ideas! I put the iPad on the table, stood over it and let my hair hang. Sometimes I put it in a pony tail, or in a half pony tail. Let me know some of your “crazy” hair ideas!

My Amazing Trip to Paris

I had an amazing vacation in September. My dad had a business trip in Paris, so my mom and I decided to tag along. It was amazing, we had so much fun.

First, the food…One day my mom and I had three pastries! My favorite was the “Framboise Tartlet” – it’s a raspberry tart. It had a hard circle crust, pudding with raspberries on top with tons of powdered sugar! Another favorite was the crepe. It’s a French pancake with jelly on the inside.  We had pizza almost every night! You are probably wondering why. Trust me, I thought the same thing the first time we ordered pizza – but I changed my mind after the first bite. It has a very thin crust and the cheese and sauce are SO good! We also had a calzone. It reminds me of a folded pizza. This particular meal came with salad and oil & vinegar to mix your own dressing. When I began to pour the vinegar fruit flies came out with it! This is not a Paris delicacy! Another night we had French Onion Soup. It was the best I have ever had. 

What did I see? On the first day we went to see my dad’s cousin and her family. After that we had dinner in a part of town called the Latin Quarter. It had tons of restaurants and tourist shops. The second day we took the metro to the Arc de Triumph. It was much bigger then I ever imagined. You can climb all the way to the top and get an excellent view of Paris. Not as good as from the Eiffel Tower though! After that we walked down the Champs Élysées, a very long road where parades are held. There are tall trees cut like squares on either side. We walked down the road until we reached the Louvre. This museum is by far the biggest and most impressive I have ever seen! It was used as a prison a long time ago but now holds amazing artifacts and paintings, such as the Mona Lisa. Yes, I actually saw the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci! It is a very small painting of a lady that is protected by bulletproof glass. I found out later that an object from King Tut’s tomb was there as well. After that we went to see the Notre Dame.  This church has amazing stained glass windows. Then we went to the Pantheon. It is a place where some famous people were buried. On the third day we went to see the Eiffel Tower! It was so tall, but we didn’t get to go up until the next day. We stood in line for two hours until we could go up. It was worth it. From the top you could see all of the places we had been, including where Napoleon was buried. After we went up the Eiffel Tower on the fourth day, we went to see Napoleons tomb – it is huge! It was as big as two stacked Honda Odysseys! Inside his remains are divided into six coffins.

After our amazing trip to Paris we took a train to Germany to see our relatives. I was so blessed to go to Paris and Germany and had an amazing time with my mom and dad!

Paris, you have not seen the last of me yet!!!!!!!!  🙂

Easter Rocks

Let me tell you about something we did for the time this Easter…..instead of painting Easter eggs we painted “Easter rocks.” Here’s how…I painted the solid color first than waited for it to dry. When it dried I painted some kind of picture that went along with Easter or spring. I painted flowers, a faun and a branch with a nest on it. On one I painted Jesus’ hands after he was crucified. My dad liked this one so much I made one for his desk. We often forget the real meaning of Easter, that Jesus loved us so much that he died for us and rose again! Happy belated Easter!

Summer Flight

My grandparents were here for a vacation. We took them downtown to Stickey Fingers, a well-known restaurant on Main Street. After that we walked together passed some painting shops along the Reedy River. The paintings were extremely beautiful! There were paintings of lepers, cheetahs, lions, the downtown bridge, flowers and all the things you can imagine!!! I later remembered that I still needed to draw something for my grandmother…..so why not paint something instead? So the next day I got out a pencil, paint and paintbrushes and started to work on the sketch with my pencil. When I was done with the sketch I started to paint. First I painted the leaves and stems of the flowers. Then I painted the flowers. Next I painted the hummingbirds and lastly the sky. It took a quite while but finally I finished. I still needed to bolden the colors but I decided to keep that for another day because my arms were tired. As I looked at the finished product it gave me a taste of summer! God’s creation is beautiful and there is so much of it we can enjoy!!! I would love to know if you like to paint and what you think of my picture!