Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

Laboratory October 10, 2009

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Front  yard, spooky make-over.  Former owners dug out tree, makes for good loose soil to stick scary styrofoam in!

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We made these specimen jars last year, remember?

We’re in a new house & there is no window to put them in so we’ve made the mantle our haunted lab.

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Full view of mantle.  Still have not set up the haunted dollhouse.  Link here.

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Thanks to Kate for helping me style the mantle. 🙂

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Bird’s eye view of the bird.

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Scary dude from last year, story here.

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Still have not replaced keyboard.  Working too much!  Miss you madly.

Happy Halloween!

boo.

 

I Made Something! August 16, 2009

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Ok, so I made it a few months ago and I kind of failed at science but it felt good to do.

I shall craft again but a broken sewing machine, a new job, new house and life in general is posing a bit of a crafting hurdle.  I ain’t complaining.

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It’s a wind chime made from an old xylophone that I took apart.  I saw the idea online, maybe Craftster?  Sorry to not give specific credit.  I loved the idea and found a great/cheap old xylophone at Brimfield.  During one of our craft group sessions I brought the old toy and used a fellow members amazing stash of scrounged items to make the base and handle.  I tied the metal “notes” onto a sieve and the handle is made from a potato masher (I think that’s what it was).

I proudly hung it from our side porch where it promptly became overshadowed by our neighbors bamboo chimes.  As my son said, “I like the way ours looks better but theirs sure sounds better!”  So I pondered aloud why my little chimes were getting blown away (ba-dum-cha) and my wise 7 year old son said, “Probably because your chimes have holes in them.  The wind just goes right through them.”  DUH.  Ah yes, of course.

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So here is my beautiful hanging sculpture or maybe I could call it a hurricane alerter? As in, “If the wind is strong enough to blow momma’s chimes, head for the basement!” kind of thing.

What have you made lately?  I need some inspiration.  Link to your Flickr or blog if you’ve got something to share!

 

Alphabet Sunday :: M February 1, 2009

Lauren says, M is for MAKE:

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Tracey says, M is for Mustachioed:

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Have a great Sunday.

Make something or grow a mustache!