Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snow Day on Repeat & A Pinterest Poser Challenge

"Can we stay up late and watch a movie to celebrate no school tomorrow?," the kids asked in unison last night.  Really?  Because I don't feel like celebrating anymore.

It's been one movie night after another.  We've had special snow day hot cocoa, a lot.  Middle of the day card game tournaments? Oh yeah, we've done that too, a lot.   Skating, sledding, snowball fights and more, a lot.

We've had a lot of fun.
Who says we always need a pond and skates? The ice patch in our backyard makes me crazy nervous about concussion potential and bloody lips, but when it is warm enough to go outside for more than five minutes, the kids (mine and the neighbors') love it.

But now, even though I hate to say it,  we are ready for some good old-fashioned boring routine around here.  Even the kids are a little over so much fun.

When the kids were really little one of their favorite holiday movies was Elmo Saves Christmas.  Did you ever see it?  Elmo makes a wish on a magic snow globe to have Christmas everyday.  Oh Elmo. Well if you haven't seen the movie just a head's up, a spoiler alert is coming at you.  All of Sesame Street pretty much hates Elmo because Christmas everyday sucks.  It loses all it's special-ness.  

Well that Elmo classic is pretty much telling my story right now.  This f#&*ing never ending polar vortex is sucking the special right out of snow days.

There has to be an end soon. Right?  Right?

This is just one example of how cray it gets on Sesame Street.  Buy an Easter egg for Christmas? What the hell?

If you are indeed home on another snow day with your kids and looking for something to do, here is a fun project. I got a little crafty the other day with Wade.  For this week's Pinterest Poser Challenge we made me a necklace.  And I kind of love it.
Yeah, I wear a shawl and my snow cap around the house pretty much all the time. Because well, duh Polar Vortex?
*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week I  detail a new Pinterest challenge whether it be a new recipe or a craft.   
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.**

First of all, here's the recipe for the  gluten free baking clay. (Which is also the best alternative to PlayDough we've found that is gluten free.  To use as PlayDough just don't bake it, keep it in a sealed container and it lasts for months.)

Homemade Gluten Free Clay Recipe:
(We used this recipe to make DIY ornaments this past Christmas.) 2 cups of gluten free flour
1 cup of salt
2 Tbsp. of vegetable oil
1 cup of water

Mix the flour and salt together.
Add the oil and then slowly add the water until it forms a clay consistency.

After you make the shapes/beads/ornaments put them on a cookie sheet and bake.
Bake in 250 degree oven for 20 minutes.
(Some sites suggested brushing egg yolk on the shapes before baking, we didn't do that for this project.)

We rolled the clay into shapes that Wade and I thought would look good on a necklace.  Then we poked a pencil through the middle for the hole. I would suggest the hole be pretty big because when the clay bakes it puffs up a bit.

After the clay baked and cooled off, Wade painted.

After the paint dried, I put a string through the beads and wore it.
It's not perfect, but you know I'm not a really big fan of perfect.  

I think this would be a cute party project-- make the beads ahead of time, let the kids choose their beads and paint, then string them and take their new necklaces home as a party favor.  Cute!

Have you made anything from Pinterest lately?  Any major successes or flops?  Share below in the comments or over on my Facebook page.

Here are some of the projects I've attempted--the good and the bad:

Dixie Cup Lights- click here

DIY Ornaments-click here

Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here
Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowersclick here
Earth Day CupcakesClick here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Funclick here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

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1 comment:

  1. Oh A, I feel your pain. I sending wishes up to the stars that your kids go back to school soon! This is a really cute project, though!