Thursday, July 19, 2007

She's Crafty

Always good to start a post about your child with a little Beastie Boys, eh? That song always makes me think about Friday nights in 7th grade...zooming around the roller rink... anyways...

We have been a little crafty around the maypole this week. We have a "Summer Fun" box from which the May Queen pulls a new activity each day after lunch - and it's just a little something for us to do. It may be a new game, or a fun activity (treasure hunt in the sandbox!) or her favorite, "Pick a present" (garage sale finds to keep the wee ones busy!), but this week we've had some fun crafts. And because I have finally figured out how to do pictures, I will share this one with you.



We painted empty 2 litre bottles (and as I am addicted to Cherry Coke Zero, I had several of them!). I had forgotten how much fun painting is for the May Queen. I think she could have done this all day. We couldn't use washable paints, so we had to be sure she wore her "Messy Art T-Shirt".

After the paint had dried, I cut them into spirals, punched a hole in one end, and we took them and hung them (using fishing line) from our Magnolia tree.
They are now "Wind Spinners."



I think they look rather magical hanging from the tree, and we were both very pleased with how they turned out. Today she is ready to make more. Guess I better get drinking.

FYI, she informed me that the name of the doll in that picture is "Beautiful Music." It sounds to me a lot like the kind of name you would give to an expensive dog you planned to breed, but I didn't tell her that. I think it is a step up from her previous name, which was "Pink Baby."

I found this craft in Family Fun magazine, which is where I find most of my crafts. I get no money for telling you this (alas), but thought I'd share with you that they are my go-to magazine for fun things to do with small children.

15 comments:

thailandchani said...

It IS very pretty, hanging there from the magnolia tree! That's a good idea , btw, about the summer fun box.

Peace,

~Chani

slouching mom said...

Ahh, you get the clever-parent-of-the-summer award for this.

She's so adorable! That white blonde hair!

Sober Briquette said...

I am so glad you know how to do pictures now. MQ is a beauty.

Sadly, I don't drink soda, because I am dying to do this project now. (Family Fun is great.)

Candygirlflies said...

What a super idea! My girlies will LOVE it.

I'd better get drinking...

Hmmm... I can get gigantic plastic litres of tonic water, but then what the heck will I do with all the gin bottles??

Any ideas??

Beck said...

So, so smart! And your little girl is so lovely!
When my oldest was just a little bit younger, she had a doll named Fuschia Pretty. And another one called Oval Headed Baby.

thirtysomething said...

What fun! I am so going to try that with my daughters, guess I also better get drinking. GReat that you can post us some pics now-she is gorgeous-but I am still jealous that you know how to post things on your side bar and I can't seem to find the instructions for that...sigh (hint).

painted maypole said...

To everyone - yes, of course The May Queen is beautiful. Did you not believe me? Just kidding.

CGF - soak the labels off those gin bottles and then cover them with tissue paper - using watered down school glue or Modge Podge(paint it on with a brush, stick tissue paper pieces on at will, finish up with a final coat of glue)

30something - in your customizing mode go to "template" and on the side where your name and blogroll etc are there will be all these little rectangles, including one that says "Add a page element" Click on that and it will give you lots of choices. The HTML/Java script choice lets you paste in codes for things like the sicko button I have. The add a picture choice will give you the opportunity to either upload a picture from your computer or somewhere on the web. Once you've added an element and saved it, it will become your topmost page element. Then you just click and drag it to where you want it in the order of things. Save, and view your blog

jen said...

at least she's not illin'. hee hee.

she's gorgeous. and you are awesome.

Christine said...

i love, love, love beautiful music. and my girl also has a pink baby. and blue baby, and big bay, and new baby.

Jennifer said...

Oh, I want to try this with my kiddos! Of course, I will be taking the chance they will faint dead away, from the shock of their mother actually doing a craft with them...but I will count that as part of the fun.

And yes, I now have "She's Crafty" floating around in my head. I kind of like it. :)

- Jennifer (Faking It)

blooming desertpea said...

Great idea - I was nearly going to be jealous when I read your last paragraph, phew, it saved me from going into depression mode ... lol

niobe said...

I'm ignoring the craft stuff (which I'm sure is brilliant, by the way), because I'm so taken by the picture of MQ. Not only is she beautiful, but her serious look of total concentration as she creates her masterpiece is just adorable.

Furrow said...

Those pictures are quite lovely. The second looks almost enchanted. And MQ is a beauty.

ewe are here said...

Very cool idea... and I have plenty of diet cola bottles.

Lovely girl... ;-)

Heather said...

What a cutie pie!

Your spinner look beautiful! Very cool project.