November 26, 2010

What To Do With Scrap Wood...Tutorial

We built a lovely fence this summer. I am very happy to have some privacy.  Now we have a small pile of wood in the garage that is not small enough to want to throw out but not large enough to do a huge job with.
I was wasting some time on Stumble when I came across a craft I thought I would try.

Here is my attempt at getting rid of wood.

Select wood samples from pile that are clean and fairly even on the bottoms
Paint wood in bright colours.  Have friends, family and children help.
Use your favorite letters to make some inspirational words.
I used Maya Road for these but my Cricut for the signs.
Add snowy features on the edges of the blocks.
Glue letters onto blocks.  Add string, buttons and glitter for details.

Display painted blocks together.

 I may drill a hole in the top of these to put tealights in but for now they look great all by themselves.

The children are working on the signs.  We have picked the words: Naughty, Nice and Friends for our signs.
My friend and neighbor Melissa chose the blue sign and put "Let It Snow" on hers.  I'll show those later when the details are on. 

Other words or sayings we are working on are: I Believe, Dear Santa...I Can Explain, Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Reindeer Crossing, and Family.

What do you do with your scrap wood?  What sayings can you add to our list?

November 19, 2010

Five on Friday

Can you tell what this photo is? 

One day my kids borrowed my camera and decided to take photos of "stuff".  Some of them were funny and some of them were a fuzzy mess. 

Today's goal is to go through the digital photos and delete delete delete. 

It helps that I have a scrapbook weekend coming up and I'm looking for inspiration.  I'll probably keep a couple of fuzzy photos but the majority need to go.  I have a file set up for each child so that they can have photos ready for their blogs, facebook and albums.

Do you let the kids use your camera?  
Is this what you get?

November 12, 2010

Five on Friday

Here is my project this morning. Games, dress-up clothes, trains, dish sets and miscellaneous craft items.  The bottom of the basement stairs is where the overflow of toys and such go. When the bedrooms have been purged and the kids are tired of their current play things, I bring them here.  Sometimes they get rotated.  Sometimes the kids play down here and make a mess that I am not so obsessive about cleaning up. 

Today is a purge the purge area day. Mostly the games. Time to make room for new toys coming in less than 60 days.

We have two places to drop off unwanted toys, clothing and dust collecting decorations.  There is also the recycle dump that takes electronics.  I used that earlier this year when we cleaned out the kitchen appliances.

What will you get rid of today?  Where will you take it?

I'll post an updated photo later...

November 5, 2010

Five on Friday

The ghouls and goblins have come and gone but their candy hasn't.  Today we are going to clean it up.  We always give candy the once over when it arrives at the house by the bagful.  Trading and shuffling of piles is done. Bragging rights of the heaviest bag and discussions of the house with the best loot is enjoyed. Once all is said in done you are usually looking at so much candy on the floor that you think you will be picking up wrappers until the Easter chocolate arrives.  Here are some tips to get rid of it all quickly:

1. Take all the chips, nachos and cheezies out of the piles.  Place them aside in a box or tote for "movie night".  On movie night open the bags into big bowls for the whole gang.  Ta da...bags of chips gone.
2. Take the small candies and licorice to put in a freezer bag.  Save this bag for decorating the gingerbread houses at Christmas.  
3. Take another freezer bag and save the hard candies and lollipops.  This candy bag can go in  your vehicle for emergency preparedness.  Nothing like having your car breakdown with a load of kids in it to make you realize that you have nothing to keep them occupied until the tow truck arrives.
4. Let the children pick out any candy that they don't like and some that they do to donate to a local shelter.  Drop it off to make someone feel good on a bad day.
5.  Set a time for the children to have a candy feast.  My rule is that no candy goes to school but for two weeks they can have as much as they want after school.  It usually won't last this long.

Remember that candy is a sticky treat.  Allocate one area that candy should be eaten so the packages and wrappers don't wind up all over the place.  Make them clean up after themselves immediately as well.

In no time the candy will be gone as well as the temptation to eat it all from underneath them.

Do you sort your candy?  Do you have any candy traditions to get rid of it all quickly? 

November 1, 2010


Thank you to all our participants in the last few weeks who have left comments or became followers of the blog.

I have put your names in a hat and the winner of the prize pack of organizing products is....

Congratulations Tammy! 

The rest of you don't need to fret...I have more products coming to test out for 2011 and you are all invited to stay tuned to win something cool and organized.