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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: kids craft swap Round 7 on: August 02, 2014 03:03:42 PM
Well, in a spectacular display of "lousy-swap-mom-ism" i apparently took pictures of Chris opening his package from Jakob, then "imagined" that i loaded them to craftster, then walked around with them in my phone for a few weeks, then deleted them. Sigh. So i'm at work right now, but i called dad and asked him to get christopher to round up his goodies so we could have another photoshoot tomorrow lol. Christopher LOVED his package! He got some melted bead ornaments, a bunch of perler bead stuff he really liked, and his favorite two things: a minecraft creeper felt plushie and a creeper face tshirt. The tshirt has actually inspired christopher to start doing laundry! I told him he wasnt allowed to wear it anymore til it got washed.(serioisly. He wore it two days in a row, gave it a day off, then wanted to wear it the next day.) He said that would take at least a week and that was TOO LONG! I said you know the solution to that right? wash it yourself! And you know what? He did! Lol he's gonna wear that shirt out, i swear! I will try and get pics ip first thing tomorrow! Sorry i'm such a basketcase! Cheesy
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: kids craft swap Round 7 on: August 02, 2014 10:23:22 AM
Nicholas got an AMAZING package from Tommy and whatthepuck! Tommy went perler bead crazy and Nick couldn't be more thrilled!  =)
Thanks so much, y'all, for the incredible package!
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Halloween in June Gallery on: July 30, 2014 04:52:58 PM
You guys!! I got the sweetest package of extra goodies from kittykill last week! I was going yo post pictures sooner, but life has been crazy. But I am posting them now!!

seriousy - how cute is this little paper mache artist lady!? and she is already so at home with all my DDM goodies!


and check out the aboslutely impeccable stitching on this guy from my pinterest! not only is he beautifully stitched -

he's mounted over a doily, which is super fun!

thanks so much, kittykill! i love both of them!
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: kids craft swap Round 7 on: July 30, 2014 04:41:02 PM
wow it looks like the packages are rolling in now! lots of cool new stuff! =)
15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: kids craft swap Round 7 (Signups 5/27-6-/11/14, Sendouts July 30, 2014) on: July 24, 2014 08:21:43 AM
heyyyy! sorry i've been out of the loop! i've had some unexpected health issues pop up and i've not been reliably on the internet - which is also why we're not quite done with our packages yet (totally my fault - i've gotta finish the "mom" projects) but i'm hoping i'll get them wrapped up today and can have the hubbs send out tomorrow. the gallery is looking amazing!  Grin

christopher hates anything that can pass as vegetables, though he'll eat them with a minimum of death threats. his most passionately disliked is salad - all that fresh green healthy stuff! eww! drown it with ranch!!

nicholas will eat and enjoy just about anything - but every once in a while he'll decide he "hates" something because his big brother does. he usually forgets he's supposed to hate it before the next time i serve it though! =)
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Halloween in June Gallery on: July 11, 2014 08:06:04 AM
here's mah goodies! aren't they fabulous!?


all the things! 2 dish towels, pinup postcard, halloweeny picks!


closeup of skeleton cameo. isn't she elegant!?


and the braaaaaaaan muffin! i love him! he may never get to towel. i may have to frame him for my kitchen decor. lol.

thanks so much, kittykill! i love everything!  Grin
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: kids craft swap Round 7 (Signups 5/27-6-/11/14, Sendouts July 30, 2014) on: July 11, 2014 07:07:36 AM
christopher's package arrived yesterday! however - christopher has been gone to his mom's house the past week and a half. we will be picking him up sunday, and since opening everything is half the fun, we will wait until then so he gets to open it! he is going to be so excited when he gets home! his best friends' parents bought the house two doors down from us, and they finally got to move in while he was away! so a good friend right down the street, AND a box of goodies to open when he gets home! next week will be a good week! =)

so far this swap has gone pretty smoothly. there's been a little competition for resources (don't use all that color! i'm gonna need some for mine!! hey, he's using it all and i'm not finished!) but we've managed to politick our way out of any serious arguments. lol the way they check in on what i'm doing and argue over whose is cooler, i think the hardest part is gonna be letting go of the "mom-made" portion and sending it to their partners... hmmm maybe i need to start working now on dupes for christmas, lol! Grin Roll Eyes
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Halloween in June Sign Up CLOSED. Send Out July 8 on: July 11, 2014 06:52:56 AM
i gots mah goooodies! and they're aweeeesome! i'll post pics in a bit. gotta wrestle this phone and then sweet talk it a lil bit to get it to cooperate....
19  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Halloween in June Sign Up CLOSED. Send Out July 8 on: July 07, 2014 05:50:03 PM
I am SOOO close to being done. I kind of want to make one for myself now.  Smiley

eep! *excited* i'm done and will be hitting the mail tomorrow a.m.!
20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: kids craft swap Round 7 (Signups 5/27-6-/11/14, Sendouts July 30, 2014) on: July 06, 2014 02:52:34 PM
Is anyone else doing this swap with an ADHD kid? Tips? Advice? At the rate we're going we'll be shipping out around Christmas time.

lol. yup. two of them. my older one (christopher) is more on the attention deficit end of the spectrum and my younger (nicholas) is more on the hyperactive end. when christopher is engaged in a project he is excited about, he can get lost in his own little world and happily craft away for a relatively long (45min ~ 1 hr) time. nicholas loves to craft but he has to be fully engaged to stay committed, so i have to kinda coach him along and craft with him to keep him on task.

i have found that everyone has the most fun with smaller, simple crafts that can be completed in under an hour. if it's something more time consuming i break it into steps and we spread it out over the course of several crafting sessions (which generally only happen once or twice a week).

for instance: perler beads. both the boys told me they wanted to do some perler for this swap. so we sat down for all of 15 minutes one evening before dinner and looked at our partners' Q's and decided what things we thought might be fun to do in perler.
 then i sat down by myself later that night on pinterest and looked up a handful i thought christopher might like to do and a handful that nick might enjoy.
the next day earlier in the day i showed each of the boys the patterns i thought they might like and asked them each to pick two. (they always enjoy projects so much more when they feel like they have some control over what gets chosen!)
 that evening we all sat down at the table and listened to some music and we spent time together sorting out the bead colors they would need from the giant mixed jug we have. they didn't get quite enough sorted for the whole project but they got enough to get started.
 later the next afternoon we sat down together with the radio again and they worked on their projects while i continued sorting.
nicholas, being younger and having a much shorter attention span, his projects were a little smaller than chris's. so he fiddled along and finished one and then stopped and helped me sort for christopher for a little bit and then we went and ironed his first one and then he decided he was ready to work on his second one.
 christopher chugged right along but only worked on the first one and half of the next one before he got bored with it.  nick finished his second one, and we ironed it. then he went under the table and crawled around on the floor picking up loose beads for me while chris was still working on his. (lol there are always loose beads)
 nick has an earlier bedtime, and chris was able to sit back down with his stuff that evening after nick went to bed and finish up.

for nick the important thing to enjoying happy craft time is small simple crafts interspersed with other little jobs he can do to break up the monotony, and having someone he can chatter at while he works. (he likes to make up stories about what he's making lol)

for christopher the important thing is having all the "busy" work and planning out of the way before he gets started so that he can sit and focus on one task at a time without getting distracted.

both of them LOVE music while they work. i made them a playlist on spotify with all their favorite songs on it (yes. we have THREE different versions of "everything is awesome" on our playlist!)  Roll Eyes it sets the mood and they sing along while they work!

we keep our craft times relatively short - between 30 minutes and an hour - i like to stop when they're just at the tail end of the "we're still having fun" phase (before we get to the "do i haaaaaave to finish this NOOOW??? phase) so that they will still be excited to finish later. and if they want to stop before we are finished i generally let them - we can always make another crafting session out of finishing the project later on....

that ended up being a whole lot more of a novel than i planned on writing, lol! but we do have fun and our little short crafting sessions add up to a steady pace in the long run! we have been at a bit of a standstill lately since i am trying to finish up for another swap, but we are planning on getting back in gear next week! if you ever need tips or wanna brainstorm ideas for fun things to do, hit me up! maybe we can come up with something....  Grin

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