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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Ice Cream Dramatic Play Set on: May 31, 2014 05:32:17 AM
Thanks. My ice cream lesson is next week so I will soon find out if they like them or not!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Story Blocks on: May 24, 2014 08:03:14 AM
Very cute. I love the fairy tale character idea.

I've seen blocks like this before but never knew where they got the pictures. Thanks for sharing the link. I'm definitely going to be making a few of these now.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Harry Potter Candyland on: May 24, 2014 07:57:10 AM
This looks awesome. I really like how you did the outside of the box. Your daughter is a super talented artist!

Did you use an actual candyland board and box? What material is the game drawn on?
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Wooden Barnyard Animals on: May 24, 2014 07:50:07 AM
I love these! They look amazing. My dad has all kinds of woodworking tools and saws in their basement and I've tossed the idea around of making some wooden toys for my class and kids, and now I'm even more inspired since you shared your tip of mixing templates to get sturdy designs. Brilliant! Thank you for sharing.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ice Cream Dramatic Play Set on: May 24, 2014 07:33:35 AM
I'm a preschool teacher and as a fun lesson for my class before they move up into the 5's room, I decided to do ice cream. What could be more fun as a year end lesson than ice cream? But I have very few ice cream toys for the dramatic play center. I looked online to buy some, but the sets I found were 1) pretty expensive and 2) would cause sharing issues for the few parts they came with. Then I realized I could make my own set -- DUH -- and get back into being crafty after a busy year and absence from my hobby.

I found some tutorials from other parents/teachers that made ice cream playsets but those all involved sewing, and sad as it is, I don't know how to sew! (But I would like to because I have been dying to make matching pajamas for the whole family!) So I really had to get inventive with this set because all I had to hold it together was my trusty glue gun.

This is just a quick picture I took to share with a friend, but I will take more later to get shots of the entire playset and individual parts.




So the first part...and most important...the ice cream scoops. I took foam balls and cut them in half. Then I glued felt around the halves. I put the ice cream in tupperware bowls, but I have plans to use old ice cream containers for each flavor.

The popsicles were made with toilet paper rolls covered in felt. I flattened the rolls and then bent them in half to look more like popsicles, then just glued them shut with the sticks inside. The popsicles are kept inside a poptart box that I rewrapped.

I got some tupperware containers for the brown string (chocolate syrup) and red pompoms (cherries). The whipped cream is stuffing. I did clean out a whipped cream and chocolate syrup bottle for them to use, too.

The sprinkles are made from dyed rice and then put inside an empty sprinkles container. I put a piece of contact paper inside the lid and then glued that shut so I won't have to worry about rice everywhere in the classroom, but they will still be able to open it and pretend to shake the sprinkles out.

And finally...the ice cream cones were made out of the remaining tupperware containers that I had purchased to hold the string and cherries. I was having a hard time figuring out how to make ice cream cones that would survive hours (and years!) of play. I tossed around the idea of cutting water bottles down to size, but I didn't know if the plastic would really hold up...and the sharp edges might cut through the felt. So while I'm frustrated and at a loss, because how can I have an ice cream play shop with no cones, I see those tupperware containers just sitting there staring at me. I wrapped them with felt too and an old rewrapped tampon box is the perfect size for the 4 cones!

I found green bowls at Walmart. (I also found matching colored ice cream scoops!) A pack of 4 bowls was less than $2 and the scoops were under $1. I also found a clear tub with matching green handles that the entire set fits into (what everything is sitting on in the picture). I love things that match. This set was so much fun to make!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Journal Prompt Swap - Round 2 GALLERY on: May 02, 2013 11:18:24 AM
Here are the cards I received from FairyHazeDesigns. Sorry for the delay in posting them!

I like to make listing journals so she made these for me:

Fronts:


Backs:


Thanks so much! They've really inspired me, already making list entries using those and ideas that  sprang off of them!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Journal Prompt Swap - Round 2 GALLERY on: May 01, 2013 05:40:23 AM
Oh I'm so glad you got them! I was most worried about yours making it since you live the furthest away.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Journal Prompts - Round 2 Send out by 5/15/13 on: April 26, 2013 01:42:17 PM
Oh my God!!! You have to use an international stamp?? I never even heard of such a thing! Sad I have a friend who lives in Canada and I've sent her cards in the mail before, so I imagine my Canadian partner will get hers on time, but I'm worried that my envelope to Spain will be returned within the next few days. I am so sorry, I had no idea. Sad

On a good note, I received from FairyHazeDesigns and will post hers later tonight.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Journal Prompts - Round 2 Send out by 5/15/13 on: April 24, 2013 10:29:59 AM
I put my cards in the mail today! My partners should be receiving within the next few days...at least for the USA partners. I'm not sure how long it will take for the other countries to receive. Hopefully not long.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Journal Prompt Swap - Round 2 GALLERY on: April 24, 2013 10:21:54 AM
I received from Smmart! I apologize if my pictures are a bit funny, the camera on my phone doesn't zoom. It's a basic snap and take lol.

Here are the fronts:


And the backs:


The sideways one reads:
CIRCLE: Draw a wonky freehand circle on your page, large enough to hold whatever you want to write. Write in the journaling circle. Then draw larger and larger imperfect circles around your words, in colored pencil or neocolors. Don't erase. Accept the imperfection.

Thank you Smmart! I know I wasn't meant to receive from you, but I really love your mistake! Cheesy My favorite is the first one. I love the stitching on it. Thanks again!
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