Friday, March 30, 2012

Cat Stuck in a Tree

What will we do with our girls?!

Hummingbird has a loft bed, and Bumble Bee has a toddler bed beneath it.  They were playing around instead of sleeping tonight.  So, we took Hummingbird's ladder away until they fell asleep.  Or so we thought...

Until Hummingbird came out and said, "Bumble Bee needs help.  She's stuck."

"Why is she stuck?"
Using the chair at the right side of the photo and the desk, Bumble Bee climbed up the side of the bed, and Hummingbird pulled her over the rail!  It was sort of funny and amazing that they did it, but of course, they got in trouble because of the danger factor.

What will we do with these two?!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Upcycled CD/DVD Coasters

So, we have dozens of unreadable or obsolete CDs and DVDs sitting around.  When something doesn't burn correctly, DH husband usually laments that he's made another coaster.  I've thought about sending them off to a technology recycling firm. Alas, they charge to recycle them, and then any data that is readable is put at risk.  So, I came up with a way to put all of those "coasters" to use.

So, without further ado here are the directions for making easy and adorable CD coasters.

Trash CDs or DVDs
Super glue
Embellishments (optional)

Brace yourself; this is the hard part... (Not)

1. Gather the CDs you'd like to use and choose which will be the top layer.  This is important because this is the side everyone will see.  Choose enough CDs to fit the width of your ribbon.
2. Super glue the CDs together.
3. Measure and cut your ribbon.  You can wrap it around the CDs if you don't have a ruler handy.
4. Super glue ribbon around the edge of the CD stack.  Add embellishments if desired -- this is particularly useful if you don't want to see the seam.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Late Night

After we were all sick last week, I was looking forward to a normal week.  Tonight was going to be a little off as I had a parish council meeting and Hummingbird had gymnastics.  DH was going to have to hangout with Bumble Bee at gymnastics while Hummingbird did her thing.  Alas, life had messier plans for us.

As we drove home from picking Daddy up from work, Bumble Bee announced that her tummy hurt.  I tried to comfort her by letting her know we were close and she could potty as soon as we got home.  That tummy ache was not what I thought it was.  Moments later she had vomited on her teddy bear and herself.  She seems to have had a relapse of last week's virus, only worse this time.  I'm thankful for the bear because he contained the mess.  Miraculously, nothing got on my car.  I unbuckled her entire carseat and carried her upstairs in it.  That is so much harder than an infant carrier!  DH did take Hummingbird to gymnastics still, but I spent the evening helping Bumble Bee and cleaning up the mess.  It's too bad I had to flake out on the first council meeting of the term, but then Tuesday was a hard day to meet in the first place.

Anyway,  she is finally resting in a sleeping bag on the living room floor.  She hasn't been vomit-free long enough for me to feel comfortable going to bed just yet.  So, I've been working on a few projects at the computer.  I'm putting together a French counting book for her, and I've been working on a story for Hummingbird, as well as trying to finish up my next OCN post about kids, God, and money.  I've hit a creative wall, though, so I thought I'd just share a bit of my night... get the alphabet posts behind me as I know a few people are ready to read something else.  I should read something else, too.  Indeed, I have two books that I need to get finished.  Perhaps, I'll actually complete one of them tomorrow since we won't be going to Bonjour! Wiggleworms and our other Wednesday errands.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Alphabet Collage

I'm not sure which I prefer, but here are two variations on a theme...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Letters XYZ

I know I'm quite late and the party has ended, but here are xyz.

Stencil with marker

Stealing the Eiffel Tower from Mat. Anna:
from a logo I designed a few years ago


I was thinking an illuminated Z would be a nice finish,
but there's too much flourish for a child's collage,
so here's a pseudo-illuminated Z.