Thursday, September 18, 2014

tie dye fun...

one of our activities this summer was tie dyeing t'shirts.

the kids have been asking to tie dye for....forever, so i bought a kit and we went to work.
actually, sarah did all the work, we just decided what pattern we wanted and wrapped the rubber bands around the shirts and sarah did the rest.

there are a ton of ways to make your own diy tie dye, 
but we chose to go the easy route and use the kit.
probably less mess too ;)
not that i'm afraid of a mess when it comes to art,
however dye is another story....

we are currently drying ourselves after showers with tie dye towels, btw - ha!

later on during the summer,
actually it was the first day of school, i think
we made a tie dye rainbow cake.

*it was my intention to post this during the summer for club mom activities, but i was super busy all summer and barely had time to keep up with my life, let alone this blog.

but i will post it on the club mom page now, in case anyone is looking for fun ideas.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

a little diy project....

we (as in the hubs and pepaw) built the kids' play fort way back when amanda and anthony were toddlers.

since then it's moved from one house to another

been the scene of many accidents (including zach's broken arm)

many little army men have been sacrificed in the sandbox

it's been painted, torn down by the dog (long story) and reconstructed many times over

it's been a spy fort for the little boys

an overnight campsite for the twins

the swings have been replaced numerous times

and much more

a baby swing once hung from it and was used by every child in our family

it's been a staple in our backyard for many years

and just a simple source of entertainment (and abuse lol) for our kids.

through the years we've had various covers on the fort part of it
many of them were ripped to shreds by storms (or the kids)

this summer,
in the hopes of giving it - yet again - a little face lift, i decided to make a new canvas cover for it.

i was given some canvas fabric from a friend and i really didn't know what to do with it
there was a good bit of fabric, but it was leftover from previous projects.
even though what i was given was a lot, it was all cut up in various sizes.
in an effort to clean up some of my fabric stash (you know, so i could make room for more ;o)
i took all that canvas and cut it into squares, then i headed to the fabric store and bought some coordinating fabric and cut that into squares as well. 

as i started piecing it together i realized i was going to need a lot more fabric, but i didn't want to spend any more money - so i headed to my closet and grabbed some old jeans that were way too big for me now that i lost weight and
 i ripped those up and cut them into squares as well.

next, i just started sewing....and sewing

.....and sewing

whenever i got tired of sewing, i painted the fort

i thought it would fun to paint a chalkboard on the wall.
so, i bought some chalkboard spray paint...

then, i painted the whole thing with a fresh coat of white paint - ok, so i confess, i still need to touch up here and there, but i have more plans in store, so i will - pinky swear - finish painting it at some point.

i painted the floor of the fort and the steps grey

when i finished sewing the cover
i took some more jeans and trimmed around the edges and then cut them for a cute fringe trim.

next, i took the top part of the jeans and made them into pouches for the kids to put chalk and other treasures inside....

the end result....
(at least so far - i still want to spruce it up by painting the sandbox portion, adding new swings - yet again - and a few other odds and ends 

ready for many more years of entertainment, adventures and fun.

heck, even i like hanging out in there....too bad the kids always manage to find me.

total cost (so far)
$10 in fabric
$5 for the chalk board paint
$4 for the blue trim paint

the white and grey paint were leftovers from other projects

looks pretty good for cheap less than $20 make over

don't you think so?

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

experimenting with dry ice

what do you do with a block of dry ice?

why, fill up balloons, of course.

every month, my nutrisystem frozen meals come in a styrofoam container packed in dry ice.

i usually just throw the ice on the back porch and the boys watch it disintegrate
and release the gas causing it to smoke.

well, this month since we are working on science, I decided we should experiment with it.

we took some balloons and carefully (ok, so I wasn't so careful) filled them with chipped dry ice
you should really use some heavy duty gloves because the ice burns your fingers - just trust me on that ;)

how does it work:

when dry ice is exposed to warm air carbon dioxide is produced through a process called sublimation.
this is because dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and it needs to be really cold to stay frozen.
the balloon inflates because the carbon dioxide gas takes up lots of space - eventually filling and stretching the balloon out to 'blow' it up.

getting bigger....

now it's as big as his head...

we did this several times, it was fun seeing how fast the balloons would blow up and whether or not they would explode from the pressure

we decided to throw them into a creek to see if placing them in warm water would make them blow up faster.

if you look closely, you can see the chunks of ice inside the balloon

most of our balloons just traveled down the creek after they were filled up, a few of them even got stuck under the bridge and we couldn't see them anymore.

so that part of the experiment was a bust.

however, one of the balloons did pop after it hit the water.

if you look closely you can see little bits of orange from the popped balloon

it takes anywhere from 5-20 minutes for the balloon to expand fully, depending on how big the balloon is and how much ice you put inside it.

and just like any other balloon eventually it will deflate.
Nathan was surprised when he woke up the next day and his balloon was small again.