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THEY WILL COME!

Squirrels…

That is!

After I think they broke two of my cheap plastic bird feeders,

I decided to make a feeder just for them…

And to make it indestructible!

So…I went to my favorite place…

RENEW SALVAGE!

I looked and looked and looked…

And I walked out with…

A Vintage Tin Food Strainer, A Mid-Century Style Tapered Table Leg, and a Square Bit of Screen!

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First, make center hole bigger!

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Screw leg into said hole!

I used super strong glue to make sure it was really secure.

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See!

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Now, I needed to make a lid!

My squirrels have to work for their food!

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I decided on the Screen…

And marked it where to cut.

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And I cut it!

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I attached it in just these two spots with thin wire.

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No fancy hinges for me or my squirrels!

All Done!

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Then place it where the little creatures can get at it!

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Fill it up with nuts!

And like I said…

IF YOU BUILD IT…

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THEY WILL COME!

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Hmmm, I smell something good!

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Uh…Wait…How do I open this darned thing?

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Aha! Got it!

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Relax for a second!

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Must Hide…Must Hide…Must Hide My Nut!

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Okay…This may not be the best hiding place I have ever picked!

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Oh this one is much much better!

And I know I will remember exactly where I put this nut when I freezing my cute little furry butt off in winter!

Yippy!

And he came back…again and again!

He is stocked up for the next 3 winters!

AND NOW…

NOTHING TO DO WITH SQUIRRELS…

Hoop Spheres!

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I took a bunch of old wood and vintage metal needlepoint hoops…

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And turned them into decorator spheres!

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Perfect on the mantel or in a basket!

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You gotta love this atomic looking one done with the vintage metal oval hoops!

Now…whether it is for feeding little beasts or decorating you beautiful home…

Gather, Imagine, and Go!
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My favorite kind of project too!

I come up with the Mid Century Modern-esque design…

And Jim did most of the work!

The Inspiration…

The Shutters that I designed and had made!

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Next we picked the numbers…

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We wanted brushed metal and ones that stand off the wall a bit…and we found them online!

Then we gathering wood scraps!

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Wood = Check!

It is always a good idea to lay out the numbers!

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Numbers in Position = Check!

The Colors!

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Although the house is white, light aqua blue and a pale-ish yellow…

The brush metal numbers would not “pop” on any of those colors.

So when we are in doubt, we always go to our favorite color…

ORANGE!

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Awesome!

I painted…
And the rest was left to Jim!

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He Measured…

and Attached!

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Looking Good!

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Oh So Good!

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And there you go…

The done numbers with the house!

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He took out that wire and attached the numbers to the house!

Although it is not “perfect”, we did get thumbs ups from our neighbors!  

(I had to explain to Jim perfect is just a word.)

We love it!  

Now we need to find affordable Mid-Century Modern-esque cool outdoor lights to match…

And how to incorporate just a bit more orange outside too!  

If you like Mid Century Modern Stuff…

Click bellow to check out My Esty Shop for some great Buys!

Our Own Big World!

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Our Sunshiny Mid-Century Modern House!

There will be some before and after photos, but to get the full view of the before house please go to:  HenderBalz Blog: Adventures at Home !

As always if you want to see the full photo album, click on any of the photos!

Welcome to the Living Room!

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We may just leave this oh-so-not mid-century couch in this room as both the room and the couch are big and they fit each other!

94% of everything else in the living and dining rooms is from the Mid-Century!

Matter of fact, most of the house is furnished with mid-century items…down to the set of Sears flatware my Mom gave me as a teen probably for my hope chest!

New Living & Dining Above…
Old Below!

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You get the point…new paint, furniture and personal touches!

The Foyer…

Could not pass up the light fixture that Jim rebuilt and the Sears star burst clock that my Step Father fixed!

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A corner here…

The Above Corner has my Mid-Century Belt Chair and a bunch of drift wood in the corner!

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And a corner there!

The above Corner has our somewhat collection of international stools…two are old, one is from Honduras!

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The Dining Room!

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We love our new OLD dining room lamp that Jim rebuilt!

And now our bedroom!

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Oh so cool, airy and grey with a splash of color!

New Above….
Before Below:

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The other side (plus a tri-pod, an air filter and Chloe):

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The Master Bath!

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And Before!

No more carpet, stripped wall paper or dressing room lights!

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Now…

THE FAMILY ROOM!

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And what it used to look like!

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The Whole Picture!

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We want a cool low profile mid-century couch in this room, probably where the table and chairs are…but have not found one we like enough yet!

And Introducing…

THE KITCHEN!

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And a similar view from before!

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Bright and Happy!

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Similar shot from before:

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Personal Touches!

In the Kitchen:

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And in a Hall!

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TaaDaaa…

Jim’s new Office/Den/Man Cave!

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And the old Dark Den!

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Personal Touches in the Den!

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And…

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The guest room / Dawn’s Making Things Room!

Cozy Area!

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And Work Area! (The table enlarges!)

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The Pink Jack & Jill Bath just needed some love and a spit shine!

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Half Bath is just a “happy” as before…

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But updated!

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And with personal touches!

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The new front!

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The old front!

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Not sure you can tell the changes…

All the cranky 50-year-old bushes were removed and more tropical plants were put in AND the entire outside was painted!

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Love our new mid-century style shutters and the pop of flower in front!

The new Landscaped Corner Island!

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The old corner:

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New side yard “Island” landscaping!

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And if you ever visit (And you know YOU ALL are invited) the Garage Door Entrance Welcome Area!

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WE Love our new place and had fun and some fights getting it to this point, but it is not still 100% done!

And 10 pieces in these photos, I created!  Can you guess which 10?

Look forward to finishing it completely!

And to buy Mid Century Modern Items for you Home…Visit Our Online Shop!

Click:  OurOwnBigWorld

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Yes, Gnomes celebrate Holidays too.

And they, just like us, need Christmas Trees.

I have made it my goal to supply them some this holiday season.

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Let me talk first about the tall one in the back.

Or better yet, let me show you how I made it!

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Supplies: Cone, felt, glue gun, scissors and maybe some tidbits for decorations (I used some brads and tacks).

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Cut, cut, cut out your tree leaf thingies.

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Glue them, one at a time to the cone, all of them!

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Start adding your decorations as you go.

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Figure out your topper and decorate.

I decided on decorating a small Styrofoam ball with the brads and tack.

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There you have it, the first of many…

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A Gnome Christmas Tree!

For those Gnomes who like simple lines…

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The Bobble String Christmas Tree!

Yes, it bobbles a bit from the way it is attached to its stand.

And now for those Beachy Gnomes…

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The Pearly Shell Gnome Christmas Tree!

I made both the string and shell trees awhile ago…lots of string, shells, glue and patience, and you too can make them.

As you can see from the first photo, there are many other trees.

Some are vintage and some are just darned cute.

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I had to have a variety, so many Gnomes so many different trees needed!

And these two are my favorite!

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They so remind me of my Italian Grandparent’s Christmas decorations. Under their Aluminum Christmas Tree (Yes, I said Aluminum) they had this tiny outdoor winter skating Scene (a mirror was used to make the frozen pond) with these tiny trees all around it!   Ha, but they have sold already…should have put a higher price on them! 

I have two more in the making, but not sure they will get finished in time.

Gnomes…I got you covered!

Elves get all the attention during the holidays, give some love to any Gnomes you may know!

EARLY HOLIDAY BONUS CRAFT FOR YOU:

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I made the wreath awhile ago, Click here to see how I did it: The Garbage Wreath

But then I put it in an old frame and threw some red felt on the back for that something special and different Christmas decoration!

HAPPY HOLIDAY CRAFTING TO YOU!

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Okay, I love Mary Catherine Gallagher…

and…

I love starburst mirror decor pieces too!

But after looking the at cost of new ones and even vintage ones,  I got discouraged!

Pinterest to the rescue, especially after I saw how easy it was to make (ha)!

Here is my attempt and how I did it!

Supplies needed:

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More supplies:

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Measuring and Gluing!

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Pre-final touches…

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Prep for painting!

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Painting!
I know silver is popular right now, but the antique versions are in gold, which will go better in our entry way!

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Final Product!

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Not bad, eh?
Even up close!

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Please click on any of the photos, to get to the photo album and to find out some extra details on how I did it!

Okay, now I have to be truthful!

After seeing a starburst mirror in every remodel/revamp/decor TV show, I am thinking it may be over done!

So I may change this:

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Into this:

I would take out the art work from the above gold frame and use it for something else!
It is signed art after all…even if I got the WHOLE piece for only $2.00 at an auction!

What do you think…Gold Star Burst for front entry way or Gold Fish Scales?

STAY TUNED!
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I have been collected leather belts from thrift stores, for this very thing!

I had to wait for the chair!

The chair finally came my way!

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After I shined the wood up, I took off the seat!

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My trusted basket of leather belts, don’t you have one?

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Then I was a’belt weaving away!

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Not sure if I will keep the belts on this chair or not yet…

as well if I should cut the ends of the belt off or let them hang!

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Love how the colors in the belts bring out the colors in the wood!

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Belt Weave!

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I think this technique turns a plain chair into a conversation/center/art piece!

I love the chair so much…I think I am not going to leave the belts on it as the shape of the back and the wood speak for themselves.

So, I will go back to waiting for the perfect chair again!

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I will go back to my Upcycle Arts & Crafts projects…

But these days I am spending time to get stuff ready for a new home!

A Mid Century Beauty!

I thought I would to strip and refinish some of my old finds…but found something that I is my secret love.

Howard’s Restor-A-Finish

Some Before Photos…

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One of two End Tables!

Warn and dull!

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One done and one not!

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On the way to looking good!

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There you have it!

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While I was at it, I worked on this little pretty!

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Okay, the top is made of Formica, but did refinish the wood legs!

Is is bad that I am falling for Formica?

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Speaking of Formica…

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This little cutie has a wood pedestal which I shined up to make into a nicey nice!

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It is happy in our now non-mid-century place!

Shining these guys on…so made my happy today!

Easy Peasy and such good looks!

Don’t be afraid of nicks & stains…all they are saying is “We have been loved, now love us again!”

UPDATE!  WE OPENED OUR OWN ONLINE STORE!  

Please visit and shop if you are so inclined at:  Our Own Big World!

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So this is what I did while the rain was pounding down and wind whipping around…

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During Tropical Storm Isaac hitting my neck of the woods!

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And with being stuck inside for two days in a row…I do think the glass of wine was essential!

All you need is…

1) Styrofoam Ball
2) Thumbtacks
3) If you want extra decorations…you can use cute brads.
4) You shouldn’t need glue, but to make them really secure you can use glue of any kind.
5) Time and really, not even tons of it!
6) Wine isn’t really essential!

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Cute Flower Brads!

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Finished!

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With the ball, not the wine!

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Ball Scales! Love it!

And now it is nestled…

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In with some of my other black, white and silver-colored balls in my vintage enamel pans!

You do know I am kind-of obsessed with decorative balls, don’t you?

Globe Balls = 5

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Silver, White, Black & Sliver Balls = 11  (See Photo Above)

Turquoise / Blue Balls = 8

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Vintage Sporting Balls = 8

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Orange/gold/Reddish Balls = 14

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Rope/String/Rattan Ball = 4
Green Balls = 7
The rest of My Balls = 7

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(Mind you I have gotten rid of some of my repeat Balls)

All my Balls = 64

(and I have to admit…I have only made two of them!  This one and scroll down on this blog and find the moss one I recently made).

64 Decorative Balls = Obsessed!

I am obsessed and I am okay with it.

Because I have decorative ball collecting rules!

1)  Must not have one like it

2)  Must pay under $6.00, but usually under $5.00)!

Now back to waiting for the Tropical Storm to really pass Southern Florida!

Prayers and good thoughts go out to wherever that thing will hit land!

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Everyone loves a Puppet!

So, make one…or two!

And then…

Write a puppet play!

When all said and done…

You have several activities and lots of fun!

I used pre-made puppet packets from Michael’s that I bought for cheap!

But of course you can use old socks, bits and pieces of stuff around the house and glue to make your own puppets!

Ha, I just made one with a sock my brother left behind! An old sock, paper and a piece of twine!

I like to call him…

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Maaaster Rrrrrhino!

Now the First Character my nieces made:

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Darkness, The Evil Ghost!

And then…

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Ghost, Darkness’s Bumbling Sidekick!

We also needed a Pretty Victim!

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So Brittney was created!

And now, of course…

We needed a Hero!

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Super Freddy!

While they were making their characters we all talked about the “play.”

Auntie Dawn wrote it all down. We practiced, laughed and had fun!

The finished product!

Introducing…


Enjoy Enjoy!

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I always try to be prepared with activities to do when with my young nieces and nephew!

And this past trip to California gave me another chance for us to play together again!

So…for some CLEAN fun we made some SOAP CLOUDS!

Yes, I said…SOAP CLOUDS!

And then when we were done…we made small shaped soaps!

Oh yes, we did!

Here’s is how we did it!

1) Get a bar of IVORY soap…for every child (of any age)!

2) Place a bar of soap on paper towel in a microwave!

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Yes, I said…place a bar of IVORY soap on a paper towel in a microwave.

Take out the turn table and put the time for around 2.5 minutes (stop when it looks ready to you).

3) Watch the bar of soap grow into a “cloud!”

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4) Play with Soap Cloud!

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5) Then start mushing it down to a powdery consistency!

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6) Add water to make it more liquid…but not too much water!

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7) Put into forms (we used their Mom’s cookie cutters)! And let sit until completely dry.

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A lot of Cookie Cutters!

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8) And now you have your own personally shaped soaps!

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A very cool, messy but clean, and fun activity…that keeps the kids busy for quite some time!

And the kitchen smells like nice clean soap afterwards!

Good Times with mis sobrinos!

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