Archive for the ‘V’ Category

I’ve wanted to host a Valentine’s heARTS and CRAFTS fair for a few years now and after much hemming and hawing, I finally got around to doing it and for a great cause!  On Sunday, February 12, we gathered our 2nd grade Girl Scouts and asked them to bring their brothers, sisters, and a friend or two to join us for lots of crafty fun. The group decided to use this event as an opportunity to raise money for the Minnesota Raptor Center.

With a suggested donation of $5 per child, we had a total of 23 children gather at our home to get their sweetheart picture taken (with our red table cloth taped to the fireplace, we took each child’s picture, then I photoshopped the pictures into these cute Valentine’s borders.

Next, the children colored a picture of a pair of love birds for the coloring contest to honor the creatures the event supported. At the end of the event, we asked a few of the moms to pick their favorite picture and they chose Hannah’s. Hannah won a cupcake kit.  We also gave away a few additional door prizes.

The kids also had the opportunity to get their faces painted, to check out our “Sweetheart Sale” in the basement – clothes and toys sold with 10% going to the Raptor Center, and to create a heart-shaped sun catcher out of melted crayon shavings and wax paper.

We had Girl Scout cookies for sale and I sold a few of my Pearl Girl items, Megan R. sold Stella and Dot jewelry, Michelle C. sold her Usborne Books, Julie F. and her daughter sold scarves and hats they knitted themselves, my friend Ann had her beautiful watercolor and wire art, and Maddie sold $7 worth of her Crafty Kitty items which included cat toys (felted balls with jingles) and crayons melted into fun shapes like hearts and lips! 10% of the profits from these vendors were gathered to donate to the Raptor Center.

It was a REALLY fun day and we raised $100 to donate to the Raptor Center!

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Our E and V week was another very rainy week but we had quite a bit of fun despite the lack of sun (hey, that rhymes!)  We started if off with our usual trip to the library and visited another one we had never been to before by going to the Edina Library. It’s quite a bit smaller than the Ridgedale Library but has these beautiful stained glass windows and a separate room for children’s story time.  went very well.

We enjoyed the Edina Creamery immensely. I was planning to have vanilla ice cream but thought better and enjoyed a chocolate chip instead.

We kicked off our Alphabet Summer Story Time at Bellies to Babies on Wednesday morning and had one darling audience member named Juniper. Maddie did a terrific job reading books and she acted out the Very Hungry Caterpillar with the posters I made for her fourth birthday party.

Five children attended our E and V craft camp.  Our theme was Elephants and Vincent Van Gough.  A Facebook friend asked if we were going to draw elephants with only one ear….hee hee. We kept it kid-friendly and failed to mention VV’s episodes of insanity.

We kicked the day off with a song and a craft about elephants, had a little snack then took a hike through our neighborhood nature center to catch some inspiration from the great outdoors.  Zoe spotted a pretty little blue robin’s egg on a leaf and the kid’s all stopped to draw it.  It was a cold windy June day with big threatening clouds but thankfully they stayed overcast and stayed fat with rain  instead of sharing it with us.We didn’t find much of anything let alone anything that started with E or V, I guess we saw some vines in the woods but we did talk about princesses and evil villians.

When we got back we had some lunch which included vegetables (of course) and the food was edible (given my lack of cooking skills I was quite surprised). While I prepared lunch, the kids practiced and put on a play about the robin egg they found.  We enjoyed an afternoon painting session with my friend Sheila who has a degree in art. She was the perfect person to have as a helper and a wonderful artist herself. We asked the kids to paint a self-portrait and I was thoroughly impressed by all of them.At the end of the camp, one of the mom’s, my dear friend Ann, shared her beautiful artwork with us also. It was a wonderful art-filled day for all of us.







We ended the week on Saturday by going to our local farmer’s market which is quite small but has everything you would ever want at a farmer’s market.  We enjoyed playing at Veteran’s Park next to the market and of course had to make the baby ride the little elephant.

On Sunday we thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my niece Ellie’s ninth birthday on Sunday then brought her home for a sleepover. We also enjoyed playing on our new concrete slab where the garage will soon be built with Ellie.

We did a little make up play by walking over to Roosevelt Park (remember last week we walked to the wrong park). We ran into a ton of roadwork on the way there and home.

Some of the additional  E and V things we did this week was to watch Veggie Tales and made a veggie pizza. I never did get around to making elephant ears but I did catch an episode of Every Day Edison and considered entering my own little invention of Meal Magnets.  I continued my entrepreneurial effort at The Linden Tree by dropping off five sets of pinafore outfits and headbands.

Last year when we celebrated the letter E and V we visited the Enchanted Rock Garden with our friend Elsa, made Emo Doh, wished our cousin Ellie a happy eighth birthday, read a book about Elvis, shopped at Value Village, and made a model volcano.

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I really enjoy purchasing vintage patterns at our local thrift store and often paying a similar price to when they were brand new.  I picked up this 1972 Simplicity 5052 size 2 pattern at our local Arc’s Value Value for 29 cents.  I even made the little shirt reversible which is quite brilliant given how quickly two-year-olds get messy especially when they’re eating.  This is my first project that will be sold at the soon to be expanded Bellies to Babies on 66th and Penn, just down a block from Value Village.  The newly expanded store will provide clothing up to 2T.  I hope to be selling Pearl Girl items there early in February. I’ll keep you posted.

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V is for Vanity

I’ve always wanted a vanity table even though I only put make up on once in a blue moon and that was yesterday and I didn’t even it do it then.

But occassionally I get a chance to brush and dry my hair these days and it’s nice to sit down.  I had been searching for a vanity at garage sales for several years and wasn’t too keen on the glass with gold variety I kept bumping into.  The fancy schmancy ones I daydreamed of as a young girl cost more than our groceries do for a month, so I put together this little shabby chic ensemble.

I started off with the low desk from our neighbor Rose who fixes up junk furniture and sells it. I bought it from her for $35.  The chair is from an estate sales 1/2 a block away and I bought it for $4.  The lamp is from Ikea and I love that it lights up slowly which is perfect for the morning when I light up slowly. I purchased it for $12.00. The make up mirror/lamp is my favorite find and was only $1.99. It’s got to be nearly new. I’ve seen them at Bed, Bath, and Beyonce (sorry, personal joke…every time I used to go to BBB they’d be playing Mrs. Jay-Z’s music) for over $50. I bought it at a thrift store. It didn’t have a price tag and I was lucky enough to have a cashier who was a guy in his 20s who didn’t know what it was so he priced it according to what he thought the value was (and I kept my mouth shut!). The mirror was from another thrift shop and I just bought it less than a month ago for $19.99. A bit high for me, but it goes for a good cause, it was new in the box from Target, and was originally $79.99.

Total cost: $72.98. quite a bit less than the $400-500 vanities and quite a bit more tasteful than the 1970s vanities that should have stayed in that decade.

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V is for Value Village

The Value Village is one of my favorite places to donate stuff I don’t need and to buy I don’t need…all for a good cause.

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V is for Volcano

A volcano erupted in Hawaii last week and we decided one of our “V” activities had to be making a model volcano. Al found this fairly easy to use Muddle Puddle Books volcano making kit on clearance at our local Border’s book store for $7.99. Amazon was the only place I could find the kit listed and it’s priced at $42.95 however click here to see several more different kits priced a lot less.

I just found this really cool website called Thinkfinity that has all kinds of great science projects including lesson plans and directions for making model volcanoes. Here’s the link for a bunch of volcano models.

There’s a picture on this website of a big explosion in a garbage container which reminds me of the short time when we had Simon Delivers grocery service, now Coborns Delivers and Al used to pull pranks on me when he got home before me on the day the groceries were delivered. He would stick the dry ice (supposed to be used for keeping dairy and freezer items cool) in the sink or toilet so that when I went to use them fog would greet me. He even did some experiment that made our grocery bin look like the one in that picture.

That’s why I signed him and Maddy up for “Blow it Up Camp” at the Science Museum back in July. The group attempted to do something like this, but it didn’t quite work.

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