Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday to My Mom

My mom would have been 71 years old today and she has been on my mind all day long.  I just wanted to post a few of my favorite photos of her.  Wasn't she stunning?  We miss her sweet ways so much and ache for her. 

If you still have a mom or a mother figure, take time to let her know how much you love her and spend time with her. 


P.S.  Here is a link with some birthday poems for moms:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How to Build a Leprachaun Trap for St. Patrick's Day

This was our first attempt to make a leprechaun trap.  We took a Girl Scout cookie case and covered it in different patterns of American Girl scrapbook paper and zebra-patterned duct tape.  Isabella made "gold" by crumbling up gold pipe cleaners, which disguise a booby trap (a hole to capture a gullible leprechaun), colored a rainbow, made a ladder out of pipe cleaners, a sign, and clouds out of Christmas fleecy snow.  We also stuck some gold leaves in the bottom corner to entice a little green guy. 

I hope to post some photos of the leprechaun's visit soon.  Happy early St. Patrick's Day!!!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

How to Make the Paper Bag Princess Costume

Every year my daughter's school has a book parade.  She decided to be the Paper Bag Princess, Elizabeth.  Robert Munsch wrote this clever book about a witty and determined princess who sets out to rescue a boy from a dragon.  The dragon burns up the castle and Princess Elizabeth can only find a paper bag to wear among the rubble.

My dad found a huge paper bag at Home Depot.  They sell lawn and refuse paper bags.  I carefully peeled the layer with the company's logo and removed the plain paper bag, cut out holes for her head and arms, and trimmed several inches from the bottom.  I also let her wear a crown that my grandmother gave to me when I was a little girl.  I also teased her hair to make it look messy like Elizabeth's disheveled hair do.

This is a very easy and economical costume.  The only negative thing is that no one had ever read the book, but she loved her costume.

Here are 2 photos.

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