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Reason 1.  The boys are off to school this morning, and were positively leaping out of bed to get ready.  This makes such a change from last year, when we endured several months of tears every morning from Boy, which was absolutely heartbreaking.  Thanks to 2 special teachers last year, who must have made him feel incredibly happy and safe at school.

Well, I only managed 2 of the things on our remaining list of things to do, but IronMan was sick this weekend.  While she was sleeping, and during the mountains of laundry I had to get done before today (so that Guy and Boy had their choice of natty outfits to wear to school), I managed to make these 3 stuffed pumpkins, and listed them in my store this morning .  That’s reason #2!



Ironman has requested a dress for the fall, and I have tons of the orange floral, so it’s off to the sewing room with me today.  (Reason #3).

Final reason (for today anyway), is that Guy is off to his 2nd year in the gifted class, and I want to celebrate how lucky we are in this part of Ontario, to have access to special education for gifted children.  This opportunity would not be so easily available if he went to school in the UK where I come from, and since joining this class last year he has experienced and learnt so much, that he was excited to be going to school again this morning.  Have a good day all of you whose children are off to school today, and enjoy those little ones who are still with you if you are at home with them.  Ironman starts nursery school on Friday, and I don’t know where the last 3 years have gone.  Treasure those moments with them, they go by in the blink of an eye.


I’m feeling torn between spending  time with my children, who start back at school in a week, and with getting going on a huge list of crafts that I want to start.  I haven’t touched my sewing machine for over 2 weeks and I really want to start something now, but I also want to relish this last week, and pack in some of the things we planned in June but haven’t got around to yet.  Here’s the list: 

milkshakes at Troy’s Diner  (did that this morning, I recommend the “Chunky Monkey”)


swim at Rotary Park
go to the zoo
craft day part 2
Ontario Place
Centre Island

Besides this, I’m experiencing that feeling I always get around this time of year, of wanting to get some order back into our lives and organize my house (and my head!)…..hmmm, I feel a trip to IKEA beckoning (perhaps I can add breakfast at IKEA to the list!)

I signed up for the Seasons Round Exchange, and besides 1 thing I made on a trip to St Marie Among the Hurons, I have still to assemble the rest of my items and mail them out (and my partner has already mailed her items to me, to add to the pressure!)   I have lots of ideas, but none have actually come to fruition yet, but here’s something I’m going to be using for one of them):


I decided last week that since our camping trip to Awenda, my children had been watching way too much tv, and playing on the computer too long, and it was time to do something crafty. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, and this site in particular, I was able to gather together enough ideas for 11 different crafts.
I love this site, Rachel scours the craft forums, sites and blogs to bring the best tutorials and DIY projects from across the internet. She then groups them according to category, so you can search for kids crafts, back to school, weddings, birthdays etc.

I chose the crafts for our day based on what supplies I had in the house at the time, so I didn’t have to drag 3 kids around a craft store (it was really hot, and I was trying to do this without spending any money!)
The first 2 crafts were easy, all they required were broken crayons, of which we have mountains, and lots of 2 dimensional items. The only other things we needed were a paper plate, aluminium foil, construction paper, cookie cutters, and sunshine.
I sent the kids off around the house to find these items, while I downed my first cup of coffee of the day.

Craft #1 was crayon melts.


While these were melting, we went onto craft #2, sun prints.


 This was a interesting lesson, trying to explain why really cool shaped rocks would not give great results, but other things like the miniature guns (can you tell I have 2 boys) turned out very well. I think this was my favourite craft in the end.


Now came some messy crafts. We made watermelon paintings, (I recommend a strong paper towel not an economy one.)


followed by painting with soap suds.   I ended up using more laundry detergent than recommended to get large bowls of “paint”, and it’s not a craft for the really messy, as I was a little concerned about the detergent getting into the kids eyes. I wouldn’t do this craft if your kids are prone to splashing paint around, but my kids enjoyed watching how the painting changed over time.
We then made marbelized paper, which I loved (that’s the printer in me ), and we discovered that once dried the colours are more vibrant on the side of the paper that was not actually printed on.

The great thing about the weather being so hot was that the children spent time in the paddling pool in between crafts, instead of badgering me about the next activity like they normally do. While I was clearing up one craft and assembling supplies for the other ones they were running about throwing water at each other. Also, we did most of the crafts outside, and they were nearly all made with soap it was an easy clean up!

After lunch we made our final craft, make your own personal monster. I got the idea here, but as guy and boy are not into dolls, I had to make the whole thing more appealing to them! We adapted the idea, but left out the catnip. They are still sewing them as this was their first lesson in sewing, and guy is now talking about making more, and selling them on my etsy store. Watch out for them, I may be taking orders soon!IMG_0352_6

We kept checking back on the crayons, and by dinner time they had still not melted completely. I recommend the author’s suggestion to make crayon shavings, rather than do what I did, which was put them into the top of the bbq for a few minutes (ha ha). Here is the resultant mess, but we still had a great day, and I have a list of crafts for some other time. I think I’ve earned a few hours of sewing time to myself now, once I’ve figured out how to remove melted wax from my deck.