Sculpting is an activity that is pretty relaxing and unleashes great creativity. I am often found sitting playing with my kids’ play-dough long after their attention span has run out trying to finish my masterpiece. It’s a very tactile activity and allows children to physically get into something as well as create in 3-D. Though most of us with young children probably sculpt something out of play-dough every week it’s likely that the general population rarely gets this chance and more rare for everyone that a family gets to sculpt something on a large scale.
            The sculpture I’m suggesting this week is not one molded from a conventional material such as clay or even sand but from Rice Crispie cereal! This can be a bit of a tricky activity but it can also be a lot fun. To begin you definitely need to decide as a group what you’re going to be sculpting because you actually have a short window of time to do your actual sculpting once the melted marshmallow and cereal are mixed. I’ve made a few Rice Crispie sculptures in my lifetime and they were all pretty great. Our first year we made the classic castle complete with a blue jello mote and another year we made a life size guitar that boasted “shoe string licorice” strings. Let your imagination run freely and sketch out a simple plan before you begin.
            It’d be best to have a couple of boxes of the cereal and a few bags of marshmallows for your entire project but you should only mix and prepare small amounts at a time so you have a bit more freedom in molding it. Be sure to prepare a sturdy cardboard line with wax paper to use as the base for your sculpture. Another trick is to use well greased hands to do the molding. The marshmallow will be hot so it’s likely best to have older children and adults do the main sculpting. There will be plenty of opportunity for the younger ones to add decorations or “paint” to the sculpture once it’s cooled.
            Once it’s all finished you can use your own discretion to decide whether you eat it or not!

And wouldn't these cute Rice Crispie Pops be a great treat too?
 I found them on Twig and Thistle

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            Sculpting is an activity that is pretty relaxing and unleashes great creativity. I am often found sitting playing with my ki...
Anyone who has Mennonite blood running through their veins will likely salivate when I say the word "Rolkuchen". Those who don't will look at me funny and say "huh?"

A good Mennonite would likely give their left arm for some Rolkuchen (German or Low German for Roll Cookies). I pretty much would marry them if I wasn't married already.

Watermelon started showing up in the grocery stores last week and so I picked one out and grabbed my ingredients for Rolkuchen. Again, if you're Mennonite you know that Watermelon and Rolkuchen is pretty much a divine pairing :)

It was raining so I putzed around the kitchen in my PJ's making the friend dough treat with my little man.
Such a good helper!
I had to use my Wok because the tall one left my deep fryer at the church (3 years ago and we just realized now! Ha ha - so ECOG if you find a deep fryer...)

Mmm.... can't wait!

What you do while you're frying... drive your mini quad through the flour :)

All done!

I knew this would by my Rolkuchen bowl when I saw it on my Mom's table! No I didn't steal it, she had one for me too (though I probably would have, had she not gotten me one too!)

Oh the goodness!

That's a lot of Rolkuchen. We ate in 2 days... not even ashamed.

Last year my friend Megan and I were seeing a lot of indie type jewelry popping up in stores and naturally had the thought... "We should make some!"

We had a great night making super fabulous jewelry and had the hunger to design more! So we did, but it was more than either of us could wear. It was out of this that Pink Lemonade was born for me!

Here is the story of Pink Lemonade that graces my actual "Pink Lemonade" facebook page.

There are a few things that I need daily infusions of and they are (besides of course my Jesus and my family) creativity and fun. I read a book recently that devoted itself to the pursuit of daily happiness and the author suggested that “what you enjoyed doing when you were eight is probably something that you’d enjoy doing now – just for fun.” (My paraphrase). Well, I love to make stuff and though I didn’t have many growing up I think Lemonade Stands are fabulous! They’re like little mini businesses you can set up in a day that provide a purpose for the mass production of your creations. A personal supply of my creations is never fully satisfying and thus I am launching “Pink Lemonade” my grown up lemonade stand in case you’d like some of my creations too! Anything I create is fair game. Bib necklaces, earrings, tutus, headbands, stock photography and whatever the next thing that inspires me is! Because I’m determined for this to be fun and not work – if I don’t feel like making something any more I won’t be, so get it while it’s there! Feel free to check out my “Pink Lemonade” stand where I’ll be hawking my stuff!

This still rings very true for me today and as the "dive right in" kind of person I'm proud of myself for keeping it fun and not feeling like it was a job. It's an outlet. I still feel kind of self conscious about selling things I make but I have enough people asking me randomly to buy things that I figure I may as well just put a few things out there every now and then!

The part about a lemonade stand being a business you can set up in a day is what really appeals to me! I love designing new businesses! I still quite love the first logo I made :)

Rolling with the lemonade stand theme I had my crafty dad build this rustic stand for me when they were down one weekend. It still sits in my backyard and I love it!

Lately I've had a lot of requests for some of the fabric headbands I make. Here are a few that I've just put up in my "stand". They can also be put on elastic headbands to make them a bit more friendly for newborns. However, these headbands look great on any age. My 16 month old daughter wears them, our teenage friends wear them and I (almost 30) wear them!

Sunshine Ruffle on Yellow Band (plastic) $5

Citrus Flower on Orange Band $5

Lemon Sherbert (one on blue and one on yellow band) $5 each

Sunshine Ruffle on Green band $5

Here's the Hannah one rocking all the headband styles. Absolutely adorable!

You can check out Pink Lemonade for these headbands and everything else I randomly put up!

Today I'm participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap! You'll find me posting over at My Weekly Goals about how to put on a "Family Spirit Week", and I'm excited to welcome Diana Still from Saving by Making here to Pocket Full of Whimsy!

From Diana:

I'm so excited to be posting today for Monique! Love her blog, love her photos, love her ideas. And I can't wait to see what she does with all those vintage sheets she picked up a few weeks ago. I'm jealous :)

And speaking of those vintage sheets, I'm going to share a super-easy shower curtain you can make from one. I've just discovered the world of vintage sheets, and I'm not sure if I really know when one is considered vintage or not! (I'd love to hear any tips you might have regarding that!)

But, whether technically vintage or not, there are some lovely pieces of fabric out there masquerading as bed sheets. For just a few dollars you can get enough fabric to make nearly anything your heart desires. Perfect for fabric-loving girls on a budget!

So this is my latest find. I have been waiting for just the perfect fabric to make a shower curtain for the garden tub in our master bathroom. If you don't put a curtain up, all the heat dissipates so fast that a luxurious bath lasts only about five minutes before it gets cold. Not fun.

We had temporarily put up one of the old ones inherited from somewhere when my husband was a bachelor--a geometric pattern of aqua blue stripes and triangles that made me cringe every time I saw it. (Well, it would have been fine in the right setting; in an otherwise green bathroom, it was an eyesore!)

And one day, at my favorite thrift store, I found it. The simple green flowers are refreshing, and I knew it wouldn't overpower the rest of the room. Love it!

I had made a quilted shower curtain before from vintage sheets, and I knew I didn't have time for all that work again, so I improvised. And this turned out to be one of the easiest sewing projects I've done in a while. The hardest part was the measuring, believe it or not!

What you'll need:

  • a vintage flat sheet (that way most of the hemming is already done for you)

  • coordinating thread

  • fabric shears

  • measuring tape

  • sewing machine

  • ability to do buttonholes on your sewing machine

Disclaimer: I am neither an interior decorator nor a photographer, so don't expect perfection! :)

Decide on your measurements.

Width: since I was making mine for a garden tub, I used the whole width of my queen-sized sheet (102 inches). You don't have to be perfectly precise, since shower curtains have some extra fabric in them, but you definitely don't want it to be too short. If in doubt, err on the side of a little too much.

Length: this was a little bit harder to judge. I tried to measure, but I ended up being off by about 8 inches, so I had to go hem it again. Mine ended up being 68 inches long. You may choose to adjust this length depending on the height you want your shower curtain bar to be.

Cut to desired width and length.

I recommend making do with the width of your sheet if you can. You'll save yourself a long hem down the sides (and if you hem one, you may have to hem both so they match). If it's just entirely too wide, do your best to match the stitch length on your machine to the length already on the sheet. That will give you the best chance of your new hem closely resembling the other one.

For the length, you'll probably have to cut a significant amount off. These pictures are from my second hemming--I forget how much I cut off the first time.

I stretched the sheet across my cardboard cutting board on the floor, and folded over the end so that it all fit on the board. It worked fine to cut it this way, and was much less hassle than trying to scoot the sheet along like I did last time :)

Subtract 2-3/8" from the total amount you need to remove, and that will leave you enough for a decent hem.

Cut off your new amount from the lower edge of the sheet--not the top edge with the wide hem. You'll want that part to put the buttonholes in.

Hem the lower edge.
Start by folding and ironing down 3/8" all along the edge you just cut. This will give your hem a nice, clean edge.

Then fold up and iron 2" all along the edge for a wide hem that will hang nicely. Pin this as you iron, so it's held in place ready for your sewing machine.

Choose your hem style.

Depending on the color, pattern, and weight of your fabric (and your personality), you may choose to stitch your hem normally, use a blind hem stitch, or stitch by hand.

I chose to use the blind hem stitch for 3 reasons:

1) It's so much faster than hemming by hand and I don't really like hemming by hand.

2) I'm not a complete perfectionist, so it won't bother me that the blind hem stitches show a teeny bit.

3) I didn't want a fully stitched hem because the pattern of my fabric is simple and I didn't want a green line running across it.

Sidenote: if you've never used the blind hem function before, I hope you'll try it and fall in love with it like I did! It's so useful for hemming pants--and when you're barely 5 feet tall, you need to hem every pair of pants you ever buy. :)

Hem the lower edge.

To set up for the blind hem, start with your fabric like this:

And then flip it back behind, like this:

You'll want the straight part of the stitch to go on the little flap sticking out, and the zig-zag stitches will overlap just barely onto the folded part of the fabric. Here's a diagram that might be helpful.

So now that you're all set up, take your fabric to the machine and sew the blind hem.

You’ll have change your stitch setting. My blind hem stitch is choice C—choose the one on your machine that looks closest to the black design.

I find it works well to set the stitch width on 3.5 (I have 5 settings) and keep the fold going right under the center line on my presser foot.

And eventually, you'll finish that long hem! It might look kind of funny at first.

But give it a good press and it'll flatten right out.

Gorgeous, fast hem!

Grab your calculator and figure out the buttonhole spacing.

[My apologies in advance for making your brain go into overdrive on this one! This is the easiest way I know how to explain it, though.]

Count how many rings you have for the shower curtain (most sets have 12, I think). Subtract two inches from your total curtain width (to let you inset the first and last holes), and divide that number by however many rings you have minus one.

(total width - 2 inches) / (# of shower curtain rings-1) = how much space goes between each buttonhole.

If and only if you are the type of person who needs to know why, keep reading this section. I'm going to get a bit technical. :)

For example, say your total width is 10 inches, and you have 4 rings.

(total width - 2 inches) / (# of shower curtain rings-1) = amount of space between

(10-2) / (4-1) =

8 / 3 = 2.66

So there will be about 2.66 inches between each ring in this example.

You can see in this diagram that if we add up all those numbers, we get 9.98 which is so close to 10 that it'll be fine. :)

End of math lesson. Hope you're not traumatized ;)

Make the buttonholes.

With a pin, mark your first buttonhole one inch in from the left edge of the shower curtain on the top end (not the end you just hemmed). Measure the length you just figured out, and mark the second buttonhole. Keep going all along, marking the buttonholes with pins. You should end up with your last buttonhole one inch from the other end of the curtain.

If you don't, adjust them a little so they do work out right. (And honestly, no one but you will know if one buttonhole is a little off.)

When you're happy with the spacing, sew one buttonhole at each pin. My machine does buttonholes so easily that this part was a breeze. I hope yours does too!

Hang your shower curtain!

And now your project is complete! (Well, it might need a good press. That's up to you.) Hang your new shower curtain in your bathroom, and revel in the marvelous change it makes.

What's your favourite thing to do with vintage sheets?

Thanks so much for being a guest Diana, it's such a great use for vintage sheets!

Visit Life...Your Way to see all of the Ultimate Blog Swap participants!

We've come to the end of our Springspiration reveals and what a blast it's been! I've been amazed by the creativity of my friends!

Finally I have the pleasure of introducing you to the super creative and talented Mandie Hagel!
Mandie is a stay at home mom of three girls (13, 5.5. and 6 months!) so her days are usually spent trying to figure out their unique needs and delivering it to them.

She fits in crafting whenever and wherever she can which means she is often up late :) Mandie also runs the shower ministry at church which involves throwing wedding and baby showers in and outside of the church so it's a perfect outlet for a lot of craftiness!

Here's Mandie with her beautiful family (minus Sophie who might be in her tummy there!)

So... onto the reveal! The last one... check out her project at Holding Their Hands!

Thanks Mandie and thanks everyone for jumping wholeheartedly into this little project. It's been so fun and such a blessing!
A few weeks ago I pinned this door mat - it made me LOL. Literally, I laughed out loud. If something makes you laugh out loud you should probably own it. It looked pretty simple so I figured I could make it myself :)

I had also been wanting to try freezer paper stenciling as well so I decided to use it on the rug. I'm not sure if it's possible to buy freezer paper in a Canadian grocery store but I sure couldn't find any. Wax and parchment apparently don't work and you need a paper that's waxy only on one side. I scored a huge roll at Wal-mart in Minot.

What you'll need:
- freezer paper
- rug ($2 at Dollarama)
- black paint
- iron
- exacto knife

First I cut a piece of freezer paper big enough to cover my rug (they were pretty much the same width anyways) and I free-handed my text. I could have made it on the computer, printed it out and then traced it onto freezer paper but that seemed like a lot of work.

Next I put the paper on my handy new self healing cutting mat and cut out all the letters. Be careful not to throw away the circles for inside d's and a's and such. Label them and set them aside.

Now lay your paper over the rug and line up where you want your text to fall. Lightly iron the paper to the rug with a dry iron. Note: because the rug is essentially plastic fibres you need to go lightly and I recommend covering the exposed areas so you don't melt the carpet.

Once you have it "stuck" you can paint the exposed letters. I used a black fabric spray paint but I wouldn't spray it again next time. It wasted too much paint and I'm cheap. I'd spray on a plastic lid and then sponge if I used it again. Otherwise, I've recently read that you can actually use any acrylic crafters paint as "fabric paint". It will wear the same and be washable, it'll just likely be stiffer before its first wash.

Let the paint dry and then carefully peel away the paper and viola you have a cute little rug!

Now I know that this little rug could border on being "inappropriate" but I just think it's so darn funny. I'm loving it on my deck right now and I chuckle every time I walk over it :)
Today you get to meet Jennifer Kramer! I met Jen through Athletes in Action at the University of Regina and after going through the AIA National Project for a summer in Calgary we were roommates for 2 years (along with our 3rd - Daralyn!). Again the miracle of Facebook has allowed us to reconnect and keep up on each others lives - so cool!

Jen is now a stay-at-home mommy of two adorable boys and is pursuing her Masters in Education (not sure how she does it!) Her and her husband Ben just moved from Saskatchewan to Manitoba where they are pastoring a Mennonite church. She loves reading, walking and playing with all of her boys in their new back yard. Jen describes herself as a "newbie crafter" and is learning how to enjoy her creative side and how to use that creativity to worship God.

Now to check out Jen's project! You can see the full post at In the Shadow of Grace.

Thanks Jen!
This week has been so much and now you have another cool project to check out!

I met Amber through our church a few years back and have connected again through the gloriousness of Facebook and blogs. She's great!

Amber lives in Medicine Hat and her and her hubby Justin just celebrated their first anniversary - yay! She informs that on a typical day you could find her in the kitchen cooking or baking and generally puttering or at her sewing machine quilting. I can empathize with her fabric addiction! Her and her hubby are also finishing their basement and when they're not doing that they're on the deck enjoying their view.

Here's a sneak peak at her project.... I'm intrigued! Go to her blog "Just Me" to check it out!

Thanks Amber!
Being a teacher I used to daily come home with ridiculous stories of stuff my students said or did during the day. Usually I couldn't wait to share the hilariousness so I'd run next door to my partner in crime's room and give her the low down. Like when I asked a student to write down the date on her assignment she was handing in and she asked me, "What day is it? April 36th?" She was dead serious. Oh my.

Today I did a bit of subbing and had a fairly interesting day. The kids were all great, it was a great school but I just have to share some of the happenings of my day.

First off... elementary phys.ed is always a joy for me. I'm so not an elementary teacher... I'm just not compassionate enough.
Me: "O.K. class - 5 min of running, Go! If you walk I'll add a minute for everyone."
Girl: "I have a note about my ankle in my backpack - I can't run." (She just walked up to me with no limp but limps away to get her note :)

Girl can't find the note and I tell her to just try the running long jump for a bit. I put her on the pit farthest from me and spy her running and jumping with no hesitation. I rotate groups so she is on my pit and she is limping down the runway like a wounded soldier! ba ha ha.

Girl 2: "I got a sunburn on my back this weekend and so I don't think I can run."

Me: "Well, I guess you know your body best.. but maybe give it a try."

I leave for 20 seconds to check the time and come out to immediate tattle tales. In 20 seconds I was gone there was a fight over who was playing first base and one girl punched another in the stomach! Oi. They then begin to behave like the Real Housewives of Atlanta or something, screaming accusations at one another - wow!

At the end of class I count down from 5 to get them to hustle to the circle and then explain that anyone not there by 1 is doing push ups. A little girl looks at me with her hand on her hip and says "Like how old do you think we are?"
Um... seriously?

Then I'm teaching the same class after recess later in the day. I look around the room and at least 4 kids have ice packs on misc body parts because of "injuries" obtained during recess. Giggle.

I ask for volunteers to read from the handout and a little boy raises his hand. As I go to pass him the mic he picks his nose and eats it - right in front of me! I ask the class for hand sanitizer. Gross.

It makes me smile... kids are so funny :)

Adventures in Subbing

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Being a teacher I used to daily come home with ridiculous stories of stuff my students said or did during the day. Usually I couldn't wa...
I'm very pleased to introduce you to Dani Gallipeau!

Dani is originally from England but somehow landed next door to me - a very good thing. A very God thing! She is passionate, funny, compassionate, crafty, confident.... I could keep going but you get the picture. She loves vintage, DIY, living next door to me :), hosts a super cool prayer night, is the mom to heaven baby Joshua and to baby boy Gallipeau coming in September!

Here she is cheering on my boy one in his first soccer game (holding my girl one.)

Here is a sneak peak at her cute little project. Check out the full tute over at her blog 12 Stone Dance!

Thanks Dani!!!
I'm excited to introduce you to Jordyn Schulte!

Jordyn lives here in Estevan and owns a really cool little store called "My Sister's Closet". It's fantastic and if you haven't already been there you should totally go check it out! Jordan sells high quality second hand clothing as well as unique indie jewelry. When you shop at her store you not only support the store and the person donating the clothes but 30% of the price goes to Living Water International to help build clean water wells in developing countries - how cool is that? Jordyn loves fashion, thrifting, photography, DIY projects and anything vintage... lets sneak a peak at what she made!

Looks lovely already! Hop on over to Jordyn's blog Wearing our Hearts on our Sleeves to check out the whole project!

Thanks Jordyn!

(p.s. You can check our blogs out later this week to take a peak at the window display I get to design for Jordyn's store!)
It's here! Welcome to reveal week of my "Springspiration Craft Challenge!"

Over a month ago I contacted 5 friends who are crafty and also have blogs and presented with a little challenge. Rockstars that they are they all accepted and I sent off the packages. Each received a 400 square inch piece of a vintage sheet, 2 mini doilies, an arms length of bakers twine, an arms length of pearls and a wooden button. There was also a clothespin that the twine was wrapped around and I didn't specify till later that it wasn't part of the material so you may see it in a few projects!

So, each day I'll post a little bio and a teaser picture of the project that someone made and send you on your way to their blog to see the full post. All I have are the teasers and I'm so excited to see what everyone made!

We're going to start the week with me... not because I think I'm all that but because Mandie who was scheduled to go first had her basement fill with "poop water" as she puts it. Major bummer :(
So without further ado.... here is my "Mom's Time Out Kit". The idea came to me after hearing another mommy friend tell me about how her son was picking up some of her lingo and would go to the stairs and say "I just need space!" I laughed and related - I feel that way many times through out the day! I decided to make a little door hanger that reads "Mommy needs space" and then threw in a eye mask to go with it :)

Need your own? Start by cutting a rectangle measuring 4 inches x 10 inches from card stock paper. Draw and cut out a 2 inch (diameter) hole in the middle about an inch from the top and then cut a diagonal line downwards to the outside.

Lay it on your fabric and roughly cut around it (you can trim it to fit better after it's sewed to the paper later.)
Then place your fabric in the embroidery hoop and lightly write your text in pencil. I used bakers twine to embroider (you need a bigger needle) but you could use regular embroidery floss.

Once you embroider your text you can then sew the fabric to the card stock. Don't cut the hole in the fabric until after you've sewn completely around the paper hole and down the diagonal cut.

Add on your embellishments and your door hanger is complete!

Next up I drew out the general shape of an eye mask and then added a 1/2 inch all around for a seam allowance. I cut one of the vintage sheet, quilting batting and a flannel (for against the eyes.)

Stack them in this order: batting, outside, inside (against eyes) and be sure to put the right sides of the 2 fabrics facing each other. Measure out a piece of elastic that fits snugly around your head and then pin it inbetween the 2 fabrics where you want it to go. The elastic should all be tucked in between the fabric so it ends up on the outside after you turn it.

Pin the rest of the mask and then sew leaving a 2 inch opening at the top for turning. Next, trim close to your seam except for the opening. Turn it out, fold and press the opening and then sew shut. I added my half doily (eye lids) after sewing with glue but only because I was indecisive otherwise I would have done it first.

Now that you have your little set complete you can hang it on your door knob and shut the door to get a little piece and quiet or...

just pull it out wherever and whenever you need a break... like in the backyard with kids crawling all over you :)

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back each day to see 5 different projects from all the same materials!