Little Miss Charlotte wants to be a rainbow unicorn for Halloween this year. I thought it would be fun to crochet her a unicorn hat that she could still wear in the winter. I found an awesome and free crochet unicorn hat pattern over at Repeat Crafter Me blog. Actually I found a lot of awesome crochet patterns on her blog!
I wanted ears that were more pointed and had pink on the inside so that it would tie in the pink trim that my daughter wanted. I started by making kitty ears from this video tutorial. When I was finished I just folded them in half and sewed the bottoms together to make them look more like horse ears.
Sorry I have been gone for the last six months! I got into a total creative rut and blogging just became too stressful. After a long time away I feel much better. I have even started to crochet again, thrown my youngest her 3rd birthday party, started making cute lunches again, and our oldest daughter has started kindergarten!
My girls have been begging me to make pancakes so I thought fun rainbow ones would be fitting :)
I was lazy so I used a box mix. I followed the directions to make 6 to 8 pancakes. For the coloring I used McCormick Neon liquid food coloring. I found that two drops of each color was the perfect amount. Use a butter knife to gently swirl the colors until it looks like the above picture. Now the batter is ready to use!
I love how vibrant the colors turned out. Both girls were very excited to eat these and I ended up wishing that I had made a double batch. They ended up eating most of mine!
Here are two easy to make St. Paddy day lunches for the kiddos :)
These super fast and easy shamrock pizzas are a lot of fun for the
kiddos to help make. Use an english muffin sliced in half for the pizza
base. You can let the kids spread on the jarred pizza sauce and sprinkle
on the shredded cheese. Top them with a slice of green bell pepper and
put them in the toaster oven (or oven) on 350 for about 10 minutes or
until the cheese is melted and bubbly. I came across an adorable leprechaun sandwich on Snacks and Stories blog and just had to make a similar one. I would have liked the carrots used for the hair and beard cut finer but didn't feel like digging out my grater. The hat is made from the bottom bump of a green bell pepper. The nose is a tip of a strawberry and the eyes and hat buckle are raisins.
Today I came across fizzy hearts over at B-Inspired Mama and thought it would be a good way to occupy a cranky preschooler. We love playing with baking soda and vinegar so I knew it would be a hit. It only took a few minutes to set up and the mess wasn't too bad.
Of course we eventually had to add the vinegar to the baking dish and turn it into sensory fun. We both have pink hands! For a half hour I got smiles and giggles. She wants to do it again tomorrow.
Remember those heart crayons we made the other day? Well here are the finished Valentines. I found free printable Valentines that your kids can color over at Everyday Grace. I used my photo editing software to take off the to and from since we were putting them in bags along with a crayon for Charlotte's classmates to color. I forgot to change my settings from draft to best quality...oh well! I think they still look cute ;)
I had a massive bag of broken Crayola washable crayons that I've been saving to make shaped crayons with. I wasn't sure how they would melt but in the end they turned out fine. I thought it would be fun to make heart shaped crayons with Charlotte. She wants to give them to her classmates for Valentine's day :)
I used a silicone ice cube tray that is oven safe up to 350 degrees. I got lucky and we actually had gotten them in at work for Valentine's day. I bought one right away! I ended up not chopping up the black and brown crayons. Charlotte and I thought the hearts would look better without them.
At this point we preheated the toaster oven to 325 degrees. I have read online where others did theirs at 250 but my preschooler and myself wanted faster results...lol. We stuffed each heart with as many crayon pieces as we could fit and then popped it into the oven.
Once the crayons have just melted all the way then immediately pull them out of the oven. It took about 5 to 7 minutes for ours. Let them cool all the way undisturbed (this part was hard for Charlotte). Once they have hardened pop them out of their mold. If you want you could rub down the sharp edges on a piece of paper.
I got a recipe for Erupting Snow from Growing a Jeweled Rose. It was so easy to make and so much fun! You use baking soda and shaving cream to make it. When your done playing with the snow you can make it fizz up with vinegar!
I dusted the top of the snow with fine silver and white glitter (it's not really showing up in the picture but sparkled in the sun). I also added some iridescent sequin and snowflake sequin.
We poured some vinegar over fake snowballs and watched them fizz! The girls were loving it!
We ended up with watery slime! It was a very fun and messy day :)