Halloween costumes…

We are in full-swing Halloween costume planning mode. We’ve scoured pinterest. We met as a family, where voting was involved. We decided on the family theme and everyone was excited about their costumes. Then I ended up in the hospital and I decided I didn’t have it in me to follow through with our plan. So we went to plan C. (Yes, there was a plan B, after further research I realized it too would require too much.)

I’ve got everyone squared away as to what they want, its now time to execute. Steve is being only slightly uncooperative.  (Let it be known, he is surprisingly willing to play along with my crazy ideas!) After I presented his costume idea, he shot me down quickly. He’s hoping his costume this year doesn’t have something covering his head or require any face paint – I feel as though he’s stifling my creative energy!

I’m going to have to think outside the box just a bit because my current ideas don’t fit his criteria!

DIY Jack in the box costume
DIY Jack-in-the-Box head

Lego Halloween Costume
DIY Lego Costumes

Incredibles halloween costume

Lego Master…

Hunter is the Lego master. He started his fascination at four years old when a neighbor gave him a starter box of Legos for his birthday. His interest has only grown over the years and I often catch him upstairs in a sea of Legos from building and sorting. He doesn’t often keep his sets put together, instead, he breaks them down and rebuilds something new. It’s impressive to watch him manipulate the bricks into something his mind imagined without any clear instructions. He’s a builder.

We went to the Lego store this weekend and his eyes lit up with wonder when he saw the Lego robots. Mind blown. Two of his favorite things, Legos and coding, in one fancy toy. My eyes did not light up when I saw the $350 price tag. However, the kind associate was able to point us to a newer version of the Lego robots, Lego Boost, at a more affordable $160 price tag. Hunter has visions of robots in his future. I have visions of him mowing a lot of lawns. 🙂Lego Master

Lego Master

Lego Magnets…

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I found the perfect magnets for Hunter’s magnet board. I was scouring Amazon for something or other when I was sidetracked and I came across Lego magnets – a way to display Lego figurines and artwork! (What in the world did we do before Amazon?!? I could’ve ran to 3 stores and never found those puppies.)
Lego Magnets
They’re the perfect accent to the Lego print he has hanging on another wall.

Lego magnets
Lego magnets
He likes to switch out the guys – and sometimes he doesn’t even put guys on them, he uses the magnets plain. Either way, they beat the boring colored circle magnets I originally picked up.
Lego magnets
Lego magnets

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Lego Super Bowl…

The kids were quietly playing this morning before heading to church and I could hear the Lego bucket being combed through. Shortly before it was time to leave, Hallie and Hunter walked into the kitchen carrying their Lego Super Bowl.

It had me laughing. Batman as the quarterback. The girl Lego Friends as cheerleaders. The guys on the bench, including the Joker, waiting their turn to go into the game. It was a work of art – I love the creativity of children!

Lego Super Bowl
Lego Super Bowl
Lego Super Bowl
Lego Super Bowl
Lego Super Bowl

Homemade Christmas Gifts 2015…

Here’s a round up of my homemade Christmas gifts this year for the kids.

Cannon – Noah’s Ark animals
This has been an idea a long time in the making and I’m only semi-disappointed with myself that I didn’t get the ark made in time. Another year…another homemade gift. This year, he got the animals; 12 sets, 24 in total. Based on a set by Holztiger – a company from Germany which I talked about here.
Homemade Gift: Wooden Noah's ark Set
Homemade Gift: Wooden Noah's ark Set
Homemade Gift: Wooden Noah's ark Set
My patio was a disaster for far too long. This was a labor of love and I was counting my lucky stars that I had all my fingers in tact when I finished. Scroll saws can be a little intimidating! They’re made of 1″ hard maple which was a little difficult to cut out but they’ll be much more durable than making them out of pine. I spent many weeks watching Survivor and painting all the animals with basic craft paint (all of which was left over from a homemade gift last year, the nativity puzzle). I finished them off with a couple layers of clear coat and called it good.
Homemade Gift: Wooden Noah's ark Set
Homemade Gift: Wooden Noah's ark Set
They turned out better than I expected and I’m pretty much in love with them. So is Cannon.
Homemade Gift: Wooden Noah's ark Set
Homemade Gift: Wooden Noah's ark Set


Bennett – Wooden Robots
I found these darling robots (Ollibots) at Caravanshoppe.com. These require absolutely no skills. I purchased the digital file which gave me the artwork (printed them at staples) and all the instructions as well as the part numbers to buy from an online hobby store for all the wood pieces (precut).
Homemade Gift: Wooden robots, Ollibots, from the Caravanshoppe.com
They suggested different options of attaching the pieces together – I went with low-profile industrial strength Velcro from Amazon and it’s worked like a dream.

Homemade Gift: Wooden robots, Ollibots, from the Caravanshoppe.com
Homemade Gift: Wooden robots, Ollibots, from the Caravanshoppe.com

You can mix and match to your heart’s content – and Bennett has!
Homemade Gift: Wooden robots, Ollibots, from the Caravanshoppe.com

Hunter – Lego Print
Check out Hunter’s Lego artwork gift on a previous post.
Homemade Christmas Gift; Lego Wall Art

Hallie – Fancy circle skirt
I’m realizing the older my kids get the more creative I have to get with their homemade gift. It’s much easier when they’re younger!

Hallie was in need of some skirts. Typically, I’m able to find something at a store that fits her just right but we’ve had some trouble lately. She getting taller and she has a fairly skinny waist. We couldn’t find a skirt long enough with a small enough waist. I turned to danamadeit.com and followed her circle skirt pattern. It was so easy, I made one for her to wear before Christmas and surprised her with another on Christmas morning. I’m tempted to make one in my size.

Homemade Gift: Girls circle skirt
Homemade Gift: Girls circle skirt
Homemade Gift: Girls circle skirt
I’m ready to start brainstorming this year’s gifts. (aside from Cannon’s ark which has already made the list!)

Check out more homemade gifts from previous years:
Homemade Gift Paper RollHomemade Gift: T-Shirt QuiltHomemade Gift: Wooden Nativity PuzzleHomemade Gift: Bean BagsHomemade Gift: Gospel ABC BookHomemade Gift: Canvas QuoteHomemade Gift: Wooden Super HeroesHomemade Gift: Kids Apron
Homemade Gift: Photo Book

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