Yoda Purse – An upcycled story

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Yoda Purse w-VansMy love for Star Wars has come to the point where I made myself a Yoda purse.

If you came to find this blog because of this purse, let me assure you that I absolutely love this purse and use it.  And no, it is not for sale.

Showing off my Yoda purses.

My own husband photo-bombed my special moment of posing with the two purses I created.

I hand drew this purse, based off of an image I found on the net.  I made this one for myself (instructions below) and then one for my friend.  Her purse is pleather (or fake leather) and I used the same process here with a couple more steps.  You can see those instructions here: Yoda Purse – Upcycled It Is

I found the Fossil brand name purse at the Flea Market with the specific purpose to draw Master Yoda on it.  I paid $5 for mine (real leather) and it was really clean on the inside. The Fossil purse I found at the Flea Market.

I used drawing items similar to the following:

Pitt Artist Pens – Wallet Set of All 4 Pen Styles in Black

Sanford Sharpie Permanent MarkersPilot

Gold and Silver Metallic Permanent Markers

I also copied and pasted this drawing to have a copy of.   The copy of the Yoda image I found off the net.

First of all, I simply cleaned the purse using a dry paper towel to wipe up any loose particles of dirt or grime. I didn’t rub the paper towel too hard either, as I didn’t want the leather to get anymore scratched than it already was. img_4576

As this was a previously used purse, you can see from the photos that the corners of the purse were already discolored from use. img_4574

I tried using a pencil to sketch the lines out for the Yoda, but it didn’t work. I ended up free-hand sketching the lines with the black art pens. img_4585 img_4587 img_4588I started at the top of the head again and drew the ears, forehead details, eyes, nose, mouth and chin/jawline, in that order.

Next I colored in the details of the hair and eyes with the silver and gold permanent markers. img_4592 img_4594 img_4596

I highlighted his facial features in a green permanent marker, to give some depth to the black lines. img_4601

I colored in the robe with a brown sharpie marker. img_4603 img_4606 img_4610

Lastly, I gave some additional highlights to the face and robe using a wide-tipped gold scrapbooking marker I’ve had for years. img_4615

I DID NOT spray the purse with any acrylic spray, although I will admit I tried it on the bottom of the purse to see what would happen. Just as I suspected, the spray turned the purse a darker color.

The permanent marker has not smudged (yet) on the purse and I don’t expect that it will.

Overall, I love it. I have gotten photos taken of it by complete strangers, I have been asked more times than I can count if I hand drew the pattern and where I got it, the list of questions goes on and on.

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Thanks for reading this! I hope you try to upcycle a purse in the near future too!



Playing with Magic Nuudles

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Review of Magic Nuudles So what are Magic Nuudles?

It’s an interesting toy that sparks imagination.

We took them on a trip to Yosemite because I knew I wasn’t going to keep these kids entertained without electronic devices for more than an hour.  But that’s just me.

I bought them at JoAnn’s Craft Store for I think $8 or so, and they are also sold on Amazon for a similar price. They were a bigger hit for my 8-year old and 4-year old, more so than with my 3-year old.

Anyway, the kids enjoyed them and I give them a two-thumbs up for the following reasons.

Use a sponge to wet the nuudle(1) Simple to use.  A wet sponge or a wet paper towel is practically all you need to create and use your imagination.

Bio-degradable product - Magic Nuudles(2) They are somehow, amazingly biodegradable under water.  That’s a pretty cool aspect that I appreciated considering I think a squirrel took off with one thinking it was a snack.

(3) There’s no limits to a child’s creativity when given colorful building blocks (or in this case, building pieces of biodegradable nuudles.)

Here is a 1-minute plus video of my children using, creating and making up a “diddy” with these Magic Nuudles.  It’s just for fun!

You can also check out their website at www.magicnuudles.com.

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Busy Kids Camping Ideas

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We are going on a week long trip to Yosemite this year.Half Dome from Glacier Point

We’ve done this before, but my youngest two were much smaller (think 16-months and just over 2 years) so it wasn’t really a problem to make them take naps, pick up sticks and rocks and play in the dirt.Keeping Kids Busy Camping

I am one of those moms who loves electronics and devices and know people say my children will need therapy because they will probably grow up thinking thier mom didn’t care about them because I put them in front of a TV for entertainment…etc., etc.

Whatever.  Like YOU know what you’re talking about.

Anyway, the chance to get away from those things also means they will have to keep themselves entertained when my knee hurts or little brother has to take a nap.  As a true vacation from most electronics (we’ll still have cameras) I plan on keeping my various aged children entertained with good old-fashioned arts and crafts that the oldest won’t get too bored with and the younger two won’t be asking me to do all the work.

It’s harder than you think (or maybe some of you know!)

Right now I have a three-year old, a four year old and an eight year old.  The 8 yr-old can read, write, color, and do most projects on his own very well once taught.  The 4-year old is currently very frustrated with the fact that she cannot read and write, and scribbles (almost incessantly) so that she feels she has her words and lists and notes down like her momma.  The 3 yr-old just wants to do whatever his brother and sister are doing.

It’s exhausting some days to get these kids to play together.  My old knee “went-out” on me a couple weeks ago and I know it’s going to be difficult, yes-definitely challenging, to go on hikes and (forget it!) bike rides like we were originally planning on doing.

So here I am, planning on spending more time in the tent-cabin playing with my children.

Here’s the list of ideas I’m working with right now.  I will link back to this thread and post photos of what we actually did on the trip.  For now, it’s just a plan and I’m looking forward to going on vacation!

Note: Yosemite has multiple rules and regulations in the park.  We will be respecting those rules.  These ideas are just to get me started on the planning on what I can do with my kiddos, even if it’s around the house on a walk.

1.  Big Leaf Painting by Kleas

I love painting with the kids.  It’s messy and fun, and might as well preserve a memory of a cool leaf we found on the ground or maybe we’ll make stick paintings.  The ideas can go on and on if I remember to bring paint and a flat surface.  Right now, I’m thinking paper plates will do fine.

2. Personalized Nature Pals by Spoonful.com

A seemingly easy idea, I won’t bring a glue gun, but rather some E6000or Aleene’s tacky glue.  I was planning on bringing glue anyway!

3. Camping Scavenger Hunt by The Creative Homemaker or Outdoor Scavenger Hunt by Today’s Mama

I printed out both of these scavenger hunts, and if we have the chance, we’ll try to do both!

4. I hope to find the Easter eggs and we’ll make Fireflies from Apartment Therapy.

5. I’m going to make my own busy bags similar to these Easy Camping Bags by Capital B.

Mine will include puzzles and planned crafts, as well as standard coloring books.  I have to plan for three different ages of children that all don’t have the same capability, but ALWAYS want to do the same thing.

Here’s my list for my busy kids.  Please feel free to share it!  I know it could be used for more than just camping supplies. kids supplies list to keep busyHopefully, at least once a day, I’m hoping to ask questions about the previous day and get them to hold onto memories in an artistic format, as well as taking photos.

There are so many things I could bring that are small, such as beading supplies, but I’m trying to stick with basics of coloring, writing, and story telling, etc.  My hope is to create a scrapbook of their mementos they created while on the trip and place them with the photos when I get them printed.
This post is just a reminder post for the links I need to look up soon.  The week of vacation is coming by fast so I’ll have to get my bags ready pretty quickly!



My List of Crocheted U.F.O.’s (Un-Finished Objects!)

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Completing my Unfinished ObjectsAs I pursue the fine art of completing crocheting projects, I bring to you the reality of the U.F.O. or Un-Finished Object.  I will try to update this page as I complete each project.  If you’re really interested, come check me out and friend me on Ravelry, as I post pretty much everything I crochet on that site.

Project No. 1: Coming from the Leisure Arts book called “Our Best Baby Afghans” is the first blanket I am completing (and is currently in my bag) called Pastel Waves.

Pastel Waves blanket from Our Best Baby AfghansI would estimate I started this blanket over eight years ago, before my first child was born.  <Big sigh.>  I’m starting with it first because it’s more than half-way through.  (That’s my logic anyway!)

Project No. 2: From the site Free-Crochet.com, this pattern is called the Amish Print Crochet Afghan.  This unfinished project is probably about six to seven years old, and I used scrap yarn to make most of it up to now.  I hope to complete this project and I will probably give it to my local homeless shelter, unless one of my family members want it.

Amish Print Crochet Afghan U.F.O.

Project No. 3: Lion Brand’s Glittery Shrug.  It’s an intermediate crochet pattern and I do like a challenge.Glittery Shrug U.F.O.A project I started as a crochet-along on Ravelry, I worked on this piece you see for months.  I’m not fond of smaller crochet hooks, but I’ve also never made anything for myself that I could wear on my body (only hats.)  I really like the color of the yarn and I hope to finish it soon, although I was a larger size when I started it.  We’ll just have to see how it looks when it’s done.

Project No. 4: Heart Squares – I couldn’t find the original pattern for this but I do recall it was on the back of a Jamie Brand Yarn label. I plan on completing rectangles to join these hearts with and crocheting an edging around the whole thing. Seems simple enough.

Heart Squares Stack of U.F.O.'s

Project No. 5: From the book The Ultimate Book of Scrap Afghans: Crochet, this pattern is called Hiking Trip, designed by Kelly Robinson. I was shocked to see how much this book was worth on Amazon.

Hiking Trip U.F.O from the Ultimate Book of Scrap Afghans

Project No. 6: Blooming Flowers – Another stash yarn project, I couldn’t find the pattern that matched this blanket exactly either! I’m going to have to find it, or write it up, as the closest thing I found in my library was from a book called Big Book of Scrap Crochet Afghans by the House of White Birches. The pattern it resembles the most, but I know is not exact, is Blooms at the Beach by Katherine Eng.

Beach Blooms U.F.O. ProjectI’m not really big on making motifs, but I know I started this project to use up my ever expanding scrap yarn pile. I learned that I get really bored sewing up motifs. I know I can’t be the only one.

Oh well. It will get done. I know it.



Scavenger Hunt – Day 6 of Resurrection Crafts

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Scavenger Hunt Eggs

This is the sixth day of my 12 Days of Resurrection Crafts series.

Day six from the Resurrection Eggs Easter craft comes from Matthew 26:34, and is represented by a feather.

I created my own printable, based off of this blog post from the Dating Divas, for an Easter egg hunt for the hubby. John3-16 & egg scavenger huntWe have a dog, and the 2nd clue mentions the dogs bed.  You may need to change that if you don’t have one.

The list of things I used was:items needed - Page 001

  • 6-large plastic eggs
  • one bag of bunny shaped chocolates
  • one bag of coin shaped chocolates
  • one bag of chocolate Easter eggs (gold)
  • one box of Cadbury eggs
  • one box of marshmallow Peeps
  • bunny and chick shaped plastic eggsitems needed - Page 002

 

  • A big prize, namely a bubble gum dispensing chicken

I did this scavenger hunt based off of trying to match the clue with the candy given.  The last prize was a chicken that “pooped out” gumballs – a big hit with my three kids – and subsequently, it’s a gift that includes a bird with feathers.  (A stretch, I know, but that’s what I went with today!)

My 8-year old is the only one who can read at this point, and I could see that made the 4-year old sad.  The three-year old followed the older two everywhere, but the hunt wasn’t the fun part for him – he stopped and opened up a piece of candy every moment he could get.

The scavenger hunt looked something like this:

found Day 6 egg in the basket and read the noteMy oldest found the Day 6 egg in the big basket and read the first clue.

The second egg  at the dog bedThe second egg was at the dog bed in plain view and he read the next clue.

the third clue with the pots & pansThe third clue was hidden with the pots and pans, and that one they had to find in a pot.

what my son was doing the entire timeThis is what my youngest son was doing the entire time.  This is in front of the TV, where they found the next clue.  He was just happy to get chocolate!

Found the prize!The last clue to the kids to the bathroom near their shampoo.

opening up the prizeThis hunt took me at least 30-minutes to prep, with the printing, not including going to Walgreens and buying the candy, and then placing all the candy with the respective eggs.  The hiding was only 5-minutes of my day, and I had to send my kids outside to do it.

It was fun for them, and it made me realize that they didn’t do scavenger hunts very often, so it was a big deal that they even had to follow directions and look for things.  Hmmm….

It looks like I will be doing stuff like this in the future.