First off, I wanted to say that I went back here to answer any questions or to just say "thank you" to a suggestion or comment you made! :-) I usually try to go back and do this every few posts, so if you don't get an email from me when you've asked a question in Comments, just go back to those sections to see if I've replied. I always love reading the comments and you guys always link me to fun things.. and I also appreciate your compliments. Thank you!
Also, I'm going to try and write up a tutorial on the digital silhouettes soon. :-) There were lots of people inquiring about how to do them, so I would love to do a tutorial to explain them better. May take me a week or so though.
Also, I have a couple questions for YOU guys.. :-) I have a 4 year old that seems to be growing out of his train obsession (sniff, sniff.. i knew the day would come, but not so fast!) He still likes them, but just doesn't want to play with them... he instead just wants to jump on furniture and in general, bug mommy and daddy. ;-) He's having a hard time entertaining himself these days. BUT we have found that he DOES like the Wii. So it looks like he's entering his video game phase (sigh... another thing that has come too fast. :( Although I don't mind the games he's playing right now. They are pretty tame and fun, and not too super-kinetic.
So i'm curious if any of you with 4-5 year olds could share some things that your boys like to play with? Video games? Games in general? Toys? Activities?
Also, on another random note, I just started subscribing to Marie Claire Idees (i know... SWOON!!! :-) And I'm curious if there are any english translations on the web for those? I LOVE the images of course, but can't read the copy. Lol. Which I of course knew, but thought maybe someone nice has put out a translation for the issues somewhere. I did a quick search but couldn't find anything. I really am in love with that magazine. I can see why so many crafters out there love it. :-)
ALSO, another random question for you: We recently stopped using our pest control service to find something chemical-free. Well we started getting ants. (UGH.) I bought this stuff, and while it works on contact, it doesn't totally keep them away. So I saw this product recommend on this blog that I always read. I just bought some. I hope it works. Was curious if any of you use natural pest control remedies that work for you? I can't stand bugs, and we get ALL KINDS b/c we live in such a wooded area. Thanks in advance for any recs.
So, to the terrariums. I got the idea for this from this lady, who got the idea from this lady (as I've mentioned). They REALLY were such a fun idea for the kids. They seemed to enjoy them. I think I had even more fun gathering all the supplies for them. I got the instructions on how to make them from here. Very simple. I bought the glass bowls from Michaels (by far the most expensive part of the project. I would definitely recommend buying them at second-hand stores or make sure you have a coupon!) I bought the plants at Home Depot. The instructions said to make sure your plants need to grow in a similar environment, so I got shade or partial shade plants, since I knew these would mostly be kept indoors.
Supposedly terrariums don't have to been watered alot. They are supposed to sort of take care of themselves, but i need to read more on that. I wish I had typed up a little "How To Care For" takeaway sheet that the parents could take with them. Just not enough time. I hope to send an email to the parents this week though. Although, I'm sure they would do just fine on their own. Lol! Personally, I have no green thumb, so an instruction manual would be nice to have with my lack of gardening skills. ;-)
I bought some Thyme and another moss ground cover plant (can't remember the name). I split the plants so I wouldn't have to buy so many plants. This worked out great. I just split them in half with my hands. There might have been a better way to do this, but hopefully their little root systems will survive. ;-)
I set up the table with all of the supplies, except for the buckets of pebbles, moss and soil. Those were on the ground and I used beach kid's shovels for them to scoop out everything. They made them on the ground. Worked out well.
I taped a step-by-step on how to make them on the table so that if I wasn't around, the parents could help their kids make them themselves. I found the gnome artwork from istockphoto.
I also made tattoos with this paper that I found on Bella Dia'sCrafty Crow blog (been wanting to mention this blog for SO long! Fantastic craft ideas for kids.) It's paper that you can run thru your ink jet printer that is a waterslide paper! Super cool idea. Loved that I could personalize these for Cam's party. Although I did make one mistake which was obvious when I put them on the kids.. i should've cut out around the images better. I just cut them into squares thinking that the ink part just transfers. Didn't quite look right, but they still stuck. So i cut out some more for Cooper after the party and applied them, and they looked alot better.. more like tattoos. The mushroom artwork is also from istockphoto.com.
Here are some pics of the terrariums along with a super-duper-velveeta-cheezy pic of Coop with his. :-)