June Crafternoon – Yarn Dyeing






Last month’s crafternoon was all about dyeing wool yarn. Using similar techniques as the time I dyed yarn before. I had everyone bring 100% white/off white yarn. We used my niddy noddy to wind the yarn into skeins from the balls they came in. Then everyone used a disposable roasting pan for the dyeing. We used a combination of hot water, kool-aid, food coloring, and vinegar. I was supposed to provide gloves for everyone but when I went to get them out they were not there. Luckily everyone was a good sport about dyed fingers and I found Dr. Bronners soap removed most of it.
It was also a pie potluck and the pies varied from whoopee pies to a plantain meat pie! I decided to “invent” a pie the like movie Waitress. I began with a crushed plain animal cracker and melted butter crust, then a layer of marshmallow fluff. That was then topped with a dark chocolate pudding, whipped cream and iced animal crackers. It was an interesting combination.
July’s crafternoon will be all about learning to knit & crochet, and we will be using our hand dyed yarns! I’m pretty excited about it!

Father’s Day Wrapping Paper DIY


Although Father’s Day has come and gone I thought I’d share the wrapping paper the boys and I made for Tom. While you can of course create your own roll of amazing wrapping paper from Spoonflower, some times you just need a small sheet or two and you’d like to have it right away.
On school mornings when we had extra time B and I would make silly little drawings on post-it notes, and I try to save them all. One morning I drew a silly drawing of Tom and then B did one too. His has Tom wearing his brown sweatshirt pull over with the little hood drawstrings. I was looking at the drawings again before Father’s Day and thought they would be great turned into wrapping paper. I asked Kurt to draw his own version of Tom and then I used a light box to trace the post-it note drawings (so they wouldn’t have the striped lines and yellow paper) After scanning them in and coloring them in photoshop I added some common words for Dad, and then sent it over to Staples. I had them print it on their 11×14 paper and it was about $1 a sheet. If you don’t have a program like photoshop you could use a light box or window to trace the drawings all over a large piece of paper. Then color them or have the kids color them in. Then you could save the original and have color copies made for the paper.
It’s a fun way to customize wrapping paper & have your kid’s draw photos of the people the gift is for. It would be kind of fun to do it every year to see how the kid’s drawings change.
We cut out some the extra paper to make little gift tags for the top, but you could also use some on a card, or cut them out and save them in your scrapbook.

Summer “I’m Bored” List

Today is our first official day of Summer vacation, and so I thought it would be fun to share our “I’m bored” Summer list. I’ve added links where appropriate (and if its an amazon link its an affiliate program link), but feel free to ask me any questions, and I hope you have an exciting boredom free Summer!
1. Go Letterboxing
2. Plan a picnic lunch
3. Play in the sprinkler
4. Make shaved ice (we ordered this machine because we wanted something that makes shaved ice like snow, not ice pellets)
5. Check garden and pull weeds (you can make this a game like who can pull the most weeds, or pay 5¢ a weed etc.)
6. Play games in backyard at night with patio lights on
7. Ride a bike
8. Learn origami
9. Play a board game
10. Use air popper to pop popcorn & watch a movie
11. Write a story
12. Go do “Paint Your Own Pottery”
13. Learn to make friendship bracelets
14. Make butterbeer
15. Read a book
16. Tie dye t-shirts
17. Play with water marbles & food colored water
18. Make a cardboard box city
19. Make homemade rock candy
20. Dye paper with shaving cream and food coloring
21. Make kool-aid ice cubes to drink in Sprite to make a magic potion like drink
22. Make outdoor waterbed
23. Play Jenga with cut up sponges as the Jenga pieces add water to make it interesting and play outside
24. Decorate a pair of white shoes with fabric markers
25. Take a trip to the used bookshop
26. Go to a new park and feed the ducks
27. Wash the car
28. Make one inch buttons (we have a button maker and I forgot how much fun it is to make buttons out of little drawings)
29. Make a toothpick marshmallow house
30. Go see a movie
31. Check newspaper for festivals and carnivals
32. Clean a tiled floor with dish soap and sponges like Pippi
33. Go bowling
34. Play Bingo
35. Make gummy bear popsicles
36. Shaving cream filled water balloons
37. Make smokes
38. Make rainbow bubble snakes
39. Fill a mini pool with water and bubble bath
40. Make window clings
41. Make scented kool-aid rice for playing in (don’t let all the stuff about toddlers fool you, my son is eleven and loves playing with his action figures and lego people in rice, bags of pearler beads etc. its perfect quick sand etc)
42. Make pressed flowers and leaves
43. Make a yarn maze
44. Watercolor paint in the rain
45. Make a sheet fort with old sheets and clothespins
46. Microwave a bar of soap
47. Make ice cream in a bag
48. Drawing scavenger hunt, give kid’s a list of household items to find and draw
49. Sparklers & snaps
50. Go on a hike
51. Try geocaching
52. Listen to a classic novel on “tape” (there are many online for free at Librevox.org)
53. Write letters and cards
54. Make acrylic sun prints
55. Take photos with a disposable or underwater camera
56. Visit the animal shelter to pet cats & dogs
57. Make a batch of jello worms
58. With rain ponchos go on a walk in the woods during a rainstorm to spot frogs
59. Grow pots of grass for our cat
60. Build a fort from a big cardboard box
61. Do a puzzle
62. Create a scrap book with photos, drawings, writing and stickers
63. Wash the dog
64. Visit the zoo
65. Go swimming

Heidi Braids



I found this haggard insulated bag thrift shopping with my sister. I thought it had a great shape and was a nice roomy size for packing picnics. It even has a little plastic trash can like insert which helps keep its shape and prevent spills from wrecking the bag. It was falling apart though and I wasn’t a huge fan of the colors, so I bought it with the idea I’d re-cover the whole thing.
I decided to use some fabric I designed called Heidi Braids. It’s an homage to my namesake Heidi. Little mountain girls with goats, wildflowers, butterflies, and mushrooms. Seemed perfect for a picnic. You can check out the coordinating fabrics here.

Dyeing Yarn




I’ve been thinking more and more about doing some crafternoon projects that center on yarn. I know a lot of the ladies are interested in learning to knit or crochet. I thought I’d take it one step further and have everyone dye their own yarn first.
I wanted to try out dyeing yarn before crafternoon to get a good feel of it. I plan to make a few more test trials with some changes to see if the results are different, but here is what I did.
I took 100% wool yarn in a hank, tied off in a few places. I soaked my yarn in warm water, then gently squeezed most of it out. I then placed it down inside a cardboard box (outside) and sprayed the yarn with some vinegar. I flipped it over several times while spraying. Then I used a mixture of unsweetened kool-aid, and food coloring. I just would squeeze some in a color at a time, and then go back and add more. I flipped my yarn a few times, but tried not to mess with it too much for fear of the colors really running together.
Once I was satisfied with the coverage, I gently rinsed my yarn until the water was clear. I was so happy with how it turned out, even though it knitted up with a bit more brown then I expected. It was so much fun to knit with. I can’t wait to see what sort of results I can get with my next skien.