29 August 2010

Off to the Post Office

Three orders of Robot-y fabric off to San Diego, San Francisco, and Athens, Georgia.

28 August 2010

Today's Finds at the Used Bookstore

We used up the better part of our $80 credit today and it was so much fun. I'm pretty creeped out by old, dirty books but these ones are all in great condition. The most interesting find, I think, was Spud's pick. Wait for it: "Italian Style". I don't get why but I'm intrigued to find out what he gets out of it.

Call it Courage, Armstrong Sperry
George's Marvelous Medicine, Roald Dahl
Pippi Goes On Board, Astrid Lindgren
Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, Lemony Snicket
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann Wyss
The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary, P. D. Eastman

Off to go start one of them now.

27 August 2010

25 August 2010

Free Lunch Box Notes for Downloading

In anticipation of school starting soon, I've designed a few lunch box notes to include in Spud's bentos. And I'm making them available to download for anyone who is interested. The first page of the pdf has little sayings on each note.

The second page has blanks spots for a personalized message.

I'm going to try making these re-usable with some lamination and dry-erase pens.

Click on the wee printables button on the side bar for your copy. A comment would be lovely. Have fun!

24 August 2010

Lemonade Bubbly

We are busily planning a little lemonade stand for the up coming weekend. We thought a little practice was in order.

I LOVE lemonade. Especially when it's homemade and I can adjust the sweetness. And now that we have a fancy stainless steal lemon-doohickey, I'm so happy.

3/4 C. lemon juice, strained
1 1/4 C. sugar
1+ litre soda water

Stir lemon juice and sugar together in a medium pot over low, until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken. Remove from heat and cool. VoilĂ , you have a very lemony simple syrup. Now, just add ice and soda to taste.

23 August 2010

DIY Project Roundup


I shared these three DIY finds that caught my attention, simple and beautiful, using different materials.

Driftwood ...

Paper ...

Fabric (oh, and vinyl and cardboard too) ...

17 August 2010

Small Stash Sewing


This oh-so charming video is making me want this book, bad.

16 August 2010

Homemade Chocolate Popcorn

Believe it or not my kid was actually skeptical of this one. Until he tasted it!

1/4 C. Icing Sugar
2 T. Cocoa Powder
Cooking oil to coat the bottom of a large pot
1/4 C. Popcorn kernals
1/4 C. Butter, melted

Sift the sugar and cocoa into a bowl. Heat oil in large pot, add kernals, shake the pot for a few minutes until the popping is done. Coat popcorn with butter. Add icing sugar mixture and toss to coat.

13 August 2010

Finds for Around the House

Here's a roundup of 5 posts I did at ohdeedoh on some finds for the interior.

Lining your drawers with wrapping paper.

Cute space-saving, stackable, glass cups.

Circus-y art and things.

Animal desk accessories. Funny or hideous? You be the judge.

Bringing the outdoors in through lighting.

12 August 2010

Stuff to Play With

Here are 4 posts I did at ohdeedoh, so far this summer, on kids' toys.

Crazy-quirky pillows.

Colour and assemble cardboard animals [and masks and airplanes] without glue or scissors.

ReForm School has some great educational toys as well as some arty-cool home wares.

Cubebot: a simple wooden cube that unfolds to reveal a poseable robot.

11 August 2010

Travel Tips and Stuff

I just took a little time to look over the posts I've done so far this summer over at ohdeedoh and thought I would do a few roundups. Here are 5 of my travel related posts.

Hoochie-cool portable speakers.

All that Taro Gomi does is awesome, and now he even does postcards.

Travel toys on etsy.

Travel journals for kids: make 'em or buy 'em.

Getting a good night's sleep on the road.

07 August 2010

Maple Pecans

Look at these candied-yummies. They are going into a watermelon and goat cheese on baby greens salad for dinner.

First I toasted raw pecans in a hot pan [on med-low], coated with melted butter, for a couple of minutes (until they started to brown), stirring often. Next, I free-poured maple syrup — enough to coat plus a bit more. I stirred for a couple of minutes and took them off the heat, still stirring occasionally while they cooled. Done!

Spud won't go near the salad but he'll eat some of the components. That is, the non-green ones.
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