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milk carton village

milk carton village

Watch how we turned this...

Watch how we turned this…

...into this!

…into this!

First, a bit of whitewashing.

First, a bit of whitewashing.

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After the paint dried completely, it was time to add all the fun details.  Focus...focus...please don't get Sharpie on your shirt...maybe I should change your shirt before it's too late...

After the paint dried completely, it was time to add all the fun details. Focus…focus…please don’t get Sharpie on your shirt…maybe I should change your shirt before it’s too late…

You can never have too many colorful buttons around, in my opinion.  They make cute windows, doorknobs, flowers, stonework...and even balloons!  Grab your glue!

You can never have too many colorful buttons around, in my opinion. They make cute windows, doorknobs, flowers, stonework…and even balloons! Grab your glue!

More details with cut cardstock.

More details with cut cardstock.

Don't forget your cotton ball chimney smoke!

Don’t forget your cotton ball chimney smoke!

If you are Will, don't forget to draw Captain America in the window of your house.

If you are Will, don’t forget to draw Captain America in the window of your house.

Fancy crayon-drawn rooftop.

Fancy crayon-drawn rooftop.

Would you just look at this cute garden?

Would you just look at this cute garden?

"Honey, I hope we can qualify for a home loan for this neighborhood!  It's everything I've dreamed of!"

“Honey, I hope we can qualify for a home loan for this neighborhood! It’s everything I’ve dreamed of!”

And that, my friends, is what you do when you have a child with a dairy allergy and you have half-gallon almond and coconut milk cartons bursting at the seams of your recycling container.  It was so much fun, and it filled two whole summer days!  The summertime equivalent of a gingerbread house.

coloring station

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Have you ever been in a decorating slump?  My kitchen table had been barren for months because I was tired of my usual set up, but had no clue what to put there instead.

Sometimes inspiration strikes unexpectedly, like it did when I thought up this idea.  It was nearly midnight when I remembered I had this great wooden candle holder.  I’ve had it stored in a cupboard for quite some time because  I’ve used up the candles and don’t know where to find replacements, but it’s such an interesting piece I didn’t want to let it go.  What to do?  Turn it into a crayon caddy!  Yes!  I zipped to the kitchen, so excited to put together a centerpiece that would be hands-on instead of hands-off.  An old wooden tray, a stack of printer paper cut in half, a friendly plant to fill in the gap.  I thought of adding glue sticks, etc., but decided that simpler was better in this case.

I left a little message for the kids to see the next morning, and it was funny how interested they were in my super amazing new centerpiece.  “What’s it for?” Nina was so confused.  “It’s for you kids, so you can draw at the table all the time!” I explained.  She just smiled and smiled.  My kids are always bringing paper and crayons to the table anyway, so this just made sense.  They jumped right in and colored the morning away, as if they’d never used crayons before and just couldn’t get enough!

I know this wooden candle holder isn’t something everyone has or can find, but I think this could easily be done by using pretty glass jars (think candy store style) or a row of small cups or vases.  Get creative!  And your kids will too.

We’ve had this on the kitchen table for a couple of weeks now, and not a day goes by without our little coloring station being put to good use.  If you build it, they will come–and color lots of pictures!

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rainy day library and art gallery

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Will made this little man all by himself!

I don’t know what the weather’s like where you live, but here it’s been a cold and often rainy (or snowy!) spring.  When we woke up to another grey morning, my first thought was to switch on a movie for the kids…but then I noticed all the library books in the basket and said, “Hey guys…why don’t you play library?” No complaints there! A couple friends joined in and pretty soon everyone was “checking out” books and putting them into their library totes.

Once the “library” was closed, it was time to open up the art studio and get ready for a seriously cool exhibit. With some watercolors and a handful of craft supplies, the kids definitely added some much needed sunshine to a rainy day!