The Snowman Kit Gift

Because of all the great friends made while living in Kansas City and the wonderful family we have living there also, we head down every December to visit and let all of the kiddos get together and romp around (with our group of friends there are 9 kids 4 & under…It gets a little loud and crazy).

We started out doing Christmas gifts back in the day (ha…probaby 4 yrs. ago) and quickly realized that we all did not need more and more toys to clutter up our houses.  So, last year it clicked…instead of bringing gifts, I was going to find ideas that would bring fun and a little more sanity for the moms of the group instead of another toy to have to find a place for and have to pick up every day. So, in a search for all things creative, I came across these three things for this year.

-The Snowman Kit 

The idea originated from this book and I took it and ran with it.

Basically a small storage tote that keeps all of the most important things Mr. Snowman needs to live a happy life. Our kits included: Image

-a hat (found at our local Family Dollar store)

-a “carrot” nose (a wooden dowel from our hardware store, cut to size with a hand saw, spray painted orange)

-a scarf (fleece I had on hand that I cut and “fringed” the ends)

-3 buttons for the snowman’s belly (found at Wal-Mart or your local craft store)

-sunglasses &/or bolts that I drew eyes on the head, the ends to be pushed into the snow (not pictured)  *one suggestion online was using bottle caps painted black for eyes…I didn’t have any

-a mouth.  I just realized that my kits are missing a mouth or pipe, or whatever you’d like in that spot.  I’m going to have to think on that.  Sorry to those missing a mouth.:)

Draw a little something cute on your container to label it (I used puff paint) and voila!, instant fun for snow days.

Our second gift is…

-Snowman Soup 

Thanks to my dear friend Sonia, who gave this gift to me years ago.  I kept the cute saying (yes, I really am a packrat) and came across it this year when cleaning out some things.  One instance where being a packrat proved useful!;)

I found cute little jars with locking lids at Family Dollar (it was the place to go this time around).

Inside we included:

-white hot chocolate mix packet

-15-20 mini marshmallows in a snack size zip baggie

-2 junior mints (snowman eyes)

-a candy cane for the stir stick

After packaging it all, we tied curling ribbon around the jar and tied this cute little saying to the outside.  Perfect to warm up a belly after creating a jolly snowman.

And last, but not least, is…

Kool-Aid Playdough Mix

My sister-in-law, Megan, e-mailed me this recipe with the idea in mind of turning it into a jar gift.  Great idea!

*photo by Pamela

We put the dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar, & Kool-Aid packets) into a gallon sized zip top baggie, sealed it, then placed it inside a cuter holiday decorated gift bag tied with a tag that tells the recipient what wet ingredients to add along with recipe instructions.

Kool-Aid Playdough

1. Add 2 cups boiling water & 3 T. oil to dry ingredients

2. Knead until smooth (careful– it’s hot!) Extra flour may need added for desired consistency.

3. Grab your cutters and rollers and have FUN!

One big hit of this recipe was the great smell due to the Kool-Aid.

*Sorry about not having pictures for the last two…I was creating in the wee hours of the morning so they were ready to go and just plain skipped that part.  Hopefully the fun ideas outweigh the need for visuals (coming from a person who is HIGHLY visual)!;)

Here’s to lots of fun, relaxing creating over the winter months.  Hope y’all enjoy!

The Shapes of Monday Morning

This morning we needed something to do to start of our day and our week well.  A couple weeks ago I bought The Everything Toddlers Activity Book.  It was at Sam’s Club when I was doing our bulk shopping and as I flipped through the pages thought it would be a book to at least spur on ideas, if nothing else (I think it will turn out to be a great book).  And, today, it did exactly that.  While we were eating breakfast I broke out the book and in about 5 minutes I had our activity ready, yes I said ready to go, for the morning.  Here’s all it took…construction paper, scissors, crayons, & a glue stick.  The best part is that it taught/reiterated shapes, colors, and creativity.

The object was to create a person using the shapes I provided.  Those shapes are the ones I cut out within the 5 min. during breakfast.  I just stacked 5-6 sheets of different colored construction paper together and cut out squares, triangles, rectangles, circles, and hearts of all sizes…super quick way to get a bunch of shapes.  We then picked out black sheets of construction paper so that all the colors would show up and then started creating.

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The one thing I’d do differently next time is help my kiddos glue theirs on first.  My oldest made a great person, but then when he saw mine, he scrapped his and wanted to do one just like mine…not a big deal, but we lost a little of his creativity in the mix.

My youngest just had a blast talking about the shapes and glueing them wherever her heart desired.  She’s quite the little artsy child.  And, once I pulled out the crayons to finish the picture, she was all over it.  I’m just happy she colored on the paper for most of the activity.  She has a tendency to color on EVERYTHING…walls, her body, the carpet, the table, etc.  And, actually the phone rang during our activity and I came back to the bench of my table blue.  Luckily we were using dry erase board crayons so it just wiped right off.

The finished product was definitely fridge-worthy (if I had room on my fridge…I think ours will go on the wall;) )…

 

I also found plenty of extra coloring additions to my paper when I got back from the phone call.  Character was added:).  We also had to add his coolest birthday present…a remote control Francesco Bernoulli in the hands of his man and a basketball, so mine decided to be a golfer.   There are so many things you can do with just a few shapes.  Break out the scissors and go to town.

Hunnidue Handmades Spring Hair Clip Line

It is finally out…my new spring line of hair clips!  For those of you who don’t know, I started Hunnidue Handmades a little under a year ago.  Right now, it’s hand-crafted hair clips using felt and embroidery to create unique designs for your little one.  I have big ambitions to add quite a few new products to the business, however, I’m doing my best to hold out until I know I have the time to create every item to a tee.

When my little girl was born I started creating these hair clips as a solution to accessorize her not-so-totally pink princess wardrobe…because I’m not a huge fan of princess pink.  Now, don’t get me wrong, a little pink is great for a girl.  We do lots of hot pink, purples, etc.  But, I just wasn’t finding much besides the pinks and pastels, so I looked into making my own.  One day last summer, we went to check out a new boutique in town, Posh & Precious (such a cute place!), and Megan, the owner, saw my little girls hairclips and there it began, the push I needed to get creating and establish Hunnidue Handmades.  So, that’s the story, and the key to my creative outlet that restablishes my sanity;).

Here are a few from the new spring line.  Click here to see the full Hunnidue Hair Accessory Line Up.  And, if you find any you just have to have, shoot me an e-mail at askhunnidue@gmail.com and I’d be happy to make that happen;).