Well hello there! This is the place where I share my crafts, recipes, knitting and crochet projects, photos, and moments of family life in the Midwest.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Chevron Bracelet

I posted a while ago about wanting to make this bracelet. It took a BIT longer than I expected...but it was worth it. This is a huge friendship bracelet - 24 strings in white and light gray. The beading is what really added the sparkle and the time to making it.

Pattern #7118 on this website is what I followed for making this chevron beauty. You can too, if you have the time, to make one for yourself or a friend. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bowling with Boy Scouts

So today was the last Go-See-It for Cub Scouts this year. Now all of the Tigers are officially Wolves! For their last outing they got their bowling belt loop. They also got to see the inner workings of the bowling alley (which they thought was pretty cool!) Max finished with a respectable 87.
Last Tiger Outing
Max loves to bowl
Waiting for their turn
Max bowling
Looks like a strike!
My boys
How it works

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rocket Launch!

On Monday Max got a rocket kit - so that means Mom built a rocket! Dad helped out with the painting and Max put on the finishing touches. Just to let you know these things are not "easy" to build. You try super gluing on the inside of a tiny tube at EXACTLY 51mm - I'm just saying. But to see how much the boys loved watching them launch, it was all worth the trouble.
The Rocket - Lightning

Max with his rocket
 The video is of Max's actual rocket launch. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Max's Mad Scientist Party

For his 7th birthday Max wanted a Mad Scientist Party. I found at the Iowa Children's Museum they have a science discovery party, so the "Mad Science" part I took care of. We had an awesome time and would go again and again. Here is some details of our party:
Future Scientist
The Party Table
The table decorations I got some fun beakers on line and with a little food coloring and dry ice, great effects. I also got lucky and found the neatest table cloth with explosion words all over it. The balls are treats made with "Just berries" captain crunch and marshmallow.

Glow Straws and Jello Petridishes
Yes those are petridishes, with Jello and sprinkles to look like bacterial growth. Glow in the dark straws were a great find - labeled them Radioactive to stay with the theme.

Cupcakes - chocolate
Cupcakes from DeLuxe bakery, with added decorations in nuke, bio-hazard, and radioactive symbols.

Do I know you?
The funny glasses with noses were a big hit with the boys. They looked very scientific indeed.

Lab work
The boys got right to work on their first experiment separating colors with alcohol.

Learning about flight
Then they went down to the Flight room (sponsored by Rockwell Collins :) To fly some balloons and learn about propulsion.
Watching it fly
Max and his friends loved this part of the party! Riley loved the floating wind balls.
Building race cars
Next they all went to the motion room and build race cars and ran them on the track.
Running the track
Lego Room!
The favorite stop was last - the Lego room! They have huge tables full of legos and everyone got to build.
Everyone loves Legos
Happy Birthday Max!
Finally after all of that experimenting - we headed back to have some cupcakes and ice cream.
Eating treats
Riley and Daddy
Slime Experiment
But wait! We aren't done yet! Still time for another experiment. This time they made slime!
Milk Experiment
And worked with milk and food coloring. When you touch dawn soap the colors run away.
Gift bags
All the boys got gift bags with Test Tubes filled with candy and sayings such as : Warning! Contains Nerds - possibly contagious. or Warning! Radioactive Pills - may cause super powers. They also got bubbles in test tubes, mentos, and a shock ball. The museum also gave them gift bags with free passes!
Test tubes and Mentos
Thank you!

We had such an amazing time! All the boys were so good and really enjoyed themselves. Thanks to my husband and friends, this all went super smoothly.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Happy 7th Birthday Max!

Today Max turns 7 and it's hard to believe it's already been seven years! Max told me that he does feel different today, at least a bit bigger. LOL.He is a lot bigger!!!

Max at 3 weeks
 Tomorrow is the Mad Scientist Party at the Children's Museum. I have been finishing up the last of the party decorations and treats. We just had pizza (Max's choice) and chocolate volcano cake today.

Happy Birthday!

Riley hamming it up

7 years old

His Dad picked this out!

Star Wars Legos

More Legos

Bobo Fett Alarm clock

Friday, April 13, 2012

Beaded Lamp

It's the weekend again - so that means time to combo-craft! I saw this really neat lamp on Pinterest and I really liked this necklace from Kate Spade.  Put them together and you get:

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I need to get one of those pretty clear bulbs - or a great black metal shade. But I'm happy with the results. (Actually looks better than the dark pictures!) I like the natural wooden beads with the half painted ones. I was really easy to wire the lamp and everything was super inexpensive at the hardware store. 

This weekend is Max's birthday and we are doing a Mad Science Party! So I'm doing all the decorations and favors - lots of fun pictures to come. Happy Friday!

Monday, April 09, 2012


Guess what I got in the mail today? Oh yeah - Cuppow! The creators of Cuppow are Joshua and Aaron, the awesome packaging is Natalya Zahn. For 8 big ones you can also be the proud owner of a:

So basic - so genius! Anyone who loves mason jars would love a set of these. It did take a little longer than usual to get them (3 1/2 weeks) because the demand has been huge! But these babies are worth the wait to me, so I didn't care.

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