Category Archives: Just for fun
The boy one has an obsession with cars and trucks, and he loves all things blue. But one of his biggest desires is to be big like “the sisters”, as he calls them. You can often spot him wearing one or more of their accessories, surely thinking that it will help him be big. Of course, my desire is for him to stay small, with chubby cheeks and pudgy arms.
On a different note, after this happened on Friday…
…my only desire was this:
Please check out Thousand Oaks photographer Melanie Kay’s photo this week!
The 2012 Olympics have been a great source of inspiration for my kids. They recently finished up a week of refresher swim lessons, and have been practicing ever since. At one point, my oldest insisted that she was performing “synchronized swimming”, even though she was the only one in the pool. We’ve had daily performances all week, for everyone’s entertainment.
Daddies, do not read this post. Avert your eyes! Potential spoiler for your Father’s Day gift just ahead!
Ladies, my mother-in-law and daughters, ages 5 and 6, spent a little time creating these coasters this week. They turned out so cute, and were really easy to make.
What you need:
-small tiles (I used 4×4″ travertine tiles, purchased at Home Depot for $3.97/pack of 9)
-decorative paper (I used the 12×12″ scrapbook paper from Michaels)
-Mod Podge (we used the matte version, also purchased from Michaels)
-gel medium/acrylic polymer (I got mine on amazon.com) to add a protective coat to the coaster
-clear sealant for further waterproofing (I used Rust-oleum clear gloss, purchased at Home Depot for $3.87/can)
How to make the coasters:
-cut the decorative paper so that each square is just smaller than the tile, so you will still be able to see some of the tile around the edges
-cut the pictures so that they are smaller than the decorative paper
-apply a thin layer of mod podge to the tile and affix the paper to it
-apply a thin layer of mod podge over the paper and affix the photo to it; smooth out air bubbles from underneath the picture
-let it dry to touch
-apply a thin layer of mod podge to the whole tile/paper/picture and let it dry to touch
-apply a thin layer of gel medium to the top of everything and let it dry
-spray each coaster with the clear gloss sealant, let dry, and repeat
-put felt circles on the bottom of the tiles to protect your furniture
-wrap with a pretty bow and present it to Dad on Father’s Day!