Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tutorial On Crafting With Kids (Grand-and not-so-grand)

First you must hang a
So that the
will know
which Holiday
they are
Just a word of caution..
If you hang one
that looks like
the one below..
(who shall remain nameless)
will be sure to ask..
Is him's
Your reply should be
That is why he is
carrying an envelope.
This is sure to produce
a giggle from at
least 2 or the 3 grandkids..
The third one doesn't
She doesn't giggle
because she doesn't
"get it".
She is
trying to figure out where
got that BHIG of an envelope. Secondly..
You must lay out supplies.
These will cost somewhere
in the neighborhood
of $500.00...
after you buy
you will realize that you have
forgotten at least one or
two crucial supplies..
Elmer's WASHABLE glue.
Lord help you
if you buy the
because it will
be pretty.
Now that you have
your supplies home
and have signed
the bank loan
to cover the expense..
you must lay out the goodies...
Lay them out nice and neatly.. Sigh over the paper-Oh So SweetlyNext---
Hang a flag outside
your door..
A cute little cherub flag
to greet them with a smile
is perfect.
Love Mary Englebriet's flags.Then they arrive...
bringing presents.
Bringing PRESENT?
For ME?

Yep-these are for Nana..

and they made them

all by themselves..Inside are beautiful little

hearts made with love..

One from Ria.

Two from Lulu...

and one from SweetCheeks.Of course I must put them all on..

I pick up SweetCheeks...

What does this say, SweetCheeks?

Dass jus' sumbuddy ehlse's name

on there...Doan't pay eny

attenshun to the name...

jus' putt it on..Whereupon I am informed

by Lulu that

"I told SweetCheeks

NOT to give you that one".

Whereupon SweetCheeks says


an' I doan't kare cuz I is gifving

it to hers enyway. Hmmmf.

Great.. We are off

to a nice, calm start...

NowWhere were we?

Let's get started...

Who wants to make a


Everyone's hand shoots into the air.

In short order everything

looks like this.....

and this....and this...
Little Lulu is busy..
Making this.....
And Dear Little Ria is busy making her own..

She loved the self-stick hearts...

And SweetCheeks has now changed into her third
Princess Outfit...and has busied herself..And Oh, Dear Lord In Heaven...
Pray tell WHO left HER alone
with the glitter there?
There is glitter glitter everywhere..
On the floor and on the chair..
I could go on and on with the
rhyming thingy but I'm afraid
the Dr. Suess police would get me.An especially nice touch was the globs of
glue that had dropped here and there
that were now shining brightly up
from the chair...and the table...
and the floor...and the countertop...
Did I say floor? Ah..yes...
Nothing like glitter on the floor
that can be tracked from
room to room..
Leave NO ROOM untouched
seems to have been the motto
of the day.
I decide I need a bathroom break
to dispose of the 3 gallons of coffee
that I have downed in an effort
to keep up with this
Lo and behold,
in the small reading nook
(where the old steps used to be)
I see
THIS...How did all these books get off
the shelf and on the floor?
I ask ever-so-sweetly
between slighthly gritted teeth.
Uh-oh---Here it comes...
Welllll...says SweetCheeks..
Ria taked a few books off
the shellff and then I hulped her
and taked the rest offf..and
we jus' put 'em here for now.
Yeah? Where do you think
your gonna put them later?
Wellll...I sayed it was Ria's idea.
I dunno how they gonna
go bahck on there.
Hmmmm...I dunno where YOU'RE
gonna go either if you guys don't put
these books back.
(Let's just say that big sister, Lulu,
helped the process along).

Soon, the day is winding down.
My dear daughter-in-law,
TheSecretAgent, is going home
and taking her tags with her.
The photos do not do these justice
for coloration..
And, I just want to say...that if you ever
get a daughter-in-law...I hope you get
one just like her...cuz trust me..
you don't want a bad one...
And we made a few coffee filter roses..
and dyed a few of the white coffee filters
pink for some pink roses, too.

At the end of the day
we had this....and this....
and a few cute tags....The button on this one was
from my Mother's sewing box...
And the bling on this one was from
the girl's great-grandmother's shoe..
I love that she saved everything and
had it neatly organized and labeled.
And, after the glue and glitter were
cleaned up...the three girls put
their new dresses on so we
could take their picture...
and remember the day..
at Nana's...
where even if you were
a little bad...
you had a pretty good day..
We took a
And then I told them we'd take
(Only MY family...would sit like this)
Well, the story isn't quite over yet...
My oldest daughter, TPot,
took a picture of her sister, Mimi,
all dressed as a ballerina at age 4
and made it into a tag that is
glitzed and glammed up
with another shoe decoration.
Mimi couldn't be here this year
for our
But we have decided to make
it an Annual Valentine's Day
Maybe next year she will
be able to join us..
Just to finish up
the weekend...
MyHero and I drove down
to Milwaukee today
and delivered her tag to her...And because this little guy
missed out on all the fun
with his cousins...I made a special
Valentine just for
BabyE....Cuz he is just
THAT kid!Now I will tell you
that this tutorial
is NOT for the
and please do
not attempt this
at your own home..
or...if you do...
proceed with caution!
your photo name


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Diana Sweetie...
I am laughing and laughing. Been there, done that and don't want to go back again. Oh my, Sweet Cheeks has kept you busy today. It will take you a month of Sundays to get rid of all that glitter. Girl what were you thinking? Ha! Ha! Ha!

I love the outcome. So many pretties. Now I would love for you to share how you make the coffee filter roses, as those are so beautiful, and I too want to make one.

Have a glorious, peaceful and restful Monday. I am back to work.

Thanks for letting me go to the party as well. I had such a glittery time.

Many hugs and much love sweetie...Sherry

Suzann said...

Oh I hope you are keeping all of these posts for your sweet grandchildren can read when they grow up :)
I am sure it was a fun day for all!!!
Thanks for sharing!
Suzann xoxo

Donna said...

Wow, that looks like a fun day! I bet you were exhausted when it was all over and done! That is awesome that you get to spend so much time doing fun things with the kids! And you will be finding glitter thru out your house for a long time. A long, long time! Trust me:)! Love those gorgeous tags, btw!!

Allyson Pecilunas said...

You are such a good Nana!! I bet they have a blast with you. Looks like so much fun!!

Anonymous said...

You are a very very brave good Nanna. Love all the creativity. I can make mess with glitter all on my own.

Lisa x

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh my, I don't think I'd have the courage to do anything like this with my grandson's! They'd be have glue all over and someone's lips would be glued shut I'm sure of it!
Thanks for the nice comment about the master bath, I do love it, just wish I could climb in that tub right now:)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh that is such a cute post Diana!
And your creations turned out just wonderfully!
The little guy in the sweater is just absolutely adorable! What beautiful blue eyes he has!
And 3 adorable granddaughters to boot!

Grannys Attic said...

It really looks like you all had a great time. Cherish the special time with then cause they grow up way to fast. Love reading the post today! Blessings, Vicky

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

What a talented group. I love this idea but I think I will take all the supplie over to my daughter' house. She has a lovely school/craft room. My daughter can go to Starbucks and we artist can go to town!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

You must be exhausted! You are a very brave woman! I have a feeling you will be finding glitter throughout your house for many months to come. It looks like the girls all had a wonderful time. I love the pictures of them in their matching dresses. You certainly know how to tell a fabulous story and recap the day. Love it!
Oh, and how do you make coffee filter roses!?!

LDH said...

Total fun at your house! Beautiful creations full of love not to mention the precious memories :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

OH what fun and such a great tutorial. Now I just need the grands to grow and a bank loan! Baby E has the prettiest blue eyes!

Makeup By LisaMarie said...

LOL what a fun day!!! Kids sure do keep you going!!! This post was so funny and adorable!!!!

Patty Patterson said...

Looks like you had a pretty fun day! Of course, grand daughters are fun to spend the day with. Mine aren't big enough to be crafty yet, but Grace will request that I bake something simply because she wants to lick a spoon.

Debbie said...

Hi Diana...looks like a wonderful day at Nana's! You are such a patient person to do everything you do with the grandkiddies!!!
Your post made me always.

Pam said...

I am so impressed with your crafts! Who knew you could make a coffee filter rose? Looks like the kiddos had a great time. I have issues with glitter also, so it's not really SweetCheeks fault. Sometimes the glitter just gets away from you.

A Cottage Muse said...

I wanna come next time...looks like lots of fun!

Love your tutorials...this one has my own sweet cheeks hurting from smiling and laughing!

Joan J said...

I just somehow ended up at your blog and now I'm addicted and want to move in. As with a previous comment, I'd love to know more about the coffee filter roses. Thanks for sharing your day. It REALLY made me smile!

GRAMS said...

That's hilarious. I know exactly how your day went because I have many of those days myself.

laura said...

did she have glitter in her hair?
and over there?
on the stair?
ha ha!!!! Love that diana!!! Love everything made! especially your necklaces from the girls and the pretty tag with tpot the ballerina!!!
Maybe next year baby e might be able to join you all??
Laura xxx

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh what fun!

Tootie said...

I had a lot of reading to catch up on today. I've LOVED my visit here! Lets just sum it up by saying, "Boy, do I wish I would have had a Nana like you!" You are a special one for sure!