Thursday, 25 August 2016

Squirt pictures

Over pinterest I found this very cool technic for kids to make squirt pictures. I tried it out with my boys and the friend of younger son and it had been lots of fun!
Its food color diluted in water and the children are using old injections to shoot the color onto the paper. It took a while until they found the right distance to the paper and the right quantity of color for each shot. 
I think the results are amazing. This are three pictures younger son wants to hang up in his room. 
There are others where the color drifted a lot and on those we added some drawings with a black pencil by following the outline of certain colors. Looking a little bit like maps now. I cut out a few parts and glued them on carton for having kind of a frame. Unfortunately the carton don't want to lay entirely flat for a picture. In reality they are not as bended and the frame lines are straight.


Unfortunately the red food color is becoming rose on paper. All in all the colors are much more intense when seeing them against the light. I could imagine them pretty as window hangers too.
 This are the same pictures you see framed above
From some of the test pictures that are not so impressive I cut out the best parts and glued them on post cards.
This kind of kids art I can only recomend to everybody! It is fun (also for adults), the results are very cool and you can do a lot of things with those pictures. 

A bientôt,
Jane

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Lions shorts

Hello again! Back from vacation, but still in summer-chilling-mode as the school only starts beginning of September. Hope you are also enjoying a bright summer.
Just before leaving on vacations, I made a pair of shorts for a little boy that has been wearing those fish-pants I showed in this post for about a year! Even in winter! If someone values so much my gifts he is entitled to another one. So here is the pair of lion-shorts I made for him:

I hope those will be used equally often as the fish pants!

A bientôt,
Jane

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Calendar page July

With the page for July from my 2016 Calendar, I leave for summer vacations. I hope you are enjoying a great summer too and have a little time to relax.

SU in some weeks - Happy summer!!

Bonne été et à bientôt,
Jane

Friday, 8 July 2016

Kids entertainment bags

Just in time for our next tour, I finished two bags for my boys, where they can stock their entertainment stuff for vacation tours on car. I don't think they will work for flights.
Those bags are 28 by 22cm and 12cm deep. Inside there are several compartments to keep the stuff in order. One soft lined part is for a tablett PC - for long car rides (back home to germany it's about 1100km) they can have our old ones. Otherwise they have earphones to listen to audio books without bothering us and without discussions between them what to hear. You won't believe how relaxing it is since we do it like that! Then there is still lots of space to take books and games and whatever they think they need for vacation. It's interesting to see the different priorities! :-)

The first one I made for little son from old jeans combined with an alien-on-tour fabric. Inside I even recycled a back pocket from a jeans as side pocket. My little already carried it a lot around and packed and unpacked it. For the photos I only kept a few things inside.

Only today I finished the other one for elder son. He chose his colors himself and so I had to deal with black and red. It looks much more grown up though. The inside is the same only I transformed one devider into a zip pocket.
Let's see if those bags keeps a little order in all the stuff we have to take with us :-)

A bientôt,
Jane

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Calendar Page for June

Last chance today to show you my 2016 calendar page for the month of June:


A bientôt,
Jane

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Flying snakes

We celebrated little son's 7th birthday this weekend. As I don't like to give bonbon bags or cheap plastic gifts to the invited children, I made this year throwing-snakes (? can't find a proper translation. In german it is "Wurfschlange").
They are made from parachute silk. The head is stuffed with scraps of fleece to soften and a bit of lead to make it heavieer, so it can be thrown.
I only had two colors of fabric, but I made different combination, so each snake is different.

We had a snake attack in the garden!
Each child grabbed one and they had a fun time throwing them back and forth. There are two ways to throw them. Either you take them by the head and throw it like a ball, or you take the tail and swirl it around and then letting go. The second method is more powerful, but you need to practice otherwise the snake flies to wherever it likes (we had one on the roof of our house).
Can you see the three snakes in the air?

Hope you had a fun and sunny weekend too!

A bientôt,
Jane

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Mini-Pad cover

For my small tablet-PC I made a quilted cover, so it won't get scratches when I put it in a bag to take with me. I used a long treasured orange batik fabric, doubled and stuffed it and the quilting pattern was chosen by the pattern of the fabric. Easy and fun! And I love the result! The orange is making me happy just looking at it.
As it has been so simple and fun, I made a second one for my husband who has the same pad. This time neutral colors and less quilting.
Another point done on my hand-luggage-improvement-list.

A bientôt,
Jane

as they are making me happy, I link this post to RUMS (link-party on Thursdays for things one made for herself)