Tuesday, June 24, 2014

fun with mail :)

add a fun/funny title to the name of the addressee - even for internet orders ;)!
it makes getting the package even better!

i ordered a monthly children's magazine for Ji a while ago and it always makes
his eyes light up when he reads:

wonderful kid
jindra ......

Sunday, April 13, 2014

all ears snack time!

my boys love their veggies, but little rabbits and bears and other creatures love them even more ;)!
 just one piece of construction paper and tape (we used washi tape ;)
optional - coloring the ears or even drawing some eyes on the headband
.....but trust me, even plain, uncolored ears are loads of fun!
 yes, even animals like to play with their food :)!
...a growling bear!!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

cheerios box dragon wings II

i made a "fancier" pair of wings for St for the upcoming carnival...

same ol' cheerios box only...
attached tail to wings,
glued felt to both sides, 
attached elastic bands 
made a pair of ears to go with
(headband, green bias tape, 
felt glued ch. box triangles) 

satisfaction gaurunteed! :)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

veselé vánoce.....merry christmas!

m e r r y   c h r i s t m a s  !
p.s. did you know that you can draw with colored pencils on
frosted glass?(...and ALSO! erase with eraser and/or soapy water!)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

cheerios box dragon wings

our favorite movie at the moment is "how to train a dragon"
..........so we had to make some dragon wings!
take apart a cereal box and...
we made St's tail using the side flap, but Ji wanted the bottom part of the tail(top part on the photo)  wider than the flap was, and he wanted the crease, so we made it on the crease. 
...we left the outside plain(cheerios cover), since the wings stay pretty much open and the boys didn't mind, but you could also glue some construction paper on to hide the cover.
to attach:
wings: make 2 holes on each side of the middle piece(...first photo) and thread some string or ribbon through the holes, or you can cut short incisions on the ends of the creases and just latch the string/ribbon in place. then tie around the arms.
tail: i just folded the tail into the waistband of their pants and that way it stands out a bit instead of laying flat. you can secure it with masking tape, or you could also tape it to the bottom of the wings.

little dragons in action :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

tiny lego gift

 when Ji's friend was visiting, he was admiring Ji's hanging legos, so i sent him a little gift :)
 drill a hole in the center of the lego using a tiny drill bit,
string it and tie a knot at the end,
hang - individually or tie 2 onto a wooden dowel to make a mobile
just one piece of lego and some string
.....and it makes a lego kid so happy! :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

store some fruit for 'grandmother's baked tea'

i have gotten a couple of jars from friends and it is soooo good i had to make my own :)

the idea is to gather and store fruit (in the freezer) all summer long and at the end of the summer you mix everything together along with some sugar and spices, bake in the oven, fill into jars and enjoy drinking on cold fall and winter days!

2kg of fruit - at least 4 different kinds
1kg sugar
2 cloves
1 tbsp cinnamon
125 ml czech rum - optional ;)

1. mix all of the ingredients and bake on a thick pan at 175°C for 30-40 min.
2. fill jars immediately(be careful not to burn yourself) and turn up-side-down to let the tops latch on
3. to make tea: pour hot water over 2-3 tblsps of in a cup. and be sure to eat the fruit too!

this first batch i made i used: red currents, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, plums(sliced), tart cherries and one apple(sliced)! it's sooo yummy....it won't last until the fall :)!

p.s. i already made a batch because i started storing fruit too late last summer and missed out on red currents(gives the tea great flavor), so as soon as the currents were ripe (this week) i made a betch using the rest of my stored fruit! ;)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013


i joined the spring kids clothes week challenge as soon as i found about it. i was very excited, hoping to get some cute clothes made for the boys, but unfortunately this week - the week of the challenge, turned out to be the busiest i've had in a while. so by the evening i was always too tired to even clean my desk for some sewing.....BUT by saturday/yesterday, everything settled down a little and first on my list was something i truely hate! to do - mending....my motivation was to have a "clean slate" before i started something new.

...so i mended 9 pairs of play-pants with knee holes using fleece fabric scraps. the only creative part was choosing the colors, but at least the boys have a bunch of almost new pants that can be worn to preschool again! :)

p.s. i used my cup-press method to make the marks for the circles for cutting...easier than tracing!

now off to sew some striped seersucker shorts - yay!....i hope the sewing goes well!