I've Been Banned and Giveaway #4!

>> Tuesday, May 4, 2010

It's gotten to that point.  It's official.  I've been banned.

Before My Marine left for another weekend of training, I was told that I was not allowed to shop in any more craft stores, garage sales, or thrift stores.  Until I've completed at least 5 projects.

He thought he had the best of me.

He was wrong.

I took that as a challenge -- and thought, "Only FIVE projects?"  He really doesn't know me very well, does he? 

He doesn't know that some of them, like the hair bows, t-shirts, and cards are ongoing projects.  There will never be an end to those.

What he didn't say was that they had to be BIG projects.  It just had to be ANY project.  (Cue evil laugh....)

So bring it on Marine.....bring it on!


Project #1 of 5 -- Painted Tiles.

Valerie, over at the Frugal Family Fun Blog, posted about this fantastic project - painted ceramic trivets.  (If you haven't visited, you really need to go visit Valerie! She has the GREATEST ideas for frugal family activities and crafts!)

So, I decided that this is what we were going to make the grandma's for Mother's Day. (Because you know they just eat this stuff up!)

I picked up the tiles at Lowe's for about .30 each.  I already had the paint and paintbrushes, so all we needed to do was find the time - which we did during Nudgie's nap.

Such concentration!!

Nani's finished tiles

Mommy's finished tiles

Once the paint was dry, I sprayed them with a couple coats of sealant and glued some cork onto the back.

So take that!!  One project down -- four to go!


Which brings me to giveaway #4! 

Since I've been in major craft mode lately, I decided to offer one of my readers this little craft pack!

One lucky reader (and their child/ren) will win 2 packs of multicolored foam sheets and an activity bucket full of foam shapes, beads, and everything needed for some rainy day fun!

So, how to win:

1) Share with me your favorite rainy day activity with your child (1 entry)
2) Follow me through Google Friend Connect or let me know you're already a follower (1 entry)
3) Follow me through Networked Blogs or let me know you're already a follower (1 entry)
4) Blog about this giveaway (2 entries)

Giveaway ends on 5/11!


Ioana May 4, 2010 at 5:33 AM  

i don't have kids, but what I like to do is cards making. i am not good at it, but i still like doing it

Annette W. May 4, 2010 at 6:20 AM  

Painting! M loves it, and it keeps her busy!

L.C. May 4, 2010 at 7:11 AM  

Love the tile idea!!!

Andrea May 4, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

My favorite rainy day activity is making coffee filter art. Cheep and easy, and always have the supplies.
Take coffee filters, color with washable markers, spray with water, let the colors run and then dry. After they are dried the possibilities are endless.... butterflies, snowflakes, I've even made shirts to attach to an already colored coloring page.

Helene May 4, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

How can the Marine have any problem with you spending such little money on tiles for a Mother's Day craft?? I would think that doesn't count as part of the ban!!

I love that idea...my kids want to decorate plant pots and plant flowers for my MIL but I love the tile idea too. I think I'm gonna have them do both!

My favorite rainy day craft activity would have to be baking cookies. I just love how the oven fills the house with warmth and then of course the sweet cookie smell. Not to mention that it kills a few hours, with rolling out the sugar cookie dough, cutting them out and decorating them!

Helene May 4, 2010 at 9:59 AM  

BTW, I got your interview questions! I'll get them back to you tomorrow, if that's okay!

Oh and I already follow your blog!

Aging Mommy May 4, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

I love your daughter's painted tiles - the ones she did freestyle, the hears and rainbow are the best of all! What a great project, I shall have to remember that for when my daughter is a bit older.

On a rainy day what I like best to do with my daughter is paint - or rather she paints and I watch her little face as she concentrates so hard on what she is doing. She just loves anything art related and especially painting.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog May 4, 2010 at 2:54 PM  

Wow! The trivets turned out great!!! I'm so happy you did this! :-)

Shonda May 4, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

For rainy days we just play with our toys indoors! But we did do some chalk drawing one day outside our house. shondaet@gmail.com (love this giveaway!)

Shonda May 4, 2010 at 4:16 PM  

I'm a follower. shondaet@gmail.com

Shonda May 4, 2010 at 4:29 PM  

I made a post on my blog: http://milknhoneylearnandgrow.blogspot.com/2010/05/giveaway-craft-pack.html. shondaet@gmail.com

MoziEsmé May 4, 2010 at 9:40 PM  

On rainy days, we march around the house singing The Ants Go Marching - that gets rid of some of the energy!

I've been banned, too - but I sneak stuff in. Scary! And if it's free, he doesn't complain...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Wehaf May 4, 2010 at 10:13 PM  

Potato stamps and acrylic paints.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Anonymous May 5, 2010 at 6:22 AM  

My daughter loves to paint or do stickers!

Anonymous May 5, 2010 at 6:23 AM  

i already follow

Anonymous May 5, 2010 at 6:23 AM  

follow via networked blogs Jessica Johannsmeier

Amanda May 5, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

We like to play board games and card games on rainy days. Cooking and crafting are also big hits in our house!
winnieayala at yahoo dot com

Amanda May 5, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

I follow on GFC!
winnieayala at yahoo dot com

Much More Than Mommy May 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

Love the tiles!! My favorite rainy day activity for all of us is NAPPING! (No, seriously...)

Anonymous May 5, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

We love to do the fusion beads. It is a great activity for both of my daughters 8 and 3.

Anonymous May 6, 2010 at 6:30 AM  

I am going to make these this weekend with the kids for a late mother's day gift for the grandmas! Thanks Jennifer!

Stephanie May 6, 2010 at 6:29 PM  

We usually do lots of reading on rainy days, although some my boys don't mind spending out and playing.

Bonnie May 7, 2010 at 10:20 AM  

I'm so glad you posted about the ceramic tiles! I've been wanting to know how to do these. Thanks.

Teena May 9, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

Painting and making jewelry out of our vast amount of beads is the all time favorite rainy day activity in our house.

I♥thesecrazykids May 10, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

Painting and baking are our favorite rainy day activities. Our most favorite would be finding new ways to decorate cupcakes

I♥thesecrazykids May 10, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

I blogged about it http://atrioofboys.blogspot.com/2010/05/make-best-of-situation.html

TheChattyMom May 11, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

Rainy day activity is a passed-down tradition in my household...baking chocolate chip cookies!

TheChattyMom May 11, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

Following thru Networked Blogs!

pixie13 May 11, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

One of things we like to do on a rainy day is craft stuff. Today is a cold, wet rainy day where I am & she's playing with her play-doh right now.


pixie13 May 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

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