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Glow Kids, Port Elizabeth, 2013

Glow Kids, Port Elizabeth, 2013

My daughter and I partook in the first Glow Run in South Africa, the Glow Kids in Port Elizabeth.  It was amazing!!!  We had a blast … good music, lots of colour, fun outfits and neon everywhere (I felt like I was revisiting my childhood lol).  (I also walked the Glow Run the next night and had so much fun … again)

Both nights it rained.  We looked like drowned rats.  But we were drowned rats having fun!

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So we had to dress up for this event.  We both agreed on tutus.  I bought different colours in tulle and ribbon.  We followed a pattern from the internet, How to Make a No Sew Tutu (or Google ‘no sew tutu’ … there’s so many).  I was interested to learn that the knot we did was called a Lark’s Head Knot or Cow Hitch, so we actually learnt something useful from this bit of fun.

I made one for myself and was going to make my daughter’s next, but she insisted she wanted to do it all on her own.  I was not allowed to touch it.  And, if I do say so myself, my girl did an awesome job doing all the knots by herself.

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So, to put it simply:

1.  Cut a thick-ish ribbon about the size of your waist plush 10 – 15 cm each side to tie the tutu.
2.  Measure the tulle to the length you want it and double it, add about another 2 cm to allow for the knot (we measure the length of the strips to fall mid-thigh).  Roll the tulle and cut the tulle in varying widths from 5 to 10 cm (the thinner lengths make for a fluffier puffier tutu – we did different widths).
3.  Tie the tulle strips and ribbon using the Lark’s Head Knot.
4.  The more strips used the more the tutu stands out (fuller).

The end result … beautiful!

When searching on the internet and Pinterest, I saw many variations of this, and also how the colours used affect the feel and look of it.  My next one will be a black one, maybe even slightly longer …

The only other words of wisdom I have, is have fun!

Cute idea alert!

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Childmade Christmas placemats

Here’s a cute idea we did a few years ago … Christmas placemats. All you’ll need is cardboard, glue, decorative things such as glitter /  glitter glue, stickers, etc, laminator and some of your child’s artwork (the more abstract the better).

Let your child have messy fun with finger paint / poster paint.  We used an A4 size piece of paper.  She made handprints and splotches of colour everywhere.  After it dried we cut the page a little smaller and stuck it to a piece of red cardboard, which I cut with my super fancy zig-zag scissors.  Amy them decorated the page with stars and squircles and leaves and glitter glue.  And after getting thoroughly messy and having a good afternoon we let the pages get dry overnight.

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Back of placemat

In the meantime, I got onto my pc and printed out a message with a pic of her and the date to glue to the back of the page.  The next morning we laminated the pages and we had gorgeous, festive Christmas placemats.

Looking at these, I can’t believe how fast time goes.  We made these 5 years ago!  The pic of her and the date on the back makes it extra special to me.  Beautiful memories.

Easter Weekend

The Day Before Easter Morning

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Our masterpieces

Seeing that it was Easter and we’re learning all about it, I decided we would try our hands at dyeing a few eggs.  After surfing the net, I came up with the general idea of mixing a glass of water with about 5 drops of food colouring and a teaspoon of vinegar.  This supposedly gives you normal dyed eggs.  Adding a bit of oil apparently gives a marbled effect on the egg.  We tried this process with half a dozen eggs, after we emptied them of their innards (which in itself was a fun experience … no accidents or big mess thankfully).  For some reason, we found that the red was the most effective colour and gave the best results.

This is the product of our afternoon … We learnt about mixing colours and their meaning, what the oil does to the whole process, and how to make sure the colouring didn’t get on anything besides the egg lol.  Oh, and our best results came from dumping the colouring directly onto the egg and leaving it for a few minutes.  I still want us to do more to the eggs as they feel a little unfinished … Maybe decorate them and hang them for Christmas.

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I went to bed at about 2 am after making clues for Amy’s Easter Egg Hunt (took a little longer than I thought).  Found the idea at the Happy Home Fairy.  Hid the eggs just before 2 am and crawled to bed  …

Easter Morning!!!

Amy absolutely LOVED the Easter Egg Hunt!!!  The excitement at 5:30 on Easter Morning must have been heard by the whole street!  I had her running up and down the house … brushing her teeth … and giving her granny some love (changed some of the wording to suit).

The Easter Bunny was also overly generous this year … bad Bunny!  Far too much sugar for a little girl!

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We made little Easter goodie bags too, with varying ingredients according to everybody’s dietary requirements (which is a lot more complicated than you would think in my family).  In the perfect goodie bag there were little easter eggs, jelly beans and we discussed the meaning of the colours (Jelly Bean Prayer), some pretzels and a little chick or bunny marshmallow.

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Oh, and we finished our Easter lapbook today … YAY!!!

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter!  Til next time … XoXo