Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Clock

Materials:
Paper plate
Cork
Paper fastener
Plastic bag
Different colors of paint
Paint brush
Old toothbrush
Clear tape
Scissors

  1. Paint the paper plate.
  2. Using a toothbrush, sprinkle different colors of paint. Then, paint the twelve numbers with different colors of paint.
  3. To make the clock hands, cut two arrows out of cardboard, one longer than the other. Decorate them with stripes. Make a hole at the end of the clock hands.
  4. Fasten the hands to the center of the clock by making a hole with the paper fastener. Glue the cork to the paper fastener. Glue a bag handle onto the back of the clock so you can hang it on the wall.

Helicopter

Materials:
Plastic container
Cardboard
Two toothpicks
Two craft sticks
Cork
Cloth scrap
Different colors of paint
Paintbrush
White glue
Clear tape
Scissors

  1. For the window cut out a piece of cloth and glue it to the container.
  2. For the landing skids, cut out three pieces of cardboard for each one, and glue them together. Paint stripes on them.
  3. For the tail, cut out a strip of cardboard. Glue two toothpices to the end in the shape of an "X." Paint the tail.
  4. Attach the landing skids and the tail to the container. Use clear tape for the landing skids. Make a small slot in the container for the tail.
  5. For the rotors, glue two craft sticks in the shape of an "X" on top of the cork. Paint them. Glue them to the helicopter.

Penguin

Materials:
Paper towel tube
Cardboard
Different colors of paint
Paintbrush
Marker
White glue
Stapler
Scissors

  1. Draw the shape of a head with a marker on the top of the tube. Cut out around the head.
  2. Make the wings and beak out of t he leftover pieces of tube. Staple the wings to the body and glue the beak on the face.
  3. Trace the outline of the tube, and add feet, on a piece of cardboard. Cut it out. Glue it to the bottom of the tube.
  4. Paint the penguin, leaving the stomach and face unapinted.
  5. Paint the penguin's beak and feet with orange paint.

Box Cake

Materials:
Round cardboard box
paper plate
Plastic container
Plastic cup
Different colors of paint
Paintbrush
Old toothbrush
White glue

  1. Paint the box and the plate.
  2. Paint stripes around the plate. Use the old toothbrush to sprinkle on some paint.
  3. Decorate the side of the box with triangles and dots. Sprinkle on some paint with the toothbrush.
  4. Paint strips on the plastic container. Paint its rim red.
  5. Glue all the parts one ont top of the other. Glue the plastic cap on top as if it were a cherry.

Firefighter

Materials:
Empty plastic bottle
Egg carton
Rope
Balloon
Crepe paper
Tissue paper
Red tape
Paint
Modeling clay
Paintbrush
Masking tape
White glue

  1. Cover the bottle with red and orange tissue paper. Wrap red tape around the bottle.
  2. Make the eyes and the nose out of modeling clay. Glue them onto the bottle cap.
  3. Cut out a long strip from a piece of balloon. Tie it around the bottleneck for the arms.
  4. Cut out a cup from the egg carton. Paint it, and put it on top of the bottle cap.
  5. For the hose, attach some crepe paper to the end of the rope with masking tape and wrap it around the firefighter's body.

Spinning Top

Materials:
Old CD (ask permission first0
Different colors of paint
Paintbrush
Toothpick
Cork
Double-sided tape

  1. Paint the center of the CD.
  2. Paint triangles from the edge to the center of the CD.
  3. Finish painting it with different color triangles.
  4. Stick a toothpick in the cork top and paint the cork.
  5. Tape the cork onto the CD with double-sided tape.

Hippopotamus

Materials:
Mold for storing bottles or white cardboard tubes
Toilet paper tube
Different colors of paint
Paintbrush
Scissors
White glue

  1. Cut out one of the bottle cartons and cut off the neck.
  2. Use the bottleneck to make four legs, ears, and a tail. Glue them to the body.
  3. Paint the hippopotamus. Let dry.
  4. Paint the eyes, the nose, and the inside of the ears.
  5. Make a bird out of a piece of cardboard, paint it, and glue it onto the hippopotamus.

Doll

Materials:
Two different plastic containers
Two big corks
Cardboard
Magazine page
Thick string
Thin string
Different colors of paint
Paintbrush
Clear tape
White glue
Scissors

  1. Ask an ault to help you make a hole in the bottom of each container. Connect them with the thin string. Tie a knot at the end of the string.
  2. Cut out two circles of cardboard and paint a face on one of them. Glue them to the string just above the container.
  3. Cut hands out of cardboard. Tie a piece of red string around the neck and glue the hands to the ends of the string.
  4. For the legs, make a small hole in each cork. Glue a piece of string in the hole of each cork. Attach the string to the inside of the container with clear tape.
  5. For the hair, cut out a small rectangle from a magazine page. Make small cuts in the rectangle to make hair. Glue it onto the head.

Ladybug

Materials:
Egg carton
Small cork
Different colors of paint
Paintbrush
White glue
Scissors

  1. Cut two cups out of the egg carton. Cut out the part of one of them to make the wings.
  2. Paint the wings red and the body black. Let dry.
  3. Paint black dots on the wings. Let dry. Glue them to the body.
  4. Paint a face on the wide part of the cork and glue it to the body.
  5. For the antennas, cut out a long strip from the egg carton and paint it black. Glue it to the head. Let dry.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Worm

Materials:
Three toilet paper tubes
Two bottle caps
Cork
Different colors of paint
Paintbrush
Stapler
White glue
Scissors

  1. Cut the three toilet paper tues in half the long way.
  2. Staple together the sides of the six pieces.
  3. Paint the pieces any way you wish. You can even paint on stripes!
  4. For the nose, glue the cork top to one end. Paint the tip of the cork. Paint a mouth.
  5. Paint eyes inside the bottle caps. Glue them to the face.

Camel

Materials:
Egg carton
Cork
Four clothespins
Different colors of paint
Paintbrush
White glue
Scissors

  1. For the camel's humps, cut two cups out of the egg carton.
  2. Put two clothespins on each hump. They will be the four legs.
  3. For the neck, cut out the middle mart of an egg carton cup. Glue it to the humps.
  4. For the head, cut two ears out of the egg carton and glue them to the cork. Glue the cork to the neck.
  5. Paint the camel any color you wish. Paint the eyes, nose, and mouth. Let dry.

Coin Purse

Materials:
Cardboard juice container
Hook and loop fastener
Stapler
Scissors
White glue

  1. Flatten the cardboard juce container with the help of an adult.
  2. Cut off the top and bottom of the container, leaving a small tab on the top.
  3. Fold in the sides of the cardboard container.
  4. Fold it in half and staple it in the middle. The coin purse is almost ready.
  5. To close the coin purse, glue a strip of hook and loop fastener to the tab and another one opposite it.

Piggy

Materials:
Toilet paper tube
Egg carton
Four corks
Different colors of paint
Paintbrush
White glue
Scissors

  1. For the head, cut out a cup from the egg carton and leave two tabs for the ears.
  2. Glue the head to the toilet paper tube.
  3. For the legs, glue the corks to the tube. Glue on a cardboard strip from the egg carton for the tail.
  4. Paint everything. Let dry.
  5. Paint the eyes, nose, and mouth. Let dry.

King Craft

From the book Easy Earth-Friendly Crafts in 5 Steps by Anna Llimos

Materials:
Small plastic container

Cork
Red cord
Bottle cap
Cloth scrap
Different colors of paint
Paintbrush
White glue
Scissors

  1. Cut a rectangle out of a cloth scrap. Glue it to the plastic container.
  2. Paint the king's face on a cork.
  3. Glue the cork on top of the scrap of cloth.
  4. For the beard and hair, unravel the red cord.
  5. Glue the beard and hair on the head. Glue a bottle cap on top for the crown. Let dry.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Life Sucks

Today has ended on a bad note. A really bad note. My last remaining grandparent has died. Her kidneys gave out. We have to wait and see what they say about the funeral because this is Holy Week, and they probably can't do the funeral this week.
I really do not want to go to the funeral. I love my grandma very much, but it hasn't even been 6 months since my mom's death and funeral, and now I have to deal with another one. Another family member gone. I really, really, really hate life right now.
I wish I wasn't so afraid of death. I've been afraid of it since my maternal grandpa's death in 1999, when I was 13 years old.
Dealing with my mom's death was/is hard enough, and now my grandma's death deals another huge blow to my emotions and life.
I wish my mom was still alive so she can comfort me right now. I know I have my dad, brothers, and friends on immediate hand to help me deal, but I really need my mom.
I am planning on calling my therapist to set up another session, because I really need to talk to someone. A LOT. Life is hard enough when dealing with shit, but dealing with it without talking to someone is torture. I really need to talk to someone. And soon.
I am a religious person, but if I abosolutely knew that there really was a heaven, and life after death, I wouldn't be so afraid to die, and to be gone. But there are a lot of things I want to do before I go.
Like get married and have kids. Those are the two most important goals of mine. I would not be happy if I died before getting married and having kids. Heaven wouldn't be the same if I didn't have those chances.
Like I said earlier, life absolutely sucks. I hope God gives me the chance to fulfill at least some of my dreams, and to relieve me of my fear of death, and suffering.

Goings On In My Life

Yesterday, I had a couple friends over for an Easter get-together. We dyed eggs, made cookies, had an indoor Easter egg hunt, had snacks, and listened to music. My friends gave me some bags of jelly beans, and a container of milk chocolated malted milk balls. Those are really good, and one of my favorite snacks. I had a good day yesterday.
Today, I went to church to celebrate Holy Week. I got the palms, and enjoyed listening to the service. Church was pretty packed today. After church, my dad took me driving. I was nervous, since it has been about 7 years since I last drove, but I did pretty good. We were out for about 40-45 minutes. It didn't seem like that long. I did better than I thought I would. I can't wait to get my license.
Next Sunday, I will be going to my sister's house, to celebrate Easter. I am really looking forward to seeing my niece and nephew. I haven't seen them in a while, so I can't wait until next weekend.
I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so I am planning on buying the DVD of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 sometime this week. I know, I know. I would have gotten it earlier if I had the money. But I have the money now, so I will be getting it soon. I can't wait until part 2 comes out.
I also can't wait for Breaking Dawn to come out, either. That's another one of my favorite series. Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling are awesome. I love their books.
That's pretty much it for now. More to come later.

I Love...

I Love...

God
My family
My friends
My cats
Chocolate
Warm weather
My niece and nephew (even though they're part of the 'family' mentioned above)
Hearing my niece and nephew call me 'aunt Diane'
Making things
Writing
Reading
Blogging
Photography
Baking
Animals
Children
Hot chocolate on a cold day
Warm, rainy days
The smell after a rainy day
Baseball (Go White Sox!!!)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Easter

Easter is 2 weeks from now. I am looking forward to celebrating it with my niece and nephew. I think they will like the Easter baskets we have for them. Although, it won't be as enjoyable with my mom gone. I wish she was still alive. I will be thinking of her on Easter, and of course, on Mother's Day.
Tomorrow, I am having a friend over for an Easter get-together. We'll dye eggs (of course), play some games, and eat. I wish more of my friends were able to come over, but it's ok. I'll still have fun.
The flowers 2 of my friends and I planted in November are growing now. I can't wait until they bloom. They'll be beautiful when they do. The flowers are in memory of my mom. I'm sure she'll like the flowers.
My dad is possibly going to take me out driving on Sunday. I got my permit in October, but with everything that happened after that, I never used it. Lucky it's good for a year. I'm nervous, but excited about driving again. I took driver's ed in high school, and that was the last time I drove.
I can't wait to get my license. I won't have to wait for the bus to go to school, and I can drive myself to friends' houses. I'll be more independent than I am now.
My dad will also be getting me a cell phone, which will make me even more independent. I will possibly be getting a phone in 2 or 3 weeks. Hopefully. I really need a phone.
That's pretty much all that is going on right now. More to come soon.