Made By Joel

Today, I am excited to share our personal experience with one of our new favorite websites! (Especially helpful when we were locked up indoors during the dramatic city wide Ice Storm Ontario 2013)

Made by Joel

Joel is a world renowned designer of all things children. Fabric, wood, clothing, DIY, decor, toy making, hand-drawn and beyond. (Links on where to purchase his creativity book for here).  

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On his website you will find a dropdown menu for Free Printable Activities. Here is where we found the many of our Printable Toys and activities that kept our hands warm and head in the game over the last few  weeks  months. This deep freeze has been quite impossible to handle. It has just resurfaced its ugly head this past week, again. More temperatures around the -24 mark, with outlandish windchill values of -44 and colder.

20140124-133816.jpg Navigating around Joel’s on line playground is not only user friendly but, it’s fun! As we printed the fold, cut, & colourable paper town pieces throughout the site, I discovered using cardstock paper can make standing each piece up individually easy. I had more fun than the young I’m sure. I also had to add my glittery touch to my great looking lamposts here, with gold glitter glue placed on light!

20140124-134235.jpg How cute does our little Christmas Town look all together, and shining when turning on the Christmas lights we set them out under. We added mixtures of our seriously frugal figure ceramic fixture finds from our local Thrift Store { I mean dirt cheap. I will share tips on Thrift Store Shopping for DIY & craft creators! }

Since our traumatic Ice Storm hit, I have been extra kid creative around the house–& at the house I babysit 2 boys as well. Poor parents there, can barely see their new fridge or out their front looking window LOL ;D 

 

 

There are so many free printables available on line for children. I have found many for adults as well. What I was searching for this time was a site we could ALL enjoy creating from. That’s when I accidentally happily found MadeByJoel.com.  I took the initiative to save each file I could in our ibooks PDF library for future use. Then, printed each of our choice Paper Cities, People, and Vehicles, on a thicker cardstock paper. Each of the paper playful items we printed stood and were stronger with this choice paper. Made for fun decorating, worked with various coloring utensils, and even added our own special touches like in the pictures below!

 

 

There is much design to enjoyed through the talented father and husband Made by Joel for those of you with children, or children at heart, for the young and old, plain or bold. There is something for everyone. I really hope you will take a look around at his art. You’re certain to be inspired if you do!

What are your favorite adult or children FREE Printables websites you chose for coloring or printable activities with the kids, or alone? Share in the comments below! 

JayNine xo

One Link Friday?

Seriously, I know it's been a forever while! Truth is, we have all been battling illness since we got over Our **** Summer.
Yes!
Still!
What happened to my Onward and Upward?
I am afraid, I am still asking myself…??

***Even better still, THIS is LAST Friday’s Post lol! ***

Our little family has been facing thee ultimate worst bout of sicknesses over the last two months, that we as an entire family unit have never experienced before; and of which no one can explain….I have just come out of the hospital again, this time only for some oxygen with my new found partner: Pneumonia. I fear however, that Wednesday nights visit is somehow not my last during this … affair. The children are also still sick. LO handling it best, and TEEN handling LO best (for the minimal help she can offer herself).

Anyway, so there’s the reason you guys haven’t heard from us. I am sooo sick. With 2 children completely alone, rest and getting well is very hard to come by. Lately, I have had to my best begging for a rest relief period for (at least) an hour and mainly only, from my one parent/friend/family (only person I know, closely enough) here in the neighbourhood, besides my fantastic neighbors down the way. Don’t like asking them for help a lot because let’s face it, I basically have to live with them lol. Plus, they already hugely stepped up too when had my meningitis!

My mom is also a single handed home owner and full time employed healthy superhero. She has to sail her own boat too. Thankfully, she can usually grab the generally needed stuff when sick like this, an ambulance, 2 kids, coffee, & some hospital masks stuffed in her purse. She’s not handling it well and is seemingly on the verge of seriously cutting me and my children out of her life completely. I mean it! And I don’t blame her one bit! (for this anyway)! I am beyond sick and tired, and eons passed my last nerve.

Enough of my rambling, here’s last weeks…

*** Back to last weeks Link Day Friday POST ***

((*I take no credit for any of the work or the photos posted here. Click this source article and visit the links available by photo there; & give some credit to the creators where it’s due! Thanks Guys I miss you all deeply! ;D))

This first string art pumpkin is my favorite. I am really loving this technique seen in many different DIY settings as of late but, I just don’t seem to have all tools needed (as usual lol)!

However … LO & I (mom) have Sinus Infections (cant hear see smell taste eat grrrrrr!), and TEEN has mystery illness. My teen, now known as “mystery girl“–had her first (mystery illness) with no diagnosis at 6, we haven't stopped calling her that. She always seems to catch the germs no Pediatric Specialist could even decifer the code for. Well, now “mystery girl” has done it again. Obvious results from Doctor yesterday showing signs of infection, duh; of course a slight positive for Mononeucleosis at ER Doctor today; whom is sending her tomorrow to Pediatrician Hospital Doctor, 45 minutes away.

Did I mention how incredibly excited LO & I sick as dogs are to get dragged along during all these snot filled horrible boring hospital trips. Not that I really care however, becuase someone better get to the bottom of this illness! It's getting exhausting especially for TEEN whom just wants to feel better yesterday… ;(

What we did at our house this Season, was buy a large bag of small pumpkins. Due to the illnesses I’ve had to think “inside the box” (“inside the house” that is); finding various creations to share. OK, NOW Get your pumpkins ready becuase I have a lot more links I will be sharing with you over the weekend!

Come back and share Your Link in Comments of your fantastically healthy weekend creations, how-to guides, your own tutorials, a pumpkin DIY you’ve got to try; I dare to share!

Oh yeah, sniff sniff *ouch* here's the inspiration. Photos aren't mine, I don't steal, credit through links ACHOO!

LOVE THE TWINE!

COLOR COLOUR COLOR!

Please, do check out the link that contains 36 other even more creative pumpkin diy/crafts you can do with the children…cuz ya know, you're not all snotty sick n stuff.

ENJOY!

Blessings and LOVE,

Jaynine xo

PSif you ever curious as to what else I might do in a day…take a peek over here.

Some DIY | Some Lessons

Firstly, I must give credit where credit is due:  

The Proper Pinwheel

image credit belongs to The Proper Pinwheel more below:

The above photo is NOT mine but used as reference to the idea behind the project. This idea was not mine but, is my own version of the ever popular DIY creative, Lexy Ward via The Proper Pinwheel. Please follow all of Lexy’s social media networks to see more of her genuinely unique creations Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr; but most important Subscribe! The inspiration for my post here was her Potato Stamp Neon Napkins DIY. If this project doesn’t interest you, Lexy B Ward projects can also be seen on the best DIY community on Curbly.com!

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OK, Now its time to talk about ME lol! As promised, I have much new fruitful learnings to share with my fellows here, from the many adventures  throughout our “lovely” Summer experiences! Like I say, “Onward and Upward”

SOME DIY

As you all know I am convinced in some delirious part of my brain, that I can complete a DIY! In fact, I have semi-completed 1 so far. The painting and gluing will be the last steps to the (DIY towel rack) completion. In the meantime, I have also added to the mix a few more pieces of DIY inspiration for our new white walls/blank canvas, in our (rental) apartment we have at our decor disposal now. I myself am almost frightened of what I will do or think of next. 

SOME LESSONS

And, that fact, has got me thinking alot more lately…I have always had a fear of completion. I dont know where it stems from. When I was a full blown alcoholic/addict, I had never completed any thing in my life, from start to finish. Not Once. Besides grades 1 through 11. Even my University career has been shortlived or started and not finished; ever. Tried twice already, and I am soon on my third; so I’d better figure this out FAST! TEEN’s own University career is up for discussion as of late and I’m feeling inadequate for advice or inspiration, never having completed my own. Of course, its for one reason or another. It’s never that I’d set out to start something and not finish–it’s just seemed to always turn out that way.

I even remember giving birth to TEEN, saying to my Mother “hey, thats the first thing I have ever done full circle, from start to finish Mom!” The second thing I ever completed once the one thing that saved my life. The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (with a Sponsor). The memory of finishing the 12th Step is clear as yesterday. It was 8 years plus ago. We sat on a bench outside our meeting space, under a low-rise condominium. The second we completed the reading portion a splash of fresh fallen rain water fell beside us with a loud noise that made us startle! The water represented for me the baptism of joining my new life. FYI – I also promised a post regarding my addiction experiences. I will get around to finishing it … soon ;) 

Told you I learned alot from our experiences this summer. About me, my children, my family, friends, neighbours and beliefs. There’s a few things I am working on inside. I have much more to share but, lets talk swag decor now (lol! swag).

THE GOOD STUFF:

My Photos:  

Presenting the first to be completed actually, my Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp Art

Dollarama | Crinkle-Cut Potato Slicer

Our potatoe slices made with the Dollarama six year old ‘crinkle-cut potato slicer’

I chose this crinkle-cut slicer to create a unique characteristic in our DIY (to be different from the original idea as well); hopingto give a wavy sort of look on the paint. 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp

OH! Cut potato in opposite directions again for uniqueness in our interpretation


Grabbed LOs small already cut-off black shorts, knowing the next day was to be a hot one here. The black helps boast the bright neons chosen for paint. Age and condition of the shorts only assisted me in being ok with messing up, which is always a great possibility when I set out to do, anything;)

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamped clothing choice

TIP:  Slip cardboard between fabric to prevent sticking, bleeding of paint colour, & preventing ‘bunched up’ paint stamp


YES, I thought of that TIPall on my own ;D  

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamper

just a cool shot


 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - first stamp

aww … our first stamp – nail biting!


 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - LO

LO is now an experienced fashion designer


LO was so excited to wear her shorts I don’t know how I managed to get her to sleep. Next day we both decided to show off our home DIY ‘fashion designs’ together! I love watching LOs posture just rise three-feet higher as she prances into school, announcing her creation to impressed teachers and classmates. With her developmental delays LO doesn’t have many other children understand or approach her for play. I encourage her creativity to offer her a way to introduce herself and add more verbal communication between her and her fellows (at daycare/”school”). 

The sweet reveal images:  

 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - tank top reveal

here she is! my tank top reveal


Unfortunately, LO wouldn’t stay still for a photo of her shorts. They all appear too blurry to post. Now, remember I am no photo genius or no DIY genius! The next shots were fun in the moment try-ons and non-professional. 

Crinkle-Cut Potato Stamp - opps

Oppsie! NO I am NOT pregnant, although this photo makes it look like I am from a distance!


Definitely no chance of pregnancy with this blogger…last photo is my favorite. The back of my tank top turned out much better than the front; probably because I did the back last. Next time I will learn the mistakes that way. 

completed tank top

completed project #1 ;) We actually got compliments all day about our clothes!

Remember, This is just one of the projects I have started around the house. PLEASE, I welcome the push to see me complete and POST my projects! I’d love to hear your colour recommendations, or different ideas and inspirations you’d like to share with me. Consider me your DIY Ginea Pig:  If I have the tools, I will try it! Leave behind a link to ANY DIY projects you’ve posted completed or started LOL around the house; you know, so I know Im not alone in learning how to FINISH things! 

JayNine xo 

As I have said in the past, if you like my photos and wish to use them, just ask or drop me a line of the content it’s been featured in, thanks. Remember, these are my family time photos and I expect them to be shared in the same manner.

Weekends!

Just an update of our “weekend”

Most adults get excited when the weekend comes but, MY ‘weekend’ starts tomorrow, your MONDAY. Once all the insanity of the running around, hop scotch, ball playing, soccer kicking, cooking, dishes, cooking, dishes, messing teenager, Mom rushing around like a chicken without a head, playing four year old games for three full days–comes to a close: MOM gets to relaxAhhhh, I Love my Daughter, I love children, I adore spending quality family time with them both (when I can get the teenager involved at all); BUT, me,

I
LOVE
MONDAYS
….

Yep, hate away. I know no one likes Mondays but, for me, together with Tuesdays, it’s my personal weekend, when the youngest goes off to her lovely school/daycare across the street and Mom sits. And sits. And sits.
For the first time in a WEEK. Literally. As a single mother with a single mother, there’s not a lot of time for Grandmas helping hands. But she helps in so many other more important ways…in the meantime, here’s a look into our ‘weekends!’

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Going to be outside all day celebrating the finally sprung Spring Weather here in Ontario, Canada at 14 degrees C! With an umbrella to bear the rain! We hope you enjoy a look into our activities below through photos of Dinosaur Digs, ‘Hop-scotch-a-bets’ (lol hey I just made them up yesterday on my own;), Kite Flying, and more random shots of fun!

Sending Blessings to you and yours,
from our little family,
JayNine;)
P.S. have a laugh on me bcuz I just figured out how to upload
and write in Edit on iPad mobile version app of WordPress! LOL at self;)
J9;)

Spring Friendship Garden

To stick with my new commitment of Blogging 365 I posted about yesterday, these are just a few simple photos of one of our latest crafts.

Every Seasonal shift, we create from a large paper roll, a poster welcoming the new seasons arrival. Each of us adds photos, leaves, ribbons and any of our individual reminders of the celebrated season, to be placed on the poster.
This is our Spring’s welcome but a little different this time because we are early!
After Valentines Day the decor and crafting gap seems wide until Easter comes. I get antsy without chgot the idea of our very first “Friendship Garden”. Starting with one central idea, we expand around with scrap papers, glitter glues, and begin the reuse of empties from around the recycle bin items. We’ve used here, empty toilet paper rolls for a 3D effect, thicker paper flowers from old school folders, and foam sheets, for durability with toddler fingers.

The inspiration for this craft came from an old Easter Church Hymn I sang as a child: “Friends are Like Flowers”. I love to use family and friend photos in our crafts so I joined Hymn and photo use together, to create this simple fun (photos are still to be placed on the flowers)
This poster is enjoyed by children because of its lasting ability. They can paint, color, glitter, cut and paste, a little each day when inspired. Best part for them is, its on the wall at eye level especially for painting!

Our “Friendship Garden” is our way of having the friends and family we care for over for company, and showing them how much they are appreciated, by their photos being placed in such lovely display in our home.

If there is a unique craft idea you’d like to suggest for us to try, leave it in the comments below. If you have one of your own you’d like us to see, leave the link in comments!

See you Tomorrow,
Jeanine ;)

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