All Grow’d Up

Not sure who is feeling greater the Separation Anxiety here, myself or my 5 year old? Almost joining the 40’s clubs and yet here I am feeling strangely ‘under the weather’ since Wednesday morning, exactly. How does this relate to any form of separation anxiety? I think the YUCK I feel is just that; my own anxiety! The youngest is moving up in the world and has started her first week of half-day Junior Kindergarten. (I’m estimating, thats probably around the Pre-K mark for my good ole’ American readers).


While the last three years or so my life has been completely thrown upside down, my energy, organization skills, efficiency in everything I used to do, has been absolutely exhausted and my soul strength utterly depleted (that is no estimation!). I simply still cannot help but believe that I, as the SSAHM (SINGLE Stay At Home Mom of 2) that has conquered bankruptcy twice (both times, financial, emotional, & spiritual) overcome homelessness and food-less-ness more times than I care to admit (which we may or may not still struggle with at times)….. this woman of all silver-linings and positive attitudes, find myself having real life separation anxiety from sending my LittleF to Pre-K like this. !?!?! Really? 


I find it difficult to believe I am having separation anxiety. But, I guess I totally am. Looks like she’s all grow’d up and so I guess now, it’s my turn… What confuses me is that when I looked ahead from her younger years, I did not think I would feel such a strong sense of having to let go this quickly. I thought I had til at least teen-age lol. It has happened sooner than I had planned that’s for sure. 

I have come to terms with my own parental-separation anxiety, is a normal part of the process. The entirety of the rest of our lives watching our children grow now, is now about letting go really. 


We shall see what comes to the table next to get through. Hopefully, I will be able to start posting here again to keep track. Because I Promise, it is always something! 😉

Hope you will visit again soon! 💗

Your friend,

Jaynine


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Kids Clay Donut Art

For whatever the reason(s) may be (and I had started with a pretty long list in draft i decided not to air LOL), I just cannot seem to organize a darn thing anymore: my thoughts, my words, my blog posts, nothing. I am completely frustrated and all over the place at this point but, I have been itching for weeks to share our latest projects with you all.

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This small project was so simple and quick with colorful results. One those activities that will bring together multi-aged groups of kids, to the table for some creative time!

START WITH:

+ AMACO Sculptamold modelling clay bag
{ We ordered ours via Amazon.ca as in Canada. If you follow links to US bloggers, you’ll find much cheaper better pricing }
+ water
+ mixing bowl {we use our designated clay mixing glass bowl}
+ kids art deco items like sequins glue donut colored acrylic paints for base, gesso *optional, any other colors for icing of your choice. { we Googled for inspiration results here}
+ PLUS, Puffy Paint: the most important * material *

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AND:
+ follow simple directions on bag
+ mix two parts clay, to one part water. Do not over water!
+ silicone donut molds { for my US readers I found these } Whatever shape you do chose,
* Keep your selection simple as its easier for kids to complete. I added a thin PAM Oil Cooking Spray layer to our molds for easy removal.

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It is difficult however not to end up with air bubbles (or tiny missing spaces) within your finished product. I found it added to the authentic look of the donut though.

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When filling, we pushed, stuffed, jammed, and even added moistened fingers ( wet with water) while kinda forcing the mixture, into the molds. The slightly wet-fingered pressing, gives a close to smooth finish to the donuts exterior as well.

Sculptamold starts to dry after 30 minutes kinda like Plaster Paris. To prevent longer drying times from sitting in the silicone overnight, and so children could get to the decorating already: I pulled out the donuts out after 45 minutes of the mixture settling.

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{ * The first time I tried project alone, the donut was still moist along bottom for days, from leaving it to dry IN molds! }

NOW, time to get out the acrylic paints of donutish colors for decorating! { You can also use white gesso as a base }

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NOTE: This clay post of mine, was directly inspired byAna at her creative children’s art and activities blog: Babble Dabble Do. Check out about Ana, and her added nature twist, to her simple Sculptamold Fruit Bowls art project for kids, done with her own children. { be sure to visit the post for more kid fun inspiration! }

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Now, Mom! Let the kids put too much, overflowing glop. It will DRY! YES, even our $1.00 for 3pk of cheap puffy paint from Dollarama dried fully after 24hours!

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Here’s the kids version:

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See, drippy goopy sticky ooey-gooey yummy, sloppy, or perfectly positioned, donut icing. It truly makes the project.

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WHEN YOU LEAVE
VISIT: ROCKIN’ ART FOR KIDS!. You will find, plenty of their own and other bloggers, kids activities surrounding art; plus a multitude of genius Summer fun ideas, for you to share with your kids.

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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

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. 

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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  

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just a cool shot


 

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aww … our first stamp – nail biting!


 

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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:  

 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

Good Morning Teens

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Just a quick thanks to the drunken teens that blocked our buildings driveway with the love seat from down the way :D

Guess in life everything that goes around does come around…

When I was a drunken teen myself, a group of us went and gathered up some lawn chairs. We quietly (or so we thought) dragged them all a few houses down. To the ‘nasty neighbours’ house. Placed them on her front lawn.

It wasn’t until the next morning, that our dear FRIEND noticed …. They were HER families lawn chairs we placed on that neighbors lawn!

LMAO

It was funnier then

Who am I going to get to help me move this thing?
LOL!

Good thing we don’t own a vehicle —
JOKES on you teens.

No one in the building does!

:D

We’re off to our ‘vacation spot’ enjoy your weekend folks

JayNine xo