Crafts, Let's make stuff
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We have been experimenting and spraying beads gold and watching lots of ‘Wild Kratts’ this week as my smallest has been sick.
I have been keeping up with the A Beautiful Mess 30 day self portrait challenge on Instagram, it has been a tricky one, I mean not much changes from day to day! It does force creativity though, so I have enjoyed that so far. I am at day 23, nearly done.

This experiment came from the new ‘Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids’ book. I was lucky enough to get a copy at the New York Alt summit and I have to say it is chock full of great crafts and experiments. Lots of ‘what a great idea, why didn’t I think of that’ ideas.

For this one, you just fill a jar with clear water. In a separate bowl mix one tablespoon of vegetable oil with drops of food coloring (we didn’t have red, which I bet looks cool). Mix up the oil and colour and pour onto the water.
It just sits there for a second or two, then the water starts to fall into the water slowly. The book calls it ‘water fireworks’ which I would agree with

Today I decided it was high time I sprayed some wood beads gold!  I can’t wait to use them in jewels.

These are some of the self portraits from the challenge. Taking a photo of yourself every day is the weirdest thing, especially when you put them on a public space like Instagram daily.  I suppose I could have just listed the ones I liked instead of all of them, but I think that is a bit cheatin’ cheatin’ pumpkin eatin’!

What are you doing to pass the summer days?

We are nearly back to school and I am not ready to make lunches, persuade kids out of bed and into clothes all at 7am!

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I live in St Louis, MO, but I am originally from Lincoln, Great Britain. My family and I have lived in the Mid West for over 10 years now. My blog is www.catseatdogs.com where I blog and chat about all kinds of creative stuff.

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