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Day 240

Thought I’d change things up a bit and share a flower I made from paper ūüėČ

ISO 200 ~ f/2.2 ~ 1/100

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Changing Flower Colors

Take a peek at this flower pic.

ISO 1600 ~ f/2.2 ~ 1/100

Looks like I tweaked the color in Photoshop doesn’t it? ¬†Kinda like I did in this video…

Nope. ¬†{I did add some texture to hide the unevenly lit background. ¬†There’s a huge storm today and light was hard to find!}

This Calla Lilly is the result of a science experiment I did with the Littles.

We took a light colored lilly and added food coloring to the water in it’s vase. ¬†As the flower “drank” the water it slowly turned from a whitish color to blue!

The change took about a week, but we could see the first hints of blue after a few hours.

Cool huh?

I’m going to try it with one of my Dahlia’s next!

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Homemade Play Dough!

Is it just my Littles or do you find yourself buying endless amounts of Play Dough?

I finally had enough and went online in search of an easy recipe using things that I already had around the house {with the closest grocery store over 20 minutes away I’ve gotta stick with what we have!}

Here’s what I found…

Mix 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup salt and 2 tsp cream of tartar in a sauce pan.

Place pan on stovetop over medium heat.

Add 1 cup flour and 1 tbsp veggie oil to and mix together.

Once all ingredients are mixed you can add the food coloring of your choice.

Continue mixing for about 2 minutes until the mixture thickens and begins to stick to the spoon. ¬†Think play dough texture ūüėČ

Remove from pan and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Voila!  Cheap homemade play dough!

Itty Bitty making a dinosaur!

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Last Day of Preschool!

Today was the last day of Itty Bitty’s preschool career. ¬†I don’t know whether to cheer or cry.

Since he’s having a birthday next week, he asked me to make some cupcakes to bring in for his class. ¬†Being the Pinterest addict that I am, I immediately searched for “monkey cupcakes.”

He’s in the Monkey’s class at Preschool. ūüėČ

Here is my attempt to rock some monkey cupcakes.

{be nice}

Little fondant monkeys all ready to go!

Itty Bitty thought that these were “sweet!” which to me means mission accomplished!

PS – this was NOT my original idea! ¬†Click here to visit The Frosted Cake ‘n Cookie for complete instructions {and to see what they were *supposed* to look like!}

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Boys vs. Girls

What happens when you have both boys and girls and they have different versions of the same toy?

A standoff!

Star Wars Fighter Pods vs. Girly Girl Squinkies!

I'm *so* hearing western music in my head when I look at this!

Shot with my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

Lens 50mm f/1.4

ISO 800


Shutter Speed 1/50

The Littles had set this up in a dark hallway so I had to set my ISO almost as high as it goes and lower my shutter speed.  Usually 1/50 is too slow for me to hand hold, but I was laying on the floor and braced my camera on my arm to stabilize it.

I tried to open my aperture to around f/2.2 or so so I could take my ISO to 400 and raise my shutter speed but the depth of field was just too shallow.  Only the first row of Star Wars guys was in focus.


I got a lot of questions about yesterday’s¬†post. ¬†The Littles and I made some uber cool Easter eggs using water balloons, glue and string.

There are probably a ton of really good tutorials on how to do this, but since I was asked by a bunch of you how *we* did it, I’ll share the deets.

  1. Squeeze a dollop of white craft glue into a bowl.  Add about 1/2 cup of water and mix.
  2. Blow up a water balloon {they are smaller than regular balloons.
  3. Dip embroidery floss into the glue mixture and wrap around the balloon. ¬†You can use one color or ten. ¬†It’s up to you!
  4. Cut a paper towel tube so that you have a 1-2″ tall circle stand. ¬†Put the tied end of the balloon on the stand and allow the glue mixture to dry.
  5. When it’s all dry, use a pin to pop your balloon and remove the pieces.
  6. Voila! ¬†You’re done!

The final product!

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