Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teacher Appreciation or Mother's Day Gift

 Oh, hi! Do you remember me? Been a while, I know, but life in the midst of mold is not the greatest, healthiest or most exciting. Hopefully now that we've dealt with it, things will get better.
 Aaaaanyway, I am just hopping in here because I liked what we just put together for our teachers, and thought some others might like it too; it is a very simple and nice last minute idea. It could also work nicely for Mother's Day.
Our first gift were heart shaped muffins (or gluten-free cookies), cutely wrapped in those always malleable pipe cleaners, and with a simple and sweet note by the kids.
 We were in charge of organizing the gifts for all the teachers at our school. Since gift cards or money seem to be most appreciated, we decided to do cash, using "365", to represent each day of the year. But to make it more special, I thought of making embellished envelopes like they use in Japan for wedding money gifts. Looking for things to fancy up the envelopes, I found some confetti hearts, footsteps and circle cut-outs of World maps leftover from a baby shower I had hosted long ago, and "inspiration hit me".
 The words are a bit corny, but I am going through the worst cold I've had in my life, and my brain does not want to help much. You might have better luck if you try, I won't mind!
 You can always change the number, depending on how much money you'd like to give.
 Congratulations to all our teachers; we REALLY appreciate the immense work you do for our kids!
 And Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's out there!!!
 Cheers,

 Gaby

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Paper Dress, for Mayhem

I, as probably most of the World by now, discovered Fashion by Mayhem a while ago, and fell completely in love with the creativity and cuteness that this mom and daughter team come up with daily. Of course, as soon as I showed it to Sophie (after a million "wwwwooooooowwwwws" and "oooooohhhhhs"), she said: 'When can we make a paper dress?!'. I said that whenever she wanted, and proceeded to collect all the white and brown paper that come in all those big delivery boxes, and then waited. She would ask from time to time, and I would say that we could make one then, but she would inevitably end up running after her brother, jumping around over the couches, doing gymnastics, or hula hooping. But finally the day came when she asked, and surprisingly asked again and again, until I believed she really wanted to do it. So we got into designing.
Then she decided she needed a mannequin, like Mayhem's, so we improvised one:
After the last touches, she decided she was ready to put it on and asked me to take a picture, so we could send it to "that girl". She waved at the camera, and said: 'This one!'

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's for penny-obsessed kids

Is your kid obsessed with pennies? Then you are as lucky as we are. All you need to make the best Valentine's Day present ever are: cardboard or foam heart, some pennies (enough to cover your heart),  and glue dots (zots, my new friends). Print this cute vintage Valentine's card, and you are set.
Our kids' obsession with pennies started when we potty trained the little one. He would get a penny every time he went potty, and his big sister would get a penny every time she helped him. The results: he got potty trained quite easily, and both became obsessed with pennies.
They are gonna fall off their chairs they see their presents :).
Happy Valentine's Day!

Gaby

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day


 Oh, hi there! Just wanted to pop in to share the valentine gifts we did with the kiddos for their friends. They were quick, cheap, and easy to do.
We cut a cross in the middle of the bigger hearts to pretend the dinosaurs had gone through them. For the unicorns and such, we glued the smaller hearts (as sparkly wings) using little bits of glue dots.
  I had bought the dinosaurs and unicorns from Target's dollar bins, and the glittery hearts from the Dollar store. I saw the glue dots (Zots) on another blog, and bought them thinking I would need them, and I did!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Snowpocalypse… I mean, Valentine's Day!

We've been snowed in and stuck at home for the last 3 days, so I have lots of pictures to share from our Valentine's preparations and day.
Sophie made pet rocks for her friends.
Oliver got into making Valentine's too, and he went to town with markers and stickers.
For the hub's, I went the lazy route, since I found this super cute free print online, and thought it went perfectly well with a chocolate frog and some socks (I wrote: "Sorry, I couldn't find glass slippers in your size, but here are some socks"). I did sew a little heart on one of them, though. That has to count for something, right?
My favorite thing was this free vintage kissing booth sign that I printed and attached to the kid's little puppet theater. It was a big hit.
Even Ratoncito had fun giving kisses!
Hope you had a sweet day.
Oh, and here is a video that I just saw that sums up our last few days, enjoy :D!
Cheers,

Gaby

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wishing You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

For these holidays, we wanted everyone in the house to celebrate, so we made a little Christmas Fairy Garden with some cotton we had picked at the farm as snow, and Sophie's gingerbread house as Fairy house. If you look carefully, you'll see the second picture has a different house; this is due to the fact that I smashed the first one when I was moving the container! Luckily, the kids went to a gingerbread house decorating party soon after that, and the house was quickly replaced.
And a little bit later, eaten.
A nice and simple way to count the days down to Christmas. The kids didn't even need gifts; pulling a number each day, and counting the days left until Christmas, was enough thrill for them. Love it.
I can't believe it's already been almost a month since these last pictures!
Best wishes to you and yours. May you have fun, love, health and happiness in these last days of the year and the New Year that's almost here.
Cheers from us and our little elves,

Gaby et al.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the North Pole (bringing back the Inappropriate Elf)

Did you hear? It seems like those pesky little elves have been demoted. And well, apparently our elf, "Dr. Seuss", was a big fan of the movie "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert", he thinks Felicia Jollygoodfellow and Mitzi Del Bra are super hot; who would have known?