Pink Rocket Ship Toy

For awhile now, my sweet daughter has been telling me she wants to go to the moon.  And she wants her rocket ship to be pink and purple.  So, I made her one.

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I got the idea when I found a plain rocket ship birdhouse at Michaels.  It seemed like it would be fun to paint it pink and purple and put it in the kids room as a decoration.  But as I started painting it, I decided it would be way more fun to turn it into an interactive toy.  So my awesome husband sawed it in half and added hinges.  Now, it opens.

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For the star accents on the side, I painted a piece of paper with various shades of purple and then layered glow-in-the-dark paint on top.  Once dry, I used a star-shaped paper punch to cut out some stars.  I then used Mod Podge to adhere the stars to the side.  This allowed me to have a really clear outline of glowing stars on the outside of the rocket.  I also painted the inside with glow-in-the-dark paint and added wooden stars to leave a glowing star silhouette.

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And obviously, I made accents with glitter paint and jewels.  Helpful tip, layer two different colors of glitter paint; it adds full coverage and depth and is tidier than loose glitter.

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For the little astronauts, I painted little wooden figures.  I made two, one for my daughter and one for my son.  Because everyone needs a friend when they go to the moon.

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Kids Garden and Playhouse

Today I’m very excited to share our latest project for the kiddos.  We finally finished putting up a little playhouse and garden for the kids in the backyard!

For awhile we had been thinking about adding something fun in the backyard for our kids to play with.  Our son is still too young to do much and our daughter is actually pretty happy just running around and looking for rocks but we wanted something for them to grow into.  After a lot of pinterest research, I decided I really liked the idea of a simple little play-space.

Our daughter loves digging in the dirt and “helping” mommy to plant flowers.  So we gave her her own little play garden.  [Note- I took these pictures after finishing up the garden when the kids were in bed.  It will never look this tidy again.]

The playhouse was a gift from Nana and Papa and my husband used some extra wood we had to build the garden frame.  I love that the playhouse has a cute little play kitchen built into it.

I added two little lavender plants that may or may not survive the kid activity.  I also added a little dump truck and some gardening tools.  And of course the rocks that my dear little girls loves to collect.

I’m really really happy with how this turned out.  It’s probably going to result in some very muddy play sessions but I think they will be very joyful muddy play sessions.

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

If you are looking for a quick activity to do with the kiddos, try painting with chalk outside.  If you mix cornstarch, water, and food coloring, it makes a liquid form of sidewalk chalk.  I’m not really the measuring type, so just mix until you find a good consistency.  Then, paint!

Peg People Family

My little girl loves to play with little people and dolls.  I wanted to give her a little family set to play with and I have long admired the way that peg dolls look.  I painted this little set.

I was surprised by how hard it was to get some of the details right.  I started with the heads and was glad I did because I had to redo a few of them several times!

Then I added the clothes, starting with basic colors and shapes.

Finally, I added in the little details.  I’m really happy with how they turned out and so is my little pumpkin.  She has been carrying them around and having them do things.

Do you like the house they are in?  It’s actually a horse barn but I got it used and it didn’t have any horses.  So, dollhouse!  I may add curtains.