Homemade Valentine’s

2012-02-11-homemade-valentinesI know I could have gone to the dollar store and bought a box of the generic, cartoon character, boxed Valentine’s day cards. I know it would have been easier and less time consuming. But, I couldn’t do it. It’s too impersonal and uncreative. So instead, I pulled out the construction paper, scissors, glue, stickers, crayons and markers. While making each card, they thought about the friend it was for. They decided what stickers to use and what to say and draw. Each card was a story for their friend. They were thoughtful. And that is why I didn’t go to the dollar store.

Homemade bouncy balls

Bouncy BallsWe came across a post for making your own bouncy balls. We just had to try it.

  1. Here’s what you need:
    – Glue (either white or clear)
    – food coloring
    – Borax (you can find this by the laundry detergent at the grocery store)
    – a small bowl and craft sticks to use for mixing
  2. Put 1 Tablespoon of the glue into a small bowl.
  3. Mix in few drops of food coloring.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of Borax.
  5. Stir Borax and glue until you can’t stir it anymore (about 30 seconds.)
  6. Then squeeze and roll it in your hands, shaping it into a ball (about 1 minute.)

Bouncy BallsBouncy BallsWe found that the white glue made better balls than the clear glue. They were easier to form into balls, bounced better and held their shape longer. But the balls made with the clear glue were brighter and more colorful. Try for yourself and see which one you like.

We weren’t able to make perfect balls, which was actually better because they bounced in crazy directions.

One final note: if you make these with small children, make sure they don’t ingest the Borax.

Who needs to buy a soaker hose?

soaker hose
Our garden got a present today…its very own homemade soaker hose. We had several old hoses that had tears and weak spots and we turned them into a soaker hose. All it took was a hammer, a nail and some hammering. We poked holes about every 5-6 inches, then weaved it up and down the rows.

During the first use, it’s important to check the plants and soil after a few minutes to make sure that they’re getting¬† water. Also, keep an eye out for major leaks.¬† You don’t want the water to puddle. You might have to add a few more holes or re-adjust the direction of the spray.

Our Garden is so happy!