Weather Balloon Back in Action

So yes, it has been more than a year since the weather balloon was initiated, but it is back and in full swing–better late than never. The last year has been busy and time has escaped us, but our goals and dreams are still there waiting…

We have set a goal to launch by the end of April or beginning of May with the hope that we can share the experience with our local schools. Stay tuned…



Spool Yarn Unicorn

IMG_4319Spool yarn crafts bring back memories of years ago with my grandmother.  It was incredibly fun to see our 9 year old just as enthusiastic about making the long spool braids as I once did as a kid.  She had the idea to make a unicorn by wrapping her braid around styrofoam eggs.  Sewing the head and body together gives extra support and durability.  The legs and arms were made by placing pipe cleaners inside the braids to give some support.  Making the pipe cleaner a little longer than the braid help secure it by pushing it into the styrofoam egg.  Faux fur for the mane and tail, felt ears, goggly eyes and a pipe cleaner for the horn brought the unicorn to life.

A tip for anyone interested in making this project, make a longer braid than you think.  If possible wrap it around your object before removing it from your spool to make sure it is long enough.  Additionally craft styrofoam glue worked much better than regular old Elmer’s.  Happy Spooling!


Girl-Made American Girl Doll Bunk Beds

These bunk beds were made out of a recycled pallet and some fence posts, by our then 8 and 12 year old girls.  They even sewed bedding for them and made trinkets for the shelves they installed.  Learning to use the jigsaw was a highlight as well as the belt sander.  They thought they were going to paint it originally, but the natural wood looked so pretty they went for the more rustic look. 100_2708 100_2714

Got branches?

This monstrous thing is built to carry branches that have been trimmed along the mountainside above our home.  We have been actively mitigating and looking for a way to make the hauling/loading and reloading easier.  Made with old bike parts and some 1x1s.

Our 13 year old and his grandpa had the idea to then make a “hitch” for it to be pulled behind the Honda Odyssey that we have.  This makes the hauling and unloading so much more fun!


Pottery Wheel Now Complete

A project that has been long in the works is our pottery wheel.  The idea started years ago (maybe more than 10?).  The making started at least a year ago, probably more.  Now it is finished, up and running, and well worth the wait.  Seeing the delight in the eyes of those who squished their fingers, in the moist clay as it spun around and around was a magnificent site to see.  Within the first day we had a shelf full of wonders, to be turned into something, once trimmed and fired.

Jitterbugs Delight!


JitterBugWe have had more fun watching the kids enjoy the easy-to-make Jitterbug.  At the NoCo Mini Maker Faire we had one on display and our daughter made instructions to hand out. Here they are…what a great project for Thanksgiving break : )

jitterbug instructions

Hopefully we will have more posts soon…it has been a busy few months.