Monday, September 17, 2012

I Spy Bottles

One of my friends recently had the brilliant idea to host a 'busy bag' swap! If you've never heard of busy bags, they are simple little activities that are kept in individual bags, and can be brought out to buy a desperate mommy a little time to accomplish something!

In a busy bag swap, you create one activity for each mom participating. This way, when you swap activities, you have a collection of unique and ready-to-go busy bags! What I like about this is, you don't have that annoying little bit of left over supplies from making one little craft, and of course, I got a ton of thoughtfully created activities for Selah to play with!

For this busy bag swap, I made 'I Spy' bottles. These are great for the car, or on the potty!

To make the I Spy bottles you will need:
an empty bottle
(optional) disposable trays for rice dying
liquid food coloring
rubbing alcohol
trinkets and tidbits for the kiddos to search for
hot glue gun

1) Color your rice.
I bought a huge bag of rice for $9.00 at the grocery store, and disposable aluminum pans for each different color. Use food coloring/alcohol in a 1:3 ratio. For example, I dyed an entire pan of rice with 1 Tbl food coloring and 3 Tbl rubbing alcohol. The alcohol helps spread the coloring evenly, and drys the rice really quickly!

2) Take pictures of each trinket for the 'I Spy' booklet 
Here's where your trusty smart phone comes in handy. I snapped a quick photo of each item. Then, I used my Phonto app to label the picture, and made them into collages with my Diptic app. Viola! Then you can print, and laminate (if you want).

3) Put the trinkets into your bottle and fill with colored rice, leaving a little space at the top

4) Don't forget to hot glue the lid on! 

5) Tie on your  'I Spy booklet'


6) Let your toddler play with the leftover rainbow rice. Then teach her to sweep! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wowee wowzers!

Well, friends. I'm excited to share that I'll be making my big debut tomorrow over at! You should come check out the sale :) I'll be listed under the 'Modern Americana' section, which runs through Sunday.

Thanks for all of your kind words and love lately. It means so much to me. You've supported and encouraged me from the very beginning of this endeavor, and seen Out Of Alabaster custom silhouettes grow into a real and thriving business.

I remember vividly the first silhouette I created, and how nervous I felt opening my little shop. It's hard to believe that it was only a little over a year ago! Your sweet comments and great ideas have immeasurably guided me, and I can't thank you enough for being a part of this little community.


Lots of love,

Monday, September 3, 2012

the Ebola.

You guys. It is hit us hard, and we were completely unsuspecting. One day we were happy, living our lives as content little clams, and the next struck with a stomach virus so awful, it can only be referred to as


Selah- Sunday all day
Me-  Sunday night and all day Monday
Poor Daniel (while away for work)- on Monday night and Tuesday
Daniel's sweet hosts took good care of him while he was away.
Holy smokes. We were taken out, and poor little Selah still seems to be struggling through. She's been throwing up (only at night) for the past few nights. My little sick goober. She's her sprightly self during the day, but it seems to catch up with her in the evening. 

I feel like I've neglected to fill you in lately, and I feel so guilty! .. but this miniature little in-between season has been challenging, if I might be brave enough to share. Then the Ebola hit, and I was just leveled out. Literally.

But we're (mostly) back, definitely on the mend, and one hundred percent ready for some good times! 

Lots of love,