Yesterday we spent two hours at the eye doctor learning the ins and outs of contact lenses. Two. Full. Hours. The woman who was helping us was an angel sent from heaven. She was patient, kind, and encouraging. Just what Easton needed her to be. Just what I needed her to be. When we left that office, my growing boy could put in and remove his lenses, no big deal. His chest was puffed out and a new found confidence was beaming from his smiling face. In those two hours of learning, Easton wasn't discouraged, but motivated. He was determined.
And my heart was growing. And growing. And growing.
but only sometimes.
Watercolor painting is one craft Abby is constantly asking to do. I figured if she loved it, chances are the other girls would like it too. So, day five of craft camp was spent painting. Each girl painted three masterpieces and a frame.
Fluffy Fabric Flip Flops.
I could tell from the giggles and smiles that this craft was a favorite for most of the girls. It was simple, fun, and made them feel like mini fashion designers. In fact, most of the girls showed up to the final day of camp proudly wearing their creations, feeling such a sense of accomplishment. I really loved that.
This is the tutorial that inspired me.
This is where I bought the flip flops for $1.
And this is the pretty fabric we used.
Silhouette Book Bags.
This craft was the most time consuming of our creations. The prep work was insane. In fact, I was up until 2:00 am fighting with my printer trying to get everything in place.
black craft paint
1. Take a profile picture of your subject with a digital camera.
2. Upload the picture to your computer.
3. Cut your freezer paper to 8.5 x 11 inches.
4. With an ink jet printer, print the profile picture onto the freezer paper (just load the paper into your printer like you would any other kind of paper) (make sure the image prints on the dull side of the paper).
5. Using the x-acto knife, cut around the printed image. You will be left with a silhouette template to use as a stencil.
6. Position the silhouette stencil onto your canvas bag. With your iron set to low, slowly iron the stencil to the canvas bag with the shiny side of the paper down. (the dull side of the paper is what your iron should be touching.) Iron until the paper is slightly stuck to the canvas bag.
7. Following the instructions on the textile medium bottle, mix your craft paint and textile medium together.
8. With the foam paint brush, apply the black paint onto your bag within the stencil.
9. Once your paint is applied and begins to dry, slowly remove the stencil. (it should pull up very easily)
10. Cut circles out of the fabric scraps.
11. Add the buttons to the fabric circles.
12. Adhere circles to the craft bag. I used a permanent fabric glue.
Abby has worn hers everyday since last Tuesday. I guess that means she likes it.