T-shirt Rug

Well, part of one at least…

While cleaning up the craft room, I found a stack of J’s old dingy t-shirts that I was going to turn into rags. Today, however, I decided on something more ambitious. I decided to cut them up into strips to dye and then crochet a rug from the resulting “t-shirt yarn”.

The cutting went smoothly and I made several nice balls. I tested one out to see if it could be crocheted with the large hook I had.
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My daughter helped me wet and dye the strips using our fabric dyes.
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I crocheted the stuff into a rectangle. Unfortunately, 6 shirts doesn’t get you that far, so I am gonna wait for some more and then work a border around and around until I get a useful size.

The stitches do look pretty 🙂
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Stuff Around the House

Random stuff around the house…

My daughter has been into Barbie lately as well as her Polly Pocket dolls.
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Both kids have been learning cool stuff on various websites.
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A friend gave us a neat set of sea-life magnetic tiles to explore.
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DS play continues.
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We played with art supplies.
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The kids used the white boards and magnets.
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The kids set up an imaginary candlelit dinner for themselves plus a stuffed guest in my son’s room.
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I made a few more tawashi.
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Kalahari- the short version

We had a great time at the Kalahari Waterpark this past week. We spent tons of time each day in the water and got to hang out with good friends! I co-hosted a henna funshop again and we all attended the carnival and the dance. It was our best year yet…

I didn’t get that many decent pictures this year as the waterpark’s new policies on height restrictions and a parent within arms reach had me doing almost everything with the kids. Here are some of the few I got:

Body Slides
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Playing by the small slides

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Wave pool
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The dance
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Volcano Kit

Today is the first day of our Kalahari trip for this year!

So, what did we do to get everything packed in the car quickly? Got out a kit and built a volcano, of course!

Not great logic on this one, but the kids wanted to use the kit from my son’s birthday and were super excited. I had seen the plaster packet in the kit and thought it was going to be a “make a volcano out of plaster, then use baking soda and vinegar” type of project. It was actually much cooler than that! After getting the base set up, we mixed the plaster with baking powder and water and let it bubble out of a straw contraption, creating a lava flow over the styrofoam mold. The idea behind the kit is to show how repeated flows build up to create land. There is enough plaster included to try it out a bunch of times, but today we just did it once and set it aside to dry…

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