Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Art, Childrearing, Connections, Crafts, Decor, Family, Home, Life, Memories, Parenting | Posted on 08-05-2017

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When I think about our family, I think how different we are as individuals. And how our family is evolving.

We are especially different in how we choose to spend an evening. Not always as one family together. But as one family together, but separate. One wants to go out with friends, one wants to watch YouTube videos, one wants to do anything but watch a movie with Mom and Dad. Then there’s Otis, who is up for anything, including movie night.

But isn’t this supposed to happen? While I am sad to see my children slowly branch away, I am also learning to appreciate their separation as a healthy part of life: thriving as individuals. I appreciate each one. With their own personalities. Their own thoughts. Their own emotions. Their own interests.

But isn’t it also my job as mother to keep our family connected? I try. Family taco night is always a success. Movie night? Not so much anymore. Awhile back, I covered our kitchen table with butcher paper so we could create art together. It started with a white square tile. Add drops of ink. Swirl, mix, design. The blobs of ink expanded. The ink morphed.

Each tile transformed into a unique work of art. No two were alike. Hmmmm…kinda like children…

This art project lasted several weeks. That’s a lot of together-time!

We framed this “family mirror” with the tiles we created. It’s an excellent metaphor of our family: colorful, with individual pieces, unified as one.

It’s a mirror that represents togetherness and separation. It’s hung, appropriately, right above the kitchen table, where many tacos have been consumed together.

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Do You Like My Hat?


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Art, Attitude, Children, Children's Books, Confidence, Contest, Crafts, Encouragement, Life Lessons, Memories, Mothering, Mothers and Daughters | Posted on 16-10-2014

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It’s OK if you don’t. Because I love it!

Do you remember the children’s book, Go Dog Go!? One dog keeps asking the other dog, “Do you like my hat?” He’s a total dick and always says no, he does not. She continues to try so hard to seek his approval and validation.

Until the last hat, which is over-the-top amazing! And, he likes it. Finally.

My daughter and I made some over-the-top hats. Our plan was to wear them at opening day at the horse races.

We started working on the hats a month ago. On one of our trips to our favorite antique store, we scored my daughter a red hat. And lots of bags of junk treasure. We spent that whole afternoon, with glue guns in hand, decorating. That evening, she told me that she had the best day. Yeah, me too.

She transformed her hat into a half-fall-half-winter scene. It is amazing and joyful! But she already knows this.

Mine was half toys and 100 percent full of memories. I rummaged through my children’s toy bins. Plastic horses with no tails. Gold coins from St. Patrick’s Day. Legos. An army guy from a 4th of July parachute. Fake rotten teeth my youngest son loves to wear. A pink barrette my daughter wore when she was three. A Nerf gun bullet. A rubber frog. An alien prize from no cavities at the dentist. A few stray McDonald’s Happy Meal toys. A refrigerator alphabet magnet. A Polly Pocket. A monkey pencil topper. The wrestler that my oldest son played with when he was two. He’s 15 now. The wrestler lost his legs in a battle, so he now anchors the front of my hat. It’s his medal of honor, I guess.

So many wonderful, funny, happy memories are now all glued to my hat.

On opening day, my daughter and I confidently paraded around the horse races with the biggest grins and giggled the whole time. What silliness! What fun!

We entered the “best hat” contest.

We didn’t win. Not even third place. Not sure why we entered. We certainly don’t need external approval and validation to remind us that we are both winners.

Because we already know this.

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Two ladies wearing hats at the horse races.

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Three Peas


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Art, Crafts, Daughters, Gifts, Kindness, Love, Mothers and Daughters | Posted on 08-10-2014

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Four yards of fabric were required, apparently. Two yards of green fleece, one yard of green satin, and one yard of red satin. And green thread and a package of buttons.

It was to be a big project, she said. My daughter directed me to meet her in the “green section” later, because she knew exactly what she needed. She had a plan to make me a birthday present.

I did as I was instructed. Including letting her determine the amount of fabric required. Including paying $28 for four yards of fabric.

That afternoon, I heard her sewing machine humming away. All I could do was smile.

And then, on my birthday, my daughter presented me with a small package that I carefully unwrapped.

It was a pea pod with three peas smiling back at me. It fit in the palm of my hand. It melted my heart.

My daughter knew that I always likened my three children to three peas. She knew that one of my favorite Christmas ornaments is a pea pod with three smiling peas wearing Santa hats with their names written on them.

It was the sweetest, most thoughtful gift. A big and small project, made with so much love and so little fabric.

Sporty and crafty and sweet. All rolled into one.

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A wonderful present my daughter made me! #symbolism

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Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Art, Childrearing, Children, Crafts | Posted on 26-03-2014

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Those crazy kids! With their rainbow looms and bands!

Despite parents’ eye rolls (and bank rolls), we are loving the creations around here. With the rainbow loom, my daughter is:

  1. creative. She made a coin purse with 2,000 bands!
  2. resourceful. She learns new techniques from how-to YouTube videos.
  3. social. She gets together with her friends, with “loom suitcase” in hand, to loom and laugh.
  4. productive. She makes me all the rings and bracelets I could ever imagine. #childlabor

When I was a child, we had looms. And we wove stupid pot holders that were made out of polyester bands and were so tiny, that when used to hold an actual hot pot, you’d burned the crap out of your hand.

Looms these days are so much more useful. I mean, rings! Bracelets for all of us! Charms for backpacks! Coin purses! A football keychain! A guy with a super large penis!


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Whoa! My daughter made this coin purse with her rainbow loom. #2000rubberbands

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My dayghter's latest loom creation! Hahahaha!

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The DIY Dollhouse


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Childhood, Crafts, Daughters | Posted on 11-10-2013

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I have little patience for art and craft projects that involve glue or paint or popsicle sticks. My daughter is different. Whew! She has immense amounts of patience–especially with art and animals.

She received a dollhouse as a present, and I immediately thought: let’s buy cute little furniture and decorate that sucker! But my husband had other ideas. He wanted her to make her own furniture.

Make her own?? Ugh, why can’t we just buy the stuff and decorate it, so she can get playing?! Time’s a wastin’!

My husband knows that our daughter is creative and clever. That she would enjoy the designing and making and creating part. Over the next several weeks, with glue gun in hand, she turned bottle caps, plastic picnic knives, Legos, aluminum foil, playing cards, fabric, clay, and popsicle sticks…and transformed them into:

…a magical house fit for a bunnies, squirrels, and puppies!

Here are some pictures of the beginnings of her DIY Dollhouse: slip-covered sofas, a Lego table, a bunk bed made from picnic ware, a picnic table made from popsicle sticks, little pizzas made from clay, pots made from aluminum foil.

I love her vision and patience. And I love my husband for encouraging her to embrace her creativity and resourcefulness. And patience.

Guess I’ll eat a little crow. A teensy, tiny, miniature crow.


You Are Too Stupid


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Crafts, Daughters, Mothering, Mothers and Daughters, Parenting | Posted on 20-02-2013

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Nana taught my ten-year-old daughter how to knit. It was the sweetest thing! They are now working on a scarf…long enough for a snowman.

While my daughter was knitting, I sidled up to her on the sofa and asked sweetly, “Can you teach me sometime?”

She said with a smile and without taking her eyes off her work, “You’re too stupid to learn to knit.”

Me: “You mean I’m too impatient to knit?” Surely, she must have mixed up her words!

She said with a bigger smile, “You’re too impatient AND too stupid.”

And we laughed. Hahahaha!

…And then I punched her in the face. 🙂

That daughter of mine. She was right. On both accounts.



Traveling Treasure Trove


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Children, Crafts, Family, Fun, Ideas, Kids, Pinterest, Projects, Travel | Posted on 22-03-2012

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Got road trips?

Here’s a nifty little idea for you non-crafter parents that you can create in, oh, about 8 minutes. You may call it a jar of rice with toys in it. I call it Pippi’s Traveling Treasure Trove that you shake and take with you in the car to entertain the kids.

What prompted this was:

  1. My kids have an overload of miniature toys they don’t play with because the toys are hiding at the bottom of toy bins
  2. My kids need something to do in our long (10 minute) car trips.
  3. Reuse and recycle, baby!

Here’s all you need:

  1. A big plastic container with a lid. Ours was a tub with peanut butter-filled pretzels.
  2. A crapload of miniature toys.
  3. A 5 lb. bag of rice.
  4. Mix together.
  5. Screw lid on tightly.
  6. Presto! Now you can bring Pippi’s Traveling Treasure Trove virtually anywhere! And your kids can shake it and search for all the hidden treasures. What’s old is new again. And maybe you’ll have some quiet while driving.

And just think. When you’re done with this clever toy, you’ll have rice for dinner.

Sock Puppet Mania


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Crafts, Family, Fun, Kids | Posted on 01-03-2012

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Nothing says fun like sock puppets. And we sure have a lot of lonely socks around here. I wrote about my drawer of unmatched socks here.

Thanks to a rainy day, that drawer has been emptied. With a hot glue gun, buttons, googly eyes, felt, pipe cleaners, and a teensy bit of imagination…pow! Our rainy day was transformed into sock puppet mania!