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!



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!

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