Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mess Free Finger Painting - Another Pinterest Fail

Of course, it may have gone better had I actually read all of the instructions.

My disclaimer is that this project was initially created for infants becoming comfortable with tummy time.  The idea came from the Can Do Kiddo website  It appealed to me because I love mess free, especially as I am without a kitchen table.

We had sold the old kitchen table and benches we had be hanging on to for years.  The benches were really cool as they had built in storage.  However, the benches had pink colored fabric that matched the kitchen before we remodeled five years ago.  The kitchen is now predominately green and black.I guess my tolerance limit is about five years.



Anyway, we were using the galley table and chairs from our fifth wheel.  Then we sold our fifth wheel.  Good bye table and chairs.  Between losing the table and chairs, and moving a train table from our daughter's house to ours, we had to do some rearranging. This is why there is a train in my dining room,



and my good mahogany table is in kitchen.



And that is why I'm into anything "mess free".

But back to the finger painting.  I'm calling this project an initial fail.  However, I'm taking some of the blame; okay - most of the blame.  I didn't have any traditional finger paint, so I used acrylics.  They do not spread easily by hand the way finger paint does.  Also, I failed to read the part about preserving the painting.

Placing dots of paint on paper, you then slide the paper into a zip lock bag, and let the little fingers go to town.

Here is Mr. T's painting.


And here is how it looked when I tried to remove it from the bag.  Unfortunately, the paper ripped.


My bad though.  The instructions did suggest using a sharp knife to cut along the edges of the paper and then peel the plastic off.  That way the paper does not tear.

I'm not writing this project off as a complete failure.  I will try again next week, with regular finger paint, and preserving the picture as suggested by the website.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Never A Dull Moment - I Need More Coffee

You would think that when you retire, things would slow down, allowing one the freedom to come and go as he or she pleased.  That is a misconception held by many working people.  However, ask any retiree, and they will tell you how much busier they are now.

I find that it actually goes in cycles.  I'm busy for a bit, and then I slow down and do as little as possible, just because I can.  When we first retired, we travelled in our RV for about 4 months.  Grandkids started arriving (two in 2010, one in 2012, and one in 2013).  It was time to stay put for a while to enjoy them and help out.  We did some more traveling and came back.  We spent some time working on the house, and then updating the RV.  I say "we" but it is really my husband that was doing all the work.  My job was to start going through all the stuff we had accumulated in 35+ years of marriage.  It was time to let go of things we no longer needed or used.  I had boxes and boxes of things from my mother's estate that I had saved.  I used the affirmation, "I easily let go of things I no longer need." I'm down to just a few odds and ends to make final decisions on.

Just when I thought we were winding up on a busy stretch, we decided to take do another stint of "Grandma and Grandpa Daycare".  We had taken care of two of our grandsons during each of their first years of life.  It is a lot of work, as any stay at home mom or dad can attest to.  There is a reason people have children in their 20s and 30s (and if they are really brave, in their 40s), and not in their 60s.  And we were not dealing with the normal "there's a baby in the house" sleep deprivation, yet still we are pooped by the end of the day.  As one of our younger grandsons moved into a new class at preschool/daycare, we noticed a sudden change in his behavior and his moods in general.  He was not connecting with his new teacher, and the new more structured routine of this class.  He appeared to be unhappy and almost depressed.  I couldn't stand it, and with his parents' approval, we began again to care for him during the day.

Mister T just turned three.  I don't care what they say about the "twos" - I find the "threes" to be the most terrible.  At three, they are more independent.  They are better at problem solving, i.e. if I move that chair over, I can climb up on the kitchen counters, etc.  They are stubborn.  They refuse to nap even though you know they are tired.

Mister T is really Grandpa's boy; all our grandsons are Grandpa's boys.  Grandma becomes slightly more interesting when there are art and cooking projects to do.  Most of Mister T's day is spent dragging Grandpa from this to that and back again.

To give my husband a break, I scour Pinterest to find ideas to keep Torren busy for a few minutes here and there.  I have found lots of preschool activities, some better than others.

The other day, I found a blog article about tea-bag painting.  I'm not a tea drinker, but from time to time, I buy boxes of herbal tea to have on hand if someone has a sore throat or wants a warm, decaffeinated drink before bed.  I thought I'd give it a try.  Going through my assortment of teas, I found mostly mint and chamomile teas, along with some green tea.  Not a large choice of "colors" especially when someone's favorite color is red.  I made a quick trip to the store for another choice.

This is what I found:



Obviously I bought tea that I thought I might drink.  Maybe I should have picked something with berry in the title.  The tea bag painting might have turned out more impressive than this:



Torren wasn't impressed either.  He was more interested in squooshing and squeezing the bags over my clean kitchen floor.  (Anyone who knows me, knows that "clean" is an objective adjective - so consider the source.)  This whole project held his attention for maybe one minute.  Way too much work.

This is just one more reason I will never become a tea-drinker.  Coffee is really my morning beverage of choice.  But I will say, the White Chocolate Mocha Black Tea was pretty good.  Of course, I made it better with some stevia and some half-and-half.  Hmmm.....I wonder how some Bailey's would taste?

Stay tuned for more Pinterest fails.......and maybe an occasional keeper.  Right now, I'm off to make coffee!