Friday, September 25, 2009

Crazy and Crafty

Things have been super crazy here lately. Between Rodeo Season ending, Soccer Season starting, School, Homework, Weanlings, and riding, there has not been much time to blog. I thought since school started I would have tones of time to blog! Ha, was I ever wrong. I even managed to blow up a boiled egg the other day! Yes folks! If you forget about your boiled eggs and let all the water evaporate out of the pan, your eggs will burn and blow up! But among all the craziness, I have had some time to do some crafting! The first thing I made was a study divider for both boys. It's made out of a Science Fair Project board, that was cut in half. Then I added some "school" things to help Big Cowpoke with doing his homework. He always complains that he can't find a pencil, or a sharpener, or scissors. Well, now he has them all at his fingertips! He even has a metal ruler that is used at a magnet strip. The ruler is held on with Velcro so if he needs to use it he can take it off. Below that is a little hanger that holds his pencil pouch. The pouch has crayons, glue stick,eraser, and pencils in it. He also has a timer, calculator, cork board, and some post it notes. The other flap has two paper clips to hold a calendar so Big Cowpoke will know when his test are coming up. This was super easy to make and what's even better, is it all folds up on itself. When home work is done the kids fold up their partition, and put it away. It's really nice! The next thing I made was a pretty clip board. Little Cowpoke is my lovely assistant. This is the front side. I mod podged it all together. I made a couple mistakes and I will remember not to do them the next time I make one of these. Here is the backside. I think these are really great presents for teachers! I just printed out some letters off my computer and cut them out and mod podged them on the back of the clip board. And I tied ribbons on the front clip to make it fancy. It was fun, and a really great way to spice up a .97 cent clip board. The last project we have been doing here involves doorknobs. I got these really cool brown swirl doorknobs off of eBay a long time ago. I have been wanting to use them for two things and this is the first thing I wanted to do with them. Make them hangers for the kids' book bags! See my lovely assistant? She is just too cute! But I love how it turned out and now the kids will have a place for their book bags and I won't have to scream at them in the morning to find their stuff. I can't take the credit for this craft either, Mr. Cowboy did it all. He also made a little "Opps!". And to think he told me that I should make sure where I wanted them because he didn't want to make any holes in the wall! Ha! But if you do this folks, just make sure you hit the stud right on! If not you will end up with a big hole like we did. And I guess I also need to get an eraser after our wall! One thing for sure is that Mr. Cowboy is a perfectionist. Just look how great he hung those doorknobs! He is the best! I have just one more project that involves more doorknobs and some rope! I can't wait to do that one tomorrow!!

I promise to be a better blogger and to visit all my favorite blogs more often. I have not forgotten about you, I have just been so busy with....well.....life!

12 comments:

Paint Girl said...

That divider is so cute! I remember in 4th grade, we made those for our desks! Cute clipboards!
That doorknob idea, excellent! Your assistant is just too cute!

Karen said...

The door knobs are genius. And darling. (Also am loving the clip boards - GREAT gift idea.)

How did you fasten the door knobs? I had some for the longest time that I wanted to use and we couldn't figure out how to fasten them to the wall. Help an idiot out please?

The Wife said...

LOL! Your cowboy sounds just like mine! We seem to always end up with an extra hole in the wall! Very cute idea with the doorknobs.

I think the clipboards are great.

The Thompson Family said...

Those are so cute! I love the dividers and the knob hangers. Crafts are a fun to do, it gives you a nice break for everyday chores and responsibilities, even if it means an egg explodes!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

We somehow just missed a stud in the wall with one of our cabinets. There was a hole in the wall for the gas pipes and we could see the beam right there, so we didn't use a stud finder. Anyway, this is a busy time for you. I once had to ask my family to choose between the kids' extracurricular activities or my job. I explained to the kids what the money from my job bought us, but couldn't be in two different places at once. They chose their extra curricular activities. I think it was a good choice, because that is how they learn and what shapes them. Kids who just hang out around the neighborhood with no schedule and no goal tend to get into trouble. I know because I was one of those. My mother chose watching soap operas and other TV shows over driving us to activities, so we had to entertain ourselves, which usually involved breaking the law.

Midlife Mom said...

Great ideas! I can't ever think up these things on my own, I have to see it in a book or on a blog! Love the knob hangers!!!

Susan said...

The clipboards are darling, and I LOVE the door knobs!!! :)

BTW, here's my link:
http://susan-daysgoby.blogspot.com/

Jennifer said...

I love your craft ideas! Very cool!

Paula said...

Those dividers are great and I LOVE the door knobs! How fun! Sometimes I feel like my head is swimming, I have so much to do. Then there are those days that I just blow my list off and sit down and blog!

Julene said...

I made one of those for Ben to do his homework also. Did you find it in family fun? I love that magazine! Great job

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wow! Like I've said before....what do you do in your 'spare time'? These projects are just so cool!

We've been busy around here, too, so that's why we've not been by to visit you for a while. It's great to read I'm not alone. :)

~Lisa

The Wades said...

I know the feeling--I've been a really bad blogger. I miss you and all your fun posts. I'll catch up eventually.