You know, as much as I complain about the cold here in the winter, I don’t spend a whole lot of time in the summer wishing I were somewhere else. It really is beautiful here in my little valley. But now that cold weather’s hit, it’s about time I got back to all that wanderlusting, don’t you think?
On today’s list of amazing places I hope to see some day: bioluminescent waters. This should be an easy sell for Mr. LPMD Biology Teacher, right?
For your viewing pleasure, I present Biobay in Vieques, Puerto Rico:
This stunning scene is brought to you by single celled organisms called dinoflagellates. These fascinating variety of plankton emit a blue light when agitated at night, resulting in the glowing water seen here. And this is how we know Mother Earth is a woman…even she’s can’t resist a bit of glitter in her life. :D
Have you ever seen bioluminescent water? Where in the world was it? Do share.
As if painting ceilings weren’t torture enough, one day the devil woke up and said, “I have a brilliant idea! Heavily textured ceilings!”
Evil, I tell you. So evil.
And whose idea was it to paint the ceiling anyway?! I’m going to have words with her!
In other news, if you happen to buy too much paint for a project, say…like 1 1/2 gallons too much paint…and you decide to keep it on hand, might I suggest storing it indoors at a nice room temperature and not in the garage where it has the potential to freeze during the winter, so that when you need it again a year later and you open it to use it, it is still…well…usable. Not that I would know anything about that.
In other other news, Mr. LessPinningMoreDoing vetoed adding glitter to the ceiling paint, much to the dismay of sparkly fans everywhere.
My dear friends, have you ever been over to Vintage Revivals? It’s an amazing blog full of amazing makeovers. Seriously awesome. Wanna know what’s even more seriously awesome? Mandi over at Vintage Revivals is doing one free room makeover! Did I mention FREE?!
My first thought was *Perfect! I should enter my ridiculously messy and unorganized craft room!*
But then I thought about our little Princess and the timing of it all and, well, watch this and you’ll see.
What could be a better birthday present?! Seriously! And Mandi, there are so so so many fantastic things we could do with this room and your brains and my ability to follow your directions. ;) I mean, just check out my Pinterest boards like Furniture and How Crafty of Me…Someday and Sugar and Spice and Color Makes Me Happy. (It really does make me happy, by the way.) The Princess’ favorite color is “creamy white” but she loves bright and cheery colors too – just think of all the fun we could have! It would be EPIC.
A few more pictures for your creative pleasure:
The unfortunate door that leads to the Princess’ room.
Peeling paint around the doorhandle. (And pen marks compliments of Little Brother.)
A hair accessory organizer I made long ago that has more than reached capacity.
A big empty wall – painted a boring color – with ugly window blinds to boot.
This desk has been around F-O-R-E-V-E-R. I believe it was my little sister’s in middle school. Who knows how long it was around before that? Needless to say, it needs a facelift.
Aaaaaand, the light fixture no little girl dreams of.
PS – I totally neglected my little people all morning working on this post, so that proves I’m willing to neglect them the week we do the makeover. Good times! (Now excuse me while I go clean up crushed Cheerios and the lake that is now my kitchen floor.)
PPS – VOTE FOR MADELINE’S BIRTHDAY PRESENT!!! (It’s #121)
Long, long ago in a galaxy far away…
I found this glitter jar idea and pinned it.
And then I tried it.
And now, I shall blog about it.
WHAT I LEARNED
*I originally made the jar with Batman (5) in mind because he has some sensory issues and is drawn to visual stimulation. I thought it would be good for calming him down when he’s worked up. Alas, it only holds his attention for approximately 13.2 seconds. If we’re lucky.
*Superman (who is 2) however, loves it.
*A little food coloring goes a long way. As you can see by our nearly black creation. Oops.
*You can’t use too much glitter. Trust me.
*A bit of cute paper and some glue can be a great way to cover things like “Salsa Verde 10/11” on used jar lids.
*I like it, but I won’t be making another one. Mostly, it just sits on the counter being ignored. Perhaps if I’d not been so heavy handed with the food coloring it would get more use.
A while back I discovered the amazing Play At Home Mom blog. They have fantastic ideas and are much nicer to their children than I am to mine. One of the projects that they posted was these Glue Catchers. I decided it was just the kind of thing my kids would love to do, so on Christmas Eve, we broke out the cookie cutters and glitter and got to work.
- All Set Up
I got it all ready and then invited the older two to come and have some fun. They enjoyed it and we ended up adding about 4 or 5 more cookie cutters to the tray before we were done.
- The Princess Squeezing the Glue
- “Batman” Adding His Glue (Geeze, this takes forever!)
- “Superman” Up From His Nap and Doin’ the Glue Thing
Squeezing was a bit hard at first – even for me – but I snipped off just a little bit of the inside tip and things went better after that.
- More GLITTER!!!
Like there can ever be too much glitter.
In the end, it took about 3 days or so for them to dry and I never did get pictures of the finished product.
WHAT I LEARNED
*It is not all that easy to mix food coloring into a glue bottle. The glue tends to be…sticky (imagine that) and doesn’t want to mingle so much with the coloring, especially when you’re just using a skinny little skewer. I think it would have been easier had I dumped the glue out of the bottles to mix it. But then I would have had to pour it back in…so…not happening.
*I was surprised at just how much they shrunk in thickness as they dried. They ended up pretty thin, but I certainly didn’t measure so I couldn’t say how thin.
*Everything’s better with glitter.
It was fun! The kids really enjoyed making them and we could do these for just about any occasion. Even just a rainy day.