Crafty Stuff

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I want to be crafty. Really, honestly, truly, I do.

But I’m not.

I don’t know if it’s lack of skill, lack of innate ability, or lack of confidence, but much as I would like to be a arts and crafts kind of girl, I’m just not. I seem to have a predisposition to not following instructions. When this is accompanied with a general lack of talent, the results just aren’t pretty.

I’m OK with it, mostly. I can sing. I can act. I can direct a choir. Just don’t ask me to paint the sets or sew the robes.

This morning the older kids all made a gift for Daniel, who is obsessed with football. First, we peeled and broke up little bits of crayons, being careful to keep crayons in the same color family. We used a silicone football mold, but any mold or muffin tin would do. Spray with cooking spray first!
We turned the oven to 275 degrees and baked the crayons until they melted, about 10 minutes.
We put them into the freezer to cool them down. We didn’t quite wait long enough–the red and pink crayon got a little boogered up– but we just couldn’t wait to pop them out!
Daniel loved them!

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Nicholas and I enjoyed making window stars this morning. You can find a simple tutorial here.

He then made a Christmas tree transparency by using star and hole punches to punch holes in a Christmas tree and then gluing a sheet of yellow kite paper behind it. It looks beautiful in the sunshine, but unfortunately, all we got was a rainy cold picture!

If I do say so myself.

While working on the Advent book- and it’s almost done! YAY!- I suddenly had a brainflash about my dirty beeswax crayons. Complete non sequitor, I know. This is the way my brain works.

Anyway…

I thought to myself, if Goo Gone works to remove crayons from the tables, walls, other toys, and whatever else my toddler decides will make a good substitute for paper, maybe it would work to clean up my grungy crayons.

And OH MY GOSH! it did!