Cardboard Fire trucks

I loved this project.
The best part about it was all the children's reactions to the trucks. 

I went to Home Depot and purchased three large cardboard boxes.
I was not about to ask my friend's kids to sit in old garage boxes. Eww.
So I bought some. 

I had to enlist the hubs for this one as a box-cutter was needed, and he is far more proficient with a box-cutter than I am. Or I have a tendency to cut myself, could go either way.

I love when he helps because he always adds a little something
extra, above and beyond what I asked for.
I asked him to cut the tops off of the boxes.
He gave me that, plus as an added bonus windshields AND doors.
I used painters tape on the edges of the boxes for stability. 

I spray painted all of the boxes red.
I will spare you all of the pictures of me in the backyard cursing the wind, the boxes, the neighbor's dog, the spray paint, etc...
I ran into a few speed bumps, most of which were self-inflicted bumps. I neglected to buy a red with a primer. What was I thinking?

I used random thick card stock to make the window templates,
and cut out black and white windows of the two sizes.

I used Modge-Podge to put the windows on as well as the head lights.
The headlights are made out of a yellow construction paper circle.

I put the Modge-Podge on and let it sit. 

 I made the ladders out of tongue depressors.
I glued them in a ladder-like pattern and spray painted those white. 

I wanted to make sure some part of the truck was jazzy in the sun.
My original thought was to use black glitter paper on the windows but that seemed excessive, so I opted for glitter on the hub caps instead.
The hub caps are caps of Gatorade bottlecaps spray painted gray.
Modge-Podge on the tops and sprinkle with a fine glitter.
Press the glitter down...

And Ta-Da!
Twinkle twinkle. 

The "wheels" are little foam circles from the dollar store.
Two circles for a dollar. 

I just glued the caps onto the foam circles.

I used a large stencil to paint the word fire on the back of each truck.
The steering wheels are made from green foam wreaths.
I wrapped a black ribbon around the wreaths and
glued them to the inside of the boxes. 

These were a hit.
The kids were all using their imaginations and having so much fun. 


Firefighter Birthday party

The firefighter birthday party was awesome!
At least, that is the feedback I received from Pickles.

We had firetrucks! Definitely the hit of the party.
I will have a "how-to" on the firetrucks coming up. 

I was just looking for excuses to put flames on things,
so I made up a few signs just to have a reason to use them.
Well, and of course, I wanted parents to know it was cool if their
child ripped the steering wheel off of one of the trucks.

I found an amazing shop on Etsy that sells unpainted fire trucks.
I placed washable markers and fireman stickers on the table and let the kids color their own favors.

All the kids seemed to really enjoy coloring the trucks.

Even the "big kids".

All of the children got a fireman hat and badge.

And of course, food.
PB&J's with gummy worms and fruit.

I was also serving "fireballs".
Another excuse to use flames on a sign.

I made signs for all of the tables as well. 
I will have pictures in the how-to posts.
The hubs thought it was just hilarious to ask me over and over
What's a "color a take it home?"

The fire truck on the help yourselves sign is sweet.
I stenciled "Fire" on all of the red buckets thinking it would give the
decor that extra firefighting touch. 

Lets stop a moment and talk about paper straws.
They are clearly not made for drinking.The box assured me these were "a stylish alternative to plastic straws".
One would think the whole water + paper = wet mess
concept would have made me think twice about my purchase. 

The firetruck cake was handmade by one of Nik's grandmothers.
She is fabulous and so are her cakes.
Pickles loved it and got to keep the firetruck topper toy afterwards.

Nik received some very generous gifts
 from some awesome people.

Look At Me...  I'm Three

Photography supplied courtesy of Christina Seddon-Meyer


Ornament bird feeder

I have been slacking in the blogging department lately.
Pickles will be the big three soon, and I have been spending
alot of my free time working on some exciting things for that.

Continuing with our bird theme, Nik felt it was necessary to feed
the birds as well as housing them.
So we decided to make bird feeders.

My original plan was the pine cone peanut butter route,
but I deviated from that plan.
As I was standing in the bird seed section reviewing my options I saw
 containers of bird suet.
Apparently there is fat in suet which is good for fattening up winter birds,
but no so good for bird bikini season.

bird suet
string or jute
cookie cutter

I bought two different kinds of suet.
We wanted to attract a variety of birds.

I provided Nik with a straw to punch a hole in the form after it was complete,
 but he insisted on doing that part first. 

I explained to Nik that we were going to break up the suet cake, and smoosh it into the candy corn shaped cookie cutter.
Why a candy corn shaped cutter?
We like to mix things up sometimes,
and use Halloween candy corn cutters in March.


Nik discovered the suet was crumbly,
but the fat allowed it to smoosh together.
This was his favorite part.

We also learned two additional facts
about suet while doing this project. 

The fat in this stuff is like crack to dogs and cats.
They tried to pin Pickles to the ground so they could lick his hands.

And, this stuff is like magic on dry winter hands.
My skin felt fabulous after this. Greasy, but fabulous.

We poked a hole in the mold with a straw, right in the middle.
I find a straw works better as it sucks up excess suet.
We pushed the ornament out of the mold and 
placed it in the freezer for a few hours to set. 

Jute was used to string the ornaments onto the tree's. 

The snow started to pick up substantially so we hung
 the bird seed molds in trees and ran back into the house.

A lot of birds stopped by.
It was nice to see the large variety and Nik thought the birds were cool.

But you won't be able to see the cool birds
 as the pictures below are horrible.

A white and black bird stopped in to eat.

This guy was large. He had a beautiful red splotch on his head.


Citrus Lane review Feb 2014

If you are generally amazed by the professional quality and sheer awesomeness of my pics, I'm sorry to say you will be disappointed today.
The pics are less than stellar. 

Pickles had been waiting all day for me to
get home from work to open his "Lane" box;
he could have just burst with excitement.

To make the poor child wait for me to take
pictures of everything was just cruel and unusual punishment.

February's box had great stuff in it.

The first item was a gift for mom. Very cool.
Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream.
The hand cream is lovely and smells more citrus to me than apple.
And if there is one thing I need to do more of, it's defy my age.

Next we have the Tie-Up Shoe.
This was the star of the show.

It's a little wooden shoe with shoelace holes to thread through.
Nikolas had to stop and focus on this one. 

It did not take long before Pickles
realized the shoe could be used as a melee weapon.

I took the shoe away and handed Nik the Storage bin.
It didn't look like something that could be played with, so Nik had that disappointed look on his face

I explained that the storage bin could hold
Hot Wheels, dinosaurs etc, and then he was hooked.
He wanted to fill it with treasures right away.
I personally have my own love affair with containers, so I can fully understand Nik's excitement when discovering the monkey could actually hold his stuff.

It's quite sturdy.
Handles on both sides, cute ears and a lined inside. 

The box also contained another Barefoot book.
Skip through the Seasons.
Nik loves searching puzzles so this was right up his alley.
Not sure why Citrus Lane is only focusing on Barefoot in the last few boxes.

Overall, two thumbs up.

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