August 29, 2015

Modern Industrial Gift Certificate Give Away!!!!!

Hi all!

Last week I featured a guest PVC Pipe post from Ashley at Modern Industrial {click here to view that post}. Wow, I was super inspired by her post and have been working on my PVC pipe project that I hope to share with you soon.

Today I am excited to share the AMAZING giveaway Ashley is offering to YOU, my lovely readers :)

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Be sure to visit Modern Industrial's website, leave me a comment, and then enter the rafflecopter above!!!

Spread the word! The giveaway ends in a week :) :)

Blessings,
Janiene


August 14, 2015

Super Fun PVC Pipe Projects!

I have such a fun guest post today for you all! 
With a couple more weeks remaining in Summer I know I am going to be making some of these AMAZING PVC pipe projects! Please welcome Ashley from Modern Industrial...

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7 Ways to Entertain the Kids Using PVC

Let’s be honest – our kids always seem to have the most fun with anything that is not a traditional toy. Playing drums on kitchen pots, building forts with blankets, and hiding in cardboard boxes are favorite activities of many children. Parents simply need to harness a little bit of this same creativity, and everyone can have fun!

One material that has countless options for enjoyment and imaginative play is PVC pipe. Nope, it’s not just for plumbing projects. PVC is durable and inexpensive, and can be transformed into a variety of entertaining activities. I bet you never thought about “toy” shopping at your local home improvement store. Let’s look at a few of the things you can build to keep your kids engaged.

  1. Children’s Grocery Stand
    It is easier than you think to create a grocery stand at home where your kids can go shopping all day. Simply find some type of storage or shelving unit to serve as the base, and this is where you can store all of the groceries. You can then use PVC pipe to build an awning over this little market. Attach some fun fabric to the structure, and you are ready to go!
  2. Princess Dress Rack
    Assemble various PVC pipes together to create a clothing rack for all of your little one’s princess dresses. Put all of the dresses on hangers, and she will have easy access to all of her fancy outfits for hours of fun.
  3. Sensory Table
    Sensory tables for babies and toddlers can be pricey, so take a little bit of time to make your own from a few PVC pipes and fittings. The end result is an educational toy that is inexpensive, entertaining, and easy to take apart for storage.
  4. Reading Nook
    Foster your children’s love for reading by creating a special reading nook for them. Assemble a fort-like structure from PVC pipe, drape fabric over it, and add a few floor pillows for them to sit on. Now they have a comfy space they can call their own and read their favorite stories.
  5. Storage Unit for Barbie Dolls and Action Figures
    Okay, so this one may not keep your kids entertained, but it will help you maintain your sanity. Clear the clutter and keep track of all the Barbie dolls and action figures around your house by building a storage unit for these toys. Just cut some PVC pipe couplings in half, attach them to a piece of wood, and put the toys away.
  6. Kids Car Garage
    It’s amazing how many vehicles a child can collect before they ever get their driver’s license. Build a storage unit out of PVC pipe for their cars, bikes, and trucks to get them put away and protected. The kids can even practice their parking skills.
  7. Water Shooter Toy
    There is nothing better than playing in the water during the summer months. With some PVC pipe and a pool noodle, you can make a water shooter toy that will keep your kids cool and entertained outside.
Here are the pictures of these awesome PVC Pipe projects...








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Written by Ashley Boswell, contributing writer for Modern Industrial.
Modern Industrial carries a range of industrial supplies, with a focus on plumbing supplies ranging from standard PVC pipe and valves to PVC furniture fittings that are made specifically for furniture and structure-building types of crafts.  They also carry more specialized Schedule 80 CPVC Fittings for serious commercial uses.  Visit Modern Industrial's website to learn more.
Check back next week for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to use to create one of these amazing projects for yourself!
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I hope you will pop back in next week for your chance to win $50!!!!

I will post pictures of the PVC Pipe project I make with next weeks post.

Blessings!
Janiene

July 19, 2015

Naturey Adventures - Mill Creek Wetlands

Today we explored the Mill Creek Wetlands in Chino. 
The temperature was 94 degrees and it was super humid. 
It was not the best time of day to go on a hike (we started out at noon) but we didn't care - we had plenty of water to stay hydrated and we ended up having an awesome day together!


Throwing rocks in the creek is like the best thing in the world to a kid...

Even on a hike she has to have her fairy wings and a purse :)

Exploring...


Hiking down to the creek...

I love my sweet boys...

Taking a little break while brothers hike ahead...

Such a beautiful day!


Ant hills...

Need to research and nature journal about this beautiful cactus...

This beautiful plant had yellow blossoms and green seed pods. I need to research this plant too...

We opened one of the seed pods and it had an aroma of a bell pepper...

Always fun when the sprinklers come on and you can cool off a bit...

I am sure this hike will be much more beautiful in the fall! We will be coming back to this spot again and again!!!

May 16, 2015

Adventuring through Pioneer Town

We had a fabulous time adventuring our way 
through the desert today with Grandma Sandy! 

Driving on the 10 fwy near Cabazon is a favorite of mine because I get to see these fans. I have loved driving through this area since I was a kid...

My kids love this carved old man tree and we have to stop to look at it every time we drive through Joshua Tree...

Grandma has two large ant hills on her property and the boys loved exploring their homes and collecting a few ants for observations...

Taking a break from desert explorations to comfort her baby, who she tells me does not like to be out in the bright sun (lol!)... 

Desert forget-me-not (with my hand next to it for scale)...

I loved these wild desert forget-me-nots so much I had to bring some home...

Then we drove over to Pioneer Town in Yucca and had a great time exploring the shops and watching the street performances. We will definitely be visiting this fun town again! Amazing to me that this town began as a movie set and has became a legit historical town. So Awesome! Check my Instagram feed on the sidebar to see some of the videos of the street performance. The actors were great and so kind to all of us tourists :)
(Image from Wikipedia)

We learned about spinning yarn from goats hair...

She told us that the process of making yarn in this way is called handspinning...

Some of the amazing yarns that were hand spun, and yes I really wanted to buy them all but exercised restraint...

Some of the adorable goats that offered their hair up to be spun into yarn...

He was cracking up at this silly cactus (lol!)...

A cowgirl's coat rack...

My little buckaroos...

Such an amazing sign post...

Rascally varmints... 

The Bishop brigade was caught and thrown into prison. We plead not guilty...

My mom let each grandkid pick out any 5 snacks they wanted from the store, oh the fun they had picking. Grandma's are the best...

And then this happened when she got into grandmas bag of pretties...

The chilly windy weather brought out the Elsa in my daughter as she sang "the cold never bothered me anyways", the lyrics from Let It Go...

As we were driving home from the desert we got to see the most amazing sunset...

I love the desert!
Janiene

May 15, 2015

Crochet Butterfly Pattern


As with every crochet pattern, I find that it is all about finding the right fit for your specific project. There are dozens of amazing butterfly patterns online but I could not find a small FREE crochet pattern for a butterfly that I was happy with. So, I sat down and played around with making my own pattern and I came up with this quick & easy version of a butterfly and thought I would share it with all of my crocheting friends :)

I'm not a seasoned pattern writer, so please forgive me if I make errors. Just feel free to use the comments section below to ask questions & I'll help as much as I can!

I used a size G/6-4.25MM Boyl hook and Caron Simply Soft medium yarn. Each butterfly measures 2-1/2" Wide x 2" Tall

Start with a Magic Circle
Chain 4
Single Crochet in the center of the magic ring 
(it will make a small loop with that chain 4)
Chain 8
Single Crochet in the center of the magic ring 
(it will make a small loop with that chain 8)
Chain 8
Single Crochet in the center of the magic ring 
(it will make a small loop with that chain 8)
Chain 4
Single Crochet in the center of the magic ring 
(it will make a small loop with that chain 4)

You should now have 2 small loops and 2 larger loops secured into the center of the magic ring. It kinda looks like a tiny butterfly already, doesn't it :)

sc into the first chain 4 loop and then into that same loop you will...
hdc
dc
tr
dc
hdc
sc

sc into the next chain 8 loop and then into that same loop you will...
hdc
dc
tr
dtr
dtr
tr
dc
hdc
sc

sc into the next chain 8 loop and then into that same loop you will...
hdc
dc
tr
dtr
dtr
tr
dc
hdc
sc

sc into the next chain 4 loop and then into that same loop you will...
hdc
dc
tr
dc
hdc
sc

slst into next stitch and tie off
Weave in the loose ends

Done!


I hope this pattern works out for you! 
Blessings,
Janiene