April 30, 2011

CVS Photo Gifts - Review

A great gift for any Mother is some pictures of their kids! CVS Online Photo center  has a collection of some wonder photo gifts to choose from, most as well can be picked up in store the same day you order! It's not too late to get something before Mother's Day, certainly enough time for Father's Day as well.

I was able to get the Photo Book, Calender and Collage mug (which hasn't arrived yet, it couldn't be picked up in store)
   All photo gifts were done within an hour when ordered express. I was able to pick them up at our local store and  was told they can fix anything I didn't like. That's awesome customer service right there. I wouldn't want to take the time putting a gift together and not be happy if it couldn't be fixed.

The Calender takes your through steps after uploading your pictures. Choose or have the pictures automatically picked for you, you can change the order and layout of most all projects but remember to save as you go along.

This is the Cover

This is what one of the Months look like,I'll fast forwards to Christmas time ;-) I know it's a spring picture but I love it so much I want to see it all year round!
The calender turned out great I used the 1 side picture option,  as it gave me more picture room and the "Whimsical Flower" design. It had many pastel colors with cute little curled and wispy flowers , but at the same time not "girl" themed. My son hates when I put together something and there's too much girl stuff in it, this was perfect. Came together easily and beautifully! I got all my kids recent pictures used for the year!
Calenders start at 11.99



The photo books come in different sizes, I picked a 4x6 one. There's a protective sheet over the first picture , all the pages are crystal clear and glossy. 
It wasn't as easy to put together as the Calender only because of the pictures I had. Once you adjust the size, and pick how many pictures you want on each page you can create a unique one of a kind book!  I think these are great for giving to Grandparents as well as any Parents wanting to keep a book of their favorites pictures or an event they want to remember forever!
Photo books start at 5.99

The mug, which I haven't gotten yet was the College one, where you can pick up to 15 pictures for the 11oz mug. I love photo mugs, I have some already from other places I've gotten. Perfect way to capture your kids priceless moment. I enjoy the mugs so I know I will love this one as well. I used only 4 pictures, one of each of the kids. The Collage Mug is 13.99 while the other mugs start at 11.99 . If you have a Tea or Coffee lover in the house, these would be perfect, they come in different sizes as well.

I would love to make more gift and give them out, CVS worked hard and the gifts came out perfectly. Plus when you first sign up you get 25 free prints to use! Who can argue with that?!

Check out your local CVS store to see if they have an in store pick up! Get your gifts the same day you order!
**Buy 60 4x6 prints and get 20 FREE! Code at checkout-  20FREE
**20% off Photo Gifts -code at checkout- MOM20
**Get 33% Off all Photo Cards - code at checkout-  MOMCARD

Don't forget if you want something the same day to pick up choose " express pickup "
Make some memories and share with Mom or Dad!!  Have the kids select the pictures and colors for gifts, to give as well They'd be delighted to make a gift and say they created it!

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned products  from CVS in order to give and write an honest review. No other compensation was given, any and all opinion are my own. *


Read more ...

April 29, 2011

Homemade Flaky Buttery Biscuits

Sure a can of pre-made biscuits is easy, and hassle free, but wait until you try these amazing homemade biscuits, you'll never go back! I guarantee you'll be hooked on them within the first bite, and if not, well I'll eat what you don't want! :)

   These biscuits are great for breakfast . They are flaky, buttery and oh so good.  My kids can fill them up with whatever sandwich meat, eggs or simply some peanut butter and jelly that they want that day. You can make these up to 3 days ahead of time. I love to make them and freeze them as pre-made egg and ham sandwiches. They re-heat well enough on busy days that the kids can get a breakfast in before we're out the door.

Kids can get in on this  recipe, as you don't even have to roll the dough out, you can easily use your hands to press the dough out and have them use the cutter to cut the biscuits out. If you do it too thin your biscuits won't puff up much, so try not to let them press it down too much. Make a double batch as this recipe only makes 6.

Flaky goodness!


Flaky Biscuits (a friend gave me this, not sure where it came from though)

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons chilled solid vegetable shortening
5 tablespoons unsalted butter—3 tablespoons thinly sliced, 2 tablespoons melted
1 cup buttermilk (remember if you dont' have buttermilk just use 1 tablespoon lemon or vinegar and enough milk to make one cup. Let stand 5 minutes and stir before using.)

Directions
1.Preheat the oven to 475°. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven. In a large bowl, whisk the 2 cups of flour with the salt, baking powder and baking soda. Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Using your fingers, rub in the sliced butter, leaving large flakes of coated butter. Freeze the mixture until very cold, about 15 minutes.
2.Stir in the buttermilk until a dough forms. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and press or roll into a 9-by-7-inch rectangle, about 3/4 inch thick. Fold the rectangle in thirds like a letter, then fold the rectangle in half to make a little package. Press or roll out the dough to a 9-by-7-inch rectangle again. Repeat the folding process once more, then roll the dough out one more time to a 9-by-7-inch rectangle. Using a 3 1/2-inch round cutter, stamp out 4 biscuits. Pat the scraps together and stamp out 2 more biscuits.
3.Arrange the biscuits on a large baking sheet and brush the tops with the melted butter. Bake for about 14 minutes, shifting the baking sheet halfway through, until the tops and bottoms are golden and the biscuits are cooked through.


Enjoy these!!


Read more ...

April 28, 2011

Homemade Granola

My kids weren't too happy to try this out, but it quickly turned into a favorite of there's. I just told them it's like dunking a granola bar into milk, and they ate it in a flash.  Same basic ingredients to the granola bars I already make, it's a healthy quick staple to keep in the house. Keep it stored in air tight containers. If you missed the homemade Granola Bars you can find them here



Easy Granola


Ingredients
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup salted sunflower kernels ( I didn't add these as my kids aren't a fan)
2 cups raisins or dried fruit of your choice
Directions
In a small saucepan, combine the honey, oil and brown sugar; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, coconut, sesame seeds and sunflower kernels. Add honey mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Spread onto two ungreased baking pans.
Bake at 300° for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in raisins. Bake 10 minutes longer. Cool, stirring occasionally. Makes about 9-10 cups
Enjoy!


Read more ...

April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

The ladybugs have taken to my strawberry plants :)





Read more ...

April 26, 2011

So it begins...State Testing

State Testing starts for the kids today. Thankfully we have sunny weather this week, it would be horrible to be cooped up in school and then again when they get home. It's always a trying week, early bedtimes, groggy mornings sometimes and the moods seem to drop due to the tests. I can't blame them, it's not fun to sit and stare at paper throughout the day. I can get them on a better start to the day though, which always starts with breakfast!

I've been working hard to get the freezer stocked with breakfast items, pancakes, sausage patties, egg sandwiches and even meatloaf muffins. My kids love eating those in the morning, they are super quick to re-heat and small enough to eat even on a busy morning. Another thing my kids love is Breakfast Ham and Egg cups, these mini frittatas are fresh, full of flavor and great to grab and go. Granola Bars are great for mornings, or snacks, even great for their lunches, I've made triple batches to take into their classes this week.

 I've also made a menu for their lunches, the better fed they are, the better concentration they have throughout the day. I wanted it to be fun at the same time, so each night I make some different sandwich wraps for their lunches, my kids love Warrior Wraps,


Ingredients For Warrior Wraps

non fat cream cheese, softened
whole green onions, finely chopped
dry nonfat ranch salad dressing mix
whole wheat flour tortillas
low fat turkey breast, roast beef, ham or chicken slices
Lettuce or Spinach
Directions*

Combine cream cheese, green onions and ranch mix, blend until combined.Spread evenly on each tortilla. Place lettuce and top with your choice of meat. Roll up tightly and cut into 1/2 or thirds for a snack friendly wrap. You can wrap with plastic and refrigerate for up to two days.

These wraps get them going and with some fruit on the side I can guarantee they have a better chance of a great day. Dinners will be just as easy to prepare as breakfast and their lunches. As by the time they get home from a day of testing,  the only thing we worry about is what game to play outside. It's important for them to get a break, play and get all the energy out otherwise the next day they won't be at their best. This week it's all about quick , easy and zero stress!

 I'll share some throw together dinners, quick healthy snacks and some great ways to keep food stocked up with little to no stress!

Read more ...

April 25, 2011

Weekend Projects

It's finally finished! Over the weekend the peas went into the ground, along with the poles I made a few weeks ago. Thankfully the neighbors cat (knock on wood) hasn't gone in there yet. I put up some deer netting, which is flexible and perfect to try and keep things out.


The poles were about 5ft each. My husband put them together for me, you can see how he did it here. Running nylon string from the loops down to the wooden stakes he also made from left over projects I didn't need to buy a thing at all. The garden box itself was made with 4x4's he had left over from building his own tool chest (Which was awesome, I'll have to take a picture of that). From scrap pieces and  my own seeds from last years garden, this project has cost little to nothing.
Happy Peas :)

The netting is called DeerX, very flexible, so I just used more wooden stakes and had it running along the outside of the box. If anything it'll keep my kids out, hopefully the few animals that run through my garden. One of my garden project down, who knows what I'll come up with next. I keep giving my husband things to do, which brings me to the other weekend project he completed while I finished my own.

 A Lock-box for my son! My Son is always complaining that the three girls are into his things, and he wants to lock them up. Since I can't just keep them out of his room all together, I thought of a lock box, just something he could keep under his bed and out of the way. My husband made this awesome idea come to life!

Complete with a removable tray and all!


Fits right under the bed :) 

I keep trying to get my husband to build a china cabinet , each time he tells me it's too big of a project, and simply agrees to another project I asked him to build to get out of it.The last time I wanted the Cabinet he agreed to build bookshelves, then another garden container and so many more in between. It keeps going like that,  all in all it's a win win situation for the both of us :)

Don't forget the Baroque Bath and Body giveaway, it ends Tonight!!!
Read more ...

April 22, 2011

Easter Treats! -Homemade Cadbury Eggs

A great friend of mine came across this recipe and teased us all with her pictures when she made them. Once I tried making it myself, I was hooked. One of my all time favorite treats at Easter, one I may add you can only find around Easter time, can now be made at home!

How to Make your own Cadbury Eggs! Thanks Kelli for getting me hooked on these :)



Ingredients:

1/2 cups light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter, softened NOT melted!
1 teas. vanilla ( or orange extract ,  lemon extract, raspberry )
1/4 teas. salt
3 cups powdered sugar
4 drops yelllow food coloring *optional
2 drops red food coloring *optional
1 − 12 oz. bag semisweet or milk chocolate chips or even dark chocolate
2 Tbls. shortening

Directions:

Combine corn syrup, butter, vanilla and salt in large bowl. Beat well with
electric mixer. One at a time, add sugar, mixing by hand after each
addition.


Remove about 1/3 of the mix and place in small bowl. Add yellow and
red coloring and stir if desired. Cover both mixes and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

When mixes are firm, roll a small ball from the orange filling and wrap
around it a portion of the white filling that is twice that size.

You may have to put the mixes back in the fridge to harden, they soft quickly, so work in small batches. Forming into an egg shape, place them on a shortening brushed cookie sheet. Once all the Eggs are shaped, store in the refrigerate again for 3-4 hours.

Directions for the Outer Shell-
Combine chocolate chips with shortening in glass bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Then stir and microwave another minute until the chips are all melted.
Use a fork to dip each center into the chocolate, placing them onto wax paper to set. Again, you may want to work in small batches, I had to put the pan in the fridge every other egg to keep them chilled enough to work with better. After all the eggs have been dipped and coated once with chocolate, Chill them again for about 1-2 hours, before dipping for a second coating.

 My Kids have gotten in the habit of sprinkling them with Easter sprinkles before I finish them up, puts a great twist to it for any occasion!

Enjoy them now, enjoy them all year long :)


Read more ...

April 20, 2011

Garden Mess

The Garden really isn't in a mess, it just feels like it.Beans are planted, most the squash and zucchini is planted as well, peas will be planted this week and the next batch of cucumbers will make their way into the garden. This is what my front porch looks like right now, which does look like a mess.


Most the eggshell plants are now in bigger planting pots, which are all coded with toothpicks and stickers. The Tomatoes have the stickers of different kinds so I can tell them apart, same with the peppers. Those are peas in the back, with just a few stranded beans which haven't been planted just yet.


I have now 8 raspberry plants taking off on the side of the house, so I'm looking forward to those. Strawberries are blooming already, and those are all over the place so we'll have plenty of berries this year! Everything is kind of all over the place until it's planted so it feels like a mess. Hopefully by the end of the week I won't have so much sitting right outside the door, but since the neighbors cat, and the squirrels will ruin these it's where they will stay until I can get a barrier up and plant them. If only they will just leave my garden alone!!
Read more ...

April 19, 2011

Healthy Homemade Snack- Granola Bars

I found this on a Land O'Lakes recipe card in one of my other cookbooks, where it came from, who knows! It's odd, because I was just about to make snack bars only I didn't have everything needed for it. This recipe was quick and ingredients were all on hand. After 3 batches and an empty snack jar it's safe to say the kids love them!



 Chewy Granola Bars
Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups uncooked old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup cranberries & raisins dried fruit combination
1/4 cup slivered almonds
 Directions
Heat oven to 325°F. Line 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray foil with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Combine all ingredients except dried fruit and almonds in large bowl until well mixed. Stir in dried fruit and almonds.

Lightly press mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 22 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. (Center may be soft.) Cool completely; cut into bars.

Switch up the things you add, different nuts, different dried fruits, no nuts at all! I love these, they are soft and chewy a new winner in this house!!
Enjoy!



Read more ...

April 18, 2011

Weekend Recap

Beautiful weekend, wonderful weather and smiling kids made it around perfect! Saturday was spent mostly in the dirt , planting and re-planting. My second set of beans made it into the ground. The first was eaten by a certain annoying furry critter who thinks it's a blast to bury his peanuts in around my plants roots each and every year.
  The Bean and Pea Pole Project is halfway finished, I'm just waiting till the peas are tall enough and strong enough for outside.


 Once they are they will take up the second half of this garden bed, in which each wooden stake will have a nylon string traveling up and attaching to the pole. It'll create a sturdy structure for both peas and beans to climb yet all in one compact area. As long as the kids stay away from it, the dogs don't trample into it, the neighbors cat stops toying with it, and of course the squirrels, it'll be just as I imagined it would down on paper. By the end of the week I hope to have all the plants out there and will keep you updated on it.

So far the fruits and vegetable garden this year are looking promising, minor set backs, nothing that can't be dealt with though. The weather turned gray on us again today, but at least it was a wonderful sunny weekend, I even got some great Spring pictures of my kids which will be showed a little later for a great Mother's Day or Father's Day gift, stay tuned for that, you'll love it!

 The Baroque Bath and Body Giveaway started on Saturday, if you haven't checked it out you should. Enter for a chance to spoil yourself for Mother's day, or spoil someone else! She also has a coupon for all my awesome readers, so now is your chance, use it up till May 8th!!

Happy Monday Everyone!



Read more ...

April 17, 2011

Make Your Own Fruit Spread

It's easy to pick up a tub of cream cheese spread from the store, but even easier to make your. Make your own of anything means, your making it to your own likes, instead of settling for what they have in the store. My store rarely has what I want half the time anyways so when I came across a simple recipe to make my own spread I jumped all over it. Instead of only finding it once in awhile, I can have it anytime I want and the way I want it as well.  All you need really is two things, Cream Cheese, and Jam.

The one thing I must say first before the recipe is, mix the cream cheese,  your choice of preserves or jam first. Taste it then think about adding anything else if you feel it needs a little extra. I find the homemade jams I get really are all I want, the taste is perfect for me. Most of them still have pieces of fruit in the jars as well, but you can even add some sliced up ones yourself if you like that. Mix it up however you want and make it your own!

Fruit Spread
2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup strawberry jam or preserves of your choice ( I used raspberry)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, butter and lemon juice until smooth. Now eat. :) * Mine never last that long, but I have been able to keep it fresh in the fridge up to a week, not any longer with all the ingredients mixed in. With just cream cheese and the jam it can last well up to two weeks. *
This can be used as a spread and a filling, like for sweet breads(coffee rings). My kids think it's terrific on top of cupcakes and even muffins, not to mention just spooning it out and eating it. Crazy kids, wonder where they learned that from? :)
Enjoy!


Read more ...

April 16, 2011

Baroque Bath & Body Giveaway -Spoil Him and Her Event *Closed*

Perfect for carrying around during travel or to and from your everyday trips, Baroque Bath and Body Perfume Sticks bring fresh, light scents with you anywhere you go!

Floral Collection (Choose 3 out of 9) - Solid Perfume Sticks -Honeysuckle, Country Blossom, Rose Petals, Peony and Chamomile, Egyptin Orchid, Japanese Magnolia, Flowering Dogwood, Mountain Freesia, Ocean Poppies - Handmade Travel Size Fragrance - Natural



 The scents aren't strong, but aren't too weak either, they last nearly all day long through my normal crazy non-stop moving day. Each stick can last you up to a month or longer. With over 40  different scents including;  Clean Cotton, Country Blossom , Blue Lagoon , Sweet Rain , French Vanilla , and Champagne and Roses , you have anywhere from Floral, Earthy, Clean and Fresh, to Seductive scents to choose from.
 I am in love with these Perfume Sticks! For a busy Mom on the go all the time, it's fun to be able to carry one of these sticks in something as small as lunch bag to the park if I wanted to freshen up a bit. They are like thin chap sticks, very light, and super convenient to carry around. I can't wait to try some new fragrances, there's so many to choose from it'll be hard to narrow it down to just a couple! My favorite is the Country Blossom, which smells like the garden, yet not over powering. The Clean Cotton, is a clean scent which reminds me a dryer sheet only sweeter. Verbena bamboo which is fruity and sweet , is a nice pick me up at the end of the day, another favorite!

Green & Botanical Set - Solid Perfume Sticks - Oakmoss, Verbena Bamboo, August Orchard, Ocean Cucumber, Sea Petal - Handmade Travel Size Fragrance - All Natural Base


All Natural and made with no chemicals, these slender sticks are perfect to spoil someone with with. No mess, no clutter they have you smelling lovely no matter where you go.

Sarah, proud creator of Baroque has been generous enough to not only offer two of my readers with a choice of 3 scents they choose as a giveaway, she has also set up a  20% Coupon for My Side of Life's Subscribers! Use Code: MYSIDEOFLIFE  up until May 8th on either of her sites  Baroque on Etsy or http://www.baroquebathbody.com/ . Check out all the scents she has and look back often as she offers promotions as well  as new products !

  There's plenty of time to buy before Mother's Day. Sarah has special sets where you can choose your own scents, as well as Perfume Oils, and some wonderful Soaps. If you want a chance to Win some for yourself, here's how to Enter!

*Giveaway Rules* 


Good Luck to everyone!!

**Disclosure- I received Baroque Bath & Body products in order to write an honest review. No monetary compensation was received for this post. I did not have to write an positive review, Any and all opinions are and will always be my own.*


\
Read more ...

April 15, 2011

Spoil Him & Her Event Hits the Blog!


Mother's and Father's Day is just around the corner! Why not Spoil Him or Her with a few sweets, treats and fun gifts? My Side of Life will be featuring some gadgets for the gadget lover, sweets for anyone's sweet tooth, and some everyday items that help around the house not to mention the things in between!

The Event Starts tomorrow April 16thy with a Giveaway from Baroque Bath & Body, which you do not want to miss!!

Favorite Things Collection (Set of 5) - Solid Perfume Sticks - French Market, Spring Rain, Indian Summer, Country Blossom, Fresh Laundry - Handmade Travel Size Fragrance - All Natural Base

So don't forget to check back and see all the cool stuff happening!!
Read more ...

Big Batch of Chicken Nuggets

A great way to keep my kids hunger at bay is to have these baked chicken nuggets on hand. I make a big batch and then freeze them so I can take small servings out to re-heat. Super easy as well, not to mention cheaper than buying them at the store.


Baked Chicken Nuggets

6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
2 cups  seasoned bread crumbs (for some more crunch mix up some panko crumbs in there as well)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 cup butter, melted or  2 beaten eggs ( I like the egg better than the butter)

Directions
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F 
2.Cut chicken breasts into 1 1/2-inch sized pieces. In a bowl or large zip lock bag, mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil. Mix it up.
If your using the egg for dipping, beat it up in a small bowl and dip the pieces of chicken in it, then coat with bread crumbs.  If using the butter, dip the chicken in and coat with breadcrumbs before placing them on a  lightly greased cookie sheet in a single layer, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until no longer pink . Flip them over halfway through baking so each side can get golden brown.

Serve with your favorite dips, sauces and enjoy! To freeze, make sure they are completely cooled and lay in a freezer  airtight container or bag. Label and freeze. Thaw or cook right from the freezer.




Read more ...

April 13, 2011

Finally!

Spring, it's finally here!



My Chives :)

Is Spring showing it's face where you live?

Read more ...

April 12, 2011

Protecting those Veggies!

 There's a couple cheap and frugal ways to protect your plants in the garden .

  We still have nights were it's too cold for the vegetable plants , but the plants are too big to keep in small cups so they needed to be outside. Besides the crazy squirrel Nutter's who loves to mess up my garden, snails, and the weather claim many seedlings during this month.

My first quick fix is wood shavings! Snails don't seem to go past a pile of shavings, and the shavings have kept my plants from frost at nights as well. Not only that it keeps the soil moist, which means less watering. Straw also works well. Right before dust cover the plants up as most the heat from the ground is already leaving so you want to cover it up around this time to keep the heat there around the plant.
  Newspaper, plastic sheets, even a bed sheet as long as it's light weight.Burlap works, as well as bubble wrap, so of you've got it, use it!  If the plants are a little bigger or very fragile, create a tent, use a stake and just drape whatever your using over making a make shift tent over the plant. If you using straw or wood shavings make sure leaves, and the stem are protected.


My Squash getting covered for the night!

  You can also use a empty milk jug to keep frost at bay. Cut the bottom off and place it over the seedling or plant, it'll keep the heat in as well as bugs and frost out. Other plastic jugs could work as well, just remember to remove them in the morning before the sun really hits it. You don't want too much heat trapped in there, it can kill the plant.  



 If your trying to keep snails away, straw doesn't work so well . If your using the straw for plants already, I suggest sprinkling  eggshells around the plants like a barrier to keep the snails away. Eggshells don't forget bring some nutrients into the soil so keep saving them, clean them dry them crush them up to use all over the garden!

 Another way to keep the snails away is get drunk! Not you, the snails! Yup, get those things drunk as sleazy snails. Fill a pie plate with beer and set it out at night, Those slugs drink it and die. Just beware your yard will look like a drunken slug war zone, and it's not pretty to look at.

In the morning, after the frost has thawed make sure you uncover the plants so the air is moving and the sun warms them up! Each night you can just move the straw, shavings or whatever your using to protect them back into place. Once the temps stops dipping so low at night you don't have to worry as much. Straw and shavings though do keep the ground moist, so it's not a bad idea to keep around plants all season long. If you have berries, or any other ground growing plants it's great to use to keep the fruit and vegetables off the dirt.



Enjoy your Garden :)



Read more ...

April 11, 2011

How the Wire Man was born

Wire is so much fun to work with, there's really nothing you can't do with it. I've been making these wire craft items just to see what I can do, and so far it's a blast, the kids have fun picking out shapes, color wire and the beads so they help with most of it. The first one I did was the butterfly, you can see that one here and how to do it. One of the next ones I made was this Wire Man, and he's become part of a game in our house. Funny how silly little things engage the kids the most!




My son is the one who picked this out, he knew he wanted to have a big head, curly funny looking legs and arms. He picked out the beads and knew just what it should look like! After Wire Man was made he took place in my plants near the window among other places.
  Each day my son moves him around to another plant waiting for me to notice, and if I don't see it right away he'll put it somewhere else, like on top of my coffee, or on the key hooks near the door. The girls think it's spooky he moves around so much, I just can't stop laughing at how much fun my son gets out of this one wire craft. It's become a rather fun daily game. :)


How to make a Wire Man!


One Marble for the head
2 beads for the hands
2 beads for the  feet
4 at least beads for the body depending how big you want to make this.
12 gauge crafting wire for the main body
18 gauge crafting wire for legs and arms
wire cutters (do not use scissors)
Nylon jaw pliers

Directions



Cut a long piece (about 6 or so inches) of the 12 gauge wire. Take the marble and curl the wire around it so till it's curled around the entire ball. Straighten the wire to make the neck and body.



Slip the body beads on all the way up to the marble head. Take the wire and bend it to the side so the beads don't fall off. You'll trim it in a minute.

Now using the 18guage wire, cut a length for the arms. Center the wire under the first bead under the Marble head, and twist it around to keep it in place. Place the beads your using for the hands on each end, while making sure to curl the ends with the pliers so the bead doesn't move.
 

 You can either curl the arms up, or make zig zags, I used a pencil to curl them and pulled them out to stretch a little.
Cut a longer piece of wire for the legs and repeat with the beads and ends. Using the body wire that's sticking out, twist the center of the leg wire around it and secure it till it stays in place. I just twisted it into a little knot and trimmed it off. Now either curl or zig zag the leg wires till they are the way you want.



Wire Man is born!



Have fun!






Read more ...