Crochet Vday Envelopes

81111ada1This is a cute project that I found on the Lion Brand Website. They offer this in their Free Crochet Patterns. It is part of their By Kids for Kids program. How cute to have them make one for mom or grandmom or even for themselves! Now to teach them all how to crochet. I am thinking that this would be better suited for my Juniors and Cadettes, although we could try it with the Brownies. They would just need more assistance.

I should add that their membership is free and you can subscribe for a free newsletter with patterns and advice.

Kell

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Plastic Bag Pom Poms

I was browsing the internet, not even looking for Pom Poms, and guess what I found? Creature Comforts has a link on using plastic bags instead of yarn to make pom poms. Now I’m wondering what else we can make pom poms out of. I think I will ask the girls at our meeting tonight to see how many different materials can make pom poms 🙂

Kell

Sock Monkeys!

My girls are so excited about this project. They’ve been discussing it for over a month now while we wait for all the girls to pick out and purchase socks and buttons so we can begin.

A friend gave me this link to a great tutorial to make sock monkeys. We’re going to work on them at our next meeting.

There are other tutorials on the web for Sock Monkeys as well:

Super Sock Monkey

Oddly enough, this link is to the same tutorial I listed first but has all the photos and instructions on one page.

I never actually had a sock monkey as a child, but now I will have one 🙂 I was like a little girl looking at the socks I purchased (Clearance at Target). Once we finish our project, I’ll post pictures of our sock monkey army!

Kell

Chinese Knotting

While browsing You Tube for vidoes on Turkish Corchet (Oya), I cam across this gorgeous instructional video for making a dragonfly using knots, two beads, a small piece of nylon cording, scissors, and a lighter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVCdC9bonrg&feature=related

I went to the Chinese Knotting .org website to find out more information on this technique. I learned that

“Chinese knots are, for the most part, two cord lanyard type arrangements where 2 cords enter from the top of the knot and 2 cords leave from the bottom. The knots are usually double-layered and symmetrical.”

And they offer this cool blog called Knotty Notions where they have instructional photos and links.

There is another great blog as well, IWOM, where they show you how to do Chinese Knotting.

And for those who love jewelry making as much as I do, Satin Cord has simple tutorials for knotting with jewelry.

I’m not suggestiong you allow the Girl Scouts to use the lighter when making the dragonflies or other knot creations, but I think you know the ability level of your scouts better than anyone else and can determine which parts of the activity are appropriate for them. I am going to suggest the dragonfly craft to my Cadets and Juniors to see which troops are interested, but I am not offering it to my Brownies. I believe they would quickly grow tired of the knots, and it is not fair to those who are not as dexterous as the others to do an activity such as this.

*edited

Intrigued by Chinese Knotting, I started to browse for other good sites and found this one: Knotting Artist. This site includes the history of Knotting and some beautiful work.

Kell

The NEW Daisies

I hear that Daisies will now be selling cookies! Do you all think that 5 and 6 year olds should be selling cookies? I think it’s great that they will be able to earn money to use toward trips and expenses, but I’m not quite sure many 5 year olds are ready to sell cookies. You could use the excuse that the parents and leaders sell the cookies, but in my troops, when we do cookie booths, they are always manned by the scouts. I am eager to find out the other changes that will be coming about even though I will no longer be a Daisy leader.

From GS CENTRAL:

Daisy Girl Scouts meet in groups of five to 10 with two or more adult leaders in a nurturing, inclusive environment. They go on trips, learn about nature and science, and explore the arts and their communities. Daisy Girl Scouts can also earn Learning Petals and receive participation patches.

Sample Activities for Daisy Girl Scouts

  • Arts and crafts projects like finger-painting murals and making colorful barrettes and paper-bag puppets
  • Trips to pick pumpkins and apples
  • Camping and hiking with their family
  • Planning a picnic and making snacks
  • Planting a community garden
  • Earning patches for activities like reading fun books or helping their community

This brings us to the Daisy Petals. Girls have always earned them in one year. I wonder how they are changing that to last over two years of scouting. Fortunately I know someone who is taking over Daisies. I’m going to have a sneak a peek at her books 🙂

Opinions? Comments? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Daisy changes and if you know more than me, can you share your info with me?

Kell

shoes

ok so I’ve never worn a pair of crocs so I can’t say if these are as comfortable or not, but this is cute. Scroll down to see the other designs she has made.

http://verasunshyne.blogspot.com/2007/03/super-duper-garden-clogs.html

Super Duper Garden Clogs!!!!!

$6.00 garden clogs from Big Lots + Mr. X-ACTO = TOTALLY CUTE SHOES!

Sooo have the girls trace patterns, adults can do the cutting if you are nervous (I am always nervous 😉 ) and then let them decorate with hot glue and rhinestones or decorations of their choice.

Kell

Crash posting

So I took a month off and now I feel so guilty!!

So here are a ton of ideas for crafts to work on for badges, and I’m still trying to find out more about Studio 2B

Kell

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