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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Colorful Tires

Quote of the Day:

Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment
you're just a mother. The next you are all-wise and
prehistoric.

 Author: Pam Brown




Colorful Tires

I found this idea on Pinterest and decided that I wanted to try it. Tires are easy to get. We have places here that take in old tires because they are hard to get rid of. My husband went to one of these places and got me 6 tires for free. These are really kind of large. I painted each of them using spray paint for plastic. I actually used a couple of different brands because they didn't carry all of the colors that I wanted. The yellow, orange and red took more than one can to cover it all. The purple also took more than one and the 2nd can was a different purple. I didn't put dirt in the green tire. It took 2 forty lb bags of potting soil to fill each tire. I put those plastic floor protectors in each one so that the dirt would stay in each tire. The top flower is a zinnia. I intend to eventually change it to a perrenial plant like the others. The plants in the yellow, orange, purple and blue are bedding perrenials and will return each season. For me, that's great. No real care and replanting needed. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sucker "Plant"

Quote of the Day:

As a reward for being a great mother you become a grandma and when you have great grandchildren that's because you are a great grandma!!

 Author: me!! (Suzie Griffith)




Sucker "Plant"
I got this idea from this picture on Pinterest. I loved it.




I bought the bucket and the styrofoam ball at Michael's Craft Store. The bucket was $5 and the ball was $1.50. I chose to use tootsie roll pops. It obviously is very simple to do. I have to say that when I do it again because my grandkids have eaten all the suckers, I'll try the dum dums as shown in the picture. They may fill the ball easier with nothing showing. The planters like shown is cheaper and could be bought at Michael's also.

Every grandmother should have something like this to treat her grandchildren when they come to visit. I love the idea.





Friday, July 11, 2014

Giant Kerplunk

Quote of the Day:

An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly.

 Author: Gene Perret













Giant Kerplunk

The first picture above I found on Pinterest. I decided to have my husband build it to take to our family reunion. As you can see from the rest, it was a hit. Look at their faces trying to figure out which piece of wood to pull that won't drop any balls. It was so much fun to watch.

I bought 2 wreath frames at Michael's Craft Store. They were about 2.50 each. We had the chicken wire already. My husband cut just enough to fit into the wreath frames. I decoreated the top frame a bit by using pieces of jeans. This jeans wreath is in a previous post that I posted on January 15th of this year. We bought 30 dow rods at Home Depot and 100 balls at Toys R Us. We had to set it on small wood blocks so that the balls could fall out at the bottom and the children could collect them. The one with the fewest balls was the winner. We bought silly little trophies at Party City to give to the winners of our little games. It is now stored away in the garage so that we can use it again at other family functions.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our Family Reunion

Quote of the day:

Always and Forever is a Grandmothers love

 Author: Kathy




July 9, 2014 

We had our family reunion at Lake Hope State Park in MacArthur, Ohio. If you ever get the chance to stay there, you'll love it. There is so much to do. The lady in the cowboy hat is the matriarch of our clan. Without her, there would probably be no reunion. We love you, Mom. As you can see there is canoeing and swimming and hiking. There is also fishing, but none of us there did any of that. 

We also have a campfire every Friday night of the that particular weekend. We serve hot dogs and chips and make some'ores. We were close enough to the 4th of July, that we had sparklers.

You'll notice the quilt that my grandson appears to be working at. He is. Our cousin Sonia makes the quilt that we made the squares for last year. She leaves little strings that need to be tied. We all tie a string and we all had a small hand in making the quilt. We have a raffle and give it to one of the family members. This year our cousin Cara won the quilt. We also made more quilt squares for next years quilt. 


In the background of this picture you can see the quilt that was made in honor of me. I was going through my breast cancer at the time. 

We also play fun games. In the above picture group you'll see that we made a large version of Kerplunk. It was a success with the kids. Here, I'm trying to swing the ball tied to my back and knock down the bottles. We have a crazy time at our family reunions and I love going to them.