It's been a long time since I pulled out the warming tray to do crayon melts. It was the perfect medium for an iguana. Affiliate links below.
I've completed another big organizational task here at My Creative Life. All of the sports-themed crafts are in one place now. I am honestly surprised that I have as many as I do. You can see them all here:
While I have a decent variety, there are some sports that are completely absent. I'll have to make an effort to add them in at some point.
Believe it or not, it can be hard to decide what to include when I make these compilation pages. You might think it would be straightforward - either a particular craft has to do with sports, or it doesn't. I decided against including non-sports version of famous mascots, like the Baltimore Oriole, even though in that case the craft was actually inspired by a visit to Oriole Park at Camden Yard. It's a slippery slope. I also decided against including crafts made with sports equipment, like this flamingo made from a golf tee.
Any sports projects you'd like to see?
Have you ever watched the Live Jelly Cam from the Monterey Bay Aquarium? It's really relaxing. Spend some time watching, then paint your own peaceful jellyfish scene. Jellyfish come in a huge variety of colors and sizes, with varying tentacle lengths. They can move in any direction by pushing jets of water from their bodies to propel forward. So no matter how your painted jellyfish look, they're perfect.
- watercolor paper
- acrylic paint (blue, white, orange, red, yellow)
We've had a bumper crop of zucchini this year, with no signs of it slowing down. I've made all of my favorite zucchini recipes multiple times and we still have plenty. It's the best kind of problem to have! This soup uses a decent amount of zucchini and it's creamy and comforting without being too heavy for September.
Cream of Zucchini Soup
Paper Plate Garter Snake
They say that when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Well, when you have Food Writers (affiliate link here and throughout the post), everything edible looks like a canvas. It only took a few minutes to turn my ordinary sandwich rolls into baseballs. I added peanuts and popcorn to the plate to create a baseball-themed lunch for the three of us.
Here are WalletHub's bottom ten:
- Number of Attractions: (11.23 Points)
- Variety of Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Establishments: (11.23 Points)
- Ideal Weather: (11.23 Points)
- State & Local Direct General Expenditures on Parks & Recreation per Capita: (8.42 Points)
- Restaurants per Capita: (5.61 Points)
- Personal Spending on Recreation Services per Capita: (5.61 Points)
- Nightlife Options per Capita: (4.44 Points)
- Amusement Parks per Capita: (2.81 Points)
- Fitness Centers per Capita: (2.81 Points)
- Shoreline Mileage: (2.81 Points)
- Beach Quality: (2.81 Points)
- Access to Scenic Byways: (2.81 Points)
- State Fairs & Events per Capita: (2.81 Points)
- Access to National Parks: (2.81 Points)
- Average Beer & Wine Price: (2.22 Points)
- Movie Costs: (2.22 Points)
- Access to Bars: (2.22 Points)
- Time of Last Call: (2.22 Points)
- Music Festivals per Capita: (2.22 Points)
- Performing-Arts Theaters per Capita: (2.22 Points)
- Casinos per Capita: (2.22 Points)
- Golf Courses & Country Clubs per Capita: (1.40 Points)
- Movie Theaters per Capita: (1.40 Points)
- Arcades per Capita: (1.40 Points)
- Skiing Facilities per Capita: (1.40 Points)
- Marinas per Capita: (1.40 Points)
I don't know about you, but several on that list aren't my idea of fun. The most glaring to me is fitness centers. Does anyone come back from vacation and talk about all the fun they had visiting fitness centers? I'm confused about "Personal Spending on Recreation Services per Capita." Does that mean a state is more fun if its residents spend more money having fun? (Minnesota is #1, by the way.)
This fun Halloween craft was one of my favorites back in my teaching days. Not only does it have tons of room for creativity and use inexpensive supplies, but it gave my 5th graders a chance to practice cutting out counters. For many of them, it was a new skill.
Boo Halloween Craft
Yesterday was all about faux breakfast. How about the real thing today? I've been making these Rose Rolls since I was a kid.
I love breakfast foods, at any time of day. When I debuted my page of Faux Food Crafts, I noticed that there weren't any breakfast foods, despite how much I love eating them. Time to change that! I whipped up a batch of my favorite salt dough and started creating.
Salt Dough Fried Egg
- salt dough
- Folk Art paint
Salt Dough English Muffin with Butter
- salt dough
- plastic knife
- Folk Art paint
Halloween crafts are some of my absolute favorites! I particularly like ones where each crafter's personality can shine through, like today's Paper Plate Cauldron. I had great fun deciding what to put in my cauldron and eventually I settled on an eyeball, frog leg, finger, and bone. Technically, the spider is on the cauldron and not part of the recipe. Affiliate links below.
Paper Plate Cauldron
I've had so much fun making and sharing my fruit coasters. With the addition of today's, which is a grapefruit, I'm up to seven.
I think this coaster will be the last one (mostly because the rest of the common fruits aren't recognizable - or aren't round - when cut in half). Seven is a weird number for a set, but since we have a family of three, it's actually not all that uncommon for us to serve a meal for seven. Well, before COVID-19, that is. Now it's always dinner for three.