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DIY Rit Dye a Lacrosse Stick

So my son made one of these before a few years back but now my youngest wanted to do it to his stick too, so we went to the store, got the dye and glue sticks and got to town.
His lacrosse head was all white so he wanted to make it our school colors (maroon and white) so we picked up Red Rit Dye to help change the color.


Thing you need:
Lacrosse head
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Rit Dye
Large stock pot
Water


Start off by randomly putting hot glue all over the head. Make patterns or just do it randomly. Whatever color you put the hot glue on, that will be the color underneath. That color will not change.

Once you have all the glue that you want on the lacrosse head, start by filling up the pot of water and bringing it to a boil.  Carefully dump the Rit Dye in the pit. Be very careful when working either dye because it stains and will change the color of any towels you may be using. There will need to be an adult present to help with with this project.

Use the head to start gently stirring the pot to mix the dye up with the water.  Let the lacrosse head drop into the pot of water and check on it after a few minutes.  Depending on the color you want the head to turn, you might need to leave it in there a few minutes or over an hour.  We actually started it before my sons hockey game, went to his game and came back and then took it out and rinsed it off.

You will want to make sure you have towels around when you take it out so you don’t drip all over the counter.  Use cold water to rinse off the lacrosse head until it runs clear and no more dye is on the head.

Once this part is done you can start peeling all the glue off the head and see the awesome creation you made.  Make sure and peel all of the glue off so it won’t mess it up later.

TADA!!! It’s done!! You can now restring the head and use it!! My son decided to put red mesh back into the stick instead of the black that came with it.

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Busy boys and spring!!!

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated on here! I guess I need to get started back into blogging! We’ve been a bit busy during the winter months!

Both of my son’s play hockey, so this year my oldest son, Brody, played Pee-Wee House and my youngest son, Caden, played Mite House hockey.  With both of them in sports, it’s pretty much every day we had something to do so it was very hard to get anything else accomplished all winter long!

Brody

Brody

Caden

Caden

I love to watch them play hockey though, it’s truly something they both love to do.  Some say we are crazy because of the cost, the time commitments or the busy schedule but you know what? It keeps them from spending tons of hours just sitting in front of the TV or iPad, it keeps them physically active and it makes them gain new friend’s that they wouldn’t of met at school.  Hockey brings all different towns around us together and we have met some great families because of hockey!  They truly become “family” since we see each other so often and it’s a great time for parents too.  Both kids are playing other sports this spring, Brody is playing lacrosse and Caden is doing soccer and hockey right now.  I love that they love sports and it’s great to sit around and watch NHL games and listen to them talk about stats and information about sports together.  It’s a great brotherly bonding experience.

Anyways enough with my kids and there sports!  Let’s get into the good stuff, my crafts!  I’m still working and selling things through my Etsy Shop and my Facebook page!  It was a bit slower these winter months just because I didn’t have the time to commit to making new things for everyone but I still try and keep the fresh juices going for new ideas!  Come on over and send me a message!  I also have a VIP Group too, let me know if you’d like to get added to it!

 

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JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores "Cape Discovery" Summer Crafting Challenge

I was asked by JoAnn Fabrics if I’d like to participate in a summer crafting project with my kids and add it to by blog.  My response “YES!”, I frequent JoAnn Fabrics at least once a week lately so with my kids home and in tow all the time, it was easy to get them to pick out something to do crafty!  Although a lot of the crafts are more on the girly side and I have 2 boys, we managed to find something to do!  Tie Dye Shirts! 🙂 If you’d like to sign up for a 20% off coupon, go to the link to do so!  www.joann.com/discover-­‐connect 

 So we started the project with 2 shirts and the package of tie-dye.

 The package had 5 colors of dye (Red, Orange, Blue, Green and Yellow) and 10 pairs of gloves and instruction guide.
 We looked up patterns in the booklet and we tried to do one of them.  I’m not so sure how well it looks like the pattern, but hey, it worked!
 Ready, Set, TIE-DYE!

 We didn’t read the directions as good as we should of because the shirts were supposed to be wet to start, so we had trouble getting the color to stick but it worked out in the end! Lesson learned for next time!

 You have to let the shirts sit til they dry, so we left them outside on the table to soak up the sun!
Time to see what they look like!
Caden wasn’t very happy with his, he wanted his to look like Brody’s and it had too much white he said.  I told him, it’s really hard to make 2 shirts look exactly the same, so we can try another time.  🙂
After they were dry, we washed them in the machine and they tried them on, they loved them!!  I think we are going to do more shirts this year at family camping!! Along with a few other patterns with our cousins 🙂


To view more projects to do with your kids this summer, visit the Summer of Fun Catalog at JoAnn’s website!  http://joann.shoplocal.com/Joann/BrowseByPage?StoreID=2412048&PromotionCode=JoAnnStores-130331CC&PromotionViewMode=2

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Slime? Flubber? Let’s make it!

My oldest son made this before at summer camp and when he saw I had the Borax out the other day making my homemade laundry soap, he’s like “Mom, can we make slime?” Sure!  We had to find some glue in the house but we found a bottle I had got super cheap with coupons when school started so we made green slime!

Materials

  • Elmer’s white glue or Elmer’s school glue gel
  • Borax (find in the laundry detergent aisle of the store)
  • Water
  • Two bowls
  • Food coloring (optional)

What to do:

  1. In one bowl mix 1/2 cup (4 oz) glue and 1/2 cup water. 
  2. In the other bowl, mix 1 teaspoon borax with 1 cup water until the borax is dissolved.
  3. Add the glue mixture to the borax solution, stirring slowly.
  4. The slime will begin to form immediately; stir as much as you can, then dig in and knead it with your hands until it gets less sticky. (No one makes slime without getting a little messy!) Don’t worry about any leftover water in the bowl; just pour it out. 
  5. Put the slime in a plastic bag and add a few drops of food coloring.  Squish it around in the bag and it will magically turn colors! (Brody chose green) 

What’s happening?
The glue has an ingredient called polyvinyl acetate, which is a liquid polymer. The borax links the polyvinyl acetate molecules to each other, creating one large, flexible polymer. This kind of slime will get stiffer and more like putty the more you play with it.
Store it in a plastic bag in the fridge, to keep it from growing mold.

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