Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Covers with Duck Tape and Washi Tape

It's the first day of school around here!

Both kids are in Junior High School...together. 

Our daughter is in 8th grade and our son is in 7th grade.  This year they're in the same small, private school. Not only that, but they will be in the same lunch and band class together.  Yikes!

As you can imagine, we've been discussing and 'role-playing' how to treat each other at school. 
Just the basics like:  What to call each other in the halls... meany, weirdo, little bro', shorty-- will not be acceptable.  (Please know those names are not acceptable at home, either...but especially not tolerated at school!)
We also covered no teasing, making fun of each other or taking each other's things. 
No touching, pulling, shoving, head tapping or slugging when they pass by each other. 
Yes, I think you're starting to understand our day-to-day life.

Their job is to stick up for each other, help one another and show their friends that they DO care about each other.  Can they do this and survive their Junior High experience?  We'll see.
I can not wait to hear how their first day of school went!

Both of my kids have many HEAVY and EXPENSIVE books!  Last year my daughter ripped her backpack the 2nd week of school from overloading it with her books. We had a bit of trouble taking care of the books as they were lugged around from home and school and sports.

This school year I'm trying out an idea (click on this link) to create book covers from Duck tape.
Gone are the days of paper sack book covers that would rip halfway through the semester.  Do you remember those? 
Well, check out these fancy things!

The kids chose Duck tape colors and patterns that they liked.
(There's a million choices found in the craft stores.)

Do not ruin the book by applying Duck Tape to the actual cover of the book, instead you'll need to create Duck Tape 'fabric' or for us oldies...create a Duck tape paper 'sack'. 

On a kitchen counter or a table, lay out strips of Duck Tape, (sticky side up) overlapping each strip a little bit, so they stick together.  Press as flat as you can without letting the tape stick to you.
Make your strips long enough to cover the length and the width of the book. 
From experience...always go a bit longer than you think you'll need.

Use a contrasting color for the inside of the book cover.
Place contrasting colored Duck tape strips directly on top of the sticky strips you just assembled.
Fold Duck tape 'fabric' around the book, creating a front flap and a back flap.
Trim off edges.
Use one more piece of tape to secure the flaps and create 'pockets' for the corners of the book to rest in.

With Composition books and subject notebooks you can apply the Duck tape directly to the cover.

Decorate just the front or both sides.
This can be done with Washi tape, too!
Make all kinds of designs and patterns.

Have a great school year!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Trip to Maui

We have recently returned from a trip to Maui.
Whenever anyone asks, ‘How was your trip?’ it’s always so hard to answer…

’Delightful!  Amazing!  Wonderful!  Paradise!’ 
Which words do I use?  umm…  All of them!

Yep, that’s what Hawaii is to me.  Always lovely.  Always beautiful.
Here’s some highlights from our trip.

First, a long plane ride.

A beautiful hotel:  The Grand Wailea
Grandma and Grandpa met us in Hawaii. 
Everyone loved playing in the pools!

I’m not sure there are any beaches better than the ones on Maui!
The waves and sun were fierce, but fun!

Big Beach was perfect for boogie boarding!

A bit off the beaten path…AH’s favorite snorkeling beach. 
So incredible!  Gorgeous fish and coral, I couldn’t believe my eyes!

Attending a luau is always a highlight.
Don’t you love our matching outfits?  Only in Hawaii!

After a few days in Wailea, we moved to a beautiful condo in Kihei.
Great views, awesome pool, shuffleboard, swimming and cards every night!

One afternoon we strolled through downtown Lahina.
The banyan tree is a famous Lahina landmark.

The men (just barely) survived all the shopping.

 In Hawaii, one must always have shaved ice!  POG flavored, of course.

And Azeka Ribs! 
(Still no Azeka rib market in Hawaii, but we did find a copycat version at the local grocery store.)  AH grilled them up and they tasted amazing! 

On Sunday morning we attended nearby Kihei Baptist Church.  Some of the praise song lyrics were in Hawaiian!

We took a field trip to the tropical Iao Needle.  Just gorgeous!

The sunsets of Maui are spectacular…every single night!

Oh Hawaii—how I love you!


More Hawaiian Posts

Azeka Ribs

A Hawaiian Birthday Party

Best 40th Birthday Gift

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hawaiian Birthday Party

It's a Hawaiian Birthday Party!
Break open the coconut, slice up the pineapple
and put on your Hawaiian Aloha wear.
It's time to

There are so many great Hawaiian party supplies found at the Dollar Store and your local party stores, that one needs to be careful not to overdo it. 
Unless one likes to overdo.

I sometimes like to overdo.
My mom's birthday sometimes causes me to overdo.
(This may or may not be one of those 'overdo'/'overdone' times... I'll let you be the judge.)

Aloha!  Let's Party!

One of my favorite 'over-the-top' party supplies are printed plastic backdrops.  Hang a few plastic sheets of palm tree and ocean backgrounds and it's an instant CrAzY party!

Bunches of paper lanterns and tissue paper flowers always add life to a party. Grass skirts taped around the table add to the tropical look.
Hawaiian sarongs make the perfect table runners.
Bamboo trays and shell necklaces and shell plates continue with the theme.

I like to place glass plates on top of my paper party plates.  This makes for easier eating and still gives off pretty color.  After the meal, clear the glass plates and serve dessert directly on the paper plates.

Honeycomb toothpicks and straws give the party a beachy vibe.
Hawaiian punch or POG is the drink of choice for this party
...of course.


Pineapple and pink flamingo water bottles take the table to a whole new level. 

Not to mention the pink umbrellas in the candy shot glasses. 
This party is not for the timid.

Appetizers of stacked pineapple, mango and chicken sausage bites look festive on platters.

Our menu included:
-Pineapple, Mango & Sausage Appetizers
-Shrimp Butter Lettuce Salad with Asian dressing
-Hawaiian Chicken
and dessert...

-Vienna Fingers cookies make perfect flip flops.
Add a bit of frosting, a sugar pearl and place them on a platter of brown sugar 'sand'.

-Pink floral sugar cookies carried the theme, too.

and then the cake!



Just a triple layer, chocolate cake with coconut & macadamia nut filling with buttercream frosting.

Click here to see how incredibly easy it was to frost this cake.
You won't believe it!  You can't mess it up...really!


And, if you're going to have a party like this, you must have a dress code!
(Gotta love my parents all decked out ready to party!)


Don't forget to stage a photo shoot!
Hawaiian hats, leis and pink flamingos just add to the craziness!  The plastic party beach scenes are the perfect backdrops for pictures.  Add in some Hawaiian music, hula and limbo to spice things up.
And that my friends...

is a party!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

More Hawaiian Posts:

A Trip to Maui

Best 40th Birthday Gift Ever!

Azeka's Ribs

Can't Mess It Up-- Rose Swirl Cake

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