Advent Calendar and a Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

I just finished this year’s advent calendar! (it was a lot quicker  than last years!) Now just a little over a week until Boo can start turning them over.  I used the new Silhouette frame and clip system, but mixed it up with…..

….Pen and Paint’s Printable Christmas Countdown Calendar.  Each day it gives us a family activity…..I think my favorite one is leaving a gift for the postman……it reminds me of when my mom used to do that for the trash collectors and mail carriers when I was little: CONTINUE READING

The “Good Job” Jar (A Tutorial and Template)

The Good Job Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

So……I’ve tried to do job charts and job lists but I’m just not organized enough right now….and Boo can’t read so she can’t fill them out herself! So I came up with the “good job” jar until she gets old enough to track her chores on My Job Chart or on a checklist!

 

The Good Job (Chore Chart) Jar via lilblueboo.com

Here’s why I love it and it works:

1. We use marbles and pretty rocks as rewards when Boo finishes a chore or has extra good behavior. Each one is a different size so a huge special job can outweigh an simple chore:

 

The Good Job (Marble Rewards) Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

2. It’s personalized in her favorite color purple (and if you have multiple kids they can each have their own special jar:

 

The Good Job (Personalized Job Chart) Jar via lilblueboo.com

3. Each week a small, reasonable “prize” is selected, written down, and attached to the jar so there is a tangible goal in mind. Once the jar is full, the goal is reached, and emptied out for a fresh start.

 

The Good Job (The Reward) Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

4. There is incremental measures of success etched on the various rings.  A piece of candy or extra “juice dollar” can be earned for each ring reached throughout the week.

 

The Good Job (The Reward) Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

There is more than one way you can make your own….for example, you could just add rubber bands to the outside of an old jar if you don’t have the time to make a more detailed jar like I did.

I set up a template on my Silhouette software (click here to download my template…..all you have to do is change the personalized name in the software). The template fits an area 3″ high by 9″ around (a small condiment or cherry jar).

 

The Good Job (Silhouette Template) Jar via lilblueboo.com

I had the Silhouette machine cut out the template onto adhesive shelf paper and applied the strips to the jar as shown:

 

The Good Job (Vinyl) Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

I applied Armour Etch glass etching cream (available at most craft stores) to the jar and followed the directions.

 

After the etching cream is washed off here’s what the lines and wording look like:

 

 

I spray painted the lid of the jar white and used the second part of the template as a stencil to spray paint a personalization on the top:

 

Chore Chart Jar (Good Job Jar) via lilblueboo.com

Boo is pretty close to earning that Secretariat DVD!

 

Chore Chart Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

Click here to check out other projects I’ve made with my Silhouette Machine!


Monster Hand Tattoos (A Tutorial)

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com
Just spent the last few days in San Francisco and can’t wait to share our trip. We got back late yesterday afternoon and finished up this fun little project using Silhouette’s temporary tattoo paper:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I drew these little “monster” parts at Boo’s direction and sized them for the hand and fingers (click below to download the graphics). They can be mixed and matched to create a variety of monster characters:

 

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

I printed them out onto the tattoo paper using my regular ink jet printer:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

The second step is applying the adhesive paper to the back of the freshly printed tattoos…..

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

….and using a bone folder or a similar tool to burnish/smooth it onto the paper:

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

 

You can use the Silhouette software to cut out your tattoos, but these were so simple (and I was only making one copy) I just used scissors to cut them out:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

 

The tattoos are applied just like any other temporary tattoo….by applying a damp cloth to the paper backing:

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

The paper backing will slide off and reveal the tattoo:

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

 

A finished monster tattoo! Although this one kind of resembles a prehistoric bird, right?

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

 

Diesel was kind of unsure about it:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

Boo chose a tentacled monster yesterday:

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

And a snaggle tooth dragon today:

 

Monster Hand Tattoos DIY Tutorial and Free Download via lilblueboo.com

 

A fun way to make tattoo hand puppets!

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