Saturday, May 21, 2016

Olaf Inspired Tricycle!

Hello! I do still exist!

 I think this may be the longest haul between updates yet. I really want to get back into creating and blogging, we've had a lot going on around our house lately! Here's my latest project!  It all started when I bought Kid #1 a new bike, Kid #2 thought she needed a new bike too, except she hasn't quite mastered the tricycle we had already.  To make it more enticing I thought I'd update it a bit. Here's what we started with - third hand from my cousin's son, we've had it for a few years and the sun hasn't been good to it, so it was definitely time for an update.

So this is what I started with. got home kind of late last night but it was so gorgeous out I didn't want to go inside, so I grabbed some tools (Screwdrivers, pliers & scissors are really all I needed for this!) and started taking it apart. I kept all the screws, nuts & washers in that plastic cup so I didn't lose them.  I had the husband cut off the streamers for me.  He also helped me a bit with getting the screws/bolts loose.  Some of them are pretty awkward to hold the nut still while backing out the screw - you may need an extra set of hands! I put plastic bags over the wheels and taped off the center pieces so I could cover the red.  

I put down an old tablecloth over my picnic table and got started with a couple colors of spray paint. I chose Rust-oleum  American Accents in Grape & Seaside - both glossy. I love how this stuff covers and that it adheres to plastic!

Here we go! I did the frame in Seaside, I taped off all the chrome parts of the bike (Some of them are a little rusty but nothing major so I left them)  The plastic seat & basket are in Grape, as well as the pedals.  

It was super hard to do a good job in the dark, taking these pictures actually helped me to see I missed that big spot on the bottom of the seat, so I touched that up before moving on :)

I found these great Olaf stickers at Wal-Mart in the scrapbook section. I didn't want to go full on Frozen themed, but the Kid#2 loves Olaf! I plan to use my Silhouette Portrait to cut out the words "I Love Warm Hugs" and the kid#2's name to put on the basket.  

I put the bike back together and added the stickers on.  Here's where if you're using my technique I'd differ a bit. I added the stickers and then sprayed the whole thing over with a clear coat of spraypaint. This caused parts of the underlying paint to bubble up and it's seriously irritating after putting in all that effort. I would either give it DAYS to dry (rather than hours) before applying the coat or skip it all together. these stickers are quite smooth and plastic feeling so I doubt they'd come off in the weather anyway.  

Lastly, I found some streamers to replace the ones we put on. I just used gift-wrap bows, they may not last long because they're the kid's favorite part of the bike!  We just used a small screw to screw rigth through the streamers and into the plastic around the side of the handles.  

Here's the finished product with the bows! 

The kid was very excited to get pushed around the driveway with big sister! She was very mad though when I didn't want to push her around the block on her new bike! 

Messy Smiling faces! Perfect on a nice warm day!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Kid Is FOUR!!

I cannot believe my big girl is FOUR!  She is loving school, and learning new things. You know your whole alphabet and how to spell your name. You can recognize almost all of your letters, and can count to fifteen, and to twenty with help.  You are so kind to your little sister, and she loves to play with you. Your favorite things to do are watch Youtube movies on your kindle, especially of Surprise Eggs & pretend play.  You are still obsessed with the Frozen movie a year later, although when given a bunch of movies to pick you usually pick something else.  You beg to sleep in Mommy & Daddy's bed just about every night, but sleep really well in your own bed.  You love to play with friends, especially Alle, and love to tell us about your friends at school like Pippin and Kayla.  You are smart, funny, and love to cuddle. Mommy & Daddy love you very much! Happy Birthday Big Girl!

The Birthday Interview:

What is your name? Layla. That's L A Y L A
How old are you? FOUR
What is your favorite color? RED
What is your favorite movie? SLEEPING BEAUTY
 What is your favorite toy? A BALL
 What is your favorite TV Cartoon? ALVIN
 What is your favorite food?  APPLES AND DIP
 What is your favorite animal? COW
 Favorite book to read at bedtime? MAGIC SCHOOL BUS
 Favorite Holiday? HALLOWEEN
 Favorite drink? COCOA
 Favorite song to sing? OLD MCDONALD
 Favorite treat? BIRTHDAY CAKE
 Favorite breakfast? PEANUT BUTTER FLUFF
 Favorite thing to do with Mommy? PLAY SOME GAMES
 Favorite thing to do with Daddy? PLAY GAMES TOO
 Favorite thing to do at Nana's? PLAY WITH RUBY
 What is your favorite supper? PIZZA
 Who is your best friend? ALLE
 What do you want to do when you grow up? FIX BABY TEETH, BE A BABY DENTIST
 What's your favorite thing about school? PLAYING

Thursday, June 4, 2015


We've finally had some decent weather recently, well up until the last two days where the high hovered around the low 50's BRR!  Anyway, the girls had some fun with some bubbles outside playing when Meme came for a barbecue, here's some of the cute photos she took :

Monday, April 13, 2015

Maple Sunday Fun

We didn't make it out on the actual Maine Maple Sunday - a huge bummer, especially since it was so cold up here the sap hadn't even started running yet!  So we went out yesterday instead - here are a few fun pics from our trip.  The Kid was very excited to see the "white stripes" - i.e. the tubing coming from the trees and being pumped down into the big tub, unfortunately I didn't get any pics of that. We had some fun playing outside though!

Maple Taffy! YUMMY! 

Maple Cotton Candy - even yummier! 

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Just a few Kid#1's funnies I want to write down before I forget all about them:

As I'm typing on my computer The Kid comes over "I push O's Momma?"

Heading to bed the kid says "You come lay down with me for a couple whiles Momma?"

To Nana - Where'd Daddy go? "I don't know, where did Daddy go?" -He's outside Peeing! (Hahahaha - too funny!)

Potty training:  She pees in Daddy's recliner - "You peed in Daddy's chair!!" she says "I farted too!"

She's stopped calling her little sister Rudy instead of Ruby, and has almost figured out how to say Layla properly - instead of Yaya. 

You tell her "Layla don't pee in your pants!"  "My not won't" she'll reply

She refuses kisses now - so when you pick her up to steal some she'll say "My not your toy, Daddy!" "Me not your toy, Me a People!"

She knows that Red means Stop and Green means Go! And she tells you at EVERY stop light.

And if you ask which way you're going she'll reply "You need to go LEFT (Yeft), Momma!"

She's learned to sing the alphabet song, It's the most adorable thing in the world when you hear her singing it down the hall to herself.  the "L,M,N,O,P" part gets a bit mixed up but she amazes me every day how much she learns!

She's getting better at 1 to 1 counting, and can successfully count 3 things, she still mixes up some of the higher numbers and says One Two Three Four Five Seven Six Nine Ten. :) 

She got a set of tools for Christmas and her favorite thing to do is fix everything in sight :)  "Hang on Daddy! I'll get my hammer and help you fixit!"