It's been awhile since I wrote about the Home Depot (FREE) Kid's Workshops. They've still been happening like clockwork on the first Saturday of the month, we've just been too busy to go!
I noticed that this month there is an online registration for the workshops in my area. So you may need to plan ahead! Other hardware stores have had similar registrations (Lowe's) and they fill up quickly!
This month's activity is a Load 'n Go Truck.
Workshops are open to kids ages 5-12 (although littler ones are always participating at our HD). They are held from 9am-12:00 but you want to get there as early as possible since supplies run out. The kits are free and they also give out aprons, completion pins and certificates.
The last event we attended was back in June and we were on the late side (got there at 11:00) and sure enough they were out! Fortunately they brought out leftover kits from prior months and my daughter made a lovely photo frame, which she liked better anyway.
What do you do with all your kid's beautiful HD crafts? We have found that they look just lovely in the girl's backyard playhouse. :)
Today on Fisher Price Friday I've got quite the buzz. It's the Queen Buzzy Bee #444 made from 1962-1985. Fisher Price made quite a few bee toys but this one had the longest run. The original Buzzy Bee #325 was made from 1950-1956. This newer blue eyed sweet bee is a female version of the pull toy and it makes a fun "buzzing" sound when pulled. It has wood body with lithographs on each side. In my version the crown, wings, wheels and antenna's are all plastic.
The back of the bee has a lithograph of brown and yellow bee stripes as well as bee wings and the name "Queen Buzzy Bee". You can also see the orange/red plastic wings on each side that spin around when the bee is pulled.
This is the front of the bee. You can see her white plastic crown, fuzzy brown forehead (lithograph) and the Fisher Price logo. The red antennas were mostly made with wood beads but they switched to plastic towards the end of production. The blue wheels were originally made of wood as well but also switched to plastic. You can have a plastic bead/wood wheel combo or a plastic bead/plastic wheel combo.
The bottom of the bee shows the wood base/body and the plastic mechanism that contributes to the buzzing sound it makes when moved.
The Queen Buzzy Bee is advertised for children ages 1-3. I'd say that is just about right as my now 2 year old thinks it's perfect.
One more little bee mystery. I have one of the later models since both the wheels and the antenna beads are plastic. However, I have been unable to find the version in my typical sources as the flowers on the wheels don't match. The flowers described were white with green stems, mine are missing the stems, never mind the color (as the ones I see online look like white stems but that's another issue altogether). My theory is that the last version (plastic wheels/plastic antenna) have different flowers as shown in my bee. These flowers are white but scattered with no stems.
Do you have a Queen Buzzy Bee with flowers like mine? If so can you prove or discount my theory? :)
SOLVED: The bee wheel mystery has been solved. A very early edition of the bee had a lithograph of flowers with green stems on the wheels instead of paint. It's hard to find but it is out there!
We celebrated this oh-so-special day by having none other than hot-dogs for lunch. Not just any hot dogs though, but Applegate's fabulous organic uncured beef hot dogs. These are hands down the best hot dogs I've ever eaten. Perhaps it's b/c they are from grass-fed cows that had happy lives before becoming my lunch. Or maybe it's b/c they don't have any fillers or nitrates?
I don't know why, I just know they're wonderful! They are the only hot dog that I will eat.
How do you eat your hot dogs? Around here I toast up a slice of bread (so much better tasting than a hot-dog bun) and add mayo, ketchup and mustard. The hot dogs and the condiments are all conveniently purchased at my favorite Trader Joe's of course. ;)
Mmmm, doesn't it look great?
I may need to celebrate this day with another one!
This weekend has been full of celebrating! We threw a birthday party for my youngest daughter and we also celebrated our puppy's first birthday!
Our two "puppies" are many years apart, our black and white boy is almost 9! It took them quite a while to get used to each other and to get along. It's not that they were fighting, the older one just didn't want to have anything to do with her!
Now we find them playing with each other and often sleeping near one another. Look at those sweet little IG's!
Puppy girl didn't get her own party but I did make her a Italian Greyhound sized party hat! It was simple, I cut down a regular (child's size) party hat and taped the elastic down to fit her tiny head. She didn't wear it much longer than these photos but I can just tell that she loved it. Ha!
My little "baby" turned 2 this week and she received lots of shall we say "pre-loved" vintage Fisher Price gifts. What can I say, I love vintage toys? :) One of her gifts was this Happy Birthday Pocket Radio #768. The pocket radio was made from 1971-1976 and it plays the traditional "Happy Birthday" song.
The back says:
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Playmate
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday sweet baby girl!
Stay tuned for more vintage birthday toys and books. I am also throwing her a vintage little people themed birthday party this weekend....photos to come! :)
In June I attended another Sew Simple sewing class, this time to make a Floor Pouf aka Floor Cushion. This one wasn't exactly sew simple however and proved to be a bit challenging for us beginner sew-ers. Fortunately we had a fabulous teacher who worked double-duty to get us through it. :)
The pillow was a challenge as it involved sewing in a circle, adding a zipper and even piping. Although one of the hardest parts was stuffing the tiny little styrofoam beads in it afterwords! (You could also use poly filling but I wanted mine to be firmer). The adorable fabric is from Sarah Jane's Children at Play Collection: "On Parade in Multi" fabric. I bought it (and the turquoise polkadot) off of Hawthorne Threads.
This pillow is the perfect size for my girls although they are having a hard time sharing it!
Even the dog likes it!
My pillow was from a pattern that Amy at This Big Oak Tree made. She doesn't have it online right now so here's another link to one that is similar.
I can't wait to show you my next project, an adorable little romper for my not-so-much-a-baby-anymore girl's birthday this week.
I had to share a family favorite today, it's Unreal Candy Coated Chocolates. Basically they're a healthier version of M&M's. These delicious little candies have no corn syrup, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, GMOs or artificial dyes.
Not only that but they are SO much better tasting than regular M&M's.
Shoot, all this talk about my favorite candy is making me hungry. Excuse me while I go grab a bag out of the pantry.
They come in single serving bags but I buy the big (re-sealable) 10.7 oz bag b/c my entire family LOVES them. I found them at Walgreens, CVS and Target. Go here to find a retailer near you.
They make other candy too, but this one is our favorite.
Today on Fisher Price Friday I have a very familiar toy to share with you. Odds are high that you either had one of these growing up or played with one at a friend's house. It's the Pull-A-Tune Xylophone #870 which was made between 1957-1989. So both you and your mom probably had one! The toy came with a mallet and could be pulled by a string.
It also included a 4 page song book with the songs Jingle Bells, Frere Jacques, This Old Man and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
The xylophone had some changes over the years such as the stickers on the side, colors of the keys or the materials (wood to plastic) but it mostly looked the same. My version was made between 1978-1986 as it has a wood base, plastic red wheels and a plastic mallet. This was the first version where the mallet was not connected to the string (although I went ahead and connected it so we wouldn't lose the mallet. The mallet has a small ball on one end and a larger on the other (earlier mallets had a ball on only one side). There is a plastic cord attached to the xylophone which can be used to pull it along. When you push or pull the xylophone it makes sounds.
This lithograph is the same on each side and this version was on the xylophone from 1978-1989.