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Monday, April 22, 2013

Kitten Scrappy Tutu

Laila has a huge love for kittens right now. She sleeps with her stuffed kitty every night, she keeps asking for more "kitty apps", and I recently found her an adorable gray and pink kitten jumper at Goodwill! Here she is wearing it with her stuffed kitty (named "Kitty":) and our 12 year old kitten, Lexi.

Since she wants to wear dresses every single day, I decided I wanted to make her another fabric scrappy tutu (I made her Valentine one here) using kitten fabric. They are very easy no sew projects and all you have to do is cut strips and tie knots!

These are the fabrics I used:

The pink with black kittens and the one below it, with the stripes, are very sparkly! even though you can't tell in the pics. These I bought a half yard of each, for $5.44 total.

The other two were fat quarter singles for $.97 each.


I also used 2 colors of tulle, both sparkly! These were $5.99 at Hobby Lobby but I bought them at 50% off.

I cut about 50 strips, 22 inches each. Then I sort of laid them out in the pattern I wanted.


Then tied them around a 1" ribbon. I tie the ribbon around my leg and work my way around. Nothin' to it!
In process:

Here is my princess twirling around enjoying her new skirt!

I had plenty of fabric left to make a little rosette for her hair:

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Girl Scouts April Meeting

My Best Self

That was the theme and the name of the badge that we earned this month.

First we colored and described ourselves, using the elf picture provided in the My Best Self Brownie Guide.

Then I asked them each to draw a picture or write about something that makes them happy. Then told them that whenever they feel upset, sad, or discouraged, they should remember what makes them happy and to do it. Whether it is a pet, a favorite TV show, or a sport, doing that activity will help their mood.

Next we talked about bandaids. I brought different sizes and kinds of bandaids and talked about which kinds are for which purpose. Oh I did have several volunteer stories of all their past injuries and scars. LOL :) Since I had brought a box of different colored bright neon bandaids, I let everyone choose 2 colors to take home.

Finally, I told them why it is important to drink water and I challenged each of them to drink water (no soda or juice) for 1 week. To start them off, I sent them home with a small bottle of water as a reminder!

The final requirement for the badge was to meet a "health helper", which we did at our February meeting when our friend, Laura, came to our meeting to talk about her work at a hospital helping mothers and babies in the maternity ward.

This is our badge we earned:

Extra activities this month:

First we went on our first overnight trip as a troop! We went to the St Louis Magic House! We had 3 hours of free time including a scavenger hunt, then stayed in one of the exhibits. We were assigned to the Congress exhibit! We slept in a replica of the Legislative Branch, where most of the girls sprawled out across the stage and along the edge on the side. Adults stayed on the carpeted area at the back of the room. :) Not sure it was much softer, but it was only 1 night. :)


We also have a trip to the Treehouse Wildlife Center at the end of the month.
Looking forward to it!

Girl Scouts March meeting

Cookies Cookies Cookies!!!

Whew! We are finished with all that cookie busines...til next year anyway!

This was my car after picking up 56 cases of cookies from the individual girl sales:

Set up in family room:

So cookies were our theme for the past few months! As soon as we delivered our cookies from our individual girl sales, it was time to plan for our cookie booth weekend. And since it was our first ever booth, we spent our meeting talking cookie business.

We talked about customer service, financial responsibility, making change, goal setting, even the importance of knowing your product, so we reviewed each type of cookie and how to help a customer choose a type if they are unsure.

Then we decorated some posterboard to hang on our booth.

We had originally scheduled our cookie booth day for Sun, Mar 24, which happened to be the day we were dumped, blessed with 16 inches of snow! So we rescheduled for 2 weeks later, and ended up having beautiful weather! At first we were prepared to wear winter coats and survive the cold, but you can see that we ended up wearing shorts! What a change in 2 weeks! That's Illinois for ya!

The girls made up songs, danced, and just really had a good time. We made enough profit to save for some fun things next fall. We even had one VERY nice woman (a stranger to us, but a fellow former girl scout) give us a very generous donation, which amounted to more than we made at our booth the entire day! So the girls learned about how important it is to make friends and be courteous with everyone they meet. Sure wish I could go back and thank her again and tell her how much it means to us!

Thank you to everyone who bought girl scout cookies, and remember to always Pay It Forward!