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Aluminum Foli Casserole Pans
Drying Rack or Skewers to sit jugs on to dry
Paper towels to catch dripping
- Fill a disposable pan (or something you don’t mind getting permanently colored by nail polish) 2 – 3″ full with warm water.
Add more or less depending on how high on your mug you’d like the color to reach.
- Make a mark on the inside of your pan to indicate the water level so you can fill it to the same spot each time if you’re making multiple mugs.
- Then, add your nail polish! Pour it onto the surface of the water, adding more or less depending on if you’d like more or less white to show through your marble pattern.
- Working super quickly, use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the nail polish across the surface of the water to help create the marble effect, but don’t think too hard about it! You don’t want to drive yourself crazy overcomplicating a simple process and you want to move quick so the nail polish doesn’t set up on the water.
- Moving equally as quick, the next step is to dunk your mug into the nail polish water. Go straight down and straight up to achieve the dipped look.
- Move the mug to a protected surface to dry completely, avoiding rubbing the surface of the mug until completely dry. I prefer to sit mine on top of a something to elevate it a little bit (such as a couple skewers) so it doesn’t stick to the surface it’s drying on, and I let them sit and dry overnight before touching them again.
- Once dry, a super light and thin coat of dishwasher safe ModPodge and your mugs will be protected when washing, too! (But hand washing to be safe is never a bad idea.)
** Extra Notes
For each mug you’ll need to dump the water and start over, regardless of whether or not you’re changing color. Because the nail polish will start to set up on top of the water, it will be too thick and gloppy to get more than one dip at a time. Other than that it’s a simple process of swirling and dunking!
We are so excited about our partnership with Let’s Roam. They provide incredible events, scavenger hunts, and scratch-off adventure books.
We had a lot of fun at Chicktime this month! Thanks to our workshop leader Betsy for planning 3 great activities that the girls loved! The minute to win it games were a blast. The girls loved the apple treats and making the bracelets. Thank you volunteers for showing up for the girls. It was a great day!
August was all about Joy! Our joy filled volunteers spent the morning playing scripture balloon games, decorating cookies (what brings more joy than Christmas cookies in August?!) and making Joy Journals.
Thank you once again to all the volunteers who came out to love on our girls at New Life!
Special thank you to Shawna for planning this event!
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the girls for our August workshop
due to rising Covid cases.
But we didn’t let that stop us from pouring out our love on them!
So for August, we dropped off supplies for manicures
and banana splits and called it “Manis & Bananis!” ￼
When we dropped it off, the girls were so excited!
Food, Fun and Glow Sticks.
We had a blast combining forces with Chicktime Bulverde and having a back to school party together. Both of our chapters now serve on the same campus. Our teen mom program got moved to the Bulverde campus when the 2021 winter storms damaged the New Braunfels property. At present, they will continue to be housed there.
Hope to see you next month.
Shout out to our workshop leader, Amanda Naranjo for this month’s project. August 21st was our drop off and the staff said the girls are going to have an amazing time decorating their brushes and combs! Thank you H-E-B for being there providing snacks, drinks and supplies for Bokenkamp Children’s Shelter. We are very grateful to be able to provide fun activities during this Covid-19 pandemic. They know we have them in our hearts always. We are looking forward to post pics of their brushes and combs under the comments of this thread.
No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag
- Old t-shirt – The thicker the fabric, the sturdier the bag
- Sharp scissors, preferably fabric scissors
- Washable marker (optional)
Step 1: Cut the sleeves off
If you’d like to fold the t-shirt in half you can cut both sleeves at once so that they are identical. Or, if your material is too thick to cut them both at once, you can cut one, then fold it in half and use the cut side as a guide for the next sleeve.
Step 2: Cut the neckline area
If you’d like, you can turn the shirt inside out and trace the outline of a bowl before cutting. I used both methods and personally, I like free-hand cutting better because I prefer a slightly oval shape to a perfectly round one. I ended up trimming this one a bit to make it more oval.
Step 3: Determine how deep you want the bag to be
If you haven’t already turned your t-shirt inside out, do it now. Determine where you want the bottom of the bag to be and trace a line across. Keep in mind that depending on the fabric used, your tote is likely to stretch and become longer when it’s filled with stuff.
Step 4: Cut fringe
Now grab your scissors and cut slits from the bottom of the shirt up to the line marking the bottom of your bag. You’ll want to cut both the front and back layers together because they need to match up for the next step.
I cut my slits about 3/4 to 1 inch apart.
Step 5: Tie Fringe
Okay, this is going to sound really complicated, but it’s NOT, promise. Take your first pair of fringe and tie it into a knot, then tie two more pairs. Now if you lift your bag you’ll see that although the pairs are pulling the bag together, there’s a hole between each pair. This next step will close those holes.
In the photo above you see three sets of fringe that have been tied in knots. What I do next is grab one strand from the middle set (the one with the arrow pointing left) and tie it in a knot with one of the strands on the left set. Then I take the other strand from the middle set (the one with the arrow pointing right) and tie it in a knot with one of the strands on the right set.
Then I take the remaining strand on the right set and tie it to the next set of strands, and so on and so forth until all the strands are tied. Now turn your t-shirt right side out again and voila, you’re done!
A Couple Of Fun Variations . . .
Turn the bag right side out when tying the fringe.
Tie the straps in knots, or tie bits of t-shirt scrap to the top as embellishments
Long roll of butcher paper
Tempera or acrylic paints
Tape or something to hold the paper down
Baby wipes or large bowl or hose for washing off paint
Paper towels or rags for clean up
Roll out a long piece of white butcher paper and cut rectangle sheets for each person.
Tape sheets to floor or concrete. If inside, make sure there is a tarp or something under the paper to prevent staining the floor.
Drizzle paint on sheets
Paint with feet
Rinse and wipe feet afterward with baby wipes
Let painting dry before moving.
Pirate Black Lace did a fabulous job teaching us about Pirate Drummond and our Back to School drive was a huge success.
The kids at Saint John’s Program for Real Change got so much booty!
2-Yellow, Gold, White, and Black Paint
3-Hot Glue Gun (Not Sold at Dollar Tree)
4-Hot Glue Sticks
6-Faux Yellow Florals Faux Greenery
7-Use black paint (and a stencil if needed) to write “Welcome” or “Hello” or “your name” along the rim of the lemon slice. Allow paint to dry completely.
8- if used for a door hanger you can hot glue ribbon or rope on the back to hang.
It was a blessed evening and we can’t wait to be back in August!…
July was filled with summer fun! Thanks to our workshop leaders who put together all these activities for the girls. Slip and slide volleyball was super fun! The salad spinning art was such a creative idea. Pong and crafts are always a favorite! Please join us in August for more fun activities with the girls at New Life!
It’s going to be a wonderful day for an ICECREAM social for all the kids at the shelter! Thank you to all who contributed to make this event a memorable one!
Special thanks to #HEBHelpingHere, Amanda Naranjo (goodies), Diana Martinez (boys n girls cross bracelets) and Karen Smith (goodies) for everything! Can’t wait to see their pictures! Will be posted on comments when we receive them.
There are two different projects in this post, so scroll the way to the bottom!
Rock Painting Free Design
You could purchase a rock painting kit (at local craft stores and Five Below)
and it will come with everything you need. The kit is not necessary, however.
Below is what to purchase if you do not have a kit.
Rocks (river rocks are very smooth and great for painting)
Cups for Water
Plates for Paint
Squeeze various colors of tempera paint on a plate.
Make a plate of paint colors for each person.
Give each person a paintbrush, cup of water to clean brushes, and a paper towel on which to wipe brushes
Give each person a rock and have them start painting.
After they are finished painting their rock they can decorate with glitter, stickers, ribbon, or any other decorative items you have provided.
Lay rocks on paper towel to dry.
Rock Cacti in Pot
Due to Covid we had our Ice Cream Social planned for outdoors.
Rain put a damper on that…
So we dropped off pizza and beverages for Pizza party!
We hope they were blessed.
- Roll of paper
- Spray bottles (empty window cleaner bottles work well)
- Thin paint. (This can be water-based paint of any kind. If you use tempera or acrylic, make sure to add lots of water so the paint is very, very thin.)
- Masking tape
- Aprons or old shirts to protect clothing
- Tape a long section of paper to a fence or a wall. Or unroll it on an easel.
- Make sure students wear aprons as this activity can get a little messy.
- Fill spray bottles with different colors of paint.
- Students can then spray different colors of paint onto the paper.
- Encourage overlapping of colors so that blending and mixing occurs.
- Once complete, let the paint dry and hang!
Our July workshop was all about a little weird science. We made homemade lava lamps and compared the reaction to hot vs cold. We ate a little pizza and played a little basketball. The kids were so excited that we even wanted to play with them.
The little things.
Just showing up.
We had so much fun today with the girls!
We brought snacks and games and a karaoke machine.
The girls sang their hearts out today.
It brought tears to our eyes because they are so talented.
We felt like we were judges on America’s Got Talent
because these girls just began singing and bringing tears to everybody’s eyes.
And it’s so heartbreaking because the world may never get to hear their talent.
These girls have gifts and talents that God gave them, that the world needs,
and unless people invest in them and pour into their lives, they may never realize how gifted and talented they are
and never use their talents. So I pray if you’re reading this that you will get involved
because the girls need you. Because we need them.
We also played a game where we had to do the tasks on the card
which left us all cracking up. I might have prank called Pizza Hut today.
And we gave the girls book bags filled with school supplies.
We forgot to take pictures of that though.
We appreciate everyone who donated school supplies to help these girls get started back on the right foot.
It was an amazing feeling to see these girls filled with such joy today and having fun and relaxing and just being able to be themselves.
They don’t get to really do that a lot. So we appreciate everyone who made that happen￼￼.
Next month we will be doing slip and slide kickball along with a few other water games,
so let us know if you would like to volunteer with us.￼
I just want to take a minute to highlight an amazing woman that Chicktime Tampa has been so fortunate to have as a volunteer turned leader for the last three years. Taylor Lauren has been with us since day one and has made a huge impact on not only our chapter, but the lives of the girls we serve.
During her time with us she has brought a mentorship program into fruition, organized our first ever virtual 5k that helped fund a clothing “boutique” for the foster home, recruited volunteers and donors to help us fulfill our mission, and SO MUCH MORE!
Taylor was offered a promotion within her company and will be relocating out of state. While we are incredibly sad to lose her, we are also so incredibly proud for all she has accomplished and what her future holds.
Managing Leader for Chicktime Tampa
Oversized black construction paper
Oil pastel crayons Crayons
The construction paper can be any color I suggest black for the background because it makes the art pop
Cut the card stock into 4 squares or rectangles
Let your inner artist flow
I recommend drawing your picture with oil pastels.
Then add accents with marker.
Finally, go over the picture with watercolor. It will fill in the rest of the space.
Paste all four pieces and
Bam! Enoy your masterpiece!
We can’t believe we didn’t take pictures of our drop off cookie kits? To our defense~ we received the news around the time of delivery that The Rio Grande Valley Children’s Home was going to have a BBQ in July and wanted us to join them! We can’t wait to serve in person again. Stay tuned for details! We hope this will be the start of things going back to “normal”!
Let’s make the world a better place…together!