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It’s the very last week of the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series, and I admit, I’m more than a little sad! This challenge has been a highlight of our summer. We’ve had wonderful family days together, playing and crafting, and in truth, this challenge pushed me to make sure I was taking the time to introduce my kids to art and creative play and to put aside the busy of life for some simple fun. We’re going out strong this week with milk jugs! We had a blast creating Funny Face Planters that are now decorating our back porch with pretty flowers and a bit of silly.
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I’d been stashing milk jugs for a few weeks before this project, so we were ready to go with 4, so the boys got 2 each. I chopped the front top off, but left the handles so they were easy for the boys to carry them.
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They each got to take turns telling me what they wanted their faces to look like. I asked questions like “Do you want big eyes or small eyes?” and “Is your face happy or sad or scary?” and “Do you want long hair or short hair?” so they had a blast controlling what I was drawing. It was also a great opportunity for them to imagine and identify feelings and how that might look on their planter characters.
B went for a pirate and a curly-haired girl.
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J asked for a scary monster face and admittedly, was a bit distracted on the last one, so I may have inserted my own creative vision with a little Jessica Rabbit throwback (This one had a persistent sticker that needed to be covered up).
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We used construction paper for the hair, along with a little Elmer’s glue and the Funny Face Planters were born!! By the way, where the milk bottles had gaps or impressions, we used them to our advantage with super crazy eyes!
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After a quick trip to pick up some flowers, it was time to head outside for the messy fun. I picked up a bag of potting soil, and along with two brand new Mickey trowels, the boys filled each of their jugs with dirt. And the rest of my deck. With dirt. And the dog. Yup, with more dirt.
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Once they had their planters mostly filled, I inserted the flowers and filled around the edges. Our lovely Funny Faces Family was done!
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  1. Marina Silva-Opps

    July 28, 2014 at 8:40 am

    What a great use of old plastic containers — very creative!

    This is the first time that I visit your site and I have enjoyed it very much. You are a very busy woman, and I am amazed that you still find the time to have such an interesting and informative blog. I recently started a blog and I have trouble finding enough time to work on it. I am an university professor, a mother of a 4 year old, and a step-mother of a 12 year old. In addition, my husband and I have a cottage that we rent to tourists. Any suggestions regarding time efficiency are welcomed!

    • Katy Blevins

      July 28, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Hi Marina! Thanks so much for the kind words and thoughtfulness. I’m a work in progress, and have daily struggles with accomplishing everything I’d like to in the crazy of life. Check out my Pinterest account for lots of helpful resources for staying organizing, managing your time and keeping balance. http://www.pinterest.com/katyblevins/

  2. Emily

    July 28, 2014 at 8:53 am

    These are too cute! So many fun ways to use milk jugs! Thanks for linking up at Bloggers Brags Pinterest party! Pinned! #ibabloggers

    • Katy Blevins

      July 28, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Emily!! Always love joining Bloggers Brags. Have a great week!

  3. Echo

    July 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

    How much fun are these?! I love the different faces!

    • Katy Blevins

      July 28, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Echo!! I admit, my inner creative self was having a blast making the faces. Especially loved taking the boys direction and then watching their excitement when they saw it come to life!

  4. Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do

    July 29, 2014 at 12:31 am

    That is so creative and cute! Thanks for sharing with the Merry Monday Linky Party!

  5. Kim

    August 2, 2014 at 12:03 am

    They are so cute! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brag Pinterest Party.

  6. Megan Walker

    August 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I have really enjoyed reading all the posts in this series! Thanks for sharing : )

    • Katy Blevins

      August 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Thanks for visiting Megan! I’m sad to see the series finish up. It was so fun!

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I will no longer stumble over the fear that comes from wondering what others think of my actions, or how I dress, or what I say, or if I’m cool enough/pretty enough/funny enough/etc. the list goes on and on. I’m looking forward and I’m me. I will no longer stumble over what ifs, whys or if only. I’m looking forward with a “What’s next?” I will no longer punish myself for mistakes I made, cues I missed or moments where I fell short as a wife, mother, friend, woman, daughter, you name it. I’m looking forward with a “You did the best you could with the information that you had. Forgive yourself and be better.”

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Admittedly, I hate winter. But somehow, this is still my favorite time of year. While I’d be thrilled to trade in the cold days, dreary grays and blistering winds, the holiday season reminds me of home and family and all that is good in my life. There is something about hot cocoa at late night football games, falling leaves and bursts of color, the crisp crunch of frost beneath your feet at the Christmas tree farm, and the warm smells of your favorite recipes cooking that make the heart feel happy. Perhaps the holiday season happens during the dreariest time of year because the “forced isolation” of the weather pushes us closer to those people most important in our lives. Everything slows down a bit, families huddle by the fire, even the sun goes down earlier, bringing everyone home for dinner at the table.

It’s also a time for reflection. In the quiet of the winter weather, late at night, when everything is still and frozen, or even first thing in the morning when the snow on the ground is fresh and untouched, you can look back on the year and just think. Absorb. And with that fresh white, not yet trampled snow, you can look forward with a clean slate. After winter comes spring. New growth, starting over. We appreciate the warmth and the sun, because winter kept us in the dark and the cold. We would take the beauty of spring for granted if we weren’t coming out of the harshness of winter.

Maybe I don’t hate winter after all. I sure do hate feeling cold, but I love feeling like I’m on the cusp of starting fresh and new. I love the ability to discard the old, close a chapter and look forward to spring and new life. This is the time of year for family, love, healing, hope and merriment. Cuddle close to the ones you love, toss the bitterness of old into the wind, and step out in the new fresh snow.

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