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Decorate the Windows: DIY Washable Window Paint Cross

I’ve seen this on so many of my friends and families Facebook Feeds…and I’ve been wanting to do it…

It’s just that: Paint is not an essential item.

I tried to order it online.  It’s either astronomically priced OR won’t be delivered for over a month.

I tried putting it in my pick-up grocery order:  NOT IN STOCK. no subsitutions

So whatever, I bought some Chalk Markers and went on with my life.

 

Well, it’s Holy Week…and the idea of having a large cross painted on one of our windows is just too good for me to let go.

Yesterday, we made it happen.

And I realized, it was WAY easier than I thought it would be to make our own washable paint from the paint we already had.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

WASHABLE PAINT: ACRYLIC PAINT, DISH SOAP, WATER

OTHER: PAINTER’S OR MASKING TAPE AND BRUSHES

 

I did the taping, because, well, I’ve reached my limit of “4 children distance learning from home with severely limited contact with the outside world for the past 3 weeks” expectation to work together in a manner that would please Jesus on this project (you’ll see I was not wrong)

Then I used a very little amount of paint, we’ll call it “a Squirt” with a tsp or less of water and “a drop” of dish soap for each color.  Super technical measurements.  If the mixture is TOO runny, you’ll know…because it will drip.   So use less water than you think at first.

(I also tested this out and it came off very easily with my natural window cleaner)

Then, my only “rule”  was to try and not let any of the same color touch…and let them go to town.

 

80% of the way done, and all was right in the world….

and then it wasn’t.

Daughter on chair spilled paint cup on head of daughter on floor.

Daughter on floor does. Not react well to many “uncomfortable” or sensory triggers

Guilty Party

After this, the last painter standing “accidently” painted some of my curtain pink.

 

Come Quickly, Lord Jesus!

We Need You Now!

 

All joking aside,

Paint washed away from the Hair.

We can now be reminded of the Beautiful Symbolism of the Ultimate washing away….

In a time where we could all use the Comfort.

I couldn’t think of a more fitting day to publish this post than today…what would have been my mom’s 70th birthday….but will be forever 67 in our eyes until we meet again.

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Pictures in the Window: Flowers

Alright….we are pretty strictly following the “Safer At Home” order here in Wisconsin so it’s a little bit difficult to come by craft supplies.

I tried to order washable paints with our weekly grocery order (no go…out of stock). And online ordering wasn’t very helpful either…… so I opted for Chalk Markers.

I’ll admit I really still want to do the washable paint….maybe next week?

But until then, these chalk windows will have to do!

If you’re interested in getting some of these…the price is right HERE. And they only take a couple days to arrive 🙂

Are you joining in on the Weekly Scavenger Hunt?

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Pictures in the Window: Dinosaurs

After the fun we had with Shamrocks in the Windows  from last week…I was so excited to see someone continue the challenge with new prompts.  What made it even more fun was seeing our city grab on to the idea and sharing it through public channels as well!

I don’t know about you and your kids…but our house is THRILLED that more people will be participating!

If you have read this far and don’t know what I’m talking about.  The idea is to put pictures/projects of a certain theme in your windows, so kids (and who am I kidding…adults) will have some fun things to look at/search for on their walks or car rides.  Social distancing, but a little more HAPPY added 🙂

Here are the prompts for the next few weeks:

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Being that this is the 1st day of DINOSAUR WEEK…I thought I’d help those of you out that needed some ideas and didn’t feel like searching for them on your own.

Dinosaur Footprints from Crafty Morning: TUTORIAL HERE

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Dinosaur out of the Letter D  (how great is this for Letter Learning HomeSchool?) TUTORIAL HERE

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And HOW STINKIN’ CUTE are these Dinosaur Handprint Cards?!?!?! TUTORIAL HERE

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FREE Coloring Kid’s Pages to Print from Itsy Bitsy Fun  PAGES HERE 

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And Don’t Forget about the Coloring Pages!  Here are a few FREE ONES

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For the “COOL” Messy Parents ;0) Here’s some Hand and Footprint Dinosaurs  TUTORIAL HERE 

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Dinosaurs from Paper Plates TUTORIAL HERE

Wanna try to draw your own? 

Our family has LOVED doodling with this family!  ART FOR KIDS HUB on YOUTUBE  It’s such a cute concept!  The dad draws and one of the kids copies him.  It’s fun to see how they both turn out unique!

CLICK HERE FOR A BUNCH of their DINOSAUR drawing videos

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We might try a few of these in our house….but I am VERY EXCITED to make HOMEMADE WASHABLE WINDOW PAINT and see if we can create something BIG!  TUTORIAL HERE

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I’m EXCITED to see what you make! 

If you aren’t local to me, I’d love to see if you participate too….post a picture in the comments!

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Let’s Have a SHAMROCK HUNT!

I had a completely different post for today….but I stumbled upon this idea and I JUST HAD to get it out there!

One of my friends posted this on Facebook…

The idea is:  We are all going to be practicing social distancing over the next few weeks, so let’s have some fun!

Get outside or GO FOR a FAMILY DRIVE and SHAMROCK HUNT!

All you have to do is put a SHAMROCK in your window on Tuesday , March 17th….

COLOR IT, PAINT IT, CUT IT OUT, Whatever you want!

Put it up in your Window and Walk Around your Neighborhood or Go for a Drive and Find others!  Post Your Pictures when you Find them!

I thought I’d help facilitate it by giving you some ideas!

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Here’s a Blog post with a bunch of ideas gathered together that you see here:

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How about some coloring pages like this one???  CLICK HERE to find A LOT MORE(right click on picture, choose Open Image in new Tab, and you should be able to print it out)

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I can’t wait to do this with my kids!  And HUNT for yours!!!!

Share with your friends and neighbors!

And, We’ll “SEE YOU FROM AFAR”  ON Tuesday!

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The Common Table Prayer: Free Printable

I didn’t forget to post this morning….I was just contemplating what I wanted to say.

I have often been found making jokes over the past week regarding the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation.  I do that.  Call it a coping mechanism…or whatever you want.  It’s how I do life.

I’m not going to get into what I think about whether it’s overblown, not being taken seriously enough, or if my family has enough toilet paper to make it through the next few weeks.  (I do know I have plenty of scrap fabric….so we’ll be good, I think)

If you have questions or concerns, I DO suggest you look to the CDC (they are called the CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL for a reason)  If you want a more personal opinion: see how your friend or family member that is a Health Care Professional is living their life and taking care of their family.  We go about this the same way…all the time.  We go to work, deal with the diseases everyday, and wash our hands a lot.

What I WILL say is this is the first time my husband and I have discussed the spread of disease and germs so thoroughly with our children. (with the exception of when my mom was sick and couldn’t come visit)  We don’t get to protect them from the world around us…the world and it’s problems will find them.  So we make sure we are part of their safe place and sounding board.

As we sat around our dinner table last night….

we discussed what’s happening, and some of the possibilities of what is to come….

and We Prayed.

We prayed the Common Table Prayer and Return Thanks that we do every sit-down meal.  If you’ve prayed this prayer before, it’s likely you rush through and never give it another thought….but I urge you to slow down.

Ponder each line.

It’s so good.

It’s so NEEDED.

And that is why I knew I needed to share this project I made back in July of 2012 with you.  Please feel free to print and use in your own home.  The Super Large Framed version is what’s hanging in our kitchen right

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CIRCA July 17, 2012 from my previous blog:

I have a great idea for some artwork for our Kitchen Dining Area…but I needed to first make the Subway Art Print.

While I was at it, I thought I’d share 🙂  It’s a 4×6 jpeg….but think how fun it would be printed out 2ft. x 3ft.!

The Common Table Prayer:

Black & White

 

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White & Black

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