Yesterday I got a bunch of spam comments from someone called “underwear”.Β  My spam filter caught them, but it made me smile thinking how much my 4 year old loves the word “underwear”….what is it about underwear that is so funny to little boys? Anyway….

After I did this post on Design*Sponge I got a few emails asking me what I use Heinz Chili Sauce to make. So I thought I’d share a recipe. Initially I was going to do a whole post on the recipe with pictures of the meal, but that didn’t happen. The night I made it for dinner my kids were out of control. So when it came out of the oven I didn’t waste time getting pictures…just fed the them. The recipe is from my mom. It is one of our favorite twists on traditional spaghetti & meatballs. My mom calls it “Cocktail Meatballs”. Since I didn’t post what it looks like after it is made I threw together another little way to use those glass bottles. I never throw away glass…or take it to the recycling center.
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Cocktail Meatballs:

Make meatballs however you like (turkey, beef, veggie…whatever) and place in a baking dish. Before cooking the meatballs in the oven you will make this sauce to pour on top.

Combine 1 can jellied cranberry sauce, 1 jar of chili sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar & 2 tablespooons lemon juice. You will need to preheat the sauce to melt the cranberry sauce. You can do this on the stove or microwave. Once it is not too lumpy you will pour it over the meatballs and cook for 30 minutes at 350.

Serve with your favorite spaghetti, salad & bread.

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Now for the fun part. While your sauce is preheating spray some Goo Gone all over the jar. I recommend peeling as much paper off as you can before spraying with Goo Gone. Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe all the sticky stuff off. I recommend washing it by hand or in the dishwasher next.

Sidenote: if I were to list ‘must haves’ for crafters Goo Gone would be on that list.
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Once my jar was all clean I began thinking of something to do with it. My first thought was to cover it in cute masking tape because everything looks better covered in cute masking tape. I did a Google Search to see if anyone else had posted a tutorial for a “tape vase” on the web. I clicked on the first non-store link that popped up. Sure enough someone had…it would be nice if my memory wasn’t left in the labor and delivery wing.

Since my masking tape idea had already been used I started brainstorming again. Then I remembered Ashlee’s sewing kit. I thought it would be fun to fill my little jar with little crafting goodies. I put this together with a girl in mind. I think it would be such a fun gift for a birthday, Valentine’s Day, an Easter basket or just to surprise a crafty girl you know.

I just rummaged through things I had on hand that would fit through the opening of the jar. I had all this on hand.
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Then I began filling my jar and spray painted the lid. When you make a gift like this I recommend picking a few keys colors and filling your jar with things in that color scheme. It will make it look more pulled together than just a random mess of stuff.
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On the outside of the jar I created a stack of cut cardstock paper and attached it as a card with a paper clamp and baker’s twine.

Some of you might be thinking, “Cute, but what would you make with that stuff?” That is the point. There is no tutorial or step by step instructions for what to make. This type of gift isn’t for everyone, but for the right person they would love it. It is simply a small collection of things to spark creativity.

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For me, this was very fast and easy to assemble because I had so much on hand. If you don’t keep craft supplies on hand, you could buy several of these items and then divide them up into several jars. Maybe create 10 at one time and then you have gifts ready to go. You could use bigger jars, but anything smaller would be difficult to fit things in the opening.
1.18.11-07I wonder if I could work out a deal with The Pioneer Woman. She loves to take pictures of the cooking process…I obviously do not. Maybe she could come cook for me and I’ll create something for her out of her trash. Sounds like a plan to me.

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  • Lindsay - Again, you’re a genius. I love this idea! There are so many possibilities.

  • Krista @ Blue Eyed Yonder - You have me rolling over here! I laughed so hard to know that you did a search and actually found one of your OWN tutorials. Priceless! Both projects are oozing with cuteness. You have such a knack for taking the simplest concepts and making them so unique and beautiful. I’m so happy you share your gifts with us. πŸ™‚

  • amanda torres - Ashley, just stop it now. If you and TPW worked out a deal that would push me over the edge. My two favorite web stops in the morning. I just don’t know if my computer, or I, could contain the awesomeness that embodies Ashley Ann and Ree Drummond embody.

  • Caroline - Hey Ashley,
    My colleague taught me a very easy trick to remove stickers on containers.
    Just use hair dryer to blow hot air on the sticker for a minute or so, and the sticker comes off totally. nothing gooey or sticky left on the container! You can try it!

  • Shannon - I love this! I love your ideas. And your plan for The Pioneer Woman sounds great, haha!

  • Jen - My three year old is guaranteed to laugh if anyone says underpants! This whole post made me giggle. I can’t believe you found your own tutorial! And man, if you were to team up with PW, I don’t think I’d ever recover. My two favorite blogs!

  • Hollye - “You’re Underwear!” I miss that little Hudson! He used to call me that last year! LOL

  • Candice Forte - Yes, if you teamed up with PW I may never leave my computer again. Yours are two of the only blogs I make a must read when I see an update!

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle - Very cute idea! This would be a great idea for little giveaways for the crop I’m hosting in a few weeks. :o)

  • ashley jensen - This type of meal is right up my alley! Minimal ingredients, short cook time, and lots of flavor. I have some meat in the fridge that needs to be cooked so I will be using this recipe extremely soon!

  • Heather - Oh, Ashley, how I love you and your crafty ways! I did have to laugh about googling your own self:) I might have to pick up a bottle of this today at the store!

  • Emily Lusk - Thanks for the recipe!! I always like something new that I know my kids will eat and like! I would love to see what you and the Pioneer Woman would come up with, I am sure it would be great!

  • Krista Lund - super cute idea. it makes me think what i could make out of the 100s of glass baby food jars i’ve been keeping. my original plan was to make snowglobes for my daughter’s 1st winter wonderland bday party. but i got lazy and ran out of time. now i have a ton of jars and i can’t seem to recycle them (throw them out!)

  • katie - oh, how I love that you forgot about your tape vase! But it’s gotta be better than thinking you had an original idea and finding out someone else had it first, right?

  • Madaline Meatte - i know a little boy that use to love the word Pantyhose! He would run around saying Pantyhose! Pantyhose!

  • ryanne - how did you paint, or color the lid? I guess, I am asking, what type of paint did you use?

  • the whyte house - laughing…oh, you crack me up. i’ve been collecting glass jelly jars (the smuckers ones w the cute gingham lids)to do some projects like these for next year. everytime i peel the paper off i think, “i NEED to get goo gone!” and then i never remember to pick it up at the store. siiigh. one of these days i WILL pick it up.

  • Monique W - We use a similar recipe at our house and I made it for our first “Cook Once a Month” batch (which we started because we all read about it on your blog and thought, Why aren’t we doing this?!). It was a hit! I’ve since made up another recipe with cranberry sauce and meatballs. Instead of chili sauce I use brown sugar and a bit of maple syrup and serve it over brown rice. Delish!

  • Yanet - How cute! I’m going to try making one up for party favors for my boys’ parties. I can use a plastic bottle instead and throw in Legos!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Molly - I love your blog! This is such a neat and simple idea. Reading this brightened my morning. Instead of thinking about how tired I am, this post reminded me there is such beauty in little details and generosity. Thanks!

  • Casey - I love Chili Sauce! I use it all the time in my meatloaf πŸ™‚

  • Lauren - Adorable!!! How did you make the top blue? Paint? Something else?

  • Lauren - DURRRR Just kidding, now I see the pic with the blue spraypaint!

  • Tammy - Adorable! WOW… if you and The Pioneer Woman joined forces, the world might EXPLODE!! πŸ™‚

  • Caitlin - This is my first comment, I’m so excited. Anyway! You really should (please) make a list of crafters “must haves”!

  • Paulina - I’m glad I’m not teh only one who hoards glass jars. My husband throws them away when I’m not around. He just doesn’t get it. Anyways, I love Pioneer Woman!! I don’t know what I would do if you guys posted together!! EPIC!

  • Rebecca - Thank you THANK YOU THANKYOU!! I came across this recipe (called sweet/sour meatballs wherever that was) years ago and have been SEARCHING for it since! You CANNOT know how many really horrible combinations of these ingredients – and others – I’ve tried to get it right but never have. THANKS so much for posting it! Supper tonight!

  • Seamingly Sarah - Ah yes! I have a few jars and containers I’ve been saving and decorating the outside with wrapping paper and modge podge, but I couldn’t figure out what to do with the lids. Spray paint! =) Thanks

  • Ali - This is a gift I would LOVE to get. These would be cute favors for a girly craft night, or to just randomly mail to your closest girl friends. FUN! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie - How completely adorable. Our family is in the party mode for the next two months with birthdays and a baby shower. How great would these be for favors! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Amanda-ThriceBlessed - Very cute. I have a hard time recycling my glass jars too, and since I rarely buy things in plastic…it all adds up! My favorites to “collect” are baby food jars and Starbucks bottles. I made my kids’ teachers’ gifts for Christmas from old Starbucks bottles. I blogged it and was featured on “One Pretty Thing”! I was so excited. πŸ™‚ A link to my bottles:
    http://amanda-thriceblessed.blogspot.com/2010/12/diy-teachers-gift.html

    Happy Tuesday!

  • reeve - uh…absolutely..LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • meg duerksen - πŸ™‚
    i am sure that PW takes all her pictures of food in the morning and there is no one home to eat the food she cooked.
    that is my theory.

    you are the queen of crafts miss ashley.

  • Amy - brilliant!

  • jessica h - ha ha! I definitely left my memory back in L&D πŸ™‚ The craft jar is such a cute idea for a crafty chic; I would love one. I’m in awe that you can come up with great creative ideas all the while cooking & taming a rowdy house! (seriously, wow!)

  • KJ@letsgoflyakite - I am not sure if I have ever posted a comment on your blog, but I absolutely love it, look forward to every post and this Heinz chili sauce post put me over the edge – because I love that stuff. I have a similar recipe {the chili sauce works so well with the cranberry} but I slip everything in the slow cooker. I totally agree with one of the comments above that if you hooked up with TPW there would be an explosion.

  • Lisa~ - It’s a double dose! Great recipe, great use of something I’d normally throw away. Love it! Lisa~

  • Lisa - Where do you buy colored masking tape? Love the colors you used but have never seen it before. Please share!!

  • Heidi - What else would be on your must have list for crafters? Maybe we will see a post on how to stock the crafting pantry soon? πŸ™‚

  • Katrina - I tried out the Cocktail Meatballs recipe last night. The boyfriend LOVED it. He was making faces as I was putting it together, but once it hit his mouth, he was head over heels. Thank you much for that. (Makes me look good.) I also saved the bottle and am looking forward to creating something cute with it…

  • able mabel - Love, love, love this idea!! Thanks so much!

  • Tweets that mention diy {craft jar gift} Β» ashleyannphotography.com -- Topsy.com - […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Baskits. Baskits said: Sooo creative! RT @DarnGoodYarn: I love this!!!!!! http://ht.ly/3Gveq #craft #reuse #recycle RT@aweechel […]

  • Sandra - Hmmm so where do you glass jar hoarders keep all of your goodies? I am running out of room!

  • Aimee - Very cute and simple idea!!! It would be such fun for a fast and simple gift ~ just like you said:) Love it!

  • Jamie - I LOVE this idea!!! So adorable in the jar, this is like my dream gift. I actually make packs like this of craft supplies and sell them on my etsy shop. I just opened so im not sure how popular they will be. Like you said, this type of thing isn’t for everyone, but if you are a die-hard crafter, like me, who finds inspiration in anything, you would love it!!! Thanks!!

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/jamierose5985

  • laura s - LOVE this idea!! Thanks for sharing- I am definitely going to try this. P.S. your beautiful blog header is SO inspiring!

  • random Thursday ramblings « eat. play. sleep. - […] admit, I might be having a little too much fun assembling the supplies to make these as party favors for the biggest upcoming birthday.Β  Craft supplies in miniature?Β  In a jar?Β  […]

  • Kirstin - Love the jar idea. I use that exact same meatball recipe but do mine in the slowcooker while I’m at work. Love them. Now I will have something to do with the jars when I make it. Great idea!

  • 6 cosas que hacer con un bote de cristal « con botas de agua - […] al que le encanten las manualidades (con lazos, masking tape, tejidos, cuerda…). Lo he visto aquΓ­. Under the […]

  • Chris - I use Heinz Chili Sauce to make meatloaf. It is to die for!!! Now I can reuse the bottle!! Yay!

  • Keri - Came across this via Pinterest while looking for gifts for my crafty friends…PERFECTION.
    Made mine tonight and love them…thanks SO much for the great inspiration!!!

  • Green Gift Idea: Mason Jar Sewing Kit | Crisp Green - […] Ashley Ann, photographer and DIY expert, has put together a picturesque guide for making a craft kit. Use your imagination and creativity to find fun and useful bits to fill the […]

  • inspired start to the new year « House Maven - […] ThisΒ craft jar will make a great birthday gift for my daughter’s friends… […]

  • Thank You: January - […] Always beautiful pictures. I love her modern, simple craft projects… check out this fun gift idea for crafty people    –#3: Apartment Therapy- Who doesn’t love this site? I […]

  • Crafty Spice has a birthday | - […] passed this information on to her geographically distanced aunt, along with an excellent link to Ashley’s very cool idea for craft in a jar, and voila, a gift was […]

This could be the most boring post ever. For a brief moment I thought about not posting at all, but I am a creature of habit and that would just drive me crazy not to post. So…here are a few pictures from the weekend.

When I am at the kitchen sink these three little guys keep me company on the window ledge. The one of the far left probably should go in the trash, but he makes me smile. My older boys attached him to some fireworks last July and this is how he came out. Little boys…legomen strapped to fireworks…doesn’t he make you smile? He’ll probably still be above my sink in 10 years. Most of the Legomen in our house are missing a limb or two…and their face paint has been worn off.

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I don’t have much interesting to post today because I have been busy, busy, busy trying to get to a point I can move the bed back to our bedroom. This picture makes me laugh. Not many people would have tools and ladders strewn about ‘brand new’ floors.
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My friend asked if I have a master plan for my bedroom. The answer is “No”. I am totally making up things as I go, which is why I could never help someone else decorate their house. I try stuff and if I doesn’t work I start over. After painting the floors I told Chris several times a day, “I sure hope I like these.” I wasn’t confident I liked my floors until we moved the bed and some furniture in.

I am ‘wallpapering’ one wall with chicken wire. It wasn’t my idea….my sweet friend Lori helped me. I’ll post more about that later.
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We did get to move some of our furniture back into our room. I won’t be posting many “after” pictures of the room for a while. I want to get it all finished first – which will probably take a few weeks. FireCracker has been helping a lot. I gave her a hairstyle that better fits her personality πŸ™‚
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If you have emailed recently and are waiting to hear back from me…I am slowly working through my inbox.

Give a few days and I hope to catch up.

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  • Corey Moortgat - Oh, that floor looks like it’s going to be GORGEOUS!!! I wish I had a husband who would let me do stuff like paint the floors and wallpaper with chicken wire! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Lindsay - Gosh, I can’t wait to see your room finished. I have a feeling it’s going to be AWESOME.

  • Betsy Cherepko - Oh! LOVE the curls and the chicken wire! I also love that I was able to use curls and chicken wire in the same sentence. Gorgeous!

  • Tess S - i’m going to be on pins and needles until i get to see the chicken wire on the wall. i MIGHT have to add it to my master bedroom. giddy!

  • laura - love the floors! i can’t believe you do all that without a plan….true talent:).

  • Liz - ooh, I can’t wait Ashley…I’m trying to think of a way to get chicken wire on a wall around here now πŸ™‚

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle - I LOVE your floor so much. My husband is a painting contractor and I just made him leave his morning paper and come in here to see what you’ve done. We have old carpet in our bedroom and have been thinking about replacing it, but I love the look of the painted cement…and I know it would help my allergies. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lindsey Jo - the floors are looking cool. i can’t wait to see the finished room.

    and that is a hairstyle if i’ve ever seen one! πŸ™‚

  • Yanet - Chicken wire, huh? Oh the suspense!

    All the Legomen make me smile. They remind me of my boys too.

  • Nori-R - Love, love, love the floors and those curls rock!

  • Beth Zimmerman - Those are AWESOME curls! Can’t wait for more details on the chicken wire! Sounds … interesting! πŸ™‚

  • Anna - girl, i am LOVING those floors! You are so creative…I would’ve never thought to do something like that! ahh…the anticipation is killing me to see this room! I bet you’re thinking the same thing too πŸ˜‰

  • Pamela - I agree with one of the above comments. I also wish I had a husband that would let me do stuff like that.

  • miss chris - Oh, it’s going to be wonderful. and FireCracker? killing me with the hair. Wonderbaby is still all that fluffy cottoncandy hair…

  • Rebecca - Floors look great. Are you going to need to protect them from scratches or are you not concerned about that?

  • Jaimie - the floors are incredible! and i love that little legoman too- i don’t blame you for keeping him. such a memory.

  • RachelC - Looking forward to the finished product! Also, Firecracker looks like a Texas girl with that hairdo……..not that I judge……I am a HUGE fan of big hair!

  • tasha roe - i love the process of stuff – it’s so creative and fun to get messy. you will surely wow us all!! can’t wait!!

  • ashlee - i would love for you to come decorate my house…feel free to mess up anything you like!!!

  • Nicole - LOVE the floors, can’t wait to see the rest of it!

  • amanda torres - That hair! I love it. She could have been a fabulous 80’s baby. The floor looks awesome. Probably one of my favorite projects you’ve done and posted on here.

  • Brooke Leigh - The room is seriously looking fantastic, Ashley! Keep up the creative juices, & you’ll sure have us drooling over the finished product. (which, hopefully, won’t take too much longer so you can actually sleep in that room instead of next to the couch! Even though that would be the perfect set up for a bachelor pad, except they’d wheel in the mini fridge!)

    Firecracker’s hair fits her perfectly. I love it, absolutely love it.

  • LeeH - I bet you will have those lego guys for a long time. I had Gumby and Pokey in my purse long after they were necessary. They are finally gone.

  • Jenna - Legomen and fireworks – lol! Sounds like something my boys will be doing in a couple of years.

    I LOVE what I’ve seen so far of your floors! Too bad I’ve got tile… For a split second I considered laying plywood over my tile just so I could paint and stencil, but – uh, my hubby would never go for that!

    And I’m soooo intrigued with the chicken wire! Can’t wait to see it!

  • Donna - What stencil did you use for the floor?

  • Stephanie May* - I’m dying of anticipation! I don’t know if I can wait…:)

  • Shannon - I can’t wait to see your room finished! I’m sure you can’t either, haha. I love Firecracker’s new hair style! She’s so cute!

  • giozi - I don’t like very much chicken wire but I have to say something that sometime you have used things that I don’t like but at the end all together with more things look great. So I’m going to wait the result. πŸ™‚
    About hair, ha ha ha ha Ahsley Style πŸ˜‰

  • christina larsen - I love the floors. Did you do a stencil over them? Really pretty.

  • Leanne - I am loving that floor! I can’t wait to see it all done! πŸ™‚

  • Seamingly Sarah - The floor looks fantastic! I love how you think outside the box. My mind is stuck inside a box all too often.

  • Sadie - Ohhh, I am loving the floor and I can’t wait to see what you do with the chicken wire!

  • stephanie - oh. my. gosh. you’ve got to keep the 4th of july legoman for your oldest. give as a giftie YEARS down the line. i moved back to the home i grew up in after i married. gardening one day i dug up an old, rusty, decapitated g.i.joe man from my brother’s younger days. i wrapped him up and gifted him…he sits on my brothers desk now as an awesome reminder of his childhood, blowing things up. have fun with it!

  • Louise Tee - Hi Ashley
    I love reading your blog, you are very inspiring. I am not sure if you have ever posted about this before but I would LOVE to know how you store your boys LEGO??

    I can’t stand all the pieces to be mixed up, but I am not diligent enough to keep all the pieces from one box together – how have you done it? My boys are still young, our collection is small but growing. I do find if I sort them into the tray that came with the Creationary Set – they play really well and build the most amazing things, as opposed to when it is all mixed up they lose interest quite quickly.

    would LOVE a post about storing LEGO!!
    thx
    xx

  • Lori - LOve the lego men. I also keep little bits of my kids around – they’re baby trophies to me! Love Firecrackers’ hair – looks like mine on Sunday’s after a good nap. The room will be awesome! love it! the floors are very pretty. I admire your willingness to get it done – rain, sleet or snow! plow on – friend.

  • Amber - I too am in love with the floor. I think it’s just what I need for my new home studio. (can’t afford a new wood floor right now and carpet won’t work well w/ my paper/floordrops) I can’t wait to see more details on how you did it! I’m convinced this is what I must do. Paint + elbow grease = perfection. Thank you for keeping me inspired!

  • Kelly - The floor is fantastic! It looks so nice now that the moulding is back on the wall. This room is going to be incredible!

  • Amanda Hitchcock - That chicken wire wall is going to look amazing! And those floors?! LOVE!! Now I need to redo my bedroom!!

  • Jenny Joy - So help me, my heart skipped a beat when I saw a glimpse of that painted floor. I. Cannot. Wait. for the reveal shots!!! *squee*

  • CharlaL - Love the floor…Maybe trying it soon!

  • jessica h - I can’t WAIT to see your new floor! and walls! and room!!! yay! I have been looking at stencils all over the internet for a couple weeks to paint our new house with–glad I’m not the only one going in that direction πŸ™‚ I had also been thinking of chicken wiring a room divider…but I never thought of doing a whole wall in it…nice!

  • Heather @ Cookie Mondays - My weekend also consisted of lego guys πŸ™‚

  • Treva Super - I cannot stinkin believe how much that little girl looks like you! Makes me miss your little face!

  • Jennifer Baker - I cannot wait to see this chicken wire wall. You are so creative and inspiring!

  • Amnah - Yes! Brushed hair is overrated! She looks adorable.

I saw this idea on Apartment Therapy. It was originally from The Artful Parent. Genius idea.

The little people are getting restless around here…their mommy is even worse. This activity kept all four entertained for about 20 minutes…even longer for the 2 & 6 year olds.

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You should take a few minutes this weekend and check out The Artful Parent. Here are some ideas I really hope to try out:

Candy Cane playdough – next Christmas

Rubber Cement and watercolors

Texture painting with toddlers

Okay, too be honest I want to copy all her projects. It is winter and The Artful Parent blog just might save my sanity!

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  • amanda torres - Ah man! I used to do a form of this to teach prisms to 4th graders. I wish I’d of thought of marshmellows. I used little tiny balls of clay. Marshmellows would have been easier ‘vertices’. Thanks for passing this on. We’ll be doing this today! I kick myself in the rear almost daily when I see things I used to do with my school kids and have yet to transfer it to my own.

  • Tess S - AWESOME! we used a cute little blog last year to entertain us through the winter and she had stopped blogging. i was crushed. it’s like losing a friend. thanks for finding and sharing the artful parent!! love it!

  • Ruth - Thanks Ashley! I now know what I am going to do with my two sick-ish kids this morning!

  • Anna Marie - Thanks for posting this and that blog. My 3 1/2 year old will love these ideas!!!

  • Yanet - That’s some pretty fancy building Chris and Biggest Brother are up to! I can tell your family is pretty used to you taking shots like mine is. The one from up above, were you standing on the table? I can just picture it (because it’s totally something I’d do), you’re standing on the table shooting away and they think nothing of it doing their marshmallow thing. πŸ™‚

  • Kirsten - Isn’t her blog wonderful??? We’ve used a lot of her ideas on snowy, cold, or rainy days, too. Haven’t tried this one, though – I just might grab some supplies while I’m out! My husband is an engineer – he and Kiddo would have so much fun.

  • Sadie - Great post. I love this idea and I will have to give it a go as well!

  • Jodi - I have been following her blog for a long time now! She is one of my favorites. Along with yours of course!!! Love the creativity your family came up with using the marshmallows!

  • Jen Helbert - oh my goodness…i cannot handle all the itty bitty hands in your pictures! thanks for the blog tip, cabin fever is floating around in our household.

  • Julie B - Ellie made one of these in Pre-k and brought it home yesterday. Then she dropped it and it broke. The marshmallows were hard so we couldn’t “rebuild” it. They have been talking about construction and I thought how clever they were to have them build something with materials other than popsicle sticks and glue.

  • amy - my daughter just did this at school but they used spaghetti noodles…raw obviously. great way to teach 3D shapes.

  • Liz - WOW! I need that for my three boys today! Thank you!

  • carrie @ brick city love - Hi Ashley! I’ve been following your blog for a long time (LOVE your photo tips & projects!!) but don’t think I’ve every commented. I’m not a parent but thanks for the link! You find the most awesome things.

  • Elisabeth - Hi Ashley! We did the same thing as a boredom buster this summer, but used bigger marshmallows and straws: http://growinghomeonline.blogspot.com/2010/07/marshmallow-fire-station.html. My little man was napping at the time, but I think the straws would’ve been less hazardous for him. So glad to know about this blog–thanks!

  • Laurie J - looks like a way to beat the winter blues this weekend! CABIN FEVER
    thanks for the idea πŸ™‚

  • Sarah - Awesome! Thanks for sharing… I’ve been needing some fun activities for Kenzie.

  • Shannon - I saw this too and wanted to try it! The kiddos are going to Grandma’s this weekend(she begged me for them lol) but it is a 3 day weekend so maybe Monday we will give this a shot!

  • CharlaL - thanks for the link…my youngest and I just made the ice wreath(we used oranges on their last leg and holly leafs)!!! Hopefully it be cold awhile! Marshmallow sculptures up next! Keep the great ideas coming!!!! still can’t wait to see your bedroom floor!

  • the whyte house - thanks for the link and fun ideas! i have a 3 and 5 yr old over here that have the tummy bug…only they act fine when they’re not in the bathroom puking(ha!), so they’re getting stir crazy. we’ve done a little water painting, but the wizard of oz is saving my sanity. big time. πŸ™‚ as much as i like that, i’d rather them do something hands-on than have to listen to the munchkins sing their songs. haha.

  • ashlee - oh my word, my physics loving boys are going to die when i show them this!!!

  • Blanca - I can’t wait to here the words “I’m bored.”. I will certainly give them this little project.

    Way cool!

    Thanks,
    Blanca

  • Anja - thank you so much for sharing all this! Makes me smile at the end of soooo loud and stressful days. Life with those littles ist wonderful and your blog helps me see that in all the chaos here πŸ™‚
    a big thank you from germany

  • tiffany feger - I read this then did it w/ my boys and blogged it on my family blog:) we did this last year too. yours are amazing! lst year we just did snow men. here’s today: http://thefegers.blogspot.com/2011/01/grass-is-always-greener-on-inside.html

  • amber - Kinda obvious whose brain your 2 & 6 year old have;). I love seeing daddy’s in their kids. Especially their boys. Really cool. And…I want to squish Littlest Brother. Your pictures of him make him seem squishy SWEET.

  • giozi - He he he. Your little boy is so concentred and happy πŸ˜€

  • giozi - Your little sculture remind me Theo Jansen

  • Marykay - Thank you, thank you, thank you! I need some inspiration for things to do with my kids. I’m so sick of doing the same things over and over and over and over…

  • Kristin S - Last year in an effort to recruit college students to come work with us, we had them do some competitive team work.

    Gave them a pile of spaghetti and bag of bigger sized marshmallows. The goal was to work together to make the HIGHEST structure.

    It was a blast! Of course the goal was to learn to work together but they had fun too.

  • sarah - Oh man I am going to get my “mother of the year” crown back from my sister when I bust this out at family dinner on Sunday! Thank you!

  • Aja Vaught - That’s a great idea! I usually send mini pretzel sticks and marshmellows with my son to pre-k when it’s our turn to bring snack and that’s what the kids do with them. Although the toothpicks will hold better!

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  • Becca G - saw this in an old childcraft book except they used peas. i like the marshmellows much better. less squishy mess. fun!

  • Victoria - What a great project, perfect for the winter chill! Although I fear mine would just eat up the marshmallows and end up with more energy via sugar than when we began;)

  • Digital Backround Gal - Love this idea…I’ll have to try it with my little girl this week!
    Thanks so much!!

  • Jenn from The Mustard Seed Blog - That looks like such a fun activity! And I love that it does not involve a single electronic device (as I type this on my laptop, haha). It’s just great to unplug for a bit.

  • Sistergirl - Love you ideas.

  • Beth - I sat in church (TCABC) this morning and cringed, just a little, when Chris announced this his wife was a blogger. I know many women who prefer to blog in anonymity. And I some times wish my mother didn’t read my blog! LOL! Anyway … I was curious enough to “google” you and was delighted to find your lovely blog and make the *connection* between you, Ashley Ann Photography, and Under the Sycamore (which I think I’ve visited before). It may be a small world but it’s still some days hard to figure out who is who! Anyway … I’m delighted to meet you! And I promise I paid attention to the rest of the service! Chris did a great job! πŸ™‚

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  • Melissa - Thank you! Tried this last night. The kids had a blast!

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  • Gina - Cute! I’ve just run across you on Pinterst and love your beautiful photos. We do this too, with marshmallows and with gumdrops — not only a great everyday boredom buster but super party game. Beautiful shown. It’s wonderful to find like-minded creatives — I look forward to returning to your blog.

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