Disappeared for almost a week. Our state currently has 12 wildfires burning. One was extremely close to my family so we had our bags back and van loaded. Yesterday we were finally cleared from any evacuation so I could breathe again. Almost a week of checking the news constantly has finally cleared. We still smell smoke constantly but that’s to be expected with all these fires.
Almost being evacuated has taught me a lot. It taught me that the things I would save were things I never thought I would save, pictures, heirlooms (like the guitar my father gave me), projects my children have done, and of course diapers. Before the fire near us started, I already donated a lot of clothing to those who needed it. Not just clothes of mine but my significant other did and my son donated some of his clothes too. I try to teach him that there are people who need help in this world and that someone is always worse off then us. I didn’t go through his toys only cause his sister will be playing with them very soon. But he did donate an entire diaper box filled with his clothing. We did something to help those in need and donating is great way to make others feel great and makes you feel good that you helped someone. I can only hope that when my children get older they will do the same thing without me telling them to.
Now to move on from the deepness and to something more light hearted. My son is OBSESSED with picking flowers right now. I mean obsessed. It’s crazy! So to help him stop picking flowers I thought it would be better if we made our own flowers. Yes make our own flowers. We made them out of two things, tissue paper and pipe cleaners.
The tissue paper should be cut in squares. Doesn’t matter how big the squares are. Do them as big as you want or as small as you want. Also take as many squares in whatever color order you want to make your flower. I recommend at least four for some depth (haha four for wow I’m easily assumed right now). Fold the tissue paper squares together in the accordion style of folding. Again, as big of a fold as you want or as small as you want.
Easy, easy, easy! Very easy. The pipe cleaner becomes the stem. My son liked twisting the pipe cleaner around itself creating the stem. Then start tissue paper layer by layer and pull up one at a time to create that flower.
There is your beautiful flower! It’s easy as pie. Well it took me awhile to remember how to do them. I had a teacher once who taught us how to do this adorable flowers. Really had to rack my brain of how to do them. Our finishing touch was adding a squirt of perfume to the flower to make it smell. A squirt is all you need especially when it is very strong perfume from your niece’s mom. One that I would never ever wear. We made a few more and then twisted the stems together to create a little bouquet. DS thought it was the best thing in the world and carried them around for a good 30 minutes. Now he has his own flowers to smell and play with. All I need now is a vase for him to put them in. IKEA here we come soon.
If you would like to help out with the wildfires in anyway you can, please check out Help Colorado Now. Every little thing helps and makes a difference to everyone.