Craft Review: String Art Kit

It’s product review time again and this time we are taking a look at a String Art Kit I ordered off Amazon to keep Jack busy while he’s at home. As it was, it kind of backfired… because I ended up doing the kit too.

Let’s take a closer look…

As I mentioned, I ordered the kit off of Amazon… but as luck would have it, it’s totally sold out now. The one I ordered had three designs (an owl, a starburst, and a YAY sign) and it cost $16.63.

Here are some similar sets I found that are still available:

Jack decided to do his own thing and not follow any directions… so here is his original design:

As for me, I’m a rule follower… so I decided to make the owl.

Step 1: I put all the pins into the foam board backing, making sure to keep the colors consistent with the example.

Step 2: I started adding the string, first the branch and then the owl body:

Step 3: I finished adding all the different color string and I went back over some areas that weren’t filled as much as I wanted them to be. And here is the finished product:

I think it turned out awfully cute, but the kit was definitely a bit too hard for my 8-year-old boy. If you have an older child, or one a bit better about following the directions, this type of kit might be a better fit.

If you’re an adult and you’d like to try a ‘fancier’ version of string art, I found a couple cute kit options with a wooden background and nails:

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Craft Review: Kid’s Mosaic Stone Kit

I had a poll up on my Instagram and Facebook asking what kind of blog posts you all would like to see from me, and one of the topics that came up a few times is that you’d like some product reviews. Well, with Jack being at home so much it kinda makes sense to do a few craft/game reviews! The first one is for the Kid’s Mosaic Stone Kit.

I purchased a shrink-wrapped Mosaic Stone Kit when I was out thrifting at some point. I have no idea how much I paid for it, or exactly when I thrifted it. But it has been living in my ‘craft corner’ for quite a while. Over the weekend, I was digging through some potential projects and Jack and I decided to give it a try.

The kit was pretty simple and contained all the ingredients… you never know when you thrift something! All you have to do is mix the concrete, use the stained glass pieces to make your original design, and let it dry for a day or so.

I found two similar kits on Amazon with Prime shipping:

There were warnings on our kit about inhaling the dust when mixing, so I took it outside and mixed it with water into an old tupperware. I didn’t have Jack help with this, due to the dust. But once I brought it back inside he helped pour the wet concrete into the mold.

Then, Jack used the stained glass pieces to create his design – first on the countertop before transferring it into the concrete. He smushed each piece into the wet concrete and we put the wet mold out of the way for a full day.

After about 24 hours, I popped the stone out of the mold and let it sit upside-down until the entire stepping stone was completely dry.

We are SO HAPPY with the finished design. The cement somehow has a sparkly/shimmery finish and the design turned out beautifully. I added it to our front walkway and when I do leave the house, it’s makes me smile.

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Life Right Now

You guys. I was planning to share a post I had written about my favorite booties being on super sale over on the Nordstrom website… but then overnight they went back to normal price. So, I’ll stick that post back in my drafts, maybe to be never seen again. But it does get me to thinking, what kind of posts would you like from me while we are living in this super weird Covid-19 world?

I mean, the world is weird. Really weird right now.

Thankfully we have a comfortable home, because we are spending the majority of our time either inside our house or playing outside in our yard. On weekdays I’m teleworking every day. My husband is still working like normal on weekdays – he is a business owner and drives a tractor trailer – so it’s pretty easy for him to socially distance while doing his job. Of course, that may come to an end soon as the Governor has an 11am press conference where many think he will be asking Marylanders to stay at home.

As for food, my husband packs his breakfast and lunch each weekday, Jack and I eat at home, and I have been making dinner every night (thanks to Home Chef for keeping it relatively fun). We did treat ourselves over the weekend by picking up carryout from 2 local restaurants. And yes, we ordered ahead, stayed socially distant, and washed our hands very well after doing the food exchange.

I’m currently teleworking every day, so I’m in full comfies for my clothing choices. I actually did a poll on Instagram stories recently about this, so I’ll be sharing my results here too.

As for what we’ve been doing, well a little bit of everything.

Over the weekend:

I tried a new mix of Overtone on my hair (see all the pics here)

I paid bills.

We had a family nerf gun battle in our yard. I’m not sure who won, but I did get a nerf bullet straight to the nose.

We watched Hook. Jack initially thought it was boring, but then decided he loved it.

We cleaned/bleached all bathrooms and vacuumed the house.

Jack and I made pancakes. They were delicious.

I finished “Love Lettering” by Kate Clayborn. I didn’t love it.

Jack and I made brownies. Travis didn’t help, but did eat more than his share.

We started watching Locke & Key on Netflix. Travis and I are more into it than Jack… but he still doesn’t want us to watch it without us.

We took a picnic blanket outside and laid down in the grass, snuggled and played word games.

We invented more nerf gun games, which included: “Found it” where we shoot the nerf bullets into the air and then had to find it, and pretending to try to hit the big birds flying overhead (which we were convinced were going to eat us because we laid on our blanket too long).

We learned how to play Mastermind (it was in the pile of board games we won in a raffle) and LOVED it!

I found a wood burning kit I’d thrifted where you can DIY your own cheeseboard. The wood burning thing was only successful in burning my finger and not the wood. Jack decorated his cheeseboard with sharpie instead and we called it a win.

I also found a cement stepping stone kit that I’d thrifted (note to self, keep thrifting random craft crap) and Jack made his own stepping stone. That project actually turned out pretty cool and we are waiting for it to dry.

And that’s it? Maybe. I don’t know. The last week has pretty much gone by in a blur. And I’m super off topic… but kind of on topic too. Anywhoo. Feel free to leave me a comment with what you’d like to see from me here! I’ll also throw the question up on my Instagram stories and Facebook page so you can choose the place you find easiest to answer.

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