Pinterest Try Tuesday- Handmade Geodes

This week I gave the boys a choice. We skimmed through my pinterest board, Fun For the Kids, and they decided to try the Handmade Geodes!

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The original tutorial for this project is from the Dollar Store Crafts blog. And it’s a pretty good tutorial! We followed it pretty closely on the first round, but had to make some alterations for the second round!

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It’s a great and easy project! It only takes a few minutes to get it set up. Then the waiting and the watching begins! We made one batch and another friend wanted to try, so we made batch two!

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I had all the materials except for the Borax. We used regular pipe cleaners, but supposedly it works with metallic pipe cleaners even better. I also got nervous about using our drinking glasses for the Borax mixture, so I used plastic cups. If you use plastic cups, make sure it’s a pretty heavy plastic, because you will be pouring boiling water into them! Then you’ll also need some sort of string, I used clear thread, skewers, wash clothes and boiling water.

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To start, we tied the thread around the ppe cleaner and then balled up the pipe cleaners. The boys had way too much fun with this! Although our friend did wonder why we were doing this outside with my white background and why I was taking soooo many pictures!

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This is the parent step! Boil water. Once it’s boiling add the borax. The original directions called for about 3 tablespoons per cup of water. I recommend about 5 tablespoons of borax per cup of water! Then pour the water into the cups to cover the pipe cleaner balls.

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Cover and wait! In about 5 hours they will start to crystal. But we left overnight. Some we left even longer than that!

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We ended up with more crystals on the cup than on our geode, but the second batch with the extra Borax totally helped getting more crystallization!

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Our favorite geode is the very rare donut geode!

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The blue and the green are the best. The results of the 5 tablespoons to one cup batch!

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This is the result from batch one, 3 tablespoons to 1 cup. Not a very good coverage of crystals….

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They look good from one side. But the other???? Well…. Not so much….

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I don’t know about you, but we’re having a great time with this little Tuesday series! It’s been fun seeing if these projects really work (I’ve seen those Pinterest Fail photos!)! I wonder what we’ll do for next week??? hmmmm….

If you have a project you want us to try, let me know!

March do.Good Stitches Quilt

We’ve got another one! Another group effort by the Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches!

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This quilt was coordinated by our quilter, Dhia of The Peach Patch. This month she chose to have us do a Triple Irish Chain and even wrote up a tutorial so we’d all get it right!

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We each did two blocks for the quilt.

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One block was the white center pieces. Super easy!

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The second block was a little bit more time consuming! Not harder necessarily, just more pieces equals more time! I made mine the same way I made Low Volume, Bright Contrast Crosses quilt blocks!

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I’m very impressed with how all the blocks blend together perfectly! I don’t know that if I saw this in person, I’d think that 10 people worked on it!! Way to go Dhia! Thanks for another great quilt!

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Balloon Balls

I’m starting a new thing! Pinterest Try Tuesday! You might have already figured it out…. My goal is to try a new ‘pin’ each week. I don’t know about you, but I ‘pin’ a lot of things. Then I never look at most of them again. Wellll…. I pinned them for a reason, and typically […]

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Free Motion Quilting Class!

This weekend we had the opportunity to take a class with Christina Cameli to learn free motion quilting thanks to our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild! One of the supplies for class was to have her book, First Steps to Free Motion Quilting. I got it from the library and was just going to bring that. […]

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Border of the Month Quilt Update

I feel like I keep talking about this. One I love it! Two, I keep finishing and photographing it for our monthly SMQG meetings, so it’s finished and ready to blog about! I am working on other things! But… Here’s more of my quilt! I was up to design this month’s border and I felt […]

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A New Lego Store and a Real Master Builder

As you’ve probably noticed, via IG and our Lego Valentines, we love Lego’s at our house! So when I had the opportunity to attend our new Lego Store Grand Opening at SouthCenter Mall and meet a real live Master Builder, I said YEP! But when I said yes, I had no idea that there are […]

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Charley Harper Inspired Cardinal Mini Quilt

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I think I threw this image out as a teaser sometime back. I actually made it last year, but never showed it off! I was waiting until I had the pattern to go with it. But I never made a pattern. And honestly, I doubt I’ll ever get to it! I just made this one […]

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2015 Finish Along- Q3 Goals

Last Quarter I finally finished more than one of my goals, but then missed the link party to share my finishes… Man! So, I finished 2 of my 5 goals from last quarter. This quarter I have 5 goals plus 2 maybe goals… Dad’s back is done, it’s been quilted by my friends at West […]

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One Hour Basket Swap

I’m still not participating in the online swaps that I used to love, but I do try to play along with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Swaps! I miss the online ones, but I just stay too busy for them. The guild ones are a lot less work so they make up for my lick […]

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My Double Sided Hexi Quilt

Ok, maybe calling it a quilt at this point is stretching it. Maybe I should call it my double sided hexi quilting project… I posted a picture of this project on IG while I was stuck in one of the airports we got stuck in on our trip and no one knew what I was talking […]

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