Sunday, March 20, 2011

Quality Kylie Time

Last night, Kylie was out with me while I was watching a movie. Most nights she's content on her cage or the jungle gym. Last night she started flying over to me and kept landing on my head. After she did that a couple of times, I let her climb onto my shoulder and she hung out there for about half an hour while I watched a movie and was on the computer. My relationship with Kylie is really taking off now. Here's a few pictures I snapped last night .... I didn't get any when she was on me because no one else was home and I didn't want to spoil the moment by going to get the camera.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Jessie Being Cute!

Jessie was being my brave little dude this afternoon and was hanging out on the jungle gym ... he usually afraid of it.

Haven't figured out how to embed a youtube video yet, but here is a link to a short video of Jessie. You can hear Lucy in the background saying 'Jessie, Jessie, Jessie' at 0:04 seconds and you can faintly hear Jessie saying 'Peeka' ... missing the boo.

Jessie enjoying scratches from mommy ....
with his eyes closed, you can tell he's really enjoying it
Jessie just being cute!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Random Pictures

Kylie and Jessie enjoying a Papaya Veggie Crisp treat from Avian Organics

A wet Lucy
Lucy posing for the camera

Sunday, March 13, 2011

How to Dye Wood

Today was wood dying day. Here's a list of supplies that we used:
- 18ft of 1 x 2 pine ($12.00)
- 6 x 28ml bottles of food coloring (2 red, 2 blue, 2 greed) ($10.00)
- 3 plastic buckets ($3.00)
- 1 Mitre Saw
- 1 Drill
- 1 Handy Husband :)
- 1 plastic table cloth
- Newspaper
- Wire baking racks
- Paper towels
- Rubber gloves

1. My husband set up the mitre saw. The wood clamped on the left side of the picture was the guide to make sure that every piece cut was 1 1/2" wide
2. Here's the bucket of wood
3. I wasn't here while he was drilling holes in the wood, but here is a picture of the drilled wood and I had him drill holes in some popsicle sticks as well while he was at it.
4. Here's the bucket of green dye. I mixed 4 cups of boiling water with 2 bottles of green food coloring. I was happier with the color and how it turned out.
5. Here's the bucket of red dye. I mixed 5 cups of boiling water with 2 bottles of red food coloring. This was the first color I mixed and also the weakest because I added so much water.
6. I mixed 3 cups of boiling water with 2 bottles of blue food coloring. With adding less water, the blue came out stronger than the red and green.
7. Here's a picture of all the wood pieces and popsicle sticks colored.
125 Wood Pieces
40 Popsicle Sticks

Total Duration: 2 hours to cut wood / drill holes; 2 hours to dye all the wood.

Lessons Learned: I didn't really anticipate that the wood would float .... yeah I know, blond moment ;) So for the next time I will need to find something to hold the wood down into the water. I think I'll try to find 1/2" thick wood the next time so the pieces are a little thinner.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Getting Prepared to Cut/Dye Wood

So with my husband being a carpenter and having all the tools, I'm on a mission to cut and dye wood this weekend. I'm getting my supplies together. I got 3 kids easter buckets for $1 each at Walmart today, got the food coloring and picked up 18ft of untreated pine.

My husband is going to cut the pieces and drill the holes tomorrow morning and I'll be on wood dying duty tomorrow afternoon. Watch for further posts with updates throughout the process.