Have you ever asked your child to fetch your purse at playgroup, only to have them bring back the wrong one? (Ever send your husband to get your purse at a party only to have him get the wrong one?)
Solution: attach a Mabel's Labels Bag Tag!
Use your child's Bag Tag for consistency, or splurge on your own!
(This hack is also good for snack bags, beach bags, cooler bags, diaper bags, camera bags, fanny packs, ski /skate bags, lunch bags and canvas bags!)
If you're ordering iron-ons with a short name, here's a hack to consider. Get the name printed up twice on the same iron-on, with 6 or so spaces between them. (See example image to the right.)
Before applying the half-sized iron-ons to clothes:
- cut the iron-on in half vertically
- cut rounded corners for each half (approximated by the red dotted lines in the image to the right) Failure to round the corners will result in the iron-on prematurely lifting and peeling.
- apply the half-sized iron-on as you would a full-sized one
- twice as many iron-ons for the same price!
- labels fit nicely on tiny items (think infant socks)
Tom Richmond has begun publishing tutorials on creating a caricatures!
I hope to make some time to work on Tom's lessons as well as getting back to John's. I've previously posted a line drawing or three of mine which are clearly not caricatures.
Here are some older more humourous line drawings, which I'll call "cartoon-ish," because I don't feel they are quite at the caricature level.
And one a little more serious, based on a photograph:
I'll get there one day! Thanks Tom, for posting such wonderful resources!
PS: Can anyone out there identify the subjects of the above cartoons? [Bonus points if you can do it without Googling "David Acer."]
Pint size boots all seem to look the same. How can you label them so it's obvious to the teachers and the children which boots belong to whom?
Here are some ideas that I've seen work (in no particular order):
- stick Tag-Mates™ on the sizing label on the inside of the tongue of the boot
- stick a Skinny-Mini™ on the sizing label on the inside of the tongue of the boot
- stick a shoe label (with protective cover) on the sizing label on the inside of the tongue of the boot
- stick a shoe label (with protective cover) on the lining on the (inside) side of the boot
- stick a shoe label (with protective cover) into the insole of the boot (it may be difficult to see depending on the style and size of boot)
- stick a Skinny-Mini™ on the outside on the back of the boot (shown in photo to the right)
It's well known that Mabel's Labels shoe labels are:
- extra tough
- extra sticky
- do not rub off on socks
- fit nicely into the insole of shoes, boots, skates and rollerblades and are
- shipped with protective overlays to ensure durability.
We sent a pair of running shoes* through two consecutive cold water washes and both the shoe labels and the protective coatings look as good as new!
* The labels had been applied to the shoe for over one month and were securely stuck in the shoe thanks to the heat and pressure of little feet.
Have a read of this entertaining technical review of coloured pencil crayons. An excerpt:
"The different fonts however, like Arial or Times New Roman, came out rather quirky, as the photo illustrates. Vector graphic quality was leaving a lot to be desired as well; lines were often not straight, aligned, or perfectly round as known from other utilities."
Does the crafter in your house hate throwing away all the little scraps of coloured paper? Not sure what to do with it all? Just glue it all down!
- colouring sheet (or draw something free-hand)
- lots of small pieces of paper of different colours (larger pieces for younger kids, smaller pieces for kids with more patience and hand-eye co-ordination)
- apply glue to colouring sheet
- apply scrap pieces of paper to glued area in colouring sheet
[Cross-posted at Craft Day.]
Quick and easy homemade Valentine's Day cards.
- letter sized card stock or sheets of perforated "postcards"
- optional: paper-cutter if using card stock
- red crayon, pencil crayon or marker
- red and pink construction paper cut into hearts of varying sizes
- white glue
- heart shaped stickers
- optional: stamps, markers, glitter etc for additional decorating
- optional: if you want to have identical text on each of the cards (such as "Happy Valentine's Day" or "From your friend" then you may want to run the sheets through the printer before you cut them down to size)
- cut card stock into quarters or perforate postcards
- draw a large, red, free-hand heart on each card
- have child glue construction paper hearts as desired
- let glue dry
- have child apply stickers, stamps or other decorations as desired
[Cross-posted at Craft Day.]
Instructions for creating a Heart necklace can be found at Craft Day.WARNING:The finished product could be a choking hazard if child left unsupervized. Child safety is your responsibility!
(These ideas came home from school.)
Based on the things I read online, there are a lot of people who don't know where the punctuation goes relative to an end quote. Are you one of them?
To find out take the Question Marks, Quotation Marks, and Parentheses Quiz or read the section on Quotation Marks.
[edited to add: Welcome ParentHacks readers and thanks for the link Asha!]
Ever have your toddler decide they MUST wear a pair of pants that is too large around the waist? Ever been half-way out the door when you realize your child's pants keep falling to their ankles? Don't have the time / patience / energy / skill to adjust the waist?
Problem solved if you have an extra mitten-clip lying about. Simply attach the mitten clip to the waist of the pants (taking in some of the extra fabric with the clip alone) and then fasten the other end making an improvised cinch!