Recycled Art: Mosaic Tile (Part 2)

A couple of months back, I created a mosaic for the Habitat for Humanity Recycled Art show, “Home is Where the Art Is”. It was great to be involved in something like this, and I’ve never sold any of my own artwork so I had no idea what to expect.

There was a great variety of items at the show (<—check out the other pieces) and I was impressed and proud to be one of the contributing artists. It was a little bit nerve-wracking to glance at the silent auction sheet for my piece, though. Near the end of some hors d’oeuvre-eating and wine-sipping, the quiet fight over my piece began…and on one end of that fight was my very own mother-in-law, Robin! I kept telling her she didn’t need to be bidding on my piece but she insisted that she truly did love it and would love to have it, and that the money was going toward a good cause. I even told her we could make one together! But my insisting was pointless.  I kept giving her the tsk, tsk every time she approached the paper to check out who was winning, and she would smile at me. She was bidding to win.

At the very end, my piece brought in $105. I was pretty shocked that something I created could be worth that much to someone, but it was also a really good feeling knowing the money was going toward a great organization.

Here’s Robin next to her new piece of artwork:

After telling my mom about Robin’s shenanigans, she said she would have done the same, and was sad she couldn’t be here to do so. That spurred another moment of giving, and Robin and my mom are now sharing custody of the piece. It’s a little silly and cute but very heart-warming that my mom and Robin think that highly of something I created. :)

I’m Still Here…Sort Of.

I am a very, very bad blog neglect-er. I should probably be reported to BPS (Blog Protective Services). I have a lot of excuses!

Remember I like to make lists…..thus, my list of excuses:

1) As I told you before, I dived into the world of photography. It has been a really fun process getting to know my camera and taking portraits and doing it with a friend, too! We are venturing down the road of business ownership and have been working on our portfolio. We never plan to become full-time photographers so we’re trying to keep it a hobby that also gives us a little extra dough! See some of our work on our newly-developed (and slightly still under construction) website: www.jolie-images.com.

2) My husband Jeff and I have started a new diet. And by diet, I don’t mean “fad diet” because I have literally never, ever dieted in my life. I just mean we are consuming different food than we have before, not for a short period of time to lose weight or anything, but for a healthy life. For the last month we have completely cut out wheat products (not just gluten but all forms of wheat) and have noticed some awesome and crazy changes in how we carry our weight (and have lost some), our skin, our sleeping habits, our energy level throughout the work day, and I’ve discovered I must have some sort of a gluten intolerance on top of that — what I used to think was normal, sure isn’t.  I won’t get into any more details because I feel like everyone has the ability to research it yourself, but if you are wondering, we’re following Wheat Belly which does also coincide slightly with Paleo. The downside is that I am spending a lot more time in the kitchen making a lot of meals from scratch, which means I am spending a lot less time doing anything crafty.

(I would love to insert a before-after photo that we took but I’m not ready to share that with the world!)

3) I need to finish a few projects in their entirety before I feel like I can post them here. And those will happen after X gets done, or Y gets done. I have been trying harder to stay on top of my housework, and forcing myself to use craft time as a reward. But then 9pm hits and the kids are in bed and I really don’t want to do anything but sit on the couch and watch reruns of The Walking Dead or Grey’s Anatomy or Friends.

4). My son is 2. HE’S TWO! I love this age. I’ve loved every age! He grows and learns so much on a day-to-day basis that I feel like I never want to leave his side, or I’ll miss something! And lately he just can’t get enough of “Wock? A bee-bee?” so I can’t skip the opportunity to “rock a baby” because I know these days are numbered.

5) My hubby works a lot. And I hate it. Not to sound like a lousy whiner because I DO realize it could be worse….but seriously. Whoever decided that paying someone straight commission and NO hourly pay and that even though they weren’t getting paid for it, they have to work every freaking Saturday, had no family or loved ones to spend their time with. We get one day together a week, and that’s Sunday. We cherish our one day to spend as a family. I would feel guilty spending my one day without having to be the sole watcher-of-the-children doing crafty things.

The good news is, that almost a year ago I made a list of projects to-be. It’s nice to make lists because then you can see your progress!  I’ve recently organized my craft area, the console just needs hardware, and other odds and ends have been completed in our house from that list! Okay, now I don’t feel so guilty.

I promise to share a few fun things this month!

 

 

Recycled Art: Tile Mosaic

Each year, our local Habitat for Humanity puts on a recycled art show, called “Home is Where the Art Is“. Artists from around the area volunteer and are given a voucher to purchase materials from the Restore to create a piece of art that will be auctioned at the show. All proceeds go back into the Habitat for Humanity organization.

First of all, I love the Restore. We actually purchased this really cool cabinet set there last year, which we plan to turn into a wine cabinet/hutch/drink station…you know, when we have time? It’s been on the back burner.

We have also purchased flooring there as well, and occasionally I see really cool pieces of furniture that just need a little TLC (and a home in need of a cool piece of furniture!). Anyway, they have cool stuff. If you ever need to redo a bathroom or kitchen, the Restore should be your first stop!

This year I took on the challenge of creating a piece for the art show. The hardest part was deciding what to do. Because I don’t necessarily have a “thing” — I am a “that sounds cool, I should try that!” type of gal — the decision was really hard. I thought of some random small ideas, but I wanted to make sure what I would make was something someone would pay to have, that not every person would attempt to do, yet would also be unique.

The Restore has TONS of tile, so I thought I’d give a mosaic a try. I did some research on creating mosaic art and decided I’d be able to do this – I have tiled a floor before, so I somewhat understood the process.

I started with a piece of plywood (that was leftover from a different project) which was approximately 2 feet x 3.5 feet. I purchased white, gray, and dark gray tiles from the Restore, as well as a mirror and grout. I needed 2 buckets of this Mapei Opticolor grout, and with this product you also purchase the color you want the grout to be separately. The color I used was alabaster.

The nice thing about this brand of grout is that you get almost everything you need for your project inside the bucket – gloves, a cleaning sponge and a scrub pad. You just need to make sure your work surface is protected and that you do this in a well-ventilated area.

 1. I drew a rough sketch of a tree onto my plywood. It is totally imperfect, but I knew it would evolve as I pieced together the tiles.

2. I grabbed a hammer and some kitchen towels and took my tile to the cement sidewalk. Placing the tile between a towel ensures the shards won’t fly everywhere. You should definitely wear safety glasses as well. I broke off pieces of all sizes and kept my dark gray tiles separate from my white ones, as well as breaking the mirror pieces and being much more careful with those as they are SHARP!

3. I knew my tree would be white, so I started with those tiles (as well as a light gray for more depth). It was like piecing together a puzzle, loosely following my tree shape I’d drawn, and placing in pieces as they fit. I tried to keep an even amount of spacing between tile pieces, around 1/4″ spaces for the grout to fill. I also tried to mix up the larger and smaller pieces, randomly placing in the light gray pieces, too.

4. Once I had formed my tree like a puzzle, I also placed the broken mirror pieces on top of the branches to act as fallen snow on the tree. Some of the mirror had cracked backing from the hammer (so they essentially looked like regular glass) so I had to be more choosey about the pieces I used, as well as making sure the edges weren’t lethal.

5. I went back and glued down each piece of tile using a clear, waterproof silicone.

5. I used Mirror Mastic to glue down the mirror pieces. Apparently certain types of sealant/silicones can break down the backing on mirrors, whereas Mirror Mastic is specially formulated to work with the backing on mirrors. You can see in this picture, that the mirrors have a tan-colored substance coming out from underneath.

 Here is the completed tree with mirror tiles.

 6. Next, I repeated the process for the dark gray tiles, piecing it all together like a puzzle, then going back and gluing down each one. I made sure to allow a 24-hour cure time for all the silicone to set.

7. Time to grout! I put some painter’s tape around the edges to act as a wall for the grout.

I mixed everything up in the buckets according to directions. My husband helped me out with this part, and we worked from one end to the other, pushing in grout with our gloved hands.

After we filled in all the cracks, we started gently wiping off the tiles with the sponge. This part was kind of fun, because you finally see the finished product! The only problem here was that we needed to be careful of sharp edges sticking up (please see the important tidbits about that at the end). My gloves tore a few times and we had to pick out a few pieces of sponge.

We also found that the mirror pieces were not as thick as the tiles, so they sunk lower than the rest. We had to go back and individually wipe off each one with a wet rag.You can get a sense of the depth differences in this shot:

We let the grout dry for awhile and wiped clean again, just to get it all, then let it dry another 24 hours. This particular brand of grout was sticky while it was in the process of drying.

When it was all set, I tore off the painter’s tape to assess the situation on the edges. There were some edges sticking up that we filed down. Also, of course you could see the plywood underneath. I felt at a loss for what to do here.

I knew I had some gray paint so I tested it out and it happened to match the alabaster grout perfectly! I carefully painted all the edges with a few coats and it looked great.

I am thrilled with how it turned out!

I will share some more photos after the event, with an update of how much my piece brought in for the organization!

The final piece is currently on display (as well as the work of all the other contributing artists) at The Spirit Room downtown Fargo, ND.

Want to attend the art auction? Advance tickets are currently on sale for $15 (they will be $20 at the door) and the event starts at 6:30pm on February 2. Please visit the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity website by clicking here to purchase yours! There will also be hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting at this event, so unfortunately guests must be 21 or older.

 *IMPORTANT TIDBITS!*

- If you plan to make a mosaic that will be used as a step stone or any surface your feet or hands will touch often, you must be much more careful about the types of tile used and also about the sharp edges. You would want to be more careful about getting all the tiles level as well. I have read if you use a knife sharpening stone you can file down sharp edges.Because my piece is meant for art to display on a mantle (at least, that is how I picture it…if only I had a mantle!), I didn’t worry about it.

- There are a few different methods for making mosaics, this is just the method I chose. Research them to find out which is best for your particular project!

- Do the entire process in an area that can be well-ventilated (we did it on our kitchen table because it’s winter, but we had the patio door open a few times just to create more ventilation).

If this tutorial helped you, please let me know in the comments below! I am definitely thinking about making my own mosaic now, just need to make a decision on what I would do! Wouldn’t it be awesome to make a tree for every season? If I only had a mantle…

Tutorial: Toddler’s Travel Toy

My toddler is obsessed with buckles. At some stores, he is the easiest kid to take shopping because he will just sit forEVER, happily  playing with the buckle on the cart. Click, unclick, click, unclick. Occasionally I will get a cry for “howp meh!” if it’s stuck, but he’ll go back to playing with it until we’re done shopping. Best shopping buddy ever!

However…at certain stores, the buckles are either harder to buckle or they don’t have enough slack to allow him to be able to stretch it in front of him to work it with his hands. And then…he’s THAT kid in the store, screaming his lungs out because he’s just so mad at the damned buckle.

Once, a long time ago, I saw a tutorial for a toddler’s buckle toy. What a great idea!

We are about to travel on a plane for Thanksgiving, and I was trying to think of ideas that would keep him occupied so I don’t have to deal with him trying to get off my lap and run off the entire time, or that will bother our neighbors too much.

I started with the idea for the buckle toy above, but then thought how it’d be nice to also incorporate zippers into this travel toy. He is just starting to enjoy zipping his own coat so this would be great practice.

But then a zipper should lead to a pocket, to hold things, right? Things like…cars! He loves little cars. Well now he should have something to drive the cars ON, right? Otherwise he will be driving the cars up my neighbor’s arms the entire plane ride. This is another inspiration piece I found:

The idea formed quickly and I was all set to tackle my first complicated sewing project, which includes my first zipper. Yikes!

I spent about $20 on my materials, but could have spent less. I was erring on the side of “I’m probably going to mess this up so I need extra material.”

Supplies Needed
Blue felt – I bought a yard, which was much more than I needed.
Green and Black felt – more on this later
Single-sized felt pieces in various colors – depending what shapes you want to make
Ribbon – grossgrain works best
Buckles
Hot glue gun
Stick-on velcro squares
Thread – I used red for a fun a contrast as well as black
Zipper
Scissors
Fabric markers

1) Cut two rectangular pieces of blue felt to the same size (mine was 10×14 inches). Set one aside.

Side A:

2) Cut out a green hill, guessing and testing how high you want it to be. I used two separate pieces of felt here but should have bought a longer piece. My original idea was that this would simply fold in half, therefore the center being cut didn’t bother me. Until later. Now it really bothers me (read ahead for a photo).

3. Sew your hill onto your blue felt background.

4) Cut out a “road”. Mine was 2 inches high. Again I would have used a longer piece of felt if I could re-do this part.

5) Sew down your road along the edges, on top of the hill.

 Side B

6) Sew in the zipper. I have never done one before so I made sure to do this part first so I could scrap the entire side B if I needed to. I watched a couple of zipper tutorials then realized with felt being thicker than the standard cotton in tutorials I was watching, I’d have to improvise. I cut out a rectangle first, putting the zipper behind to guess and test.

Then sewed it together…it looked awful…

So I removed the stitches and re-did it. And my re-do isn’t all that pretty, either. Oh well. My child won’t care!

7) I cut out 2 rectangles for car pockets – measuring around a car for a guide on how big to make it. These were pretty easy to sew on – just around the three sides and done!

8) I measured and cut 1″ slits for my buckle straps (ribbon). I was going to leave them alone, but thought I’d reinforce the slits by stitching around the edges. Again, not beautiful, but kind of cute.

9) Now that both sides were done, I sewed the edges with the 2 sides facing each other, then flipped it right-side-out again. I hot glued my opening together because I was lazy excited to be done.

10) I attached my ribbon to the buckle only to realize that the buckles I’d purchased were more for thick backpack straps. The ribbon just wasn’t thick enough to pull it tight, so I sewed the one side on. For now, the opposite side is tied on, which is fine by me because it still remains adjustable then – for example, if I want to stuff 7 coloring books inside the pocket, I probably could still clip it shut by adjusting the knot.

This is the completed back side:

11) The fun part was making little animals in felt. For multiple layers of felt, I just hot-glued them together. I used my fabric markers to make faces and draw limbs on animals, and stuck adhesive velcro squares to the backs so they would “stick” to the felt, but they are completely re-positionable.

This is the completed inside:

As you can see now, the line in the middle of the green felt didn’t get sewn together as tightly as it should have.I ended up coloring in that spot with a dark green fabric marker to help camouflage it a bit. If I were to re-do this piece I would buy my felt off the bolt instead of 8.5×11 sheets.

It also folds up nicely in 1/3rds, to keep the cars in their pockets.

I haven’t given this yet to my little man to try out, mostly because I fear the novelty will wear off before our trip and he will rather drive his cars on our neighbor’s arms…

I know he will love the buckles, and hopefully this will be a toy that can grow with him, as we can put anything in the pockets! Or of course, I can make him a new one, now that I know what not to do…and that I need some major help with zippers and sewing a straight line. :)

It’s certainly not perfect, but it certainly doesn’t have to be.

Do you use any fun, tried-and-tested travel toys for toddlers?

 

**See some other great DIY travel toys in my previous I Love Friday post for kids of all ages here. **

 

 

Halloween Wrap-Up (Better Late Than Never!)

I’m almost embarrassed to post this because it’s been almost 2 weeks since HALLOWEEN! However, I love any excuse to dress up, or help others to dress up….thus, I love Halloween. Even 2 weeks after Halloween, I’m still thinking about Halloween. This is a wrap up of our holiday (PS. My mom says it’s not a holiday. I disagree.):

POISON IVY & THE RIDDLER

This year my husband and I went as the Riddler and Poison Ivy — These are the inspirations and the results:

Batman (my brother-in-law) was part of our festivities as well. I love that my husband just goes with my wild ideas – he was decked out in green glitter and also wore eyeliner and eyeshadow…he somehow has the confidence to pull it off, and he got a lot of great compliments! He did say, “Next year, NO GLITTER.”

The Riddler’s staff was actually a wooden number 2 with the bottom cut off, attached with glue and a screw to a wooden ball, attached again with a screw and glue to a dowel. Then COATED in glitter, of course.

The eye pieces were my favorite part of my costume. I cut out fake leaves and glued them together, cutting to fit my eye, and adding some glitter by gently brushing mod podge to the edges. I adhered them to my face with eyelash glue.

THE PURPLE FAIRY

My stepdaughter wanted to be a purple fairy, so we used her former flower girl dress as the starting point. We actually tried dying it but the dye didn’t take to the chiffon fabric. I resorted to gently spray painting it purple and also used a can of purple glitter spray paint as well. I created the feather skirt by simply tying feathers to strips of ribbon…that she didn’t end up wearing. Using mod podge and glitter, I made the mask sparkly and hot glued on the feathers to the edges.

THE COWBOY

My toddler son finally fit his cowboy boots that we had since he was a baby, so that lent itself to a cowboy costume. I was rather proud of myself for sewing my first real “outfit”! However I decided later that the black leather – sans cowboy hat – made him look more like a biker dude than a cowboy. Oh well.

Unfortunately by the time Halloween rolled around, his cowboy boots no longer fit!

And our one store-bought costume was Hulk, my stepson:

THE WITCHES

And at work, our department of all-women were witches.

I rounded out my outfit with a hunch back under my cape:

 Oh, Halloween is so much fun!!

I already have ideas for next year. :)

DIY Kid’s Costume Makeup

Did you know that I love Halloween?

Last week I shared some fun makeup tutorials for adults. Now it’s time for the kids! Click the picture to find the tutorial!

Dalmation Puppy:

Kitty Cat:

Lion:

Butterfly:

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Spiderman:

Jack-O-Lantern:

Pirate:

Clown:

Bunny:

There are so many great new products out there for face painting, that will stay put, and help you to create some beautiful designs.

Happy Halloween!

DIY Adult Costume Makeup

I love Halloween! Cute or gory, it’s all fun! A few great tricks for adult makeup effects that I’ve discovered:

- Use eyelash glue anywhere on your face to adhere stuff…like gemstones around the eyes, or extra fuzz from a wig to create hairy eyebrows:

- Use petroleum jelly and coffee grounds to create stubble on your face. The gals in the office I worked with a few years back actually did this – we were hunters for Halloween (the one male in our room was the ill-fated deer) so we dressed in orange and spread coffee grounds on our chins and cheeks. Worked like a charm as long as we didn’t itch it!

- Spread a glue stick across your eyebrows to glue them down. Smooth and let it dry, then cover with makeup. Then you can draw eyebrows wherever or however you want them.

My real eyebrows are much lower!

- For some gore, use a mix of toilet paper or paper towel, with Elmer’s glue and latex (you can purchase that at a costume shop) to create an effect of skin falling off. Some friends used this effect for a zombie crawl this year:

This year I get to be Poison Ivy, so I’m pumped to figure out my makeup:

These are some of my favorite (both beautiful and gory) costume makeup tutorials – click the picture to view the video or text tutorial!

 The Pretty:

Betty Boop – Or Vintage Doll:

Doll eyes:

Avengers-Inspired Makeup:

Marilyn/50′s Star makeup:

Avatar:

Cinderella:

Mad Hatter:

Jack Sparrow:

The Gory:

Zombie Makeup:

More Zombie effects:

Creepy Doll:

Unzipped? Ewwww!:

She-Wolf:

Victorian Goth:

Edward Scissorhands:

And if you want TONS of makeup effect tutorials, visit these sites:

Cosplay Tutorials

Kandee Johnson Makeup Artist Tutorials

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Next Post (stay tuned!): Children’s Costume Makeup

Do you have some favorite costume makeup tricks or tips?

I Love Friday!…and Easy Costumes for Kids

I am typically not a fan of the store-bought costume. In my opinion, they are unoriginal and poorly made. My mom was always super creative with our own costumes, never settling for the store-bought versions of anything.

My sister was a giant pumpkin one year with the help of orange balloons:

I wanted to be a cat when I was 7, so Mom adhered white patches of felt to my black leggings and turtleneck. Among other creations over the years, there was an old lady in a housecoat and rollers, an electrified-by-Christmas-lights lady, a prom queen, a harem girl and a cheerleader — none of which were straight-from-the-shelf costumes, but rather some creative uses of things we already had or piecing together thrift store finds and including a few store-bought accessories. I guess I learned it all from my Mom and her creative ways to save money.

Now that I have kids, I enjoy Halloween every year and the opportunity to put some creative thought into the costumes. We’re currently working on my stepdaughter’s fairy costume by re-working the flower girl dress she wore at our wedding, and I took on my first “big” sewing project by making my son’s cowboy costume. Unfortunately, my stepson wanted so badly to be Hulk that it just made more sense to buy his off the shelf (you win some, you lose some!).

You can create awesome costumes for your kids with just a little bit of vision. Here are some great, inexpensive and easy ideas — click the photo to view the tutorial/source.

A little chick created from simple staples of clothing and bits of fabric:

A paper doll from posterboard:

A pixie/fairy made from strips of tulle, wings, and colorful clothing:

Some scarves and layers create a colorful gypsy:

A cardboard iPod:

A day spa princess:

A nerdy teen:

A farmer:

A colorful bird:

An artist:

80′s Aerobics Instructor:

And this is my favorite costume ever for a little boy! Inspired by the movie Up:

On that note, it is NOT okay to dress up your little girl as an old man because when she is older and writing a blog about Halloween costumes the topic WILL come up……(Sorry, Mom…)

My Newest Love.

I’ve slightly neglected my blog as of late, due to my new hobby: photography. Instead of getting knee-deep in mod podge, I’m researching, shooting, and editing. My high school art teacher taught me some basic photography skills that have surprisingly stuck with me all these years. So now that I’ve finally been able to purchase a DSLR (I got the Nikon 5100), I have been diving into everything photography-related, and learning, learning, learning!

I can’t believe how far I’ve come already! I’ve been having fun taking portraits of my child and stepchildren, and I look forward to being able to shoot for friends and families for fun.

Although photography is my newest hobby, don’t fret, I still have TONS of fun projects in-process to share with you!

Here’s what’s next on my DIY list:

Turn my stepdaughter’s flower girl dress into a multi-colored fairy costume for Halloween:

Turning this thrift store dresser into a console (it currently needs a 2nd coat of paint and I’m staining the top):

I also have to share with you the results of my blue dress!

 

What are your newest projects?

A Chore Chart, A Toilet, and A Millionaire.

A few weeks ago for my I Love Friday… post, I gathered a ton of ideas for chore charts for children of all ages. As usual, perusing the internet for ideas gets me inspired! It was definitely time to do our own chore chart. However, I wasn’t quite sure which version to choose. There are so many, and of course you also have to customize them with your own children in mind as well as your own house (and what you would actually want them to do with minimal supervision). My stepson (R) just turned 5 and my stepdaughter (K) is 7, but they are rather far from each other on the spectrum of understanding and following directions. K wouldn’t need much direct supervision/direction and could follow multi-step directions to a tee, but R would require all of my attention. I knew I needed some easy chores for my stepson and some harder chores for my stepdaughter. And we also decided to assign allowance amounts to each chore as well. We hope they’ll start to understand money a little better.

The most amazing thing happened. I announced that we would be starting chores today, because we all live in our house (we have them every other week) and all need to take care of it. I even admitted that our current system is just not working…our house is a perpetual disaster (to which they looked around with fresh eyes and nodded). I was feigning excitement for the chores but prepared myself for groans and moans. But before that could happen, I slapped their chore chart sheets in front of them, which immediately drew their attention. R checked out the graphics, and K ogled the items with three quarters next to them rather than one.

Download the pdf of my chore list here!

I told them that I want to try to do at least one chore per night, but if they want to earn extra money they can do more than one. While I’m explaining this, R exclaims, “THE TOILET! I WANT TO CLEAN THE TOILET!” — and then — ” DO I GET TO DO BOTH TOILETS?”

I tried to stifle my laughter and be supportive that yes, he can clean both toilets and he will get double the money! K busted out gut-laughing and I had to explain to her that if R wants to clean the toilets, he certainly can. Then we don’t have to do it *wink wink*.

Both kids got to work immediately. Then they asked to do more chores….and when those were done, they asked to do MORE chores. They nearly had the whole list tackled in one night! I actually had to stop them from doing chores because it was getting late and I was planning to reward them with getting to decorate their own allowance jar.


(We used clean formula jars and covered them with paper, and the kids decorated them with markers, stickers, and wood letters that I helped them to glue them on. We cut a slit in the top to push coins through.)

Our chore list is going well. Every day they have actually asked me if they can do chores, I don’t have to ask them! It is totally refreshing. Of course, I have to give them direction and some supervision, depending on the chore.

A few days after the chores began (we only had R that night) we took R to a local frozen yogurt place. On our way home we drove by an in-ground pool/spa store, and this is the conversation we had:

R: I wish we could have a pool like that!!
Me: When you become a millionaire you can buy a pool like that.
R: Oh.
Me: Do you know how to become a millionaire? Be really really good at something.
Husband: What are you really good at buddy?
(a split second’s thought and he proudly proclaimed –)
R: I CLEAN TOILETS REALLY GOOD!!

So look out, World.  R will be some super extraordinaire toilet engineer and will become a millionaire!   :)   And it’s all because of a chore chart.

~

The second awesome benefit that I mentioned previously (besides my stepson becoming a millionaire part) is that whole understanding money thing. We ran out of quarters to give, so this was the perfect opportunity to exchange quarters for dollars. Of course, R felt that a dollar was worth more than his entire SLEW of quarters and was very upset when his sister received one dollar and he received only 6 quarters. We did some exchanges and all was set. The next day, Grandma was in town and wanted to take the kids to Space Aliens (for those unfamiliar with the small franchise, it’s similar to Chuckie Cheese). K exclaimed that she would bring one of her dollars to pay for tokens.  Ahh, yes. Let’s see how many games you can play with that one dollar! :) We told her to save it for something else, but did show her how many (ahem…how few?) tokens one dollar would have purchased. It really seemed to open her eyes. That is, until the next day when she asked why we don’t have a new car. :)

Our charts will continue to evolve, but for us this was a great starting point. It was very easy to put the actual charts together. I am keeping a list of what they do so we know what has already been done this week and to also keep track of how much money each child has earned. Once we have this down I can start thinking of other chores to add to the list for more options, and will most likely put a little more effort into a chart like the ideas I posted recently.

See ideas for chore charts here:
I Love Friday…And Kids Doing Chores!