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Spring iPhone and iPad Wallpaper

| Design & Technology

Free Downloadable iPhone and iPad wallpaper.

Free Downloadable iPhone and iPad wallpaper.

Spring iPhone and iPad Wallpaper – Spring is all around us and so is the beauty of this season. This is the time of year to shed your winter coats, scarves and boots and get outside. Take your kids, dog, camera, sketch pad, picnic basket and start exploring the world. As a gentle reminder to get out and take in all of nature waking up from a long slumber, I’ve created these iPhone and iPad wallpapers. I love this great quote from Marilyn Monroe “Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”  Use these designs with your lock screen or as your regular background. Have fun, get out and enjoy your life – it’s a beautiful thing!

Download the iPhone wallpaper here (when the image comes onto the screen, right-click on it and then go to “save images as”).

Download the iPad wallpaper here (when the image comes onto the screen, right-click on it and then go to “save images as”).

 

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DIY Seed Bombs

| Kids Fun

DIY Seed Bombs

DIY Seed Bombs

DIY Seed Bombs – I’m not sure what the weather’s like where you live but in Victoria spring is definitely in the air. The trees are full with cherry blossoms, the fields are covered in daffodils and tiny tender green leaves are poking out of the bushes. It’s hard not to be in a good mood when you can look outside and see the plant world waking up from a long winter’s sleep. To help ring in this beautiful new season we’ve decided to make seed bombs. Seed bombs are a fun way to add beauty to hard to reach and neglected green space. This is a great project for kids and is super easy to do. Noelle and I made them in about half an hour and then it took about 48 hours for them to completely dry.  We have a steep and difficult to navigate hill in our back yard that we’ll be bombing with our seed bombs this weekend.

Supplies:

  • Seeds – a collection of seeds of your choice – we used mostly wildflowers but added in some extra seeds as well (note: the larger seeds don’t always stay in your seed bomb easily so use smaller seeds if possible – I used some sunflower, nasturtium and sweet pea seeds that were pretty big and I had to work hard to keep them in the seed bomb)
  • Colored paper torn into pieces – 2-3 pages (I used 3 pages of paper; red, orange and pink)
  • Newspaper torn into pieces –  2-3 pages
  • Blender
  • Silicone mold – if you don’t have a mold you can also just form into balls with your hands
  • 2 cups of water
  • Mixing bowls
  • Strainer

Directions:

  1. After you’ve torn up all your paper, put the pieces into the blender.
  2. Add 2 cups of water to blender and blend everything until pulverized.
  3. Place a strainer over a small bowl and pour the entire contents from the blender into the strainer.  Allow to sit for about 5 minutes so the water can drain out of the pulp.
  4. Scoop a handful of paper pulp out of the strainer and add a small spoonful of seeds to your pulp.
  5. Gently mix up the pulp and seeds and squeeze out any excess water over a bowl until the seed bomb is fairly compact.
  6. Press the mixture into a mold, squeezing out any excess water and draining it from the mold. Continue until you’ve used up all the pulp.
  7. Finally, using a paper towel, press down on each seed bomb to soak up any left over moisture in the seed bomb – we want to remove as much water as possible to prevent the seeds from germinating.
  8. Allow seed bombs to dry for 24-48 hours and then gently remove from mold.

Looking for more kids crafty stuff: Mandala Coloring PageRainbow Loom Perler Bead BraceletsBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

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Thanks for reading! ~ Jamey

  1. Seed Bomb Tutorial

    Seed Bomb Tutorial

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Blue Theme – iPhone Wallpapers and Backgrounds

| Design & Technology

 

Free iPhone Wallpaper and Backgrounds

Free iPhone Wallpaper and Backgrounds

Blue Theme – iPhone Wallpaper and Background – Is your iPhone like another appendage of your body?  Mine definitely is for better or for worse. I wouldn’t even want to take a guess at how many times I use my phone each day… I’m sure it would be a bit scary.  That being said, it means that I’m staring at the same wallpaper background dozens (sure, we’ll go with dozens) of times a day.  It’s time for a change. Truth be told, I think I still have the original background I had on my old iPhone 3G – yikes!  So I created a fun little package of iPhone backgrounds that you can switch up on the fly.  Just download, save to your phone and then just swap out whenever you’re feeling bored.

Click here to download.  Once you download the folder, unzip, transfer to your iPhone and add as your new wallpaper or background.

Click to download 6 Free iPhone wallpaper backgrounds

Download all 6 of these FREE iPhone wallpaper backgrounds

 

 

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Fancy Feathers – Printable

| Crafts & DIY, Design & Technology

Printable feather design. Great to spice up gift wrap.

Printable feathers. A great way spice up gift wrap.

Fancy Feathers Printable – Feathers, feathers – everywhere!  I’ve really enjoyed the feather trend that we’ve been seeing over the past little while. The graphics and watercolours out there are just gorgeous. But feathers aren’t anything new or even a fast fading fad. They have captivated people’s creativity and imaginations for centuries – just look at how they were worn over the years; by shaman, by those of higher social standing, in Native American headdresses, by Kings and Queens, by Parisian cabaret dancers, and now in the weird and wonderful hats of the royal monarchy.

Inspired by these designs I thought I’d come up with my own version of feather design but something practical.  Print these out and use however you want; to spruce up newspaper gift wrapping, to make a banner, a wreath, as place setting name tags, to add to homemade cards or in scrapbooking. I’m sure the kids will think of lots of fun things to use these for too.  So many uses.

Just print out the feather design on some fun and colourful paper and then trim into the feather shape by following the cut lines. Score down the middle of the feather for some added detailing. I’d love to hear what you’re using your feathers for – don’t forget to send me your comments and ideas.

Download file here.

Do you have a cutting machine like Sizzix eclips™, Craftwell eCraft™, Black Cat Cougar/Lynx™, Boss Kut Gazelle™, GCC™, Pazzles Inspiration™, Silhouette SD/CAMEO/Portrait™, Silver Bullet™, USCutter™, VinylExpress™?  Download the cut files for your machine here.

This pattern is designed for personal and educational use only, not for business use or resale. Credit & Copyright remains with Jamey Ekins as the original artist and designer. If you’d like to use for commercial reasons, please contact Jamey Ekins for a quote.

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