Come with us as we return to South America this summer to volunteer at La Casa De Fe, a home for abandoned and special needs children in Shell, Ecuador.

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ~Mathew 19:14

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Crafty Chaos!

by erin

One of the things that Sara and I wanted to focus on this summer was “grown up” time with the big girls. Out of necessity, when you have 54 children under one roof, the older kids often get lumped in with all the young ones, or serve as helpers for the babies (which they do enjoy :0). We decided to carve out an hour and a half each day for a special big girl only time.

Every day while Miss Alison, another summer volunteer, read Holes out loud, I showed the girls how to do a cool craft project. The girls loved it! The projects would start out in one direction and by the time we were done had morphed into something bigger and better. It was wonderful to watch the girls’ creativity and individuality come out. –Such a great time to be able to focus on these 7 older girls!

Yes, we made a huge mess everyday…

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We started with a simple flower project…

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…and then moved to some more complicated projects. Here’s one of the favorites - DIY sandals

Start with a normal flip flop…

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…cut the fabric part off the flip-flop, then start poking 5 sets of holes…

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…take plastic lacing and create loops through each set of holes…

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…use your creative sewing skills to make the long ribbons for the sandals…

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…then make some pretty decorations and sew them on…

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…lace them up however you want and your done!!

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The girls had a great time Smile

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