Hooray for Summer! (and Grandchildren and Sleepovers and Ice Cream and Unicorn Spit!)

kids ice creamI know a lot of parents out there are looking forward to sending their kids back to school next week. Not me!

That’s because I’m a GRANDMA!

I had such a fun summer with our grandchildren, I hate to see it end.

We kicked off summer by taking the kids out for ice cream on the last day of school. Our grandaughter Claire finished kindergarten and learned how to read this year.

We are so proud of her!

Dave took all four kids fishing one afternoon.

pop kids fishing

They stood by that pond a lot longer than we thought they would—and they were really quiet too!

My favorite memory this summer was our 1st Annual Sleepover at Grandma and Pop’s House. Everybody packed up their PJ’s and the sleeping bags they got last Christmas just for this big event. We ate pizza, played games and stayed up way past their bedtimes (and ours!).

We also worked on a really fun craft project for the kids using Unicorn Spit, the new non-toxic rainbow gel stain we are carrying at our shop All Things New Again in Leesburg, VA.

Unicorn Spit is messy. It is even messier with four children ages 2, 3, 4 and 6, but that is all part of the fun! We set up a table out on our deck and put down a dropcloth. Then we opened up all 10 colors of Unicorn Spit and let the kids dip their fingers in and paint wooden letters to spell their names.

unicorn spit kids1

unicorn spit kids_closeup1Unicorn Spit is non-toxic and does not contain any harmful chemicals or VOC’s. I have no worries letting the children fingerpaint with it. I have fun fingerpainting with it too on crafty projects like the letters and on my furniture projects. Unicorn Spit looks beautiful on tabletops, desks and dresser drawers. It also sticks to metal, ceramic and concrete so there are endless options for making things look pretty with it!


The kids all had a lot of fun creating art with Unicorn Spit.

ShaneShane is only 2-years-old, but he keeps up with the big kids and made it through most of his letters. He looks a little upset here, but he’s not. That’s just the face he makes right now when he says, “Cheeeeeeeeese!”

Don’t worry. The Unicorn Spit washed off of his face and ear (eventually).

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JoeyJoey, age 3, is an old Unicorn Spit Pro. (Here he is helping Courtney in one of her DIY videos.)

He was finished with his letters in no time.

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ClaireOur big girl Claire, age 6, decided she was going to use every single color on every single letter—and she did! We had to move inside to finish her letters because it started raining.

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CarleighCarleigh, age 4, was the last one to finish, but that didn’t bother her one bit.

“Hamma,” she said. That’s what she calls me because she doesn’t pronounce her G’s right yet.

“I have the most letters in my name!”

Unicorn Spit Kids NamesAfter the kids went home, Dave and I finished their projects by sealing the letters with oil-based polyurethane and mounting them on wooden signs. Dave cut out the wood and we used Unicorn Spit to decorate each sign to match their rooms.

Unicorn Spit Name Signs

Here are the artists with their finished projects! Now they have a souvenir to remember a really fun night from our really fun summer.

Unicorn Spit Kids Signs

~ Cathy

We hope everyone had a really great summer! Fall will be here soon. We have a fun lineup of painting classes and workshops coming up in September, including our Introduction to Unicorn Spit class on Sunday, September 27. We teach several techniques to create works of art on your next furniture project using this unique new product. (Hey, if our little grandchildren can do it, you can too!)
We also have two fall projects planned for our Saturday Morning Workshop series: a scarecrow and a jack-o-lantern both made from pallet wood and painted with Real Milk Paint. No prior painting experience is needed. We provide all of the materials and instruction (and cookies!). You go home with a finished project you love.

September Paint Workshops

Here’s the link again for details. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Sign up today!

We always have a lot of fun.




2 responses to “Hooray for Summer! (and Grandchildren and Sleepovers and Ice Cream and Unicorn Spit!)

  1. What patient grandparents you are. Looks like you had fun, and what a special memento for the kids.

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