Archive for February, 2010

Crafty ‘To Do’ List

Friday, February 26th, 2010

When there’s so much snow coming down outside I can’t help but think of warm, yummy food.  And this Garlic Bread at Cooking With Anne looks delicious.  Now if only I could get through the snow to the grocery store for some fresh garlic.

And for some tasty sweets, there’s this Homemade Taffy at Skip to My Lou.

What kids wouldn’t love  to play with these felt food items at Smashed Peas and Carrots.

I just love these soft baby blocks at Smile and Wave.  Perfect for a shower gift.

This messenger bag at Noodleheads is adorable!  What a great way to use some of the dozens of old pants I can’t bear to part with….and make great gifts at the same time.

Through My Eyes. Refrigerator Light.

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

I found this really neat little button in our fridge the other day.  

It makes the light go on and off.   It’s lots of fun!

Then mom complained about leaving the door open and something or other about breaking the switch…blah blah blah…you know how it is.   So I had to stop.

You should check your refrigerator, I bet you have one too!

Hot Wheels Garage from Recyclables

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

If you have any of these….

Then you probably have too many of these…..   scattered all over your house.

So we took some toilet paper roll tubes and a juice carton and made a garage.

It only fits 8 cars, but they’re fun to make, and this way he can keep a ‘garage’ or two in a few different rooms to play with at will.

Some basic instructions.

We cut folded the end down on a juice carton and taped it with duct tape. 

Next we cut a long front side leaving it attached at the long top side to make a garage door that folded upward.

We cut the toilet paper tubes so they would fit in the carton without the ends sticking out.

We used a hot glue gun to glue the tubes in the garage.

Next we spraypainted the whole thing silver.

He made a ‘Jarod’s Garage’ sign for on the front of the door. (which refused to have it’s picture taken….I discovered that white on shiny silver doesn’t photograph well).

Insert cars.

The end.

Oh, and Make more garages to fit all the other cars.

Sunday Scripture

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

This one thing I do,

forgetting what lies behind,

I press on towards the mark…

Philippians 3:13-14

Crafty ‘To Do’ List

Friday, February 19th, 2010

We haven’t been doing too much crafting lately as sickness has been running rampant through our house for 2 weeks…yuck. 

But the good news is I spent lots of time discovering super blogs and lots of great projects to add to my crafty ‘to ‘do’ list. 

I thought I’d share.

At Whimsy Love I found these fun Paint Color Notepads which would be great for the kids to make for themselves or as a party favor or as little gifts for friends anytime.

The Inadvertant Farmer made these adorable Sock Kitties which are too cute, and a must make for our Alexandra who loves anything kitty.

I love this simple Wall Art at Secret Pie Shoppe.  She used Valentines for the holiday, but it would be adorable with circles, squares, snowmen…maybe letters in a favorite saying.  How fun!

These Ice Wreaths for your wild animal friends by How Does She? are so neat.   Since it is still (undesirably) freezing here I think we’ll be making these soon for our resident deer herd to eat so they quick snacking on all of my shrubs.

Perfect for Easter baskets and using up some fabric stash, these Secret Pocket Easter Eggs at Sew, Mama Sew will look beautiful tucked in everyones baskets this year. 

Thru My Eyes. Finally MY blanket.

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I guess it’s part of being the youngest that I always get stuff last.

Like my knit blanket. 

Mommy made everyone elses before mine.  Now that she FINALLY started it she said it’s going to take her 6 months to finish it.   6 months!   What am I going to do with a knit blanket in the middle of August.

At least I really like the colors.   I even got to help pick them out because I’m such a big girl.


Princess School Books

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The PRINCESS SCHOOL BOOKS by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens

FANTASY.  These books are based on fairy tale princesses Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel and Beauty attending their first year of Princess School.

MOM: Being princess books, these naturally appeal more to little girls, however most of the stories incoporate a boys charm school next door and therefore princes are represented.  All the books had very interesting storylines that even my son enjoyed hearing me read them all to them.
JAROD: (age 8):  “I like the books because they had fun stories even if it they are about princesses.”
MAKENNA: (age 8):  ”I love Snow White because she’s really funny and loves animals, and the princesses were lots of fun and really good friends.”

Cinderella Brown.   She lives with her nasty stepmother and stepsisters (who also attend Princess School)

Snow White.   An always cheerful princess who adores animals and lives with seven dwarfs.  She greatly fears her evil stepmother.

Rose (Beauty).   She tires of always being considered perfect.  She often resents being smothered by her overprotective parents and being constantly watched by an entourage of fairies who guard her.

Rapunzel Arugula.  She’s somewhat of a tomboy, who climbs from her tower each day to go to school.

Prince Valiant (Val).  He has been Rapunzel’s best friend for years and attends the Boys Charm School next door to The Princess School.
Follow the lives of the four princesses as they start their first year of Princess School and become the best of friends, while helping each other through all sorts of dilemas.  Each story involves all the princesses and often hearkens back to their traditional princess stories dealing with evil stepmothers, witches and the seven dwarfs.  There’s fun princess classes like Looking Glass Class where they learn to fix their hair, and Frog ID Class (Snow’s favorite), along with princess balls, tournaments, school plays and plenty of adventures.

There are 7 books in this series, although an eighth book was planned and even titled, it was never published. 

1. If the Shoe Fits    2.  Who’s the Fairest?    3. Let Down Your Hair    4. Beauty is a Beast     5. Princess Charming (Our favorite as Rapunzel masquerades as a prince to enter the Charm School Boys jousting tournament)   6. Apple-y Ever After    7. Thorn in Her Side

Each book is approximately 100 pages in length and has short chapters of 4-6 pages each.   There are no illustrations in these books.

Sunday Scripture

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Rejoice in the Lord….

For the word of the Lord is upright

and all his work is done in faithfulness.

He loves righteousness and justice;

the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

Psalm 33:1, 4-5

Paper Mosaics

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

What do you do when you have lots of scraps of construction paper left over from a valentine project?

You recycle them by making mosaics….and a mess of lots of little tiny bits of paper.  Of course.

But the kids have fun.   And if you’re a neater person than I, you can put the different colors of cut up paper pieces each in their own little container so they don’t make such a big mess.

You’ll need, construction paper, a pencil, glue sticks and scissors.

First have the kids draw a simple drawing of a single item (like a heart), or a design (like a tree with clouds in the sky) on a piece of construction paper.  

Next they cut the scrap paper in small pieces (this was my two year old’s favorite part.)

Now apply glue on a small part of the design and apply the small paper pieces within the lines.   Kinda like coloring with paper instead of crayons. 

The only rule is the pieces shouldn’t overlap and should be spaced somewhat evenly apart.

Continue applying glue and paper until the picture is done.

Now get out the vacumn.

Next plan.  Since the kids had so much fun making these, I’m thinking of getting a big piece of posterboard and letting the kids draw a neat design to mosaic.  Then in their free (”mommy what can we doooooo?”) time, they can get out their giant mosaic and work on it little by little.  It might take a whole month or so to finish and then we’d have a really neat piece of big art to hang in the kids play area.

Random Mommy Thoughts

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

1.  A chat I recently overheard between my eight year old twins.

Makenna:  “I finally decided what I want to do.  I want to be a scientist and take care of animals.”

Jarod:  “If the baseball thing doesn’t work out, I’ll join you.”


2.  I honestly can say I never ever realized just how much of my life would be taken up with doing laundry.  (and I even make the twins do most of theirs.)  Washing it, drying it or hanging it out to dry.  Sorting it, putting it away.  I want a laundry service.


3.  Do you think the dogs appreciate that I shovel special paths through the snow for them to be able to walk around and go potty?  

 ……the answer is no.  I put them out, and they proceeded to stumble through 17 inches of snow rather than walk in the paths.