Snow Globe


I have Matthias and two friends here every week working on a scrimshaw project so I decided it was time for Taite and her friend to do a fun project too…

Very unfortunately that sentence was written last Christmas. Martha Stewart made the whole snow globe project look so dang easy. Heck we’d get those snow globes done and move on to other Christmas projects- stringing cranberries and popcorn garlands, making gingerbread houses that light up Christmas Crackers- which require a year advance notice on saving toilet paper rolls.

These half-finished globes sit expectantly in my laundry room cabinet. They will never be done. I have learned that the little bristle brush trees that go in to them, turn the snow globe water green, and that if the water doesn’t turn green, it will eventually turn yellow or brown. This year, in fact, Christmas has been completely void of any hustle, bustle, angst or frenzy.

This year we are traveling- by plane- for Christmas so it was easy to keep things simple.

We didn’t decorate a tree. We (I) decided trying to keep it watered would be impossible (or just mean to foist the job onto a neighbor).

We are taking only carry on- severely limiting with big bulky winter clothing; so no gifts will be traveling with us.

I usually throw a White Elephant party, but that was taken away. So no deep clean for that.

We did almost no Christmas baking. It was reduced to exactly two recipes: Super Easy Fudge, and Peppermint Bark. We make a batch; eat it all, make another batch.

It has been incredibly pared down and relaxing this Christmas. And not that I would want to do nothing every year. But for one year, it has been very, very peaceful.

In the midst of an ordinary Christmas, how do you keep the peacefulness that should be part of Christmas?

We started with two small jam size jars and removed the labels.

I made up a tiny house pattern small enough to fit in the jar.

Then the girls traced, cut out and added windows to their house pieces.

Then we stuck the whole lot of it in the laundry room cabinet where it has languished ever since.

Celebration of Life


This busy weekend Taite packed up and went to visit a friend. This friend goes to s-c-h-o-o-l, a real school. Taite has never stepped foot in a school until Friday.

That evening she would be at a dance- a school dance. Taite has never been to a school dance.

While Taite was away we had the near-by grandchildren overnight so their mom and dad could go to a party where their mom would wear a black sparkly dress and white fur.

Everyone had chalkboards and white boards on the kitchen floor while I made the pizza.

Then we watched  Charlie Brown Christmas. Most of the way into it Fox asked me, “hey, grandma, where’s their moms and dads?” It’s true you never see Charlie Brown’s parents, or anyone’s parents.

I coughed during the movie and Fox quietly instructed me, “Cough into your arm.” A few minutes later when he sneezed he said, “Me God blessed Me into my arm.”

In the morning grandpa went off to a men’s breakfast and Fox, Anwyn and I snuggled into my bed while Matthias and his other two nephews slept on. We read The Elephant’s Child and Fox held his dog and alligator though I told him his alligator was very similar to the crocodile that stretches the elephant’s child’s trunk. When Anwyn looked at the bedside table she said, “The weather clock says it’s snowable.” Then we were hungry so we ate doughnuts and scrambled eggs with bacon.

With breakfast cleaned up we made peppermint bark- Anwyn smashed the candy canes for the topping. Then Matthias helped her figure out how to make a 3-D paper star.

Jarrett dressed in his kilt and took his bagpipes and left to play at a “Celebration of Life.”  First something a little lively and then finishing with Amazing Grace.

When grandpa came back we had a project for them out in the garage with lots of banging. Athan thought maybe he should take a little rest in-between starting and finishing. Canon thought banging away was just the thing for an overcast day. When we were deciding whether to give it to their mom right away or wait until Christmas they finally decided to “make it a surprise for mom for Christmas, because she doesn’t have any gifts under the tree.” While they worked on that Matthias having found a solar sensitive something or other began soldering and engineering some device and made use again of the sacrificial Christmas lights I gave him awhile ago.

While all that workbench stuff was going on, Jarrett was out stringing more trees with more lights.

By the end of the day I was that perfectly content sort of tired. And now a little drink, a book and a warm fire.

 

Looking to Fall


Table runners- the perfect compromise.

It’s time. Fall will be here soon. I love fall decor. I wanted fall decor for my dining room.

Our table- without the extra leaves- is 10 feet long. It’s hard to find a table cloth that long. And I like having the wood exposed anyway. So, I decided to make my own table runner for fall.

A super cinch to make; I bought fabric half the length of what I wanted in the end and cut it length-wise in half. So, for 140″ of runner I only needed to buy 70″ of fabric, about 2 yards of fabric.

I then joined the widths together and sewed them together with a finished seam:

Sewing WRONG sides together first, then iron and turn so right sides are together.

Next sew right sides together and you will have a nice finished edge that won’t fray.

Then hem up the ends and sides and ta da done!

All done.

At dinner time, we put placemats all around. A runner saves me from washing table cloths after every meal because the placemats catch all that. (You can see the chairs I finally landed on to go with the table practical dark leather. Green velvet chairs with brass brads for each end of the table.)

Dumpster Diving at Goodwill!?


Good things seem to happen when I haul a load of junk of to Goodwill. I often end up replacing my box of odds and ends with some amazing treasure. Like my glass table. Or my glorious rooster.

We drove up to the unload spot, handed the men our stuff, and began to drive off when over by their dumpster I spied a big old industrial desk. They were throwing it out; Goodwill would not even have it.

I parked my car and went in, “Please, can you  ask the manager if I could take or buy that desk out at the dumpster?” Well, now that someone was interested in what was previously going to be trashed, a value had to be placed on it.  The sales help came back and wondered about $4.99? You betcha.

Click on the photo to purchase this for $1200. My price- $4.99.

While perusing, I also spotted this little gem and couldn’t pass it up. It would make a nice bedside table between two twin beds, or would work for an end table in the living room or family room. It has wheels that lock in place with the lever making for a possible serving cart. Oh, gee, who couldn’t make use of something as versatile as this?

Click on the photo to see it for sale elsewhere.

Domestic Arts


Taite has had zero training in handiwork. I decided this summer she should learn something. She is learning to embroider. Taite can Irish dance, hip hop dance, play the piano, read- a lot… and massacre her dad in a game of cards. But handwork? Zilch. So, I hit upon the art of embroidery for her first acquired skill. Her first project is this line up of owls that we will turn into a long pillow.

These owls will become the front of a pillow

She found the perfect basket to keep all her threads and hand work.

Jarrett requested an owl on a t-shirt of his.

This skirt was made from a fitted sheet- an old one that was not deep enough for the newer thicker mattresses. I took the deep elastic pocket and made it the top elastic waistband. Taite is planning to embroider a little on this and give it to Freyja. She plans to switch to birds- or fish- anything- just not owls.

She decided on a bird.

What other lovely skill should we move to next?

Finger Painting BIG


I have some ideas for making a big statement on a large canvas with only a little talent. I think this would make a terrific kids’ project with a huge canvas and some oil paint. Or maybe just have a little fun yourself and let loose on a canvas.

I would recommend acrylic or oil paint- and some old clothes- and doing it outdoors in nice weather if kids will be involved. Using oil paint instead of cheap kids’ paint will ensure that the painting doesn’t fade over time. You will have a keepsake that you never tire of.

Yolanda Sanchez, for $8000 and up.

 

 

What I’ve really wanted to do for a long time is to make a grid on a huge canvas and have guests to my house paint a square in whatever design and color of their choosing. Mine would be a little more exact- like a grid but this is the general idea. Or you could by Suzanne Ulrich‘s for $1000

Or how about some horizontal lines. When you tire of the horizontal, you can go vertical. Kim Uchiyama’s Tonic One for only $1500.

Who has not heard of Jackson Pollock? Out in your yard, back and forth on a swing , brush in hand. Or up above on a chair or ladder swinging that paint all over the canvas.

Convergence Print

Maybe something a little more sedate.

 

 

 

 

 

Something New


I mentioned last time that we were selling the first house we bought in DC.  Fear not, there is another project in the works.  The walls and ceilings have already begun to come down, but here are the before pictures.  I’ll update as we go along.

I’m sure our neighbors will appreciate when this house begins to look a little more cared for.

Here we are, standing in the front doorway.  I swear I have thought twice about removing that mechanical chair.

Getting my little Irish twins up and down the stairs is such a breeze with it!  If it’s any indication of how far Tim has come in giving me control of the interior design, when I mentioned it to him, he said “you can do whatever you like.”  I thought he’d be harder to convince.  On the other hand, hauling those two around is what keeps me skinny so I guess I’ll shelve the idea.

If you turn slightly to the left, there is the wide opening to the living room.

The living room  has a fake fireplace which I’d say was charming except that it’s FAKE– that dark space below the mantle is just the wall painted.  Plus, it makes arranging furniture a pain since there are doorways on either wall and windows on the remaining wall… I’m thinking it needs to go.  The opening to the right goes into the dining room- there are pocket doors hidden away between the walls.

The dining room is huge! with a doorway into the kitchen- we plan to knock down this wall and open up the space between these rooms.  We also plan to add a powder room and a closet against the west wall.

Right now the opening to the kitchen is tiny.

There is a cool, original kitchen cabinet built into the wall directly ahead.  To the left is the door leading to the basement- the stairway has to be moved in order to take down the wall, so we plan to rebuild a descending staircase underneath the ascending one at the entry to the house.

Just past the basement stairway on the left is this pantry, which diminishes the overall size of the kitchen considerably.  It has to go too.

With all that space devoted to stairs and pantry, the actual kitchen is not very large.  We plan to change that!

The kitchen- wouldn’t you love to work in this place? I’ve been living in something similar for the past two years and I am over it!

You’re standing in the kitchen, now head back towards the dining room….

Past the pantry, staircase and through the dining room…

…Walk from the dining room into the living room….

Ascend the stairs…

… now turn around and face the front of the house.  You can see the doorways into three of the bedrooms and one leading to the attic.

The smallest bedroom, located over the front door, is this one.  We’ll keep it even though it is small– I figure it will work well as a nursery or study.

The bedroom to the right will be the boys’.  It has two large windows and lots of light.

There’s clearly been some water damage and I’m curious to see what’s under the fake parquet flooring.

The room has one small-ish closet and a door into the next bedroom.  We plan to close off this door and make the space into another closet.

If you walk through that doorway right now before we close it off, you enter the largest bedroom in the house.  The square footprint on the floor was from the king size bed that was in here.  Since this is the middle bedroom and we plan to have a master suite at the back of the house, some of it’s size will have to be sacrificed to make space for the extra bathroom and laundry facilities we need to include in the floor plan.

It will be a loss but the room is unnecessarily large for a guest bedroom (by DC standards! I know it looks small to the rest of you).

Right next door is the only bathroom in the house– obviously this will be completely re-worked.  There are many charming things about an old house.  Disgusting bathrooms and kitchens are not one of them.

If you keep going down the narrow hall past the bathroom you enter the back bedroom which will eventually become the master bedroom.

It’s not a large room but it opens onto the back porch that overlooks the yard and it’s far away from the street noise at the front of the house.

We plan to enlarge the space by a couple feet but the major improvements will be quadrupling the closet space and adding a bathroom.

Now if you go back down the hall and open the door leading to the attic these steep stairs are what you see.

Right now the space is full of boxes, vintage hats and clothes a couple wardrobes, costume jewelry, a birdcage, an old tv, and many many other things.

It doesn’t look like much now, but I envision maybe having a couch with a fold-out bed for extra guest capacity and a tv up here at some point– a family room of sorts where it doesn’t matter if the toys get picked up each day.

And best of all, some storage space at the back where the ceiling gets really low so that out of season clothes, snow boards, suitcases and christmas decorations don’t have to live under my bed.

Now alternately, if you take that staircase from the kitchen down into the basement… and are careful not to break your ankle on the rotten bottom step…

… you’ll enter a completly unfinished space just begging to be used. This is looking towards the front of the house.

And this is looking towards the back.

If you keep walking back and under the staircase, this is what you see.

There is currently a bathroom down here and a wash sink

Although I doubt you’d want to use them.

Now the last thing to see is the back yard and back of the house.

It’s a remarkably deep yard by Hill standards.

And even has a “two car” garage (if you drive a horse and carriage).

I’ve spent hours working out the floor plan for the house- wanting to keep the historical beauty intact while also making it more functional for modern living.  Keep checking in for updates!

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Nook -Before and After


BEFORE

AFTER!

That top picture was the breakfast nook when we first moved in. It had shelves that were cute, but also clutter collectors and a funky little table that only allowed two people to squeeze in. So last year we ripped out shelves for a little extra room, painted walls and trim and got this:

I liked it better but it was still hard to fit our growing family in here for breakfast. So then Zac suprised me with the perfect solotuion as my Mother’s Day gift. He built a custom window seat to wrap around the windows with seating for 6! Nana made the adorable box pleat curtains (the only credit I can take is for sewing on the buttons)  I added a craigslist round table (painted with chalkboard paint for extra fun) and now we can all linger over coffee and chocolate milk here together.

Beadboard inset and reused trim make it feel original to the house

Storage!

Scrimshaw


The art of scrimshaw has been around at least as far back as the American Revolutionary period.  It is the art of etching a picture onto a whale bone and then inking the bone to bring out the etched picture.  Usually the theme would have been nautical.   I taught Matthias and two friends this art.

They picked out some nautical themed pictures and then copied them with pen and ink.

They first worked on pen and ink drawing to get the size scaled down to the piano key they would be etching on.

They then were ready to etch on the ivory. And discovered it takes a little more pressure than they had thought to get the image etched.

So they needed to go over their etching a little more heavily and then we re-inked and got a lovely image. I plan to buy a very small frame to showcase this little piece.

 

 

“It’s Four Seams and You’re Done, Mom”


Meghan said I should make a pillow out of some gorgeous fabric. I cringed, “I hate sewing, and there are a lot of pillows for sale most everywhere. I most certainly do not need to make any”

“Mom, it’s four seams and you’re done. This is beautiful fabric”

“I’ll think (long and hard) about it.”

We were out with Aileen and the point of the trip was to get fabric for Aileen’s trip to Vietnam. We were most definitely not out for me to find a sewing project, most definitely.

I bought the fabric.

I love the shimmery silver on the dull linen.

Adding a zipper to the top means I can wash the cover if I need to.

I discovered that it is best to first sew the zipper on and then sew up the remaining three sides.

I made two in no time flat! You will notice the "rambling beige" that my house is becoming. "

Meghan promises to come take some photos of my slowly redecorated house and make it look way better than it does in real life. See that jute rug? I had Andrew sweating bullets and as a result me too over switching out my oriental rug for this more casual look; what in the world was I thinking!?  He got maybe a tad grumpy about hauling them around knowing he would hate the result. Really, why would you pitch an oriental rug in favor of jute?

Later in the day he walked by the living room and said, “I really like the way that new rug looks.”

“Do you now?”

 

 

 

Stick Horse


Valiant’s birthday is coming up and there is nothing in the world he loves more than ‘worses’, so I thought I would make him a stick-horse.

We’ll see if I can turn this into a favorite childhood toy.  I still remember the matching pair Meghan and I had– brown corduroy, red yarn manes…. we had many adventures on those one-legged creatures.

I’ll try to post a tutorial if it turns out.

My Leather Sofa Repair


Somewhere in the last number of years and the last thousand people in our home, somewhere along there, my leather sofa received a big ugly gash, kinda like a knifing.  And nobody’s fessing up.  At first it didn’t look too bad, but as time went on, little fingers became intrigued, fascinated, draaaawn to that gash.  It has grown.

I’ve been contemplating buying all new living room furniture all because of this unsightly gash in my sofa.  The problem though, is that new stuff means becoming married to the thing: caring deeply about it, obsessing over it, becoming jealous of anyone’s use of it.  That’s how it is with new stuff.  I hate that.  That and I still like my old sofa.

I made about nine calls to upholstery and leather repair shops; some never returned my call; some said they’d have to replace the entire panel of leather; some just owned up and said that though they advertised leather repair, they really didn’t.

So, I went to Saint Google and asked for guidance.  I watched snippets on Youtube of tutorials on  repairing a leather sofa.  Those tricksters on  youtube videos demonstrate by applying a patch to a scrap of leather so that they could turn it over to show you the finished patch, BUT that also meant they could access the back and sweetly, gently, firmly press the patch into perfect place for drying.  Sneaks.

In the end I bought some leather glue at the local hobby store for $3.99, cut a little piece of leather from a piece lying around, glued the patch, shoved it in the hole, tweezered it into place and pushed on the sofa back hoping that would bond the two together for life.  I figured anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, that and I had absolutely nothing to lose, the sofa was already an eyesore.

With the help of a million and three web sites, I landed on ordering two products: Deep Leather Fill for the gouge, and Soft Leather Fill for the finishing layer, each $7.95 for 2 oz.   from these folks:  www.autocosmeticsonline.com

I ordered on Monday and the stuff was here on Wednesday!  It was sent priority  AND they refunded almost half the shipping because they could.

Find the knife wound. This, THIS, is the completed project. I am so proud.

See that sort of circle lightly around the cut? That is from my first attempt to “fix” the cut. Back when Taite had a feeding tube, I thought, anything that sticks to skin like that tape that held her feeding tube in place ought to be able to hold a sofa’s torn leather together. Not so well, it happens.

So, what I did first was to put a little leather glue onto a leather patch and shove it in the hole. Then I took some tweezers and cajoled it into place and then let it dry. Thoroughly. I kind of reminded me of a big old scab. And I kept telling my self, “nothing to lose.”  (You can see the Taite feeding tube tape mark again here)

This stuff is golden. And you can fix an awful lot of holes with 2 ounces of this stuff. The Deep Fill goes on and then I smoothed it over with a putty knife and let it dry. Thoroughly. And then applied yet another layer before applying the Soft Fill for the final top coat. Let dry thoroughly.

The nice thing about this product is that when it dries it has a soft leathery feel to it.

Eventually I had it all smooth and ready for some color.

Now, let me step outside of my photos for just a second to tell you what you must not do.  You don’t need to because I did it for you.  Do not go into your shoe polishing kit and get some brown shoe polish and smear it on the patch.  Trust me, it won’t work.  And then you might want to take a little black India ink and kinda smear it in too hoping to get the perfect brown.  Don’t.  It will look like you took shoe polish and mixed it up with black India ink.  Cheapskate.

No, rather you must buy spray paint specifically for leather.  Okay, it’s for shoes, but it works.  Just $7.99 plus about $6 shipping.  And because it’s “liquid, perishable, flammable, dangerous,” it will take forever and a day for the good old government postal system to deliver the stuff to you.  When you have lost all hope, it will arrive.

The tought thing though is to match your particular brown to an online color chart. I ended up getting “Russet” on Taite’s advise.  She was spot on.

This is it repaired. Repair is on the left side.

This is it repaired. Repair is on the left side.

 

That’s it.  I am now open for business.  You may fly me out and I will come with my little leather supplies and it will save you in the end the cost of a new sofa, (see finished sofa photo above).

 

 

 

Felted Soap


 

Here’s a great project for any time of the year, for adults or kids. My mother-in-law has been making gorgeous soap for a while now and came across the idea of felting soap. Basically you are creating a washcloth around your bar of soap that will shrink around the bar until it is all used up. I showed everyone how to do it at Christmas and Meghan captured it all in beautiful photos, as is her way. You can get creative with fun colors and designs and I love that this craft is useful (not to mention kind of addictive once you do a few.)

Here’s what you need:

A bar of good quality soap – doesn’t matter what shape

Roving wool (this is where we found gorgeous colors for cheap)

A nylon sock

A washboard-like surface (we used bamboo place mats, but any finely ridged surface works)

Hot water

Felting Needles (You don’t have to do this part, but I think it’s the most fun.)

First select some colors of roving wool (you can use multiple ones) and wrap tightly around your bar of soap. Cover all the bar.

 

It won't look perfect, but try to go for an even, thick layer that doesn't leave any corners exposed.

Carefully place the wrapped soap into your nylon sock.

Get the whole thing soaking wet with hot water and scrub every side of the bar on your mat. Check the progress of the felting by pulling off the sock, and if the felt is not holding together yet, keep going.

 

To add a design like the little Christmas tree above, simply shape a rough shape out of wool and place on the still wet bar of soap. Prick and poke into shape until it is completely adhered to the bar. You can layer your design, like I did with the little white dots on the tree.

Let your creations dry out for a good day or so, the fibers will shrink and look even better once they are dry. To use, simply wet the bar in the tub and scrub away! Perfect for kid's dirty feet in the summer!

 

My mom-in-law and I just did a little batch of Valentine soaps with hearts in red white and pink. Get inspired (or just cheat and buy some, we won’t tell) by these super cute designs on etsy. I love this bird one.

 

Mouse Pad


My little mouse has been running around on a book so I thought I might get a real mouse pad for it.

 

If you are at all like me, I come across fabric I just love all the time.  I hold it and think long a hard about  just what it is that I would do with it .  And thinking of nothing because I already have plenty of pillows and really don’t enjoy sewing all that much, put it back.  This is a little project just in case you should run across a smallish piece of cloth that is calling your name and you simply must have it.  It need be no bigger than a mouse pad, in fact mouse pad size is perfect.  With that bit of cloth and some Heat ‘n Bond you can make a perfectly adorable little pad for your mouse.

One ugly little mouse pad and some Heat'n Bond is all you really need.

 

Make sure to cut out a square slightly larger than the pad.

 

Iron the Heat'n Bond to the fabric then peel off the backing and iron to the mouse pad.

 

Voila! A cute little mouse pad.

 

And best of all you don’t have to sew one little bit.

Christmas Place Card Children Can Help With


With at least twenty-one people gathering for Christmas dinner, it’s just nice to know where you’re supposed to sit.  These ideas could easily allow for little helpers to pitch in.

Some of the photos have links to the site for instructions.

 

Snowmen christmas place cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candy Cane Mice

 

 

Christmas Gift Idea


I thought you all might like these French bread bags and if you have the teensiest bit of sewing knowledge they will be a cinch to make.  It is another way to make and and another use for the bread bag shown in the previous post.  They are perfect hostess gifts to take to all your Christmas parties.  I use mine to serve French bread on the table since we tear ours, but they would be just as lovely for a bottle of wine.  Either way the process is the same but the measurements may be a bit different.  The letters I used were from dfont, an amazing site if you have never checked it and have a total love of fonts like I do.

I like to use a natural linen. It has a French look, but obviously you can use whatever cloth you would like. Cut out two rectangles 23x21 for the bread bag. This will also acommodate a baguette loaf. For wine the measurements would be smaller. I like to French seam mine to have a cleaner look. To do this simply put right sides facing the right way and sew a 1/4 in around the bad. Then turn so the right sides are facing in and sew about a 1/2 in seam around the bag again. Then hem the top.

 

   

My favorite part is painting on the monogram. Using letters from dfont, I cut out and trace the letter on the bag.

 

I like to use the metallic paints to paint on the monogram. I still love a bit of glitter. Just be sure to put a paper between the layers so as not to get paint on the other side.

Voila! Beautiful!

 

Here is a bit different monogram.

All ready for a party

 

White Linen Bread Bag For Gift Giving


Our family is a big fan of fresh baked bread…  straight from the store.  Serving it in a linen bag is a lot cuter than paper.  And a white linen bread bag is just the thing to add to a gift basket for someone this Christmas.

I dismantled the paper bread bag from the store to use as my pattern, basically a big rectangle.

I sew a narrow seam up the long side of the rectangle.

Then I iron the seam to the inside and sew another narrow seam on what looks like the finished side.

This gives me a completely finished seam without a ragged edge that I turn to the inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I copy the folds of the paper bread bag, then iron it.

Making the top look like this.

I fold the bottom end twice for a finished edge and sew across the hem.

I freehand with a pencil"Bread" and then I embroidered it.

 

 

In short time I have a stack of crisply ironed white linen bread bags.

Homemade fire starters


You thought I was nuts when I started making homemade laundry soap. Well, you were right. That stuff kind of sucked. But I have a new, totally worth-while, homemade project that will not disappoint. I’ve been happily using homemade fire starters for almost a year and they are fabulous. Particularly if you are heating your home with a wood stove and you often find yourself reduced to tears trying to get a fire going at 7 a.m. so your digits don’t freeze off by breakfast time. Dry your eyes and try these little beauties.

What you need:

  • An egg carton
  • Candle stubs or any form of wax
  • Dryer lint (highly flamable- who knew?)

What you do:

  • Stuff egg carton with dryer lint

  • Melt candle wax in a glass jar in a pot of boiling water on stove (like a double boiler)

  • Pour melted wax over egg carton

  • Once hardened, break carton into individual pieces. Once piece is enough to start a nice, roaring fire.

 

This is me, filling the woodstove last winter. And by winter, I mean mid May. No joke. Wow, I had forgotten about the snow in May. I think I’ll go make a hundred fifty batches of fire starers now.

Anticipating Halloween


Their pictures became quite creative. Here we have a little witch under a full moon.

 

Because darkness can’t come soon enough at this house on Halloween day, I got together a little craft for the kids and think your kids might enjoy it too.  For the project you just need graph paper and colored pencils.  All that is required is that they make pictures using only squares.  It ends up being like cross stitching on paper.  And for as simple a project as it is, my kids have been at it for a couple of hours already.  One of them said, Hey, I forgot tonight we get to trick-or-treat!”  Success.

Should your kids need a bit of inspiration here you go.

Canon made a pirate.

 

Here are Athan's little dogs.

 

Home is Wherever I’m With You


I loved this the first time I heard it on Jason & Aileen’s wedding site (over a year ago!)  I still like it.

Home is Wherever I’m With You- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros:

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It gave me an idea for yet one more use of an old atlas.

I had the entire world page still intact in the atlas that I cut to bits for crafts so I carefully removed it from the book.

I eyeball spaced the letters across the atlas.

 

 

 

 

My sister gave me these for teaching my children their letters. I kept them when we were done for craft purposes. I have used them for all sorts of lettering.

 

 

 

 

I am planning to carefully paint the letters black to make them bold. Then I might frame it for a special place.