31 January 2009

Mrs Spaghetti

This is my first year homeschooling, actually it is not homeschooling, but is cyber schooling. My 10th grader does her classes online but my second grader has me as a teacher. She has complained about not having classmates since the first week of school. Shortly into the school year she made up a classroom of kids. I have somewhat tolerated it except when it interfered with school.
On Friday I was Mrs Spaghetti and "Samantha" raised her hand to ask to use the bathroom, then "Johnny" did the same. That is when I said that we could not have anymore interruptions. Inside I was laughing a little. Where did she get Mrs Spaghetti from?
I was wondering if anyone else out there had any issues with similar disruptions. We go to outings frequently, meet with friends, and are at church twice a week where she sees other friends. I am thinking of visiting a friend who uses the same school that we do. I think it will be great for Lizzy to see her friend, Julia, in her typical school day. Does anyone have any advice? Thanks. Jnet

29 January 2009


A few years ago I punched out a stack of flowers with a 3" flower punch bought from a craft store for around $10. My daughter and I then sewed them together on the sewing machine. The pictures were taken an older camera and aren't that sharp. But below you can kind of see that we only sewed the centers of the flowers. It held up really well inside. I'm not sure how it would for an outside party. Make sure you change the sewing needle before using with fabric because the paper will dull the tip pretty fast.

28 January 2009

Word Filled Wednesday

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2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

The purpose of Word filled Wednesday is to share God’s word (no famous quotes or other literature — only the beautiful word of our Father) through photo’s & a Bible verse!

27 January 2009

Hair Ribbons

Pom-pom bows can be made easily and will out-last the ponytail. I made these 6 years ago and they still look great. To start you will need ribbon. I used grosgrain and satin ribbon for most of the bows I made. You will also need pony-tails or clasps, and jewelery wire. For tools: you will need scissors, wire cutters, needle-nose pliers, and fray check.
1. Folding: These ribbons shown here were folded 4" wide to make 2 folds or loops on each side so that would be around 20" altogether.
2. Fold centers: Although this step is a pain, if you do not fold down centers and are using grosgrain or a heavy ribbon you will notice that the center is too chuncky when you secure it with the wire and it will not lay nicely.
I made 2" bobby pins, you can see one in the center under "Supplies". When you are holding your ribbon it goes easier if your wire is ready.
(It would have been great if I had 3 hands. If you have something like a clasp or clamp tool it may be very helpful in this step.)
3. Twist and trim wire to 5/8".
4. Turn sharp end downward toward bulk of ribbon to prevent someone from getting poked or scratched.
5a. When making more than 1 color you'll need to make each color a bit smaller than the bottom one. I didn't want the silver to stand out that much so I made it the same width as the blue layer.
5b.After you figure out how you want it to look, stack it and add a ponytail or barrette, and secure it with another piece of wire. Trim your ends and use fray check. I've noticed that some fray-checks leave a white residue so always test first.
6. Last step is to cover the wire with a scrap of ribbon and sew it where no one will notice.

26 January 2009

Making a Cell

I never imagined that cell making could be creative, fun, and yummy. But here we have the 3 basic parts of a cell: cell membrane, cytoplasm, and the nucleus.

1 cup Lemon or Pineapple Jello (room temperture)

2" of a banana

1 ziploc sandwich bag

8" of string or yarn

Pour the 1 cup of jello into a bag, then add the banana. Have your little student identify the 3 parts of the cell. For fun you can split the banana to make 2 nuclei to show cell division. Use the string to place the banana pieces on different sides with the jello sort of equally divided.

25 January 2009

Yummy Icing

This is a delicious recipe for icing. I was wondering how you made it Ann! Thanks

21 January 2009

Word Filled Wednesday

I don't know if our local courthouse has the 10 Commandments posted anywhere, nor do I know if it ever had. My point in having the courthouse with this scripture is to show that though our country has changed over the decades and many have already turned to hold other things in higher esteem than God and His Commandments, I am so grateful that God saved me. It was through looking into the 10 commandments that I saw I was a sinner. Galatians 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. Am I open and humble enough to bring the law, then the grace of God to others?

The purpose of Word filled Wednesday is to share God’s word (no famous quotes or other literature — only the beautiful word of our Father) through photo’s & a Bible verse!

20 January 2009

Molli under the Tree

Katrina tagged me in a fun game. I had to go to the 4th folder where I store photos and post the 4th picture from that folder. I was hoping not to find one of myself early in the morning with pajamas on. I'm glad I saw Molli. She is a nosy 8 year calico. She knew the tree wasn't there earlier and so she sits there under the tree as if gloating that she found something before anyone else. She is so cute and still amuses all of us.

I didn't edit the picture but really would have liked to... sigh :)

The girls want a real tree next year. I thought it would be fun to go in the woods to find a tree next year. I hope to remember :) Ann, you should be happy that I'm willing to get a real tree next year. If we lived closer or if I had a truck I'd get a tree from Kleins Tree Farm.

I tag:

19 January 2009

Self Portrait

This project was fun for my 7 year old. I made things easy on her by pre-cutting the correct size square or rectangle for her to begin with. I did help her a little too much with this particular project. After she made the general shape I would fold the piece or double it so that both pieces or sides were symmetrical.
1. We began with the shape of the head. It was a bit of a challenge to find the correct color. Basically and oval will work because it will be covered with hair eventually.
2. Explain that the shape of real eyes look like footballs or almonds. Have a white rectangle ready for you budding artist a little bigger than the appoximate size.
3. We cut 2 circles for her irises, (I found chapstick or something similar size to trace circles).
4. We used black paper & a hole puncher for the pupils.
5. Eye lashes: Self explanitory. See below.
6. Eye brows: Remember symmetry.7. Noses are all different shape, but basically all have 3 little bumps. When the nose is cut fold it the long ways and glue only the bridge so that the nose sticks out a little like a nose. :)
8. Lips are made from 3 ovals, the 2 on top a little smaller usually.
9. Ears: Cut a circle in half, same color as the face. Most of the circle is secured behind the head. After you attach the ears trim them a little if you wish.10. Hair: Look at first picture.

This is alot of fun. It might be easier if you don't glue until the very end if you have a perfectionist at your table :)

14 January 2009

Lemonade Award

This cute award was given to me by my sweet friend Katrina. If you have not stopped by her blog, please do soon here: Simple Life Moments.

Katrina: thank you very much for the award.

This award is called the Lemonade Award and it is for blogs which have great attitude and/or gratitude. I hope I can always live up to this :)

I would like to pass on this award to some of my favorite blogs that have these qualities...
It has been really hard to choose because there are many blogs with great attitude and gratitude, and I've noticed a few have already received this award :) Besides this there are many friends of whom I'd love to tag, but they never write on their blogs, nevertheless they are very encouraging. Here are my tagged buddies.


If you wish, pass this on to whomever (up to 10 people) and let them know you've done so! Enjoy your day!

Word Filled Wednesday

Jesus, after he dismissed Judas and was in the upper room with the 11, had comforted these men before he was to be crucified! How amazing that he comforted instead of being comforted. What serving love!

The purpose of Word filled Wednesday is to share God’s word (no famous quotes or other literature — only the beautiful word of our Father) through photo’s & a Bible verse!

07 January 2009

Word Filled Wednesday

FYI: These are my girls when they were about 2 & 9, it was taken 5 years ago. The picture brings back sweet memories.

The purpose of Word filled Wednesday is to share God’s word (no famous quotes or other literature — only the beautiful word of our Father) through photo’s & a Bible verse!

06 January 2009

Sister's Birthday Washclothes

This batch of washcloths were fun to crochet. I made a few new designs and hope they work in my sister's kitchen. Here is the chevron pattern (top center), and here is the simplest pattern (bottom left & right).

01 January 2009

Squirrel Stamp

Yay! I had time to carve my first stamp on rubber! I cut lil too much on his front leg, but it still looks like a squirrel. If you are interested in making a stamp, visit Craft Pudding.
My daughter made a stamp out of a scrap, literally! It was 1/4" x 3/4". Hers turned out beautiful! I can't imagine what she will do with a regular piece of rubber :) Klazane's stamp is here.

Apron -- Gift for Sister

I am so thrilled with how this vintage apron came out! My girls modeled it for me b/c my sis is little :)
There is a huge pocket as you can see! You can fit alot in there if you need to :)

I love the high waist band! It give the apron a clean dressed up look! Even the back is cute!

Thanks for calling today sis! It was great to hear your voice, I miss you like crazy and I am glad you like your little gifts! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


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