Monday, March 2, 2015

Make a Card Monday - Very Thankful Peacock

I found this stamp set at a yard sale and just fell in love with the peacock image in the set. The image inspired a bright Indian medallian themed thank you card. I used the tutorial from this pin.
 And the inside sentiment:

Details:
cardstock: orange and teal (Recollections), white (Georgia Pacific)
patterned paper: Ooh La La (My Mind's Eye)
embellishments: Stickles (orange peel, turquoise, star dust)
color: Water Lily Green ink (Palette)
tools: circle and scallop circle die (Nestabilities)
stamps: Very Thankful (image and sentiment) (Stampin Up!)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

There's a Cuff in My Boot! - DIY Boot Cuffs

Did you read the title using Woody's (from Toy Story) voice? I sure did, pard'ner!

I'm not a fashion blogger by any means but I saw this idea on Pinterest and wanted to share my take on it. I have a few pairs of boots that I like to wear, especially when it's cold out because they keep my legs warm. Sometimes though, it's fun to pretend that I'm actually a cool person and dress those boots up with boot socks or cuffs.
Have you seen how expensive some of them can be? Yikes!
Following that pin's advice, I decided to make my own. First up, a trip to the local Goodwill. I found three sweaters in the bargain section (aka about $2.00 for all of them) that I didn't mind cutting up. (Bonus: I have extra brown and white pieces that I can use to dress-up candles next fall!)
I trimmed the sleeves to the length I thought I wanted (Hint: make them longer than I did or you'll be constantly worried that they're poking their way out of your boot.) After trimming, I ran a zig-zag stitch around the raw edge a couple times just so they wouldn't fray into pieces.

For the white cuffs, I salvaged the buttons off the cardigan and attached them to the top of my cuffs for additional interest. I had just enough to put three buttons on each cuff.

I'm cool now, right?
Well... now I just need to get some mitten clips so the knees of my jeans don't get so baggy.

Linking up to some or all of these great blog parties:
Sunday: Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming;
Monday: Inspire Me Monday at Sand and Sisal; Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z; It's Overflowing; Monthly Before and After at Thrifty Decor Chick
Wednesday: Wicked Awesome Wednesday at Handy Man, Crafty Woman; Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts; 
Friday: Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest; Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring;

School Summary - Captain Cook, French Revolution, Catherine the Great

A Summary of February 6-27
February went by quickly! We had a full week of school, a full week off for a winter break (love, love, love Sabbath schooling!), and then another full week of school. Of course, my winter "break" was mostly spent planning next year's schoolwork but I'm hoping the work I put in now will let me have more time off this summer when I'm sitting in the sun, relaxing by the pool, bees a'buzzin', kissable dandelion fuzz, a drink in my hand, up against the sand... in SUMMER! (I might be getting too far ahead of the weather here. Time to reign it in.) Back to school...
Here's what we did:

Things that were scheduled:
Math
Language Arts (Grammar, Reading, and Writing; Spelling for Soprano)
Tenor started Saxon Algebra I. So far so good. He doesn't have a drill each day anymore. Nice for him and one less thing to correct for me. We have had a few tear-inducing, head-scratchers... sometimes the answer key asks for just a formula like (20 + 4π)m and sometimes it finished out the calculations and wants a final answer like 24π ft = 75.36 ft.
In each instance it looks like the same type of problem to me so I'm not sure why the book doesn't always end up one way or the other. But we're figuring it out together. I did have to remind him though that I haven't done Algebra longer than he's been alive so I need a little time to catch up before I can work through those problem spots with him.
Thankfully Soprano's math and their L/A are both right on track with no troubles.

Electives:
Typing, Greek (Tenor), Spanish (Tenor), Home Ec (Soprano)

My Father's World Exploration to 1850
We shifted focus for these two weeks, away from the fledgling US of A back to Europe and Asia. We read about Captain Cook's journey to find the great Southern continent, which he thought he missed. We read all about how the American War for Independence spurred the French Revolution and how quickly that went south, and we read about Catherine I of Russia and how she earned her name, Catherine the Great.

Bible: This year we're doing an in-depth study of the book of James and attempting to memorize the entire book. We've now learned all of chapters 1-3. By "we", I mean the younglings. My poor old brain is only getting bits and pieces to stick.
 
Science: Since we did all of our botany work, using AIG's The World of Plants, over the summer, I'll try to give an overview of the experiments and demonstrations that we did. The younglings finished their botany lapbooks from In the Hands of a Child.

These weeks we would have covered lessons 21-26. That included studying flowers, pollination, fruit, annuals/biennials/perennials, and meat-eating plants.
They made models of flowers:
They dissected a few flowers (alstromeria and daisy):
We examined different types of fruit:
 
And because we had so much fruit on hand, we invited friends over for dessert fondue! Isn't school fun??
 
History: We read about Captain Cook discovering Australia. I was reading in SOTW and said that the botanists and scientists with him arrived at the island and discovered a hopping animal that the natives called kan-goo-roo. One of my younglings says, "Ooh, dolphins!!" 
Wait, wha?
The other youngling and I laughed and laughed. Yup, we homskool. ;)
After we touched on Cook's journeys, we read a lot about the causes of, the events of, and results of the French Revolution. Then we came back to Catherine the Great. We had touched on her life earlier in the year. This week we went further in depth as to how she gained the throne and brought in Western ideas to Russia. Like she said, to really change Russia, she'd have to live to be as old as Methuselah. But she did quite a bit.
We notebooked about the Revolution and Catherine:
We played "Storm the Bastille", a trivia game in the SOTW3 Activity Book.
We continued our state study.
I added in some map work from MapTrek (The French Revolution) and SOTW (Catherine the Great instead of the MFW assignment). No extra timeline pieces though. 
We skipped baking quiche lorriane (I hate quiche! I love eggs and egg dishes... just not quiche!) and we skipped making Russian manyick. 
 
Other MFW: 
Music: We listened to several pieces by Chopin. For our hymn study, we spent one week on "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" then the following week learning "When Morning Gilds the Skies (May Jesus Christ Be Praised)".
Art: We read about French Artists, including Fragonard, tried a pen and wash technique, and tried painting realistically. Our schedule was a little off this week so we pushed the painting until Friday but I think the younglings were "over" school by then. We had some fussing about finishing so this was the end result.
Extras:
Web:
You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for weeks 15-34.
Botany extras (we didn't use them)
Printable Leaf and Needle Poster
French Revolution Song 
 
Videos:
No extra videos this week.

Favorite Books: 
Moi and Marie Antoinette by Marie Cullen
You Wouldn't Want to Be an Aristocrat in the French Revolution! by Jim Pipe
A River Ran Wild (Massachusetts) by Lynne Cherry
Berlioz the Bear (Massachusetts) by Jan Brett
Letting Swift River Go (Massachusetts) by Jane Yolen
Louisa May and Mr. Thoreau's Flute (Massachusetts) by Julie Dunlap
M is for Mayflower (Massachusetts) by Margot Raven
N is for Nutmeg (Connecticut) by Elissa Grodin
B is for Blue Crab (Maryland) by Laura Stutzman
Deep in the Swamp (Georgia) by Donna Bateman
P is for Peach (Georgia) by Carol Crane
Carolina Shout (South Carolina) by Alan Schroeder
Ron's Big Mission (South Carolina) by Rose Blue
The Blue Hill Meadows (Virginia) by Cynthia Rylant

Monday, February 23, 2015

Horse Pallet Art

Soprano's room re-do is coming along. After painting, we decorated with some loaded up picture gallery shelves and with embroidery hoops. Our next project was to upcycle an old pallet into more art for this horse-themed room. I liked this version via Pinterest and wanted to create my own.
Bass got an old pallet from our local Habitat Re-Store. He dismantled it and cut the boards to the length I wanted. After attaching the boards together with some thin wood boards, he also added a metal hanger.
 The hanger thing is cool and all but the front is the pretty part. :) I cut a horse shape (from Cricut's Old West cartridge) out of vinyl and put it on the boards. Then I dry-brushed over the vinyl with the same color paint as her trim (Olympic Crumb Cookie). When it was dry, I peeled the vinyl off and voila. Bass sanded a few parts where I got a little heavy-handed with the paint for this final result.
Now it's the feature piece that hangs above her bed. (We're looking to get her a different bed this spring which is why it's hanging a little high at the moment.)
Just a few more projects to go before the room reveal!

Linking up to some or all of these great blog parties:
Sunday: Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming;
Monday: Inspire Me Monday at Sand and Sisal; Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z; It's Overflowing; Monthly Before and After at Thrifty Decor Chick
Wednesday: Wicked Awesome Wednesday at Handy Man, Crafty Woman; Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts; 
Friday: Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest; Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring;

Monday, February 16, 2015

Make a Card Monday - Giggle, Laugh, and Be Silly


My other recent card swap offering was this design. I needed something a little less time intensive than all the alcohol marker coloring on Harvest Girl.
I found the layout idea on Pinterest and thought it went perfectly with the papers from the "Amy Tangerine Sketchbook" 6x6 paper pad by American Crafts. A friend had given me the embellishment flowers so I went with different color schemes to incorporate them all.

The yellow flower started out as white. I lightly stroked over the petals with a yellow marker to make it match the card.


Details:
cardstock: blue and pink card base (Recollections), yellow card base (Bazzill), white (Georgia Pacific)
patterned paper: Amy Tangerine Sketchbook 6x6 paper pad (American Crafts)
embellishments: flowers (Recollections), pink and white pearls (Recollections), various ribbon (unknown)
color: Paris Lights, Orangerie, and Belle Rose ink (Palette)
tools: scallop edge punch (Fiskars)
stamps: TAC Express Yourself (sentiment)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love is Valentine's Day Branch Display

I don't usually do much Valentine's Day decorating...mostly because I'm lazy. It comes too close on the heels of having decorated for Christmas then winter. It would be up for such a short amount of time that it doesn't really feel worth the effort. (This makes me a bad home/DIY blogger, doesn't it?)
This year I was inspired by a couple ideas that I saw (this banner and this centerpiece) and decided to clear the dining room of my winter and snowman decor and put this up instead.
Braving the cold, I went tromping in my backyard and cut branches from a forsythia bush and added some other random twigs that fallen in the yard after some recent wind. I cut the hearts from various scraps of cardstock I had on-hand using Cricut's Cricut Classic Font cartridge and then stamped the words ('God is...', 'love', and the words from 1 Corinthians 13's "love" passage) with Faith (TAC), Mini-Bet (TAC), Simple Bet (TAC), Nurture Your Soul (TAC), and Rummage (Making Memories).
I added baker's twine from Queen and Co. to the hearts and hung them all on the branches.
I used several Bible versions for my hearts but here is the passage in the NLT.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. 
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never ends...
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13


Linking up to some or all of these great blog parties:
Sunday: Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming;
Monday: Inspire Me Monday at Sand and Sisal; Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z; It's Overflowing; Monthly Before and After at Thrifty Decor Chick
Wednesday: Wicked Awesome Wednesday at Handy Man, Crafty Woman; Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts; 
Friday: Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest; Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring;

Monday, February 9, 2015

School Summary - More Revolutionary War and the Constitution

A Summary of January 19 - February 6
If you look at the dates, you'll see three weeks of time. Despite the dreary winter weather, the days do seem to be flying by. Way back, sometime last summer, when I was planning our year, I intentionally scheduled our MFW work to allow for a catch-up week after we studied the War for Independence. I figured we'd have a lot of book basket reading and other activities to fit in. I was partially right. We weren't behind but it was still nice to have a week that was less full.
Here's what we did:

Things that were scheduled:
Math
Language Arts (Grammar, Reading, and Writing; Spelling for Soprano)
Tenor started his next reading book, "Where the Red Fern Grows". Soprano completed "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and began "Caddie Woodlawn." They both finished their three paragraph research reports on important figures from the Revolutionary War for writing. Tenor chose George Washington while Soprano picked Benjamin Franklin.
Tenor also finished Saxon Math 8/7. He'll be starting Algebra I next week.

Electives:
Typing, Greek (Tenor), Spanish (Tenor), Home Ec (Soprano)

My Father's World Exploration to 1850
We continued studying the people and events of the Revolutionary War before learning about the creating of the U.S. Constitution and our first, somewhat reluctant, president, [the original G.W.] Mr. Washington.

Bible: This year we're doing an in-depth study of the book of James and attempting to memorize the entire book. We're now reviewing chapters 1and 2 and finishing up learning chapter 3.
Science: Since we did all of our botany work, using AIG's The World of Plants, over the summer, I'll try to give an overview of the experiments and demonstrations that we did. Currently the younglings are working on a botany lapbook from In the Hands of a Child.
They're reading a section and doing an activity three days per week to review what we learned.
These weeks we would have covered lessons 15-20. That included studying stem growth, photosynthesis, leaf arrangements, leaves changing colors, and identifying trees.

We did a bunch of experiments and observation but I have no pictures.
 
History: We read about the Revolutionary War again this week. Lots and lots of reading. We learned about the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights. [It's amazing how our government is operating today so far away from how our founding fathers intended it to based on that Constitution. Crazy! and scary!]
Our THREE branches of government -- or how it's supposed to work
We finished Johnny Tremain as a read-aloud that I added in, and the younglings also really enjoyed the rest of the Liberty's Kids DVDs.
We skipped the silhouette activity, but made colonial flags.

We also did the quilt activity. I had a bunch of pre-made quilt squares from my late grandmother's craft stash. She quilted for years and participated in a club which swapped squares amongst its members. These squares were headed for the get-rid-of pile but I rescued them knowing this craft was scheduled. Soprano made a doll blanket,
and Tenor made an envelope pillow cover.
We started our state study too.
I added in some map work from SOTW (The American revolution). No extra timeline pieces though. 
 
Other MFW: 
Music: We listened to several pieces by Chopin. For our hymn study, we spent one week on "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" then the following week learning "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing."
Art: We read about Turner and tried painting atmosphere.

Extras:
Web:
You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for weeks 15-34.
Botany extras (we didn't use them)
Revolutionary War lapbook (we didn't use it yet but I still might add it in)
 
Videos:
Liberty's Kids
American History for Children: American Independence by Schlessinger
American History for Children: United States Constitution by Schlessinger
Animated Hero Classics: George Washington by Nest Entertainment
Johnny Tremain by Disney
Ladies of Liberty: Boston 1775 by Learn Our History
The Presidents [George Washington] by The History Channel

Favorite Books: 
What If There Were No Bees? by Suzanne Slade
From Bird Poop to Wind by Ellen Lawrence
What is a Fruit? by Jenifer Day
Revolutionary Friends by Selene Castrovilla
The Boston Tea Party by Russell Freedman
Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley
When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia by Ann Turner
Will you Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz
D is For Democracy by Elissa Grodin
Eight Hands Round by Ann Whitford Paul
The Quilting Bee by Gail Gibbons
We the People by Peter Speier
F is For First State by Carol Crane [Delaware]
Journey Around Philadelphia from A to Z by Martha Zschock
Lives of the Presidents by Kathleen Krull
Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Sasha [New Jersey]
George Washington by Mike Venezia
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