Thursday, March 16, 2017

Make a Card - Up and Away Baby


In keeping with my new year, new baby theme, here's another baby card. Based on the number of baby cards I've made, I'm probably set for the next five years! Are you having a little one? Contact me...I'll send you a card. :)
This card uses the Boy Basics: Fly Away set from PTI. Love that chubby little plane! (Based on this card.)

I have a few left for sale. Check out my "store" here. :)


Details:
Cardstock - Paper Studio: White
Patterned Paper - DCWV: Little Mister stack

Color - Palette: Prussian Blue
Dies - Lawn Fawn: Simple Puffy Cloud / PTI: Blue Skies Rays / PTI: Fly Away / Nestabilities: Standard Circles
Stamps - PTI: Fly Away / TAC: Special Delivery

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cocoa and Tea Station

It's getting a little late in the year to share this project I put together but we live in the mid-Atlantic area. Our groundhog doesn't always get it right. :)
Since, despite some warmer temps for a couple weeks, we're still living in chilly weather, we're still enjoying the cocoa and tea station I put together.

After trying every possible home decor and website, I finally found a tiered tray that was close to what I envisioned. This one from Wayfair.com was also in my budget. We had the white mugs on-hand as well as the Mason jar. I found the canisters for the cocoa mix and marshmallows at Home Goods and the cute bowls holding the hot chocolate packets and tea bags at TJ Maxx.
I moved the baking spice spinner rack temporarily and set our little station up on the baking table. Just steps away from the kettle and microwave. :)
Anyone care for a cuppa?


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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Make a Card Monday - Mama and Her Roo


Since I seem to be focused on sharing my baby cards, here's the next in the series. Another cute critter from Lawn Fawn. It's based on this simple but cute card.

 

As you can see not all of my kangaroo coloring attempts turned out well. This one isn't too bad though I think.

I have a few left for sale. Check out my "store" here. :)


Details:
Cardstock - The Paper Studio: White
Patterned Paper - American Crafts: Welcome Spring 6x6 / Echo Park Paper Co: Creative Agenda -- Circles
Color - Memento: Tuxedo Black  / Copic: E42, YG11, YG13, YG17 / Spectrum Noir: BG6, EB2, GB8, GB10
Stamps - Lawn Fawn: Critters Down Under / Lawn Fawn: Bannerific
Dies - Lawn Fawn: Critters Down Under / Lawn Fawn: Bannerific / Nestabilities: Standard Circles Large

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Make a Card - Whale Love

One of my goals is to get ink on all my stamp sets that have never seen the light of day. This sea life set from TAC is one of them. The card I was inspired by used a baby sentiment but I went with a birthday greeting.

I have a few left for sale. Check out my "store" here. :)


Details:
Cardstock - PTI: Aqua Mist / The Paper Studio: White / Recollections: yellow
Patterned Paper - American Crafts: Dear Lizzy Neopolitan 6x6 / Echo Park: Homegrown
Color - Memento: Danube Blue / Palette: Paris Lights
Stamps - Lawn Fawn: Hedgehugs / Lawn Fawn: Happy Trails / TAC: Tag Tidbits / TAC: Fishy Friends
Tools - EK Success border punch
Embellishments - Doodlebug button / Darice: Cappuccino Baker's twine

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cozy Winter Pillow Covers

This year, I decided to update our living room pillows. First up, the winter look. Joanna's had two blue prints that I used for the bigger pillows. I made them using this easy envelope pillow cover tutorial.
 
I added two more throw pillows for winter...using cozy white faux fur. It looks light and bright during the day, but when we turn on the mantel twinkle lights at night, it's super cozy.
Another little update, some winter scented potpourri and mercury glass votive holders for the coffee table.
Love this look! But not gonna lie, I won't miss it when spring arrives. :)

Linking up to some or all of these great blog parties:
Sunday: It's Overflowing
Monday: Inspire Me Monday at Sand and Sisal; Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z; Monthly Before and After at Thrifty Decor Chick; The Scoop at Worthing Court
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; Friday Finds at Craftaholics Anonymous

Monday, March 6, 2017

Make a Card Monday - Cuddly Koala Baby

The cards have been made, but the blogging just never seems to happen. So you might just get flooded with a bunch of card and craft posts for a few weeks and then nothing for months. "The way things are is the way things are." - cow from Babe

Up first is another baby card using a Lawn Fawn stamp. It's based on this cute card.

I have a few left for sale. Check out my "store" here. :)


Details:
Cardstock - The Paper Studio: White
Patterned Paper - American Crafts: Welcome Spring 6x6
Color - Memento: Tuxedo Black / Palette: Noir / PTI: Aqua Mist / Copic: 0, B0000, E01, E42, E95, R0000, RV10, RV32, RV52, YG11, YG13, YG17, G85 / Spectrum Noir: BG1, BG2, BG4, BG6, BG8, GB5, GB8, GB10, TB1, TB2, TB3, CT3
Stamps - Lawn Fawn: Critters Down Under / Lawn Fawn: Bannerific
Dies - Lawn Fawn: Bannerific / Penny Black: Polaroid
Embellishments - My Mind's Eye: The Sweetest Thing enamel dots / Recollections Baker's twine

Sunday, March 5, 2017

School Summary - 7th and 9th grades - weeks 15-24


 
I respectfully ask that you not pin pictures of my children to Pinterest. Thank you!

You can see what we're using here: 9th grade curricula and here: 7th grade curricula.
Like I said in my previous post, this is a really boring school year as far as blogging goes. I'm blaming that for the reason why I haven't blogged school since the end of November and the reason why I'm going to dump and entire quarter into this single post. :)
Weeks 11-14
In Tenor's homeschool this quarter…
He finished "learning" Greek letters in his AHL work. He's worked through Psalms and Proverbs and is now tackling Isaiah in Old Testament. He just finished Rick Warren's "What on Earth Am I Here For?" There are opposing viewpoints about using this book in AHL, but I like it. I think it's a good foundational type book. We'll be using John Piper's "Don't Waste Your Life" and "Do Hard Things" by Alex and Brett Harris this summer to build on what he was working through. His literature study is focused on the Iliad at this point. While I've heard that some students really struggle with the book, Tenor seems to be comprehending what he's reading.
Map work
Proverbs project

My favorite thing this quarter…
His literature study is focused on the Iliad at this point. While I've heard that some students really struggle with the book, Tenor seems to be comprehending what he's reading.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
Again, just emphasizing that the weekly conference is really important. (Yup, just leaving that line here for the rest of the year as a reminder to myself!) At this point, Tenor's in a good routine about getting things done. He hasn't had any big writing assignments in the past few weeks so that helps to ease the schedule.
Art drawing
What’s working/not working for us…
He's not a big fan of writing summaries about composers and artists/art periods for Harmony Fine Arts. I tried to find some online resources about writing a music critique but there's not really a lot out there. I did put some thoughts together but the first time he used it, he still only gave me one paragraph. We're going to keep refining the process. :)

Picture proof that they do get along on occasion ;)
In Soprano's homeschool this quarter...
She finished her literature program...Beautiful Feet Books History of the Horse. Soprano worked hard at the end to read the last book which was only scheduled as a 'finish as you have time'. She completed it and the extra activities quickly to finish up the whole curriculum. After the literature was done, we moved to her semester of science, Winter Promise Equine Science.
BFB mapping

BFB art -- attempt #1
BFB art -- attempt #2 (with less enthusiasm)
My favorite thing this quarter…
Some of the activities in Equine Science have been fun to see. She had to re-enact Hun stealth tactics using her model horses and "Be Genghis Khan" for another. Her silly personality definitely came out! 
Harmony Fine Arts
Harmony Fine Arts
English oral report on hedgehog anatomy
Notgrass Uncle Sam & You -- around our state (Soprano says I did that college that has the cat logo. Ah... Penn State...Nittany Lion :D )
What’s working/not working for us… I thought we had conquered her 8 hour school day issues. For about three weeks, things were going really well. She was getting done by 2pm each day. Then all of a sudden it was back to horrendously long days where she'd get stuck on a math lesson for 6 hours. We're hoping an earlier bedtime (as early as we can with outside activities) will help.
We also ending up ditching her French curriculum. There were just too many gaps from the lesson to the lesson work. We were both lost. I'm looking into a couple other options. Either we'll start this year with a different program which will have quite a bit of review, or we'll try again next year with something else and start working on an early high school credit.

9pm Seriously...doing school work at 9pm!
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing...
We went to a local theater company's Christmas program, saw Rogue One in the theater, and did a couple craft shows. Tenor got his braces off and tested to earn his red stripe belt in Taekwondo!
 
Soprano joined a local youth choir and enjoyed a youth group Galentine's Day party. There was other holiday busyness with family, church, and work. Including getting our newest family member: Peanut.
Most of my hours were spent preparing for those craft shows. (Blog posts to follow about all that.) :)
Things to come:
Soprano's choir concert season begins in a couple weeks
We need to pick and plan some of next year's curricula.
We're ready to plan our big field trip for the year...the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter!
Soprano has a big birthday coming up and we're thinking a French Patisserie themed party.
Tenor is looking into getting a summer job.
Oh yeah, and we should probably finish the school year. :)

What's on your list? 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Make a Card Monday - Welcome Baby, Platypus

A new year makes me think of new babies. :) And how sweet is this baby platypus from Lawn Fawn. I totally loved this card and totally copied its look.
I have a few left for sale. Check out my "store" here. :)

Details:
Cardstock - DCWV: black / Paper Studio: White
Patterned Paper - Echo Park Paper Co.: Fine and Dandy Fluttering Butterflies
Color - Memento: Tuxedo Black / Copic: E42, E99, YG13, YG17 / Spectrum Noir: BG1, BG4, BG6, BG8, GB8, GB10, EB5, DG3
Stamps - Lawn Fawn: Critters Down Under
Embellishments - Unknown: ribbon
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Make a Card (not on) Monday -- Still Rockin'

Here's my second guitar card of the year. I based it off of this design. We have lots of musicians in the family but just a couple guitar players....I think I've pinned way too many guitar cards. :)
I have a few extras for sale. Check out my "store" here. :)


Details:
Cardstock - Paper Studio: White / Recollections: red, dark blue
Patterned Paper - Carta Bella: Ahoy There 6x6
Color - VersaMark / Memento: Ladybug, Danube Blue / Spectrum Noir: DR1, CT1, CR8, CR11
Stamps - Papertrey Ink: Boy Basics Rock On, Grunge Me / Making Memories: Just Chillin
Tools - Cricut: George and Basic Shapes -- 1 1/2"
Embellishements - Making Memories: red eyelets

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Make a Card Monday - Rockin New Year's

I didn't watch the ball drop this year but I heard the pre-show was something else. :) Perhaps your New Year's holiday was tame and crafty like mine was. I thought this was a fun rockin' card for this time of year so I tried my own version.
I have a few extras for sale. Check out my "store" here. :)

Happy New Year!

Details:
Cardstock - Paper Studio: White / unknown: colors for the pennants / DCWV: black
Patterned Paper - Paper House: 100% Country 6x6
Color - Palette: Reflection Blue, Paris Lights, Moulin Rouge
Stamps - Papertrey Ink: Boy Basics Rock On / Papertrey Ink: Grunge Me
Tools - Cricut: Quarter Note -- 3 1/4"
Embellishements - unknown: silver brads
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