Monday, December 26, 2011

Glamping!

I am done with Christmas and ready for summer. 
I want to go camping fancy style or glamping  as "they" call it.
 I found some really cute vintage trailers online that I am drooling over.

This is the vintage trailer that started my internet search.
 I love the colors and especially the red pennant banner.

In the morning I want to make coffee for my family here.

And drink it together here, while the kids ride their beach cruisers around and we talk about everything and nothing, about past trips and the funny things that happened.

 And in the afternoon I want to sit in the shade with my honey,
read a good book and listen to the waves crash.

And at night eat a great dinner, play games, roast marshmallows and make wonderful memories.
I can't wait for summer.
Check out my other pins here on Pinterest.

Friday, December 9, 2011

instafriday

InstaChristmas- Part crafts, part school, all fun!
Hand stamped and sewn, Shine gift bags.

Pretty glittered clothes pin


The Polar Express I love the imagery and feeling of this book.
The illustrations are amazing.

Hot Chocolate with mini marshmallows- this is why we homeschool.
We get to live out the story.

How is snow made mini book. Look at the concentration.

I love the chocolatey goodness!



Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Friday, December 2, 2011

instafriday

life rearranged
The Start of the Advent Season

Switching to decaf coffee and a smaller cup.
The caffeine was giving me the shakes, so I needed to stop, but I was worried about caffeine withdrawal headaches. I slowly switched this week little by little and not one headache. Woo Hoo!


I am feeling pretty good 23 days in and I only have 4 people left to buy for!
This is a first for me usually I am still shopping December 23rd.
Check out my tutorial for the count down chalkboard here.

Check out the super scary pirate face.
Grady got an early Christmas present, a Pirates of the Caribbean hoodie and matching t-shirt.
Yeah, he loves the fur. 

Here we are dorking out, happens all the time.


Advent Day 1- Pull out the Poinsettias
These are my birthday month flower and I think they are so beautiful. 
They come in so many cool colors now too. 

Day 2 - Write a letter to Santa
Do these early to avoid disappointment.
I am always surprised about what they want. 
We had a busy week but tons of fun.
I feel so blessed to be able to spend so much time with my kids.
 Thanks, Babe, for working so hard for us! 



Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's all about the giving: Nativity Peg People

Good things come in small packages.
I think they are so tiny and adorable.
Just look at sweet baby Jesus.
The kids love them and that makes me one happy mama.
I hope our friends will love them as much as we do.



I needed to make at least 16 gifts this year, and this was one of the most inexpensive gifts I have ever made. 
I got my little peg people from caseyswood.com.
 I think it was about $32. I already had the paint. 
That is $2 a family, thank you very much!
The downside was all of the time it took to paint them. 
There is a reason there are no wise men and no angel. 
I can see why set like this will sell for about $80 on Esty.
I really loved painting these little guys and I can't wait to deliver them to our sweet friends.
It really is better to give than receive!





Friday, November 18, 2011

instafriday

life rearranged
Fruit loop fun 
I got the idea for this project from Pinterest.
Little Miss Middle, shown on the left really struggles with math but today she loved it!
 Check out that concentration.
 Gray's bowl is almost empty, what a hard worker.
Even Em got in on the fun making patterns.

This was a great activity that kept the kids entertained long enough for me to clean the kitchen and do a load of laundry. I love it when a plan comes together.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Christmas Surprise

Can you guess what we are making and giving to our friends and family this year?



My goal is to have them finished before Thanksgiving so we can deliver them the next day... They are going to be so adorable.
 You'll just have to wait to see them, I don't want to spoil the surprise. 
Do you make and give gifts or do you like to shop?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fabulously Free Friday: How I made money by cleaning out my kids closet

Today's edition features a closet make over and a couple bucks in my pocket.

Before
I wish I had a photo of the room and closet for you to see
 but we started moving them before I thought to get my phone out.
All of the clothes were on the floor, so we brought them out to the couch and sorted them into my three basic piles. 
Keep. Trash. $ell.
Here is what we have after the purge. A nice clean space, not huge, but it came with adjustable wire shelving.
Modern art or a pile of hangers that are going bye-bye.

After
Hanging space: here is a great tip each kid gets their own color of hanger.
 Pink for one, white for the other.
Labeled bins: I have had these for a couple of years, finally got them labeled and loaded. Woo Hoo!! 
Each girl has three bins. Tops, bottoms, and shoes. On the top shelf are swimsuits, mittens and hats. I really hope know we will keep it neat and clean like this.
I used only what I already had and after I took the clothes to the children's resale store I have a few more bucks in my pocket!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Easy Kid Craft Of The Week


September is National Honey Month...




First a little background about honey.
 Honey in the Bible
The Old Testament contains many references to honey as a symbol for all that is pleasant and desirable. For example, the book of Exodus famously describes the Promised Land as a 'land flowing with milk and honey' (33:3). There, however, the Hebrew devash refers to the sweet syrup produced from the juice of the date. In contrast, bees' honey is referred to explicitly in The Book of Judges when Samson found a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of a lion (14:8). Matthew 3:4 John the Baptist lived for a long period of time in the wilderness on a diet consisting of locusts and wild honey. The word "honey" appears 61 times in the King James Version of the Bible.
For recipes and to learn more about Honey check out www.honey.com
We colored bee pictures, said a couple bee rhymes, ate peanut butter and honey sandwiches and made our own bee bookmarks.


























Here is the cute easy craft found at dltk-kid.com.
It's a Honey Bee Bookmark
Materials:
  • Yellow paint or yellow marker
  • Black marker
  • Yellow pompom
  • 2 beads or wiggly eyes
  • Pipe cleaner (recommended color: black)
  • Popsicle stick
  • Hot glue gun (Grown-up help required)
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush (only if you are using paint)
  • white felt in a heart shape for wings
Instructions:
  1. ADULT: plug in the hot glue gun so that it can warm up.
  2. Paint or color the Popsicle stick yellow and wait for the paint to dry.
  3. Color black lines over the Popsicle stick after paint is dry. (like a bee)
  4. Cut 1 pipe cleaner in half and curl each half to make fancy antennas.
  5. Use the hot glue gun (adult should probably glue the pieces together) to glue the curled pipe cleaners to the back of the pom-pom.
  6. Glue/stick the eyes (beads/wiggly eyes) to the front of the pom-pom with the help of a grown up.
  7. Glue the head to the Popsicle stick with the help of a grown up.
  8. http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/insects/mbeebookmark.htm or http://pinterest.com/pin/105121954/


My Busy Bees






One Little Bee
One little bee blew and flew.
He met a friend, and that made two.
Two little bees, busy as could be--
Along came another and that made three.
Three little bees, wanted one more,
Found one soon and that made four.
Four little bees, going to the hive.
Spied their little brother, and that made five.
Five little bees working every hour--
Buzz away, bees, and find another flower.รข€™
6 buzzing bumblebees
6 buzzing bumblebees
Flying around the hive
One buzzes off and that leaves 5.
5 buzzing bumblebees
Flying near my door,
1 buzzes off and that leaves 4
4 buzzing bumblebees
Flying around a tree,
1 busses off and that leaves 3
3 buzzing bumblebees
In the sky so blue
1 buzzes of and that leaves 2
2 buzzing bumblebees
Flying by the sun
1 buzzes off and that leaves 1
1 buzzing bumblebee
Looking for some fun
It buzzes off and that leaves none.

One of my goals for the year is to have a fun art project every friday this year. It should be a fun and crafty school year!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Birthday Matryoshka

One of my oldest and dearest friends celebrated her birthday on Wednesday and I wanted to make her something that she couldn't buy in a store and something that is close to her heart. So I decided to make her this cute little matryoshka doll keychain. She is made out of felt and has two seed bead eyes. I think she is adorable.


It took me about an hour or so to make because I was watching one of my favorite movies 
Pride and Prejudice


I love the music and the the look of the movie.
So Beautiful. So Romantic. 

Linking up to some fabulous parties.



Saturday, August 20, 2011

5 Minute Makeover



On your mark get set go...

Minute 1- Gather supplies
frame, fabric, tape, ruler, cutter and cutting mat
 

Minute 2 & 3 - Cut fabric and tape down
I started by centering the mat on the fabric. 
Then I taped the corners down to hold it in place.
Next I used the ruler and cutting wheel to cut an X
on the inside of the mat. 
Finally, I taped all of the sides up.



Minute 4- Put the picture behind the mat and 
put the frame back together. 


Minute 5- Hang the picture up.


This is one of the easiest projects you can do
 (for very little money) with huge impact!

Linking up to the parties listed below

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Root Beer and the First Day of School

Hi Friends,
I really haven't posted much about what my life looks like besides crafting, but I have decided that I am going to write about what we do around the hollow.
Today was our first day of school. I have a 2nd grader and a kindergardener that I teach at home. We did the usual math, reading and writing, but we also had a little fun and brewed our own root beer. A friend of ours asked what we did in school today and Jo said math and reading and when I reminder her about the root beer she stated that that was not school work it was fun. Woo hoo, my plan is working learning can be fun!
 If you want to try to make your own root beer there are many recipes out there but this is the one I picked because it had a root beer history and study questions at the end.


root beer extract, sugar and water 




Jo Jo holding her bottle of root beer
If you have any questions about root beer or homeschooling let me know. I would also love to know if you have tried making home made soda before and how it turned out.


TTFN, Becky

Friday, August 12, 2011

instafriday

We played all day!!!


 Which really means I didn't clean anything...


No dishes...


No freshly made bed...

Sometimes I need a day off.
Do you ever just let it all go?
Please tell me I am not the only one.

Linking up to the instafriday party at Life Rearranged.