Review: Redo Your Room- 50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do in a Weekend

Redo Your Room

Do you have a teen or tween daughter who is looking for some ideas to tweak her bedroom?  I think you’ll really enjoy this book review today of Redo Your Room- 50 Bedroom DIYS You Can Do in a Weekend.  It’s published by FaithGirlsz by Zonderkidz.  The book is a handy small size, paperback, 127 pages, and in full color! My daughters and I definitely had fun looking through the different ideas and thinking through which ones they would like to {Read More}

Tutorial: Charlie Brown t-shirt

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  My oldest son just finished playing Charlie Brown in the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”  Since my two littlest kids were going to help usher and pass out programs, I made Charlie Brown t-shirts for them.  It’s the easiest costume in the world to make, and they looked adorable! 1. Find a bright yellow t-shirt (we found ours at Wal-Mart). 2. Put black duct tape on it in a zig zag shape. And if you love doing {Read More}

“X” is for Xylography–Making Homemade Christmas Cards

I learned a new word recently that starts with “X”: Xylography, which is the art of wood engraving in order to print with it!  Xylography is the oldest know relief printmaking technique.  It started in China, and then spread to Europe.   If you’d like to read all about what we did with Xylography, head over to Upside-Down Homeschooling, where I’m guest posting today!   (Linked to Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-up, Mama Moments Monday Link-up,

Collage Friday: 3rd Birthday, Lilla Rose, 4th of July Vacation and Crafts!

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I have LOTS of great photos to share with you today. But before I do, will you please take a moment and head over to Circle of Moms to vote for me. Can we make it to 100 votes this weekend? Thanks! My youngest son turned 3 this week. He got some fun sand box toys, a butterfly net, and some counting/patterning bears that he calls “gummy bears!”   We spent Fourth of July week at my in-laws’ lake house {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge- Rag Quilt Potholder sewing kit

I joined another Busy Bag Swap, actually, two of them!  So, I’ll be sharing lots of ideas in the coming weeks.  Here is the activity I included in the Elementary Craft Bag swap: How to sew a Rag Quilt Potholder.  See below for the instructions that were included.  These Rag Quilt kits would also be great to make for Christmas Presents or to include in a travel bag or to keep those hands busy during read-aloud time!       {Read More}

Collage Friday- Father Son Camp and Fall Crafts

Last weekend was my sons’ favorite weekend of the year!  The Father Son Camp.  There they experience camping in the cold (we bought some better sleeping bags this year), zipline, archery, shooting guns, and the all-time favorite Paintball!  The upper right picture is one of my eldest with an orange paintball mark on his head.  They also had great speakers this year.  The theme was integrity, and there were opportunities for the fathers to have some good talks with their {Read More}

Free Crafting and Sewing Patterns

Ready to start some new projects for this fall?  Here are some great FREE patterns!  And there are lots more on their site. (Just requires a simple sign-up.  I have a separate hotmail email address for sign-ups like these. ) Cute clutch to sew:   For the fall sports events–throw and tote:   Get Ready for Christmas:   Quiliting:   Sunbonnet Sue:   Crochet and Knit: (contains affiliate links)

I Spy Bag–Pinterest Challenge

Here are the I Spy Bags I made for a Busy Bag Swap. I sewed 25 of these! They are filled with Poly Beads and lots of little objects. Most were found around the house: pennies, paper clips, pieces of ribbon, brads, beads, broken crayons, buttons, safety pins, etc. I used gauge 4 clear vinyl, which sewed up great with my Bernina and jeans needles. The outside fabric was a very soft fleece. These were inspired by this pin and {Read More}

Quiet Books

Ever since my first child was born, I’ve wanted to make a quiet book.  When I started pinning things on Pinterest a few months ago, I renewed my desire.  However, every time I started to think it though I’d get discouraged by how much work and time it would take to complete a full book.  But now I have now found a way to do it!  Rebecca at Better Life Bags blog has put together a Quiet Book Page Swap. {Read More}

Desert Unit Study and Lapbook

Deserts Unit Study & Lapbook

We have completed our unit study on Deserts.  I’m glad my 7 yo son suggested it; we had a lot of fun! First, here are some pictures of our diorama of the Sonoran Desert (of Arizona and Northern Mexico): The four older kids chose what they wanted to make to put in the box.  We have desert tortoises, a barrel cactus, saguaro cactus, tarantulas, a coyote, a wolf spider, a Gila monster, a rattlesnake, a spadefoot toad, a roadrunner, and {Read More}