Foam Mayflower craft

November 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm | Posted in crafts | 1 Comment
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mayflower foam craft

This is a craft I designed for the annual Thanksgiving celebration I participate in with our local homeschool group.  2 years ago our theme was explorers, and I thought the foam boats would be a fun craft and activity to float in gutters once they were made.  I was searching for something really easy to put together, and inexpensive.  Since I couldn’t find anything like that I designed my own, and was pleased with how well the boats floated due to the lightweight foam.  For that activity I prepared kits in bags containing all the pieces each child would need since we had ~100 participants, but for an individual child or small group of kids you don’t really need to do that.

I used a cut up foam pool float for the inside thick foam to attach the sail to – a pool noodle from the dollar store would work equally well – you just need something to stab the mast (a bamboo skewer) into that is lightweight and can be taped into the bottom of the boat – any kind of styrofoam would work.  The float I found was pink, so I spray painted it brown to match the foam I used, but you could cover it with matching foam if you would like to.  Since I was making 100 kits I decided spray paint would be much easier, and faster.

You can download the free .pdf pattern to make your own here: mayflower craft

mayflower craft | RandomCreativity

From previous years I also have a tutorial to make your own cornhusk doll:

Free corn husk doll directions | randomcreativity

And directions to make a paper pilgrim’s hat:

pilgrim hat






Tardis T-shirt (bleach resist)

July 2, 2015 at 5:32 pm | Posted in crafts | Leave a comment
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This is a repost from 2011, that I am revisiting to make myself a tardis shirt…

I am constantly amazed at how quickly my son goes through clothes, between growing and staining them.  So when I saw Michael’s had plain t-shirts on sale for $2 each, I picked up a bunch, thinking he could just wear them as is.  He would have been fine with that, but I, on the other hand, just couldn’t leave them alone.  And since one of the shirts was black, I decided to try out bleach resist, with a tardis stencil of course.  You could also do planets, a space ship, or the death star.  Or really anything on any other color shirt. Continue Reading Tardis T-shirt (bleach resist)…

Egg Yolks and a Breakfast Casserole Recipe

June 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm | Posted in crafts | Leave a comment

Recently I found myself with 36 egg yolks.  My husband has been following a low calorie diet, and has been eating a lot of egg whites.  Since the equivalent of 7 egg whites is the same price as 18 whole eggs, I figured I would just separate the yolks out myself, and use them for “something” else.

The most yolk-heavy recipe I found used a measly 6 yolks, and yielded 50-60 cookies.  I wouldn’t want 20 cookies in my house, let alone the 350+ I would make to use up all my yolks.

So, this is my new yolk-heavy recipe.  In case anyone else has three dozen egg yolks hanging out in their fridge, just waiting to be cooked.  36 egg yolks is right around 2 cups.  If you only have a dozen or two egg yolks you can easily add whole eggs to make up the difference, a large egg is around 1/4 cup.

  • 2 cups egg yolks
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 lb cheese, shredded (I used a white Monterey Jack, a mozzarella would make it less fattening)
  • 1 lb ground pork, or breakfast sausage
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 bell pepper (or several of the smaller multicolored peppers)
  • (garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, caraway, and charnushka to taste, if using pork)
  1. Cook the sausage or ground pork.  I can’t eat MSG so I make my own sausage scramble by cooking 1 lb of ground pork and adding in sausage spices to taste – super easy.  I use around 1 tbsp garlic powder, 2 tbsp parsley, and 1 tsp each caraway seeds and charnushka.
  2. While the pork is cooking, slice the onion and peppers.  Grease a 13″x9″ baking pan.
  3. Spread the cooked sausage in the bottom of the pan.
  4. Cook the onion and pepper until just done (the onion will be slightly translucent.)
  5. Sprinkle veggies over the meat, followed by the cheese.  Pour the egg yolks (only) evenly over the mixture.
  6. Lightly beat the 4 eggs, and pour them over the top of the mixture.  I put the eggs separately on top so it will look more normal, with the white and yellow mixed.  (That is also why I chose a white cheese.)
  7. Bake at 350* F for 20-30 minutes, until lightly golden and bubbly.

Not the healthiest dish, but a quick way to use up 3 dozen egg yolks 🙂

Ancient Grain Pilaf

August 19, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Posted in crafts | 1 Comment

Ancient Grain Pilaf | Random Creativity


I love to try new things, which sometimes leads to random ingredient purchases that I am not quite sure what to do with.  Last year I bought 1/2 cup of amaranth from the bulk bins at the grocery store, and I loved it.  So I ordered the five pound bag online, and now find myself with a surplus of amaranth sitting in the pantry. Continue Reading Ancient Grain Pilaf…

Lemon or Lime Shaved Ice

August 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Posted in crafts | Leave a comment

lemon or lime shaved ice - Random Creativity Recipes

Refreshing treat during the 10 hot summer months we experience each year here in the south 🙂 Its quick and easy to toss together. You will need an ice shaver. I like it really tart, you can make it milder by adjusting the amounts of sugar and lime juice.

  • 6 -8 ice cubes
  • teaspoons sugar (or splenda)
  • teaspoons lemon juice or teaspoons lime juice
  1. Shave the ice in an ice shaver, into a cup.
  2. Sprinkle the sugar on top of the ice.
  3. Pour the lime juice on top of the sugar.
  4. Using a spoon, incorporate the gooey lime-sugar mixture into the ice. Enjoy!

Corn Husk Dolls

November 6, 2012 at 11:01 am | Posted in crafts, homeschool, printable | 3 Comments
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I love hands-on activities for school – it is much easier to remember learning something if it is fun.  Corn husk dolls are a fun way to learn a little bit about the handmade toys used by native Americans, so they are a great project for making around Thanksgiving. The dolls are pretty easy to make, and are surprisingly durable.  It took my seven year old son 15 minutes to make his doll unaided. Continue Reading Corn Husk Dolls…

Indian Banana Leaf Puppets

October 5, 2012 at 11:49 am | Posted in crafts, homeschool, Postcrossing, printable, thrifty projects | Leave a comment
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This week we are learning about India in the home school co-op that I participate in.  Since I am teaching that class, I went to and wrote to someone in each country we will be “visiting” to see if we could exchange postcards.   As postcrossing is a postcard exchange site almost everyone I contacted was happy to exchange cards, and the member in India exchanged souvenirs as well as postcards.  One of the souvenirs was a set of banana leaf puppets.  I looked for information about banana leaf puppets online (I even used google translate to search in Hindi and Urdu) and was absolutely amazed that I couldn’t find anything.

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Melted crayons southern summer style

August 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Posted in crafts, homeschool, Quiet Activities, thrifty projects | Leave a comment
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Melting old crayons isn’t anything new.  I picked up a set of clearance silicone ice cube trays just so we could melt crayons.  Being my weird self I decided to try and melt them in the sun, just because I could.  And wouldn’t you know, it worked.  My son absolutely LOVED doing this activity – it took him an hour to peel and arrange his crayon pieces in the ice cube tray (he was being very particular) and he spent at least an hour after they were finished, admiring them and eventually coloring. Continue Reading Melted crayons southern summer style…

Newspaper seed starter pots

August 9, 2012 at 7:02 am | Posted in crafts, garden | 1 Comment
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In December my family moved from a small 2 bedroom apartment into a 3 bedroom house on 1/2 an acre.  I was thrilled to finally have a yard, and had just enough time to get seeds started for a summer garden.  Being the cheap person that I am, I decided to make my own seed starter pots from newspaper.  Since buying a $30 gadget to make my own newspaper pots hardly seems cost effective, I used a toilet paper tube as my mold.

Continue Reading Newspaper seed starter pots…

Using Sure Cuts a Lot with Windows 8

August 1, 2012 at 6:13 am | Posted in crafts | 12 Comments

My husband is a geek, and constantly updates all our technology.  As frustrating as I find it to be constantly relearning things as they change, most things do actually work better once you get used to the new versions.  A month or so ago my husband upgraded our desktop to Windows 8, which I think is still in beta mode.  I found that my sure cuts a lot program wouldn’t work with my cricut, but it turned out to be pretty much the same problem we had with windows 7. Continue Reading Using Sure Cuts a Lot with Windows 8…

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