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…

Towel Day

May 25, 2012 at 10:37 am | Posted in thrifty projects | Leave a comment

Did you know that May 25th is towel day?  Me either.  My husband texted me from work, wondering if I would hang a towel outside to celebrate.  Being the random person that I am, I picked a lovely blue towel (I love blue!) from the 70s and hung it on a flag post in the front yard.

It has been 6 months since we moved, and I still have a few boxes of things to be sorted and organized, and my hall bathroom is still only 2/3 repainted.  I have spent the last 2 weeks trying to finish things up, and hope to be done by the end of next week – it is not too fun organizing everything, but it will be nice once its done.  And then I can craft again, and finish this: Continue Reading Towel Day…

DIY Pantry Lights

January 18, 2012 at 8:21 am | Posted in for the House, thrifty projects | Leave a comment
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Our house was built in 1971, and apparently the people who built it didn’t like light.  I had a very hard time getting my camera to take a photo of the pantry that wasn’t blacked out – even with all the kitchen lights on that corner stays dark.  The after photo really doesn’t show what a huge difference the lights make – when I stuck everything back in I had almost an extra shelf worth of space, since I could see everything and where it was going.  Being the cheap thrifty person that I am, I didn’t spend $40 on rope lights for my pantry, or even more for a fancy lighting system.   Continue Reading DIY Pantry Lights…

3D Fairy Tale Theater

August 23, 2011 at 9:45 am | Posted in crafts, homeschool, Quiet Activities, thrifty projects | 3 Comments
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Its hard to imagine it, but there was a time, not really that long ago, when kids had to amuse themselves without the internet (late 1980’s,) game systems (1970s,) computers (1950s,) televisions (1920s,) or even radios (1915.)  One of the things that they did was make elaborate paper theaters and dioramas.  And since pretty much everything printed before 1921 is now in the public domain so you can find lots of really neat free printables online. Continue Reading 3D Fairy Tale Theater…

DIY: Refill Lysol no touch hands free soap

June 9, 2011 at 6:00 am | Posted in thrifty projects, totally random | 2 Comments
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In case you didn’t know, I am a couponer.  A few months ago I got a Lysol hands free soap dispenser for $2 -I love it because it helps little hands get the right portion of soap.  I was not going to pay $3-4 for a refill though, when I can buy regular soap for a lot less.  I figured that I could refill it, and was surprised that the cap wouldn’t come off.   I did a quick google search, and found that people either pried the caps off with screwdrivers, drilled holes in the top, or used large plastic syringes to refill.  This way is much quicker, simpler and less messy.

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