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…

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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.

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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…

Tardis T-shirt (bleach resist)

July 26, 2012 at 10:18 am | Posted in crafts | Leave a comment
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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 the tutorial on randomcreativity.net – sorry for the inconvenience, but I have moved to my own domain 🙂

Masculine Card

July 10, 2012 at 10:29 am | Posted in crafts | Leave a comment
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I know its a little late for Fathers Day this year, but I can never think of good cards to make for guys, and the idea is so clever I’m sure you can use it for numerous other occasions. Continue Reading Masculine Card…

Homeschool Daily Planner

June 23, 2012 at 8:38 am | Posted in homeschool, printable | Leave a comment
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Its that time of year again, where as a homeschooling mom I go through everything we’ve done for school over the past year, and prepare for the coming year.  I designed a weekly planner page last year, but it didn’t work out as well as I’d like since we normally do a 4 day school week.  With this simple page, I can overview 2 weeks at once for record keeping purposes, and by printing on both sides of the page I only need one sheet of paper for four weeks.  For me, the simpler it is, the more likely I am to actually use it. Continue Reading Homeschool Daily Planner…

Tamales

June 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Food | 3 Comments
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My husband’s grandmother taught me how to make tamales a few years ago.  It is a little time consuming, but they are delicious and the recipe makes a huge batch of tamales so its well worth the extra time and effort required.  My sister was visiting this week, so I decided to make a batch of tamales since they go much quicker with two people rolling them out. Continue Reading Tamales…

Towel Day

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

framing skeleton keys without using glue

May 15, 2012 at 10:51 am | Posted in crafts, for the House | 2 Comments
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I love old keys, locks, and watches.  Skeleton keys especially fascinate me, and I think they look lovely framed on the wall.  But every tutorial or idea I found either involved tying a ribbon to the keys, or gluing them down.   I wanted a cleaner look than ribbon or twine, and I just couldn’t glue my old keys in case it ruins the patina.

 

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My Paper Adventure

May 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Posted in crafts, Quiet Activities | Leave a comment
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A while ago I was looking for easy, small quiet activities for my son, and decided to make him a paper theater type of adventure.  Its not really a paper doll, its a paper action hero.  I love that he comes with radio operator, aviator, and astronaut outfits.  Plenty of stuff for hours of imaginative play.  He could easily be printed on magnet paper for play on the fridge, or printed onto transfer paper to be ironed on felt for a flannel board.  The boy is from a series published in 1925 and the artwork was done by Orpha Klinker – it is now in the public domain. Continue Reading My Paper Adventure…

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