Math, engineering, home ec and Motrin.

And coffee. Lots of coffee.
Today I thought I’d be a “cool mom” and turn this toddler tent craft into our schoolwork for the day.
It seemed simple enough. Take a set of old sheets, make some rectangles, sew them together, and drape over a card table.
There would be measuring, math, home economics, engineering, design, graphic, learning to scale, and…
Motrin. Lots and lots of Motrin. And Coffee. Let us NOT forget the coffee.
Taderbug got to use my new machine since it has the ability to step along really really slowly.
Doodlebug was all work on my old machine. She impressed me today! She paid attention to measurements, did the math, and spent 20 minutes rethreading the machine when it jammed.
We also learned that hand me down measuring tapes that are SO old that they aren’t even plastic tend to shrink over time and will ruin your measurements by a lot. We’re talking 1/2 ” here! I hated to toss it but I didn’t want to accidently use it.
Even Lil Man got in on the action! It’s not child labor if it’s educational right?
Well, here’s our tent. Two doors, two windows and tons of fun. The girls put a couple books on the table to the top would stick up like a princess castle. I’m pretty sure there is a camp out planned for tonight.
Hubby thinks I should make them (without the child labor) and sell them. I think that means he likes it. I like it when he likes my stuff.
Blogging from my Android….probably from the bathroom.

Passing Down the Machine

14 years ago…
(I feel a little Abe Lincoln here…)
my very new hubby did a very stupid thing and took his Sears card for a drive, buying me fancy schmancy sewing machine. (The gift was nice… using the credit card was stooooopid)
Five years ago, he sprung for a serger.
This past Mother’s Day, he upgraded me to a Singer Futura Embroidery Machine.
Yea, he’s a keeper.
Since the new machine is also a sewing machine, a fancy schmancy one at that, my poor little Kenmore machine is wrapped in plastic on the shelf waiting for someone to love it again.
The someone is here, in the house, I have just been waiting for her to grow up enough to sit still and pay attention.
This week, I let her sit and practice (on my new machine! *gasp*) sewing straight lines.  She’s going to make me crazy asking to do it again.  I need to sit with her this time, because she got excited and started stitching all my scraps together willy nilly like and stopped paying attention to what she was doing.
I might be crazy, but she really wants to learn.  So for Christmas, in her stocking, she will be getting her first measuring tape, some pins, a pin cushion, and a seam ripper.  She will also get full on access to Momma’s Sewing Machine… the first one.
I think I might print her off some of these starter projects and put them in a binder for her.

Did you teach your kid to sew? How old were they? Do you know of a fun/easy sewing idea?

Salt Dough Ornaments… 2010

We tried these one a few years ago.  I mentioned them in a post back then, but didn’t include pictures. They were THAT BAD.
Older, somewhat wiser, and with another adult (Daddy) nearby, we set out to try again this year.  Using Super Mommy’s recipe we gave it another go…
In the oven
I won’t depress you with the details of the crying and sudden onset of “angry mom” that occurred during the rolling and cutting of the ornaments. We’ll just start with the purty ornaments you see in the oven there.
I haven’t decided if they will get to paint them or not. We may just leave them plain and use yarn instead of ribbon for the loop.  We have a bit of a Little House in the Big Woods theme going on with presents this year and leaving them “raw” seems fitting.

Why yes, that IS a Christmas Lizard, and Holiday Whale, and a Hanukkah  Flamingo and a Ho Ho Ho Pterodactyl.  Don’t ask.

and in case you were wondering…

Cinnamon Roll Ornament

Thanks Super Mommy!

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Letters to Jesus

Kids LOVE writing Letters to Santa. Kids will take any and every opportunity to tell you what they want…and MUST have.
This year, at our house, if you want to write Santa, you have to write Jesus first.  You have to write and ask Him to bless someone ELSE.
I created a letter for each of my kids.  Feel free to click the words below to download your own pdf copy.

Letter to Jesus Cursive

Letter to Jesus Trace

Letter to Jesus Solid

A few Saturday Christmas crafts

I was trying to find a few easy Christmas crafts I might could do with the kids this weekend that wouldn’t end with me wanting to stuff them all in a box and ship them to my aunt in New Mexico.  (She lives the farthest away)
I thought I’d share them with you since most are easy paper projects with things you might already have laying around….or you can easily substitute with something else.
Paper Sphere Ornaments
Paper Ball Ornaments
Coffee Filter Christmas Trees
3D Stars
Origami Boxes… great for gifts or for decorations!
I’ll post pics if we get anything finished!

Bubbles and Trays

We have a store downtown called Main Street Discount.  I L to the OVE this store!  I picked up some awesome heavy denim fabric (on an commercial roll) for $4 a yard!  We also get cheap restaurant take out containers that I use instead of the fancy plastic wear from the grocery store.
On our last visit we came across these restaurant trays for only $4!!  Hubby knew they wouldn’t fit in our oven and couldn’t imagine what I wanted them for but he bought me two of them anyway.
We have used them for flash freezing veggies, beading, crafting and today we entertained our tot with measuring cups full of bubbles from the sink!

Indian Headdress: A Thanksgiving Craft

One of our easy Thanksgiving Day crafts this year was our Indian Headdresses.

First I doodled up some feathers!

You can download my pdf file here :Feathers
I gave each girl 3 printouts (6 feathers total) for our craft and sent them off to color them in however they wanted.  We had some pretty wild feathers before we were done! Then they cut them out.
I took a paper grocery bag and cut off the top, roughly 2-3 inches wide.

After sizing it to my kid’s noggin I used my stapler to form a simple headband.
**Make sure to staple the TOP of the staples to the inside, so it doesn’t scratch their head. YES, you can use tape or glue, however thanks to my recent swapping of craft room and school room I cannot find either**
Next, I folded all the little feathers somewhere along the mid line just to help them stand up better.

Then I stapled them to the inside back of the headbands.

Easy peasy…  now to send my little Pocahontas Girls out to play!

A Thanksgiving Coloring Prompt: Food

What food are you thankful for?
Today we are coloring plates full of our favorite foods!

Join in by downloading our Thankful for our Food Coloring Page


Here is what my girls are thankful for:
This is Taderbug’s. She is thankful for chicken nuggets, oranges, spaghetti, peas, and hmmm… maybe those are raisins.
My Doodlebug is thankful for green beans, chicken, oranges and juice.  There is more on this plate but she ran off before I could get the details.
If your little ones would like to share what they are thankful for link up with the Mr. Linky below!  I’d love to see what they doodle!

Custom shoe designs

Due to a painful comment from Taderbug where she told me I NEVER did anything fun with them, I broke out the crafty stuffs and plopped down on the kitchen floor for some fun.
In the end I cried and tried not to yell as they both abandoned me half-craft to go play with their friends and left me to clean up.
I saw the idea for Modge Podge Shoes over on Ashley’s blog Make It and Love It a while ago.  When I stumbled upon some canvas tennies at that big WAL-store for $1 I snagged the girls each a pair with full intentions of making them skirts and matching shoes.
I plan to do a lot of things.  Much of it is on my Round Tuits list.
So I pulled out the shoes and some tubs of scrap fabric, my modge podge and some paint brushes and we went to town.
That is, until they thought their friends might be home and they left me to go back outside and play.  You know, me and my glue and brushes and scraps all sprawled out on the floor waiting for me to pick them up. Yea… cuz kids ROCK like that.
Here’s where they stopped:

What craft have you been dumped in the middle of?  Do you try to stick to quick crafts?  How do you motivate your kids to stick to a craft that requires time and patience?