Thank you letters for little ones (or for those who want to do it fast!)

>> Thursday, December 31, 2009


 This is a re-post. I noticed all the thank you letters for kidlets popping up around the internet and thought I would share the ones I made for my boys this last year. I print them out on colored card stock or post card paper from avery.

 There is so few words to fill in that even a kindergartner can do it with some help. 

I mail them like post cards. Depending on your local postal system, you may get them returned to you unless they are exactly the right size and weight. My old town refused to send them (they returned 24 post card invitations one time AFTER the stamps had gone through thier machine)  so I would have to go to the next town over to mail them.. I think someone in the post office was having a major power trip! I have noticed that the smalleer towns are more particular. I think the larger post offices don't have the time to be picky. I just hate that they make me pay for mailing them twice! LOL!

If you use them, let me know what you think.

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See my progress

>> Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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Another flood?

>> Wednesday, December 16, 2009

 "Mommy..." my Eldest asked on our way back from the store yesterday.
"Yes?"
"I don't want to be here where Jesus is King on Earth." he declared.
"Really?" I asked puzzled and wondering where this was going.
"Yeah, because it is going to rain for 1,000 years."
I glaced at him through the review mirror with a puzzled look.
"Daddy said there is going to be a 1,000 year rain, that will make a really bad flood."
I smiled.
Then proceeded to explain that the thousand year REIGN was when Jesus is the ruler on earth for one thousand years.
DH and I got a good chuckle out of that last night after the little ones had one to bed.


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Great no-cost wrapping paper idea at *paper n stitch*

>> Tuesday, December 15, 2009


paper n stitch – Cheap and Chic Gift Wrapping Idea - A daily dose of handmade, design, and style inspiration

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What I've been up to... (Part 3)

>> Friday, December 11, 2009

While I have been surfing the web attempting to learn the web-gibberish necessary to improve this blog, I have also been ...

...Satiating my need for a baby


Isn't she beautiful?

 

 


Someday I will (Lord willing) have another baby, but for now a baby kitty will have to do.


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What I've been up to... (Part 2)

>> Thursday, December 10, 2009

What I've been up to... (Part 1)

While I have been surfing the web attempting to learn the web-gibberish necessary to improve this blog, I have also been ...

...Crafting and Sewing


Pet Rock Magnets*
The boys and I made these as party favors
for the 1970's party we gave my mother.


Victoran Hat Christmas Ornament*
Handmade.
The frame is made from items in my recycle box!



Decorative "Guest" Bath Towel*
Christmas Gift for DH's Grandmother


I had fun making this.
Loved matching the colors.
The inside of the flower is a crocheted coil.
I think it adds nice texture.



Candy Bouquet*
This was a fun treat for my boys.
They have dubbed them "Candy Meteors"!




These are candy bars made into roses.
It can be done with almost any candy.
Makes a fun valentine gift-- even for the guy!


Click to see this larger!
This was a BLAST to make.
Simple and only ONE seam on the sewing machine!
This Birthday Banner* has been up for 3 birthdays now.
I wanna make one that says "Merry Christmas" next!


Boys Indian Pouch*
THIS IS NOT A PURSE! LOL!
I made this is a Kindergarden Sunday School class full of boys.
They thought it was "so cool."
My inspiration was Pa Ingles' "Shot Pouch"
In "Little House on the Prairy."
It was the holder for the matching game (shown below)
This was very easy. NO SEWING.



This is a handmade matching game.*
The most expensive part was the stickers
(not an issue if you have some on hand)
I took a bunch more pictures,
but this is the only one that turned out. (*POUT*)
All the items with an astric (*) are potential tutorials. If any of them interest you, let me know! I'll post those first.

More to come...

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What I've been up to... (Part 1)


 While I have been surfing the web attempting to learn the web-gibberish necessary to improve this blog, I have also been ...

...sporting a new hair do.




This is a photo my munchkin took- Can you tell?
As I have mentioned before, I love long hair but had damaged mine with a perm.
I didn't mind cutting it 'cause I knew  I would grow it long again.

...Cooking


Apple Peel Jelly*

Optimis Prime Cake*

...Crocheting



Sunflower Washi (my own design)*


The Best Ever Potholder!*
I recieved this (and it's two sisters) as a wedding gift.
They were hand made for me by a 12 year old girl from my husband's church.
They have lasted longer than all the store bought ones I recieved!
I am in the process of reverse engineering the pattern to make some more.


...teaching my boys

Homeemade theatre* made from cardboard


The inside.
 Complete with a curtain that the performer can see through,
but not the audience.
And a string that pulls the curtain back when the act starts.


Here are my boys decorating the outside..
This was part of our art class,
but I used it as a character developement exercize.
The boys have a hard time working together and sharing,
so I switched them around and had them draw in between
 where the other had perviously.
That way, there wasn't "my side" and "his side."
Also the Elder had a hard time accepting
 the Little One "messing up" his work.
It is not that he was drawing on top if his brother's work, just between,
but the Elder is SUCH a perfectinist, it was a BIG stretch for him!
We had to stop a few times and talk about attitude and being kind!


Learning about traditions (Social Studies)
Click on this worksheet to see what we are learning about.
Feel free to use it with your own munchkins!
Keep it--- it will be fun to look back at
when little ones are grown.

...Thrifting

Handmade rug-hooked potholders
Found at my very favorite thrift store called "H20" (Help-2-Others)
50 cents for a set of three!
These are going on my wall,
as they match my livingroom colors.

Here's the back.
I have been studying it trying to figure out how they finished it.


Vintage Craft Magazines
Purchased at St. Vincen't DePaul
Their craft books are $3.99 each (ouch!)
But their craft magazines are only $.49 each.
Even with the high price of the craft books, I still often buy them.
They have the best selection in the area
and they cost about the same as I would pay for SHIPPING
if I ordered off AMAZON.com


All the items with an astric (*) are potential tutorials. If any of them interest you, let me know! I'll post those first.

More to come...
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So when the dish soap freezes should I worry about the pipes?

>> Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It is FU-RU-EE-EE-ZU-ING!
... down to 8 degrees last night.

Now I know that all you "northerners" just scoffed.
Before you think we are all major wimps, let me explain...

This is Oregon. It RAINS here. It MAYBE snows less then one inch about one or two days of the year. (not even any snow right now!)

We are used to 40 degree weather.

We are simply not PREPARED for the COLD.

Case in point: my wood stove keeps us warm when it gets down to 30 degrees. However, the past few days, we have had to close off all rooms EXCEPT the livingroom, and use the fireplace AND a space heater just to keep the room bareable. And I am typing this wearing two dresses, a wool sweater and insulated socks --while the sun is shining on me through the window! The stove just can't keep up.

Our whole family is sleeping in the livingroom in front of the fire place!

Houses HERE are simply not built for this kind of weather....

By the way, ever tried to cook in a freezing cold kitchen? It is almost impossible to wash dishes with frozen dish soap. Did you know that pam spray goes out in a solid stream when it's freezing? LOL! We usually have cereal for breafast. We have been eating a lot of HOT eggs. The kitches IS THE FRIDGE! Atleast I know that if I leave food out too long it won't go bad.

We have learned a few things about our new house. The kitchen needs insulated (it is the old garage). We need to replace the vintage windows (*pout*). There is no weather stripping around our front door. I am hoping that I can convince DH not to get rid of ALL the items that make our house unique (ie the vintage, original-to-the-house stuff).

One a side note, one nice thing about NOT being OCD is I don't really care about the fact that this is screwing up what is "normal"! I am having a great time!

Oh, and about the pipes...
my Hero Plumber (DH) says they are fine-- for now!


Ahhhh... that's more like it.
The cold where it belongs... in the MOUNTAINS.
So I get go home when I have had enough!
(photo: Mt. Hood as seen from Portland, Oregon-- source)
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Truth be told, I am never happy.

>> Saturday, December 5, 2009

Never.

No matter what I have, or where I am; no matter what I am doing.

I am always dissatisfied with life.

It's not that I am hard to please. Or that I want more THINGS.

Mostly, I am continuously dissatisfied with WHO I AM.

I am not who I want to be.

But I really don't know who I want to be.

I want more out of lfe, but I don't know what.

But what ever it is, I will not be satisfied without it.

And I feel I will never find it.

I SHOULD be very happy. I have a loving husband, two sweet kids, decent health, sufficient resources, so on. As far as WORLDLY possessions go, I am fine.

But in the deep recesses of my heart, I feel incomplete.

And I am forever asking, "WHY?"

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Just a thought to share

>> Thursday, December 3, 2009


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Wordless Wednesday

>> Wednesday, December 2, 2009


 link to pack man ring set

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