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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 13, Paint Swirled Clear Ornaments

Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,

This is a fun and expensive project for your little kids. I found clear plastic Christmas ornaments at the dollar store packaged 2 for $1 and I already had the paint. 

Open the top of the ornament and squirt in your paint (2 or 3 colors work best) Add a drop or 2 of water to thin out the paints slightly.  Add the ornament toppers back on and SHAKE. 

If your kids are very little you and tape the topper back on while they shake so they do not get paint all over their hands (Grayson did! 😉 ) My big kids even made one each!!

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 6, Nativity Color Sheet

Luke 1:37 -For nothing is impossible with God.


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Every day, I try to take time out for me. …. Reading a book or magazine, writing a note to a friend or even coloring. (Yes, mamas can still color and this one does.

Here is a FREE download of a Nativity color page for you today. Enjoy the Day! 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 5, Pine Cone Ornaments

Luke 1:32 -He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,


 I love creating inexpensive (and free) projects with my crew. We gathered pine cone from Nana’s yard and took school glue and glitter powder and made a dozen new ornaments for our Christmas tree. 

These are very simple. You can paint or use any kind of glitter. We then hot glued twine to the top and added a bow.  And boy, do these sparkle once hung on the tree. 

 

 

  

 

2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 4, Discovering Education – Creating a Nativity craft

Luke 1:31 -You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.


Time for a little creativity. We are using Dollar $$ store tongue depressors and twine, paint and pipe cleaners out of our craft stash.   Every item that we used (minus the hot glue gun) can be picked up at a Dollar store to keep this craft inexpensive. 

You will need:

  • 6 tongue depressors
    (3 whole, 3 cut in half
    and one half cut again in half)
  • Hot Glue works best – But if not available, use school glue
  • Twine, scissors, 1 gold or silver pipe cleaner, sharpie marker, and paint
  1. Assemble the Manger using 3 whole and 2 half depressors. 
  2. Add Mary and Joseph
  3. Wrap twine around baby Jesus and glue together cradle and baby Jesus to the Manger. 
  4. Add angel to the top and create a halo with pipe cleaners.
  5. Paint and add faces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Christmas – Advent Day 2, Nativity Craft

December 2:

Luke 1:28 – The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”


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Make a craft today. I love creating things… especially things with my kids.

Here is a 1 page print out of a nativity scene for you. We made this many years ago and still print it out every year for my kiddoes. 

The download is free. Print on cardstock,  cut out the paper dolls and tape them to popsicle sticks.  (This year we are laminating ours too). This is a GREAT way for younger kids to retell the birth of Jesus through the season.  

2018 Christmas – Advent Day 1 – 3D stars

Matthew 1:23 – “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”


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As Advent begins in our home for this season, so does the decorating. Today, we are hanging up decorations in my both my classroom and around the house. The goal is not to just decorate for the birth of Jesus and celebrate Him, but to also be together as a family. 

We are cutting out 3-D stars to hang behind me in my classroom in Christmas paper. We have included a pattern to download above. 5 cutouts make one star.  The solid lines are the cuts and the dotted lines are the folds. 

We have found that HOT GLUE works best to hold these together. Be careful with those little fingers. 

We chose to use a twine to tie around them to hang. You can hot glue a ribbon and make them into ornaments or you could make some and leave them in a bowl as a centerpiece. 

 

 

 

 

 

The smell of fall – simmering potpourri

I love having a wood stove. I grew up with them at my parent’s house as well. When Larry and I looked for a stove to have put into our home (Yes, our huge house only had “fake” heating  fireplaces – Propane burning ones and a chimney for a pellet stove.) We had to get something in that was more economical for our family size. And not letting us run through our propane every winter.

I love the fact that the woodstove that we got has 2 cooking burners on top. I keep a water kettle on there all of the time.  I even fixed some elderberry tea with that heated water this morning from off of the woodstove. That is a different story altogether.

We have already simmered soup on the coldest rainy day so far this season. Our season has not gotten cold during the day, however, when you are up at 3 am and the temperature outside is at freezing or so, a nice fireplace is well worth it especially when I have turned the heater OFF!!!

Since as far back as I can remember, I always try and simmer some potpourri on my stove or in a mini-crock. This season, I have an old pot that I have been putting goodies in on the wood stove on the other

burner.  This has worked out great and when I want to simmer something else, it is simple to jest set the potpourri pot to the side. 

Eucalyptus, lemongrass, and clove

This morning, I added cloves, dried lemongrass and dried eucalyptus. 

 

For each of the following recipes, I add about 4 cups of water in my stove pot or mini crockpot and then the plants/herbs/fruit. 

After 1 hour, the mixture is simmering down.

Better Breathing

  • 1/4 cup eucalyptus
  • 2T lemongrass
  • 2T whole cloves

 

Fall is HERE 

  • 1 orange (Peel and Fruit), sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon cloves, whole 
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Open your Mind

  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Apple Harvest Spice

  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

Fresh and clean

  • 1 lemon, sliced (peel and fruit)
  • 1/2 cup of eucalyptus leaves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chai Tea Potpourri

  • 1T Vanilla extract
  • 1t  cinnamon
  • 1t cloves
  • 1t allspice,
  • 1/2 t black pepper,
  • 1/2 t ginger,
  • 1/2 t coriander seed,
  • 1t mace,
  • 1 star anise

If you want, you can throw in a few black tea bags and use this as a chai tea base too. Strain and mix with milk. 

Thankful Jar 2018

We do this project every year to make a fun and interesting month. Each night, I have each of my kids write one thing that they are thankful for, their name and the date that they wrote it and put it in the jar. On the last day of the month, I have them gather and we read everything that was written together as a family. 

Not only does this give a good homeschooling writing skills to my younger kids, but it allows them to focus on positive only.  For my older kids, this help them explore some of their creativity by having them write memories.

This is a FUN and EASY project to create.  I personally created a label with vinyl on a jar that we can use year after year using a pattern that was in the Cricut system. 

You do not have to use vinyl or even a cricut machine. You can cut a simple tag and tie on the top of the jar with ribbon or yarn. You could use letter stickers. You could add fake leaves or flowers or you could just leave it plain. 

 

Here is a step by step of creating with vinyl: 

DIY Jellyfish Halloween costume

What you will need:

  • White or clear solid colored umbrella
  • Battery powered tea lights
  • White tulle, streamers, and curling ribbon
  • Clear shipping tape
  • Glowstick
  • XL googly eyes

Start with taping the googly eyes on the umbrella. Then, tape the battery pack to the umbrella and wrap the string of lights around.  Then hang and wrap the ribbons, tulle and streamers to make the tentacles.  This is a fast and inexpensive costume. Many items can be found at the dollar store.

 

 

 

Cricut Explore Air 2 – Game Changer for our homeschool and other projects

I have always been a crafter, but most of that has gone the wayside with 7 kids in the house and working, homesteading, etc. And not wanting to scrapbook and see all of the memories of Breckin. That was way too hard in the beginning of the grieving process. Pictures are coming out, Albums are being put together and memories are being made. 

In my “past life” I taught scrapbooking classes for several different companies (when Griffen was a baby – so about 16 years ago). One flew me around the country several times a month for over a year to teach other consultants how to run their classes.

I have 40+ cricut cartridges and several machines in the top of the closet in the hall.  But, dragging them out of the hall closet, finding the right cartridge, the process was long and crazy. And it took over what ever table that I set it up on.



I needed to revisit my creative outlet and get going again. 

So this new Cricut is a game changer!!! I picked it up on Amazon (Link below) for about $300. Yes, I know….$$$

But since it’s arrival, I have made props for my classroom, the kids started their lapbook projects on the states for our homeschooling, I have our vacation t-shirts designed. I even loaded the VIPKid logo in and cut a few IRON-ON for my orange t-shirts!!! I have so many ideas for home designs and there are even some simplicity patterns that you can purchace and be able to cut with this. I have it on my printer shelf next to my laser printer. 

And the best part is that the design process is online. I can start a design, and then save and revisit it later. I don’t lose anything and since time to do “crafty” things in my house is limited, I am able to come back to projects and cut them out when I have time. 

 

PHONE APP!!!!!

AND There is a PHONE APP! So when I am sitting in the car, waiting for one of the kids in their many activities, I can design something and then cut it when I get home!!! 

 

You can use it with your current cricut cartridges AND/OR pay a monthly subscription plan (if you plan on using it) and get 50,000 graphics to be able to cut. You can also purchase PRE-DESIGNED PROJECTS! 

(YES, It cuts Vinyl, magnet, cardstock, leather, fabric, felt, paper, burlap, birch, denim. There is even a slot for pens to draw some of the parts of your projects – I haven’t even tried that one yet.) Here is a link to all of the materials that you can cut with it: https://help.cricut.com/help/cricut-explore-materials-settings

I am thinking wooden signs with vinyl cutouts for the kids’ animals for the fair next year!!!

 

Oh, WHY did I not do this sooner!?!? So here is the link, my friends!!! GAME CHANGER for your crafting needs!!!