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Creating Garden Gnome Costumes

gnome costume - krisandlarry.comI was honored to be able to make our annual family costumes. Every year we do a theme for the family (this year it is for all 16 of us – our family of 10, my sister Jen and her family and my parents)… This year, Mazy’s (my dad’s gun and cigar store) has one of the business booths at the community “Trunk or Treat” event put on by the Town of Chino Valley

For the boys, we made tunics and beards, both out of felt. They are wearing sweat shirts and pants under. We made belts as well to go around the tunics.

For the girls, we made knee length skirts and shawls. They are also wearing sweatsuits under their outfits.

Everyone is getting a gnome hat as well.

 

Directions:

The tunics are rectangle pieces of felt with ovals cut out for the head openings.

The beards are white felt cut in the shape of a beard with layers of white felt cut with one wavy side and sewn across over lapping. Then, we added a piece of Velcro onto the front on each side at the top to Velcro the beards to the hats.

The belts are just long pieces of fabric tied in the back.

Belt Buckles are pieces of foam core cut and spray painted silver.

The girls’ skirts are just simple  elastic skirts and I added a shawl of felt. We also cut and ironed on fabric mushrooms on some of the costumes.

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Essential Oil Tuesday – Homeschooling FUN – Gluten-Free Playdoh (play dough) + essential oils

  • Glute Free Dye Free Play Dough - www.krisandlarry.com1/2 cup white rice flour (You can use brown rice flour as well – I did when I ran our of white)
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 4 drops Essential oils  (Peace and Calm  or even lavender – works wonders on my kids)
  • Several drops of food coloring or 1-2teaspoons of natural dyes made from dried veggies. See Below!

We don’t use processed dyes in our home, however, my sister made us natural dyes from dehydrating and grinding up vegetables.  You can add several drops of dye OR a teaspoon of ground dried beets(for red) or dried ground carrots (for orange), spinach (for green). The natural dyes will not be as vibrant, but OH MYYY! SO much healthier. In our photo, we used 2 teaspoons of dried ground beets.

Mix together all ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until it forms a ball. Cool completely before storing in a air tight container.

I get all of my essential oils through Young Living because they are the highest grade that you can get… Safe for my whole family. visit www.youngliving.com/krismazy for more information.

Spaceman Word Spacer – homeschooling

ABM_1408404168I am always looking for ways to help my munchkins on writing.  When I was student teaching, the kindergarten teacher had these COOL SPACEMEN word spacers to help the kids learn to space their word when they write.

You will need a clothes pin, white paint, sky blue paint, a red and black sharpie.

 

SIMPLE!

  • Paint your clothes pin white.
  • Let dry.
  • Add a blue semi-circle for the helmet.
  • Draw your clothes (follow my sample if you need help) using the sharpie.
  • Repeat on the back side of the clothespin.

This serves as a little reminder that there are spaces between each word while your littles are writing. My 3rd grader just pins it to the top of his paper. My 1st graders use it while they are practicing writing.

To use, have the kiddling write their first word. Please the spaceman on their paper after the word and then start writing their next word. It puts a finger wide space in between each word on their papers until they can remember to SPACE!

Pool Noodle "Stick" Horses – Summertime activities

I love Dollar Stores!! I found $1 pool noodles… I don’t have a pool… What am I going to do with them?

I am going to make pool noodle HORSES!

My little LONE RANGERS need these!!! These were so easy to make.


We ended up making 15 of them for our house (and for the motorhome to take with us camping!!)

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These are so simple to create! Here’s what you need!!

  • pool noodle
  • large, thick rubber band
  • twine or ribbon
  • felt  – cut to create hair. (fold the piece in half long ways and cut strips towards the folded section but not all the way through to make fringe)
  • sharpie marker
  • low temperature hot glue gun or gorilla glue – school glue didn’t hold well. (The high temperature WILL melt the noodle!)

Directions:

  1. Fold the noodle about 12 inches from the end and place the large rubber band around both pieces (see, it needs to be a large this one!).
  2. Tie the ribbon on the horse around the “nose” and the body and make a rein.
  3. Glue the Felt Hair on the pony and draw a face with the marker…

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Essential Oil Tuesday – Bath Fizzies

bathfizziesI don’t know about you, but I love baths. A few weeks ago, I posted about making your own bath salts.  These are more fun and perfect for the little girl in your house.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup oil (almond oil or olive oil)
  • 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil silicone mold

Directions

  1. Put citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil in a bowl
  2. Add 8-10 drops of the essential oil Mix together using a spoon and then your hands until you have a mixture close to wet sand texture.
  3. Press mixture into your silicone mold.
  4. Let dry for 4+ hours and pop out of mold. ( I have put them in my Excalibur dehydrator in the silicon on low as well)
  5. To use place in warm bath and enjoy the fizz, bubbles, and fragrance.

For more info on getting your oils for 24% off, email kris@krismazy.com or visit www.youngliving.com/krismazy

Essential Oil Tuesday – Pillow Spitz

pillowspritzI love making my pillows smell good and helping me sleep better is important. I do this by using essential oils.

This is an EASY recipe and I found a FUN antique style bottle (for half price) at Hobby Lobby that I LOVE!

  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1 Tablespoon vodka
  • 10 drops of essential oil of choice (I use lavender often, but a blend would work well too)
  • Spray bottle (Glass is better)

Add  all of the ingredients into your spray bottle and shake well.  Spray your pillows 15 minutes before bed.

 

For more info on getting your oils for 24% off, email kris@krismazy.com or visit www.youngliving.com/krismazy

Natural Dye Easter Eggs!


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I LOVE finding interesting articles online. THANKS AUNT DONNA for sending this to me! This article was on What’s cooking America. Every year we use different items like the follow list to dye our eggs. Looking forward to the weekend to do it again. 🙂

As most of you know, Elwyn is Anaphylaxis to Red Dye – Easter when she was about 15 months old, I fed her jelly beans and she has a reaction that sent us to the hospital when her heart having to be restarted among other terrible things because of the dyes that I fed her. We have converted the entire house to dye-free and it helps my 3 amigos as well (Autism and PTSD & ADHD can also be effected by dyes and processed foods as well). 

 

How to make natural egg dyes:

  • Wash hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.
  • You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls) of a dyestuff in a saucepan.
  • Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff. NOTE: This will be aboEasterEggDye2ut 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff.
  • Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye.
  • Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color. NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator.
  • When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer.NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.
  • For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.
  • Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.
Color
Items To Dye With
Blue
Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
Brown or Beige
Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea
Brown Gold
Dill Seeds
Brown Orange
Chili Powder

Gold
Turmeric
Green
Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish Yellow
Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Grey
Purple or red grape juice or beet juice
Lavender
Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea
Orange
Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Carrots
Paprika
Pink
Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
Red
Pomegranate juice
Canned Cherries (with syrup)
Raspberries
Cranberries
Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Violet or Purple
Violet Blossoms
Hibiscus tea
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Red Wine
Yellow
Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Celery Seed (boiled)
Green tea
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffr

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Essential Oil Tuesday –Homemade Bath Salt – Ooooh so relaxing

homemadebathsaltHaving  8 kids in this house, means that mom needs a “retreat” every once in a while…. While, they still bang on the bathroom door while I am taking my relaxing baths (and that could be Tall Man when he is trying to escape from the kids too! LOL), I still try and get at least one relaxing time for myself every week. … This is so very important for ALL moms out there to have their “me” time.

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Homemade Bath Salts

Ingerdients:

  • 1/2 Cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 Cup Sea Salt
  • 10 drops of essential oils (I used lavender from Young Living plus 1T of dried flowers – I used lavender from my garden that I had dried)
  • Airtight jar

Directions

  1. In a metal bowl, mix the 2 salts together.
  2. Add 10 drops of essential oil and mix well
  3. OPTIONAL: add dried flowers (I just happened to have dried lavendar flowers from my garden, so I added them.
  4. Store in an airtight container

Essential Oil Tuesday – Making "Ouchie" Bags

ouchiebags-elMaking “OUCHIE” bags filled with rice or wheat is something that anyone could use. These are also called “heating bags”, wheat heating bags, rice heating bags, etc.

My daughter, Elwyn, LOVES making these now that she learned how to use the sewing machine. {THANK YOU 4-H!!} We love homeschooled kids too!

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What do you use these for you are asking? 

These bags can be heated in the microwave to use for headaches or sore shoulders.

They can be frozen overnight in the freezer to help with bumps and bruises.

When warm, they can be put in your pockets to keep your hand warm or in your bed to warm your feet (Tall man appreciates this! I always have cold toes!)

We keep 2 in the freezer and have 2 in the kitchen cabinet to heat when needed.

{Pardon the squawking parrots in the video, they wanted to talk over us!}

Welcome to 2011 – Back to school

It always amazes me how fast time flies. It’s 2011. How did that happen? Lar had 17 days off in December (love when he actually uses vacation time) then he was called in 4 times over that period. So, we got part of our vacation or rather our staycation.

It was GREAT to have him at home, especially since he helped me with ideas that I had for Berlyn. We are still having a bit of difficulty adjusting to the autistic tendencies that he has. God made him perfect – God made him Berlyn. So we are trying something NEW. Learning the alphabet has been – should I say – a CHALLENGE.

I found a Star Wars scrapbook with paper at Hobby Lobby. (THANKS HL – LOVE that store!!) I found and printed up Characters from the movies that match different letters of the alphabet. We have made it through “D” so far. He is starting to “get it”. Although he was resistant in making each page into ONE letter… so we are going to run out of pages long before the alphabet is done.  The fact that God has blessed us with him is more important on how fast he learns specific things. Lar and I are constantly researching and relearning how to teach him (out of our own boxes) and I believe that is the key!

Griffen got up this morning and decided that his bookwork would wait and made a lunch sack owl. SERIOUSLY CREATIVE!!! He would just prefer to do hands on any day than bookwork! HAHAHA That’s Griffen!

El is booking her way rather quickly through 2nd grade – and asked if she could start the 3rd grade on the computer today because she was bored!

Shelby moved her squishy chair in my studio where I snapped a quick photo before she stuck her tongue out at me.  OOPS I forgot to take down the Christmas wreath.

I have a list of activities that we have planned out that I can’t wait to share with everyone.  Happy New Year to everyone!!