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Simmering Potpourri

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.  These are the days that I really love my woodstove. Not only does it heat my house with little effort, but it also works as a stovetop for heating water, simmering soup and even potpourri….

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Paint Swirled Clear Ornaments

Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvationthrough 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…

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UpCycle Hangers to make a snowflake

I was scrolling through Facebook this morning and came across this photo that said “Winter is in full swing here in Wisconsin! ❄ Feeling crafty today. Made some snowflakes out of old hangers. Love how they turned out! ❤ ” The post was on Upcycled Funk on Facebook. It had a photo of a pile of hangers and a photo of a snowflake…

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Love notes to your kids

Every day is a blessing and our family knows that all too much after the sudden loss of one of the kids in the family. As a mom, I try to be even a better mom that I was before. I want each of my kids to know that I love them and tell them in different ways. Leaving each…

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New Year, New Opportunities

NOt only am I offering classes for kids through Outschool, but, I have also opened up an Etsy shop for my digital art. Every file in store will not only be cut, but will also be tested and created into something. https://www.etsy.com/shop/KrisandLarry Here is the first of many files to come in our Etsy store. This downloadable file is usable…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 19, Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

December 19: Luke 2:9-10 – An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. — For those that do not know me, I…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 17, Canvas Nativity

What you will need:  4×6 canvas (We picked ours up for 3 for $1 at a Dollar Tree!! some metallic acrylic paint a nativity pattern. ( I cut mine out on some extra removable vinyl left over from another project but you can use them out of paper and temporary tape them.  a paper towel or sponge I cut 3…

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

Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvationthrough 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…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 6, Nativity Color Sheet

Luke 1:37 -For nothing is impossible with God. [download id=”5949″] 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! 

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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….

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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…

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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.”  [download id=”5903″] 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…

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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.” 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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New Digital Scrapbooking site.

Hi Everyone,  For those who have followed me for the last 10 years knew that I was very active in both paper scrapbooking as a consultant and as a designer. About 7 years ago, I was a part of several online digital scrapbooking store, selling my designs. When I was going through school and adopting of my 2 little boys,…

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Creating Garden Gnome Costumes

I 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…

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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…

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Making chalkboard clipboards

Making chalkboard clipboards are very easy and they are usable over and over again. They are great for “in the car” activities, traveling, and chore charts for the wall. Our family uses them for all 3. We are making new ones today for the missing one and for our 2 new boys as well. We have been using the same…