Autumn Candlesticks

Back from our week's little break. Did I get everything done I wanted to? Ha! Did I rest? Ha! Did I have a wonderful time? Absolutely! So, I didn't finish organizing the craft room. And, I didn't finish the baby's stroller blanket. And, I didn't get time in the garden. As a matter of fact, I find myself sitting here now wondering where did the time go? But, no worries. There's always tomorrow, right? And, although I did have a wonderful time with family and even managed to see a few friends, I really missed you guys. I'd see something on Pinterest and think, I have got to share this! Then, I'd tell myself, No... you're on a break so break! Anyway, we're back, and all excited to jump into autumn with both feet! 

I did manage to start and finish one project I have been wanting to do. I got these awesome unpainted wood candlesticks from Casey's Wood Products. I also got some of their brass plated inserts. Then, I just pulled out my acrylic paints and got busy. It only took me a couple...Read more

Harvest Pumpkin Coloring Page

Michelle and I are taking a week off for some rest and relaxation. We are looking forward to some unhurried time with family and friends, and a chance to prepare our homes, gardens and hearts for the coming fall. Autumn is our favorite time of year, and in many respects, our busiest time of year. We get back into our school-year routines and make plans for the coming year. When we return, Tuesday, September 2, we will have our Autumn rhythm well established and will be ready to share the beauty of the season with all of you.

In the meantime, here is a new coloring page to "kick off" the season! Based on our Harvest Pumpkin Applique Block which can be found HERE, we hope this Harvest Pumpkin Coloring Page adds to the joy of the season.  

 

Whether your wee ones (or you... I love our coloring pages) use watercolors, crayons, pencils or markers, it is sure to find a place in your autumn celebrations. The Harvest Pumpkin Coloring Page can be found HERE

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Bella Luna Toys Give-Away :: Crayon Roll & Beeswax Crayons

Comments are now closed and a winner has been chosen. Congratulations Ev! Please email me your contact information and choice of Flower or Moon design to claim your prize.

These crayons are beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity.

Sponsor: Bella Luna Toys

Give-Away Date: Sunday, August 24, 8am EST – Monday, August 25, 8am EST (This Give-Away is 1 day only!)

Number of Winners: 1

Prize:  One Felt Crayon Roll (winner's choice of Moon or Flower Design) plus One Stockmar Tin of 8 Beeswax Crayons and 8 Beeswax Blocks

How to Enter: This give-away comes just in time for back-to-school shopping. Today we would like you to visit Bella Luna Toys and check out their great selection of ...Read more

Open Ended Creations Give-Away :: Curvy Board

Comments are now closed and the winner has been chosen. Congratulations Amanda! Please email me your contact information within the next three days to claim your prize.

This looks wonderful! I could see this being an amazing tool to help with my little one's balance. There are so many different ways this can be used I'm sure I couldn't come up with half the ways it could be used.  My girls are always looking for things to challenge their imaginations and creatively re-purpose everyday items.  This would be a great addition!

Sponsor: Open Ended Creations Home of the Curvy Board!

Give-Away Date: Saturday, August 23, 8am EST – Sudany, August 24, 8am EST (This Give-Away is 1 day only!)

Number of Winners: 1

Prize:  One Curvy Board, Retail value of $120...Read more

Rainbow Wool Felt Balls

Of course, everyone knows by now that I'm doing lots of crafting for grandbaby number 6! Here of 2 new Rainbow Felt Balls I've made for the little Peanut. Following the pattern for Felt Baby Balls which can be found HERE, I made one in bright, primary colors, and the other with more subdued rainbow colors. Each are beautiful and each will be well loved, I know.

There are several differences between these balls and our previous TUTORIAL.

  • For these, I used 100% wool felt and stuffed them with wool roving.
  • Obviously, I made other color choices. In the original TUTORIAL only used 2 different colors of felt, whereas in these, I used 6 different colors for each ball.
  • I did not add a decorative stitch along each seam. I left them plain.
  • I did not add a jingle bell to the insides.
  • And, finally, I did not use a sewing machine to sew these together. Instead, I used very small backstitches to sew them together. In the end,
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A New School Year :: 2014

We officially started our new school year (2nd, 4th, and gulp... 6th grade) this Monday. The girls happily jumped back in, very eager to try out some new subjects. The boy on the other hand, was a bit more reluctant... to say the least... and got off to a slow start. Gammy stopped by with a mid-morning treat and then after lunch we decided the best way to celebrate was to finish off the afternoon at the park. I also had an ulterior motive. The park I choose is home to many giant oak trees... and we were in need of some "gnome hats." Bug finished off his work and then joined in the hunt. All in all, it was a nice start to a new year.

Of course all of this makes me think of that "first day" more than a few years ago, when the whole idea of homeschooling was soooo overwhelming. There was so much excitement and a whole lot of nerves. Could I really tackle this on my own? In the end it just felt natural,...Read more

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