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Christmas Present – if you are my 7 year old daughter quit reading NOW!

We decided to break down and buy her the new Kindle, well we didn’t buy it, but she is getting it for Christmas.  I should write another post on how we’ve managed to buy Christmas presents for our children for almost nothing.  I will say I’m thankful to surveys that has allowed us to ‘buy’ items that if we were paying for it ourselves rather than earned gift cards  the children wouldn’t get them.

Well after convincing my husband that a Kindle would be a great gift and that she can use it now as well as when she’s an adult, he couldn’t argue that.  I presented the facts and he agreed it would be a good gift.  If he had said no I’d have to be okay with that but I’m glad he agreed.

So I made her a cover for her Kindle (I just have to be sure to give her the Kindle first before the cover).  Using the same pattern I used here for my sister in law.  I’m thinking I may have been off on my seam allowance because it’s still big but I’ll fix that once she opens it and the Kindle so I can fit it real good.

She loves penguins.  I think she’ll like this what do you think?

Oh and at the chance of a shameless plug – if you’d like a cover for your Nook, Kindle or iPad I can do that.  Nook and Kindles are $15.00 plus shipping and the iPad is $20.00 plus shipping

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Christmas Present – if you are my SIL please don’t continue reading

I like to try to make homemade gifts for people and this year the first one I made was a cover for my SIL’s Nook cover (my hubby’s sister).  I’ve been making my Kindle covers and a cover for my friend last year and a cover for a favorite librarian using the pattern from Birdiful Stitches which is easy peasy to do.

Well my SIL isn’t a frilly, girly girl so we had to come up with fabric that she’d like and my children unanimously voted for skull and cross bones.  Now my children know that this isn’t fabric I’d normally choose but for my SIL it works.  So I made her a Nook cover – and inside she’ll find a $10 gift code to Barnes and Noble.  I’m happy to say this cost almost nothing to make as I found the fabric and buttons on sale, and the gift code I got from doing surveys.

To me, there is nothing better than giving a homemade gift that is useful and cost almost nothing to make!

I added an iron on label with my initials but once the Nook goes in it’ll be hidden.  I’m going to make a trip to an electronics store to check the fit but I think it’ll be good.

Oh and at the chance of a shameless plug – if you’d like a cover for your Nook, Kindle or iPad I can do that.  Nook and Kindles are $15.00 plus shipping and the iPad is $20.00 plus shipping 😀

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Kregel Review: Jumbo Bible Activity Book 3

About the Book:

Now there are even more games and activities to help children learn about their favorite Bible stories. The third in this popular series, Jumbo Bible Activity Book 3 is packed with puzzles, pictures, dot-to-dots, hidden objects, coloring pages, and fascinating Bible stories that will keep even the most inquisitive young minds busy! Fun for all the family as they learn and play.

My Opinion:

What child doesn’t love to color, find the hidden objects or do dot to dots?  Mine really enjoy the activities in this book and while the pages aren’t perforated I have to tear out the pages or else I’d probably have a riot on my hands.  Each child goes about the activities differently, my youngest needs help with the dot to dots but loves to color, my puzzle loving daughter enjoys finding the spot the differences and the mazes whereas my oldest just prefers to help her brother or just color.

The illustrations are whimsical and the book is oversized, 11.7 X 8.25 so there is plenty of space for coloring and completing the activities.  This would be great for long car rides or to provide something for children to do while you prepare dinner or even if one child finishes their school work and is waiting for more.  There are questions for each picture relating to the Bible story and the Scripture reference is also given so that children and their parents can find the answers and discover Biblical truths.

**I was provided a copy of this book through Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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Organizing…..Part 1 (crafts)

I’ve discovered Pinterest and it’s fast becoming dangerous to the point that it actually got me in the drive to do more scrapbooking and card making but I couldn’t get to my craft cabinet.

I spent Sunday cleaning and purging and now I will be able to get to my craft stuff as well as my overwhelming surplus of fabric for sewing.  This is what it now looks like (sorry for the dark pictures):

That picture is of my stamps and my fabric, batting, etc.

This picture is my craft cabinet, drawers with my cutting and embossing folders for my Cuttlebug.  There are some things on the floor of the closet I need to still put away but believe me this is way better than it was.

This is the closet in our hallway that we had to put my craft stuff in since we gave the one bedroom to our son and the girls have the other bedroom (yes we only have 2 bedrooms).  I had to have a place to hide all the scissors and dangerous stuff and this was the only place out of sight that worked.

I’ve been asked how do I organize our school in a tiny space (all 624 sq. ft. of it!)  and that will be in the next post. It’s nothing earth shattering but I’ll share.

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Hannah loves theatre,  she even wrote the skit for a play in our co-op, so she had the chance, thanks to Grandma Cindy, to attend a class on theatre production at the local college.  It was Monday July 11th through Thursday July 14th;  9a.m. to 12noon and they had to created their own costumes, learn lines and then perform.  She was Eeyore and did a wonderful job – oh yes she even did her own make up with professional make-up.

This is the whole class and teacher.


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Day 5 of Craft Camp – July 1, 2011

Day 5 of Craft camp is always bittersweet.  No more getting up early but then again no more organized crafting and fun.  The children had fun though on their last day, even though making a dream catcher was a bit trickier for the youngest in the group (and for me!).

They made a medicine pouch and dream catchers.

And once I get Hannah’s day 2 fixed I’ll post about day 2!

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Day 4 of Craft Camp

I still haven’t gotten around to fixing Hannah’s Indian breast plate so I’m still skipping day 2 but you can view Day 1 and Day 3 Here is Day 4 in which they made a drum w/drum sticks and a game that you get the beads into the holes.


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Day 3 of Craft Camp

June 29th was the children’s 3rd day of craft camp, and yes I skipped Day 2’s post as I have to fix one of Hannah’s crafts as it’s something they wear and once I do that then I’ll back track and post pictures.

The children made a cute picture frame (I’m going to put the group shot of them here in the frame), an Indian rattle/noise maker and a covered wagon.

Here is Christian’s:

Here is Hannah’s:

Here is Bethanne’s:

My children so enjoy this week during the summer.  Some have asked is it worth the $3.00 per day per child to do this and yes.  A friend of mine actually compared what it would have cost to buy the supplies for the children to do them at home and it was in fact cheaper (even cheaper for me as I’d have to buy 3 of most supplies).  No, I’m not being asked to blog or talk this Craft Camp up – we just really like it!

Oh and here are the sheriff badges they made on the first day but I forgot to include as the backs feel off and I had to repair them:

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Craft Camp 2011 – Day 1

I’ve written before on the children doing craft camp at the local craft camp.  You can see the posts here: Day 1 – 2010, Day 2 – 2010, Day 3 – 2010, Day 4 – 2010, and Day 5 – 2010.  Here is another post when Hannah was going with my MIL back in 2008.  This is Bethanne’s and Christian’s 2nd year and Hannah’s 6th year – for $3.00 a day the children make between 2 and 4 crafts (depending on the day and how involved the projects are).  There is a snack provided, all supplies, t-shirts to cover up clothing and two hours of crafting.  This year’s theme is Cowboy/Cowgirl and the children are really enjoying it.

This year is actually going better since Christian is older and is doing more on his own – last year he needed more one on one as did Bethanne.  Thankfully once I show Bethanne what she needs to do she can do it with little help and Christian is getting there. Hannah kept covering her face as I was trying to get pictures of her actually crafting 😦


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Science Experiments

We’ve been working hard on finishing up our Apologia Astronomy study and so with that comes a couple experiments which were both fun and educational.  My children have enjoyed our study with Apologia and we are all looking forward to moving on to Botany for the 2011-2012 school year.  We now have only 2 lessons left in Astronomy so in two weeks we’ll bid a farewell to our first completed science curriculum, both exciting and bittersweet.

Here we are making clouds.  Using boiling water, a match and a baggie filled with ice we made clouds to demonstrate how clouds are formed as well as what they look like up close.

Then we set off our rocket.  This was just a film canister filled half way with water and a denture cleanser tablet inside.  It didn’t go as far off the ground as the children would have liked, so we troubleshooted and have some ideas for another launch.  The children want it to go up in the sky, we’ll see!

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