Archive | March, 2013

Kid’s Craft #73-Painting

29 Mar

The Girlio loves to paint-this project was a cute ceramic cupcake magnet. ¬†ūüôā

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Pinterest Thursday

28 Mar

It’s Spring Break here, so we are definitely pulling some ideas from Pinterest to keep us busy!

Here is a recipe we tried:

Cereal Bars

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These are kid-approved! ¬†They were easy to make (the kids helped), and tasted pretty good! ¬†We made the Cheerios ones, and we just shaped them into balls for a bite-sized snack. ¬†I definitely recommend adding the honey (which is optional) as they taste sweeter (but not too sweet.) ¬†We did one batch without (as pictured), and one batch with honey and sprinkles, and the second batch was definitely better. We used colored Easter marshmallows, which was fun too. ¬†The recipe isn’t too clear, but basically, it is one cup of Cheerios to 10 marshmallows.

We also worked on math skills and The Girlio did a few of these:

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We have done a TON of stuff so far this week, so I will be sharing more in future posts.

Have a great day! ¬†ūüôā

Wednesday Words

27 Mar

grateful

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Book Review-Courting Cate

26 Mar

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Summary: Courting Cate by Leslie Gould follows the story of Cate Miller, an Amish twenty-three year old bookkeeper who would rather spend time with her nose in a book than attend local social events. ¬†Having been burned in love, and teased mercilessly by the local boys, she develops a serious defense mechanism to ward off further hurt-a quick temper, and an even quicker tongue. ¬†And, it doesn’t help to see how all men seem to fall at her beautiful sister Betsy’s feet in any attempt to get her attention.

Cate comes to the conclusion that she will never be loved and is content to just read her books, work in her father’s shop, and possibly start her own business one day.

Then, just when she thought her path in life was set, her father-desperate to see her married and happy-issues a decree:Cate must marry before Betsy can.  Not only that, but Betsy cannot even attend social events unless Cate agrees to attend.

What seems like a death sentence for Cate all changes when Pete Treger comes to town. ¬†He loves books, adventure, and seems to really like Cate-in spite of her quick temper. ¬†Will this be the answer to everything? ¬†Everything seems to be smooth sailing until Cate discovers a mean plot set up by the local boys. ¬†Are Pete’s feelings for her real, or is he a part of the conspiracy?

My Thoughts: I have to admit that when I first tried to read this book, I gave up before page twenty. ¬†I didn’t really care for the characters, and the book just didn’t grab my attention. ¬†It took quite a while before I picked it up again. ¬†Once I got past the first twenty pages or so, I actually started to enjoy the book. ¬†Once I got more into the background of why the characters were acting the way they were, I wanted to find out what happened. ¬†This book was a quick read (once I got past the slow start), and the plot was interesting-delving into what can happen when someone believes that they are not worthy of love-and how that, combined with not trusting in God, can lead to some big mistakes in life. ¬†I think this book is worth the read, but is probably a check-out-of-the-library read, more than a “buy” read.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in return for my unbiased review.

Card Monday

25 Mar

Here is another birthday card-March is a busy birthday month for me-three birthdays last week alone!  Anyway, here is the card:

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Supplies: Paper: Lily Bee; Die cut and Tape: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy); Sentiment Stamp: Hero Arts; Hearts and Background Stamp: Studio Calico; Distress Ink: Tim Holtz; Other: Black Card Stock

I stamped the background stamp with gold Distress for a bit of shimmer and popped up the die cut with some dimensional adhesive. ¬†I ended up ripping the black card stock in a couple of spots (oops!), so I used washi tape to cover it up-worked great! ¬†ūüôā

A Smooches Color Challenge

24 Mar

Today’s card is based off of a Sparks color challenge from Paper Smooches:

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Here is my card:

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Supplies: Paper: Echo Park; October Afternoon; Stamps: Paper Smooches; White Pen: Signo; Misc.: Brad

It might be hard to tell from this picture, but the flower is orange with a darker orange text print on it.  I added some additional shades of green with the background paper, but otherwise stuck to the challenge colors.

The flower and the card base were cut with my Silhouette, and the stamps came from The Sentiment Sampler-love that set-SO versatile!

 

 

Kid’s Craft #72-Valentines

22 Mar

Here’s one I haven’t shared here-a while back I had helped our Girl Scout troop make some thank you cards. ¬†Then, for Valentine’s Day, I came up with the idea of making cards and taking them to a local nursing home. ¬†Here are some of the cards the girls came up with:

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The Girlio working on the inside of her card:

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I used my Silhouette and some punches for the shapes, and brought a couple of examples in case the girls needed ideas.  They came up with some really fun stuff and I am sure the nursing home residents appreciated them!