September 2, 2014

Crazy Beaver Curtains and Vintage Sewing Valances

I have finally taken pictures of some of the other things I made for the new house! 

This is one of the valances that I made for our homeschooling/sewing/play room. I LOVE the print!!! It's all vintage sewing items. Printed burlap is the best!!!

I made this valance the same way I did the DIY No Sew Valance. SO much better than putting the burlap through your machine!!!
I also used the decorative nails to hang the valance instead of a curtain rod.

Here is the crazy beaver print that the girls picked for their room!!! Dumby me didn't get quite enough fabric so there's only one panel per window. I tried going back but the beaver print was long gone. :/ 
It's OK, though. The girls love their new curtains and Deanna assures me that she never opens them anyway. She doesn't like the light. LOL

I've got 1,001 things going on here BUT I will have 2 new tutorials coming up in the next couple of weeks. Not to mention, we start a new homeschool year today!! Wooo hooo!! Lots of homeschooling posts coming up, too!!! And there will always be the special Friday posts! :D

                           HAVE FUN SEWING AND HOMESCHOOLING!!!!

August 29, 2014

August Funny Friday

August Funny Friday

Today’s post is August’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Sanity Waiting to Happen

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1. Nope!!!!

2. No way!!!!

3. Nuh, unh!!!

4. NOT happening!!!

5. Forget about it!!!!!!

Seriously, I have this huge fear of snakes. I am having issues just seeing that pic out of the corner of my eyes.



Must be all the run ins I had with them as a child. Honestly, in WV you can toss a rock in any direction and hit a snake. BLECK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

Confessions of a Part-Time Working Mom (
Sanity Waiting to Happen (
On the Alberta/Montana Border (
Cluttered Genius (
Stacy Sews and Schools - Me!!
Baking In A Tornado (
Black Sheep Mom (
Someone Else’s Genius (

August 28, 2014

Leonardo da Vinci Unit Study Resources

Our first topic this year will be Leonardo da Vinci. We will be using this for science, history and art! LOVE it when one topic covers so many areas. Makes everything so much simpler. ;)

Here is a list of the books that I know we will be using. Afterward I post a larger list of books and ebooks.

The books should be easily found at Amazon, Paperback Swap or your local library. 

This one has 21 activities!!

This one has a kit to build your own ornithopter.

Those are the books we are planning to use. I will probably add one or two free Kindle books to the list, as well.

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Joshua borrowed this from the library one year and really enjoyed it. He loved the activities!

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All printables are free unless marked with $$$

Artist Cards and Activities - Pinay Homeschooler

Artist Cards and Worksheets - ESL Printables

Coloring Page - Art History

Coloring Page - Super Coloring

Coloring Page and Worksheets - Making Art Fun

Lapbook for Leonardo's Horse - Homeschool Share

Mini Unit Study w/Printables - DIY Homeschooler

Notebooking Page - Homeschool Helper Online (scroll down)

Notebooking Pages - Practical Pages

Reading Comp Lesson and Worksheet - Instructor Web

Worksheet - Easy Science for Kids

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Worksheet and Activities - Crayola

Worksheets and Activities - Garden of Praise (scroll down)

Worksheets and Info - Euroclub Schools



Teachers Pay Teachers (Some FREE)

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Activities - Museum of Science

Activities - Squidoo - Full Episode

Complete Works 

Drawings of Leonardo

Game - Museum of Science

Info - Da Vinci's Life

Info - The Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci

Info - Live Science

Info - Museum of Science

Info Links - Social Studies for Kids

Interactive Info and Quiz - Turtle Diary

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans - Search PlanIt

Unit Study and Links - Diary of 1

Videos - Watch Know Learn

YouTube - Documentary

YouTube - Great Minds

YouTube - Song

YouTube - Time Warp Trio - Part 1

There you go! I hope it's enough to get you started! :D
We'll be starting our study on Tuesday.