January 30, 2015

Friday Funny - January 2015

January Funny Friday

Today’s post is this month’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 Baking In A Tornado .

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1. I didn't chose the slug life, the slug life chose me.

2. I was playing the lava game and then the volcano collapsed.

3. Moooom, I said I didn't want my picture taken!!! Jeez.... (Insert eye roll)

4. Help!! Help!!! The couch is eating me!!!

5. Knocked out in round 8 of the pillow fight.

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

The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

Follow Me Home

Baking In A Tornado

Someone Else’s Genius

Confessions of a Part-Time Working Mom

The Momisodes

Sanity Waiting to Happen 

Juicebox Confession

Spatulas on Parade

Cluttered Genius

Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

January 27, 2015

Easy Valentine's Day Decor

I have a SUPER fast and SUPER easy project for you today!! I did all 3 jars and the table runner in under an hour!!! AND I got everything but the fabric at the Dollar Tree! EASY! FAST! CHEAP!

The Table Runner

What I Used-

1/4 yard of printed Valentine's Day fabric (from Joann's)

1/8 yard of plain red cotton

Pinking shears


I measured out the length and width that I wanted for my runner. 

Then I cut it using my pinking shears. (No need to hem it!!!!)


My iron threw up on my fabric. ;)

Then I pinned the red down the middle of the print and sewed it on with a straight stitch. 

ALL DONE!!!!! I told you it was quick and easy!!! 

The Jars

What I Used 

I got the glittery heart stickers, foam heart stickers and chenille stems from the Dollar Tree! 

Step 1

Cut the fabric pieces with pinking shears to the size of your jar.

Step 2

Hot glue the bigger piece to the jar. 
Then hot glue the smaller piece of top of it.

Step 3

Hot glue ribbon around the top.

Step 4

Stick on the sticker.

Step 5

Since I had small jars, I cut the chenille stems in half.
Then I stuck the foam hearts on top. 


See how easy????

              HAVE FUN CRAFTING AND SEWING!!!!!!

January 26, 2015

Inspire Your Heart with Art

This coming Saturday, January 31st, is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day! I wanted to put together a list of resources and fun stuff to help celebrate! Art is HUGE at my house. We love going to art museums, discussing art and creating art!

All the resources are free or cheap. 

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These are just a few. Get a book about art history and let your kids look through it. Which are their favorites? Check out books about that artist, style or period! Then to try to recreate a favorite piece in your own way. 

Activity Ideas

Tissue Paper Monet Lily Pond

Paint with Your Feet

O'Keefe's Poppies

Torn Paper Landscapes

Moroccan Art

Art Lessons

Art Lessons

3D Art 

Picasso Masks

Kandinsky Plastic Circles  (scroll down)

Matisse Scissor Style

Art Journals

Project Ideas of all Kinds

30 Projects for Exploring Great Artists

50 Art Projects for Active Kids

Montessori Inspired Art Appreciation

15 Fine Art Projects

Combining Art with Science

For more activities, check out my Pinterest Page

Another activity that we like to do is listen to a piece of music (any kind at all) and draw or paint the way it makes you feel. What do you think of when you hear it?

Museums Online

The MET Online Collection

The Getty Online Collection

The Louvre

National Gallery of Art

The Kennedy Center


Art Coloring Pages  (for recreating masterpieces)

Abstract Coloring Pages 

Color Me Masterpieces 

Renaissance Art Cards 

Reformation Art Cards 

Art Printables and Lessons 

Famous Artist Notebooking Pages 

Fine Arts Notebooking Pages 

Coloring Pages and Art Alphabet 

Art Unit Study 

100 Things to Draw List  

Copywork and Notebooking Pages 

Here is a list of artists that I have put together resource lists for :

Jackson Pollock

Must Have Art Supplies

Different types of paint - water colors, tempera, acrylic, finger paints

Air dry clay or the ingredients to make your own


Oil pastels


Colored Pencils


Coffee filters


Chenille stems

Foam cutouts 


Ingredients to make papier mache



Recycled plastic bottles

Bottle caps

Water color paper

Construction paper

Drawing paper


String or yarn


                          HAVE FUN CREATING ART!!!!!

January 23, 2015

Fly on the Wall - January 2015

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado

Spatulas on Parade

Follow Me Home

Menopausal Mother

Stacy Sews and Schools

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Juicebox Confession

Battered Hope

Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

Go Mama O

Someone Else’s Genius

The Sadder But Wiser Girl

Just A Little Nutty

The Momisodes

The Crazy People That Live Here 

The Hubby
Jacob - Oldest Son (21 yrs old)
Joshua - 2nd Son (19 on Monday)
Deanna - Oldest Daughter (18 TOMORROW!!!)
Cailey - Youngest Daughter (10 yrs old)
Colin - Youngest Son (7 yrs old)
TJ - Jacob's best friend (he lives here, too)

So far 2015 isn't looking all that great for me. If you were a fly on my wall this month you just might have heard some not so nice words.....

Jacob and TJ came down with the flu. I'm hoping it stops there. 4 of us got flu shots and 4 of us did not. SIGH....

We had our first really cold snap. The Hubby thought he put antifreeze in the van a couple of months ago. He did not. 
Soooo, I get up at 2:45 am and get ready to take him to work. He wakes Joshua up so he can pump gas for me on the way home.
It's SUPER frickin' cold outside.
I go out and start the van so it will be all nice and cozy when we leave.
We go to leave and the inside of the van is ice cold.
The Hubby thinks maybe it's because it's so cold out.
We get about 2 miles from the house and the temperature gauge is pegged on H. Then the thermostat indicator starts dinging at me.
After some back and forth we decide to head home and The Hubby will call a friend to take him to work. 
We get about a mile from the house and have to stop at a light. 
BOOOOOM!!!!! Steam starts pouring out of the engine.
We blew a hole in our upper radiator hose.
The Hubby calls a friend and tells him what's going on.
We let the van cool off (HA! the heat never did come on) and try to make it to the house.
SHEW! We make it and The Hubby's friend picks him up for work.
It takes 3 days to fix the van because we had to have the parts delivered.
It could have been so much worse. All we needed was a hose, a thermostat and thermostat housing. We could have cracked the block! 
SHEW!! Crisis diverted but still, not much fun.

Now, if you know me, you know I LOOOOOVE snow. I have been complaining about that a lot lately, how I want some SNOW darn it.
Well, be careful what you wish for.
We start hearing on the news that we are going to have a little weather system but it won't be much. Barely anything at all.
I go to start the van up to take The Hubby to work and there's ice all over the driveway.
The Hubby says it's no big deal, the road looks fine.
I start to slip and slide before I even get off our road.
Then we hit the interstate. Before we've gone very far we see a couple of vehicles that have gone off the roadway.
I get The Hubby to work and the parking lot is a solid sheet of ice.
I get back on the interstate to go home. 
I go about 2 miles and the interstate turns into a parking lot. For 5 hours. It was a nightmare. 
It usually takes me 50 minute round trip, it took me 6 hours! 6 HOURS!!!!
I am now considering putting a port-a-potty in our van.
I went through some stages that morning.
Stage One - Shock - Oh my! How awful!
Stage Two - Denial - It couldn't possibly be much longer.
Stage Three - Anger - What the frickin' frack is going on???? WHY aren't we MOVING???
Stage Four - Acceptance - I will never leave this van. It is my home forever.
Stage Five - Deliverance - HALLELUJAH!! I am FREE!!!  (I may have wept.)

I do have a FEW funnies for you this month. 

Cailey - I need TOOOOILET PAPER!!
Deanna - Why are you naked???
Cailey - It was the only way.
She was wearing her new Christmas PJs. They are one piece. LOL

One evening The Hubby fell asleep on the couch. I tried for 3 hours to wake him up. As soon as his phone rang he sat straight up.
Me - I guess I should have just called his phone. Now I know.
Colin - Yeah, you need to give him a WAKE UP call. Get it??? Get it????

So it happened again tonight. He fell asleep on the couch and I tried and tried wake him up.
I grab my phone and call him. 
Worked like a charm. LOL

As I was falling asleep the other night I could have sworn I heard the TARDIS. Nope. The Hubby's snores + the fan = weird TARDIS-like noise. 

The Hubby has a Slim Jim in each hand. His face starts to itch. He then smacks himself in the face with a Slim Jim while trying to scratch.
As Deanna and I die laughing.....
The Hubby - Oh, HA HA HA! Fly on the Wall!! Fly on the Wall!!
He knows me so well.

The Hubby tried to change the channel with his cell phone.
While Deanna and I are dying laughing....
The Hubby - Oh, HA HA HA HA HA! Fly on the Wall! Fly on the Wall!

And last but not least, our cat in the box. 

Don't forget to click all the links!!!!!!! We have some wonderful, amazing bloggers to read!!!

January 20, 2015

DIY Hand Muffs

I've had this idea in my head for a while and finally got around to putting it to use. 
When I was a little girl I had the most wonderful faux fur hand muff. I loved it. Now that I can sew I figured I would make one for Cailey. 
The first one I made was the black and pink. I wanted it to match Cailey's Anna Cape. But I wasn't that thrilled with it. It seemed kind of blah. So I decided to see what would happen if I put a few different contrasts on one. LOVE IT!!! 
Both muffs are reversible but the blue one has a little extra something. ;)

Here's what I used -

Black and Pink Muff 
1 piece of black Minky Dot 13x15
1 piece of pink fleece 13x15
1 piece of pink lace 10"
2 black fabric flowers
Fabric Glue

Blue Muff
1 piece of blue bird flannel 13x15
1 piece of blue heart Minky Dot 13x15
2 pieces of blue ribbon 15"


Cut your pieces


Fold the pieces in half with right sides touching. Sew the top seam.


Now, slide the 2 pieces into each other with wrong sides together.
Fold in the ends of the black piece by 1".
Fold in the ends of the pink piece to match the black piece. 
The folds should touch each other. This will allow the muff to be reversible. None of the raw edges will be visible.
Pin and sew the end seam.


Stuff the muff! Leave some room at the open end so it will fit under the foot of your machine.
Fold the ends in like you did the first side.
Pin the lace in place.
Sew the end seam.
Shift the stuffing around until it's all even.
Glue the fabric flowers on with fabric glue!

ALL DONE!!!!! Wasn't that easy???

With the blue one, I sewed the ribbons on the flannel piece before I did any of the other steps.
Instead of turning the ends in toward each other, I folded the flannel over the ends of the Minky Dot to make a contrast on the edges. 

Let me know what you think!!
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!!!


January 19, 2015

Snow and Ice Resources for Learning Fun

So it's that time of year!! Time for some snow fun (if we ever get more than a dusting)!!! But watch out for that ice (that we've had too much of). 

I have put together a list of resources for some learning fun!!! 

All the resources listed are either FREE or very cheap.
The books should be easily found at Amazon or your local library. 

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Frozen Printables

Snow and Ice Pack

Snow and Ice Printables

Snowman Preschool Pack

The Snowy Day Printable Pack

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow Printables

Winter Coloring Pages, Crafts and More

Winter Literature Units

Winter Printable Pack

Winter Printable Packs

Winter Printables and Coloring Pages

Winter Tot Pack

Winter Unit Study, Lapbook and Notebooking

Winter Worksheets and Printables