I wore this dress twenty years ago. Yes, you read that correctly. Two-zero years ago. I found it in a box I unpacked earlier this week. (Yes, we are still unpacking. I think we will still be unpacking this time next year! The boxes just don't ever seem to end!)
I am not a fan of modern, normal history learning. These textbooks teach what they deem most important, and they totally disregard any sense of timeline. I hated history growing up because everything just hung on nails in random spots in my brain, disconnected from everything else. It wasn't until I got into researching my genealogy that I finally saw history as one continuous story, with a beginning (Creation), middle (absolutely everything else), and end (as of yet to be determined, or "the present", whichever you'd prefer). When I saw that, I could hang all that useless info where it belonged. I determined to teach my kid history in order. It really makes sense that way!
I could go on and on about the movie "Inside Out." So many feels, as the millennials say. Suffice it to say I loved it SO much that I decided to create my very first lapbook to go along with it! This took SO much work, no wonder people sell them for five bucks each! I made a full color version, then realized that I prefer black and white to print on colored paper. So I made a second version and turned all the color white. I made the whole thing in Paint, so it is not nearly as sophisticated and awe-inspiring as some of the lapbooks out there. But, it is my first one. I would LOVE feedback, and even pictures if you/your kids make it!
I didn't make a cover sheet or any extra pictures to just cut out and glue in. For EJ's cover sheet, I'm just going to have him draw a scene, some characters, or a fancy title. If there's space in his lapbook, he can draw some more. That way I sneak a little art in there, too!
You may have seen on facebook some of my pictures of my new art form, journaling in my Bible. It's a super old form of worship--with Bibles hundreds of years old found with elaborate drawings along side verses. Several weeks ago, I presented the idea in Sunday School. And without further ado, here is part one of my outline, so you can also be informed of this awesomeness.
Back in March of 2013 I made this. I had every intention back then to blog about it, but, I'm not sure, life happened or something. So here is how I made my Bible cover. (Please understand, it's been almost 2 years since I did this, so pardon any "your guess is as good as mine about what I did here" pictures--because there WILL be some of those!)
A couple weeks ago, right after Christmas actually, I went through my canister of spoons and scrapers and got rid of the ones I don't use and/or were broken. I think I threw away six or seven things, and these are the ones going to the thrift store:
These footies have been sitting in my sewing chair for...I'm not gonna tell you how long! Yesterday, I was in my craft room for something, and I saw them sitting there, and it dawned on me that if I don't fix them soon, EJ will have outgrown them! So, I pulled out my chair and got down to business. You can see how bad, er, how loved, these footies are.
Is this wreath not absolutely adorable! My mom and I made it the other day, and it was so fun. There are lots of pages left...if anyone wants me to make them a book wreath with any other theme. It was about $15, minus my awesome store coupons. :-)
Let me tell you how we made it!
I was on pinterest the other day, looking for leaf patterns, when I stumbled across someone's photo of crocheted peacock feathers. They were so beautiful, but alas, there was no pattern. So I peered close to my screen and made up a pattern to kinda sorta match what I saw. Her picture looks like she used 100% cotton, which gives a completely different feel than the cheapo synthetic stuff I have. But whatever. I am quickly growing to like mine. (Round 3 and round 5 have the same colors; the rest are different.) Click on any photo to see it enlarged.
Round 1: chain 4 and sc into first chain to make a loop.
The other day at the thrift store, I found this awesome shirt. It was a men's shirt, and although I knew there was no way my husband would ever wear a shirt that had something that looked like a necklace on it, I bought it anyway.
Who am I, you ask?
In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.