Saturday, November 29, 2014

Crib Frame Picture Display

Our last house had a great wall in the basement-level family room that was perfect for a gallery of family pictures. 
Since moving (in 2010, cough, cough), we haven't really displayed any family pics because there wasn't a good space for all those frames.
I've been wanting to put pics up and finally came up with a solution that will also fill an empty corner in the living room!

My folks were cleaning out their basement and decided to finally let go of some old furniture. Including the crib my dad used as a baby. It was, of course, not really safe for use in a nursery anymore but could maybe be used for display or re-purposing. *lightbulb
We sold the wood frame pieces at a yard sale but I kept the metal frame. After a good scrubbing, Bass hung it in the living room, using existing holes in the frame.
I spray painted some less-than-sturdy clothespins from my laundry stash and added a few flowers from my extra fall decor. I'm planning to change out the extras with the seasons.
Next up, we'll use it for our Christmas card display!

Linking up to some or all of these great blog parties:
Sunday: Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming;
Monday: Inspire Me Monday at Sand and Sisal; Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z;
: One Project at a Time at A Bowl Full of Lemons; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife;

Wednesday: Wicked Awesome Wednesday at Handy Man, Crafty Woman; Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts; Thursday: It's Overflowing;
Friday: Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest; Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring;

Monday, November 17, 2014

Make a Card Monday - Fall Leaf

Luscious Leaves was one of my first stamp sets, and this is one of my first cards. To add some depth to the leaf, I inked the whole image with Palette Raw Sienna and then lightly touched the edges of the image with Palette Orangerie. If you layer inks on a stamp, always start with the lightest color and go to the darkest so you don't contaminate your ink pads.

cardstock: olive (Bazzill), cream and orange (unknown)
color: Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, and Orangerie ink (Palette)
stamps: Luscious Leaves (image) and Be Authentic (sentiment) (The Angel Company)

Monday, November 10, 2014

School Summary - Georgia, Farming, Russia, and Persia

I respectfully ask that you not pin pictures of my children to Pinterest. Thank you!

A Summary of October 20-31
Reading the title of this post may give you an idea of how much material we covered these two weeks. Our fall weather has been lovely, very mild so the younglings have wanted to be outside. They've been diligent to get their schoolwork done though.
Here's what we did:

Things that were scheduled:
Language Arts (Grammar, Reading, and Writing)
For Grammar, we use Rod and Staff English which comes with a textbook as well as additional worksheets. To fit everything in, at the beginning of the year they often have a textbook lesson plus a worksheet. They've gotten to the point in the year where they only have to do one or the other. They are very happy about having less on the schedule to complete.
Soprano finished Sarah, Plain and Tall for reading and began her next book, Island of the Blue Dolphins while Tenor finished Island of the Blue Dophins and began Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. I think they'll both like their new books.

Typing, Greek (Tenor), Spanish (Tenor), Home Ec (Soprano)
Argh! Somehow we got behind on Home Ec. We have a lot of cooking lessons to catch up on. We made some drop biscuits, banana bread, and cinnamon raisin muffins sans raisins.

My Father's World Exploration to 1850
These two weeks we finished out American colonies' with Georgia and then talked about farming practices and changes during that time. Then we headed back to Eurasia to learn Peter the Great and the Ottoman Empire (yup, it was still around.)

Bible: This year we're doing an in-depth study of the book of James and attempting to memorize the entire book. We finished chapter 1. They did a week of study in the Bible study book and learned 2:1-4.
Science: We learned about invertebrates, arthropods, insects, arachnids, and crustaceans using AIG's The World of Animals.
They made insect models
and a water skipper model
We pretended to be butterflies emerging from their chrysalis stage.
It's too cold now for us to raise butterflies. So we got some painted lady butterflies back in August.
We made some tasty models of a spider and scorpion. We substituted licorice for the bendable wire.
Tenor's spider
Tenor's scorpion
Soprano's spider with fangs

Soprano's scorpion
They went to a program on crabs at the local library's environmental center.
We also kept feeding and checking in our grow-a-frog (from Home Science Tools). Here's Herbie:
History: We learned about the beginning of the Georgia colony, but we skipped baking peach cobbler. We read about John Locke and Isaac Newton and how farming practices were changing for the better.

After reading about Peter the Great's attempt to westernize Russia (the younglings got a kick out of him carrying around scissors to cut beards and robes down), we talked about where the Ottoman Empire was. We tried to make Turkish Delight using the Story of the World activity book recipe but it never set. I'm hoping it'll show up in our local grocery store a little closer to Christmas.
The younglings also acted out some shadow puppet theater for us.

I added in some map work from Story of the World (Russia Looks West, East and West Collide). I also added a timeline piece from Homeschool in the Woods (John Locke).

Other MFW: 
Music: We finished Mendelssohn's biography. After another week reading about some of Isaac Watts' 600 hymns, we had our first week dedicated to his "Am I a Soldier of the Cross?".
Art: More drawing lessons on self-portraits and faces. We also read about some important English artists.
You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for weeks 1-14.
The Weta at Answers in Genesis  
Cockroaches at Answers in Genesis
Isaac Newton biography
Butterfly study guide
Eyewitness: Butterfly and Moth by Dorling Kindersley
Eyewitness: Insect by Dorling Kindersley
Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs by Devine Entertainment

Favorite Books: 
Chirping Crickets by Melvin Berger
From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman
Honey in a Hive by Ann Rockwell
The Beetle Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci
The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci
This is Your Life Cycle by Heather Lynn Miller
What to Expect When You're Expecting Larvae by Bridget Heos
I Didn't Know That Spiders Have Fangs by Claire Llewellyn
One Riddle, One Answer by Lauren Thompson
Ten Kings and the Worlds They Ruled by Milton Meltzer

Make a Card Monday - Moldy Leaves

A throwback card where I overstamped the green leaf image with white. The leaves have a skeleton look to them.

cardstock: light green (Bazzill), dark and light green (unknown)
embellishments: eyelet (EK Success)
color: Jardin Moss ink (Palette), Moonlight White ink (Brilliance)
tools: eyelet setter (Making Memories)
stamps: Lucious Leaves (image) and Contemporary Greetings (sentiment) (The Angel Company)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Make a Card Monday - Camping Thanks

This was one of my favorites years ago. It was a stamp set I purchased to make masculine cards but then I got stuck on how to use it. This card works well to use multiple images from the set. To balance the sentiment at the bottom, I turned up the other corner and added a brad. Sneaky trick... only put the brad through the top layer so the ends aren't poking into the inside of your card.

cardstock: olive (Bazzill), light green and cream (unknown)
embellishments: gold brad (unknown)
color: Burnt Umber ink (Palette), colored pencils (Prismacolor)
stamps: Camp Out (The Angel Company)
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