Friday, February 25, 2011

It's one of those....

crazy weeks. I woke up sick on Monday morning and had to cancel our field trip to celebrate and learn more about President's Day. Then on Wednesday my DD1 woke up with hives all over her body. Took her to the doctor but as usual their diagnosis is mostly "ear infection". I wonder if that is all they learn in medical school?

I really like this book How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor. It has helped me a lot to sort through doctors' appointments.

Anyway, it's been 3 days. We are monitoring her and she is doing great: playing, eating and moving about like there is nothing wrong. And really there isn''s just that her body is in a war zone right now and having a major allergic reaction so we need to monitor her so that it doesn't escalate into anyphylaxis. So the rashes come and go everywhere and in different places on her body every time.

Sometimes these hives can be caused by a virus, or inflammation or an allergy to something. I think what caused this one is her teething. Anyway... these hives last 3 to 5 days to complete disappear.

This morning she woke up with a very swollen lower lip so we began Prednisone to avoid anyphylaxis. She is fine now, but we have to finish the medication even when there is no more swelling or rashes.

so it's been a crazy week... I am still not over my cold, unschooling has really taking off at my house (pun intended) and I have a custom order midway. I managed to upload some sale items on my SALE PAGE and if you are interested head that way.

I am hoping to be back to normal next week.. y'all have a great weekend and thank you Jesus for healing us! :)


PS God is still good and I am glad I went to the doctor because we filled the prescription she gave us and when we needed it (this morning) we had it. I wonder how people did back in the time when there was no medications for allergic reactions???? If you know, let me know. :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Just one more...

One more bridesmaid card 
in the 
navy and hot pink
color scheme.....

Personalized text 
goes on 
the inside of the card....

Will you be my Bridesmaid?

For custom orders, just email me!!



Monday, February 14, 2011

I have an announcement to make...

I have great news to share... last Thursday I was in Atlanta for a quick trip and something special happened there... I promise to tell you all about it later this week...

In the mean time, I finished those 2 mini chipboard I told you about HERE. To your right there is the first sneak peek. The other one is listed in my Etsy shop.

I used Webster's Pages, Melissa Frances and Prima stamps on them.

Here is the one listed on Etsy. This one measures 6x6" and all the pages are chipboard that I cut myself.

The album is loaded with Melissa Frances goodness and even some handmade embellishments done by moi. :)

Here is another peek at the album above.

I am currently working on a boy version of the cardboard album I share HERE. It's turning out so fun!!

Got to go... it has been a busy last week and this one is turning out busy too. :)

oh, yeah! happy Valentines Day! :)


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: customizing your letters!

Thrifty Thursday was born to boost my creativity using what I had in hand. Like most crafters I have way too many supplies that I don't really put to good use. So instead of purchasing a new tool or an embellishment I am using what I have at home. So share your insights.... here is my tip for this week.

Last week I created a layout for my DD3 on a whim. As I was laying out the papers, flowers and photos I realized that the chipboard letters I had were not going to work. So I customized them.

I used white chipboard letters and with a black pen I doodled on them. Then I used the markers I had on hand, nothing fancy or expensive like Copics (hey, if you got them, use them!) and colored my doodles.

Then to make it look funkier and thrown together, I used an old book as the background for more letters. I used a permanent markers and drew my own letters, cut then out and adhered to the layout.

I don't usually make resolutions in the beginning of the year, but in an informal way, I have decided not purchase any more papers or embellishments until I cut my supplies in half. I have found that this decision has forced me to become more creative and I have found new uses for old supplies.

How do you use your old supplies? Do you have a favorite supply that you haven't used in a while? Did you like this week's tip? For more check out all Thrifty Thursday's posts here.

Be blessed,

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Changes in my blog

Have you noticed the changes in my blog?

To your right, at the top of my blog I have added some pages... if you click on the words on the tabs... each one contains videos and slides of my work... There is also a page FOR SALE where I will be selling arts and crafts items, books and even my Brand New Cintiq. I will post the price and if you are interested send me an email and I will send you the invoice.

I will also have a BLOG CANDY page.

So take a few minutes to check out the changes in my blog and if you have any tips, write me a comment. :)

Thank you,

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mini Altered Cardboard Album

Remember I told you I was inspired by a mini album I saw at TwopeasinaBucket website?

The album was made by Samantha Hauzer. Her website link is found above, and here is Purple Pumpkin where she sells funky and colorful embellishments. 

To your left you can see a few photos of the album I made. If you would like to see the whole album and more details please check out my VIDEO HERE.

This album was so much fun to make and quick too.

If you are interested in a custom order you can always email me. This one was sold last night to a friend in church.

I also just finished 2 more vintage chipboard albums that I will be posting soon and I have a fun Thrifty Thursday scheduled for this Thursday. So follow me or subscribe to find out when I post again. :)

have a blessed week, :)


Friday, February 4, 2011

Reading list of January 2011

 Because we read so much and we have many children I decided to keep a list of the books we read monthly. This way I can have a reference list for future use.

Below are most of the books we read during the month of January 2011. Reading level varies and some were Read Alouds but most of them DD8 read by herself, and Wyzard or I read to the children.

Messy Bessie: Where's My Homework?
Great Day for Up (Bright & Early Books(R))
Pete's Chicken
It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale (Michael Di Capua books)

Warm in Winter by Erica Silverman
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy
Olivia Goes to Venice
Titanic - Disaster at Sea by Martin Jenkins and Brian Sanders
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Multiplication Book

Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz
And then what happened Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole
Adding it Up (Get Set for Kindergarten!)
The Magic School Bus At The Waterworks
Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China (From the Creator of the Magic School Bus) (Magic School Bus, The)
Where do rivers go? (Ask me why)
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System

Take a Number - new ideas + imagination = more fun by Jeanne Bendick and Marcia Levin
First Number Book
Explore the World of Mighty Oceans by Susan Wells
Where do you think you're going, Christopher Columbus? by Jean Fritz
Simple Physics Experiments With Everyday Materials

All the books above where checked out at my local library. I have provided the Amazon links to some so you can easily see them, read reviews or see inside them, as well as see how much they cost.

I also have not sorted them into subjects because one of the concepts of Unschooling or life learners is that LIFE is not separated into subjects. At our home, we learn as we live: day by day, one task or experience after the next one.

Enjoy! Would you like to share which books you read this past month with your children?

Be blessed,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My children are riding the School Bus...

without going to school!!! yeah... :)

Have you heard of the Magic School Bus? It was a show that ran many years ago. They are currently replaying some of the episodes on Saturday on TV. (don't ask me about in which channel 'cause I don't know.) There are also the books and the videos are available in VHS and DVD.

I don't know where I heard of the Magic School Bus but I found THIS LINK where you can watch their videos for FREE. I also found many of their books in my library. My children, raging from 8 y.o. to 3 y.o. love to watch the shows on the internet and read the books. My DH, the Wyzard, connects the computer to our TV and screens the shows for them anytime they want.

They are learning about the Human Body, the Senses, how volcanoes work, the Earth, how our water is treated, water cycle, food chain, insects, molecules, computers, physics laws and so much more. You can find some games, coloring pages and pop quizzes on the Magic School Bus right on this LINK from Scholastic.

I am so glad I found the Magic School Bus. The shows are clean, exciting and hold the children's attention as they learn about science. So cool! Thank you Joanna Cole for coming up with this amazing concept. :)

Although, most of her views are from an evolution side, the books and the videos give us an opportunity to discuss the difference between creationism and evolution. My children are taught both and they pretty much think that evolution is fantasy or made up stuff. Anyway... 

How about you? What kind of FREE and wholesome content have you found on the internet to help with your children's education?

PS...  I will be posting a list of Books that we read each month. The idea is to share with you what we use to complement our homeschooling and I hope you share your book list too and link to your blog... how about we do that every first Friday of the month? You can share a list of the books you read with or to your children during the month before. I would love to see you this coming Friday. :)