Friday, August 16, 2013

Fall is Coming!

Fall is coming so I am getting ready. Usually the southern heat makes me very ready for the mild temperatures of fall. Even though I homeschool this time of year bring back so many memories of being a child and starting fresh. It was a new season, and a new school year. The temperature was dropping and the leaves started to die and fall to the ground. I can still smell the aroma of jumping into a huge pile of leaves as a child. Fall inspires me as a time of gathering, hope, and refreshment. So, to get things ready for this wonderful season I added some festive fall fashion to my shop for children. 


                                So, what do you think? Are you feeling more festive for fall now?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Homeschool Crafts for Kids!

Besides crafting for my shop I also craft for my day job, homeschooling. We are studying the earth and are going to be doing an experiment with the layers of the earth. The materials called for 3 colors of play dough red, green, and blue. Since our store bought play dough is all mixed together and crusty I pulled out this fabulous play dough recipe that I got awhile ago on Pintrest. It is very easy to do and the thing that takes the most time is getting together the supplies. You probably have most supplies already in the house except cream of tarter. Cream of tarter can be found in the spice section at your local grocery store. We also found something to do with our old broken crayons! I had my children take off the wrappers and break them up into little pieces. After that we melted them in little heart shape cookie molds. The result was cool multicolor heart shape crayons. This was also another Pintrest idea! 

Multicolor heart shaped crayons and homemade play dough. 

All of the materials that you need to make homeade play dough.

Heart crayons. This one turned out so pretty!

playing with the new heart shaped crayons. 

To make the crayons simply put them in the oven at 230 degrees for 15 minutes.   

Monday, August 12, 2013

Unicorns and Zebra.

Things are getting settled here at home again after our trip to Ohio last week. Most of the children in the neighborhood are starting school next week, and I have pretty much started homeschool with my children as well. I  gave them each a list of new hats I am making and let them pick which one they wanted to claim for their own (I give them the samples). My 6 year old daughter wanted the unicorn. I finished it today and listed it in my shop. Here is my oldest modeling it for her. She brought her Native American flute with her. Normally I tell them to put their props away for pictures for the shop, but I actually think the flute worked for the unicorn. What do you think?

Unicorn fluting. 

Smiling Unicorn. 
 While traveling back from Ohio we let our children watch the movie Stripes. It is about a zebra in a horse race. I can't say that I was a huge fan of it because the language, but I turned it into a teachable moment when I heard negative words spoken. Like, "Do you think that was a nice thing to say?" etc.  So, despite the negative language the zebra proved a likable character, so when I mentioned that I would be making a zebra hat my oldest enthusiastically announced that was the hat she wanted. I think it turned out quite cute, what do you think?
fancy zebra hat, with a big hot pink bow.

More fancy zebra.
My son 5 agreed to wear the pumpkin hat, and my 3 year old decided a turkey hat was for him. My baby was undecided so I will make him a puppy hat this year. Those hats are in the works so stay tuned for them in upcoming blog posts.

I did whip up this snazzy aqua and orange granny square blanket for my son as well. I have since added an aqua border which evens things up a bit. I need to update the pictures of it in my shop. I added a new style to my granny squares by crocheting them together in sets of 3. I like this a lot better, and it lays very flat. I think I will be doing this on my granny squares from now on.

Here is my 3 year old enjoying his new "handmade with love" gift from mommy.
All of these things have been added to my shop, and are now available to purchase as a custom order as well!