Current rotating cross stitch projects…

cross stitch wip

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Someone asked me what project I was currently working on. So I decided perhaps a gallery post would help both me and the curiosity of anyone wanting to know. Thus, my current projects and some I’m itching to start stitching! It is an interesting combination of things. Spring by Ruth Sanderson from Heaven and Earth Designs is my first HAED and my first experience with 25ct 1×1 full cross. Fall Faerie and Woodland Enchantress also both by Ruth Sanderson are my first full fabric projects. I plan to stitch Summer on 28ct to keep it the same design size as the other three, but after working a bit with 25ct, I think that is going to be quite the challenge at 28ct! Snow Queen is going to be my first experience stitching 1×2 so that will be neat, I think. The Fishing kit image is a finished piece I made for my dad.…

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The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully {Review}

The Ballot Box Battle

It was actually last week that we read this book but I kept forgetting to sit down and write a review for you! This is a book that I picked up on a whim after a glance at a local used bookstore before it closed. The Ballot Box Battle is a story about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a long-term supporter of the idea of women’s rights, especially the right to vote. Right now we are working on an Elections unit study from Homeschool in the Woods and I dug this out of our bookshelf thinking that it would make a good read aloud to go with the theme, and it was a perfect choice! In this story a young girl who wants to learn to ride horses and stand up to the local boys including her brother goes to a neighbor, Ms. Stanton for lessons and advice. This was an attractively…

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Weekly Wrap-Up (2/6/16)

Creative Madness Mama weeklywrap up

More and more updates in the archives! Do you remember these goodies? I am also working behind the scenes to get in some new Coming Soon from the Pen Author Interview posts as well as some good Lent & Easter season goodies! Speaking of holidays, have you entered in the Valentine’s Day giveaway yet?  School It is so hard to comprehend that we are one month down in the new 2016 year! Thinking about school, I cannot believe that we are nearly finished with our first term in my six-year-old AppleBlossom’s SECOND GRADE year. I keep saying we’ll take it slow, but she just keeps on trekking. If we were really on schedule, you could say we’re a few weeks behind, but considering her age, I’m floored at how well we are doing. Finally, the Princess has started showing a bit more interest in school so I have been able…

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Unwrapping the Pharaohs by John Ashton & David Down {Review}

Unwrapping the Pharaohs

Secular textbooks and videos discredit the biblical account of Exodus. Those who wish to defend the accuracy of the Bible now have an incredible tool—this book provides compelling confirmation of the biblical account. (90-minute DVD included.)

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GrubMarket: Farm Fresh to Door Delight! {Online Grocery Review}

GrubMarket #flyby review from @CherryBlossomMJ

I’m a stay-at-home homeschooling mama of three littles and I have a confession to make. I detest going to the grocery store. Going to the store fills me with anxiety. Whether it’s the price checking, the squealing offspring, the germs that I know are getting eaten off random surfaces, or many other things… it is not something I enjoy. Now wouldn’t it be a wonderful solution if I could do that shopping online and get about a 40-50% savings on fresh food?!

Oh!!! You can!

Keep on reading for a neat opportunity dear reader… coupons, giveaways… mmm…

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Grapevine Studies on the task list for today!

Getting a good start today with out Bible study. Awesome resources from @grapevinestudies #grapevinestudies #tosreviewcrew #hsbloggers We are reading from our resources and delving in with different types of Bibles and learning more stories today. #grapevinestudy #bible #biblestudy #homeschool from Instagram:

Frankencrayon by Michael Hall {Review}


Frankencrayon has made his day! When I see a new book from Michael Hall, I know a few things. I know that is going to be ridiculously silly and fun and full on educational. He definitely does not disappoint with his latest January 2016 release in Frankencrayon. These are the type of books that I love to give my preschool and primary grade level kiddos. I love to see their imaginations spark as they think, hmm, maybe I can do something like this! I truly enjoy how his plot line is interesting enough to entertain the adults, yet thrilling enough to tickle the fancy of any child. There are lots of emotions in this one, but fun to discuss and keep in check!     About Michael Hall Michael Hall grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the…

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It’s an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall {Review}

It's an ORange Aardvark!

*This post has been updated on February 4, 2016 with my new format, with the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.* Cat Tale was my introduction to Michael Hall and I have been entertained by him since in It’s an Orange Aardvark! and no doubt I will fully enjoy Red: A Crayon’s Story. It’s an Orange Aardvark! is silly and fun. About Michael Hall Michael Hall grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon’s Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It’s an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall now lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota—another city that shimmers in the fall. Website

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Historical Author Miranda Shisler

Miranda Shisler

Keep reading for a giveaway opportunity! I love meeting authors that will bring new stories and new imaginings to my story time, don’tcha know it?! Today is fun, because I have a debut author, well debut in this genre and name to welcome today to Creative Madness Mama and the Christian Historical Fiction Gathering Place. I’ve downloaded her novel, Where We Belong, the first in the Midwest Maidens series and it is next on my reading list! *This post has been in my drafts and has meant to post!! But alas, finally I am here to share… I apologize for the delay!!  Please welcome, Miranda Shisler! What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I started reading Christian historical romance when I was eleven with Janette Oke’s “Canadian West” series. I was also affected greatly by “The Russians” series by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella…

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Baby boy first haircut…

First haircut

When my oldest was 8 months old, her daddy cut her bangs so that she could see. She had a real hair cut at two, and then again at four, and again at six I believe. Middle child Princess did not have her first haircut (other than sister attempted) until she was four. Finally, I could no longer deny that my little baby Rascal needed his hair cut. *sigh* After six years, I decided to give the Enginerd another chance. After he is going in this time, knowing about if you cut bangs while they’re wet… well you know. And he has quite a few years experience cutting a male’s hair (as to his own). So… 18 month old baby boy Rascal is growing up… Gah! How does your mama heart stand it? I keep looking at him as he is running around the house today. Yes, he’s still the…

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