ARTistic Pursuits K-3 Vol. 1 Review

Last year (or was it the year before?) when I was blessed to visit a local homeschool conference (there hasn’t been one within three hours since!) I remember my SisterL telling me to check out the ARTistic Pursuits booth. The program has been on my wish list since, and I was thus delighted to gain the opportunity to review the Early Elementary K-3, Book 1: Introduction to the Visual Arts (expanded and revised for 2013).

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What do you mean it’s mid-March?

How on earth is it already mid-March? How in the world am I already 21 weeks preggo? I haven’t gotten anything done that I was planning to have pre-scheduled in January and now you’re telling me it’s almost April. How does that happen? *sigh* I’m going to dream about curriculum, that always helps. I did that last night you know. It was vibrant and educational. *snicker* I’ve been thinking, I need more blog posts, so how about more of me just “saying it how it is” posts, but you know moderated. Because well, I don’t necessarily know ‘you’ and I’m not sure what I’d say to your face rather than say to you know BestFriendK’s face, you know? Well that’s a ramble and I’ve probably already lost you. After all, it’s not like I could ever blog like Not Inadequate. I love her blog, it’s so real and always makes. . .

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Making Babbies, the washable, replaceable lovey blanket

A few days ago, I started making some new babbies intended for the new summer baby we’re expecting. I was so excited about making this blog post and I’ve been taking pictures galore of the process and locating old babbie prominent photos on my computer. Then I started to type of this post, and was shocked when WordPress prompted me to make this …/making-babbies-2/. 2? What does it mean by two?! Well onto searching my archives and what do I find but a long forgotten post from 2011 (the arrival of my last baby and current toddler) all about making babbies. Well that burst my bubble! It even highlights the same main photo I was planning to use in introduction from my childhood! Hah! Hi, my name is Margaret and I have permanent pregnancy/mommy-brain. How are you? So let me refresh that post a bit with old information, new information,. . .

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Sitting and staring…

Right now I’m sitting in the brown chair just staring out the library window. My blossoms are four and two and we have been in this house for about two and a half years. This last week things are really starting to settle a bit more. Since I left for collage life has been a lot of here there and yonder. Live here 3 months, there 2 months, here a semester, here a summer, there a few weeks, here 7 months, and on and on pick up and go for over three years. Then came marriage. A year there almost, then a year here in our first home purchase. Lay-offs and closing divisions and we up rooted from one state and moved to another. Rented for almost 2 years and then moved to this house we own now. I’m so used to being in boxes. This weekend I got rid. . .

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Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten {Review – Part VII – Crafts}

CMM JrK Review

The Book of Crafts for Jr. K is brand new, it was not available when we first started. In the lesson plans I was queued with something like “Make a gingerbread craft” or “Madeline Craft”, but there was nothing more than that. Previously what I did was searched pinterest for great ideas and went from there. However, now with The Book of Crafts, no searching on my part is necessary as they are all laid out for me. I received a portion of this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. See full disclosure at close of post or read my disclosure policy for more details. *Thanks to Memoria Press for providing material for review.* The creative arts are an essential part of the primary school education. By using the activities in this book, you can reinforce number and letter recognition, strengthen fine motor skills, and foster creativity and. . .

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Creative Madness Mama thoughts on a Monday

Lately I have been so domestic. I have really been bitten by a cooking and meal planning bug. I even have a new Pinterest wall dedicated to “Meal-Planning Bliss”. <strike(I will try to come back with a link, but I’m writing from my Kindle Fire app right now). I have been observing and pining interesting recipes that we might try. Then there are several mama blots with meal planning materials and ideas. But my favorite discovery has been a combination app/website/Firefox Add-on for PepperPlate. It’s amazing. (Although I have experienced minor issues between sync-ing from time to time.) PepperPlate is allowing me to put recipes all in one digital place with a little drag-and-drop including pictures. Then the recipe is sourced and I can link back to the original blog post or professional recipe site (like Betty Crockery or Paula Deen) to see ones that have step by step images.. . .

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DIY Crib Guard Rail Teething Cover Tutorial with snaps!

OrangeBlossom is eating everything! Forget the teething ring, she wants cardboard and wood. So now both her crib railing and the toddler railing on her big sister’s bed are getting munched on. Thinking it’s not healthy and it’s definitely not pretty so I needed to remedy that!

In step a search and discovery! I found a good tutorial that I was able to tweak a bit to get what works for me.

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Path of Freedom by Jennifer Hudson Taylor (Quilts of Love)

When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple. With only her mother’s quilt as a secret guide, the foursome follows the stitches through unknown treachery.

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I got a new sewing machine!

Oooh! I am one happy camper, thanks to the wonderful Enginerd I finally have a new sewing machine, and one that I can quilt with! (As soon as I really figure it out…) I’m so delighted to have a brand spanking new Bernina 550 QE (Quilter’s Edition). It is silver and white and oh so fancy. I am over the top delighted! 🙂 So if you know anyone interested… I have a Babylock Xscape to sell for a pittance… I also have a very rarely used Babylock Walking Foot. FYI!

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Creating Children’s Artwork Quilts by Shannon Gingrich Shirley

Do you have your children’s artwork hanging on your walls or refrigerator doors? Have you saved their artwork since they were young, but you don’t know what to do with it? This fun, do-it-yourself quilting book offers a chance to preserve your children’s artwork by incorporating it into quilts and other fiber art projects. Small quilts for wall hanging or full-size quilts for snuggling will be enjoyed all the more when they are decorated with these childhood keepsakes. Projects range from simple and quick to elaborate and time-consuming works of art. Chapters include artwork selection, techniques, combining multiple pieces of art, product lists, and a glossary of terms. A gallery of completed works will inspire your own creative ideas. Instruction for both novice and seasoned quilters is provided. What a great way to recreate and preserve the artwork from the special children in your life.

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A Wild Goose Chase Christmas by Jennifer AlLee

Upon her grandmother’s death, Izzy Fontaine finds herself in possession of a Wild Goose Chase pattern quilt that supposedly leads to a great treasure.

Of course, once the rest of the family finds out about the “treasure map,” they’re determined to have a go at the treasure themselves. And, if that weren’t enough, Max Logan, a local museum curator, contacts Izzy and says that Grandma Isabella promised him the quilt.

What is it about this quilt that makes everyone want it? Is Izzy on a wild goose chase of her own, or a journey that will lead her to the treasure her grandmother intended?

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