Celebrating the Resurrection Together…

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

After finding this lovely idea on Pinterest, my boys and I tackled this project together this week. We are anticipating the growth of grass from the seed that surrounds the crosses.

It is a fun was to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us, and celebrate the Risen Lord.

I encourage you to find ways to place a family focus on Christ and His willingness to save us from our sin.

For children, creating and using their hands is a great way to make an impact and set the stage for great questions to be asked and appreciation and thankfulness to be developed as they learn the truth about Salvation.

This is a fantastic way to open their eyes and hearts to the Cross.

 The website I got the idea from was:

http://wearethatfamily.com/2012/03/diy-mini-resurrection-garden/

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Primitive Grubby Cake Candles!

Saturday while my husband was at a meeting, me and my wonderful batch of craft loving kiddos got to work on a fun project.

I found this project on a website I would highly recommend

to craft making ladies! Great ideas are found here!

http://eyeballsbydaycraftsbynight.wordpress.com/category/candles/

On the Eyeballs By Day, Crafts By Night…her candles came out perfectly lovely. They remained the sweet shape of a votive, where as mine turned into what looked like a rounder shaped ball cake candle.

This was my first try…so my grubby primitive candles had my husband reaching for what he thought was a delicious muffin when walk in the door..”sorry dear”!

Maybe next time they will resemble the candle it was meant to be originally!

Anyway…here was what we did…and you can do it too! It’s not terribly hard and the outcome was quite rewarding.

First you will need some inexpensive votive candles…I purchased mine at Wal-Mart…

Then…I used a small pillar candle…also bought at Wal-mart…I picked yummy scents of Vanilla Cookie…Cinnamon…Hazulnut…and other warm and inviting aromas.

You will then need an old saucepan …and a large pot of sorts.I filled the larger pot with about 3 cups of water then placed the saucepan inside the pot with the water…a make shift double boiler if you will…

Once your items are ready..it’s time to begin…. 

Place the pillar candle in the saucepan and turn temperature on high to get the water boiling.

If the water is boiling to rapidly, turn down the temp a little but continue to watch as the wax melts

Once the wax is melted, pour it carefully into a aluminum pie pan.

Let it sit for a few minutes until the wax begins to harden a little.

Once it’s tolerable to touch, pick up one of your white votive

candles and begin packing the wax around it. You will begin to see that the cake candle look with begin to appear!

Continue with each candle until you achieve to desired look and texture. After the candles were formed I placed them on foil to cool. Just for fun I sprinkled a dusting of cinnamon on the top. I love the way it looked, now I just hope it will burn nicely with the candle!

I was able to make 5 candles with the wax of the 1 small pillar candle.

Great Success!

I will making more of these and am so excited at trying new ideas involving candle making.

I wish you the best as you attempt this fun and easy project!

Rainy Day Fun!

 
 
 
 

 Our Rainy Day Fun!

 We made Jell-o Play dough today! You can too!

 
 
 
 

Things You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • Three ounces of jello – any flavor you wish (we used grape, smelled wonderful)
  • Heat the mixture over medium heat until the gelatin dissolves  completely.

Instructions:

  • Stir 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 3 tablespoons cream of tartar and 2  tablespoons vegetable oil into the saucepan.

  • Cook while stirring the mixture until a soft ball forms.

  • Remove the play dough from the saucepan and cool to room temperature before  kneading and molding.

  • This is not an edible play dough.

Unexpected Friends…

Today we rounded out a week of sickness with in home fun and crafts. It was a refreshing day

of relaxing and so enjoyable being able to stay home as everyone recuperated.

I spent the afternoon (by request of 3 very sweet little boys) making some felt friends

for them to hold in their little hands.

I thankfully had a load of leftover felt from making Christmas ornaments, so I took on the challenge.

 

First, my 4-year-old loved the Wise Old Owl.

He took ownership immediately.

The brothers (as I like to call them) insisted that owl needed friends, and so did they!

 

 

 

So from that was born what my 7-year-old took….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicky!

He swiftly began playing together with the Wise Old Owl.

Of course our 2-year-old just had to enter the world

of little felt friends…

so along came..Mr Froggy!

 

I used felt I already had, and stuffed the little animals with felt scraps and

plastic grocery bags.

We had a lot of fun growing our family of animal friends today!

 

Homespun…And Happy…

I am so excited to share with you something I accomplished this week.I have desperately wanted to learn how to quilt. Finally I did, and here it is! I wanted to show it to you. I am so happy with my new home made homespun rag quilt.

In the past few months there came about a opportunity in our homeschool co-op for mothers to also participate in an elective offered to the high school girls. Another homeschooling mother (a precious friend of mine, you know who you are), also took the class.

It was a fantastic chance to do something I’ve always wanted and I am so thankful for that the opportunity arose for me to be challenged in that way.

Here is a link to instructions on how to make a rag quilt.

http://www.joann.com/homespun-ragged-quilt/xprd367540/?_requestid=718060

I hope you take advantage

of any chance you get to may something with your hands.

It is so rewarding to stand back and see the outcome of your hard work.

Is there anything you’ve always wanted to learn to make?

What is it? I hope that you get the chance to learn something new.

It’s so exciting!

No Sew Curtains…

I wanted to share with you an idea that became a solution to a problem that I had.

When we purchased our new home I was in need of curtains for some very large windows.

Our bedroom windows are 6 feet across and 3 feet high.

I wasn’t about to purchase store bought curtains that I wasn’t

happy with, nor was I prepared to pay out a large sum to have

curtains specially made.

I began brainstorming, and here was the outcome.

I went to Target and purchased 4 long rectangular tablecloths (2 for each window). The tablecloths were $15.00 a piece.

They were already hemmed so there was no need for sewing.

I took them home and laid them out on the floor. I pinned the ends of the tablecloths together and then folder the whole connected tablecloth like a paper fan (remember that from childhood)?

I had also purchased 3 set (2 in each set) of swag holders from the Terry’s Village catalog.

Each set was $9.99 for a set of 2.

As you can see in the photo I hung 3 swag holders, the pinned portion is covered by the swag holder so it remains unseen.

I spent more time just readjusting the curtains to ensure that I achieved the look I was going for.

Here’s the Math

4 tablecloths ($15.00 a piece) $ 60.00

3 sets (2 pieces per set) swag holders $9.99 x 3 =$ 30.00

So…(drum roll please) ………..$45.00 per window…and $90.00 total…

Not to bad on a small budget and very large windows to dress.

I hope that this inspires you to use items in other ways then they were made for.

You might already have things in your home that you can use for a need you have elsewhere in your home.

Happy Homemaking!

*SUPER EASY* Brown Sugar Hand Scrub!

Hey there! I hope is well will all of you today!

I am preparing a Brown Sugar Hand Scrub for a group of young ladies. I’m so excited to get to talk to such a fine group of 11 and 12-year-old gals! We are discussing beauty on the inside and outside. A Christian Charm Course!

We are focusing on face and hands tonight! Primarily skin. How do we take care of our skin? What are the best things we can do to promote healthy skin as we age. We want to look healthy right?

Well, to make the night a fun one I thought it would be fun to create something that we can make at home, or even for gifts later on that is easy to pull together…and great for our hands.

With this dark winter weather upon us, our hands take a beating whether outside in the frosty wind or just by washing the dishes…can I hear amen?

Here is a super easy, practical, and inexpensive way to have soft hands and reduce the dryness. You can find the ingredients right in your kitchen cupboard.

Brown Sugar Scrub

(made to fill a 14 oz jar)

1 cup white sugar 

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

12 drops vanilla

*Mix altogether and Ta-Da (as my 4-year-old says after pretending a magic trick)

You now have a super fabulous smelling product that you can keep by your kitchen sink…or bathroom sink…or wherever you please…

I would recommend applying some lotion after using scrub just to be sure to seal in the moisture into your hands.

You can make your jar special by tying a ribbon, putting a special tag on it…what ever you like

I  just tied a ribbon around the neck of the jar to make it pretty…just for fun.

Enjoy, and I hope you fall in love with this quick and easy fix for dry hands!