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I am a work from home, home schooling Mom who loves her Kids...yep, I think my kids are great. You will find me: Knitting, cross stitch, embroidery and working with felt are things I enjoy for fun. I also love to decorate and find deep satisfaction in decorating my home with great finds and my handmade items.  Gardening is one of my great loves, it like decorating outside!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Road Trip


Oh we just love road trips...slip a book on CD in the player...fill the tank...and jump on the highway.

But where did we go?

Alex looks like hes waking up...though its still dark out...
Trinity is really hyped up!...maybe they didn't give her a decaff at Dunkin Donuts this morning.
We had dinner that night at a pizza place I grew up on as a teen...in Brandon Florida.  The kids questioned me...sooooo we came all the way to Florida for a really good pizza?  OK maybe Trinity was questioning me and Alex was egging her on.  Alex was in on the charade.

After a good nights rest, we loaded up the car again and pointed the car East.

Alex started handing out Magic Bands...Trinity...started connecting the dots just as we passed under this.
The next six days were full of fun...rain...fun...rain...fun...rain...and oh did I mentioned rain. Dry or wet we had fun.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Seasonal Dogwood limb

I have had a dogwood limb in my schoolroom since I could remember here is this Springs, Trinity is getting big enough to help me do it.
Rainbows everywhere!  The leaves are tissue paper that I cut long strands like willow leaves and draped them over the limbs.  This is their third year, if you fold them in half and put them in a plastic bag they will keep well.  If they have kinks just iron them.

Its the second year for the folded paper star, I store them between the mattresses.

The rainbow girl was made by a friend of mine for Trinity, I share a swinging song and a photo of her in an earlier post.

Sorry its been very cloudy hear so the picture is not so bright. 

The fairies are about 8 years old, their wool hair is starting to show it. 

The bumble bees are made from folded over pip cleaners and tiny wax paper wings here is the tutorial for them http://kingdom-of-the-sun.blogspot.com/2012/08/these-little-guys-are-fun-and-easy-to.html

The clouds I think are 1 or 2 years old.  They were sewn from felted wool with cotton floss.

Lucky the cat sits and watches the bird outside at the bird feeder.  Waiting for the kids to come and do their lessons.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Catching Up

Here are some photos that the kids and I put in our memory albums.  I wanted to give the kids some memories so I made sure my camera went everywhere we did.  Then we went and got three photo albums and three copies of each adventures photos and started filling them up.
I highly advise you to do this, my family is all gone and I have very few photos of all the times we spent together...I know they will appreciate this later on in life.
We have bee so busy and having so much fun!  Here we are at the Etowah Indian Mounds

Waiting for the Fireworks Labor Day...we got a double dose as the 4th of Julys fireworks got rained out so we had a firework extravaganza.

I know bad photo but the lighting was crazy...everything was under black lights and glowed in the dark.  This is Monster Golf
One of my most favorite picture of the kids!  When we went camping at Vogel

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Full Life

I just wanted to share a few reasons why I haven't been Blogging lately...the photos say it best
The Kids first Drive-In Movie...we had to drive an hour and a half to get to it...but we had a blast.  We took a picnic dinner relaxed and watched Despicable Me 2...very funny by the way.  We didn't stay for RIPD of course.  The Swan Drive-In Theatre took me back quite a few years.  If your in Blue Ridge Georgia check it out.
Tent camping at Vogel State Park Georgia...giggles and laughter, not to mention getting soaked in the rain (we decided to just go with it and sing in the rain) is what we did all weekend long.  Vogel is one of my favorite places to camp.  It is just west of Blairsville Georgia and near Brasstown Bald the highest point in Georgia.
A trip to the Etowah Indian mounds...you didn't think I would let the Summer slip by without throwing in something educational.  Shhh...don't tell the kids they were learning something. Not to mention all the stairs we climbed on the three mounds.  The Mounds are in Cartersville Georgia and have picnic tables out front but our favorite place to picnic is down by the river under the trees.
We also Monkeyed around at Zoo Atlanta...this was educational too.  We got in for free by watching a video at the Library.  How cool is that? You can also take a cooler in here.

So please forgive me for being lax on my blog...but they are the light of my life and I want to bask in it all I can.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Home School Gardening

On your Mark...Get Set...Plant!

Well the garden beds we built last year are getting this Years Spring crops in.

 Each of us has chosen something different.  Alex and I want to learn all we can about each vegetable so we decided to pick one climber and one non-climber.  So we can get to know each vegetable intimately and know its likes and dislikes as well as planting and harvesting time.

 Trinity on the other hand likes her flowers, so she opted for a cut flower garden with as many different flower seeds she could get.  So last falls seed collecting really helped her out.

As Alex and I were preparing our soil in early spring...one thing led to another and a bet was placed as who would have the most lush garden.  The winner doesn't have to do any fall clean-up in the garden...and it seems a lunch at our favorite diner got in the bet somehow.
Well, may the best gardener win.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Cleaning a Waldorf Cloth Doll

I have had the honor of making my children's first dolls. Far from perfect but still well loved. In fact loved till they were dirty. After so much work going into them I was afraid of cleaning them. I had done spot cleaning, which led to a different type of stain. I searched and searched for what to do, but found nothing. So I took a chance and bathed them in a sink of water...I know very scary. But the results were excellent and I wanted to share.
Sammy and Alaska

Doll Bath
1. Fill Kitchen Sink about two inches deep with warm water (about the temperature you would bathe a baby in)
2. Add two Tablespoons of Prell Shampoo and swish water till bubbly.
3. Dip the dolls body parts in the water till very wet including face. (The dolls limbs felt heavy with water)
4. Gently squeeze doll over the sink (soapy bubbles will come out) dip again if needed. I also rubbed the very dirty hands but tried to maintain the dolls shape as I did so.
5. Wrapped the doll in a towel and continue to squeeze and rub gently on extra dirty spots. This is a good time to hand them over to there Mamas and Papas for some extra squeezing.
6. Lay them out in full sun all day long turning them half way through.

My dolls kept there shape and felt soft...there skin looked brand new. The wool inside didn't felt and kept its shape.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Adopt A US Soldier

Hey all...we are so excited the kids and I have have adopted a Soldier overseas.  We thought long and hard about it.  I researched several sites that aid and support our troops.  It only took about three days after I choose Adopt A US Soldier to get our Soldier address.  In this day and age we can e-mail each other, though at times they are unable to e-mail back.  But it is suggested that snail mail be sent as well and care packages.
This has been a great lesson for the kids on several levels.  First to be giving and compassionate and second we did a geography lesson on where he is now and where he is from in the United States.  They also have to learn how to keep secrets, though we can tell others we Adopted a soldier we cannot tell too much about him to keep him safe.
The Kids are having a fun time figuring out what to put in the box we are sending him.  We compiled a list from the Internet of people who have shipped or who have received care packages.  We hope he will feel the love and care we put into it.