Crafts & DIY

Pictures in the Window: Dinosaurs

After the fun we had with Shamrocks in the Windows  from last week…I was so excited to see someone continue the challenge with new prompts.  What made it even more fun was seeing our city grab on to the idea and sharing it through public channels as well!

I don’t know about you and your kids…but our house is THRILLED that more people will be participating!

If you have read this far and don’t know what I’m talking about.  The idea is to put pictures/projects of a certain theme in your windows, so kids (and who am I kidding…adults) will have some fun things to look at/search for on their walks or car rides.  Social distancing, but a little more HAPPY added 🙂

Here are the prompts for the next few weeks:

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Being that this is the 1st day of DINOSAUR WEEK…I thought I’d help those of you out that needed some ideas and didn’t feel like searching for them on your own.

Dinosaur Footprints from Crafty Morning: TUTORIAL HERE

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Dinosaur out of the Letter D  (how great is this for Letter Learning HomeSchool?) TUTORIAL HERE

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And HOW STINKIN’ CUTE are these Dinosaur Handprint Cards?!?!?! TUTORIAL HERE

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FREE Coloring Kid’s Pages to Print from Itsy Bitsy Fun  PAGES HERE 

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And Don’t Forget about the Coloring Pages!  Here are a few FREE ONES

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For the “COOL” Messy Parents ;0) Here’s some Hand and Footprint Dinosaurs  TUTORIAL HERE 

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Dinosaurs from Paper Plates TUTORIAL HERE

Wanna try to draw your own? 

Our family has LOVED doodling with this family!  ART FOR KIDS HUB on YOUTUBE  It’s such a cute concept!  The dad draws and one of the kids copies him.  It’s fun to see how they both turn out unique!

CLICK HERE FOR A BUNCH of their DINOSAUR drawing videos

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We might try a few of these in our house….but I am VERY EXCITED to make HOMEMADE WASHABLE WINDOW PAINT and see if we can create something BIG!  TUTORIAL HERE

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I’m EXCITED to see what you make! 

If you aren’t local to me, I’d love to see if you participate too….post a picture in the comments!

Shop Talk

Ready to Ship in the Shop!

Hi Friends!

I’ve been working my “real” job quite a bit this week….and preparing our Home for Home School…so not much sewing happening over here.

However, I have lots of amazing Easter and Spring goodies already listed.

AND BEST part about everything in the shop right now:

IT’S ALL READY TO SHIP!

So go ahead and snuggle in with your family and shop from home!  Just Click on that beautiful SHOP button in the MENU at the top OR

CLICK HERE TO SHOP

My Hallmark Obsession

2019 Hallmark’s Christmas Movies: Which one’s are worth Watching?

It turns out, you might need a little guidance this weekend…

As you may or may not know, my love for Hallmark Movies got very real this past Countdown to Christmas when I reached out to the friends in my Facebook universe.  I posed the question: Who loves Hallmark Christmas movies…and who would love to play a game with me?

Out of the handful of people that shared my love/obsession… 21 people (including myself) decided to jump on board with my crazy idea of hosting a

Hallmark Christmas Movie Showdown Bracket.

Basically, I took 24 of the NEW movie premieres and paired them up against each other in a Bracket.  We watched them.  We voted.  People either donated $$ to participate or a prize to be given away.  It turned out WAY more amazing then I thought it would!  It was not only fun to play, but it was fun to discuss the movies and get to know some awesome people that I didn’t typically interact with before.

I DO have plans on hosting again this 2020 Christmas Season (God-willing), but for now…

If you haven’t heard, Hallmark is airing their Countdown to Christmas Movies this weekend as a Marathon!  Now, I know you might be game to just sit down and watch them all.  And, to that I say, “GOOD ON YA!”  They’ll bring you happiness and joy!

If, however, you are thinking…“Geez, I wish I knew which one(s) are actually good…”

I AM HERE FOR YOU!

(to be fair, our Hallmark Christmas Movie Showdown Group is here for you) Because thanks to our hours of dedication and sacrifice from October 2019-December 2019.

We WATCHED THEM ALL!  

and BETTER YET….we discussed, voted, and ranked them all!

I won’t reveal all of our secrets, because I didn’t ask if I could share identities…but I will share our FINAL vote.

In order to determine the “REAL” Hallmark Christmas Movie Winner, we voted on the TOUGH, hard-hitting question:

Would You Watch It Again?

Below is the  Final List:

Out of 21 voting Members, the number Listed is the Percentage of Participants that would, in fact, RE-WATCH the movie.  (and with all the options out there, that’s some High Praise for a Hallmark flick, if you ask me)

  • 71% Merry & Bright
  • 71% Christmas Scavenger Hunt
  • 62% A Christmas Love Story
  • 57%  Christmas in Evergreen; Tidings of Joy
  • 52% Christmas Under the Stars
  • 48% A Gift to Remember 2
  • 48% Christmas Town
  • 43% Write Before Christmas
  • 38% Check Inn to Christmas
  • 33% Double Holiday
  • 33% The Christmas Club
  • 29% Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses
  • 29% Picture a Perfect Christmas
  • 29% Mistletoe Secret
  • 19% Christmas at Dollwood
  • 19% It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • 14% Our Christmas Love Song
  • 14% Christmas at the Plaza
  • 10% A Christmas Duet
  • 10% Christmas in Rome
  • 10% Holiday Date
  • 5% Nostalgic Christmas
  • 0% Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays
  • 0% A Cheerful Christmas

 

There you have it folks!

My personal opinion…I would watch ALL of the movies on the above list that scored 33% or more.  This is the VERY HIGHLY regarded opinion of the Hallmark Movie experts I gathered.  Do with it what you will!

Also. This is only our opinion of whether or not we’d watch it again…if you’d like further clarification on a specific movie…or pros/cons to this/that.  I am happy to help!  I understand what pressure we are under to choose wisely in a home that shares limited screens 😉  Feel free to ask away!

Hope They Spread some JOY to you this Weekend.

Happy Social Distancing &  MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sewing · Tutorial

Make Your Own Boo-Boo Bags (Rice Freezer Bags)

My kiddos and I don’t start our Homeschool Journey until next week, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had lots of learning happening already.  In fact, I want to remind all of you out there in the Internets: I love seeing everyone’s schedules and ideas/tips/tricks/fun, and I will be sharing ours….However, please remember:  WE ONLY POST THE HIGHLIGHTS! I’m not sharing to make you feel bad because you didn’t let your kids so nuts with corn starch mud….or make a scavenger hunt for them….or to make you think I’m not losing my mind like the rest of you.  I’m just trying to stay positive.  We all need a little bit of that right now!

So, let’s see.  Our family of 6 have been “Social Distancing” ourselves since Friday.  We are on Day 7.  Since then, we’ve had 17 cases reported to be in need of a Boo-Boo Bag.

A Boo-Boo Bag?  It’s what we call our Rice Filled Freezer Bags that can be used on “OWWEEEE”s.   And, I am telling you, they are so easy to make, your 7 year old can do it!

Supplies Needed:

Cotton Fabric, Rice, Sewing Machine & Thread.  (Optional: Essential Oils for “Smell Goods”)

 

I hope you don’t mind…I’m not going to be super specific with measurements.  It really doesn’t matter at all.  Use what you have…I let my kids pick the fabric they wanted….and they all turned out to be different sizes.

You are going to sew the pieces together inside-out, and so you have 3 sides closed and one side open.

Flip it right-sides out.

“Fill” with rice.  I put fill in quotes, because you don’t want to fill it all the way….I recommend about 1/2 full (or less)  You want them to be very flexible and cushion-y

Then take the open ends and turn them into the inside…..

Sew it closed.  (Make sure you back-stitch at the beginning and end)

Put them in an air-tight bag or container and store in the freezer for the next “BOO-BOO”

 

  • HOT BONUS TIPS:

  • Add Essential Oils to the rice for aromatherapy….you can also just drop some on bag and let dry.

  • Make LARGER bags for Adult size Boo-Boo’s

  • Use said Larger Bags as HOT PACKS by microwaving them for a couple minutes

 

I’d love to see if you make your own!  Please comment and show us!

My Hallmark Obsession

Gearing Up for Spring Fling

It’s Wednesday….and Wednesday’s We Talk Hallmark!

Ahh….do you know what’s been part of the stress of the past week for me? Global Pandemic? Yes. Social distance? Yes. Preparing to Homeschool our 4 children? Yes……

But…..ALSO: I haven’t even able to watch a SINGLE HALLMARK MOVIE! This probably hasn’t happened since October. (No, I’m not kidding)

I love Hallmark movies. They are happy. They are an escape. I believe I will need to take the time needed to just “check out” for and hour or more very soon. (Good thing most of the kids like them too…since we’ll be needing an escape or 32 in the coming weeks)

So, I don’t know what the future of Hallmark movies are, but I DO know they have announced their Spring Fling 2020 lineup, so I’m assuming they will air as scheduled.

Starts off on March 28th with:

Next Up on April 4th:

Then, April 11th

And Last Up on April 18th

Am I crazy to still be excited about new Hallmark movies? Maybe. Do I care? Not in the least. Let me have this Corona!