Monday, November 29, 2010

Pot Holders For A Cause

Olive has become a pot holder making machine. Some of you may remember when she received her loom for her 5th birthday in January. A few month ago she learned how to finished the edges of the pot holders all by herself and she now makes about three a day.
She plans to sell her pot holders at our holiday MOPS bazaar and will donate $1 for each pot holder sold to St. Jude Children's Hosptial. Her goal is to make and sell 40 pot holders for $2 a piece. I am very proud of her for making this decision.

These are some common uses for pot holders at our house:  a coaster, a barbie blanket, and a handle holder.
Olive says that "potholders are the perfect stocking stuffer"!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pipe Cleaner Tree

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. I hope you did too! Three of us are sick so we've been taking school slow this past week, but we are starting off the Christmas season with music, decorations, and a cute pipe cleaner craft.

I first saw this craft at MOPS and brought an extra one home. Olive really loved twisting the pipe cleaners around the dowel rod. She glued a red pom-pom on top of her tree to finish it off. The dowel rod is glued into a wooden base, but you could also use a strong plastic plate covered in felt.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Prepping For Turkey Day

Every time I see a full fridge I feel so blessed.  I had a hard time trying to stuff all of tomorrows bounty inside.
I am making the bread and potato stuffing this morning, prepping my veggies, and getting ready to brine the turkey. My family will be joining us and some close friends. We have so much to be thankful this year, have a wonderful turkey day.

Menu: Turkey, green beans, stuffing, yams, broccoli, creamed corn, carrot casserole, 1/2 of ham, cranberries, apple bake, and yummy pies.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Book Suggestions

One Is A Feast For Mouse
By: Judy Cox This cute mouse gets greedy after everyone leaves the dinner table, but learns that a little can sometimes be a lot. 
Activities: balancing objects, counting, discuss sharing, how to set a table.

 Turkey Trouble
By: Wendi Silvano
It's Thanksgiving Day and turkey knows he's in trouble. He offers creative suggestions to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
Activities: Discuss other countries that celebrate Thanksgiving and their food traditions, puppets, make disguises.
P is for Pilgrim
By: Helle Urban
This is a wonderful book for an older child.  It walks you through the alphabet with interesting Thanksgiving facts from A to Z.
Activities: Map pilgrims route, geography, growing crops, Indian tribes near you.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


The girls did amazing job in the Nutcracker as an English Cracker and Little Mouse. I could tell that Olive loved performing on stage and Jem was just as excited to wear make-up.

I have many holiday activities to post, but the past two weeks have been a bit hectic. I flew to California on a "friendship emergency," while Buzz looked after the girls. He even had to get the girls ready for the Nutcracker, he did great!

We are heading to a funeral as one of our favorite Uncles passed away this week. He was a good man who lived a full life. Our Uncle made everyone laugh and loved God and his family.

I'll be back in action on Monday...have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gobble Hat

 Cut a bunch of feathers out of construction paper, and a long hat piece. I used foam to make the turkey head, waddle, nose, and glued eyes onto pom-pom. Glue the rest of the pieces onto the hat strip.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nominated "Best New Homeschool Blog"

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Indian Corn Weaving

My girls really enjoyed this weaving craft.
 I cut slits in an oval piece of paper and strips of paper to weave.
 The girls weaved the paper strips, glued them down, and cut off the extra length. The indian corn was a fun project to do. You can also find another cute indian corn idea over at Almost Unschoolers.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Turkey Magnet Clips

Look at these adorable turkey magnet clips we made!
 We glued on eyes, waddle, and nose, small note clip, and hat to a colored craft stick. All these supplies came from the craft store including the cute little hat.
 We added feathers to the back side of the craft stick with strong glue and stuck another craft stick on top. Just add a magnet and your turkey clip is ready!

I have not seen this craft on any other blog. These will be great for Thanksgiving name cards. Enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Coffee Filter Wreath

Here is an easy wreath project to decorate just about any place in your home and it's made out of coffee filters!
 -bunch up the filter.
 -secure into wreath with straight pin.
Keep adding the filters all the way around and hang-up the wreath with a ribbon. I added spiders for Halloween and I bet it would look nice for Thanksgiving if you used the brown coffee filters. I love when my MOPS group comes up with crafty ideas.
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