Category: Crafts

Aug 06 2015

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  General Craft Supplies

Our kids love to do crafts! In the summer months, on the weekends, or evenings when the kids have some extra free time they like to do crafts.  Throughout the school year they have to do various projects for school so our art and craft supplies come in handy for those tasks as well.

The general arts and crafts supplies are stored in our storage closet on one of our shelves in individual containers labeled with what is inside each one.  Whenever the kids want to do a craft or need something specific all they have to do is get the container out, use whatever item they need, and put the container back once they are finished.  If they use up all of one particular item they write that item on the grocery / shopping list (or tell us if we are nearby so we can add it).

When the kids were younger we had a lot more containers of art and crafts supplies.  Now we have narrowed it down to the supplies they use the most and will fit on one shelf in the storage room.  We still have a couple drawers and other containers on the very bottom shelf for specialty or specific items that do not fit into these categories, but they are easy to access when they need them as well.   Also, the girls have crafts that were give to them in their own rooms, Organized Chaos: Kids Crafts & Activities.

These small containers with lids that we used for the arts and crafts supplies, you can find for a $1 at Dollar Tree, have been very useful in helping our family get organized!  Once the items are placed in containers, we put the lid on, and label them. We picked up the shelving a long time ago at Sam’s Club, but you can find it at a number of stores including Walmart, KMart, Target, Home DepotLowe’s, and more.

Here are some of the container labels we used for our arts and crafts supplies to get you started:

  • Stencils
  • Small Crafts
  • Glitter
  • Craft Sticks
  • Modeling Clay
  • Crayons
  • Google Eyes
  • Beads & Necklaces
  • Fuzzy Sticks (pipe cleaners)
  • Water Color Paint / Paint Brushes
  • Finger Paints
  • Stamps
  • Pom Poms

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 Our organized storage room – the top shelf in this picture is where the arts & crafts supplies are located!

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Jun 17 2015

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My EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem Aquarium & New Stand

My handsome man made me a 3D printed stand for the EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem Aquarium.  The aquarium has been sitting on the dresser downstairs which has a glass top so it can easily slide.  The stand helps it stay in place on the dresser.  When you look through the aquarium at the stand the blue look like waves.  Thankful for a thoughtful husband who uses his 3D printer to make items that can be used around the house.

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3D Printed Stand for my Aquarium!

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The aquarium looks pretty cool with its new blue 3D printed stand!

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Jun 03 2015

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Brina and Karlie at the Pickens County Museum!

The girls have had a very busy 4th grade school year.  We are very proud of all that they have been able to learn and accomplish over the course of this school year.  While we know they work hard sometimes we as parents are blown away at the things they are able to do.  Yes, we realize they are growing up!

It is exciting to see their talents and interests continue to develop and grow as they get older.  Neither Jake nor I would consider ourselves as artistic (I can barely draw stick figures, seriously, ask my family).  Yet Karlie had two pieces of her artwork selected to be part of her schools display at the Pickens County Museum for an entire month.  It is a big honor to have any pieces of your artwork up on display at our local museum.  We were proud of her!

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Karlie all smiles as she stands next to her metal artwork piece which she named “Zip”.  She was 1 of only 2 selected out of the entire 4th grade selected for this piece.

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Karlie’s “Zip” metal art!

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Karlie’s self-portrait was selected for display at the Pickens County Museum.  Her art teacher selected the ones that would be on display in the Museum for the entire month.

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Close up of her self-portrait.  She got her artist talents from her grandparents!

Beginning in 4th grade the girls started learning how to play the recorder!  Karlie LOVED it and would go outside and practice on the deck.  She would play her special music for Skipper.  I forgot how shrill those instruments could be and when you have two kids that play them…..well let’s just say I requested that they practice outside for the animals.  I could still hear it inside, but it wasn’t as loud.  Also, they didn’t ever practice together because it was a little hard to actual work on skills.  I think Karlie really enjoyed the noise!

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Making sure she has her hand in the right position.

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Practicing on the back deck on a rainy afternoon!

In science during their electricity unit they built items out of recycled goods that conducted electricity.  They had to put together a homemade lamp that could light a lightbulb.  Below are the two designs that the girls came up with for their lamps.  The teacher sent home the non-breakable pieces of the project.  It was a great hands on way to teach the kids about conducting electricity.

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Brina’s electricity project.

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Karlie’s electricity project!

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Mar 30 2015

The kids are on Spring Break this week!  WooHoo!  I am looking forward to spending extra time with them.  We have some fun activities and adventures planned for the week.  We’ll be wrapping up March, starting April, enjoying Spring Break, and celebrating Easter this week so it will be a fun one!  The main goal this week is to spend some time with the kids.  I have a lot of items I would like to get accomplished, but there are second to my family this week.  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids – we are getting further into it, the girls love this book about a pet Rascal (this was a book I had as a kid)
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Spring Events
  5. Spend time Monday – Thursday helping the kids with Homework
  6. Attend After School Activities
  7. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  8. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure
  9. Figure out the kids Science Fair Projectsgot them approved now we need to get started on them….
  10. STEM Club Event Presentations for Family Night at School
  11. Prep for upcoming Spring Break

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Unpack Suitcase and Items Away from State STEM Robotics Trip this weekend)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – All pictures downloaded & organized from FL and STEM trips) – still working on this one, school and other activities took priority last week but hoping to get everything caught up soon
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Sweep out my side of Garage)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Mineral Bucket for the Goats) – store was out of mineral buckets, will need to check another location or check again this week

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Medical Bills – working on it
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, and other debt) – working on it
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Rascal by Sterling North to the kids
  2. Plan 3 special activities with the family
  3. Play Games with the Kids
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Spring Events
  5. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure
  6. Start prepping for the kids Science Fair Projects
  7. Enjoy extra time with the kids on Spring Break
  8. Celebrate Easter with the family
  9. Spend time working on projects with kids
  10. Focus on quality family time
  11. Upcoming STEM Event
  12. Play with the kids
  13. Go for a bike ride, walk in the woods, and have relax
  14. Take time to really listen to the kids and what they are thinking / doing, etc…

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Keep up with my FitBit Goals (Walk 10,000 steps / 5 miles / 10 sets stairs per day)
  4. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Deep Cleaning on all 3 Bathrooms)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – All pictures downloaded & organized from FL and STEM trips)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Vacuum Van)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Pick Up Mineral Bucket for the Goats)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Medical Bills
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, and other debt)
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

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Mar 05 2015

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Skipper claiming a new bed on the back porch!

Earlier in the day the girls were out on the back porch coloring and drawing in a couple big boxes we gave them to play with.  The girls get so excited about getting large boxes to play with around the house.  Every time we get a box or a group of boxes of any size they usually ask for permission to use them for their play time.  Jake and I try to give them as many opportunities to explore creative play, but sometimes the boxes hang around for longer than intended or can get in the way or make a mess with all the “decorating” paraphernalia scattered around.

Sometimes when the boxes are big, taking over the house, and it is going to be a sunny day we will send the kids with their goodies outside.  They have been know to play with boxes building various forts and structures for hours.  Skipper loves it any time the kids are outside playing.  She usually hops right in the middle of everything and at times is in the way, but the kids and the dog love it!

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Skipper snacking on a treat from the kids.

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Even after the girls came inside Skipper decided to hang out in their box.

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Waking up from a nap in the box.  She slept in the boxes for several hours in the sun that day.  I am not sure who enjoyed it most the kids or Skipper.

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