reading corners for kids: how to make fabric bookslings

I’m happy with how my book corner for Lucia’s nursery is coming out. The booksling turned out really great–it was easy to make following this tutorial on Penny Carnival.Such online tutorials are easy to follow, with the technological advancements. We are happy with the online trading platforms that are extremely easy for any newcomers. The Brit Method is one that is an easy and oldest online binary trading platform available that gives you a way to earn extra money.

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I finally finished the pillow covers I’ve been working on (covered up some old pillows I had in closet) and have them piled on the floor. Hopefully, Juliet and Lucia have fun lounging around on them and reading some books together.
If you’re wondering about the fabric it’s Lizzy House Castle Peeps Castle Flags Orange.
Here’s a close-up.

I also made a booksling for Juliet. This one is right next to her bed, since that’s where we do most of our reading together these days. I thought it would also be good to have some nearby for when she wakes up in the morning (before I do)! (Do you recognize the creature pillow? We finally finished it!)
As you can see, she is currently without a bedspread, so you will just have to feast your eyes on the unmade bed and wrinkled sheets. (Can you tell which room a child is actually living in?)
I used the same fabric for Juliet, but chose the yellow option this time. (Lizzy House Castle Peeps Castle Flags Yellow)
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I already mentioned where I found the tutorial for these slings, but I thought I’d also share where I first saw this idea: Finn’s bookslings @ Sew Liberated–I’ve been drooling over these ever since I first saw how Meg’s turned out!
My friend Michelle made a beautiful one for her daughters and even used two different fabrics! I love how she has the letter e on the front.
If you’re looking for another DIY book nook project, take a look at this rain gutter bookshelf tutorial! I love the look of this as well!
Have you made bookslings or rain gutter bookshelves? What are your must-haves for a good book nook?

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book-inspired nursery art: button beaks

Okay, so here it is! The book-inspired nursery wall art I’ve been talking about and working on for the past several weeks. It’s finished. It’s hanging on the wall. And it looks good. (Phew! You never know how something like this will turn out–it could have easily been a disaster!)We have all one such similar instances in life, where the predictability remains a huge question. Trading, involving your money is a huge nerve biting moment, where the money might grow in doubles or just sink to null. But, I believe in one of the best sites that gives me only the genuine growing path trading platform. Visit the following site to know about that I was talking!

I had a big space on the wall to fill and I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on something this huge. I got a canvas at Hobby Lobby, some scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, googly eyes, and set to work.
Here’s the inspiration book: The Ice Cream Cone Coot and other Rare Birds by Arnold Lobel (of Frog and Toad fame). It’s a really fun book if you’ve never read it. I was lucky enough to stumble across a copy in our local Goodwill. It’s not in great condition, but we’re not too picky.
The image I loved was this one of the button beaks–if you can’t see it, they are little buttons with beaks and feet that are flying off the little boy’s shirt.
I know that they make paper punches that will give you perfectly rounded circles, but I just went with the old-school route and used my x-acto knife and three different sized bottle caps. It was kind of tedious, but very cost-effective! I think I spent several evenings cutting these guys out.
I made the little girl figure using a template from my favorite McCalls Golden Do-It Book–this is one of my all time favorite vintage finds! She was just the right size–I just changed her hair and skin color a bit made the dress to match the room.


I was nervous about actually gluing onto the canvas because once I started, I knew I could not go back. I began using regular Elmer’s glue, but that didn’t seem to work that well, so I switched to Mod Podge. I used a brush to evenly cover the entire back surface and then smoothed out the paper once it was on the canvas.
Once they dried, I applied the googly eyes. Again, this was scary because I wasn’t sure how it would look, but it seemed fine. The beaks were the most nerve-wrecking part because I was using a permanent maker. One slip of my hand and it could be an irreversible mistake!
As expected, I got better at drawing the beaks after I had done about half of them. I found that longer, skinner beaks looked better than the shorter, wider ones, but since there are so many birds, you can’t really tell.
Here’s the finished product waiting to get hung on the wall…
And here it it is in its permanent home. I happy with it and hope that Lucia likes it as much as I do.
Do you have a favorite book that inspires you? I recently discovered a creative blog called My Insanity. Kendra created some adorable nursery art inspired by the vintage children’s book The Very Little Girlby  Phyllis Krasilovsky. I’ve never read the book myself, but it looks like something I would love!
I’d love to hear about or see pictures of any book-inspired projects you’ve worked on!
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book-related crafts

I often find crafting inspiration from the books we read.

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And while I usually post a few crafts a week (and the books that go with them), I thought it would be helpful to put them all in one place. So here is the list–I’ll be adding to it as we read more books and do more crafts!

lobster handprint craft {beach books}
thumbprint chicks {Old McDonald}
handprint garland {The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.}
handprint turkey {Setting the Turkey’s Free}
handprint ostrich {Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World}


felt flag garland {I Know About Flags}
shamrock necklace {St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning}
felt spots {Put Me in the Zoo}
kenyan flags {Moja Means One; Papa Do You Love Me?}
three little pigs houses {Three Little Pigs}
bottle cap bear {Beady Bear}
bottle cap animals {animal books}
bottle cap bunnies {The Bunny Book}
bottle cap cupcakes {If You Give a Cat a Cupcake}
kitty cat fire hat {The Fire Cat}
fish valentine {My Heart is Like a Zoo}
tasselled mask {May I Bring a Friend?}
stoplight necklace {Keat’s Neighborhood}
pinecone owl {Good Night Owl}
puffball caterpillar {A Very Hungry Caterpillar}
sock puppets {If You Give a Moose a Muffin}
beehive {The Beeman}
apple hat {Up, Up, Up It’s Apple Picking Time}
thomas the train toys {Thomas the Train}
fall leaf palette {fall books}
preschool sewing project {My Friend}
Reusing Recyclables:
trash bag rabbits {Little Rabbit’s New Baby}
cardboard antlers {Imogene’s Antler’s}
musical shakers {songbooks for kids}
homemade stethoscope {Dr. Rabbit, Who’s Sick Today?}
music horns {Violet’s Music}
painted rock easter eggs {Easter Bunny Saves the Day}
chalk drawing {Harold’s Trip to the Sky}
lipstick kisses {A Book of Kisses}
blueberry paint {Blueberries for Sal}
santa’s sleigh {The Night Before Christmas}
glittery medals {Bicycle Race}
Paper Folding:
paper roses {Robert the Rose Horse, Ferdinand, Happy Birthday Everywhere!}
fairy bread {Happy Birthday Everywhere}
muffin tin lunch {The Cat in the Hat}
building letters {How to Build an A}
orange {Orange}
color mixing {Kitten Red Yellow Blue; The Pop-Up Color Book, Mouse Paint}
mini-ice rink {Big Dog, Little Dog}
baked apples {Up, Up, Up It’s Apple Picking Time!}
blueberry paint {Blueberries for Sal}
snowflake collage {Winter Friends}
12 Days of Christmas Crafts {Brian Wildsmith’s 12 Days of Christmas}
gift boxes {We Three Kings}
santa’s sleigh {The Night Before Christmas}
turkey cookies {Thanksgiving Books}
painted rock easter eggs {Easter Bunny Saves the Day}
letter-writing activity {If You Give a Pig a Pancake}
clothesline activity {Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash}
rainbow hunt {Planting a Rainbow}
lullaby bells {In a Blue Room}
campfire {Camp Granada}
art box {Razzle Dazzle Doodle Art}
shaving cream snow/ice fun {Lost and Found}

animal masks {The Mitten}

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decorating with children’s books: madeline collage

When I started working on the nursery, I moved a lot of Juliet’s furniture (crib, changing table, etc.)  into the baby’s room. Juliet got a new “big girl” bed and I was able to rearrange the furniture.
It also left me with a few blank spaces on the wall and the chance to redecorate (in small ways–there was no way I was going to repaint or do anything too drastic!)

I wanted to incorporate some artwork that reflected her interests and personality and so I began the hunt for a giant fire truck art piece. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything cheap enough. So I turned to plan B.Similarly we too need plan A & B in our financial plans too. How can we manage the family financial status, without hurting any of them? What are the best ways to earn some extra money, to keep your family happy and your wallet full? Well, login to to check for yourself.

Of course, you know we love books and Madeline is a particular favorite of Juliet’s. I have always thought that Bemelmans’ illustrations would be gorgeous artwork in a little girl’s room, so I came up with this collage idea.
First stop was Goodwill, of course. I needed to find a canvas large enough to fill the space above her bookshelf. I found this gem for the low, low price of $8.98. Perfect.
Then I went to the book section and searched and searched for a copy of Madeline. I feel like every time I go there are at least 2 or 3 copies there, but of course, that day, there were none. I was about to give up when I came across a copy of Madeline’s Rescue. It’s also a favorite and with the lovable Genevieve the dog in the story, it may just be even better.
I carefully removed the pages from the book, trimmed them down, and arranged them on the canvas. Then Juliet and I set to work mod podging them on! Juliet thought this was probably the best craft project ever! There was glue everywhere, but the great thing about mod podge is that it dries clear and you can’t tell it ever looked sloppy.
It dried overnight and was ready to hang the next morning. We enlisted Ben’s help for this–and on the first try, the cord in the back snapped and he had to fix it. (That’s what $8.98 gets you, but it worked out in the end!)
So we filled the space for yet another piece of art for around $10!
What book would you use to decorate your child’s room?

Kids craft: Independence Day Cuffs

We’re trying to do all our 4th of July crafting without spending any money, so I thought it was a good time to try out these toilet paper tube wrist cuffs.We often have the same mentality, not to spend too much on certain things. But, we also do the exact opposite in certain circumstances. That’s the human mentality.


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I first saw them as a Cinco de Mayo craft where kids glue colored gems onto the cuffs to decorate them. I’ve been saving some paper tubes to try the craft out and we had some ribbon and a few puffballs to work with…
Not exactly jewels, but it would do!
We each had two wrist cuffs to decorate any way we wanted to. This was amusing to Juliet for about 10 minutes and then she declared herself to be “too tired” to do any more, at which point she energetically chased the cat around the house for 5 minutes. (You’re never too tired to torment the kitty!)
However, ten minutes of jewelry creating was more than enough for her to create some fabulous pieces to wear on the 4th.
She also had fun modeling my creations…
Makes me feel a little like Wonder Woman!


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cheap, easy, “green” fourth of July craft for kids!

Looking for something easy and cheap to do with your preschooler to get the Independence Day festivities going? Try these fun fourth of July bottle cap cakes!

I was doing really well with staying ahead of the game for Father’s Day, but then I blinked and realized it was almost Independence Day! I generally like to keep crafting costs to a minimum anyways, but this month I really need to spend $0 because my cat decided to take a midnight visit to the animal ER after consuming about 5 feet of twine one day last week. Let’s just say, she used up her lifetime medical funds in one evening.It happens to many of us once in a lifetime at least. Hence it’s essential that we have our finances managed well. At the same time, we must also look to expand our income, so that it helps in either saving or spending. But, how to expand?


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So, we are pinching pennies this month and as a result, I have to make do with whatever I can dig up around the house for crafts.
Bottle caps are always a good, cheap, crafting supply, so Juliet and I brought out the jar and sorted the red, white, and blue ones. We only had 1 red one, so we painted a couple white ones with red tempera paint and that solved our problem easily.
We decided to stack the caps and then decorate our tiny cakes with ribbon and gems. We had some red, white, and blue ribbon in my ribbon box and some rhinestones in the craft box. You could use whatever you have: puffballs, stickers, confetti, scrapbook paper, etc. Kids don’t care–they just like gluing stuff on!
I let Juliet handle the glue–so there was A LOT of it flying around, but in the end everything was stuck together quite nicely. Currently, the cakes are adorning our kitchen table–sitting atop some red, white, and blue scrapbook covered cereal boxes.

If you are looking for some good patriotic songbooks for kids, check out yesterday’s booklist!

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nursery art from children’s books

We painted the nursery a few weeks ago and ever since, I have been busy trying to put it all together. I really wanted to incorporate some pages from some of my vintage children’s books as artwork on the wall, but wasn’t sure how I was going to do it.The same thought occurred when we were planning for Christmas gifts for all and finances were short! How were we going to fix them? Well, then came a Santa in disguise, that gave us good opportunity to earn easily and quickly. Continue reading here to know all about it and you too stay free from worries.

Then I remembered these two frames I had sitting in my garage. I purchased them from goodwill last fall (sorry, I don’t have a before pic). They were wooden with glass panes that had some sort of botanical print between the glass.
The only way I could get the print out was to smash the glass, so I pretty much destroyed them. I though they were hopeless, but I went ahead and sprayed them white just in case. They’ve been sitting in my garage ever since (You know, in that pile of stuff that my husband is always asking me if he can throw away? He can’t help it; he’s such a helpful fellow.)
I have this Thumbelina book gorgeously illustrated by Pablo Ramirez(one of my favorites!) And I thought these pages would be perfect for the nursery. I love the bright colors and delicate flowers. Plus, the dark-haired Thumbelina looks like what I imagine my little girl to look like one day. (Watch, now that I said this, she’ll be blonde!)
I carefully removed the spread I wanted to use and taped the two pieces together down the middle. Then I used regular thumbtacks to hold the page in place. There is no glass in the frame, so it was simple and easy.
Now I’ve got some inexpensive (and beautiful) wall art above the changing table! One wall down, two more to go!
The frames were $3 or $4 a piece at goodwill and the book was $1.25 (also from goodwill). Two pieces of art for under $10 is pretty good, I think!
The only problem with tearing apart a book like this is that now you can’t read the story…so of course, I set out to find another copy of it and it arrived a few days ago. I placed the “new” copy on Juliet’s shelf and I think I may use the first copy as a display on some shelves in the nursery–the cover is beautiful, too.
Do you have any beautiful vintage books that would make great artwork?

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my new blog: little learners

I recently started a new blog on a site called If you don’t live in Georgia, that’s okay, you can still read my blog!

It’s called Little Learners and my goal is that it be a resource for parents who want to encourage a life-long love of learning in their children.

In other words, it’s a lot like Silly Eagle Books, but it doesn’t focus completely on books. I can actually write a post and not have to tie a book to it!

Don’t get me wrong, I love that this blog has a niche, but sometimes Juliet and I do fun activities that don’t necessarily go with a book we’ve read. Now I have a place to share those ideas and more freedom to explore different topics.

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I haven’t written too many posts yet, but my vision for it right now is to share simple and fun learning activities that parents can throw together fairly easily from everyday items. I’ve been working on a series focused on activities you can do with coins and have come up with some fun ideas like


this state coin map activity and
a coin sorting activity

I would also like to feature great ideas from other blogs–that’s where I need your help. You all are amazingly talented and I am constantly inspired by your blogs every day. If you have a blog that you wouldn’t mind me featuring a project or craft from, let me know.

I will just use one picture and of course, include a link back to your blog. I’ve featured two great ideas so far:

DIY Latches Board  from Let’s Go Fly at Kite
Butterfly Matching Activity from Toddler Approved

I will also be sharing some of our Georgia-related adventures like

our recent strawberry-picking adventures


and family trip to Rock City.
I hope you’ll stop by and check it out! I don’t post every day, but am trying to get two or three posts a week going. Leave a comment and say hi! Right now, it’s pretty silent in the comment arena!
Again, if you’d like to submit an idea or just give me permission to peruse your blog and choose an idea, email me at! Thanks! Can’t wait to hear from you!

learning about our compassion sponsored child’s country

Learn more about sponsoring a child.

You’ve probably heard me mention Compassion before–it’s a big part of our lives.
#1. Because we’ve been sponsors for the past 15 years
#2. Because my husband works for this organization.

Since he works for Compassion, my husband is always visiting Compassion projects overseas and meeting children currently enrolled in the program as well as those that have graduated from it. Every so often, some graduates visit the United States to share their stores and when they do, Juliet and I LOVE to meet with them and get to know them.With the internet being flooded with loads of options to earn more, I Love to explore many of them to earn a little extra, but quiet scared about the consequences. Well, that’s when I got to know about the forex trading, that suffices your needs and makes you worry free. Check for further information.

Right now, there are four Kenyan graduates in the U.S. for the summer and we got to meet them a few weeks ago. Since we sponsor a child in Kenya, I’ve been doing a few crafts and projects with Juliet to help her learn a little more about the country.
I thought I’d share what we’ve been doing. Even if you don’t sponsor a child, these activities are great for learning about any country in general!

1. Locate your sponsored child’s country on a map.
I printed a map of Africa and a map of Kenya for Juliet to look at and color. (Print maps of various sizes for free at Owl and Mouse Educational Software) You can see that I had her color in the country of Kenya on the African map (we first located it using our globe, and then she colored it in.) Then I let her paint the map of Kenya. We are sending this map to our sponsored child as a “letter” from Juliet.

2. Learn about your sponsored child’s national flag.
Again, you can find free printable world flags and black and white printable flags easily online. We did a fun centerpiece craft project with our flags, but you could color them, paint them, or make them out of felt!
3. Read books about or set in your sponsored child’s country. 
We have a few books that feature swahili words and also a few that are stories set in Kenya. 
Papa, Do You Love Me?
One we recently read and loved is Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse–a story about a Maasai father and son. 
4. Share your projects with your sponsored child. 
We hung our maps and flags on our refrigerator for a few days, but soon they will be sent to our sponsored child as “letters” from Juliet. If you do sponsor with Compassion, you know how important writing letters to your sponsored child is. These projects are a great way for younger children to communicate with their Compassion friends before they are able to write on their own.


You can only send flat items to sponsored children, so these embellished flags won’t make it to Kenya. But we did take a picture of Juliet sitting under her creations to send along with her maps and flags. Pictures are another fun and easy way to share your family and your life with your sponsored child. 
How do you connect with your sponsored children or teach your children about other countries? Have any great resources to share? 

If you don’t sponsor a child, but would like to learn more, visit Compassion’s website for more information or feel free to email me–I’d love to tell you more about it!

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faux ipad father’s day picture frame

9.56 inches x 7.47 inches

Ben’s #1 Father’s Day/birthday wishlist item is an iPad. He dreams of it…but for now, that’s all it will be–a dream.All of us dream of many things, most of us dream of becoming financially stable, as that is the need of the hour. Without finances, it’s difficult to do any task in this world. Hence it’s important that you manage your finances well.

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(Don’t feel too sorry for him–he has an iphone a brand new mac laptop, an xbox, and various other electronic gadgets with which to amuse himself.)

But I thought it would be fun to make him a little faux ipad picture frame featuring one of the pictures I took of Juliet in her father’s day photo shoot.
It was simple enough to make–just cut out two pieces of craft foam (white for the back and black for the front). I used scissors and a craft knife. (I also looked up the exact dimensions of an iPad and used those to make the frame.)
I curved the edges to make it look more like an iPad. Then I just glued the pieces together, traced a dime for the power button, taped a 5×7 picture of Juliet inside and was done!
I personalized the picture with a message on It reads, “iDad, you’re my hero.”
I think he’s going to like it.
Maybe not as much as a real iPad, but almost as much.
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