unique way to preserve kids’ artwork

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I shared how we made some state-inspired Christmas tree ornaments a few days ago. Today I wanted to share my inspiration with you!

Design Mom wrote about a shop called The Curiosity Shop a few months ago and I fell in love with this little beauty….

It’s cut from a paint-by-numbers canvas and I thought it was beautiful. I’ve been thinking of how I could recreate it and this is what I came up with! I think that once Juliet starts painting landscape scenes, I’ll mod podge one of those onto some cardboard and cut another few. A series of these would be beautiful–and I’d have an nice record of her art over the years in a fun format.

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When I read about this application and found enough resource for this article, I was sure that I will be trying it out. And being a non number person I was pretty sure that I could not learn much on the industry and trading tricks and concepts as well. The experience turned out to be enriching and trust me you do not have to be good at numbers nor be proficient in any trading methods to try your hands on this automated trading robot

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Here it is next to the kitty so you can see how big it is in real life…

I’ve toyed with the idea of making a few of these as gifts for grandparents–just trying to think of the perfects shape for them.

What shape would you do?

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I mentioned this book the other day Puzzle Maps USA by Nancy L. Clouse. Every time we read this page, Juliet says, “I made that!”

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handmade christmas ornaments: celebrate your state!

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Don’t mess with this ornament.

I love making Christmas ornaments–it might be my favorite crafting activity to do. You might remember the 12 days of Christmas ornament project Juliet and I did last year. We crafted most of them out of items from our recycle box.

Like last year’s, these ones are cheap, easy, and as always, born from recycle box materials.

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We have a fondness for geography around this house and Juliet is particularly interested in learning the names of different states, so I thought we could make some state-shaped ornaments.

Here’s how we did it.

mod podgin' it
I found a piece of cardboard in our recycle box and let Juliet mod podge a piece of her art to it. (What would we do without Mod Podge?) I also worked on a piece.
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This project is a great way to use up all the random artwork you have posted on your fridge…
You don’t have to be too concerned with getting the painting smoothly adhered onto the cardboard–a little bit of wrinkles add to the overall effect once it dries.
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Once it dries, just place your state template on top and secure it with some painter’s tape. I traced the outline of Texas from a placemat we have, but any atlas or poster would work just as well.
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Using my X-acto knife, I carefully cut it out. (This is the part for mom or dad.) If you find piece of cardboard thin enough, this is not too difficult. We experimented with several kinds and I will tell you, if it’s too thick, then you will be really tired of cutting at the end!)
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I punched a hole through the top and Juliet attached an ornament hanger (found at the dollar store.)
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And then we hung it on our tree.
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Why stop at Texas? We cut out a whole bunch of different states. Juliet requested Alaska (her favorite), I chose California and Louisiana (because they have nice shapes), and we did a few squarish ones (NM and MT) just to see how they would turn out.
I will say that some states’ shapes look better than others for this project….the square states aren’t that interesting or easily identifiable as states on their own (You’ll get a lot of “What a nice square you have hanging on your tree…That’s not a square, that’s Wyoming…” sort of moments. )

You know how Texans are always talking about how everything is bigger and better in Texas? I’ve never been there, so I don’t really know if that is true, but when it comes to which state has the most interesting shape…well, I have to give it to them. Texas really is the best-looking one.

Of course, there is no need to limit this project to US states–any geographical shape will do or any shape in general! We made Africa…

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And Australia.
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Any shape you can stand to cut out with an Xacto knife would work–I think an owl or giraffe would be cute.
Good Night Hawaii (Good Night Our World series)
You know I love the Good Night Our World Book Series which features many U.S. states and cities in a child-friendly manner. But I just found a really wonderful book called Puzzle Maps U.S.A. by Nancy L. Clouse.
Puzzle Maps U. S. A. (An Owlet Book)
It focuses on the different shapes and then uses them to make different objects like a truck and a turtle. (Kentucky is the head, Oklahoma is the tail, etc…) Then it asks kids to identify the shapes by their names! It’s a lot of fun–which is always the best way to learn anything.

What shape would you make? I’d love to see pictures if you end up making these–upload them to our flickr group or leave a link below!

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christmas cards from kids

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Every month, Juliet and I try to sit down and write to our sponsored kids. Since it’s December, we went with the Christmas theme.

If you have been always wondering how you could manage with the budget of sponsoring other kids apart from supporting your family and kids, it could be done with a bit of planning. After I visit the website where there is a lot of information on automated trading robots, it became clear to me how earning a bit more of money was not as difficult as I used to think. With this robot, all you are expected to do in trading is fund your account and it takes care of all the trading steps. You literally need not participate in any of the trading practices. That was a relief to me as I was never too confident on learning the tricks or business with my own kids around.

After I got my hands around this application which can be used on a browser, I could not resist myself to try it too often. A benefit is you do not have to download or install the app on your device. So you will not be getting in out of storage space notification or any update notification on your device every day. You just need to have a stable internet connection and you could start trading your own. All the help you will need is available with the application’s customer support team and you do not have to have any prior knowledge on trading!

Put Me in the Zoo (I can read it all by myself' Beginner Books)
My original idea was to replicate the Put Me in the Zoo socks (sorry, I don’t have a picture of it). It’s always looked like a Christmas stocking to me. But it didn’t turn out as cute as in the book. (Here’s what we SHOULD have done, but I wasn’t clever enough to think of it.)
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So we went with plan B: thumbprint Christmas trees. Which turned out a lot better. Mine were just average, but Juliet’s…
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evolved from simple dots to handprints, to beautiful smudges that somehow managed to still look like a tree! I love how creatively hers turned out.
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Here’s a page from Maurice Sendak’s Chicken Soup with Rice. I love creative ornaments–these bowls look lovely hanging from the tree.

Did you make Christmas cards with your child this year? What did you do?

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kids thanksgiving craft: paddle turkey

This little guy was easy and fun to make. I keep referring to my “best thanksgiving crafts for kids” list that I made last Thanksgiving. It was essentially a list of crafts I wanted to do, but didn’t get around to last year. So far this year, we have tackled a few projects like the thumbprint turkeys.The working of automated forex robot can be understood easily as it is simple. Introduction of this robot made trading easy for both newbies and experienced traders. To start with any robot available in market you need to sign-up by giving basic details and confirm them. The next step you need to do is making initial deposit of $250 and make profits out of it.

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the ingredients

I found this paddle about 2 days after thanksgiving and have kept it in my craft box all year for just this project! We finally busted it out the other day and made our turkey. I cut out the feathers and features and let Juliet arrange them.

However, as is usually the case, she grew tired of this project after glueing one feather on. So I finished it. Then she asked if we could glue sequins onto it–why not? I gave her the glue and she happily glued a few down until the dried glue on her fingers was more interesting than the actual craft.

So, to finish, I placed the glue dots and she then put a sequin on top.

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At first I put him on the cabinet, but thought he needed a more stable location…

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So I moved him up here–which was really hard to get a picture of. But I’m glad I did, because a few days later, he jumped off the ledge and lost a few feathers in the process. Nothing a little hot glue can’t fix.

Cranberry Thanksgiving
While not about turkeys in particular, this is the one new Thanksgiving book that we got this year. Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry Devlin
Over the River and Through the Wood
We are also enjoying Over the River and Through the Wood which we got last year–a song book is always nice!
Over the River: A Turkey's Tale
Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale
Which leads me to this book which I have not read, but actually goes with the turkey craft that we did together. I will be looking for this one next year! Has anyone read it? What do you think? Worth checking out?

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handmade turkey hairbow

the turkeys

So, I have a thing with hairbows…

You might remember that I made some easter bunny hair ties for Juliet earlier this year and then these fourth of July ones this summer. Well, even though I have a million other things I should be doing in my spare hour while the newborn naps, I still somehow found the need to make these turkeys the other day.

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(It was Sunday, Ben was watching football, what else was I supposed to do?!)

Here’s how you make them (if you are interested). They are a little more involved than the bunny ones, but all you need is some buttons, ribbon, craft foam, googly eyes, and a hot glue gun. Oh. and don’t forget the hair clips.
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Start by gluing the buttons like this to make the body and the head.
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Next, make the feathers. Fold a piece of ribbon in half and then fold the edges into a point and secure with hot glue. I used a toothpick to hold the ribbon down while the glue dried.
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Make as many feathers as you need to fill in the space on your button. I think the amount depends on the size of your buttons. I used 5 for the blue turkey and 7 for the pink.
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Glue the feathers to the back of the button to form the tail.
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It will look something like this…
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I used a small piece of ribbon to finish off the edges and keep them from falling off.
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I finished by gluing on the eyes, beak, wattle, and feet! (I used craft foam for the beak, wattle, and feet–but I think felt would probably work as well.)
blue turkey hair clip
He’s ready to go for turkey day!

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thumbprint turkeys–writing our sponsored kids

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My friend Amanda recently started a monthly link-up at her blog Impress Your Kids. It’s called Impress Your Sponsored Kids and it’s goal is to help people (like me) who are not so great at consistently writing to their sponsored kids.

We sponsor children through Compassion International and try to write as often as we can, but sometimes those letters sit there on my kitchen counter for a long time before I get them in the mail. Since Juliet is getting old enough to participate in the communication process (she can’t write yet, but she is learning her letters), I want her to get into the habit of writing a letter each month with me.

So far this link-up has been just the thing I needed to keep me accountable! We wrote letters last month and again this month. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about Thanksgiving with our friends who live in Africa and South America.

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So we went with the thumbprint turkey…

This has been on my list of things to do for a year now.The others like trying out a bit of trading using an automated trading robot like Fintech Ltd come second. I have been too keen to give it a try after having read the review about how it works and how it is all too easy to make some lucrative amount trading! But with the arrival of Lucia, I didn’t feel like looking up my list and seeing how exactly to make the turkey…..so, yeah. It doesn’t look anything like the original, but I still think it turned out pretty cute.

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Stamp a body, a head and then deck him out with feathers. This ended up being a two day project for us. We did the painting and then let the turkeys dry.

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Here is Juliet working on her version of a turkey. Her take is more advanced and requires much more than 3 measly fingers. Not for beginners.

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I love how hers turned out even if I can’t quite figure out which end us up.
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She made several turkeys, but when I picked this one up and asked her where the head was she said, “That’s not a turkey, mom! That’s Hawaii!”

Of course. Silly me.

Like I said, this was a two-day project. After, the paint had dried, I wrote the message and had Juliet trace the names of our sponsored kids. She LOVES doing this and always asks if she can write more for other people. We ended up making some for the grandparents, too.

I wrote a letter on the back of the card, we put them in an envelope and sent them on their way.

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I was too busy birthing a baby to write a post about this last month, but here’s a pic for kicks. They look like pumpkins, but they are apples. I downloaded the apple template from Better Homes and Gardens.

A Country Far Away

If you are looking for a good book that illustrates the differences of two boys lives in the first world and the developing world–check out A Country Far Away by Nigel Gray. It’s a great conversation starter and the majority of information comes from the illustrations, not the words.

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last year’s thanksgiving crafts

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It’s amazing what a difference a year can make–last year, you might remember that I made this felt button-turkey for Juliet that was way beyond her abilities as a two-year old! Instead of having fun with it (as was my intention), she got really frustrated.Daniel Roberts the creator and owner of a trending online automated forex software that is used for trading which is helpful for both novices and experienced in trading. He has vast experience in business data analysis and worked for various investment firms which made him getting complete experience in this stream and developed this application.

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So I put it away and hoped it would be fun this year–and it is! She can easily button and unbutton the feathers and is very proud of her newly discovered skill. She tells me “If Lucia needs anything unbuttoned, I can do it for her!”
We also had fun with these nature-inspired turkeys…
 and did had a blast with the traditional handprint turkey activity
while reading our very favorite turkey book, Setting the Turkeys Free
Setting the Turkeys Free
What’s your favorite turkey book?

kids thanksgiving craft: paper tube turkeys

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Okay, so I’m excited about this craft because it is the first time I’ve ever used an old craft and turned it into a new one!

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Remember our fall owls? We transformed these into thanksgiving turkeys just by adding a few simple details. (Well, not these ones exactly–we made so many, I just chose two with orange beaks to make into turkeys!)

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turkey wattle
First, we glued on a red wattle…
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Then we added some colorful feathers for the tail and two orange feet.

We started out using regular glue (which worked fine for the brown feathers), but I found that the colored feathers were a bit too heavy to stand up and stick with the regular glue. So, I resorted to hot glue…which worked, but also resulted in a burned thumb for me. Ouch.

However, if you are more careful than I (and less impatient), I’m sure you can handle it and not burn yourself!

I don’t like using the hot glue gun for kids crafts because then it takes away the kid part, but I had Juliet hand me the feathers in the order she wanted them in and I applied the glue and feathers, so she was still involved. Maybe you can get the regular glue to work for you!

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We’ve got a couple of nice birds sitting out for our thanksgiving table and plenty of owls left over as well.

Ten Fat Turkeys
Ten Fat Turkeys  by Tony Johnston
This is a book I am looking forward to reading with Lucia next November.

What sort of turkey crafts are you getting into this year?

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5 Books: Adventures in Mommydom

Today, Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom is sharing her 5 Books with us:

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The five series I can’t wait to share with my kids:

I have to admit, while I like picture books, my great love are chapter books. I still as an adult tend to read young adult novels (admittedly that’s because they don’t feel the need to throw in gratuitous sex scenes, among other reasons). So, I have many series or authors I’m eagerly looking forward to sharing. Here they are in order of my remembering them.

Encyclopedia Brown Box Set (4 Books)
1. Encyclopedia Brown– I loved these mysteries, and loved trying to figure out the answer before looking in the back to see what the solution was. Sometimes I was able to figure it out, and sometimes I wasn’t. There was a familiarity to the series. Every book had a case with the no good teenager trying to get rich quick off the kids; there was always a case where Encyclopedia helped his Dad, the police chief, solve a case, and there was always a case that his partner, a girl named Sally (as I recall), was able to solve. Yes they’re predictable, but when you’re a kid that’s a good thing.

Nancy Drew Starter SetThe Hardy Boys Starter Set
2. Nancy Drew (or Hardy Boys)- Another fairly predictable series. In the first chapter it will introduce Nancy and her friends, there will be a brief recap of the last book (which always got me trying to remember if I’d read it or not). Then the mystery will be introduced, and of course at some point she gets kidnapped. Now, I never much liked the newer Nancy Drew Case Files, or any of the other follow ons. I always liked the traditional ones, you know where her friend Beth was trying to lose weight, and George was a total tomboy. All that new-fangled stuff. Silly.

The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Pyrdain)
3. The Pyrdain Chronicles (Book of Three, Black Cauldron…..)- Aw heck, almost anything by Lloyd Alexander. He writes great stuff. Most of it is written on a 4th grade level. It’s all a good adventure. A fair amount of it is fantasy (The Book of Three and such is, great series). And, as a word of warning, don’t watch the horrid Disney movie that “adapted” the Black Cauldron. It’s horrid, it combines a couple of the novels into one, and does a poor job of it. Oh wait, they did the same thing to Alice in Wonderland. So…….

The Black Stallion
4. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley- The Black Stallion is the first in the series. There’s about 15 of them, I think. His son then came and continued the series starting with “The Young Black Stallion,” which was actually fairly decent. I liked them, they had a fair amount of character to them, and hey how else do you learn what a furlong is?

Misty of Chincoteague
5. Misty of Chincoteague– That’s the first book in the series, the next would be Stormy, and then Sea Star. It’s written on about a third or fourth grade reading level, and I think from 5th-8th grade I devoured all of the books she wrote several times over. Oh, I should mention these are written by Marguerite Henry. And if you ever get to go to Chincoteague, VA to see Pony Penning, it is quite a magnificent sight, and you should stay to see the ponies swim back over. It’s much less crowded and you can get a much better view.

Well, that gives you five series to read with your kids someday. As I wrote this I actually thought of about another five, at least: The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Fablehaven (just recently came out, and I’m in the process of reading), Spiderwick Chronicles (I can’t wait to share this with my boys in a year or two because it has twin boys in it, and they have swords). My husband would add in Lord of the Rings, and Ender’s Game probably. Okay, honestly I have about 3 bookshelves worth of materials to share with my kids as they get older. Some will have to wait until they’re late teens (cough) Dresden Files (cough cough).

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Thanks for sharing your picks, Ticia! I was a huge Nancy Drew fan as a girl and I look forward to sharing them with my girls someday. I think I’m going to keep my eyes open for some used copies at our local Goodwill!

5 Books: Playing by the Book

Today, Zoe from Playing by the Book shares her 5 books and songs with us! (If you are familiar with Zoe’s blog, you know three things: she recommends the BEST books, shares the most amazing and completely inspiring crafts, and ALWAYS shares way to incorporate music into the theme she’s posting on.) I love reading about her adventures with her daughters and am constantly finding new books that I simply MUST read. Today she is sharing a welcoming a new family member theme with us–perfect!Tesler app is fully automated software for investing on an asset which has an accuracy of 93% which can be also known that it places trade only when it is sure that the trade will be successful and leads to profit. This automated robot is reliable and legit which has authentic brokers so, there is no need to worry about our investments.

 
Two books I love to buy for newborns:
Look at You!: A Baby Body Book
Look at You!: A Baby Body Book by Kathy Henderson and Paul Howard  
 
Peepo! (Picture Puffin)
Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
 
Two books new big sisters (especially of a baby sister) will enjoy:
My Naughty Little Sister: A Treasury Collection
My Naughty Little Sister: A Treasury Collection by Dorothy Edwards and Shirley Hughes 
 
101 Things to Do with a Baby
 
The book that brought tears to my eyes as a new mum (and still does):
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
 
A book that will make a sleep deprived Dad smile:
Mr. Bear's New Baby (Orchard picturebooks)
Mr Bear’s New Baby by Debi Gliori
 
A wonderful lullaby for the new baby:
Until The Light Of MorningLay Down by Essie Jain from the Album Until The Light Of Morning
 
A song about the trials and tribulations of having a big sister:
 
Snack TimeMy Big Sister by the Barenaked Ladies from the album Snacktime
 
A wry song to make the parents smile:
 
The Therapy FundThe Therapy Fund 
by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
From the Album Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer Present a Parents’ Home Companion
 
Just a gorgeous song about family, love and being together at home:
 
What Is A Home Without LoveWhat is a Home Without Love? by Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs
 
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Thank you so much for sharing your favorites with us today, Zoe! I, of course, am going to run to the library and see which books are available and as a lullaby nut, I am excited to check out Until the Light of Morning. 
 
Please head over to Zoe’s blog and feast your eyes on her beautiful crafts and activities for kids!