Thursday, September 30, 2010

New animation pics

I just wanted to give credit to animations in the right-hand sidebar. I got them from this blog.

It's a great blog, and she has a LOT of kewl stuff!

A 20x30 Verse Puzzle

So, I'm one of the teachers for the preschool class for my Homeschool Group.

We are teaching the kids a verse throughout the year, and will be putting actions to that verse. We'll be introducing a new word or phrase of the verse each time we meet, and I thought it would be neat to have a puzzle that we would add a new piece to each time as well.

Anyway, I've been busy this afternoon cutting the foam board and printing out large words and images for this puzzle. I had designed the puzzle in a 8x11 size which each child will get at the end of the year, but today I transferred that design to the large 20x30 foam board.

Here it is:

The foam board is not actually yellow as it seems in the picture, it is white, just not as white as the paper.

What do you think? Would love to know! :)

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

I just finished a marvelous book. :) It's "Brightly woven" from Alexandra Bracken.

Ms. Bracken has a blog.

Here is the cover of the book.

There are several reasons I like this book, but probably the most pressing is that it's about a girl who thinks she's ordinary, but then finds out she has a lot of power and ability. With that power comes the possibility for her to harm those she loves without meaning to, but also with that power comes the opportunity for her to help her loved ones.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Another Picture from our Trip.

This was taken in Shushan, NY at my father-in-law's place. They have a beautiful view of the mountains, and a corn field, and many trees as well. The boys enjoyed playing in the pond, even though it was only 1/2 full because they've had a dry summer.

A second pic below.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Woven Bag

So I'm thinking of getting into weaving .. As I am doing some research, I came across this blog.

Donis Delis blog

Look interesting, even if you don't weave your own fabric.

Another Giveway by SewTara

This website:

Is giving away a very cute cozy. What's best is you get to choose which cozy you want if you win. My favorite is this one:

How do I keep my hands busy?

So on the drive out to NY and CT, I needed to do something to keep myself busy in the van. Here is what I accomplished on the first half of the trip.

I was crocheting lots of coasters and washcloths and whatever you want to call them. They are easy patterns, ones that I can do without a written pattern in front of me. I was also using up scrap ends of yarn. Those small balls of yarn that are leftover from the larger skein and won't make a full project by themselves. Some I spliced together before crocheting, and some I just added in as I was crocheting.

There are advantages to both methods. If you splice the ends before starting to work, then there are very few ends to weave in at the end. However, if you add as you go, then you'll have the ends to weave in after you've finished the crocheting.

What's your favorite method of joining small balls of yarn?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

So I'm really not good at this blogging business.

I had great hopes that I could share on this blog and actually contribute something interesting, but it seems I'm not contributing anything! lol.

I will share a quick picture from our recent trip to NY & CT.

This was taken before we left Iowa .. but I really like it. The mosquitos were eating us alive, so I didn't polish it as much as I would have liked, but I think it's still pretty neat.