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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Our Very First Lapbook

I came across the idea of lapbooking a couple years ago and just loved the idea. So, I stored it in the back of my mind, hoping to some day use them when my kids were older. Needing some new motivation and focus in our schoolwork this year with my oldest, who is doing kindergarten, I decided to make a lapbook. I wasn't sure if he was old enough yet, but quickly foun that we just LOVE them!! Lapbooks seem to be a great fit for our family and are giving us the focus we were needing. Here are some pictures of our very first lapbook, which was SUPER simple, nothing fancy here! We are using it to learn and remember the days of the week, seasons, and months. The inside of the lapbook. The Days of the Week; he drew a picture of something that he does on each day's flap.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Crayon Rolls

I made a couple of these crayon rolls for my kiddos, they were super easy and I couldn't believe how much they LOVED them!! The tutorial I used is from Skip to My Lou. I have the fabric ready to make more of these soon, since they were such a big hit! I am planning on modifying the closure, to make it easier for little hands to open and close. I'll probably use a wider ribbon and some velcro.

Sock Monkeys

I made some sock monkeys for Christmas and Valentine's Day gifts. They were really easy, thanks to this tutorial . Mine turned out a little lumpier and more "homemade" than I had planned, but I guess that adds to the charm, right? These are the first two that I made.

A Gentle And Quiet Spirit

As I was reading in 1 Peter this morning about where our true beauty as women comes from, I was very convicted. 1 Peter 3:3-4 says "Do not let your adorning be external - the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear - but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." Oh, to have that kind of beauty! When looking at my own life, I know that more times than not, my spirit is anything but gentle and quiet. I am praying today that the Holy Spirit would strengthen me, that my actions and the choices I make are from a calm and quiet spirit.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Baby Girl Dress

I used one of the most wonderful tutorials to make a girl's dress from a button up shirt. The tutorial is on the craftster forum . I didn't follow it exactly, as far as the sleeves and trim, but plan on making more and including those elements. I started with a boys shirt, size 4T or 5T, I'm not certain. The finished dress is about a size 0-3 months. This is the back of the dress:
Isn't that such a clever idea?!

Guitar Bag

I am just learning how to sew and discovering some great tutorials to help me along. This is one of my favorites, for a guitar shaped bag, from bored and crafty. Here's some pictures of the bag I made as a birthday gift for my sister. As a side note, I turned it into a bass guitar since that's what she plays. :) And the lining.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Beginning This Adventure

I have just recently discovered the wonderful world of blogs and the great information that others share through their blogs. So, I've decided to start my own. Maybe no one will read it, maybe I won't make regular posts, but I suppose it gives me a little outlet to record some of our daily life and experiences. The name, a Wednesday afternoon, is from a song by one of my favorite bands, Seeds.