Monday, October 8, 2018

Paint Pour Pumpkin

I love watching paint pouring videos. The process is mesmerizing and the results always turn out so cool! I've wanted to do one for a while, but I was a bit nervous because I had seen a few fails that made me wonder how difficult they actually were.

It turns out they are pretty simple, as long as you follow the directions.

First you'll need your supplies:

  • acrylic paint in the colors of your choice
  • something to paint (in this case, fake pumpkins from the craft store)
  • pouring medium (found with the acrylic paint at the craft store)
  • cups and stir sticks
  • a place you can get messy or a tarp or box to get messy on
We had a bunch of random acrylic paint lying around, so that's what we used. I added the pouring medium directly to the bottles, since they were less than half full already. You'll want the mixture to be 50/50 paint and pouring medium. Tip it around after mixing. Does it flow easily? Then it's good. If not, add some more pouring medium. We shook them up good and then squirted them into a cup. We did all this outside so the mess wouldn't be too bad, but we kept things inside a box lid as an additional precaution.


Once Henry had added the colors the way he wanted, he simply poured it over the top of our pumpkin. Watching and listening to his delight was honestly the best part of the whole project for me. He was absolutely delighted with how it turned out!



We left the pumpkin on the porch for a day or so to dry. Now it's sitting on the steps with my mums for a bit of decoration!

Our Blog With Friends theme for October is Spooky and Fun. Check out these other projects!

Karen of Baking in a Tornado has a Spider in his Spider Web Cake Project

Lydia of Cluttered Genius has a DIY Canvas Art {frighteningly easy!}

Dawn from Spatulas On Parade made a Cat PoopProject 





Friday, October 5, 2018

Zombies Don't Scare Me!

"Can you hear anything from in there?" Ken whispered.

"I think I heard a groan, but I'm not sure!" I replied.

"What should we do? I'm not sure we should just leave the door shut all day."

"I don't want to open the door! It's not safe!! Who knows what we'll find!"

"This is ridiculous. I'm going in. There is absolutely nothing to be afraid of."

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"AaaaaaaaahhhH!"

"WHAT!! What happened!?!" I cried!

"I...I fell on something. There's something sticky here on the floor. Shhh! Do you hear that!?!"

"I do. I think....I think...Yep. She's awake!"

"Good morning, Frances. It's time to get out of bed."

*GRRRRRRROOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNN!*

"Nope, sorry, sister. It's time to get up. You've go to get ready for school. Your alarm has been going off for 20 minutes. The boys are already in the car. I'm leaving in 5 minutes; with or without you. Let's move it!"

"Can you help me out here, I think my leg is stuck in a laundry pile!" Ken replied.



Your “Secret Subject” is: Tell us your detailed plan for surviving the zombie apocalypse. It was submitted by: https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com. Only thing is...zombies don't scare me. I have a teenaged daughter!!! But if you really do need a plan, the CDC has you covered.

PS Happy 15th birthday to my favorite zombie daughter!!!

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 7 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
The Bergham Chronicles
The Blogging 911
Cognitive Script
Never Ever Give Up Hope
Climaxed

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Spirit of God Illustrated Bible

I received this book  for free in exchange for an honest review.
I think we do a pretty good job of covering God the Father and God the Son, but God the Spirit gets a little bit hazy sometimes. Last week in Sunday School my class talked about faith. Faith is believing in things you cannot see or touch. It's a hard one for third graders to grasp. It's hard for their 40-year old teachers to grasp too.

I was asked to review this new illustrated bible and the theme really hit home with me. These stories are focused on God's Spirit with us throughout time. God's Spirit was there at Creation, God's Spirit was there with all the prophets. God's Spirit accompanied Jesus in His mission on earth.

These are familiar stories with a different perspective. They will help make the Spirit visible throughout Bible history, and hopefully that makes the Spirit a little easier to see in your life today.


Author Bio: Doris Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.

Illustrator Bio: Spanish artist Fernando Juarez illustrates children’s books and works as an art supervisor at the Madrid studio Ilion Animation. The company produces 3D feature films for children. Fernando has three kids himself, and if he has any time left after work and family, you might catch him playing guitar in a rock band.

You can learn more about the Spirit of God Illustrated Bible at this landing page. You can purchase there as well. Have a blessed day!!

Monday, September 10, 2018

DIY Chrome Book Sleeve

If you ask her, Frances will tell you that high school is "okay." If you ask me, I think she's doing a pretty good job of getting acclimated. It's a big school and a lot of changes. Her schedule is very different from the types of schedules she's had before. She has "A" days and "B" days and full year classes and semester classes. Looking at it all written down on one page makes me cross-eyed.

One of the things she's been most looking forward to is her new Chrome Book. All Freshman and transfer students get one. She's supposed to bring it to school every day to use and take good care of it. When she graduates, they'll remove all the managing software and she'll get to keep it. That's an incentive to keep it in good shape, I guess. My problem is that they didn't give them any cases to protect these devices. So guess what?! We decided to make one.

You can adapt this to fit any type of device that you want. I'm horrible at measuring things, so I don't have exact numbers for you, but you can still follow this pretty easily. Frances was actually going to make this herself, but she got distracted by a TV show and I wanted something to do!

To make a protective sleeve you will need:
  • Two coordinating fabrics, a few inches wider than your device and two and a half times longer. We chose a regular cotton for the outside and a softer flannel for the inside.
  • Thicker fabric for extra padding. We used a soft felt we had left over from something else. It needs to be the same size as your other fabric.
  • Coordinating thread
  • Buttons
  • Chopstick (optional)
Start by making a sandwich. A fabric sandwich, that is. Put your two fabrics right sides together and then add the padding layer on top. Starting about a third of the way in on one of the short sides, sew all the way around in the shape of a gift tag, leaving an opening so you can flip the fabric right sides out.

Trim your seams and clip your corners, to remove bulk from the edges. Then flip the whole thing right side out through the gap you left.You can use a chopstick to help pop out your corners. Once it's all turn the right way, iron it, especially around the edges to make sure it all lies flat.

Turn in the raw edges from the hole you flipped the fabric through and pin it in place. Starting there, top stitch all the way around the sleeve.This will give a more finished look to your final project.

If you are adding a pocket, make another sandwich like you did for the main body of the sleeve. Sew just the top edge and turn the rest the right way out. Clip the bottom corners at a 45 degree angle and fold the sides and bottom in and iron them to help crease them and get them ready for sewing. Line up the top edge of the pocket with what will be the inside edge of the sleeve. Pin the pocket in place and top stitch it on.

Set your device in the middle of the fabric and fold the bottom up and top down to make sure it will fit in the way you want it to. Make sure you do this with the inside fabric facing out. Pin the edges and sew them up. Then flip the whole thing right side out.

Slide your device inside just to make sure everything fits. Turn down the top flap and decide where you want your buttons. Make their location and then sew your bottom holes on the flap. Add your buttons in the appropriate locations.

Make sure to yell at your button hole foot. That's the only way to make mine work, apparently.
Put your device in the sleeve and the charger in the pocket. Button it up and show it off! You are now rocking high school like a boss!

This month's Blog With Friends theme is "Rock It!" If you want to see how my friends interpreted that, keep reading!

Karen of Baking In A Tornado rocks the kitchen with this Giant Brownie Bowl Party Sundae 
Dawn of Spatulas On Parade rocks the heat with her Tropical Sangria  
Jules of The Bergham Chronicles rocks the outdoors with this Kindness Rocks!Project 
Lydia of Cluttered Genius is rocking the craft world by Conquering the Cricut Explore Air 2 

Part-time working Hockey Mom, Tamara, shows us how to (try to) Rock her busy Life as a part-time working Hockey Mom



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