Category Archives: Crafts

Christmas angst!

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Christmas lights – why did I think I needed so many?

extension cords – why can’t I use them and hide the cords effectively?

clueless people – why can’t I tolerate them?

holiday when people with no taste choose to decorate – ditto

holiday inflatables – ditto

pocket knife – what I’d like to do to the inflatables

rose-colored glasses – what everyone’s wearing this season

glass half full – filled to the rim!

men – need I say more?

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Lucy’s Reminder Binder

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Lucy's Reminder Binder

Lucy’s Reminder Binder

My daughter, Lucy, is almost 5 years old.  She has been reading very well for what seems like forever.  We have recently had some discipline issues that are just “smart mouth” answers or comments she makes she hears elsewhere.  They are age-related, but we don’t like having to yell or say no and explain all the time.  The answer is nearly always the same and we want to keep the answers simple.

One of the ideas we are incorporating into our daily life is called “Lucy’s Reminder Binder”.  This binder consists of small hole drilled index cards.  I use the same type of card folio or binder for my genealogy research.  Lucy and I are working on writing this binder together and each card says something she is supposed to do or a rule if you want to call them rules.  For example, the first one is one of the first things we thought of – “Always say please and thank you.”  We all forget this all the time so Lucy will go to her binder and read this card and see a few examples and any definitions she may not understand involving the rule.

Listen to your mommy and daddy

Listen to your mommy and daddy

Obviously things will be added as we remember them or incidents arise and that is the beauty of the binder – we can add cards if we run out.  Another plus of the binder is we can carry it with us in a purse or backpack for easy reference.  The goal is to have the child look up the rules and learn how to find the answers to the questions they have about their behavior and to discover definitions to words that may be foreign, like RESPECT!

What do you think?

Creative Craftiness

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Here is a collection of crafty ideas I found on some of the blogs I’ve been reading. Some really cool things I think!

Hand-lettered gift wrap – Make unusual gift wrap and boxes for one of a kind gifts

Handmade gift wrap

Handmade gift wrap

Decoupage sunglasses – tailor those cheap sunglasses to fit your personality

Modge Podge book at Amazon

Wind Up Paper Butterflies – as seen on Handmade Charlotte

DIY Paper Butterflies

DIY Paper Butterflies

Design your own custom fabric at Spoonflower

Ingenious use of old skateboard (and it’s not a backsplash or used as tiles)

Skateboard Wheeled Cubby

Skateboard Wheeled Cubby

Let me know if you try any of this stuff? Looks fun. I really like the old skateboard caddy (above).