Handy Craft

Well, today is turning out to be a dreary, rainy day.  So, what to do with the kids other than make a craft!  We saw this one on PBS Sprout the other night.  I’ve searched their website but couldn’t find a link to send you back to, so here’s our more than simple instructions.  My 5 year old daughter made this one almost all by herself.  It was her idea to do the craft and she came up with the chores to add to each hand.  In theory, this is going to help her remember what her chores are each day.  Let’s hope it works!

Handy Chore Wreath

Supplies:  Paper plate, construction paper, glue scissors, crayons

1.  Have an adult cut the middle out of the plate to make a wreath.

2.  Trace your child’s hand on different colored construction paper.  My daughter could trace her hand herself, but wanted me to do it because she said when she did it her hand was too wriggly!

3.  Let your child cut her hands out.  She can then draw pictures of her chores, ways to help others, whatever may be useful to her or him to remember to do each day.

4.  After she drew the pictures, I wrote what each chore was so that we both could remember 🙂

5.  Glue all the hands to the wreath, hang, and hope it works!

Super easy craft.  Kept her busy for a good half hour.  While we only did 5 chores, you could certainly do as many as you’d like. My daughter also suggested that we could do one with good manners, saying please and thank you, helping others, chewing with our mouths closed, whatever your child might need help remembering.

Hope you find something fun and entertaining to do with your kids today!  As for us, we’re off to reading hour, or at least half hour.  One can hope!



Finished Friendship Bracelets

Well, I finished all 5 of my friendship bracelets and passed them off to my friend who is hosting the friendship bracelet swap. They were lots of fun to make.  I used this pattern.  And here’s how they all turned out:

Friendship Bracelets

The one on the far right was made with black, a very light gray, and a variegated blue DMC embroidery floss.  I recommend that if you are using the variegated, not to use the loop method as I did.  My threads were all really long so I could fold them in half leaving a loop through which to tie the bracelet.  Using the variegated thread, it didn’t allow much variegation to happen.  I would suggest cutting lengths from the variegated thread to ensure you get the changes in color that you are hoping for!

Ten on Tuesday – Beach Music

Oh, what a wonderful topic was picked this week!  I love beach music!  Not music you want to listen to at the beach, but good ole Myrtle Beach beach music.  I couldn’t tell you what exactly makes it “beach music”, but I know it when I hear it.  The Tams, Chairman of the Board, The Platters, The Embers, they make beach music.  So, in no particular order, my 10 favorite beach music songs:

1.  I Love Beach Music by The Embers

2.  Summertime’s Calling Me by The Catalinas

3.  Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price – Ever since the movie Shag, it’s been one of my faves!

4.  Carolina Girls by General Johnson and the Chairman of the Board

5.  Myrtle Beach Days by the Fantastic Shakers

6.  Rainy Day Bells by The Globetrotters

7.  Up On the Roof by The Drifters

8.  Across the Street by Lenny O’Henry

9.  Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations

10.  Under the Boardwalk by the Drifters

If you know any of these, kudos for you!  There’s not many of us, especially in New England.  If you don’t know any of these songs, I invite to you find them in iTunes!  Enjoy!


Friendship Bracelets

A while ago, a friend of mine had a brilliant idea, why not have a friendship bracelet swap?  Now, in my hay day, I could pump out the bracelets like no one’s business.  I had 3 designs I could produce, a “v”, a slant, and a round one.  So the first thing I did was dig out the embroidery floss, which has resided in the same box probably since the last time I made a bracelet!

Messy thread!

To my amazement, I found finished, unfinished, and unstarted bracelets, as well as “worry dolls” I had made a long, long time ago!


Worry dolls

Who knew I still had these things floating around!  I wonder what else I’ll find the next time I venture into my hidden craft supplies?

10 Awesome Things About the Harry Potter Books

Ok, so it’s been a while since I last blogged.  A long while.  Every time I try to get into a habit, my life happens.  Kids, parents, dogs, it’s always something!  However, today’s Ten on Tuesday has inspired me to try to get back into it.  With the release of the last movie this weekend, we’ve been talking about Harry a lot around here.  My husband and I can’t wait to see the movie, though we won’t go for a week or two, let the crowds calm down, plus that should give us time to find a babysitter so we don’t have to tag team this one like we did the last.  So, without further ado, 10 Awesome Things about Harry Potter:

1.  They got people reading again.  Notice I said people, not just kids, though getting kids to read was an accomplishment in and of itself.

2.  They got people talking.  All of a sudden, people were talking about the HP series all over the place.  If you saw someone reading the book, it was ok to ask how they liked it and what part they were on.  In the age of Facebook, Twitter, and texting, anything that gets people to converse face to face is a bonus in my book!

3.  They kept me entertained while I was on bedrest.  I discovered the HP series while on bedrest while pregnant with my first child.  I had exhausted every show on the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and History, and I don’t even like history!  After watching a couple of Braves games multiple times, decided it was time to turn the TV off and read.  At the suggestion of a friend, I picked up The Sorcerer’s Stone and soon had my mom running to Barnes & Noble for more!

4.  They made it cool to be a smart girl.  Go Hermione!

5.  They presented a brand new world to inspire us.  Who wouldn’t want to go to school at Hogwarts?

6.  And they inspired a new theme park.  That I can’t wait to visit.  With the kids.  Probably going to have to wait a few more years until they are old enough to read the books, I’m guessing they are a little much for a 5 year old!

7.  They opened a dialog between parents and their pre-teens/teens.  Like I said before, everyone was reading them and this gave parents an opening with otherwise silent kids.

8.  They inspired 7 wonderfully made movies.  While most movies made from books leave the reader disappointed, these can stand all on their own.  While I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies, my husband has never read the books but saw the movies.  He’s loved them!  They may be the only movies I can honestly say did a good job of presenting the books in their entirety.  The Harry Potter films and the Lord of the Rings series.  That’s it.

9.  They are a fast read.  Even after my first child was born, I was able to keep up with the new releases.  They didn’t take a ton of brainpower on my part and I could fly through the books so that I wasn’t neglecting my family.  Well, at least not for too long!

10.  I just love them!  I’ve actually read them more than once, and I never do that!

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