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The library is such a fun visit for the shorts and me. They all go straight to their favorite section – my boys love non-fiction books on animals and cars, and the girls head for the juvenile fiction. I’ve enjoyed reading the juvenile/young adult classics that I didn’t read as a kid and new literature too like The Penderwicks series! :) We also have a family tradition of stopping at local book stores when we’re out of town, and they each get to pick out a book. We write in the cover where we were and the date. Half Price Books is a family favorite too!

So, I have this goal to build our family library. We have a decent collection going, and I was inspired by the book The Library and the character’s own checkout system she devised for her personal books. I had to explain the old-school way of checking out books to the shorts – the paper pockets with cards and date stamps. I checked out The Borrowers over the summer and it had the paper pocket still in it! So they got to see a real, old, date-stamped pocket :) Then I set to work on making pockets and cards for the girls’ books.

We decided to make them for chapter books only, since it was a pretty big undertaking and they’re the only ones that are old enough to work the system. The pockets are blank so each girl can write their name on their own books, and our last name goes on the family books. The checkout cards have “Date Out” instead of “Date Due”. We wanted it to be a family history of when the books were read and not about dealing with returns – no late fees here! And when our future grandkids come over they can check out books their mom read at their age. :)

 

 

Here’s the Library System I made for you to print as well. There are many colors! We printed one of each and sorted the books that matched each pocket color so we had a count before printing.

 

 

You’ll need these supplies to make them:

a cutting mat, xacto, straight edge, #65 smooth white paper, and double stick tape. We also bought this date stamp at the craft store! It’s so fun to stamp the cards!!

 

 

After you trim the pocket, fold the two tabs to the back. The double stick tape is wide enough to secure the tabs and adhere to the book in one step (see above photo). We found it easier to write on the pockets before attaching them to the books, but you may want to attach first so you don’t loose track of which goes where. The last page of the PDF file is the cards. Just trim them out using the crop marks, being careful not to cut through to the neighboring cards. The two rows are pretty close together to save paper!

 

 

And now you have your own official home library system! Yippee skippy and happy reading :D

 

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DIVIDERS

I recently made clothes dividers as part of a baby gift for my girls’ sweet teacher. I thought these may be helpful for others so I decided to post here too. I printed the gift in blue-grey and orange but made these black and white so you can customize to match your room colors.

 

 

Craft stores have loads of different colored papers that the dividers can be printed on and ta-da! you’ve got a match! The first page of the PDF file is the striped pattern for the back of each divider. So print Page 1 on each sheet first. Then flip and reprint the remaining PDF pages of the front divider graphics on each sheet. Trim the outside circle, cut through to the center circle, and trim again. You could also leave the dividers black and white too :)

 

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SCHOOL QUILT

My son’s preschool teachers asked if I could make a class quilt for the school’s annual charity auction. The proceeds went to a one-year-old little girl in the community battling leukemia :( I was so surprised and excited when they asked, and loved that the money raised went to someone who needed it. I don’t pretend to be a great quilt maker. I’ve just been learning as I go – and I learned a lot making this one!

 

 

For the front, I pre-cut all the pieces of fabric and planned which fabric markers I wanted with each piece. I taped them all on pieces of cardboard and the kids wrote their names on them, along with the verse and back wording. And they did a great job! Not a single fabric-marker-on-clothes accident :)

 

 

And a little bird for an added detail :)

 

 

And the teachers names and school year are on the back.

 

 

I love wonky, modern quilts and thought the style went so well with the youthfulness of the kids that helped make it. What a treat to be a part of such a fantastic project! And yay for something to snuggle up in :)

 

 

EASTER

This post is a little later than I had planned, but luckily the Good Book never gets old! :)

So here it is: Matthew 28:5-6 Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.

 

 

This verse is my most favorite of all – and I just want to add 20 exclamation marks to it! I love how the angel shows up to Jesus’ distraught friends and says,”Surprise!!! But don’t be afraid!” You know they were scared out of their minds. God just knows we all love a good surprise! I sure do :) And any time fear sneaks in, I remember this one… Surprise! Don’t be afraid – He has risen!!

HAPPY EASTER!

 

 

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DOODLE BUG

The boys are doodle bug (and general animal) loving fanatics. Now that spring is here, they are on the hunt every day. They miss their doodle bugs at night or when they drop them and can’t find those little guys again. My favorite was when my youngest came shuffling out of his room the other morning, shoulders stooped, and I asked what was wrong. He said in his little 2 year old voice, “I miss Sweetie. She was my doodle bug last night. I dropped her on the deck and she fell down the crack. *sigh* She was a wife.” :D And he shuffled to the kitchen all sad. So after all this heartache, we decided to make some doodle bugs to keep in the house to play with too, just in case we need an emergency buddy.

We had to do serious doodle bug research for this project, so we decided the best doodle bugs were at the park! So we headed out…

 

 

…only to find a hungry tree that gobbled them up! After a quick escape, there was lots of exploring, playing, and finally some doodle bug hunting. Then we found one!

 

 

And don’t even think about taking that doodle bug away – or that cheetah in his pocket. :)

 

 

The next day I made a quick pattern (that you can use too). It’s just a simple line drawing in 4 sizes (a dad, mom, kid and baby, as requested by my guys). I cut the grey fabric from the pattern, then cut strips of striped material and sewed them to the bottom of each grey piece. Then I stitched them together leaving a hole at the bottom. These are the bugs, some inside out and some partially stuffed. I like the striped fabric, the black being their many little legs :)

 

 

And action shots of the fellows… one serious and the other, not so much.

 

 

After they stuffed them, I stitched closed, and then Mr. 5 year old drew the stripes and eyes on with a grey fabric marker. I’m glad we made so many because 4 have already disappeared!

We also made a set for their cousin’s 2nd birthday. Hope he enjoys them as much as my guys do :)

Yay for doodle bugs!!

 

 

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SPRING

Spring has sprung here! And did we have a downpour last night – I was so thankful (and surprised) everyone slept through the thunder. The kids recently decorated our front windows with their Crayola Window Markers (and some of the wall by Mr. 2 year old, but we won’t count that). I love that their doodles were so springy. We’ll be keeping these up for a while!

 

 

 

IS 40:31

Here’s Isaiah 40:31!

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

 

 

I’m excited about our kids learning this one. It’s their Pop’s favorite verse, AND my most favorite band, MuteMath, has a song that goes with it perfectly. It’s Peculiar People and you can play it below. Did you know that my man and I went to their Dallas concert?! It was fantastic! Every time I see this pic I can’t believe I was actually there! :)

 

mutemath_dallasconcert_pic

 

 

Mute Math – Peculiar People
Found at Genius MP3 Music Search Engine

 

 

 

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PS 32:8

Our family has been memorizing Bible verses for several months. Every week or two I pick a verse (sometimes influenced by an upcoming holiday) and design it to be relevant with the content. Every word is on a separate piece of paper and I hide them around our living and dining room… then each kid takes a turn finding a word! Then my oldest gets her Bible, looks up the verse, and they all help put the words in order. We use poster putty to stick each word on our front door. I love this because they are all able to participate (my kids range from 2-9yrs), it’s a game, the design helps make memorizing easier, it promotes great discussions, and best of all, they’re hiding God’s word in their hearts! And I’ve made it digital so you can print it too. This week’s verse is Psalm 32:8! “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”:)

 

 

I print on 80# cover (card stock), smooth, bright white paper, and cut out with my Fiskar scissors.

P.S. In the past I’ve handwritten and cut each image/word out freehand. I’ll re-do our past verses in a digital format later, and post so you can have those too. :)

 

 

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SUNSHINE

My BFF, Candy, has two girls that are BFFs with my girls. Her youngest had a Little Miss Sunshine party and my girls wanted to sew something special for her! And any time there’s a sewing interest, I’m on board! So we bought some bright yellow fabric and their noodles took over. The girls drew their designs on paper and cut them out. We pinned to the fabric, cut, and then sewed their creations on my machine…

 

Collee Sewing

 

It took a while to get their tiny projects turned right side out – sheesh!

 

 

We had some comic relief when things got frustrating…

 

 

Then they stuffed them! That’s always an exciting part. I sewed them shut, and they drew on them with fabric markers.

 

 

Little Miss Sunshine!

 

 

And a sun! :)

 

 

I thought they did a great job! And I’m proud of them for sticking with it. It would be fun to make more of these little guys – like a cloud or bird… It’s a fun way to learn to sew and have a new toy. Yay for sewing!!

 

 

THANKS!

As a thank you for reading this, I’ve attached a free “thank you” postcard! Since I’m half Swedish, there’s a little Swedish vocab for you too :) And who doesn’t want to learn a little Swedish?!

I’ve printed mine on a bright white, smooth, uncoated 80# cover weight (cardstock) paper. Just print page 1 of the PDF, flip over and re-feed, printing page 2. I’ve also included a few pics showing how to trim them. (Hint: Cut from crop mark to crop mark – not all the way to the edge of the paper, so you don’t cut off your marks when you rotate the paper.) You just need a self healing mat, xacto, ruler and corner punch.

 

Thank You 1

Thank You Tools

Thank You Cut

Postcard Full Size

 

Enjoy! And I’d love to hear how it works out for you!

 

 

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