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BOOKS

I love books. I love paper. I love good book design. I love a great story. I love learning something new. And I want my little bits to love books too. So I’ve made a sheet that will hopefully make my older two’s independent reading more joyful.

 

 

The illustration is a simple tree. It can be colored and written on as they are reading their book or when they’ve finished. My oldest saw the tree and said there wasn’t enough room to write all about the book! I encouraged her to practice being concise. :)

I’ve attached the file so you can print as well. If your printer doesn’t print borderless images you can use a pen to draw the lines to the edge. That may seem silly but the blank border around the tree would drive me nuts! :)

Hope your sweet ones find this useful and your summer is filled with lots of books!

Edit: I realized that I forgot a place to write the author! oops! The file has been revised :D

 

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PROV 16:24

Hope your summer has been fantastic so far :) Ours has been filled and fun! We’ve been busy with projects I need to post. I’m very behind and hope to get caught up soon since I’d like this to be our family scrapbook. Part of the reason I’m so late posting is that my camera situation is not resolved (do I buy a new camera since it doesn’t seem smart to put money into my old one – or upgrade my iphone for it’s better camera??), so again, I apologize for the blurry pics in this post. But regardless, we’ve put up another verse!

 

Proverbs 16:24

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

 

I loved the imagery and message in this one. :)

 

 

P.S. I purposely don’t pick the typical verses for us to memorize as we’ve already learned them from the God Rocks songs (which we love, love!). Just if you were wondering why some seemed random :)

 

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ALLERGY

Guess who’s not allergic to corn and peanuts anymore!! I was completely ecstatic when I got the results in the mail! AND, his remaining allergies to milk, wheat, oats, rye and eggs have gone down some too – it was severe and now it’s just bad. Boy, was results day a happy day!! So, to celebrate the great news I’ve attached a recipe card for these allergy-free muffins. I make up his recipes since he’s allergic to so many things. This muffin recipe has been baked and tweaked loads of times and is the best version to date. :)

 

 

The recipe is wheat-free, and free of flours that have similar proteins to wheat. Spark isn’t gluten intolerant, but allergic to the wheat protein. But if you are gluten intolerant, this recipe is gluten-free too! It’s also dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, and peanut-free. And I like it because it has a veggie (pumpkin) and fruit (applesauce – which was added recently, when he out grew his apple allergy.) Also, please note that the brand of “butter” spread is not Smart Balance, but Earth Balance.

 

 

The PDF has 2 copies of the recipe, just because there was space – maybe you could pass one along to a friend? Print one page, flip the paper and print again, and trim – so the recipe card is printed front and back. (See this post for specific paper used and trimming instructions.)

 

 

If you or someone you love has food allergies, I truly hope this recipe helps! :)

 

 

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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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AXEL&#39S QUILT

Last summer I became an aunt (again) to cutie baby Axel! I’ve been teaching myself to quilt, but hadn’t made a bed sized quilt yet. So when munchkin was hiding out in his mom, I got to work because my nephew needed an heirloom on day one. I came up with a design that complimented my sister’s awesome decorating of Axel’s nursery – crazy chevrons and my favorite blues! A is for Axel…

Axel's Quilt Front

Axel's Quilt Front Detail

Axel's Quilt Back

Axel's Quilt Back Detail

I hope he enjoys snuggling in it forever. xoxo

 

 

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