Tuesday, June 14, 2011
and check it out! (Sorry, the link button isn't working for me for some reason.)
Other than scrapbooking, I am still working on my ongoing homeschooling organization project. I just got a brand new heavier-duty three hole punch and whole bunch of binders for organizing all my printed material. Now if you're a homeschool mom, I'm sure you'll understand why a new three hole punch is exciting to me, LOL! My old one I've had since college when I was studying to be an elementary school teacher. The bottom was cracked and the punch had a tendency to stick. Not so much fun to use when you're working your way through a foot tall stack of printed unit studies, lapbooks, worksheets and Dover coloring pages! The new one punches like a dream, so I'm happy.
And in my neverending search for ways to get cheap materials/books for homeschool, I've finally joined Paperback Swap. I took a good honest look at my bookshelves and was able to cull quite a bit to post. So far I've mailed out a total of 26 books. I've received 6 so far and have 13 more on the way to me. All books that I'll be using for school. And since it only costs me the postage to send out the books, it's cheaper even than buying used books. I'm loving it!
Avery and I are now in our third week of summer semester. We've been learning about plants/gardening, homes and this week is community helpers. We're also doing a summer long study to introduce Avery to the United States. We've done an overview already and now we're moving onto indvidual states. One every day, in alphabetical order. I'm excited to see how quickly Avery is already recognizing the names of the different states, whereas before now, she really only knew Washington and Montana, where most of her cousins live. We've got a fun summer ahead of us, that's for sure!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I'm an eclectic homeschooler, which basically means that I pull my curriculum together from many different sources. I've been amassing curriculum and books since before Avery was born. Over the past few weeks, I've *finally* been putting it in order, along with buying more additional items, because just like with scrapbooking, I can also never have too many homeschool materials! I'm still not quite there yet with my organizing, but I want to get going on our summer session, so I'm just going to plunge ahead and keep working on it as time allows. We're doing things pretty light for the summer. Some thematic units covering basic stuff she would cover if she went to public school kindergarten, like community, transportation, citizenship, etc. We're also going to do a summer long study of the States and begin studying French, using Hooked on French.
I'm planning to blog more about homeschooling in the future. That's what this blog really started out as, anyway. Scrapbooking just kind of took it over for a while!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The ACOT Paper CT also had an incredible opportunity to work with PageMaps this month! We all love Becky Fleck's sketches and everyone did an awesome job with their layouts. Go and check them out here! I'm so proud of my fellow CT-ers! They totally rocked this! Here's my layout, using My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Seriously, that Pink Paislee twine is SO YUMMY! Can't wait to use that on a layout. Tomorrow's box is going to be full of Imaginisce Berrylicious goodness AND a new border punch!
I've got at least two layouts and an altered project that I want to get done this weekend. I'm really excited about the altered project. I *may* even get brave and do a tutorial along with it. We'll see. I'm not so good at tutorials. But this one I think I could manage. I really need to get a tripod to help me out. I had one, but then I apparently got rid of the plate that attaches the camera to the tripod when we replaced the camera forever ago! How I managed that, I honestly do not know! I am so smart! S-M-R-T! ;) So now I need to get a new tripod. Maybe once all this government shutdown nonsense is over.
Anyone else have fun scrappy plans for the weekend?
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Speaking of trying new things, why not head over to ACOT and check out the February Challenges? The team has put together some awesome challenges this month! You're sure to find some inspiration!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Well, lately dh and I have been discussing moving my scrap space out to the "man cave" in the garage. The previous owners of our house collected movie posters, so they built a room into the garage in which to store them. Dh doesn't use it as a man cave really because all his gaming systems and whatnot are inside the house (because the better TVs are in here, LOL!) So right now it just gets used to house family when they come to visit. (Aren't we so nice to put them out in the garage? ;) ) And my mom and stepdad will be staying out there while they are in the process of moving here in the very near future. My mom is here this week trying to scout out both jobs and houses.
Anyhoo, to make a long story longer, once my mom and stepdad get moved into their own place, I will be getting the man cave for my very own! We're going to have to do a little remodeling on it before it will be ready for me. Most likely some better lighting and possibly putting in a window. Also some carpeting and pretty paint on the walls.
My mom and I were out shopping this week, just here in town, and went into this great shop that I have been wanting to visit for ages! It's amazing! All sorts of awesome home decor items as well as jewelry and hair accessories. And mixed in with new pieces are vintage pieces on consignment! Everywhere we turned there some adorable thing that we wanted to buy! What I fell most in love with were all the vintage glass candy dishes and bowls.
So I bought myself one!
And now it holds *most* of my buttons! (I still need a couple more dishes to hold my metal buttons and my shaped buttons. Darn it! ;) ) I'm hooked now. I know I'm going to be going back to Grandiflora again and again to find more pieces for my new scrap room. My mom has also told me that she has some dishes that belonged to my great-grandmother that I can have, too! Yippee!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
1. I am not going to spend any money on scrapping/craft supplies for myself, with the exception of adhesives. Any new supplies will have to come from gifts, prizes won, gift cards, points accumulated at ACOT and my ACOT Secret Sister.
2. Get healthy! This basically entails cutting waaaaaaayyyy back on the Mountain Dew, drinking a lot more water, exercising using a combo of Wii Fit, Leslie Sansone walking videos and actual walks outdoors. Also changing my eating habits and working on portion control.
3. Devotions every day. Right now I'm going to start out with "God's Little Devotional Book for Moms" and "The One Year Book of Christian History." I'm also going to try and get back into journaling in my gratitude journal.
1. Blog more.
2. Better school planning.
3. Scrap more.
4. Start earlier on Christmas gift making.
5. Cross stitch more and finish up projects already completed.
6. Try more new recipes.
I think that's enough! Truth be told, I'm already feeling overwhelmed.