Quarantine Ideas

April 28, 2020 at 6:36 am (Family Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We remind the kids every day that we are “safe at home”, not “stuck at home”. And truly, we are blessed. But, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming having everyone here full time. I want to keep them all entertained, educated, occupied, happy…

Here are just a few ideas that may help during this time!

1. Follow my craft idea board on Pinterest! I add ideas to it as I see them, so check it out for some of the things we have tried and some we still hope to try!

We have loved some of these! One true favorite was shaving cream art! Smear down shaving cream in a pan, add drops of food coloring and swirl them in any pattern with the end of a paintbrush. Lay a thick piece of paper on the colored cream and press. Lift up and scrape cream off the paper with a spatula. Look what it leaves behind!

2. Educational apps that make learning fun! I know we all try to limit screen time. But we all need a break and a little help too! There are several we love, but one that the 6 year old can use by himself is Book Prunelle. It’s an ebook platform for kids , featuring powerful stories to inspire them to become the next generation of conscious kids. They tackle challenging topics in an entertaining and child-friendly way to help kids grown mindful and kind-hearted. Cool, right?!

You pay for a subscription by month or year, but right now you can try the first month for free! And you can use the code JESSIMARIEL5 off of either subscription too!

They have books like this one explaining the Corona Virus in terms kids understand!

3. Read with Dolly on Thursdays! The boys both loved this for some reason! Dolly Parton reads a story live on YouTube every Thursday and saves it to her channel to watch anytime. The boys were glued. And mom cleaned the kitchen! 😉

4. Duo appto facetime anyone. Maybe you knew about this? I did not, but was so happy to learn! With this app, any type of phone can video call one another. Now the kids can video call with grandma and grandpa!

5. Neveo journal making! Neveo lets you add photos all month to an app and at the end of the month they put together your pictures and captions into a journal to be send to grandparents, friends, etc. So helpful for keeping up with some of those seniors that can’t get out right now! Use the code SUPPORT for two free months of 50 photo journals!

I hope these little ideas help even a tad bit. Hang in there. Give yourself grace. We’ve got this.

XX,

Jess

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Some Handmade Gifts

April 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi there!  I wanted to do a quick post to show you what we made for our family members for Christmas (and an upcoming wedding!).  I started with a few simple stone tiles from Menard’s.  I used a flat round brush, a stencil, and some solid paint pots.  I dabbed the paint on over the stencil without wiping.  I then added some clear coat and some felt pads to the bottom corners.  Now…we have personalized coasters!  I know I have seen this done before, but I had to share because they turned out so sweet and simple.  And, they didn’t break the bank!

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What do you think?  I think they turned out great and it was a lot of fun making gifts this year instead of buying something no one needs! 🙂

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A Few Layouts

February 4, 2009 at 10:16 am (Scrap-booking) (, , , , , , , , , )

Last night was a quiet, restful night at our busy house. Having the puppy has meant little sleep and rowdy evenings at home. So, no projects for us last night. But, I did do a few scrapbook layouts. I thought I would share these with you. Hope they are inspiring. Let me know what you think and if you have any ideas!

I did the black swirl as well as the spider web lettering for Halloween by hand.

I did the black swirl as well as the spider web lettering for Halloween by hand.

I love torn edges, especially when usign vellum.  And, its so easy!

I love torn edges, especially when using vellum. And, its so easy!

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Something I Love

February 3, 2009 at 4:37 pm (Scrap-booking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Through my many recent projects I have found a product that I love.  Undo Adhesive Remover!  This stuff is amazing.  I started using it while scrap-booking.  You stick a sticker to a page and realize that you want to move it.  No problem for Undo.  It not only removes the sticker with no harm to the paper or the sticker, but it also brings the sticker back to it’s original stickiness when it dries!  I have also used this to un-peal photos and other papers that I have stuck down with glue.

After using and loving this product on my scrap-book, I decided that it was worth a shot on other projects as well.  Yes, it can safely un-stick stamps, labels, and even gunk.  The possibilities are endless!  My next project involves a very pretty bottle of liqueur that I would like to remove the label from.  I want to leave the label in good condition to use for something, and also have the bottle sticky-free for use for something.  No problem for Undo, I’m sure.

I highly recommend for every do-it-yourself-er!

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