Loomin’ Knit

Recently I decided it was time to teach AJM an add on skill to her ever growing repertoire of home economics type skills.   She already knows how to finger knit, basic embroidery /hand sewing , chaining for crochet (with a hook! ) and some basic cooking. Girl is on fiyah!  Anywho. . .

The latest add on came about because I was searching the internet late in the evening (probably lurking through Pinterest or something) and happened upon an upcycling project for plastic bottles (well basically for any plastic tub, bottle, container , etc) and a cute project for a backpack (using a loom) .

I set to work the next morning and after collecting my supplies:

  • 2 containers (empty vitamin containers a friend gave me)
  • a pair of metal cutters (borrowed from J’s room)
  • a sharp knife
  • a pair of scissors
  • a piece of sandpaper
  • a permanent marker
  • a measuring tape

The rest of the process is a blur of plastic clippings and pieces of sanded plastic, ending with me very happy and two very simple circular knitting looms!!

I spent the morning searching the internet for knitting loom instructions, stitches and patterns and was super excited when I fell upon this thorough and well put together site on ALL THINGS KNIT LOOM!!

AJM really enjoyed learning how to do the basic “e-wrap” knit stitch and happily sat at my desk “knitting” on her loom.

This was a successful lesson and she finished her first “sleeve”  (for a summer dress she now wants to sew) just before dinner today successfully binding off using The Crochet Crowds video. She seems very pleased with her first project .
Later this evening I found a few “spool”  loom projects  and decided to try out Guppy Girl’s adorable Mini Cream pattern.

AJM stayed up a bit late tonight watching me finish up the double scoop version.  She informed me that if I made a few more her dolls could have an icecream party.  I told her she could make a few tomorrow and sent her to bed.
Now I’m off… to figure out some more things we can make . . . .

Teddy bears and Lizards? ?

Oh my !

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Homeschooling on the Cheap

Here is the list of links downloads we use for homeschooling our children. I will add more as we go. Please feel free to message me with any dead links or additional free websites/posts to add to the ever growing list. The point of this list is to give me an easy place to access links we use regularly, want to try or will use in the future.

Multi Subjects

Starfall Expanded

Turtle Diary

Khan Academy

Kid’s Know It

ABC Mouse Academy

E-learning for Kids

Brain Pop Jr.

Brain Pop

TSL Books

Reading

Starfall Reading

Progressive Phonics

Reading Comprehension Grades 1-5+

Math

Khan Academy Math

Grammar & Writing

Free Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing Textbooks Grade 1-6

Grammarland

Grammarland Worksheets

Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo Workbooks Multiple Grade Levels

Bristol Academy Grammar Tutorial Middle School and Up

Daily Grammar

Spelling

Free Spelling Lessons

Computer Science

Free Mouse and Pointer Tutorial

Online Typing Tutorial

BBC Computing

Code.org

Science

Science for Kids

Planets for Kids

Astronomy for Kids

Cosmos for Kids

Science Curriculum

Mystery science

Fiber Arts

Sewing Lessons By Melly

Sewing Tutorials List

Sarah’s Embroidery Tutorials

Crochet in the Car

Crafty Minx Crochet Lessons

Knitting Tutorials

Music

Hoffman Piano Lessons

Piano Nanny

Classical Music for Kids

Music Theory

Music Theory Ear Master Course

Khan Academy Music

Art

Figure Drawing Mini Course

Art Hub for Kids

Draw So Cute with Wenny

Jerry’s Art-o-Rama

Geography

Mr. Donn’s Geography

Language

Spanish Lessons

Duolingo

Health

Kids Health

Fertility Friend Charting for Menstrual Cycle FREE eCourse

Physical Education

Physical Education Lessons for Kids

Cooking

Spatulatta
Kid’s Cooking Lessons

Money

https://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/foreducators/lesson_plans/children.php

http://www.moneyinstructor.com

Nutrition

Super Kids Nutrition

Meditation & Yoga

Calm

I have a lifetime membership that was gifted to us. I love this app and they have a Free Lifetime Membership for Teachers. They have a growing list of guided kids (sleep stories too!) and adult meditations.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

The girls love this program. It’s completely free and engaging.

Free eBooks online

DP Group Bookshare

The membership os free and you must register to see book section. The members quickly fill requests. You may also share your own ebooks. I have found loads of books from this site and requested many as well. A member just recently posted the everything science, geography and astronomy books. They also have many stepping stones random house publishing ebooks.

Free Kindle Books for Kids List

I believe this list is updated automatically.

Podcasts

Podcast for Kids and Family List

Stories Podcast

Story Nory

Printables

This Reading Mama

The Measured Mom

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If you have any questions or need some guidance, let me know.

Corner Bookmarks!

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Today we made corner bookmarks and paper tulips! AJM really enjoyed these projects. She calls the flowers “Tuhlulips” and made several, including a double “tuhlulip”. She also went on to make her own corner bookmark characters.. tiger, hummingbird and another monster.
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We really had fun following along with our new found blogger Maggie of Red Ted Art. We started by watching her super easy to follow instructional video about paper tulips.
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Then we followed her easy video about making a corner bookmark bunny. Eventually we ended up on her monster corner bookmark.
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Seriously there are so many bookmarks, we could be making bookmarks all day!! It really was quite a treat making these and letting our creative process unfold.
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I even designed BAM her very on selfie bookmark.
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Hooray for easy paper crafts!

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Paper “Xylo” phones!!

This week has been packed with creative play.  I was intrigued by a video tutorial I stumbled upon showing how to make a paper “xylo” phone. It was very easy to follow along with the idea of how to do it.  After perusing through my supplies and thinking about the process, I came up with our version of a paper “xylo”phone.  It was easy and the girls enjoyed making it with me.  AJM made her own and later made a few tweaks to get some sound out of it.  Even J had a go at tapping out a song.  Though it still needed to dry a bit more.  Will have a video up soon!
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Homemade Play Dough!!

We made play dough!!  The girls had a fantastic time making it AND playing with it.  It is quite a challenge cleaning it up from our table, but I’m learning how to work with it.  The girls both spent almost 3 hours total, the first day we made it, playing with it.  The second day they were just as eager and have really made some very creative items.  Like a mermaid, muffins, cake, snowmen and many others.  Suffice it to say this was a huge hit at our house. 

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Paper Mache Airplanes!!

I finally decided to introduce paper mache to the girls. I looked through a few different “kid” ideas for things they could make and most of them required wasting a balloon.  Since we have a pile of plastic bottles, I searched for projects for kids specifically using a plastic bottle.  That’s when I found this delightful post idea!  I collected all the supplies with AJM’s help and we began our paper mache experiment.  It took around 24 hours until our planes could be painted and the girls had a really good time!  We went with the basic cold flour and water technique.  It worked out well and seems pretty durable. 

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3D Paper Fruit Picnic Party

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A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this great website called Mr. Printables. At the time I was just looking for some cute printables to use for the girls’ homeschooling repertoire. I found lots of great material here and bookmarked it for later perusing. Fast forward to last week when the theme for BAM’s homeschooling week was fruit and vegetables.
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Lately BAM has been really into cutting paper up, so I thought ‘why not work this into an art activity?’. A quick Google search rendered lots of easy to see and cut out 2D fruit and baskets, etc. I’ll probably do another post with those links and whatnot. But I knew AJM would need something more… complicated. That’s when it hit me 3D! We’d recently put together a cool movable 3D T-Rex that both girls really enjoyed too! Another Google search rendered Paper Play Fruit on Mr. Printables!
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I’ll probably do another post of us making the printed fruit. As for today’s post I just wanted to share the “fruits” of our labour during our Paper Fruit Picnic Party!
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Check out our video of the picnic party.

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Garden Lovin’ – Wild Panamanian Tomatillos

J built a wharf next to the houseboat, he began months ago, and we’ve planted some trees and edible plants along the side.
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Recently, on one of my strolls along the wharf to check on our plants, I noticed a plant that looked like a wild panamanian tomatillo!
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Sure enough a few weeks later the tell tale tomatillo flowers popped up underneath the leaves. Shortly after tomatillos began to grow!
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This is really exciting for the girls as well.
They really love searching under the plant for fallen fruit and gobbling them right up!
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Monster Purse (shaped) Threaders

Over on the TAST Facebook group our faithful leader Sharon from Pintangle posted a question the other day asking for our stitching confessions. It was such a great question and really got quite a response! The most common confessions ranged from stitching things other than the fabric being worked, to our work (corners of the fabric, finger calluses, pant legs, even hair!) to spitting to thread a needle… and everything in between.

I must “confess”, I continue to do these two things on a regular basis, as well as a myriad of other confessions on the board. I found myself chuckling and mentally saying “yep, me too!” over and over throughout the course of the day. The most discussed confession was definitely the spitting threading technique. Some say it’s no big deal, other women recounted tales of Aunts and Grandmothers tsking them for this supposedly improper technique and teaching them the “proper” one instead.

I will say threading a needle is tricky at best, at worst it is a downright impossible feat that may reduce you to a puddle of tears.

Soon you find yourself bleary eyed, desperately seeking reprieve from your threading woes…

anyone will do, you say…

your spouse  …who is out-of-town, convenient.

your live in elderly parent… with eyesight worse than yours. Can she even see the needle??

the 4-year-old you’re baby sitting for the evening… who’s mother has a phobia of letting her handle sharp objects, and up until this moment you could completely understand the logic of this phobia… but she seems so reasonable with other toys, you say…and now you begin considering the logic of that silly rule, just this once.

the next door neighbor… after you desperately explain 3 times you are not trying to sell them anything you just need this needle threaded… what? a needle? never heard of it,  while slamming the door in your face. ..

perhaps your cat…. who continues to lick his paws giving you a look of complete disdain for the depth of which you have allowed yourself to sink.

Wait?

What?

That’s never happened to you?

Hmm…  just me then, alright.

Well for some of us… it’s moments like these when you may find yourself in need of your very own Monster Purse Shaped Threader!

The one post that inspired this particular crafting adventure is found here. (I just love Wild Olive and all the fun inspirational and informative posts Mollie puts up on her blog!)

Since AJM and I have been working on embroidery samplers we’ve been having some needle threading issues of our own. When I presented the DIY Monster Purse shaped threader idea, she was very excited.

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They were both very excited for craft time!

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Though she didn’t quite understand exactly how it worked, she had faith that I was leading her in the right direction. We picked out some materials, based on Mollie’s suggestions (and based on what we had in the house) and got to work.

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Here you can see we’ve got some 32 gauge craft wire, Felt sheets cut into a few pieces, various colours of embroidery floss strands, large blunt needle for hole punching and our mini glue gun!

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We followed the basic instructions over at Wild Olive. First we folded the felt and poked some holes in the center.

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Even BAM helped!

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Then spent a half hour embroidering our big felt pieces.

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Finally we assembled our monster purse shaped threaders!! I did this by putting a little hot glue along the inside and pressing the wrong sides together, like a sandwich with one closed end. I added a little hot glue on the metal wire, where it is inside the felt sandwich and on the openings where the wire loop comes out of the felt.

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Yep, it’s hard to tell who’s cuter… the threader or the model.

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Well I suppose it’s time to hang them up and move on to dinner!

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TAST – #1 Fly Stitch

I started following along with the embroidery stitch TAST challenge over at Pintangle last week!

I am doing mine in square inch format, known as “Inchies”, and working each stitch daily. My oldest daughter, AJM,  is also doing the challenge, but in the weekly form. Every Sunday, she’ll start a new stitch. I’m making her sampler each week, by drawing out (in pencil) some different pattern with that weeks stitches. I’ll be including a small combination pattern with the previous week(s) stitches as we progress into week 2. I think this will help her learn how to use her new and old stitches together.

I will post my corresponding  inchie along with her weekly sampler once a week on Sunday or Monday for your viewing pleasure! I’ll include pictures of the previous weeks completed sampler as well!

Without further ado, may I share our “Fly Stitch” for stitch number 1!

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AJM seems to really enjoy embroidery. She spent a few minutes after dinner working on her sampler! Even BAM (my 3 year old daughter) sits next to us with her big needle and plastic stitch mat. It’s a lot of fun!

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