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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Our Week with Hearts & Seedlings

Busy week this week!

Brianna and I got out for a little bit of shopping for Winter Dance.

We had a fun time together, and came home with dress and accessories for under $60 bucks!

One day after naps, I grabbed Hannah and the camera and went outside to take some pictures.

My camera died after about 20 shots, but I still got several that I was happy with.  She's so photogenic!

Jack is in a "don't take pictures of me" phase right now, but I thought it was cute that he was carrying Katie around piggy back.

We planted lavender seeds in coir pots this week as part of our botany study.

After two days, Katie told me, "Mom, this looks like not growing."  She is not impressed with our pots of dirt with seeds in them.

This week's letters from Katie's alphabet coloring book.

It was spirit week at the high school.  This was Camo Day.

We did a Valentine project from our new Holiday Arts and Crafts DVD from Home Art Studio.

It involved sharpening crayons onto wax paper.  (Grating would work, too.)

We needed to peel the crayons before sharpening.  Hannah is using an Olfa Touch Knife to slice the paper.  Sometimes I really have to force myself to let her do things on her own, because 9 times out of 10, she totally can.  And I told myself there's only so much damage she could do with a 1/2" blade, right?

After getting a nice collection of shavings, we folded the wax paper in half and ironed it.

Again with the "letting the kids do stuff that makes me nervous."  And yes, we got crayon wax all over my lovely iron.  I ironed some paper towels to get it off.  Hopefully, all the residue is gone now.

The melted crayons ran together and made a beautiful wax sandwich.  We then drew hearts on it with black sharpies and cut the hearts out.  We hole punched the hearts and used white yarn to hang them from a dowel.  (The DVD calls for red ribbon, but I felt that red would detract from the pretty colors of the hearts.  I like it better with white.)

The finished project.

It even looks pretty through the blinds!

Wheelie, our school mascot, likes to sleep in the sunbeam.

See what I mean about Jack and pictures?

Paul and I went on a "blind date" this week.  His and hers appointments at the eye doctor.  My first eye exam since 1989.  I'll be getting glasses in a couple of weeks.

The boys caught me watching Sherlock and trying out my new Mod Melts from the monster box of stuff I won recently.  Eli just had to give it a shot.

There's still "flash" to be removed from the edges, but you get the idea.  I was trying out the letter mold, making the letters of the kids' names.  (We have a lot of Es and As!)  There's a bit of a learning curve to it, so I'm hoping I get better at producing letters without bubbles or gaps.  They'll be fun little bits to stick on projects to personalize them, I guess.

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  1. I loved doing the wax paper and crayon shavings with the kids when they were smaller. We should do that again. I love the mod melts. Dean isn't hip on having his picture taken right now either.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. It seems to be a tween phase. Most of my kids have gone through it.

      At an FCC event, they had the kids draw with crayons on tin foil that was on an electric skillet. The crayon melted as they drew, which made it really interesting.

  2. Fun projects and beautiful pictures, Shecki! Looks like it was a great week :)

  3. What a fun post. I loved seeing all the pictures. I really liked your crayon art through the sunlight. Thank you for sharing with us at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays. Have a great week.

    1. Thank you, Jaime! It wasn't the easiest craft we've done recently, but the effect is really pretty.