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Melted Crayon Art

19
Apr

Today the girls and I made our first melted crayon pictures.  These are all over Pinterest right now, so we wanted to try it out for ourselves.  We were really pleased with the results, and I think I had just as much, if not more, fun as the girls.  So here is how we did it.

Step 1: Gather supplies.  You will need a glue gun, foam board or canvas, hair dryer, and lots of crayons.  We did our first ones on the foam board because it was cheaper, but I like the way the canvas one turned out better.  We also discovered that brand matters when it comes to crayons.  For best results, use Crayola.  We also sorted our crayons by color group into four plastic cups.

Step 2:  Arrange your crayons at the top of your board in whatever order you want them in.  My girls decided they wanted to do a rainbow.

Step 3:  Hot glue your crayons to your board.  I did this part for the girls because they are not quite ready to handle the glue gun, but they helped me by making sure they were in the right place, and lined up correctly.

 

Step 4: Lean you board up against a wall.  We did ours outside.  Beware:  the wax will splatter, so make sure you have something under and behind your board.  And wear clothes you don’t mind messing up.

 

Step 5: Get your hair dryer and start blowing.  Start slowly.  We started on low heat and then moved up to high heat after a minute or two.  You kinda have to play around when your aim.  We also learned that some of the colors melt faster than others.  For instance, red was the slowest, but orange was the fastest.

Step 6: Play around with it.  If your not happy with how it looks, blow it some more.  It will dry fast, but if you need to go back over it, it melts again fast too.  You can also change the angle of your board against the wall for slower or faster drips.

Here are some of our finished projects

Crayon Rainbow on Foam Board

Pastel Colors on Canvas

Pastel Colors on Canvas with Embellishment

 

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Large Family Logistics – Giveaway

08
Jul

Do you have a large family? A growing family? Or a family of any size?  Have you ever looked around your house and wondered how you will ever get it all done?  I know I have, and the bigger our family grows, the more I ask myself this.

Well, there is a book out now that I think all wives should read.  It’s called Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman.  The subtitle is “The Art and Science of Managing a Large Family.”  While the book written by a mother of 10, and geared towards large families, I think there are lots of good tips for moms/wives of any size families.  The first half of the book talks about the whys, the under girding foundations, and the overarching methods that encourage woman as wives, mothers, and homemakers.  The second have of the book deals with the “nitty-gritty particulars” of how to keep the home running.

Over the next several weeks, my plan is to review the book chapter by chapter and talk about how we as a family are implementing some of her ideas.  But for now, I wanted to let you know about some giveaways for a free copies of the book.  My 4 favorite blogs are all hosting giveaways this week for the book.

Life in a Shoe

The Common Room

Smockity Frocks

Raising Olives

There are multiple chances to enter on each blog.  If you don’t win on the blog, you can always purchase the book from Vision Forum!

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have, and hope that you will share your ideas too.

Why I Take My Girls to the Grocery Store With Me

25
Jun

We are having friends over for dinner tonight, and I still needed a few things, so I ran to the grocery store.  My 2 older girls, ages 5 and 4, went with me.  On the way to the store I was on the phone with a friend, and I told her where I was going, and it came up that my girls were with me.  She seemed somewhat surprised that I had not left them at home with my husband.  While my husband is wonderful, and would have been more than willing to keep them at home with him, it is important to me that I use every opportunity I have to train my girls.

Today’s grocery trip was all about hospitality, shopping to serve others, and a bonus lesson on couponing.  We talked about making sure you have what others enjoy eating.   We talked about picking out the best quality produce to serve.  We worked on planning and making sure that we would have enough for everyone.  And as a bonus, we ran into a good deal on Goldfish.  One of my daughter’s commented that we still had a bag of Gold Fish in the pantry, so I was able to explain to her that sometimes we stock up on something whenever we find a good deal (we got 21 bags of Gold Fish for $.25 each).

All this to say, it would certainly have been easier to leave my girls at home, but I don’t want them to grow up, get married, and then have no idea how to shop, whether it is bargain shopping, simply shopping for the week for their family, or preparing for a dinner party.  I want them to start learning now how to be the best wives and mothers they can be.

Prov. 31:14-15

14 She is like the ships of the merchant;

she brings her food from afar.

15 She rises while it is yet night

and provides food for her household

and portions for her maidens.

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Washing Sippy Cups

25
Jun

Washing sippy cups – One of my least favorite chores to do around the house is dishes.  It is never ending, and there are always more to wash.  The other day I was washing dishes, and, as I put what I felt like was the hundredth sippy cup of the day in the dishwasher,  I caught myself grumbling about this seemingly unending job.  Then I realized I was complaining about taking care of the blessings God has given me.  Why should I complain about the jobs that come along with having a large family and lots of kids?  Little kids need sippy cups, it’s just a fact.  So as long as there are little kids in our house, there are going to be sippy cups.  I now pray there is never a day that I don’t have to wash sippy cups.  When my children are grown, I hope to have grandchildren’s cups to wash.

 

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!

Psalm 127:3-5

I still don’t enjoy washing sippy cups, or any other dishes for that matter, but I love the reason I have the sippy cups.  I love having lots of kids, and pray that God will continue to bless us with more.

 

 

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