Random thoughts

I mentioned in yesterday’s post about our weeks menus that I am feeling ill.  Tobin come home early yesterday afternoon and took the kids for a few hours.  After a nice long nap, I felt well enough to at least check my emails.  Here are two fun ideas that I want to pass on to you.  I have been feeling crafty recently and these would be so fun to try with the children.

The DIY Dish is a great fun site hosted by twin sisters Kim and Kris.  This is a great ideas and a fantastic way to repurpose a wool sweater that has shrunk.

Next year we will be studying colonial US history to World War 1.  I have been looking for a US map to mark where our studies take us.  This is a great idea for a US (or any map really) map.  This is also a very fun site.  Check out Life Blessons.


Free resources

I will be random today and share some neat and free resources I have found recently.

The Crafty classroom is a great site with some fun ideas for your classroom.  What I was excited about was their daily task cards.  Click on the logo below to go to that page.  I am currently revamping our schedule and I have been looking for something to make it easier for my non-readers (there are 4 of them) to be able to follow the schedule on their own.  These daily task cards will help.  We use the workbox system.  Click here to learn more about the workbox schooling method (system).


Head of the class is a fantastic free curriculum resource.  I find it very helpful because I put together my own curriculum from our favorite resources.  Head of the Class helps me make sure that I have covered everything for each grade level.  It has also served as a great spring board of ideas, especially for the preschool and kindergarten years.

A special treat

Sewing Day

I have a sewing day scheduled for tomorrow.  Tobin is taking all the kids tomorrow and they will have a daddy day.  All the children are so excited.  And I am so excited because I will have a day of uninterrupted time to sew.  Sewing is what I have been doing all summer any spare moment I could find.  I have several projects I have been working on that I hope to share pictures.

I have about an hours worth of organizational work, putting up a shelf, moving a few things around and finding homes for other thing but then the rest of the day is sewing projects.  I have 4 dresses already cut out and two diapers I need to finish.

Below I am listing a few sites that I have found great ideas, projects and patterns.

I have material to make at least 2 aprons.  These are the apron patterns I am looking at doing.   If you have a moment Stop Staring and… Start Sewing…because it’s fun has other great tutorials and patterns–several really fun patterns–check them out.

Craft stew has a huge list of free patterns and tutorials–so much fun!

I came across this website tonight, You can make this–what a neat website .  When you sign up for all their newsletters you receive over 40 free patterns, digi designs, embroidery designs and tutorials.  I will be spending sometime tomorrow going over these new projects and deciding which ones I will do next.

Fave Crafts has free ebooks of projects, patterns and ideas.  Fave Crafts covers all kinds of crafting.  Their newsletter is worth subscribing to.

I never realized that About had patterns but they d0–more  free patterns.

Sewing.org has a wonderful photo gallery of sewing rooms to droll over.  What does you sewing/craft room look like?  I will have to post about my new room.  This summer my husband moved his home office out of the house and now have his office at the church.  I love having a space to call my own and be able to spread my projects out and leave them out if I have to.

Tomorrow evening I hope to have several pictures to show and tell what I have done with my crafting day.