Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Madison is learning the days of the month and the teacher asked that we review the months and days with the kids...I took it a bit too far. In my inability to sleep one night I decided I was going to MAKE her a calendar....her own special calendar for the summer....which now has turned into a determination of mine to make an entire year. This is what I have so far...June, July and August. Expect more months to follow. Very time consuming. I didn't bother trying to line up my days of the month...so spare me the "those lines are straight" bit...I know, I don't care. It is what it is. I used the Cricut to cut the squares (border squares were 1 1/4" and the top squares were 1") Some of the embellishments and month names were also cut with the Cricut.


I thought it would be fun to experiment with letters for the kids room. No real reason...they certainly didn't need it...but I did it anyway. Madison got ribbon, Olivia got buttons and Carter got a frog. You can get the white letters at Michaels for a few bucks each. The rest of the supplies I already had.


Madison's birthday is coming up and she asked me to make her another painting for her room. I actually used the cricut to cut the shape of a butterfly, painted, decorated with ribbon and buttons and I was done. I'm going to surprise her with it for her birthday.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Learning the Basics

So, Olivia had the ABCs on flashcards which were on a ring...and then she figured out how to get them off and we ended up losing a letter here or there...so I figured, what the heck, I'm going to MAKE her something becasue she really enjoys learning and reading. Madison had an photo album that she wasn't using any more (thanks Aunt Jenny) and I thought, hmmm....I could put flash cards in there...4X6 not bad. And then it all came together. Melissa had a 12X12 animal sheet with their faces on there, so I cut those out to use...and then I realized that I had zoo pictures and along with the Cricut...it became a themed book. Amazing huh? Melissa also gave me the great idea to take chipboard for the inside and wrap with paper and then attach a bow between teh book and the chipboard so that it could shut. Thankfully, I happen to have all sorts of craft stuff laying around so with a little gluegun and patience...this was the final product. I am going to add more colors and shapes. I may even do a little more with the numbers because I still have empty pages at the end of the book. My hope is that she will continue to learn with this book and one day be able to show use it with her kids....wishful thinking? I took just a few pictures from pages to give you an idea of what it looks like.