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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Winner Announcement: Toby the Trilby Give Away

The Give Away for a signed copy of The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby has concluded and the winner is Sonia C. She has been contacted via email about her prize. 

You can still purchase this book on Amazon through the link below:

Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sight Word Caterpillar

I recently found a selection of awesome sight word resources and printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  I printed up their "Site Word Caterpillar" for Kindergarten and today Coryn and I read the words, cut them out, and put them up on a line in the wall.

 Coryn breezed through the Kindergarten words with the exception of "pretty," "white," and one other that I forget now. We put those aside to work on later. I'm going to print up the first grade version of this project later.

This project was awesome on several levels.

1. Coryn wanted to do the cutting herself though after a bit, realizing the large amounts of words, she allowed me to start helping, but it was still good scissor practice.

2. It was a nice break from normal reading practice and since these are mainly words she already knows, she was proud of her accomplishment and how long her caterpillar was.

3. We get this show-off piece of wall art out of it.

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Little Reindeer Crochet Toy

My latest special order was for a Rudolf ornament. I found a pattern for a deer here, but upon starting it I realized that the deer I would end up with would be too large to hang from a tree, so I improvised my  own. I chose to give him pipe cleaner antlers rather than struggle trying to make yarn ones stay upright (plus they sparkle). I'm pleased with how he turned out and I'm hoping the person who requested him will be too.

As always, if you are interested in any of my crochet creations you can order through my shop Critters for Coryn here on Etsy or check them out on Facebook here.

Be A Crafter xD

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Exchange Opportunity: Ornaments!

Another blog exchange! YAY!

Life One Willie Mae Lane is hosting an ornament exchange. You can sign up on her blog from now until November 8th (through the link provided above.).

My Little Whovians

Coryn and Claire had Doctor Who themed costumes this year. For Claire I didn't want to do the work, so I bought a Tardis-Costume off of Etsy (you can see and purchase a similar one from the same shop HERE). Coryn, of course, was the Weeping Angel I've mentioned in several posts. Her costume was very handmade and not exactly perfect, but it was such a collaborative effort between the two of us that I am quite proud of it.

Originally the plan was for her to  wear a gray wig we had purchased (as seen below), but it was too big and even with bobby pins wouldn't stay on her head.

So the back up plan was hair gel and flour.

Her natural color slipped through a little, but it lasted until her bath which is more than I could've said for the wig.

The face make up was also imperfect, but I  applied it in the library parking lot ten minutes before "Costume Story Time" because it was the same evening as gymnastics and there wasn't much time between the two  happenings.

All that mattered to me was that when Coryn looked at herself in the mirror in the library bathroom (where I went to try and wash the combination of gray face paint and flour off my hands before going into the story time), she giggled madly and said, "I'm a Weeping Angel!"

Claire was fascinated by the stiff stuff in her sister's hair and kept touching it. She also loved her tutu and did her "I feel pretty" walk all around the library.

Most people had no idea  what they were supposed to  be (or Who). However, we ran into two Whovians who were impressed by their costumes. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Claire Tricks

Not many people could pull off this outfit.
I suspect she may have learned this trick from her big sister, but she likes to open up  two kitchen cabinets and make a hideout with the doors.
She opens the doors only for high fives and fist bumps.

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My Mr. Fox-Crochet Critter

I've been thinking about fox stuff a lot lately because they are popular and it seems like I can't turn around without seeing a fox on something. Unlike the owl craze where it seemed like owls were haunting me from every gift shop shelf, I kind of like the fox thing. They've always been one of my favorite animals. They're like the perfect combination of feline and canine.

Because of this, I HAD to make one.

And here he is:

and from the back so you can admire his "bushy" tail.
He's a pretty basic pattern, just working in rounds for the body, triangle ears, etc. I may post a pattern, but if you are as fluent in crochet as I am, you can probably figure it out from these pictures. 

Coryn loves him, but agreed to put him up on Etsy if she could use the proceeds to buy her sister a Christmas present (she was feeling altruistic for whatever reason.).

Friday, October 25, 2013

Author Website

Well, tonight I took another step towards taking myself seriously as an author. I made an official looking (to the best of my ability) author page. It just includes blurbs for my self-published novel and up coming project, contact information, and an author-bio. Very very simple, but the idea is to give something to  those who may google my name that looks as if it for an actual author, rather than just a crazy cat lady with a rambling blog. (Click HERE to see the site in all its glory).

(as always, link to my self-published novel to follow):
The Ordinary Knight and the Invisible Princess: A Tale in Two Parts

There aren't follow options or anything,and I still plan to maintain my blog. I'm kind of proud of my little website, however.Check it out if you have a moment. 

Pinterest Ideals: I'm Hiring a Seamstress/Baker/Decorator, apply within

Every so often I see someone complain about  how Pinterest leads to unrealistic explanations. To me that's kind of a "so what?" So do movies, catalogs, and cookbooks. Oh, and craft stores, book stores, and photos of really well thought out Comic Con Cosplay costumes. I think it falls back on our attitude that we can't admit something someone else has done is "really cool" without feeling somehow it is taking away from our own "really cool-ness."

I can crochet, write, and I'm a walking library of geek culture references. I  know this about myself.

I also know that I can't bake, sew, or decorate.

My idea of decorating (as I have said before) is buying everything I can find with a cat on it and trying to figure out where  I can put it that my daughter won't break it (before finally giving up   and letting her use it as a toy).

Do I feel bad about myself when I see a perfect cake on Pinterest knowing that if I tried I would probably just mix up the baking soda and baking powder again?

No, but looking at that cake I  STILL WANT CAKE!

I don't want to learn to sew. I have enough  hobbies taking up enough space and financial resources as it is.

But when I see this adorable Stegosaurus toy, I WANT IT! NOW!

As I mentioned, if it doesn't involve cats, my decorating instinct after every move has been "is everything out of boxes and off the floor? Good. We're done arranging things. Let's get pizza and awesome chocolate molten lava cakes while we cuddle our pink dinosaur toys!"

But when I see cool decorating ideas like this roll of paper mounted on the wall to write notes on, I WANT THAT IN MY HOUSE!

So what is the answer?

I don't want to  do the work but I want to eat the cake and live in a well decorated house while cuddling my home sewn plush friends.

What's a girl to do?

Obviously a work exchange, so  I  put this as my status on Facebook to see if anyone bites:

So, if you live in my area and would like to trade pinterest skills, then contact me immediately, come over and BRING CAKES!!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Using Library Books For Music Appreciation: Kindergarten

I recently mentioned our use of the childrens' biography section of our library.

They have a decent selection of the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers series by Mike Venezia.

Coryn adores these books with their funny cartoons and easily understood text. So far we've read about Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart and I have Bach slated for tomorrow. When we finish reading the book, I look up the music on youtube. There are a lot of different options, from studio recordings of music to videos of live performances and both my girls love to dance  to the "ballet" music. Plus  it is a relief when Coryn asks to hear the "Beethoven" music of her own volition. 

This series is huge and gives a quick, kid friendly glance into the  lives of the stars of classical music. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Weeping Angel Progress

We're finally putting the finishing touches on Coryn's Weeping Angel costume. Here we spray painted her wings.

And we dyed an  old nightgown gray.

Oh no! It's a Sontaran!

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