Thursday, November 14, 2013

A crafty November Wednesday

I was up before my kids.  Whenever I am up and at'em before the children are up and needing me, my day goes amazingly smoothly.  I think I need that time to put my ducks in order in my head mentally, accomplish a task (ANYTHING, even if it means taking my vitamins, lifting some weights, or checking my email), say a prayer, and begin my day slowly.  As time marches on I'm noticing my processing is slowing down every so slightly, my body has to let its engine idle gracefully and not wake up to demands.

Since I was up before my sweet babies, my day was going swell, so I decided what-the-hey and we accomplished three fall crafts.  This is big yall. 

Soap carving went surprisingly smooth.  We read a book named "Workshop" that goes over some old fashioned tools and describes them in perfect personification.  It is easily one of my four year olds favorite books. Then we went to Walmart and I decided, on the fly, lets make soap carvings!  One extra trip down the body was aisle and here we are.  My visual learners do much better when they watch a youtube demonstration, backed by mama repeatedly saying "Chisel is patient, chisel is slow, chisel goes bit by bit" along with "Watch how mama (YES I TALK IN THIRD PERSON TO MY KIDS, I'm telling ya, something about it makes them grasp my words better than "Look at me") does it.  See how the knife is pushed away from my fingers?".  We watched a youtube video about a man demoing a bird soap carving, therefore we made bird figured soap carvings.  The extra shavings will be made into body wash, the birds will be given as Christmas presents or used at home as our 'guest soap', and we all learned a new life skill. 

Next up, we made the cutest birthday cards for my baby nephews birthday.  Not only did we excel in a hands on craft, we were able to check off some extensive handwriting/phonics school work by repeatedly writing our names, my nephews name, and "Happy birthday".  Little Ernest is on a roll with his handwriting and is excited to use a dry erase board to practice on.  No pictures posted since the party is this Saturday.  We used three different types of stickers, some construction paper, and plenty of love.

Finally, I finished the day with our corn craft, thank you Pinterest!   Pick some neutral-earthy-corn-colored paints, cut out a blank corn canvas, cut some q-tips in half, tell them to have at it.  Wall-la!  Instant adorable autumn paint craft and now I have some lovely new decorations! 

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