Friday, June 21, 2013

It's About Time

Well the title of this post says it all.  It's about time I got this quilt done.  It's been in the works for about two years!  Finally I was motivated enough to get it done.

I may have broken some official quilting rules.  I mixed different weight fabrics, I didn't use 100% cotton thread, I didn't even precisely cut the squares all evenly and my quilting-in-the-ditch traveled a lot. I may not win an award in some quilt contest but I think I won over my daughter since it was for her.  She is so excited to go to bed!

Here's some quilt-in-progress (totally unprofessional) pictures:

My bucket list states "Have a home-made-quilt on each bed".  One twin quilt done, four more twin quilts and a one queen quilt to go.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Crafty Important Dates Reminder

Hi All,

I currently keep dates I need to remember, like anniversaries, birthdays, dates loved ones passed away on; on a lined paper.  At the beginning of the year I transfer those days onto the calendar.  Simple, easy, blah!

I wanted to remember dates novenas start on and feast days other than Christmas and New's Years too, like St.Joseph the worker and St.Terese's feast day.

Could I do this with crafty flair?  Oh yes, yes I could.  And I did.

Here's what I used: A Cassette Tape holder, paper cutter, fancy cardstock, white cardstock, itty bitty stamps from Michaels and a marker (instead of an ink pad I just colour the bottom of the stamp and press).

Cut the sheets of cardstock to the desired sizes you'd like.  Turn your cassette cover back so it sits like a card holder, and fancy that up. Glue on the white cardstock to the front of your papers.

Stamp your months and glue them on. Write in your dates.  Ta Da!

I think I'll write in pencil, just in case there are more dates to add.  I don't want to keep making a new card.


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Family Rosary

Hi All,

Here is the finished Month of Mary Moon filled with stars as promised. 124 Stars to be exact.  

Now on to today's post.  If you would have told me three months ago I'd be writing a post on family rosary I would have scoffed.  I've tried many times before to implement family prayer but nothing ever stuck.    
Finally, I said "Enough is enough. We're just going to DO something, and stick with it."

With the help of a rosary CD, which you can get at the Mary Foundation, and our own sticker chart I made using Open Office, I can now say we have STUCK with a family Rosary since March.

We keep the chart on our fridge with an envelope that holds stickers.  When we don't do the Rosary, I draw a cross (as seen near the end of the chart) , instead of that sad face you see 'cause it was, well...sad.

Evidence that we've been doing this for awhile.


-Have a special treat afterwards, like ice cream or jello.  Hey, even a jellybean is worth it.  
-Depending on age, allow the kids to play quietly with something, like blocks, or look at a book.

Our rules for Rosary time are: 
-No unnecessary noises or talking.  
-Must be in the same room.

Afterwards, we cheer and run to the fridge to put a sticker on our chart.  I even like to pick my own sticker!

The real point is to make this time enjoyable and the kids can look back on family Rosary time with good memories.  It's okay if the kids aren't really saying each "Hail Mary".  Remember, the only bad Rosary is one not said.


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