Monday, November 29, 2010
Then I measured and marked 3 places for holes across the spine area of the papers and covers.
Then I used a hammer and nail to make holes there so that I could put a needle through.
I then glued it on putting a strip of fabric over the back and a little bit on each side of the cover.
Next I decided to put fabric on the corners. I took a little strip which I hemmed on one side and glued on the outside of the cover.
Then on the inside I folded over the raw edges and glued and then I folded them into the cover of the book and glued in place.
This is what it looks like at this point. It could be done now but I decided to add a couple of touches.
I won my jar of Oxygen Bleach at the blog 50in8. I had happened over there because I have been following Tropical Traditions' blog that lists all the current giveaways of their products. Every so often when I have some extra time I go and enter in a bunch of them.
When they sent this out to me they said that I could also review it and give one away. Hurray! Not only did I get to win one but one of you can as well!
I have had fun reading up on what this is good for. It comes with some instructions and then they have even more here.
I was excited to find out it was good for treating carpet. Our carpet is in bad shape (cream just doesn't work well for our busy family- we hope to get rid of living room carpet sometimes) but still when there are spots that really, really stand out then I try to get rid of them. Once such spot arrived recently:
I did also try soaking some very old and stained dishcloths and napkin. I think they were to far gone- I didn't really see any change in them. So Oxygen bleach isn't a miracle worker but it works well and it is safer for us and the environment.
Another thing that I like about it is that it is going to stretch so far. You get 6 lbs of powder and you only use an ounce or so at a time.
If you would like to buy this you can get a great deal today! It is on sale for $16.75 but through the end of the day if you use code: 241110 you can get $10 off. Also if you chose "referred by a friend" on your order and put in the code: 6527139 You will receive a free book about Virgin Coconut Oil. It looks like it would be very informative and useful. I would also benefit. If you need any help at all their customer service department is available.
Would you like to win some Oxygen Bleach?
This is open to those in the United States and Canada (though those is Canada will be responsible for any Customs or Duties that may be charged). The giveaway will run through December 8th.
Mandatory 1st entry:
~Visit Tropical Traditions and tell me what you learned Oxygen Bleach can do or tell my about one of their other household cleaners that you would like to try.
Additional entries (do any one or all of them and then leave a comment for each one):
~Subscribe to Tropical Traditions e-mail sales newsletter.
~Become a follower of my blog (let me know what method you use).
~Leave a comment on my Thanksgiving post and then come back here and let me know you commented.
Please be sure to leave an e-mail address if your e-mail is not in your blog profile. I will need to be able to contact you if you should win.
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing,
modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments,
but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness."
1 Timothy 2:9 & 10
"But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good."
2 Thessalonians 3:13
These verse just help to remind me of where my focus needs to be. I also find them encouraging and motivating. Sometimes it is easy to grow weary and think what I am doing doesn't matter all that much anyway. I love how God's word is there to remind us to keep doing what is right!
What have you been motivated by in God's word lately?
Saturday, November 27, 2010
|Megan gets ready inside|
They had been wanting to make a skating rink in our yard but then discovered that the swamp behind our house was frozen and there were some spaces available for skating. This summer (with assistance from a friend who frequents garage sales) we found bigger skates for all the kids (though no good ones for me unfortunately) for not much money. Skates can be expensive- even used ones at the stores, so this was a blessing!
|Megan and Mara testing the ice|
|Megan's skates have double blades.|
|The boys got pretty fast on their skates.|
|Mara had to hold Megan up.|
|Aaron purposely laid down to pose for the picture and then showed my how he could lay his bare belly on the ice.|
Since Thanksgiving the big job has been putting up Christmas lights. This is Ken's project but he even got me out their this year stringing lights around trees. He decided that he wanted the yard lighted up this year too- not just the house. However, he did have to do things a bit differently on the house this year because he didn't want to go up to the peak of our house with all the snow on it.
|Ken working on lighting the garage and Megan watching.|
|Megan thinking about going down a slope but she decided against it.|
|The boys tumbled some but had a wonderful time on the little hills.|
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
How to make them:
The Turkey Box This we plan on lining with a napkin and putting rolls in. You could also have your napkins in it. We have a couple of them since Megan and I (with Aaron's assistance) both made one.
You will need:
- An empty tissue box
- Paper to cover box.
- Construction paper cut into many hands for the tail and cut into a head and waddle.
- Google eyes- though you could just draw the eyes on instead.
- Cut the top off of the box.
- Cover the box with paper.
- Cut out the feathers (hands), head and waddle.
- Add eyes to head.
- Glue feathers (hands) on the back in a fan pattern and glue head on the front.
- We also later added Thankful verses on each side.
You will need:
- Toilet Paper tubes
- Construction paper
- Lace, little feathers and other decorative supplies could also be used.
- Pine cone
- Cover toilet paper tube with paper color of choice.
- Cut out a face and draw details and then glue it on.
- Add clothing, hats, and arms and any other details you want, gluing them on as well.
- Cut out little feather shapes- I had three feathers attached together.
- Cut out head with waddle.
- Color waddle red and draw eyes.
- Glue feathers and head onto pine cone as pictured.
If you have a moment- would you mind going over to this post on Thanksgiving and leaving a comment if you haven't already? I entered it in a contest and the more comments I get will help me to win. Thanks so much!!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Now I put a smooth layer of glue all over the front of the card.
Then I like to make envelopes from some of the really big pictures. You don't have to make envelopes, you can buy them, but we like the cheery colors of homemade ones (and the people that receive our letters say that they like them too) and we also like the fact that we are recycling when we make them.
This is what the envelopes look like after being folded up. After that we put on a blank address label so that the address can be written on white rather than on the very colorful envelope. You can just tape the envelopes shut to seal.
This post is linked to Frugal Fridays- $10 gifts (and under) edition.
Monday, November 22, 2010
One of the fun things that we have done this year (I want to make it a tradition!) is to have a "Thanks Tree". I brought in some branches from the woods and put them in a secure container and then I cut out a bunch of colorful leaves.
On the leaves we have been writing things that we are thankful to God for and then hanging them up. It has been lots of fun to think of things big and little that we are thankful for and to read others' notes too. One of my favorites is Megan's, it says "I am thankful for everything except salad and tomatoes". We will continue to add leaves through the end of this month.
|I have the leaves ready and waiting by the base of the tree along with our little homemade Thanksgiving characters.|
- The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern (A book from my childhood)
- Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas
- The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy J. Skarmeas
- Potatoes and Gravy
- Butterhorn Rolls (Recipe)
- Broccoli with cheese
On Thanksgiving day we always enjoy having company come to our house. My parents and 2 youngest siblings come over and we love to have any other family come that can. This year my oldest brother and family are planning to come, we haven't had Thanksgiving with them for several years so this is a treat.
Besides family we enjoy having over other friends too. We especially try to include anybody that might otherwise be lonely on Thanksgiving. This year several of our single friends are going to join us. I think our total number is around 17. I love crowds and Ken doesn't mind, he just requests that I don't invite more than can sit down at "the" table. I can get pretty creative in making our table large enough! :-)
When we aren't eating we enjoy playing games like Bohnanza (a fun card game about beans), Risk, Rook, Apples to Apples, Taboo or one of the other many games we have!
The kids are also dreaming of possibly ice skating on the frozen swamp behind our house or maybe they will end up playing in the foot of snow we just got! We will also enjoy visiting and playing with my baby niece!
But most of all- it is my hope that our hearts will be turned towards God and be filled with Thankfulness for all that He has done! I want my prayer to be like David's in 1 Chronicles 29:10-13:
""Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our father,
forever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the victory and the majesty,
indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth;
Yours is the dominion, O Lord,
and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You,
and You rule over all,
and in Your hand is power and might;
and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
Now therefore, our God, we thank You,
and praise Your glorious name."
What are your Thanksgiving plans? How do you celebrate? What is a tradition that is important to you?
I would love to hear! I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
This post is part of the “Plan it, Blog it! 2010 Thanksgiving Blog Writing Contest” which is sponsored by UPrinting. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Target as well as free 250 Greeting Cards. Your comments will help me to win. I would really appreciate it if you would leave a comment!! Thanks so much!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
"First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and Thanksgivings,
be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority,
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
This is good an acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Therefore I want the men in every place to pray,
lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension."
1 Timothy 2:1-4,8
What a good reminder verse for this Thanksgiving week! I was trying to figure out what verse I wanted to share this morning and then I happened to read this in my morning devotions. I love it!
God really wants us to spend time in prayer for our leaders and for all people. He also wants us to Give Thanks! Our prayer can help it so we can have a peaceful and godly life where we can serve God and His will can be done. Sometimes I don't think we put enough emphasis on prayer and we forget how very important it is.
So this week let's pray! God wants us to ask for what we need and He also wants our thanks!