Saturday, January 31, 2015

What I'm Creating: January Edition

I'm having such fun creating leather cuffs.

I purchase the leather cut and with buttons, but the staining and stamp designs are all mine.  I was intimidated to give it a try, but I am glad that I jumped in.

The one word cuffs have been a hit.



I also have made a few with longer sentimental phrases.


Initially, I thought I was going to attach the metal using jump rings because I was having a hard time finding rivets that I liked.  Luckily, I came across these at the local leather shop.  I love copper and brass.

My goal is to keep getting better with staining the leather.  I have noticed that my stamping has gotten better. The alignment and kerning is mostly centered and leveled.



What are you creating?


Happily Creating,
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Friday, January 30, 2015

What We're Learning: January 2015



I can't believe that tomorrow is the last day of January.  This month has went by pretty fast, in my opinion.

We accomplished many things in our homeschool during January.  I have been intentional, and have truly taken to heart my one word, diligence.  With that, I have notice that there seems to be more balance and more peace.

Book Learning: We jumped right back into all of our subjects after the holiday break.  The girls had the most success in their math studies.  For the first time, they completed an unit in  three weeks versus having it carry over into the next month.  They were excited about this accomplishment. I realized that although I enjoy adding enrichment to their work it didn't mean that they would have to drag their lessons out so I cut out some of the redundant work. This worked for us.  It  also caused me to look forward through the units before giving them to the girls.  I definitely was more engaged than I had been in previous month in January.  I am thankful for this change.
Thankfully, the girls enjoy reading.  We often visit the library and checkout many books.  In our homeschool studies, I wanted to get back into the habit of using our Christian Light curriculum.  I appreciate the use of the curriculum because it introduces things that I may not think of so in that way I believe the girls are getting a well-rounded education.  The goal is to complete one story per week and the two lessons that go along with it. We met our goals.  We will continue with the two lessons per week.  We also enjoyed listening to the first two books of the Chronicles of Narnia.  I had no idea I would enjoy the books so much.  The girls are really into the story.  We just started book three, Prince Caspian

Life Skills:  There's been a lot of cooking going on around here.  D has become a pro at making grilled cheese sandwiches.  She was once afraid of burning herself, but that fear is long gone.  We have baked quite a few things, but we have mostly baked muffins. I have found that muffins are a great snack, and keeps me from buying snack bars from grocery store.


Just for Fun: I am not going to say we here, but the girls dissected a perch.  I tried to help, but I couldn't stop the queasiness.  I got the incisions started, and then I had to step away. They had fun though :)




We hung with friends at the Children's Discovery Museum.



They dissected artificial owl pellets.



This post is linked to The Homeschool Link-Up and Collage Friday.

How was January in your home?


Blessings,
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Five Minute Friday:: Share

I find that it is often easy for us to hide ourselves. We tend to keep those deep thoughts and feelings to ourselves not wanting the world to know our weaknesses.  It has been six years since I have opened up my heart and thoughts to others.  I didn't get here by myself.  It took nudging. It took many, many therapy sessions.  It took two beautiful girls. It took a patient husband.  It took faith.  It took growth.  I was afraid to share.  I bottled up so many up thoughts and emotions, and I literally felt myself being destroyed from the inside out.

I am thankful for the progress that I have made over the past six years.  This year I have finally gotten to the point where I will participate in Al-anon.  I've thought about for nearly six years, but this year I will go.  No longer will I hide and stuff down the affects of my parents' addictions.  I will share my story.  I will listen to others.  I will heal.

Do you find that it is hard to share?  Is it easy to stuff things down in the guise of making others uncomfortable?

This post is linked to Five Minute Friday hosted by Kate Motaung.





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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One Word: Diligence




Your word can be stamped, too :)
 
 
My word began to manifest itself sometime in 2014, and by the end of 2014 I knew for certain that my heart was being called to be more diligent.  I often find myself overextending myself.  It is easy for me to give my time away.  It is known that if it is a good cause, and a group or person needs the help I will most likely say yes. But, being this way counteracts with my call to be diligent.
 
 
 
The truth is when I am pulled every which way, when I am doing the bare minimum to get by, when I am not fully focused on the tasks that God has placed before I am anything, but diligent.  I am looking forward to being more focused, and less distracted.  I know that this is the word that has been placed on heart for this year, but it is my desire to remain diligent while offering myself grace.  I know that I won't hit it out of the park every day, but I won't get down. I will keep moving forward.
 
 

 
 
 



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Friday, January 9, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Welcome

Welcome to the first Five Minute Friday of 2015! I truly appreciate this community.

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With a smile and an opened heart I have decided that this the way I will welcome each day.  I will not allow the to do list or the stresses of the moment to deter from giving my best.  When my hands are opened.  When I am available, I am able to give more.  I am able to receive more; not physical things. I am able to learn more.  Welcome is more than a greeting it is a state of being.  It affects everyone that comes into my sphere.

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