Saturday, November 17, 2018

Weekly Wrap- Up: One Day Late!

I'm sharing my weekly wrap-up a day later than usual since I had two other blog posts to share yesterday for the Happy Holidays Link Party.  I hope you all had a fabulous week.  We had a pretty quite one and our very first snow storm of the season.

We made it out for a nice long hike on Friday before the rains came through.  We headed out letterboxing but soon realized we forgot our ink pad!  Ooops!  We still had fun finding most of the stamps and it got us out in the woods.  We also tackled our schoolwork too: finishing up a few pages in math, reading a chapter, and worked on writing.  Evan finished up his spelling book and both Alec and Ian worked for another 15 minutes or so on Duolingo.  We read a few books together for science and Ian watched more of The Men Who Built America for history.  All in all it was a great homeschooling day.  After dinner Alec decided he was going to make chocolate chip cookies and made up a good 5 dozen cookies on his own following the instructions on the package.  They were so yummy too!

The younger boys and I spent our day at home on Saturday.  Ian went with his father to work at the hydro and then they spent the afternoon digging holes in the campground.  I'm pretty sure the younger two spent the whole day playing video games and reading.  I worked on going through all the photos I had ordered in the mail; many had developing mistakes and I had to pick out those that needed to be re-ordered.  I also hung the boys new fall photos in our hallway and did lots and lots of laundry.

I was determined to begin working on a few more Christmas gifts on Sunday.  I'm pretty much done all the shopping for everyone but my 3 boys and I have a few gifts I want to make or add embellishments to.  After getting just one project done I put the Cricut away and went with my husband to work at the hydro plant.  This time of year the grates need to be raked just about daily to clear out all the leaves.  We finished our night watching Incredibles 2 and enjoying some yummy homemade fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp and broccoli.

Alec had an orthodontist appointment on Monday but the boys still managed to gets lots of schoolwork done.  They all worked on math, reading, writing, spelling/duolingo, and science.  It was a beautiful day and Alec's appointment was over with quite quickly so we went on a nice long hour walk after lunch.  We found a new trail to check out and though it was muddy we had fun.

We had another day of pouring rain on Tuesday.  Alec had his karate class and Ian was heading off to work for the day with his grandfather so the boys had a very light day of schooling.  They each worked on math, reading and writing before we headed out. We had lunch with my mother in law at Dunkin Donuts then stopped at the library.  I spent the rest of my afternoon wrapping gifts and addressing all our Christmas cards. Once my husband came home and we had all the dinner dishes cleaned up we decided to re-watch Lego Batman.  That movie never fails to make me laugh.

I was up bright and early on Wednesday to go grocery shopping.  The boys worked on some math, reading, writing. and spelling/duolingo while I puttered around in the kitchen prepping food for the week.  Ian watched some more of his history show during lunch and then we all braved the elements for a brisk 30 minute walk.  The temperatures are now quite cold and we even had flurries!  After our walk we all warmed up with another 20 minute workout at home.  Alec made an adorable peacock using his clay (sadly it burned while he was baking the clay in the oven) and Ian tried to finish up his model car.

Ian was heading out on Thursday with his grandfather to pick up a new tractor so we didn't plan a ton of schoolwork.  Each of the boys worked on their math, reading, writing, and the older two boys worked on their foreign languages a bit.  They all found time to work out for an hour in the basement but I'll fully admit the day just got away from me and I did not.  Alec re-made his clay peacock and decided to make a cute little turtle to go with it.  This time we looked up cooking instructions online and went with the lower temperature; checking it every 5 minutes.  He then coated parts of them with his shiny top coat and set them aside to dry.  Evan and I made a quick run to the library and the apple orchard hoping the snow would hold off until we got home.

We woke Friday morning to snow! I knew that meant Ian would be gone a good portion of the day plowing and shoveling.  I also had an appointment for a dental cleaning so, once again, we planned to just get the basics done.  I set out math, writing, and reading work for the boys.  I also hoped we'd have time for spelling/ Duolingo and a bit of science.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy Holidays Link Party

Welcome to the Happy Holidays Link Party 2018! Today I am joining up with a group of fellow bloggers to bring you a month long holiday party!  

You're invited to share any December holiday decor, crafts, cards, tree trimmings, recipes, holiday traditions, activities, and more! 

Stop by the party for tons of holiday inspiration!

To get the party started, all of the co-hosts will be sharing a holiday post today.

~Meet Your Party Hosts~

I am sharing a quick tutorial on how to make glass etched ornaments using the Cricut, some vinyl, and glass etch cream.

Check out how all of the co-hosts are kicking off the party! Click below for some wonderful ideas.

There is no limit on the number of links as long as they are family friendly and related to any of the December holidays. We welcome your older holiday posts, too. 

Be sure to let others know about the party and stop by throughout the month to share or to find some new ideas!

Wishing you all a Merry & Bright Holiday Season!

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Making Glass Etched Ornaments Using the Cricut

I had bough some glass ornaments for the ornament exchange craft that I never ended up using and thought I could use them plus the leftover vinyl pieces to make some beautiful glass etched ornaments.  

It took me a couple of tries and one tossed ornament but I finally got the etching cream to work well and really liked how they  turned out. 

After having made these ornaments:

 I had what looked like Christmas stencils left and just knew I could not let them go to waste.  I took the vinyl and added them to my glass ornaments making sure that the areas around the cutouts were sealed real well.  I didn't worry too much about wrinkles or if the outer edges were lying flat.

I saw that I had a small hole between the word joy and the holly leaves so I took a tiny scrap of vinyl and covered that up as well
When my ornaments were all ready I got out my etching cream and added a nice thick layer of cream over the entire area I wanted to etch.  Then set my timer for the 3 minutes the bottle recommended.

After I rinsed them off I still thought the etching looked a bit faint and spotty so I applied another layer of cream for another 3 minutes without touching the vinyl stencil at all.

After the timer went off the second time I rinsed them off again and removed the vinyl to reveal my designs. 

This one I only etched once and you can really see the difference!
I can't wait to see these hanging on my tree next week with all the lights sparkling off of them!

Have you ever tried glass etching?

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ornament Exchange Blog Link Party

I just love Christmas and one of my favorite parts of Christmas is all the ornaments!  I eagerly jumped at the chance to take part of an ornament crafting exchange after having had so much fun with last year's exchange.  I was just blown away with all the creative ideas that were shared.

Welcome to the 2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party, our third year of the blogger ornament exchange! This link party is only for handmade ornament tutorials and will run from November 15th through December 15th.

  2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party

This year, we have 50 talented bloggers sharing their Christmas ornament tutorials and helping to host the handmade ornament exchange link party! Let's meet the hosts of this year's 2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party!

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I was paired with Shirley from Intelligent Domestications and made her a set of ornaments using the Cricut.  You can read all about how I made my ornaments here.

If you have a handmade ornament tutorial, we would love for you to share it on the link party below ⇓⇓ Add as many ornament tutorials as you like until December 15th.

How to Decorate an Ornament Using the Cricut

I signed up for a crafting ornament exchange a few months ago and was paired up with Shirley from Intelligent Domestications.  I was thrilled since I read Shirley's blog pretty regularly and felt like I had some idea of what she'd like.  

She has lots and lots of blog posts all about Christmas and even a spectacular look at her Christmas tree and some of the treasured ornaments she has.  

I had a few ornament ideas rolling around in my head and with a $15 budget knew I had to narrow it down a bit.  I gathered my supplies and set to work.

Ultimately I settled on using my Cricut, some adhesive backed vinyl, plaid ribbon, and some plastic ornaments (I felt I could really press the vinyl down on those better than the glass ones).

I picked a few holiday themed shapes fro my Circut library and added some words; learning how to curve them to match the shapes.  Once I had them sized and liked how they look I began cutting them out one at a time using a different color/sheet of vinyl for each image.

After I weeded my images from the rest of the vinyl, I used transfer tape to move the whole image in one piece onto the ornament making sure to center the image.

Working slowly from the center out I pressed down the vinyl making sure there were no bubbles or wrinkles.  I made sure to press down firmly and then topped each ornament with a little ribbon bow.

I had so much fun making all of these ornaments! I always try to exchange a set of ornaments.

Once finished, I packed them back up in their original case and mailed them off to Shirley.  Hopefully they put a nice big smile on her face.

Make sure you pop on over to the Ornament Exchange Blog hop to see all the amazing ornament tutorial and link up any ornament craft projects that you may have shared through the years.

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