Fresh Finds #55

As a handmade shop owner I love promoting handmade businesses. 

Every Friday I share some of my favorite handmade Fresh Finds of the week. 

I've been reading a lot this week. This mug sums up my feelings.

My Dad always have funny dinosaur versions of our names for me and my sisters. These would have been perfect.

I think my cats would love this.

Local handmade shoppers! Etsy Fort Worth and North Texas M.A.D.E. are hosting a handmade and vintage show benefitting Hope Center 4 Autism. Saturday September 6th at Rahr Brewery. More details, including a list of participating vendors, HERE.

Always Seek Knowledge ASK Yarn Bomb

At the beginning of the year I picked a word for 2014. That word was 'shine'. To share that word I made a 'shine' yarn bomb (which you can see HERE). 

One of my goals that went along with my word of the year was to share more yarn art. So what better way to share our school motto for the year than with an ASK yarn bomb! 

The letters are made from 29 small crochet flowers. I stitched the flowers together to form each letter. I chose blue, red, and gray to match the colors of the notebook paper canvas.

School is back in session

Our first week back to school and we are working on finding our groove.

Oldest Twin is working on the regions of Texas and early Texas history.
We've also spent a lot of time talking about all the different types of pronouns (subject, object, possessive, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite, you get the point).
We started a new math curriculum. We're taking on Pre-Algebra this year.
We've started on human body systems. We did an overview and then will be diving into the skeletal system first.

I'm also doing a little bit of pre-school work with Littlest. We're talking about the letter A. We made airplanes. We ate apples.

And Youngest Twin is finding his place at school this year.

Oh, and I'm reading Beloved for my online class.

We're working on finding our rhythm.

I am really excited though about our motto for the year that I shared yesterday (ASK / Always Seek Knowledge). I've got a fun way planned to 'share' our motto, so stay tuned!

Always Seek Knowledge Notebook Paper Canvas DIY

School started yesterday. I have two big 7th graders. One is off to public school and with the other I am starting our second year of homeschooling. 

Last year, since it was our first year, we started things off by picking a school name (we call our school G Academy). Then we picked our mascot (a giraffe). And we thought of lots of 'G' words to describe our school. 

This year, I wanted to start our year with a motto. Our motto for the year? ASK - Always Seek Knowledge. 

The supplies for this craft were pretty simple. A canvas (mine is 9x14), three markers, and a ruler. 

I started with the red line on the left side of the canvas, it is 1 1/2 inches from the side. 

Then I started with the blue lines. The top blue line is two inches from the top of the canvas. Then each of the remaining blue lines are 1 inch apart. 

Then I added our motto! 

It's the perfect addition to our school area. 

I think it would also make a great gift for any teacher! 

Get a Shot, Give a Shot

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I don't know about your kids, but mine are not fans of getting their required vaccines. Okay, really they aren't fans of any kinds of shots. But I have learned a few tricks that seem to help. 

The first is getting to pick out a fun band-aid. If you have to have a reminder on your arm of the experience then looking at it should at least bring a smile. On our last trip to Walgreens we picked up some fun Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle band-aids. (We haven't seen the movie, yet, but it's on our list.) 

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I'm also not above bribing my kids with a small new toy or a treat of some kind. This time I grabbed a toy to match the fun band-aids we picked out. And bonus? It's a squeeze toy that I could have them use like a stress ball while they get their shots. 

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With a new toy and cool band-aids in tow getting shots is a little easier. 

I have also discovered, with my twins, that providing them with information about their vaccines helps them a lot as well. Going over why they are getting the vaccines, what diseases we are trying to prevent them from getting, seems to make them much more agreeable to get their shots. 

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And if you haven't been in to a Walgreens recently they have a pretty cool deal going on right now. 

See, not only is Walgreens an easy stop for back to school items, you can also get immunizations there. And every time you get an immunization for kids at Walgreens you are helping them Give a Shot to a child in need. They had several signs up at our local store talking about their new program.

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When your child gets their school immunizations at Walgreens they will help provide a life saving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign. 

For my kids it's another encouragement to get their shots, knowing that they have the chance to help other kids get theirs as well.