Sweetheart Fingerless Gloves

I designed these gloves for Valentines Day because I just HAD to have a pretty pair of red gloves for our Valentines Day dinner. I love the heart and the red crystal bead in the center. They

Sweetheart Fingerless Gloves

Sweetheart Fingerless Gloves

aredesigned for knitting in the round on size 5 DPN’s and have a small amount of crochet work on the edging (optional) and the heart applique is also crocheted. They are much easier to make than it looks. Or, you can order a pair from me for $20 + shipping in any color. The pattern for these gloves is FREE and can be directly downloaded here or on Ravelry here. Enjoy! 🙂

Our Homeschool Logic/Thinking Unit

Among the usual math, grammar and writing assignments, Tori must also complete one logic activity a day. I think it’s important to get different ‘types’ of thinking into a childs day. So, I thought I’d share the products we use throughout the week. I really like each of these for what they offer in the way of thinking and logic. *

*descriptions are copied straight from the products website.

There’s a virus lurking on the board; time to assemble some powerful little cells to fight it off! In Anti-Virus, your child must manipulate the pieces so that he can push the red “virus” piece out of the game board through the exit in the top corner.
60 Challenges
Anti-Virus is a sliding puzzle game with tiles that only slide diagonally. A best-seller at homeschool conferences, this very tactile game develops logical thinking, strategic planning, and visual-spatial perception. Made from sturdy plastic with brightly colored pieces, Anti-Virus has sixty puzzle challenges and includes a drawstring bag for storing the game board and puzzle pieces. Set also includes an instruction book complete with rules and solutions.
Editor in Chief improves your child’s grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories that contain errors in writing mechanics and story details.
http://allinonehomeschool.wordpress.com/individual-courses-of-study/thinking/  On Wednesdays she has to choose an activity from this link. It has lots of wonderful thinking games. Some of them are pretty difficult.
The Fallacy DetectiveThe Fallacy Detective is self-teaching, meaning no other resources are needed, but it is intended for children and parents to use together. It deals primarily with misleading notions. This is the most practical segment in the study of logic. Abundantly easy to use, and engaging to boot, we read The Fallacy Detective aloud as a family and enjoyed some friendly competition as we raced to answer the questions orally.
Engino Mechanical Simple Machines
Build Nearly Sixty Models!
Simple Machines includes detailed directions for building nearly sixty working models, including a hand drill, car with reverse turning wheels, a revolving crane, and many other types of machines. Also included are the Simple Machines reproducible worksheets for thirty-one activities (fourteen printed and seventeen to download) that present a unique, hands-on method of testing your children after each section. But if testing is not how your family rolls, then use this extra booklet as an additional source of experiments pertaining to simple machines.

Treasure Island Unit Study

It’s nice to be back to a normal routine after the Holidays. Tori enjoyed a nice break from school and wasn’t so happy to be back at it this Monday morning. lol We started a new unit on Treasure Island. I have written a study pack that combines some of the structure from the easypeasy web site. If you are a homeschooler and you haven’t been to her site, go there NOW. She has put SO much work into her lesson plans for every grade. It’s much more religious than we need and so I just take the bits that I want to use and trasureislandblogincorporate them into my own lessons. I expanded on her questions and vocab for Treasure Island and made worksheets that can be filled out during the course of reading and kept in a folder. When we finish the unit, I will put the enire pack on here for download. It has a ‘how to use this pack’, printable worksheets and answer key.

We are also starting an Algebra section in match. We use the teaching textbooks from Timberdoodle and I could NOT live without them. I don’t know much of anything about Algebra and these books just do all the teaching themselves. Tori can use either the student book or the CD’s for each assingment. And every question that is in the book is also on the CD’s so if she’s having difficulty with a particular problem, she can browse to that exact question and view a lecture on how to work it out.

I have to say that I never knew I’d love homeschooling this much. I pulled Tori from public school during the last 9 weeks of 6th grade. I was terrified. lol. I had ALL sorts of thoughts like “what if I can’t do it”  “what if I fail her”   “what if I make mistakes”  and  “how do I teach the stuff I don’t even know myself?”  Guess what though …… the biggest thing I learned is that you DON”T have to know it all. What you don’t know and need to teach, you learn yourself and then pass it on to your child. Tori has also learned that if you don’t know something, look it up. Learn it. She sees me doing that all the time and it makes me more human to her. She knows that it’s ok that I don’t know everything she needs to learn because I FIND it and I LEARN it, sometimes, right along with her. That is the beauty of homeschooling. You don’t cram information into your child asking them to MEMORIZE it for the test and then move on. You teach them HOW to learn. That is a skill that will serve them their entire life!

It’s a girl thing …

I made this lovely little scrapbooking  journal using 12×12 scrapbooking papers and embelishments I already had. I have a short video tour of it on my facebook page here. I think I will make up a few to give for birthdays with a gift card hidden inside. Wouldn’t it be lovely for the recipient to be able to journal about her birthday events and include photo’s from the day? I think these are such a great idea! I got the tutorial on pinterest here 




Home-Made Refrigerator Peach Jam

This is my Mother’s recipe. She writes: “The beauty in all of these jams is there is no need to sterilize jars, time is fast, clean up is simple, and there is no waste. Plus they have the added benefit of allwing adjustment if needed. Example: If any are too soft or too firm when set they can be placed back into a pot and either more jello, or more liquid can be added as needed. And don’t consider judging the results until it has set in frig over night. Have Fun!”

I followed her recipe exactly and the photo is my result. 🙂



– 3 large cans of peaches, freestone are best

– 3 cups sugar

– 2 sm. boxes peach jello



Drain peaches well and set aside reserving 1/2 cup of juice.

Cut into as small pieces as possible. Doesn’t hurt if some look mashed

Measure 5 cups of peaches into pot

Add 3 cups sugar and 1/2 cup water plus the 1/2 cup of reserved juice

Cook until just starting to boil. Remove from heat.

Stir in jello until completely disolved

Pour into jars, cool, and store in frig.

Makes a bit over 3 pints

*Fresh peaches would do well too but you’d need to add more water and cook the peaches until done before adding jello.

They are so pretty and YUMMY! Although I do think I”ll omit the 1/2 cup of water in the next batch. I like my jams to be a bit firmer.


Woodland Owl matching set

My baby sister came to visit us during the Christmas holiday and while she was here, I crocheted her an adorable Owl Hat. I found the pattern for free on Ravelry, and immediately decided I needed some matching fingerless gloves to go with it. So, I designed up a pair and put the pattern to paper so I wouldn’t forget what I did. lol. Anyway, my free pattern can be found on this page. My sister has been visiting with our parents for the last couple of days and she will be back in town tomorrow and I can’t wait to give her the gloves. 🙂 She has small hands and so I designed them a bit snug, but they will stretch to fit my medium/large sized hands. Merry Christmas Sissy! The hat is crocheted and the gloves are knitted.