Tutorial for making flower balls and a florist bow

Flower balls (or pomanders, which is their formal name) are pretty fun. They can be used to carry in a wedding for flower girls and even the bride and they can be used for fun decorations.
They also are inexpensive and fairly simple to make.

Not long ago Keren, my kids and I had fun making some and Keren took picture so I could do a tutorial.

1 Step: Gather your supplies. You need a Styrofoam ball, flowers like button mums or daisies (and more than is in the picture), corsage pins, a knife (or something else to cut the flowers off the stems), ribbon for a handle and a bow, a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun is nice for attaching the ribbon.Step 2: Make the bow.
A. Pinch about 4 inches from the end of the ribbon in between your thumb and fingers. With your other hand pull the ribbon around to make a loop and then pinch the end of the loop with the start of the loop between your thumb and fingers.B. Now make a loop on the other side and bring the ribbon back to again pinch between your thumb and fingers. Make one more loop on each side (for a total of 4 loops) the same way.
C. Make the middle loop by flipping the ribbon over your thumb and squishing the ribbon between your thumb and fingers again. (this is a fairly short loop)
D. After making the middle loop make 2 more loops on each side like in step B. (There will be a total of 9 loops, 4 on each side and one in the middle.)
E. Make another loop similar to the middle loop but much longer. This will be cut in half at the bottom to make tails. Now take either a wire or a ribbon and thread it through the bottom loop and the middle loop and around the side loops and tie it tight in the back. This keeps your bow together. Now you can cut the bottom loop in half to make tails and you can also cut the bow off of the spool of ribbon (you can leave about 4 inches to create another tail). Your bow is done.
Step 3: Glue a ribbon loop and your bow to the top of a Styrofoam ball.Step 4: Get your flowers ready by cutting the heads off of the stems.
Step 5: Poke a corsage pin through the center of each flower and then pin it into the ball. carefully cover the whole ball by poking flowers in.
Step 6: Spray with Crowning Glory flower solution to make it last longer or even just water will help to keep it fresh longer.

It is all ready to be carried.

You can also make the pomanders without the bow and just attach a single ribbon that can be tied somewhere for decoration.

However you do it, I hope you have lots of fun!

Charlotte at Grammer's

Two days/nights with Grammer on summer holidays!!
Supper/movie last night
Breakfast/swimming/lunch out with Comox friends/then
to Koffi for knitting group...then picnic/supper on the lawn on the
flowergardens above the businesses in our condo complex!
THEN we are going to sew a summer dress for Charlotte...
lots of plans...we'll see how much we get done...
Christopher stays two days/nights next week.... probably hiking
and walks with him.

A Village Life

I had these 'village life' panels for the longest time. Back then when I wasn't very daring nor was I clever enough to put fabrics & colors together . . .  Panel looks very medieval.
Decided on a light green around it and then put a bright pink as its 2nd border. Didn't know what to do after that. So it sat unfinished for a couple of days . . . Finally, thought pinks & greens all around it would like nice.

Found a nice greenish fabric with small red flowers as its backing and went back to shocking pink for its binding . . .
Nice effect! I like it. Don't you . . .? ;-)

Measurement : 42" W x 52" L
Made up of 100% American cotton
Price : RM 120
Status : SOLD!


Lately this verse has been going through my head, over and over again.....
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age."
Matthew 28:19-20

and this one.....

"He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved,
but whoever does not believe will be condemned."
Mark 16:15-16
This was the message that Jesus gave specifically to the eleven apostles but I think it still is something He wants us to follow today. It makes me think: "Am I really "going" and am I really taking the time to tell others about the good news and what Jesus told everyone to do?"
I want to do that more. I want evangelism to be a part of my life just like breathing and eating is. That is what has been convicting me lately, What about you?


Home, home on the Range... This song was written by a Kansas Dr., Brewster Higley. He was probably talking about his native Kansas where "the skies are not cloudy all day."

Kansas is a state that I have actually lived in (We lived on Range Rd too so I thought the song especially fitting then). We just lived there for a year and a half when Mara was a baby and then moved when Jonathan was less than 2 weeks old. Though Kansas is not "home" to me and it isn't the landscape that I find the most beautiful it is still a very neat state and we did enjoy our time there.

The Landscape of Kansas is mostly low, rolling hills, with wooded river valleys in the eastern half. There is great evidence of the world wide flood in Kansas, as it has been a great place for finding fossils.

Kansas gets its name for Kansa which means "people of the south wind". There is indeed a lot of wind in Kansas, and it is not always a kind wind. There can be big storms, tornadoes and blizzards. While we lived there we did spend some time in the basement waiting for tornadoes to go by (and we were not far from where they hit causing loss of life.) but I had rather wanted to see one and I never did. I decided it might be better to stay safe!

Some of the state's biggest money makers are wheat, sorghum, airplane manufacturing (In Wichita, the town we lived in) and beef. There are also huge military bases which has added many jobs. There are also oil and natural gas wells and in Kansas is one of the few sources of Helium. (So you can be grateful for Kansas when you have floating balloons at your party!)

Kansas became a state on Jan. 29, 1861 and it is the 34th state. Its nickname is the Sunflower state. The capital is Topeka but its largest city is Wichita. Wichita is a nice city with a well made road system which makes it almost impossible to get lost and at least when we lived there (2000-2001) there was very little traffic problems.

Pizza Hut was started in Kansas in Wichita in 1958.

One of the foods we enjoyed while studying Kansas was apple fritters. Kansas is well known for growing wheat. A hardy strain of wheat was brought to Kansas by a group of Mennonites from Russia. It was well suited for Kansas soil and climate and worked out very well. Kansas is one of the USA's top producers of grain.

The picture above it of Whole Wheat Sticks a recipe from a Kansas wheat site.

A recipe that we made but I didn't get a picture of was Sunflower Popcorn Bars. We really enjoyed them. I did substitute molasses for corn syrup however which made it a bit healthier.

We also enjoyed Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Corn.

What do you love about Kansas?

Fabrics galore!

A dear friend went to Australia and I asked if she could pick up some fabrics for me. Told her to just grab anything that catches her fancy. She did a good job! Thanks so much Jelita ;-) The above prints are just so sweet for girls.

These are just great as I haven't got any pirate prints. Looking forward to see how this will turn out.

Already have some ideas for the alphabet one . . .
There are a few more. Thot I'd save them for later. I just love stashing up! Who doesn't?! ;-)

A mamoth catch up on layouts

Wow where does the time go?? Bronte turned 2 on the 7th and let me tell you she is so much like a little girl now, my baby has gone.
Here is a photo of her taken just after her birthday (I promise to share her Birthday photos later) she now has taken a liking to wearing her birthday necklace and taking her purse shopping - two of the lovely things that Jodi bought her. Two things to remind me I now don't have my little baby and that I have a little girl.

Just Scrapbooking.
How I love getting my monthly DT Pack from Just Scrapbooking. I love the challenge putting layouts together with all the fantastic products that I get. Here are my June layouts, that I have sitting in the car to take up to the store with me on Sunday. So you get to see them before Jordie does....sneak peak. If you are in the local Jandakot area, so pop in Jordie has the greatest and latest products at fantastic prices.

123 Blog Challenge

Made With Love
A new local scrapbooking store in the Rockingham area - this is a layout I put together for their Monthly Product Challenge.

Enchanted Scrapbooking
A few layouts that I have done using our monthly Fun Fairy Pack. Pop on in (use the link on the right) to see our great packs and fantatic prices.

Knitting With Fabric..my first attempt

met the Rag Lady at the Fibre Festival...she does amazing work!
Gave me the incentive to try something with strips of fabric ...so I made a preemie hat on the smallest loom...not bad!

Finished hat!

Some recent reads

"Parenthood by Proxy ~Don't have them if you won't raise them" by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

I hesitate to say I enjoyed this book because in a lot of ways it made me very sad and frustrated with our current society. However I thought it was a good read because it reinforced in me again the important role I am playing by staying home with my kids. She includes many reports that show that while many in our government seem to think that early childhood education, more programs for children and more things of that sort will solve our problems, in reality that sort of thing is making kids worse. What kids need is their parents at home.

Here is a quote on being with peers that I found interesting:

"Parents today want their children to have the best opportunities to learn- so they enroll them in school programs almost from birth, put them in umpteen after-school lessons, or put them in day care so Mom and Dad can work for the goodies they believe are in their child's best interest. This seemingly well meaning behavior is destructive to the psychological health of youngsters.

The kids are busy, busy, busy, but they lack the closeness of a parent. Instead they are surrounded by other children and end up bonding with them. As the approval and attention of peers becomes more significant and powerful than that of adults, behavior problems inevitably appear. Studies show that the worst-behaved kids are those who spend the most time with other kids." (page 170)

The reports on Child care centers was chilling. Not really because the kids were abused, simply because they aren't loved in the way each child deserves to be. Love isn't simply holding and hugging and so forth either (though that is desperately needed) but truly loving a child means you train them and discipline them as needed as well. Busy day cares simply cannot do that to a lot of children nor does it work for those that are not parents to do much of that.

Reading the book made me feel very rich. Not because I have this great job that brings in lots of money but rather because we are able to make things work out so that I do not have to go out and leave my kids (One of the most important parts of our life) every day for the greater part of the day. In the book the comparison is made - If you had this very fancy car that you treasured would you park it in a garage each day to be used by various people all day who do not care for it the way you do? Of course not but yet millions of people are doing that with their kids.

I know I have known of parents that don't think they can do a good job of parenting in many areas and so are glad to have professionals to help them. The professionals may be better trained but they don't have what you have, You are their parent and they need you!

Have you read this book? I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

"We Like it Wild" by Bradford Angier

This is an old book with a copyright of 1963 but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is a true story of a young couple from busy Boston going up to the wilds of Canada to experiment living away from civilization for a year. The experiment was Brad's idea because he realized that he was working at a job he didn't really enjoy, living in an environment he didn't like so that he could attain "success" which would include having enough money to be able to take vacations in the wilds of Canada. What I found to be the moral of the story is something I have generally thought and that is: Do what you love, don't look for what will make you the richest or most famous but rather something that you can enjoy each and every day.

In the book he explains a lot of the different things the did to live, from making a cabin, hunting, finding wild food and learning how to live in weather that is 63 degrees below zero.

Living out far from almost everybody is not what I dream about doing but it was fun to read about and I do share his love of living of the land, I just like to have more people around to fellowship with too.

"Fairy Island~ An enchanting tour of the homes of the little folk" by Laura C. Martin and Cameron Martin

We recently had this book checked out from the library for the second time. We thoroughly enjoy it! It is mostly a book of photographs of tiny fairy houses, gardens and accessories made out of all sorts of natural materials. There is a Farm house (complete with gardens, the cabbages are brussel sprouts and there are little tomatoes that I assume are wild cherries), a Sea House (full of fabulous stuff made out of shells and a rocking horse made from a Sea horse), A Japanese house and more.

We love looking through it and and oohing and aahing over the boots made of peanut shells, the cute little flower arrangements, the cups made from dried chili peppers and curtains made from kale leaves. There is a little bit of a story running through it as well and lots of botanical names of all the different plants used (so it makes it kind of educational!). This book has been lots of fun for the nature and fairy lovers in our family.

"To Root, to Toot, to Parachute ~ What is a Verb?" and "A Lime, a Mime, a Pool of Slime ~More about Nouns" by Brian P. Cleary

I recently found these at the Library and I think they are pretty neat. The thing is Parts of Speech are not my strong point. For some reason it doesn't seem to matter how much I study them, what they are goes out my head very quickly. At this point Mara (my 9 year old ) knows them better then I do. I am all about learning in fun ways however and who knows maybe if I read through these books enough it just might stick in my head. The only unfortunate thing is that the two books that I found at our library (the ones above) are about the only two parts of speech (Verbs and Nouns) that I can remember very well. But I figured that probably if these two had been written there were probably more out there too. Sure enough their are - lots of them. Somehow I hope to get the rest of them in our home too, whether it be through the Library or buying them.

The books are all in silly rhyming fashion, with lots of funny pictures so the kids found them very fun but they also very clearly get the message across that they are teaching about Nouns and what are proper nouns and so forth. I think if we read them several times even Megan (my 3 year old) would be picking things up.

The author has a neat looking website too with various learning games on it and resources.

What have you been reading lately? Do you have any great books to suggest? I would love to hear!

Friendship Star

I've always wanted to do a Friendship Star quilt . . . so here it is.

Decided to play with only 2 colors - red & blue, and knew I wanted it to be on white background.

Really like the result . . . very boy-ish. And very flag-ish :-)

Measurement : 42" W x 51" L
Made up of 100% American cotton
Price : RM130
Status : SOLD!