Christmas Preparations

It’s never too early to start, right? My health hasn’t been the best recently, and I didn’t manage to hand make any gifts for Christmas last year. My aim is to find some unusual ideas and get started on them early so that I won’t find disappointed children. I hadn’t realized how much it meant to my kids when I handmade something. They still have those Sorry Dolls I made two years ago.

I’ve got a few ideas brewing. More to follow over the next few days ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyone have any suggestions on some great items for kids ranging from 4-14?




I love to read. Let me say that again. I LOVE to read.

And though I love to buy and read ebooks, there is nothing like the smell of a new paperback. So that led me to research bookmarks, so I can make some more.

I found macrame ones.

A crochet heart one.

Crochet and bead one.

A book thong.

And another one.

One made with wire and beads.

Scrap paper from Scrapbooking.

Even Family Fun has a bookmark.

Fun for the children and a keepsake too!

That is enough to keep me busy for a while. I’m off to look through my crochet thread and bead collections.

Happy Crafting!!


Cool kid crafts

While searching for a no sew denim skirt, I found this great site with a few idea on crafts for kids.ย  How Stuff Works has no sew pillows. I really like the book pillow idea!


My mother knew how to do this, as did my grandmother. Both have been dead for many years and so if I want to learn macrame, I’ll have to figure it out myself. I saw owl macrame swaps yesterday and it made me decide to compose a post for the blog.

From wikipedia:

Macramรฉ or macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot and forms of hitching (full hitch and double half hitches). It has been used by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships.

Common materials used in macrame include cotton twine, hemp, leather or yarn. An essential feature of the threads used is a level of “give”. Jewelry is often made in combination of both the knots and various beads (glass, wooden, etc.), pendants or shells.

My oldest daughter would be the first to say “Mom! Don’t go to wikipedia!!!! They have trained her at school not to listen to the site. While I don’t know if sailors did macrame, I do know that it involves knotting and sometimes beads ๐Ÿ™‚

Wikihow has a post showing the basics of macrame.

Here is an interesting site that offers some how to’s on the site.

more patterns

free patterns


Bracelet from Family Fun

I can see this project will be a lot of fun :


The NEW Daisies

I hear that Daisies will now be selling cookies! Do you all think that 5 and 6 year olds should be selling cookies? I think it’s great that they will be able to earn money to use toward trips and expenses, but I’m not quite sure many 5 year olds are ready to sell cookies. You could use the excuse that the parents and leaders sell the cookies, but in my troops, when we do cookie booths, they are always manned by the scouts. I am eager to find out the other changes that will be coming about even though I will no longer be a Daisy leader.


Daisy Girl Scouts meet in groups of five to 10 with two or more adult leaders in a nurturing, inclusive environment. They go on trips, learn about nature and science, and explore the arts and their communities. Daisy Girl Scouts can also earn Learning Petals and receive participation patches.

Sample Activities for Daisy Girl Scouts

  • Arts and crafts projects like finger-painting murals and making colorful barrettes and paper-bag puppets
  • Trips to pick pumpkins and apples
  • Camping and hiking with their family
  • Planning a picnic and making snacks
  • Planting a community garden
  • Earning patches for activities like reading fun books or helping their community

This brings us to the Daisy Petals. Girls have always earned them in one year. I wonder how they are changing that to last over two years of scouting. Fortunately I know someone who is taking over Daisies. I’m going to have a sneak a peek at her books ๐Ÿ™‚

Opinions? Comments? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Daisy changes and if you know more than me, can you share your info with me?


Crash posting

So I took a month off and now I feel so guilty!!

So here are a ton of ideas for crafts to work on for badges, and I’m still trying to find out more about Studio 2B



Girl Scouts has the new CEO. They add a new level to girl scouts so that now you are in each level for 2 years. (Personally, I think this cheats the Daisies. They cannot rain funds or take trips, etc because they are considered too young, and now they are pushing first graders back into the Daisy category – something I’m not too happy about. Do I want to take 10 five year olds camping? Not really, but they would definitely enjoy an outing at the local nature center. Or a trip to the local firehouse. Or a learning trip at the library where they can sign up for library cards if parents are willing.)

I got off track ๐Ÿ˜‰ We switched bakers (Because of the merger) and Cookies won’t be sold in January, they will now sell in Feb, BUT we can take orders as early as the end of December? Who wants to order cookies they will wait over a month for? Of course the soldiers we are sponsoring overseas have already made requests….

I hear they are doing away with Studio 2B.

I wonder what other changes the new year will bring.


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