What to do, What to do?

Next week the grandchildren are taking over the “family ranch” in Leoti, KS. This ranch has been in my husband’s family for 4 generations (including the grandkids). I told MiMi (grandma who lives the out there full time now) that I would be the back up adult for a few days. 6 kids to one adult is a little much, especial with 2 still in diapers. I would run for the pasture myself after a couple of hours, if not sooner!

So I was browsing TONS of blogs, okay maybe not 2000 plus, however; it was probably 10+. I was so inspired by Handmade Charlotte, You Are My Fave, Say Yes to Hoboken, Paint Me Plaid, Bloomize, Ambrosia Creative (many of the posts were linked through a couple of the blogs), etc.

I have come up four activities I am sure the older kids will do. The younger ones – okay let’s be honest, my son needs to be included with the younger ones despite turning five last week, will only be interested in the activities for about 3 minutes each. I think the older girls will sit for a bit.

Here is my list with links to give credit where credit is due: I *heart* Handmade Charlotte right now!

DIY Printable Sewing Cards – Handmade Charlotte

Photo from Handmade Charlotte – not my own

Print + Paint with Handmade Charlotte – Paint me Plaid via Handmade Charlotte

Photo from Handmade Charlotte – not my own.

Painting Pillows – These are fabric dolls – on madebyjoel seen on Handmade Charlotte

I am calling mine painted pillows because I will make 12″ square pillows out of painters canvas for the kids to paint on. I plan to use my Mini Cricut to cut out stencils such as animals, simple shapes and abstract patterns on freezer paper.

Photo from madebyjoel – not my own

Paint Chip Animals – Handmade Charlotte – a great and inexpensive idea!

Paint Chip Animals – not my own photo – from handmade charlotte

Another activity for just incase purposes – DIY Pinwheel Necklace by MerMag as a guest post on Handmade Charlotte

DIY Pinwheel Necklaces – MerMag for Handmade Charlotte – not my own

I think these activities should keep everyone busy for a while. This and the new “pool” (actually one of the circular “tubs” they put out in pastures to get water to the cattle) that is about 2′ deep and the new life size playhouse the grandparents got the kids. It should be a great way to end the summer break and be with family before everyone gets busy with school.

I will take photos of the projects to see how the kids responded. Wish us luck!

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Photo of the Month Challenge (FatMumSlim)

Despite not getting all the pictures for March, I got around 22 done, I am going to move on and continue to do April’s challenge.

One cool thing is now I am thinking of and wanting to take more pictures. I really would love to get a new camera too, in due time.

Please check out Fatmumslim.com.au, if you haven’t from the previous posts. She has a great blog and recently posted about different projects you can do with the photos taken during the challenges or your photos period.

Without further ado here is April’s list:

original blog post here

April Photo a day - directly from Fatmumslim.com.au

 

Happy photographing and sharing. Did anyone take some cool pics last month?

Color Inspiration…It’s everywhere

So I love the site DesignSeeds. They are all over Pinterest and have amazing color schemes. I also love TheCoffeeShopBlog. She is amazing with photoshop. Put these two together and you get your own template to find your own color inspiration in your everyday life.

Here are some of mine as of late:

5 pm in the trees

Afternoon skies

Denim Jackets

Man’s best friend

Sunny San Diego

Moss Tones

Rusty Bolts

 

A New Month… A New Challenge…

Picture found at theartofcomplexambition.blogspot.com

I have been getting email updates from one of my newest and favorite blogs the House of Smiths. On there she has been encouraging  her readers or informing them of a photo a day challenge. I am overjoyed with a new idea of having a way to really get me to document the everyday (as I wanted to do this this year and it didn’t materialize very far).

I went to the original creater of the challenge and she has a WONDERFUL blog as well. There are WAY TOO MANY blogs out there that I am falling in love with. The blog is Fat Mum Slim. Check it out. She is from Australia and has set up a wonderful blog that is super popular.

I haven’t explored too much of it yet, trust me I plan to.

Here is the March list:

Each day is a new theme. This will be so helpful in figuring out the subject for the photo. The themes are broad enough that they can be opened for your own interpretation.

photo found at charliequinscameras.blogspot.com

This challenge will help me develop my photography skills, get my newly forming scrapbooking love kicked into gear, allow me to get some good use out of my latest (secret) purchase of the Cricut mini (little party going on here), appreciate the everyday, introduce a new “hobby” to my son (he can help stage or be in the photos- he already loves the camera), become more creative with staging photos, on and on and on.

I highly suggest checking out the blog and challenging yourself!

I also read on a newly discovered blog that the Nikon D40 is a great starter camera that allows most ANYONE to take great pictures. Guess what is on my wish list!!!

photo from Nikon.com

Project Motivation…

I get a lot of magazines, well according to my husband I do, to the everyday women, eh….. not so much. Okay, maybe I do. I so look forward to getting them in the mail and flipping through the shiny colored pages. I HAVE to be the first to read them, that is my rule. I don’t know why, I just don’t want others to flip through it first.

At this time I am currently getting the following magazines:

Lucky

Better Homes and Garden

Marie Claire

Fitness (even though I haven’t paid for it in years. Shhhh… don’t tell anyone, they keep sending it anyway)

Good Housekeeping

Real Simple

Martha Stewart Living – digitally on my nook.

Considering getting a subscription to Country Living. (Good deal right now.)

Anyways, Better Homes and Gardens latest issue is all about COLOR. I love these types of focuses. It gets me excited to do something. Of course, I usually don’t. I just get excited with ideas. This time however, I have a few ideas that I am going  to work on and I am hoping to find some inspiration with color and the help of Pinterest and some of my favorite DIY sites. (Keep checking the featured post, as I will always update with new sites).

Tonight I would love to do a Menu board and a framed Jewelry Board. I have seen a few on Pinterest and other DIY sites. I have a tiny little notebook I write my grocery list on and it just isn’t cutting it anymore. I have a couple of thrift stores next to my house I hope to stop by on my way to pick up the kiddo from preschool.

We will see what will come of it all!

Here is some of my inspiration: