Collage (Weekly Unplugged Project)

By , December 30, 2007 9:51 pm

The good news (I hope you think it is): I am back. The bad news: We had an adventure-filled trip home from Mexico, came home a day later than planned, I spent all day today unpacking and doing mountains of laundry while attempting to mentally and physically recover from a week away in a foreign country with an almost two year-old. Excuses, excuses, excuses…but it all boils down to the confession that I DIDN’T DO MY OWN UNPLUGGED PROJECT!!!

Perhaps we’ll get to it later this week? Big sigh.

Loser that I am, I am still here offering a humble Mr. Linky to any who might have been more organized, diligent, and available than I. I enjoy collage tremendously and look forward to seeing what you came up with. And if you didn’t quite get to it because of holiday stuff, that is OK too.

More on the trip when I have the time and energy to write about it (tomorrow I hope, but don’t guarantee).


Next week’s Unplugged Project:


Some ideas (depending on the age of your child):

– Cut up a picture on a cereal box and have your child put it back together (lots of intricate pieces for older kids, just a few simple pieces for younger ones). If you have no available cereal box, glue a magazine page onto some cardboard and then cut.

– Do a family puzzle together. Leave it out on a table all week and put in a few pieces as you all pass by it. See how much you can complete in one week.

– Have your kids (or you, for them to complete), make up crossword, word search, or sudoku puzzles.

– A scavenger hunt? List objects that each child must find in the house or outside. First one with everything wins their choice of family board game to play or book to be read aloud.

What comes to mind for you when you think of puzzle?

Hope to see you next Monday. I promise we’ll be there too!

Feliz Navidad!

By , December 20, 2007 8:54 pm

Well, I have spent a lot of time trying to publicly gather my thoughts about the Holidays over the past two months with my Christmas/Holidays Unplugged posts. I hope they have been helpful to you. I know they have been helpful to me.

I think I have made some progress this year (fewer gifts, very few cards, thoughts about what the holidays mean to us, etc.). But this year, we are doing something different. We are going away on vacation over Christmas, to a warm beach in Mexico.

I am looking forward to it, although the last time we made this trip the baby got a cold and was miserable, she was only interested in eating sand on the beach, and the airline lost the suitcase with all the baby stuff in it. This time though, it will be better.

I am hoping that “a year off” will give me time to put all my new thoughts and ideas in perspective so that I can be better prepared to have the kind of Christmas I want next year.

It will also be good for my blog addiction since I will be without a computer. I might be able to check in once in a while to moderate any comments, but I probably will not post.

Happy Holidays to all! And I’ll see you in 10 days or so!

(Read all the Christmas/Holidays Unplugged posts here)

The Ornament Stand

By , December 19, 2007 9:18 pm

Several weeks ago for an Unplugged Project, we made Christmas ornaments that my 7 year-old daughter intended to sell as part of a class project to raise money for Heifer International. Her plan was to set up an “Ornament Stand” by the side of the road (instead of the classic lemonade stand) and sell her ornaments to make money to contribute to the class Heifer fund.

Well…I give her an A++ for vision and determination because she (and 5 year-old little brother) did it! It was very cold that day, but they sat out there after school for about two and a half hours. I did not interfere, but did hang around outside pretending to garden (in December???) and FROZE TO DEATH while protecting from kidnapping perverts and making sure the baby didn’t run into the road.

They set up two kid tables from the playroom and hung some self-made signs on them. They arranged all the ornaments on trays and even brought out a Heifer catalog that had come in the mail (in case people had questions). Honestly, it was cute beyond words!

We live on a quiet street, especially in the winter since this is mainly a summer community, so only two cars went by in all that time (and tragically didn’t stop). But the neighbor came over, the contractor working on the house next door stopped by, and many of my friends (in fact pretty much ALL my friends, as well as my sister) “just happened” to drive by and stop!

The plan was to try again on a weekend morning since we would probably get a bit more drive-by traffic (and it might be warmer?), but so far the weekends have been snowy and ill-suited to Ornament Stands.

But my daughter is thrilled, because so far she has made $56 all by herself. Today in the car on the way home from school she told me that she wants to “devote her life to helping the poor.” I am NOT making this up!

For the first time ever, I am wildly hoping that this is not “just a phase!” As you moms know, most “phases” are pretty dreadful.

Knitting My Brows Over Knitting

By , December 18, 2007 1:58 pm

This week’s Unplugged Project (Yarn / String) has inspired me to try a little knitting! As I child I used to knit, but my mother did the casting on and off, and I never got as far as learning how to purl. Unfortunately any small amount of knitting knowledge that I once had, has been buried under thirty years of other information.

But nonetheless, today I saw some pretty cotton yarn and some needles in a store and I bought them! My Christmas present to myself I guess. I must be a “Crafty Mom Wannabe.”

Now, how does one knit? I know that there are a lot of wonderful knitters out there in the blogosphere. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good, basic, “how to knit” website?

I promise to post a picture of my first effort, no matter how dreadful it turns out to be!

String/Yarn – French Knitting (Weekly Unplugged Project)

By , December 16, 2007 10:31 pm

This week has been crazy for us with a school play, some gifts to make, my 7 year-old daughter’s book project (in addition to other homework), trying to peddle a few Christmas ornaments for Heifer International, etc., etc., etc. So our Unplugged Project fell a bit by the wayside, as did many of yours in this busy season I am sure!

So as to not appear totally lame (after all, the Weekly Unplugged Project is my idea so I can’t very well opt out can I?), I will post a String/Yarn themed project that my daughter has been continuously working on.

My 7 year-old daughter received a wooden “knitting mushroom” from Santa last year and really enjoys it. In case you are wondering about age-appropriateness, my daughter could manage all the knitting herself at age 6, although she needed my help to cast-on and off.

I recently reviewed a very nice one from Haba. The “knitting mushroom” creates a very simple, tubular, snake-like knitted strand that can be crafted into various objects, or simply knitted for the pleasure of knitting as ours have been so far, despite owning the inspirational book in the photo: Corking (Kids Can Easy Crafts). Ah well, we’ll get to it eventually.

My thoughts for this week had been: gluing yarn to construction paper to make designs or pictures with my 5 year-old, or trying finger knitting with my oldest. That will all have to be for another time however.

Next week I will be out of the country and most likely computer-less (AAAGHHHH!!! HELP!!!!!), so the following Unplugged Project will be due two-weeks from now – Monday, December 31st (New Year’s Eve? Time sure does go by fast!).


New Year’s Unplugged Project:


Perhaps a collage of fun things remembered from the past year?

Or things that would be fun for the coming year?

Or, for children old enough to understand the concept of “New Year’s Resolutions,” a collage of pictures relating to their resolutions.

Or…a white collage for little ones…white like the winter snow of January.

Or…anything you want to do!

Have fun! I hope anyone who reads this and is interested, will join in and meet back here on Monday, December 31st to share posts. Happy Holidays!

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