Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wool Dryer Balls or Dog Toy?!

As a Pinterest addict, I have come across the wool dryer balls in many posts. These balls are put into the dryer with wet clothes and are supposed to reduce drying time and soften clothes. Honestly, I've been using them but really don't notice a difference. My dog Skipper has occasionally started playing with the balls when I am folding laundry. I always take them away, but this time, I let him have one. This is my dog's favorite toy. He even sleeps with it in his mouth. The ball stays pretty intact for a long time. He loves chewing it and rolling it around the floor. Skipper loves balls anyway and I'm sure that's why he likes these so much. So next time he grabs one, it's his. I can't deny his love for these things!
This is Skipper waiting for me to take it from him and throw it! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Soap

I can't take the credit for this idea! I work in a Special Education classroom.  Our very creative teacher is doing a hygiene unit this week and today we made these Halloween soaps. The goal was to make hand washing enjoyable and fun. She was so kind to let me borrow the supplies to make them with my girls this evening. The glycerin soap can be purchased at Michaels for $9.99. She purchased plastic spiders, slugs, worms from Oriental Trading. Melt the glycerin soap, add desired color, scent and pour into soap molds with creatures inside. Be careful not to over heat the soap as it can warp the molds. Let cool for 1 hour and them remove from molds.
The kids at school and my girls really liked the activity!

Pumpkin Paver

This was a project that I did with my daughters' 4-H group. I got the idea from another pin on Pinterest, sorry, there was no one on link to give credit. I used wine corks for stems. The crescent pavers were .57 each at Menards.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Ceramic Haunted House Project

I purchased this haunted house at Michaels for 75% off last year and finally got around to painting it. It took almost 3 hours. I don't think I'll ever paint one again as it was too time consuming. My kids love it though! You can put a light on the inside. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Recycled Halloween Pumpkin Lightbulb ornament

I'm getting the itch to start making my light bulb ornaments. In the past I made so many that I was kind of getting tired of it.  Halloween is getting me in the mood to start crafting again! If I only had the time!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Coolest product ...carpet squares to create your own custom carpet, Flor

In my classroom, our teacher had the coolest floor tiles put in place to designate a quaint little nook for the kids to read, relax or finish homework. This company has wonderful designs. Wish I had known about it before I purchased my area rug at home.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Great Website for discounted ebooks!

I have been really enjoying getting my daily updates for discounted/free books from

I have gotten several free books so far and my favorite has been "Amid the Shadows" by Michael Grumley. If you like Dan Brown's type of writing, you will really like this book.