Sunday, September 23, 2012

Chalk the Block

A few weeks ago, I went with my girls and some friends to the Women's Expo, held at a local University every September.  It has become a tradition for us and I  look forward to it each year.  While going from booth to booth, display to display, we came to one advertising the First Ever "Chalk the Block at the River Woods" and we came away with a paper that gave us a code that would reduce the price to half if used that day.  Chalk the Block was 2 weeks away.   Those of us in our car spent the whole ride home, discussing it.  It seems that most of the group, including me, had wanted to do such a thing at some point in their lives.  We go home, found out more details, checked our calendars and committed to it, by registering. 

So I started to plan and gather what supplies we were told we would need.  We divided the picture surface into sections. Each of the 5 of us will be doing a section, in our own way to honor my son who is deployed to Afghanistan.

This is my 5 year old granddaughter's section.  She drew the things she knew her Daddy loved and she signed it.
This is my section, right down the middle.  I made my own chalk, because I knew I would need lots of red, white, blue and black, which meant that it's not bright enough.  One of the things I learned, was that you could buy the chalk, in the individual colors you want, by the stick, here.  That's knowledge to keep for next year.
This is the section created by my son-in- law Matt.  He knew my son was a science fiction lover.  The death star is for him.
This section was created by my daughter Maggie.  Not too bad for free hand.  I look at it and I smile.
This last section was done by my daughter-in-law Jen.  She is a true artist. 
This is what she wrote at the bottom of her and Edana's sections. 
It was lots of fun.  I think I will need to practice on as many drawings as possible  for next fall's
 Chalk the Block festival.  The festival was put on to benefit a school for Autistic children.

Friday, September 21, 2012


My first package to Afghanistan has been received, and my son said, "I just wish mom could have seen her face.  She beamed."  From what I understand, she loves Owls and the owl pillow as perfect.  So perfect that some of the other women soldiers in their unit are envious of the pillow.
So now I am working on the Halloween box.  My original plan was to create new pillow covers for the first pillow form I sent.  So I sat down last night and made this pillow for this next box.  After all what is Halloween without a Jack-o-lantern.
Can you figure out what is on the Jack-o-lantern?  I have decided to tell you my blog friends how I am creating some of these things for my boxes to Afghanistan, but don't plan on lots of pictures.  My camera is AWOL and I have to borrow MDH's camera for the pictures I am taking.  I traced it free hand from the picture and then cut it out of the paper.  I traced the cut put areas with a pen onto the orange felt.  Then I took embroidery floss and satin stitched over the places that you would have cut out on  a real jack-o-lantern, making sure to cover up the pen ink. 
Have you guessed yet?  That's right, it's an owl.  I hope she likes this one as well as she did the last one.
I also went to Wally's World and bought a small solid foam pumpkin.  Basically I gutted the pumpkin by cutting a hole in the bottom and then scrapping as much of the Styrofoam in the inside out.  Once it was pretty hollow, I cut a jack-o-lantern face on it and then put an electric tea light under it. (Its the one on the left.) That was yesterday.  Today I went to the local dollar store and found small carvable pumpkins.  They weren't there yesterday.  I think that both of these will be in her box.  Should I carve the second one or leave it for her to carve?  Hmmmmm.
Other wise, all I need is some Trick or Treat candy and a bag of cereal to fill the box.  I will be putting it in the mail shortly after the 1st of October.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Busy Life

I am oh so busy, taking care of grandkids, keeping up the house, writing Instructables (when I get some free time) and loads of other stuff.  One thing I was able to do for myself was get the name and address of a soldier in Afghanistan, who has not received any packages or mail from home.  I decided to adopt her for the duration of her tour in Afghanistan and see it I can brighten her life.  My first package will go in the mail tomorrow.  Since my soldier is a “she” I have made something for her that she might like.  I made her this pillow.
I have also included in this package, travel size, lotion, and shampoo (the smell good kind), candy, gum, a game, a small art kit, and lip balm.
My 7½ month old grandson is trying to walk.  He is also crawling over to the DVD cabinet and started to unload all the DVD’s.  He is too smart for his own good.
 (Those are allergy eyes.)
My daughter in law is home schooling my granddaughter (kindergarten) I get the fun privilege of teaching science to her and her brother and cousin.  We have learned about ice, rain, and liquids.  I try to have hands-on as part for each class.  We made rain sticks for the rain segment and “lava” lamps for the liquid segment.  I have the activities planned for the next 4 weeks.  It should prove interesting and fun.
I have written Instrucatables on:   The rain stick shown above found here:
 A mini ironing table to help with pressing while sewing.  Found here:
and several others I am working on.
Have a great day.