doodle tops

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I don’t really know where this came from, but somehow we were given a doodle top.  I thought I’d share since I’ve never seen one before.  These are great entertainers for little ones, as well as older kids.  Des used this for about 30 minutes.  I admit to playing too :)

save money: powdered paint

We’ve been Christmas crafting here all week, so prepare yourselves for lots of ideas and inspiration for your own Handmade Christmas busyness.

Here’s a tip on how to save money on tempura paint.

I bought this powdered paint a couple of years ago.  We don’t use this type of paint as much as water-color so it’s lasted awhile.

It’s cheap and a good way to ensure you don’t have dried up paint.  Dried up paint equals wasted paint.  I bought only colors that I couldn’t make by mixing colors:  red, blue, yellow, black, white, green (I went ahead and bought this because I knew we’d go through it fast).  I really like the control I have in mixing.  I can make any shade of pink, orange, purple, ect.  I got my supplies from Discount School Supplies.

Get your Christmas craft on!

Christmas prep

There is a busy rustling around our tiny house.  Busy with baking and sewing, and most assuredly, knitting.  Babes are being cuddled and rocked in between children rushing around with Christmas excitement.

While I was mixing up some pie crust I noticed one child in particular going into her room with what seemed to be an enormous amount of construction paper.  In and out of the kitchen she went.  Then came scissors and tape.  That had me a bit more concerned.  I finally asked her what she was doing, to which she simply replied, “Christmas decorating.”

Many thoughts ran through my head.  Instead of telling her the usual “No scissors and tape in the room”  I decided I’d finish my own work before I checked in on her.  I am so glad I did.  We do our best to talk so much more of Jesus during this time than anything else.  I love to see their sweet hearts during this time.  While  many kids are thinking of what they can get for Christmas, mostly our children are giving.  Just the other day Andre and Isabel took their money with them to the store ready to buy something when they both decided to give the Salvation Army bell ringers.  Between the two they gave $2.25.  Isabel also gave $2 to a homeless person on the corner.

I am so proud to be their mama.  They are wonderful and kind little ones.  I have much to learn from them.  Remember the meaning of Christmas.  Love.  In all definitions.