DIY: RIT Dyed Sea Shells…

I happen to have several bottles of my favorite RIT color, Aquamarine, sitting around and I did this quick dye job on some white sea shells. IMG_20141017_123711

I did this on the stove top with hot, not boiling water, with about 1/2 cup vinegar. I just threw the shells in and filled enough water to cover them about 1/2 inch and poured in some dye. I didn’t measure any of it.IMG_20141017_123752

I stirred them around until desired color and then put them on a few paper towels to dry.

It was a simple and fast project I did while bored.  I am also including a photo of my favorite mermaid sitting next to some natural sea shells.

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DIY: Autumn Door Decor…

A few weeks ago, I was preparing for my front door Autumn wreath when I discovered my wreath had gone missing.

At that point I started my quest for something simple and frugal to decorate my front door. IMG_20141017_115944

While shopping at Kroger one day I found they had Indian Corn. My mind started working on how I could use it. I was originally going to attach it to a metal hanger in a design but after laying it out several ways, I could not get satisfied with the way it looked.

I started rummaging through my craft supplies and found some old scrap fabric in a nice shade of orange. I proceeded to think how I could make this thing simple.

So I just tied the Indian Corn together and tied the “bow” around it. I did have to take a piece of brown yard to hold the corn together so it didn’t flare out, I want my corn to lay flat against each other. So this is the result. I think the colors compliment my green door.

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Rit Dyed Palatial King Duvet and Shams….

I thought I would restart my blogging off with one of my recent projects.

I have 2 Palatial King Duvet sets from Downlite. They come only in white. Since I am a color girl, I thought I would dye one of my sets a bright sunny color.

I found my self at Jo-Ann’s looking at dye. I decided on RIT Golden Yellow. I used 3 bottles of liquid dye because I had almost 6 pounds of fabric with the huge duvet and 4 shams.

Now normally they say don’t use front loaders to dye items. Being the rebel that I am, I did it any ways. I have never had a bad dye job using my front loading washing machine. At the end of this post you will find my quickly explained steps.

I found my self playing with different looks. I am ADD when it comes to home decor. I can’t seem to leave things alone because I get bored of placement after a few months so I move things around. So here are some of my looks…

This one is my typical tropical look… (ignore those non matching curtains. They are another dye project I will talk about later)


This is one of my favorites. I laid the flannel blanket, that I made, across the bed.


Here I placed a tye dye crocheted blanket, my mom had crocheted and sent to my kids, across the foot edge. I threw on a blue toss pillow.


Here are the before and after colors.


I hope you enjoyed my quick post of my dye project. I have more photos but I don’t want to bore you!

Here is how I dye things in my front loading washing machine:

  1. Gather all items: Dye, pitcher of hot water, fabric, Vinegar or Salt depending on your fabric, dye fixative, and so on..
  2. If I use salt or vinegar I will mix it in my large glass measuring cup with the dye. I also will just add them to my pitcher of hot water.
  3. I set washer to hottest and longest cycle.
  4. I throw fabric in and let it toss till soaked.
  5. I then proceed to pour, and pray it all turns out, into my soap dispenser.
  6. This last step is important. Pour your large pitcher of hot water into the dispenser to chase the rest of the dye in.
  7. I usually let my washer run its cycle then I will do a quick wash to rinse the washer and get fabric softener into the fabric so I don’t smell the dye.

Its pretty simple. I have never had a problem. Yes my washer has some staining in some areas, but I don’t care. I tend to always like the results.

I will share more projects soon.


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I know I have been gone for a while…

I took a long break from blogging after years of blogging on my homeschool blog. I just needed a break and I have wanted for the past several years to transfer over to a blog that homeschooling was not the main focus. So now I am going to do it. One of my daughters told me I should go back to blogging, so here I am.

I have one daughter who graduated this year and one left homeschooling high school at 14. She actually started homeschooling high school at late 12 almost 13. I am very proud of my daughters. I just don’t want focusing on homeschooling to be my only “thing”. I like doing some many other things and eventually homeschooling will no longer be and I would have ran out of homeschool things to blog about.

I have been doing lots of projects around the house. I will start adding them here now and then to get caught up on posting all those DIY projects I have done over the past year.

We have almost finished remodeling our quad level home we purchased 2 years ago. So I will be adding more of that remodeling in here. I have also been very busy doing a home day care.

I also, after years of begging, convinced my husband to buy me a Jeep Wrangler. He didn’t want to, no he fought me tooth and nail, but he finally gave in. And now he has taken it over. We have had it just over a week. But the good news is we are part of the JK clan now, specifically the Cincy JK Crew. They had a nice get together the other night and my husband and daughter went and hung out and had lots of fun.


Well, I am gonna mosey on. Until next time…..


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TOS Crew Review: Book Review: At Home In Dogwood Mudhole by Franklin Sanders…

At Home in Dogwood Mudhole
Volume 1 Nothing That Eats
by: Franklin Sanders

Paperback: $22.96
Kindle/ePub/PDF: $16.95

I am glad I opted for the physical book for this review. If I had went for the kindle version, I would have felt like this book was never going to end. It is very thick and heavy at 379 pages, kinda like a small encyclopedia only you want to read this book. Had I opted for the kindle version, I would not have been able to skip around to find the stories that I needed to reread to refresh my memory of what he had talked about when you are reading the next part of the story. This book is written like a journal, originally letters for his newsletter, so you may read about his dogs for example but then later in the book you will hear more about them.

There are 4 sections full of chapters that are listed as topics.

  1. Leaving Memphis Five Miles At A Time
  2. Living In The Country Changes You
  3. Learning Curve
  4. A Real Farm

I did learn a lot about history, laws about gold and silver, farming trial and errors, and more. There are lots of quotes from famous people and scriptures. You will also learn a lot about Tennessee. One of my favorite chapters is about Old Cars. Some of you may remember the old Ford LTD and some may not. I tell my girls that is the car I am getting them for their first car because its big and safe like a tank, and I get dirty looks.

 photo Franklin_Deal-300x451_zpsb3f59745.jpgThere are lots of stories about animals, those things that his wife Susan said “nothing that eats”. You will hear stories about raising pigs, chickens, cows, horses, and lots of dog stories. You will be amazed at how Franklin keeps going through the tough times, how he leans on God, and how his family fits in to it all. You will get to hear stories of his Grandchildren and all the fun they get in to. I really enjoyed the story of Tucker in church at 2 years old. It seems to me that Tucker might be a running a church one day.
There are some photos scattered through out the book and I really like that touch. It helps for you to picture the people as your reading about them. There is also a map, sketched by Franklin himself, to Dogwood Mudhole in Grand Ole Tennessee, if you ever need to find it.

When I started reading this book I had hopes that it would encourage me to “live in the country” and become self sufficient.  I am not sure if I am encouraged or not because one day I may want to write a book just like this one. I laughed a lot and I learned a lot of what not to do.  The author, Franklin Sanders, is leaving a legacy that will soon not be forgotten.  You will feel the pain of his failures, and then you may want to cry for him, but mostly you will laugh your tush off.  He really knows how to make you laugh at his expense. There is so much in this book that is just hard to remember it all. I will enjoy picking it back up to thumb through it when I need a laugh or just want to reread a story.

I do recommend to get this book in paperback form instead of the kindle version if you like to flip through a book to find something you may want to read again. It would be very time consuming to do that on a kindle, even if you bookmarked pages because you may end up bookmarking a lot of stories.

I recommend this book to everyone, but especially to people like me who hope to have a small farm one day, preppers, those who are nosy about others lives, those that just want to be entertained, and those who think they already know everything there is to know about starting a farm from scratch or have already started doing it. You may learn something new, what not to do, or it may change your mind about doing it. But just think of all the stories you could tell and pass on to your family for generations.

I can’t wait for Volume 2!



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TOS Crew Review: God’s World News Trak for High School…

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Level: Trak
High School Students
$28.00 for a home subscription

God’ World News is like a mini magazine for kids. They have different magazines for different ages and for this review, we received Trak which is for High School students.

What you get:

  • Full-year subscriptions includes 10 big, full-color, monthly issues (every month except December & May).
  • School-year subscriptions include seven monthly issues (September – April).
  • 32 pages per issue, filled with age-appropriate news and features.
  • No charge for regular shipping and handling! (1st class delivery available at additional charge.) 
  • Lessons and Resources

Click HERE for a Sample and to see other samples, listed in the right hand side. 

I wanted to start out with letting you know our past viewing of God’s World News.
My daughter use to bring them home (Early Edition) from her private school. Then when I started homeschooling, we got our own subscription to Top Story. We really enjoyed them but because we moved a lot we decided to not get them any more. I was so happy to see them come up for review that I put in for it.
I am so glad I am receiving them. I had never seen a Trak in person, only an online sample.
Trak lives up to my expectations and I actually enjoy it more than my daughters.
I laugh at the comics all the while telling my husband “You have to read this”.

 photo trak36_zps526c150f.jpgI like that they cover some topics that could be considered controversial. You may or may not agree with their stance on things, but that is OK. I want to read about what other people think, its  a way to learn in case you ever get in a debate. You may see articles or snippets on things that you may not expect to see in a Christian magazine. In (insert issue) there is a picture of the Hunger Games, but the article really has nothing to do with the movie, just a reference to archery, which is good because I really don’t think its very Christian-ly, but then some may disagree with me. I personally don’t like the references to the Hunger Games  and any of those controversial secular topics. But like I said, it may not bother others. Its not a big deal and it really does just mention the movie in a sentence or two, so I just over look it. I don’t make a big deal about it. If they were glorifying the things I am against, I would just take a marker and black it out if I felt the need.

There are lots of different topics covered and different lengths of articles. There are some a few pages, and some just a paragraph. You will read more serious topics and you will read some that are just interesting, inspiring, funny, science-y, inventions, Government issues, etc. They really cover a wide variety of things.  I really like the science themed articles, but nothing beats the comics. I can always use a good laugh and I sure got one while reading a comic from the October issue. It states “Company Seeking Applicants For Mars Colony Program” and then there is the guy saying “Anthony Weiner, Alex Rodriguez, Linday Lohan…” and the receptionist says “Sir, You nominate yourself, not others…” and I am thinking I can add a lot more to the guys list. I love comedy so this is the first section I read.

There are some featured sections with a sample of topics:

  • Business Trak (laws for working, careers, business adventures)
  • Design Trak (buildings, cars, robots)
  • Behind The Headline (happenings around the world, airplane history)
  • Big Ideas
  • Tech & Culture (computers, cell phones, magnets)
  • Last Words (my favorite section, comics, snippets with quotes from people)
  • Sports Trak  (archery, baseball, football)

There are other sections like Reply All where readers respond to things in past issues. There is also a section called Sidetraks that has lots of interesting snippets. I really enjoyed the snippet in this section, August Issue,  about a guy named Frederick L. Gray who finally received his High School Diploma “after taking several years’ break because of extenuating circumstances-namely the Great Depression and World War II.” I just loved how they worded that. It was funny, yet touching and inspiring. Goes to show its never too late!

One of the perks of the God’s World News is their website which is for teens and it correlates with the magazine. You will find featured stories, culture, beliefs,  and must know news. These topics cover all kinds of interesting news facts, discoveries, comics, science, technology, and more.  Its a nice addition, especially if you like to use the internet for learning. In the art section you will also find downloads and quiz/questions for comprehension practice for the articles. This is a safe site with out objectionable advertisements or links to other sites except those for other World Magazine sites.

We leave these out on the coffee table and when we sit down for a rest, we just pick one up and read what grabs our attention. I have not been planning anything around them because we really like it best to just read which article interests us at the time we pick it up. When I see one of the girls reading, I can then ask them what article were they reading and then they will tell me about it and I can ask questions.

We really are enjoying these mini magazines. They are a lot of fun and interesting.
I think they would compliment any homeschool curriculum, or if you are like me, they make a great addition to your “grab and read” pile.


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TOS Crew Review: KJV Homeschool Mom’s Bible…

KJV Homeschool Mom’s Bible
ISBN 13: 9780310431473

 Publisher: Zondervan

Hardback: $34.99
All Moms who Homeschool or are considering Homeschooling

This is a delightful Bible with its bright, yet soft and cheery colors. It comes with a paper dust jacket for protection against normal daily use. The devotions headings are written in a beautiful font that is delicate and feminine, bordered with a modern floral trim. The pages are a bright white that I found to be easy on the eyes.  In the back of the Bible you will find a Topical Index to use for a more detailed search of subjects.  The forward is written by Vickie Farris, wife of Michael Farris the founder of Homeschool Legal Defense Association, who is also a homeschool mom and author.

This devotional Bible features 365 daily devotionals.  Each devotional day starts out with a topic heading, then gives you a corresponding scripture.  You will then read an encouraging devotional, and finish with a small prayer.  At the bottom of each devotional, it gives you the page number for your devotional for the next day. You will find that each devotional only takes a few minutes to read.

I am not a morning person and I do bible studying at night, but after having the blessing of using this devotional for this review, I can start my day off right with a devotional, bible reading, prayer, and my favorite worship song (Praise Like Fireworks by Rend Collective). I enjoyed starting my day with a devotion now. I have my new “morning pattern” that I have begun, and its all because of this devotional. It helps start my day as a mom and a homeschool teacher. It has helped put me on track to have a positive and productive homeschool day. I am encouraged by the passages that I read. Some days I even read past devotions from earlier in the year that I missed. You don’t have to do that since you can just continue on in January and continue reading them over and over, year after year. You may remember them, and you may not. You might just find that you are reading something that God wants you to know.
I happen to like the April 3rd devotion about money, because I use to worry about how to pay for homeschool curriculum to the point that it consumed my “every day”.  This particular devotion gives you a passage from Matthew 6:31-32 “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 
Basically this passage is saying, in homeschool terms, God will provide the right curriculum or resources you need for your children to learn what he wants them to learn for his benefit.

I think homeschool moms everywhere will enjoy this devotional bible, and possibly stay-at-home-moms will benefit from it also.

The wonderful devotions in this KJV Homeschool Mom’s Bible are written by Janet Tatman of Alpha Omega Publications. Janet is the writer for the Daily Focus email devotionals from AOP. I have been receiving those devotionals for several years, and I did not realize that these are the same devotionals in this Bible, that are in those emails. I am ecstatic about that because I love those devotionals. In the beginning of the Bible you can read about Janet Tatman and AOP.



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