We are a Christian Homeschooling Family!! We are starting a new chapter in our lives this year by homeschooling our 2 children. I have felt a strong leading to start a daily devotional blog for homeschooling moms and ALL moms, who daily need a encouraging word.
I know I have been really bad about the blogging this week. Life happens. Work, kids, community group, practice for Good Friday and Easter services. But I am feeling in the mood for some paper bead making. As stated previously it is very relaxing for me. AND I bought a Easter dress for the first time in years and I thought, I need to make some accessories to go with.
My dress is white with blue flowers. So I picked a blue polka dotted paper. It will not look like polka dots once I cut, roll and make the beads. It will just look like white and blue beads. Maybe I will make a necklace and earrings too. I haven't decided yet. So Here we go.
I really like a smaller bead and so today I decided to actually make a bracelet out of one of the smaller beads that I have made. I just used a ruler today instead of a template. Small triangles are what I will used today. Because I know about how many beads I will need to make a bracelet for myself I just made 10 triangles. I also decided to make some earrings. I have a plan to do a blog about how to make earrings. So I will just show the earrings in the pics. But I also made 2 beads for the earrings.
I rolled the beads on my roller as shown in my paper beads part 2. Then I coated them with 2 coats of regular Mod Podge and 1 coat of out door water proof Mod Podge. I allowed
about 15 minutes of drying time between each coat.
Once everything is dry it is time to string your beads. I use stretchy cord and because the glass beads I will be stringing between each paper bead are bigger, I will use a thicker stretch cord. I cut about 12-14" of cord and I put a piece of tape on the end to hold the beads while I am stringing them. I alternate stringing a glass bead and a paper bead until I reach the desired length.
Then I cut the tape part off and I use a square knot to tie the bracelet off. This part can be a little tricky trying to get the beads as close as possible in the knot without the beads getting crossed. Once you get the knot tied it is good to knot it a few times for good measure. Then cut the little ends and pull the little ends left into a bead to hide the knot.
I was very pleased at how these turned out. I love how you can turn paper into an accessory and it is so fun.
One of my favorite things about Etsy is the Pattern Section!
I love that you can get the satisfaction of making your
own scarf, hat, etc. And that is why I chose this week's
artist. Miriah Gilbert resides in Lake Stevens, WA with her
husband and three daughters. Like many of us crafty moms
she started making hats for her youngest. People saw the
adorable hats she was making for her baby girl and of course
admired them. And thus Emie Grace Creations came to be. Now you and I can go to her shop and get the patterns to make the same hats for our children and there are some treasures for us grown ups too.
One of my favorite patterns is the EMIE Bear Crochet Hat Pattern!!
A lot of animal hats have the entire face, which let's face it is adorable. But what I absolutely love about this pattern is the lack of eyes and how it makes your kiddo a cute little bear. By just adding a precious little flower you can make it just perfect for your little lady. Remove the flower and your
little man is as cute as can be.
Another favorite is the Logan Puppy Crochet Hat Pattern!
Finding cute clothing for girls is never a problem. Often for
boys it can be a challenge. Challenge Gone!! Is this not
the cutest puppy hat you have ever seen??!!!! AND really you
can substitute pink in the blue areas and
you have a girls hat too.
Want to kick it up a notch? Add some ear flaps
and braided ties.
Want the perfect touch to an already
perfect gift for that baby shower gift? How about
some matching slippers?
These are just 2 of the many styles of animal patterns.
There are also beanies and various other hat patterns.
Honestly can you really pick just one?
On to us adults:) Cute, fashionable and versatile are a
few words that come to mind when I see the Sara Newsboy
Crochet Adult Hat Pattern. Which comes with
instructions for the hat and 2 different flowers!
With this pattern in hand you can make
a hat and/or flower to match every outfit you own!!
Not a hat kinda gal? Take a look at this sweet Crochet
Flower Headband. The possibilities are limitless!!
You can make these for babies all the way to
These are just a few of the dozens of wonderful patterns
that Miriah has created. Can't choose just one? NO Problem
she has 2 listings, one for a 3 pack of patterns and
one for a 4 pack of patterns all of your choice.
If you think about it, when we buy our crochet
magazines we may use only a few patterns out of them. So
this is a wonderful deal because you choose all
the patterns that you know you will use.
OH you say you don't crochet! Miriah makes all of these
patterns so you can buy the item you want already made.
Want a custom item? You just contact Miriah with your
Now we have come to the DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT
portion of my blog! Here are what a few of her customers
have to say...
Great pattern and great service. Looking forward to ordering again
I LOVE IT .. HIGH QUALITY (this was an owl hat order)
Have you ever vacuumed at that time of the day when the sun is going down and you
can see all the particulate in the air flying around? You would not normally see
this if it were say around noon. The perfect angle of the sun allows you to see
the nightmare that is sitting in your carpet now floating in the air.
Almost one year ago our son was diagnosed with a multitude of environmental
allergies. The majority of which live in our yard. In addition to his food and drug
allergies this brought his count of things, that he is allergic to, that we know about, to 25. I know that there is more. So naturally we started looking for ways to decrease the allergens in the home. Primarily his sleeping area. So I bought a special pillowcase and he has a mattress cover. We bought a rainbow vacuum and carpet cleaner which is also a air purifier. I try to clean the carpets in his room 2 times a year. I have read recommendations that you should clean your carpets every 12-16 months!! WHAT??!!! Do these people have children or even live in their houses?
The building of our house started when I was 8 months pregnant with our son and we have had a daughter as well. We had the option to have the majority of the house tiled but we opted out because of course you worry about babies learning to walk on hard floors. If we only knew then what we know now. This has been the most difficult year we have had with our son as far as asthma goes. And so we are thinking about putting laminate in the majority of the house. The tile that we do have has been difficult to keep up and so I don't really want more of it.
So I have been on a research trek to find out what people are saying about carpet vs laminate. The nurse part of me has looked at actual research articles and the mom part has looked at blogs and forums. The two worlds have not been in agreement. The research world says that carpet now days is made to hold more allergens. They compared the USA which is a big carpet country to Europe which is not. They say they found no difference in reports of difficulty of allergies. This was the same report that said to only clean carpets every 12-18 months unless you had a stain, mud, etc. My mom brought up an excellent point about this research and that is how often were each types of flooring cleaned. This was not part of the study.
The mom, forum, blog world says that it can be a huge benefit to have the laminate or hardwood because you can see the allergens sitting on your floor and you know that you are getting them all up. Several post I read said that while the carpet does hold allergens more as soon as some one stomps or children run around, the allergens get stirred up. I have definitely seen this to be true.The down side of the laminate is really you need to vacuum or wet mop pretty much every day. My friend who had laminate said that yes it is a pain to clean everyday BUT she would absolutely have it over carpet any day. Let's face it, carpet has it's moments of not being user friendly.
So what do you think? We are really leaning towards it. It is easy to install, it looks great, and I just think I would feel good about being able to see the clean.