Dec/20/2010 11:52 AM Filed in: Do It
Dec/20/2010 10:32 AM Filed in: Do It
Dec/14/2010 01:29 PM Filed in: Do It
Dec/11/2010 09:20 PM Filed in: Do It
Christmas Tree Skirt was from Home Interiors. It was
super cute, with 3D Snowmen & Santas on it, but
those became a midnight snack for our cats. After they
maimed Santa & Frosty, someone also decided to puke
on it. Unfortunately for me, Santa was dry-clean-only.
Well, let's just say that dry-clean-only things don't
belong in my house, on the floor. It was a bit of a
lost cause. Since it was time for a new tree skirt,
this is what I came up with... Not only is it still
cute and quilty-looking, but it's much stronger and
pet-proof... best of all, I can throw it in the washer
whenever I need to!
Here's how to make
a Rag Quilted Tree
Dec/02/2010 09:32 PM Filed in: Do It
As if I don't have enough bags already! I didn't have a
cute one in these exact proportions though. This fun
little bag is made by rag quilting squares together in
the shape of a bag. It's super simple, and (in my
humble opinion) super cute! The size is perfect for
carrying a couple binders or notebooks, your Bible and
class material, etc.
HERE's how to make
one of your own...
Nov/29/2010 09:03 PM Filed in: Do It
Nov/25/2010 08:57 PM Filed in: Do It
Nov/20/2010 09:39 PM Filed in: Fab Finds
a few new Favorite, Fabulous Find pages to my site!
In order for an
item to make it to the FFF list, it must be best of the
best- way better than the rest! I've now compiled my
FFF's into one handy place for you to shop, in the
FFF for Parents!
FFF for Babies & Toddlers!
FFF for the
FFF for Fun &
Nov/10/2010 08:45 PM Filed in: Do It
If you know a little
who needs some dress-up
cowboy gear, HERE's how
to make your own Western
Nov/05/2010 08:32 PM Filed in: Do It
HERE's how you can jazz
up some plain 'ol shelves to make them a super cute
feature in a room!
Nov/02/2010 08:21 PM Filed in: Dr. Mom/Home School
out Paper Back
can "swap" your books that you no longer want, for
books you do want! You can swap paperback or
hardcover, even audio books, but they must all be in
good condition.) After you've listed at least 10
books, you receive 2 free credits so you can go
ahead and receive 2 books to get started. Each
book costs 1 credit (books on tape are normally
2 credits). You pay no money for the books you
receive - but you pay the postage (usually $2-$3) to
mail a book media mail or the cheapest rate (when
someone requests one of your books). They even
have a handy 2-page mailing-label page to print out
- and you can wrap it around your book and not even
pay for an envelope! Or you can print out one
page with the mailing address and attach it to a
larger mailing envelope.
This is a great way to get a lot of books for your
family! They also have two sister sites for swapping
CD's and DVD's, and you can transfer your credits
between the various sites.
If you do sign up, I'd appreciate it if you tell them I
referred you (put "spunkytigrr" in the referral box)!
Oct/18/2010 08:05 PM Filed in: Do It
Here is my
first mod podging project! I needed a cute clippie
board for both drying and displaying of my son's
artwork, and this is what I came up with.
HERE's how to make your
own Artwork Clippie Board...
Oct/15/2010 08:02 PM Filed in: Do It
Oct/12/2010 04:56 PM Filed in: Do It
Oct/07/2010 08:35 PM Filed in: Do It
make a simple window valence w/ out the frills, with
minimal prep time? HERE's how...
Oct/07/2010 12:00 PM Filed in: Do It
make a cute dry erase board like this? This project is
quick, easy, and cheap! HERE's how to make one
Oct/05/2010 01:31 PM Filed in: Do It
little princess need a cute hair bow holder?
HERE's how to make a
super fast & easy, custom bow holder that can
match her room!
Sep/30/2010 12:19 PM Filed in: Do It
make an adorable peek-a-boo window valence like
this? HERE's how!
Aug/04/2010 09:21 PM Filed in: Home School
Academic Outcomes of Home Schooled Students...
I added a
little more info, and a new link to the
directing you to the new study which shows home
schoolers succeeding in college.
To read more about the results of this study,
Aug/04/2010 10:36 AM Filed in: Do It
section of my "Do It Yourself" resources is currently
under construction, and I'll be adding more to it as I
go. So far I've added:
"How to Make Your Own Custom Dress
"How to Add Style Lines" to Your
Tutorial Videos for sewing
different seams & zippers
Aug/03/2010 02:23 PM Filed in: Home School
across a good speech written by a Valedictorian which I
hope you'll take the time to read. It reveals the
interesting place a valedictorian found herself in,
having completed high school at the top of her class,
yet realizing that 18 years of her life are gone... and
her time in school actually crippled her mind and
here: "Here I
Aug/02/2010 01:29 PM Filed in: Home School
revealing article about one mom found out what's
really being taught to her children in school...
Jul/27/2010 10:32 AM Filed in: Home School
felt the lure of freebies calling you to virtual school
instead of independently home school, think again! Find
out some of the hidden costs and aggravations of
virtual schooling, as well as some alternatives to help
you save money teaching while keeping your independence
as home schoolers. Read my new article:
"What About Virtual
May/18/2010 09:28 PM Filed in: Do It
go along with the Crackle Finished Furniture tutorial I
just posted, HERE's
to your options in how to finish a painted surface
to protect from scratches and other damage.
May/10/2010 09:09 PM Filed in: Do It
have an an ugly old piece of furniture like this...
Why not revamp it into
Here's a close-up on
the crackle finish...
Would you like to
learn how to apply
a crackle finish to your furniture?
Apr/19/2010 09:13 PM Filed in: Do It
ditch your ugly ironing board cover in favor of a cute
one? Learn how simple it is to make your own pattern
for a cover for your ironing board, HERE!
Mar/27/2010 11:12 PM Filed in: Website/Shop
Mar/14/2010 04:58 PM Filed in: Do It
I added some
pictures of an etched votive holder set to my page of
glass etchings, HERE...
Feb/25/2010 02:41 PM Filed in: Do It
I posted a
new page in the Sewing section called "Super
Sewing." It will
include handy stuff you can make to organize or protect
your sewing supplies... The first project is a
Machine Cover and coordinating bag to store the foot
petal in. HERE it is!
Feb/22/2010 05:06 PM Filed in: Do It
I posted a
new page in the Home Brews section,
which gives a recipe for making your own
watercolors. Here's a link:
Feb/20/2010 01:08 PM Filed in: Website
If you have
a blog or website, you can
post a link button to my site! Here's
what it looks like:
copy the code and paste it into your site to display my
Feb/18/2010 10:36 PM Filed in: Website
this? (Ok, it has my moving notice on it, but this is
what my old old site looked like...)
Then it changed it to this...
Well, I designed new background images (from scratch, I
might add!) Woo hoo! So nowadays it's looking more like
Feb/15/2010 02:11 PM Filed in: Home School
reading Helen Keller's
Story of My Life.
back of the book is a supplement which includes
letters written by her teacher, Anne Sullivan.
From an educational standpoint, I found these to
be very interesting, and also found that much of
what Anne did with Helen (which worked far better
then what those in the institutional settings were
trying with their deaf-blind pupils) is consistent
with what so many home schoolers are discovering
to be educational jewels for their children.
wrote an article about Natural
Learning, to go
along with the material found in the home school
section of my site. I also added a couple quotes
from Anne Sullivan to articles I've already posted
on the site...
This quote is added to the Reading Material &
Anne Sullivan, (Helen Keller's
teacher) says that she "always observed that children
manifest the greatest delight in the lofty, poetic
language which we are too ready to think beyond their
comprehension... (She is also) convinced that original
composition without the preparation of much reading is
an impossibility... Reading should be kept independent
of the regular school exercises. Children should be
encouraged to read for the pure delight of
remarked that a byproduct of such reading with Helen
made "her mind.. so filled with the beautiful thoughts
and ideals of the great poets that nothing seems
commonplace to her; for her imagination colours all
life with its own rich hues."(ibid)
quote is added to the writing page:
children are required to write before they have
anything to say. Teach them to think and read and talk
without self-repression, and they will write because
they cannot help it."
HERE to read
the new article on Natural Learning)
Feb/04/2010 05:05 PM Filed in: Do It
Feb/03/2010 01:42 PM Filed in: Website
I have a new
header image at the top of the page, which shows a
little treasure box. If you don't see that, or if you
see that but it looks like it's underneath text, you
need to REFRESH any page that looks like that and it'll
You may also notice the little "tt" icon up in the
address line of the website.
I also fixed the colors of links within the text (I had
to learn how to hack CSS code first, that was fun!), so
they are pinks and light purples now, instead of
blending in. Basically, you can see them now, and
before you couldn't. (Again, you'll need to refresh
pages when you visit one you've been to before, in
order for these updates to show up.)
Feb/02/2010 02:21 PM Filed in: Growing
I totally re-organized
all the material in the Growing Christian
make it more organized.
I also added a three-part
series on Choosing a Quality
Bible, which another
Christian wrote after much research and interviews
To go along with it, if you
are planning to get a new Bible, I posted an article
Marking, which examines which
pens are best to write in Bibles, and gives a
re-evaluation of how's the best way to
Feb/01/2010 01:53 PM Filed in: Website
I've added and
re-organized a decent amount of material since first
posting the site, so it's probably a good idea to hit
the refresh button when you go to a page you've
previously been to, so you're looking at the most
recent version of it! If you're going to a page on the
site you've never been to, then there's no need to hit
But... if you happen to come across an error of any
sort on the site, please contact me & let me know so I
can fix it! Thanks!
Feb/01/2010 01:27 PM Filed in: Website
Hi! I have decided to
add this blog to my site as a way of posting
updates as new material is added to the site. So,
if you've worked your way through the site, and
come back in the future and want to know what all
has changed or been added since the last time you
came, then check over here. Just scan down through
my listed updates since the last time you've been
here. Or, if you're just interested in checking
for updates in one section of the site (i.e.
Christian/Home School/ DIY Projects, etc.) then
click that category, listed to the right, and
you'll just see a list of the updates for that
section of the website only. Make sense? Ok good!