Category: Crafts

We’ve been trying a thing around here, or at least I’ve been trying a thing, to better organize our time. Because I’m not a homeschooler. But…I work. I work at home, I have a child in half day preschool (probably next year as well), I have a child getting 4 sessions of private speech and OT each week, I do not have childcare, I do not want to just park my 5-year-old in front of the TV all day.

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I mean, let’s be real. It’s not screen free all day. She is four (five tomorrow!), and I have work to do. But she did get a snow day here today because of the blizzard named Stella, which is really more of a gross, slushy snow dump than a proper blizzard. But nevertheless, here we are cooped up inside. It seemed like a good day to share some screen free activities we’ve been doing lately (while the small human is tucked up in our bed watching Scaredy Squirrel).

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We celebrated Dr. Seuss Day, formally known as Read Across America, here by reading The Cat in the Hat and making cat hats. This was my go-to library lesson for years with pre-k and kindergarten, and now my own small human can benefit from all of my supplies and old lesson plans. I still have a stash of white paper bags in the perfect size for hats that I bought myself. I took them with me when I stopped teaching, so I still had them on hand to make hats.

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If you head over to my quilting and sewing Instagram, @orangeroomquilts, you’ll see that I’m running a giveaway through this Saturday, January 28th at midnight. I just rearranged my studio this month, and I have a huge pile of fabrics that I pulled from my stash and decided not to keep. So, I’m packing up a large USPS flat rate box and giving it away as a prize!

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I got 2 surprise care packages this week, and both just made my heart happy. Julie from Jaybird Quilts reached out because she had a Quilter’s Planner she wasn’t going to use, and she asked if I’d like it (obviously YES, because I can’t get enough planners).

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I’ve been excited about Seedling’s craft kits for a while, but it was just this past summer that Hannah started to get more interested in arts and crafts. We haven’t really been able to tackle a lot of projects before. So I put several kits on her Amazon wishlist for Christmas, and she got a couple that we’ve been working on. I also recommended some of their kits for The Wirecutter’s guide Learning Toys and STEM Toys We Love.

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I made these disco pumpkins as a centerpiece for our dining room table to celebrate Thanksgiving. I bought that platter at Target when the fall stuff first came out, and I love it. And, I thought it needed something with gold sparkles to sit with it. I made this video so you can have disco pumpkins, too!

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I’m going to start doing some video tutorials for various things. I’ve gone full native with my paper planner obsession, which has existed for years. I just started a dedicated Instagram for it @orangeroomplans.

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Other posts on this project: PJ Masks Costumes Pt. 1, PJ Masks Costumes Pt. 2

And now the last of our PJ Masks costumes for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Adam’s Catboy.

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Other posts on this project: PJ Masks Costumes Pt. 1.

So Owelette was probably where I messed up the most on these costumes, but Adam’s Catboy had its problems, too. And I did get her figured out. And, I think this might be my favorite costume (and I get to wear it).

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