Monthly Archives: June 2010

Got Dust?

Magical Mama Nancy shared this poem and I had to pass it on.  It speaks to me!  Anybody who’s seen my living room will understand why.  😉

(Author unknown)

Dust if you must but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Bake a cake or plant a seed.
Ponder the difference between want and need.

Dust if you must but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.


Remember, a house becomes a home when
you can write “I love you” on the furniture….

Who’s up for making some more messes (and then cleaning them up together)?  🙂  Happy Wednesday!


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Veggie Match Cards, Mama Mojo and Perfume From Flowers

Katherine Marie Photography has the most adorable little veggie cards for you to print out and use for games like Concentration or Go Fish!  Click here to get your set.

In other news…

Nine ways to get your mama mojo back

and Making flowers into perfume

Happy Tuesday!


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10 Ways to Make Today Magical

Hello magical people!  It’s the start of a fabulous new week and here’s some ways to make the most of it…

1.  Buy a pack of toilet paper for the sole purpose of goofy fun.  Wrap your kids up into mummies, make toilet paper streamers and run through the yard, toss it and see how long you can get the tail as you throw, experiment with getting it wet and having “snowball” fights with it… If you can, compost it when you’re finished.

2.  Take a field trip to someplace you’ve never been in your community– a factory, museum, or even an old graveyard.  Really explore it and talk about what you find.

3.  Play detective.  Take the kids to a “scene of the crime” like an empty lot or quiet park.  Give them notebooks and have them really look at the surroundings, then have them make up a story of what happened there based on the evidence.  There are two tire tracks but only one set of footprints, so one person never got out of the car…. have them come up with their own stories.

4.  Make a canopy out of fabric, sheets or lace curtains over your child’s bed.  You can make something for the night or something more permanent.  Kids love the privacy and the fun of canopies!

6.  Sit down and paint, sketch or sculpt with your kids.  Sure, you give them crafts to do but how often do you sit down for an hour and join in?  They’ll love the extra attention and you might not realize how much fun you’ll have!

7.  Look at old videos of your children as babies, and even of the times before they were born.  Talk about how you felt during those times and retell the stories that go along with them.

8.  Do three sweet things today for each family member.  They can be tiny little things, just something to show you love them that you know will make them happy.  Buy your honey a big bag of his favorite treats and bring it to him after supper.  Leave the dishes and go read a story to your toddler.  Give extra monkey hugs (in our family, we dip kids upside down and holler “monkey hug!” and swing them back up– then repeat until exhaustion), and so on.

9.  Have the kids put on a show for the family.  They can dance, sing, act, you name it.  Ask them to spend the day preparing it, then offer to charge admission after supper (to you, older relatives, whoever).  It can be a talent show, variety show, or whatever they like.  Help them put together costumes, music, and the works.  For little ones, you can do the same thing but scale down the preparation.  Let them wear tutus and spin around with scarves, then sing “I’m a little teapot” for doting onlookers.

10. Find a park that offers something different like paddle boats, horseback riding, or even horseshoes.  Spend a lazy day connecting and having fun.

What are your plans for making some magical moments this week?  Please leave them in the comments!

Don’t forget to take care of you!

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Magical Decorating Tip #1

Start collecting prisms to hang from windows.  Kids are enchanted by these “diamonds” and the way they fill the room with rainbows whenever the sun hits them.  Hang them by sturdy embroidery floss, high out of the reach of babies.  An eastern window will catch the first light of the day.


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A Door to Anywhere

Daryl has been on the lookout for an old fashioned screen door for a play he’s putting on in September.  Last week, he spotted one by the street for trash pick-up and snagged it.  When he got it home, he realized it seemed to be made for very tiny people (!) and would not work at all.

A door made for very tiny people?  I immediately seized on it and asked Daryl to hang it up for us.

Three hinges and ten minutes later, we had a door to nowhere.  Or the back yard.  Or anywhere.

Daryl added a hook and eye screw so the door can be fastened against the garage when out of use.

We discovered that it made a perfect stage for puppet shows!

Or just make believe.  🙂

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that often the most magical things are things that other people would consider rubbish.  Whether it’s scrap wood painted bright colors and used as giant outdoor building blocks or old doors that lead to nowhere, there’s often pretty nifty stuff out there waiting to be imagined — for free!   🙂


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Five Fun Crafts to Try Soon!

We’re back from Nebraska and I’m slowly catching up writing, laundry, gardening and mess making (ahem, I mean cleaning!).

While I’m doing that, here’s a bit of what’s on my crafty radar this week….

Homemade Puffy Paint

An oldie but goodie… Melted Crayon Art

Not a craft but a recipe we made last weekend… Monkey Squares (note that these contain approximately 85 billion calories, so don’t make them much!) 🙂

And two crafts from Filth Wizardry!

Giant painted blocks and tissue paper windows (I’d post some lovely pics of these with the links but she doesn’t allow it).

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a little boy to go play in the dirt with and another to get ready for a swimming test.

Happy Thursday!

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10 Ways to Make Today Magical

Hello from Nebraska!  We’re on a mini-vacation to see Magical Mama Tiffany and her family.  We’ve had fabulous thunderstorms and much tea.  I’m not sure what’s on the agenda for the two days we’ll be here other than more rain and more tea, but that sounds wonderful to me.

So now, courtesy of me, Tiffany and Victoria, here’s a few plans for making some magical moments this week….

1.  Chase fireflies.

2.  Make puppets and put on a puppet show.

3. Gather sticks in the back yard and some fun art supplies (paint, glitter, baubles…) and make magic wands.

4.  Bake cookies.  The more decadent, the better.

5.  Go strawberry picking.

6.  Walk around town adding food coloring to puddles.  Tiffany says, “Wouldn’t it be fun to go walking and find all different colors of puddles?!”.

7.  Use clean sand castle molds to make ice cream castles.  Decorate wildly and eat!

8.  Play the sock game.  Everybody puts on socks and sits in a circle, then tries to pull everybody else’s socks off while keeping their own on.  Whoever is last to have a sock on wins!

9.  Blow raspberries on everybody’s bellies.

10. Leave a candy bar and a note for the mailman.

And now, the house is filled with pirate songs and happy screams and I’m off to drink more tea and yap some more with Tiffany!  Have a magical week!

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