Felt Friday: American Girl Doll-size Food

American Girl Doll Felt Food

 I have shared photos/patterns of the felt food that I have been making for my girls before. I ran across these photos of the doll-size food I made to go with the 18″ American Girl dolls that my girls have and thought I would share them. It was a lot of fun!

Mini-dessert Tray


Fancy Felt Cake

We bought plaques from the craft section at Walmart and spray painted them silver to be platters – this daughter was always wanting to have tea parties with her doll. The platters dignified the food and made them look cool.





We had a bad storm last fall that knocked a neighbor’s tree over. I saw the tips of it falling, so we rushed out to see what was happening. Yikes. I was glad that it fell over all the fences and not on a house or person.

Armadillo in the yard

Later, when Mr. Bug got home, all the girls wanted to show him the tree. We went out and found this little guy roaming around. The tree had fallen on his home. He stuck around for the next two weeks before he found a new home. We have lots of armadillo pictures because we kept trying to get a shot of his face. =)  

And yes, he made an excellent Nature Journal entry! LOL

Listening Is More

Listening is More

“Listening is more than being quiet. Listening is much more than silence. Listening requires undivided attention. The time to listen is when someone needs to be heard. The time to deal with a person with a problem is when he has the problem. The time to listen is the time when our interest and love are vital to the one who seeks our ear, our heart, our help, and our empathy.”

~ Elder Marvin J. Ashton

from Family Communications, Ensign, May 1976, 53

That’s a REAL mummy!??!

We really enjoy the St. Louis Art Museum – it has lots of different things, including exhibits of the ancient civilizations that we have/are/will study..

That's a REAL mummy!?

The girls are fun when we go because they will see something they recognize and all of a sudden connections are being made and *gasp!* mummies are REAL!  :) And if mummies are real then the other things we learned about like pharaohs and pyramids must be real too, and their mummified toes are gross. That is the unanimous opinion of the kids who noticed the toes sticking out of the wrappings.

Canopic Jars

 This can also lead to interesting religious conversations, which is also good. It’s a great way to clear up misunderstandings and reinforce gospel concepts. (On a side note, JitterBug started to read some of the hieroglyphics on the jars to the museum guide, who was driving us crazy that day (she obviously was following a script and wouldn’t/couldn’t answer our questions). It got her attention, at any rate! ;) )

Beautiful necklace!

 Since this is made of beads, it must have been some painstaking work! No matter the time period or era, women love a beautiful necklace!

While we were visiting the museum during this visit, we realized for the first time that there is also an Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman room. I am excited to explore this room in more depth! 

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels

Starting Chalk Pastels

 Last school year (2013-2014), HorseyBug wanted to learn more about different art mediums – she loves to draw. So we started looking around and decided that A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels from Southern Hodgepodge would be a great place for her to start (thank you, Tristan,for your review ;) ). She loved it and created lots of things…in fact, she enjoyed it enough that we are now doing them as a family art experience for the 2014-2015 year. Here are some of her earliest projects:

Mountains and meadows


Night Time

Fall Color Water Reflection

The Castle


The Smile of God’s Approval

Courage Not Compromise

“We will all face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition. Let us—all of us—have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully but also as the determination to live decently. As we move forward, striving to live as we should, we will surely receive help from the Lord and can find comfort in His words.”

~ President Thomas S. Monson

from Be Strong and of a Good Courage, Ensign, May 2014

On Making Correct Decisions

Courage is Needed

“In order for us to make the correct decisions, courage is needed—the courage to say no when we should, the courage to say yes when that is appropriate, the courage to do the right thing because it is right.”

~ President Thomas S. Monson

from Be Strong and of a Good Courage, Ensign, May 2014