Hand Poured Soy Candles

Forestville Candle Company LogoTwo teenage daughters of a good friend of mine have started a business for themselves, hand pouring soy candles. Their business is called Forestville Candle Company and they have an Etsy store that I would like to share here: ForestvilleCandles.

I’ve been a “regular” candle buyer from them since they started selling their candles before Christmas because I LOVE the glow of candles, and the fact that these candles do not emit toxins in the air.

Their scents are delicious! Some smell so good, I could eat them! (but not quite…). In the winter, I really liked their Balsam scent, and Peppermint. This spring, they have a huge selection and a variety of sizes to choose from… I have been burning Lemon in the house recently and it has helped my mood immensely on the more dreary spring days. My other current favorites are Cucumber Melon and Lily of the Valley…. none of their scents are overpowering, but they fill the house with a warm, comforting aroma. I just love them! forestvilleCandle2

If you need yet one more reason to purchase non-toxic candles from an entrepreneurial pair of teens, part of their proceeds go toward Feed My Starving Children, an organization that is dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. So not only do you get beautiful aroma and wonderful ambiance, you also help support a couple of good kids in their efforts to build their savings accounts, & you also help other children around the world… !

Check out Forestville Candle Company and tell them Jennifer sent you 🙂

 

Catholic Mom’s Bundle

I don’t often buy into these “bundle” things, but this one seems to have some good stuff for me for Lent this year, and it’s being offered through a blog I’ve been following for many years now, Equipping Catholic Families. They have all kinds of nice Catholic crafts and projects for Catholic families. This Catholic Mom Bundle is $25 til March 1, and it has some really nice things that seem to match up with what I am feeling called to do for Lent this year, personally and with the kids. For instance, there are a couple of craft projects that I think will help me slow down and focus more on “quiet”, especially since I am planning to significantly reduce my amount of screen time, starting Ash Wednesday.  There are some pretty printables and a Lenten journal for moms, as well as some Lent crafts for the kids. Check it out HERE.

Images and information credit: Equipping Catholic Families and Catholic Mom Bundle.

DIY Essential Oil Playdough

I think I may even play with this stuff! I haven’t made play dough for my kids in ages, but seeing this pic and thinking of the yummy smelling essential oils I have from Rocky Mountain Oils may inspire me to make this today, since it’s only 9 degrees out right now, on April 5…. good grief! If you try this, let me know how it turns out for you, and which oil(s) you used! Click here for the recipe.

A Lenten Rosary Booklet

This is a great idea for Lent. I’m excited about ordering a batch of these Rosary Booklets made by Nancy at Do Small Things With Love. I’m also excited to get the Lenten reflection coloring pages to go along with each day in Lent… I think it will help me slow down and take time each day to pray the Rosary with my family, and spend some quiet time with God….

The Rosary booklets are $8 each for a hardcopy/printed booklet. If you order 2, it’s only $15. And you get the coloring book pages too! Sweet!

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image credits: do small things with love

My Etsy Store Updates

I’ve updated my Etsy Store with a few more items, most notably some crafts made by my 10 year old daughter. She and I attempted to do an outdoor craft sale in October but we got rained out. She had prepared her crafts and priced things, but never had the opportunity to sell anything. So I thought it might be nice to add her creations to my store. Take a look and post a comment on my Turning Leaf Studio Facebook page if you like what you see 🙂

Wooden Saint Peg Dolls

My friend is making these most adorable saint dolls! Something I’ve admired but have been too afraid to start… it seems like a daunting task to paint wooden dolls to actually look the way they are supposed to… but she did it!!! I was so excited for her and impressed by her work that I made her a little website so she could showcase her projects and take orders. I think her little saint dolls would be perfect as St. Nicholas or Epiphany gifts, and of course for Chirstmas! Check it out! She calls her shop Lovely Lady in Blue Boutique!

 

Guest Post by Education dot Com

Shannon from Education.com has a cute math idea for incorporating shapes into a fun craft! This would be a great activity for all my kiddos, ages 5-10, or any child who could use some practice with scissors or recognizing their shapes. Plus, we can get some fun fall or winter artwork out of the deal! (They didn’t realize that I LOVE topiaries! So I’m all over this project… !)

Topiary Trees

 

Help your child master shape recognition by creating some funky topiary trees. Topiaries traditionally are living trees which are shaped by pruning. These trees are made from construction paper and allow your little one to practice recognizing and cutting out shapes in small, medium and large sizes.

What You Need:
Construction paper (Green, white, brown)
Scissors
Pencil
Glue stick

What You Do:
1. Ask your child to name all of the shapes she knows.
2. Have her pick a few of them. We decided to use a circle, a square, and a triangle.
3. Using the green sheet of construction paper, help her draw each of these shapes she picked out.
4. Ask her if she can draw a small, medium and large version of each of her shapes. If she needs help or isn’t familiar with a shape, draw it for her and have her to trace your lines.
5. Encourage her to cut out all of the shapes.
6. Have her draw and cut out a small rectangle for the tree trunk for each shaped tree she’s making.
7. Starting one tree at a time on the left side of the paper, have her glue the trunk of the tree at the bottom of the page, then glue the largest shape at the bottom, medium shape in the middle and small shape at the top to create a tree.
8. Have her continue this process until each of her topiary trees is glued into place.

(my note… At this point, I think it was fun to then decorate the trees with other shapes, or glitter glue, etc. Math and Art at the same time 🙂 )

For more great ideas, check out Education.com.

Art Class with the Kiddos

We kicked off our homeschooling year with an acrylic painting session on sunflowers. It was the kids’ first time painting with (my) acrylic paints. We had planted sunflowers, on purpose and by accident, in our garden and in the chicken run, so we have plenty of inspiration! After a brief description of how acrylic paints work and a little demo by mom, the kids took off on their own! I think they did a great job!

Chicken Crafty Hobby

I was drawn to these little chicken juggling bean bag things in a local store recently. Eva wanted me to buy some, and like a lot of things they want and I like, I thought “we can make those!” This time I actually followed through and researched some links on how to make them. I found a cute website that had easy to follow instructions and utilized items we already had. I had to teach myself about a “french knot” for making the eyes, but other than that, I was able to easily and successfully make these cute little chicken pyramid bean bags, and now I think I just added a new hobby to my long list of things I like and want to do!

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chicken for Mary, Eva’s pen pal
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the Flock