Wednesday, December 17

Blog Has Moved

Hi!
Thanks for stopping by.
This blog has moved.
I will be gradually moving files and links.
Please visit me at my new address:

Tuesday, December 16

I'm Still Here

I'm still here! :)

I'm just about to get my site the way I want it to look but I still have to transfer all my links.

Sneak Peak

I'm going to leave this blog up here, too.
It was too much trouble trying to import everything.

I'll be posting again soon! Watch for last update. :)

Monday, December 8

No More Posts Until Site Launch

Hi everyone.

I took a couple days off, had some things to do.
I've also been cold for three days and my computer is at a drafty window (keeps the computer cool).

Anyways, I will be working on getting my site up and this is the last post until I do, I'm going to have enough to move to the new site without adding more. :)

Hopefully it won't take too long.

Stay tuned. :)

Friday, December 5

Homemade Toys And Gifts

Homemade is big right now.
I can't imagine why. :)

Here are some ideas for homemade toys and gifts for children.


First, from TennZen, homemade marshmallow shooters.
These look really neat, we'll probably make a couple for our children.


Make Baby Stuff.com has several tutorials with patterns for sewing to woodworking and more.

Wooden toys:
Homemade Birdie Toy Tutorial

Wooden Puzzle Instructions

Doll Cradle Plans

Wooden Memory Tile Tutorial

Make Wooden Building Blocks

Sewn toys:
Doll Pattern & Instructions

Soft Blocks Sewing Tutorial

Felted Sweater Mouse Puppet

Waldorf Doll Instructions

Recycled toys:
Cardboard Playhouse Plans

Recycled Wallpaper Blocks

Even more toys:
Homemade Playdough

Kool-Aid Dyed Playsilks

Homemade Stickers


All Free Crafts has quite a few ideas for sewn, knitted and crocheted toys.

Teddy Wolf

Stuffed Hound Dog

Crocheted Frog

Amigurumi Bunny

Corker Knitting Spool


This next one is not a toy but a book on toy making for children, from Homeschool Freebie of the Day.

"Home-Made Toys for Girls And Boys" (available today only)


Finally, if you're like us and think children have too many toys, I have an idea for you.

You can buy plain canvas totebags, purses, and aprons from Hobby Lobby (or make your own, but last year I paid less than $2 for a pack of three).
Decorate with fabric paints; freehand, with stencils or rubber stamps.

I have also used acrylic craft paint in place of fabric paint, it just has to be heat-set with an iron before washing. Be sure it's dry (it takes about 24 hours), use low heat and don't put the iron directly on the fabric, copier paper works well.

You can also use this idea for your children to make "handprint" T-shirts, pot-holders, or aprons for their daddy or grandparents.
We made my husband a T-shirt one year with both our children's handprints on it and "We love our daddy" written in freehand.

Happy crafting. :)

Website Update

Good morning!

I can understand why people pay someone else to build their website, it can be very confusing to "newbies" like me!

When I bought my hosting they gave me a choice between Windows and Linux and I thought that meant the type of operating system I have. I have Windows, so that's what I picked.
I even went with GoDaddy over my first choice, HostGator, because they had Windows and HostGator didn't.

Come to find out, it's the host's servers they give you a choice on, not your computer's software. I'm sure I'm not the only one who didn't know that.

Anyways, I wanted to use WordPress on my site and you can't with GoDaddy if you pick Windows. Thankfully, it wasn't too much trouble to switch to their Linux server, which has a WordPress plug-in, it just took an awful long time to do it. GoDaddy is VERY slow once you log in to your account, it takes about 30 minutes to load a page! Of course I do have dial-up, which is slow anyways, but 30 minutes is ridiculous! Thankfully, I only paid for two months of hosting so I can switch to HostGator, if GoDaddy doesn't work out.

I did get WordPress installed, which was very easy, and now I can actually start building my site. With WordPress you can work from your site itself, not your hosting account, so maybe it will go a little quicker.

Well, that's my progress so far and I'm going to try to work on it some today. Stay tuned for further updates!

And all you techie people out there, go ahead and laugh. I am! :)

Thank you Penny Raine for your help. :)

Thursday, December 4

Book Giveaway

I just had to tell you all about a new book giveaway.

Renae, over at Life Nurturing Education, is giving away a beautiful, hardcover book, "O Holy Night", full of stunning photographs of the land Jesus traveled, poetry and hymns.

Comment by 11:00PM Friday, December 5 to enter.

Free Holiday Recipe E-Books

Good morning!

Here are some links to free holiday recipes e-books.

The first two, "Classic Christmas Cookies" and "Classic Christmas Candy and Fudge", are from Homeschool Freebie of the Day, and you can only get them today!

Next on the list is "Healthy Christmas Recipes Mini Ebook" from Free-EbooksOnline.com.

Would you like to have a cookie-exchange party but don't know how?
Partybluprints.com has a free e-book, "The Holiday Giving Party Cookie Exchange", with instructions, recipes and tips on how to host one.

And finally, another free e-book, "Recipes and Writing 2008", can be downloaded from Gregory A. Kompes.
This free e-book is full of holiday recipes, stories, essays, and poems from nine authors.

Happy cooking!

Wednesday, December 3

Free Gift-In-A-Jar E-book

Thanks for stopping by.
This link has been moved to Gift In A Jar Recipe Links at PawpawHollerHome.com.

Gift-In-A-Jar Recipe Links

Thanks for stopping by.
These links have been moved to Gift In A Jar Recipe Links at PawpawHollerHome.com.

Tuesday, December 2

Free Christmas Audios

Here are three Christmas audios to download, all in mp3 format.

Download an audio of the story of the song "Silent Night" at Homeschool Freebie of the Day.
Don't forget, you can only get this today!

Join Homeschool Radio Shows for week one of their "Dickens Christmas Festival". This week's audio program is "The Cricket on the Hearth" by Charles Dickens, originally broadcast on December 24, 1945.
Available for one week.

Another old-time radio show episode, "Christmas Party" from Gene Autry's "Melody Ranch", can be downloaded from OldTimeRadioFans.com.
You can get this one anytime.

Enjoy. :)

More Giveaways!

Good morning all. :)
I found some more giveaways!

$500 Kmart Gift Card
Chris Brogan at Dad-O-Matic is giving away a $500 gift card from Kmart, with 2 ways to enter!

1. Comment on his blog and include a description and SKU or item numbers of items on your holiday wish list that total $500 or less.

-or-

2. Use Twitter to tweet the message found on his blog post. (a lot easier than #1)

Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. EST on December 16.


Dirt Devil Kwik
During the Dirt Devil 12 Days of Cleaning Sweepstakes enter each day for a chance to win a Dirt Devil Kwik, the desktop vac for electronics that charges from your computer!

To enter, go to dirtdevil.com/12daysofcleaning/ each day through December 12 and complete the form.

Thanks go out to Wendy at Shopping Gems.


Free Domain
Wendy also has another site, Twitter!Tweet!Win!, with a great contest from NameCheap, The Great NameCheap "Twitter Trivia Contest" 12/1/08 - 12/25/08.

NameCheap will be posting a trivia question every hour on the hour starting on December 1, 2008 until December 25, 2008 on Twitter.

The First three people to reply to the Tweet with the correct answer will get a $9.69 credit to their NameCheap account (a free domain). To make it fair, each contestant can win only one domain per day.

At the end of the contest, the three tweeters who have posted the most correct answers will win an iPod Nano.

Thanks again, Wendy. :)


Avon
Beth at Tea and Thee is giving away a set of Avon's Liiv Botanicals skincare products.

To enter, leave a comment telling what your favorite Avon product is. You can also Twitter and blog about the contest for extra entries.

This contest is open until 11:59 pm December 7, 2008.

Thanks Beth. :)


Well, that's all for now. I'll post more as I find them. :)

Monday, December 1

A New Meme

I've been tagged by Alexandra for a new meme!
The rules are, I have to post six things that make me really happy ... and pass it on to give six more people a reason to be thankful!
Thank you Alexandra.

My six things are...

1. My husband, he keeps me laughing. I am so blessed.

2. My children, two blessings I thought I'd never have.

3. Helping others anonymously.

4. Hearing that my family and friends are all well and getting along.

5. Gardening. Any kind, as long as I'm digging in dirt.

6. Working on our cabin.

It's hard to pick just 6!

I need to pick six blog friends...

Connie

Becky

Kristina

Tipper

Penny

TennZen

It's your turn, ladies. :)

Giveaways Galore

Giveaways, giveaways, giveaways!

First, Crystal at MoneySavingMom.com is having a 24-Hour Giveaway Extravaganza with 5 different giveaways of e-books, gift cards and more.
Enter before 11:45AM tomorrow!

Next, head over to My storyART and comment with a favorite holiday memory for a chance to win a "Holiday Surprise" goodie package.
Deadline for comments is Saturday, December 6.
HT to my mom at Artistic Inkspirations.

Now let's go north to Alaska and see Michelle at Scribbit.
She's giving away a Tupperware gift package today and something else every day this week! Giveaways end Sunday, December 7.
HT to Jyl at Mommy Gossip via Twitter.

And finally, Sheri is giving away 2 copies of "Our Christmas Journal" e-book at To Teach What is Good.
Deadline to enter is Monday December 8.

Homeschool Freebies

Homeschool Freebie of the Day is back with a new freebie, "The Boston Tea Party" by Josephine Pollard & H. W. McVikar. This is an old time picture book, originally published in 1182, that tells the story of the Boston Tea Party, which occurred 235 years ago in December of 1773.
Don't forget, this is available today only.


CurrClick has a several new free products.
Dan's Doodles Coloring Book is a neat little collection of "doodle art" to color.
Apologia Physical Science 1st Edition Lapbook Journal FREE Module 1 is module 1 of "Exploring Creation With Physical Science" 1st Edition, by Dr. Jay Wile and Apologia Science. Designed for middle and High School students.
Velociraptor Worksheet is worksheet for use with the Velociraptor book by Elaine Landau. Also includes dinosaur links.
Check out the freebie page for more.


Get a free Christmas Theme Unit from SchoolExpress when you sign up for their newsletter. Free Thematic Unit eWorkbooks and Activity Fun eWorkbooks every month.

Snow In The Holler


Is it white at your house?


We woke up to snow this morning!
It started sticking about 5:30am and we have about a 1/2 inch so far.

It's wet snow, too...great for snowballs. :)
Snow day for my children, Hooray!

Lighter Blog Color/Website Update

Good morning!

As you can see, I've lightened up my blog a little.
I was trying not to do a whole lot more with blogger as I'm working on getting my own site up and running, but my momma was having trouble reading it.
I wanted it lighter anyways, it was just too dark.

As far as my website progress...Arrrrrgh! :)
It's a little confusing since I've never had one before, but I'm learning!
I found a lot of good information at thesitewizard.com.

This is what I've done so far:
1. Bought my domains.
I bought mine from GoDaddy.

2. Purchased hosting.
You can get free ad-supported hosting but you can't do as much with it and hosting doesn't cost that much, I got mine for $4.24 a month.

3. Creating my site.
I don't have the money to pay someone to design a website for me or to buy design software so I searched the web and found 2 open source alternatives, NVU and Kompozer.
I decided on NVU and I just downloaded it last night, so I'll be figuring it out today.

Stay tuned for further updates! :)

Sunday, November 30

Events and Activities in Townsend This Week

Here's what's happening in Townsend this week.

Daily

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.
Admission:
Adults (18-59) $6
Seniors (60+) $4
Children (6-17) $4
Under 6 Free
Admission Free with Membership

For more information please see their website or call (865)-448-0044.
Go here for information on school field trips.

Cades Cove Heritage Tours
Offers guided tours of Cades Cove, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, that showcase the history and resources of the area. Tours generally run 2-3 hours.

Tour Schedule:
Tuesday-Saturday
8:30 am (subject to change)
1:30 pm

Sunday
1:30 pm

Ticket prices:
Adult: $13.00
Senior (60+): $10.00
Child (6-17): $8.00
Under 6: FREE

Ticket Price for Members of the GSMHC:
Adult: $11.00
Senior (60+): $8.00
Child (6-17): $7.00
Under 6: FREE

Combination Ticket: Tour and Entrance to Heritage Center
Adult: $15.00
Senior (60+): $12.00
Child (6-17): $10.00
Under 6: FREE

For more information please see their website or call (865) 488-8838.
Please note: They recommend booking in advance as the buses usually book up a day or more ahead of time.


Sunday November 30
Holiday Photos by Mary Grace McCaffery
From 9am to 4:30pm come have your family holiday pictures made in front of the hearth at the Townsend Visitors Center. Prices and packages vary.
Open 9am-6pm. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Monday December 1
Townsend Visitor Center
Woodturning by Tom Sciple
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Tuesday December 2
Townsend Visitor Center
Woodturning by Tom Sciple
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Wednesday December 3
Townsend Visitor Center
Woodturning by Tom Sciple
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.

Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library
Join us this week at the after-school program and help decorate the library's Christmas tree on Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm. A Christmas movie will also be shown.
Please call the library at 865-448-1441 to pre-register your children no later than Tuesday. Children in grades Pre-K through 5th are welcome and this is a free program.The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library is located at 120 Tiger Drive in Townsend.


Friday December 5
Townsend Visitor Center
5-7: Stained Glass-Larry & Paula McLainArt Exhibit-Steve Norris
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Smoky Mountain Christmas
Blount County Days
December 5 – 6
Show proof of Blount County residence and get in for only $3.00 plus 20% off all gift shop purchases!
* Prior sales and Guild cookbook excluded. Not good in conjunction with any other discount offers.
For more information call 865-448-0044.


Saturday December 6
Townsend Visitor Center
Stained Glass by Larry & Paula McLain
Art Exhibit by Steve Norris
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.

Holiday Photos by Mary Grace McCaffery
From 9am to 4:30pm come have your family holiday pictures made in front of the hearth at the Townsend Visitors Center. Prices and packages vary.
Open 9am-6pm. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Smoky Mountain Christmas
Blount County Days
December 5 – 6
Show proof of Blount County residence and get in for only $3.00 plus 20% off all gift shop purchases!
* Prior sales and Guild cookbook excluded. Not good in conjunction with any other discount offers.
For more information call 865-448-0044.


Sunday December 7
Townsend Visitor Center
Stained Glass by Larry & Paula McLain
Art Exhibit by Steve Norris
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.

Holiday Photos by Mary Grace McCaffery
From 9am to 4:30pm come have your family holiday pictures made in front of the hearth at the Townsend Visitors Center. Prices and packages vary.
Open 9am-6pm. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.

Townsend Christmas Parade starts at 2:30pm at Nawger Nob in Townsend.

Technorati Challenge Experiment

UPDATE FROM BROWNIE MOM: With every experiment there is a conclusion. This one ends with the knowledge that Technorati does NOT like this kind of activity. They have asked me to discontinue this experiment. I have agreed. This experiment ends today. Thank you to all who jumped on board.

Technorati Challenge Experiment!
It's pretty basic and straight forward. If you want to join from the beginning to get maximum results, here is your chance! :o)

1. Copy The List Below into a blog post on your blog(s).
Don't forget to comment on Brownie Mom's Original post!

2. Add Your Link(s) To The List on your website.

3. Comment On This Post stating the blog address(es) you want listed so Brownie Mom can update the list to include your link(s).
(Comments on this blog are moderated. She will add all of the waiting links once per day so go back to be sure you have the full list and your blog is listed on your blog as the correct number)

4. Watch Your Authority Rise!

Your Gold And Silver Is Cankered...


Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
James 5:3

Saturday, November 29

Wit and Wisdom from the Hermit in the Holler

It's amazing how the same old-sayings can be found all over the country, just spoken a little differently. :)

My momma said this the other day and I had heard the first part before, but not the second:

"They don't have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of!"

I repeated it to the Old Hermit.
He's heard this version all his life:

"They ain't got a pot to p__s in or a winder to throw it out of!"

:)

HP Giveaway $6000 In Electronics

Good morning!

How would you like to win a new computer? How about 4 new computers? A new printer?
You can win all this and more in the HP Magic Giveaway from HP and GearLive.

Included in the giveaway are:
HP TouchSmart IQ816
HP HDX18 Premium Notebook PC
HP Pavilion dv4 Entertainment Notebook PC
HP Mini 1000 (Windows XP)
HP MediaSmart Connect
HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless All-in-One printer
HP 564 Photo Value Pack
Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 with 3 licenses
Microsoft WIndows Live
Corel VideoStudio X
Kung-Fu Panda on Blu-ray disc, and two DVDs

WOW! Enough to giveaway to someone else if you win! (who needs 4 computers?)

To enter, go to Gearlive, sign up and follow the instructions.

Someone's going to win, maybe it will be you!

Friday, November 28

Free Craft Projects and Patterns

Good morning!
Have you been or are you going shopping today?

Not us!
I have never been shopping the day after Thanksgiving...unless it's for groceries.

We usually don't have the money to buy a lot of gifts for people so we make things.
In my experience people like homemade gifts better than something from the store, especially if it's from a child.

So, along those lines, here are some more links to free craft projects and patterns.

Ribbon-bound Journal

Papier Mache Spray Painted Paper Bowl a craft project for children

Free Craft Patterns and Projects on Ruby Glen almost 100 different projects

No-sew Fabric-covered Boxes Tutorial

Bernat Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns


Paper crafts:
Iris Folding

Origami Resource Center also has information on Iris Folding and Quilling

Quilling with Wit

Whimsiquills

Thursday, November 27

Thanksgiving Blessings

It was a beautiful day.

My husband was home.

Daniel lost his 2nd upper front tooth during dinner. Now he looks like a lizard. :)

We made homemade whipped cream...by hand beating.

We played kid's Monopoly and kept loaning Abby money so she wouldn't go bankrupt...I did!

I won a copy of Penny Raine's new e-book "Making the Holidays Family Friendly".
Thank you Penny! :)

Supper is already cooked for tomorrow.

Thanksgiving treat for the chickens: froze pumpkins and cushaws left-over from fall decorations.

I talked to my momma, my sister and one of my brothers.

We laughed a lot.

We have a home.

We have a Saviour.

Hope you had a blessed day!

Happy Thanksgiving Freebies

Here are a few more freebies for Thanksgiving!

First I'd like to remind you that Homeschool Freebie of the Day has all their free resources from Nov 10th onward still available!
If you've missed any over the last couple weeks, here's you another chance. :)
If you've never been to Homeschool Freebie of the Day, I urge you to do so. There are a lot of Thanksgiving and Pigrims resources including; e-books, audios and even a cookbook!
They'll be back December 1st with new freebies for us.

While you're there, check out their new book "Bible Battles" on sale now for $15.95 plus $5 Priority Mail shipping. Books begin shipping the week of December 1st, guaranteed Christmas delivery!
Also includes 4 bonus mp3 audios and 8 bonus e-books.
Order now!


Lastly, I made some Thanksgiving "memories" pages for my children and thought I'd share them with everyone.
There are 2 pages total. The first one has a place for the date, guests and menu. The second page can be used for recording special memories of the day.
These can be used for notebooking, journaling and even scrapbooking.


Thanksgiving Memories.pdf


Happy Thanksgiving and have a blessed day. :)

Wednesday, November 26

Thanksgiving Giveaways/Sale From Penny Raine

Penny Raine is having three giveaways for Thanksgiving!

The first one is her new e-book "Making the Holidays Family Friendly" and it ends tonight at midnight.
She's also giving away a children's e-book "An Apple-icious Day" and a holiday apron from Jumpinbloomers.com.

In addition, starting tomorrow, Penny is having an incredible Black Friday Sale!
Many of her books will be on sale, a whole bunch of cookbooks, and some new books!
They will be on sale individually for a super price, or as a package.
Some as low as $1!
And she will have a very special gift for us from her new book "Making the Holidays Family Friendly".

So go enter the giveaways and check back tomorrow for the big Black Friday Sale!

Thanks Penny! :)

Thanksgiving Freebie And Black Friday Sale From TOS Magazine

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has a Thanksgiving freebie for us and an amazing sale on subscriptions during their annual Black Friday Sale.

First, the freebie:
Make Thanksgiving extra special with Art of Eloquence’s Thanksgiving Placemat eCreator! Print these beautifully illustrated placemats with a Thanksgiving scripture as many times as you like.

The Black Friday Sale:
For 5 days only, November 26-30, you can get a one -year subscription for only $7.95!
This is a fantastic price for this magazine, it's normally that much for one issue.

Also included with each subscription is a monthly subscriber's only E-Newsletter
called Teacher's Toolbox that will give you seasonal teaching ideas and a free E-Book download!
It's like joining a unit study of the month club!
The E-Books alone are valued at almost $250/year. This is a great deal if you're a frugal homeschooler or do a lot of unit studies!

During the Black Friday Sale, they also have all kind of bonus gifts when you spend $50, $75, $100, or $150.
Some are electronic downloads that you can download immediately, while others are physical products mailed from various vendors directly to your home.
Plus, their Win Big contest is going on, so if you just happen to be customer 67,000, you will receive a prize package valued at almost $500, which includes a $150 gift certificate to the Schoolhouse Store!

I could really use that, couldn't you?
And you can qualify to Win Big no matter how much or how little you spend!

So don't miss out on this great sale!
Head on over to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine today,
the Black Friday Sale ends Sunday, November 30.

Tuesday, November 25

Update To Crafts Post

I'm having trouble getting this link- Monday’s List: 100+ Homemade Christmas Gifts for the Craft-Impaired, to work in my earlier post on crafts, Free Arts and Crafts Projects/Scrapbooking/Homemade Gifts. Hopefully this is just temporary and if you're having trouble, check back later. There are some great ideas there you don't want to miss.

Also, I forgot to put in the link for my momma's blog, Artistic Inkspirations. That is fixed now.

New Goo Blue Goo

Have you ever let your children make goo?
Mine have a ball with it and it keeps them occupied for days.



All you need is:
1 box of cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
food coloring

Put the cornstarch in a bowl, add the water and food coloring and let your children mix it up with their hands.
Squish, squish!

We made ours blue to begin with.
It was real soupy at first but it stiffened up a little as they played with it.


They decided to change the color to...lavender.
Added more red and made...pink.

More blue...
It dried out overnight.
The next day we added more water and played with it again!

As far as clean-up goes, it was a breeze. The goo dries pretty fast and I just used a rubber spatula to scrape the drips off the table, then wiped it down.
Don't pour it down the drain!


This is simple, inexpensive fun and can even be used in a science lesson.
Is It Liquid Or Solid?

You can try this at home! :)

Free Arts and Crafts Projects/Scrapbooking/Homemade Gifts

My momma is a crafter, you name it she's done it. She really loves rubber-stamping and even teaches classes on it in her home. You can see some of what she does on her blog Artistic Inkspirations.
Anyways, she has been cleaning out her e-mail and sent me some great arts and craft links, and I thought I'd share them with you all today.

Starting off the list, from the blog Semicolon, Monday’s List: 100+ Homemade Christmas Gifts for the Craft-Impaired. There are links to all kinds of how-to's for homemade gifts; cooking mixes, sewing projects, homemade books and notebooks, and toys are just a few examples.

Do you need a place to store all your ribbons?
Make a homemade ribbon dispenser box, from Instructables.
I need to make one of these!

Make a mini, "maze" scrapbook at Making-Mini-Scrapbooks.com.
This 3x3 book would also be great for lapbooking or notebooking.

Would you like to learn how to incorporate quilling into your scrapbook?
Check out Introduction to Quilling for Scrapbookers from About.com Scrapbooking.

Don't know how to do quilling?
Here are a couple links to get you started:
A Basic Introduction to Quilling
Quilling Lesson for Children

All kinds of homemade gifts including; gifts-in-a-jar, printable gifts, decorations and some simple sewing projects, can be found at Organized Christmas. Check out the organizing and planning tips, too.

There are more that I'll post later; computer is acting up. Time to re-boot. :)

I Won A Book

Good morning to everyone!

Do you enter contests or giveaways?
I didn't used to, figured they were just a waste of time. With so many people entering, who really has a chance?

I've changed my mind. :)

Knowledge Quest Maps has announced the winners of their 2nd book giveaway I told you about last week.

I'm one of them! Wow! My children can't wait to get it!
This is really exciting because we don't get many brand-new books!

They will be posting more book giveaways on their blog, Knowledge Quest News, so check back often.

Thank you Terri. :)

Monday, November 24

Thanksgiving Freebies To Do With Your Children

A few more Thanksgiving freebies!

CurrClick has added "Thanksgiving Helper", by Living Books Curriculum, to their freebie page. Full of stories, copywork, poems and a picture study of "The First Thanksgiving" by famous historical painter J. L. G. Ferris, this would be wonderful to do with your children this week.


Here is a neat idea from Better Homes and Gardens.
Take a nature walk and create a wild turkey collage from your findings.


Last but not least, check out homeschoolingcoach.com for some fun Thanksgiving Day activities for your children.

A Fun And Easy Meme

Good morning all!
Something fun this morning.

Alexandra had this on her blog, Happy Hearts at Home, and I thought I'd do it, too. :)
What a neat way to get to know someone a little better!

A Fun and Easy Meme
Highlight the things you've done in your life. Mine are in bold.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (from the beach)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

I added a few more. :)

100. Lived without electricity or indoor plumbing
101. Held a crawdad
102. Delivered Meals on Wheels
103. Been to Carlsbad Caverns
104. Caught a butterfly
105. Eaten road-kill
106. Smelled a rose
107. Been to Panama
108. Rode a horse
109. Canned your own food
110. Plucked a chicken


More blogs with this Meme:
Happy Hearts at Home
The Berry Patch
You Did What?
His Mercy is New
God Seekers Academy
Streams of Living Water


It's your turn. :)

Sunday, November 23

Events and Activities in Townsend This Week

Here's what's happening in Townsend this week.

Daily

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.
Admission:
Adults (18-59) $6
Seniors (60+) $4
Children (6-17) $4
Under 6 Free
Admission Free with Membership

For more information please see their website or call (865)-448-0044.
Go here for information on school field trips.

Cades Cove Heritage Tours
Offers guided tours of Cades Cove, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, that showcase the history and resources of the area. Tours generally run 2-3 hours.

Tour Schedule:
Tuesday-Saturday
8:30 am (subject to change)
1:30 pm

Sunday
1:30 pm

Ticket prices:
Adult: $13.00
Senior (60+): $10.00
Child (6-17): $8.00
Under 6: FREE

Ticket Price for Members of the GSMHC:
Adult: $11.00
Senior (60+): $8.00
Child (6-17): $7.00
Under 6: FREE

Combination Ticket: Tour and Entrance to Heritage Center
Adult: $15.00
Senior (60+): $12.00
Child (6-17): $10.00
Under 6: FREE

For more information please see their website or call (865) 488-8838.
Please note: They recommend booking in advance as the busses usually book up a day or more ahead of time.


Sunday November 23

Townsend Visitor Center
Art Exhibit by Fred Weiser
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Thursday November 27
Happy Thanksgiving

Townsend Visitor Center
Holiday Photos by Mary Grace McCaffery
From 9am to 2pm come have your family holiday pictures made in front of the hearth at the Townsend Visitors Center. Prices and packages vary.
Open 9am to 3pm. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Friday November 28

Townsend Visitor Center
Holiday Photos by Mary Grace McCaffery
From 9am to 4:30pm come have your family holiday pictures made in front of the hearth at the Townsend Visitors Center. Prices and packages vary.
Open 9am-6pm. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Saturday November 29

Townsend Visitor Center
Holiday Photos by Mary Grace McCaffery
From 9am to 4:30pm come have your family holiday pictures made in front of the hearth at the Townsend Visitors Center. Prices and packages vary.
Open 9am-6pm. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Sunday November 30

Townsend Visitor Center
Holiday Photos by Mary Grace McCaffery
From 9am to 4:30pm come have your family holiday pictures made in front of the hearth at the Townsend Visitors Center. Prices and packages vary.
Open 9am-6pm. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.

The Harvest Is Ripe...


Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
Joel 3:13

Saturday, November 22

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

With the holidays coming up I thought I'd share my late momma-in-law's gingerbread recipe.

Old Fashioned Gingerbread

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp soda
1 1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup buttermilk
Nuts and raisins (to taste)

Mix first 3 ingredients until creamy.
Mix in dry ingredients; then the milk.
Stir in nuts and raisins.
Bake in large, greased and floured loaf pan for about 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Freebies- Homeschool/Homemaking/Holidays

Freebies, freebies and more freebies!

The Erskines, over at Homeschool Freebie of the Day, have extended the availability of all their freebies they've offered over the last two weeks. You can get them all through the end of next week! And anyone can use the resources the Erskines offer, not just homeschoolers. Some of their offerings have been cookbooks, classic books and old radio shows. And they're all free!

Do you need some organizing and planning help for the holidays?
Check out The Debt Diva for free downloads of a "Frugal and Festive Holiday Guide", budget planner, menu planner, holiday grocery list, shopping plan and gift tracker.
Thanks Clarky!

Joyous Home is on day nine of their 12 Days Of Freebies giveaway and today's download is "Christmas Cards from Home".
Don't forget, you can get this today only.

Do you like to quilt? Need a new quilt pattern?
Head over to Michael Miller Fabrics for oodles of free quilt patterns, I counted at least 40!

More free quilt patterns and other sewing projects, including aprons, handbags and a cute little bear, can be found at Windham Fabrics. Some great gift ideas here.

And finally, for the woodworker in your family, Free Woodworking Plans has a page full of links to free plans for wooden toys, wagons, doll cradles, games and many more.

Winter Is Here

Brrrrrrr, it's cold here in the Pawpaw Holler this morning...18 degrees.
And our water froze.
Now I get to use all the buckets and jugs of water that are sitting in my bathtub!
Hopefully it will warm up later and I won't have to use the blow dryer to thaw the pipes out.

It's kind of funny, all summer we've had a water shortage and our spring finally started running good again, just before the first freeze. Now we have plenty of water but if it gets too cold we have to leave a faucet running, or the pipes, and sometimes the whole tank, will freeze and if we run the faucet more than a trickle, the tank doesn't fill up fast enough and we run it dry.

Aaaaghhh!

So, I just keep my jugs and buckets full.
At least the 1000 gallon tank isn't frozen solid...yet. :)

Friday, November 21

Free Notebooking Pages

I find freebies all over the web and now I have some for you,
three sets of notebooking/journaling pages.

The first two files are a 6 page set of The Pilgrims notebooking pages, they are both the same design, except the second set is wide ruled.

The third file is a 4 page set of nature journaling/notebooking pages, wide rule with a fall leaf design.



These are for free for your personal use only.
If you like these or have suggestions, please leave a comment or e-mail me.
Thank you and enjoy. :)

Homemaking Freebies

It's time to cook!

Homeschool Freebie of the Day has a free holiday cookbook for us today, "Classic Thanksgiving Recipes: Over 200 Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes". This is in PDF format and available today only.
Note: Check back with them later today, they're supposed to post another freebie.

Joyous Home is in the middle of their 12 days of freebies and today's download is "Let's Make Old Fashioned Candy". This is also in PDF format and available today only.

Family Education has a free Holiday Cookie Book, in PDF format, full of simple and tasty cookie recipes.


Do you like to knit?
Knitting Daily has a free download, "A Little Something Special", five different knitting patterns for ornaments and a gift bag.


And for gardeners:
You can still get "Holiday Gifts & Decorating Ideas from the Crafter's Garden", by Mo Gilmer of Weekend Gardening on the DIY Network.

Last of Autumn

Good Morning!

My children and I went on a hike last week and
I thought I'd share some pictures we took.

Here are the last of the Fall colors.

That's Rich Mountain in the center.

A Peek at Townsend

These are either huckleberry or blueberry leaves.

Baby Oak Trees

Maple Leaf

A Young Pawpaw Tree

A Sunrise from Last Week

Thursday, November 20

More Thanksgiving Freebies

Good morning!
Here are some more Thanksgiving freebies.

For some great classic stories about Thanksgiving, head over to Happy Hearts at Home. Alexandra has compiled an extensive list of free stories that are in the Public Domain.

Listen to some beautiful hymns at Music for Thanksgiving.

Listen to more Thanksgiving music and sound effects at ILoveWaves.com Thanksgiving page.

And here are a couple of classic comedies from old-time radio to download.




Wednesday, November 19

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Good Morning!
Today is the 145th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Here are some free resources to learn more about this historic speech.


Lessons:
Absolute English has a short lesson on the Gettysburg Address for grades 9-12.

Drafting the Gettysburg Address, from Education World is another short lesson, for grades 6-12.

Audios:
Homeschool Freebie of the Day issued a challenge to their young readers to memorize the Gettysburg Address. Here are some of the entries.



Neat website:


Tuesday, November 18

Free Learning Resource- Biography/Book Contest/Audios/Lapbook

Here are some new homeschooling freebies for this week.

Download a biography about Good King Wenceslas from Knowledge Quest Maps. This sample biography is from their book, "What Really Happened During the Middle Ages", a collection of historical biographies for 8-14 year olds.
You might also like to visit their blog and enter the contest to win a free hard copy of "What Really Happened During the Middle Ages".

Homeschool Radio Shows has two audio programs for us this week, a Thanksgiving episode of "The Answer Man", and "Baby Snooks Thanksgiving". These are both episodes of two great old-time radio shows and will be available all week.

Attention Lapbookers!
CurrClick's new free product for this week is "The Girl in the Rag Coat Lapbook" by Hands of a Child, for grades K-3. Available all week, pdf format.

Free Classic E-books- Early American History

Here are four classic books about early American History.

Homeschool Freebie of the Day has another classic e-book download for us today.
Originally published in 1910, "Mary of Plymouth: A Story of the Pilgrim Settlement" by James Otis, is a story about the pilgrims and Plymouth Colony as told by a young pilgrim girl.
Available today only.

"The Founding of New England" by American writer and historian James Truslow Adams, was originally published in 1921 and won a Pulitzer Prize for History.

"Historic Deeds of Danger and Daring" by Herbert G. Smith, B. J. Fernie and R. S. Blair, tells the stories of Henry Hudson, Myles Standish, Daniel Boone and many more. This was originally published in 1906.

"The Women Who Came in the Mayflower" by Annie Russell Marble, is a memorial to the pilgrim women of Plymouth Colony and reveals glimpses of the communal life during 1621-1623.
This book was originally published in 1920.

Monday, November 17

A Beautiful Sunrise This Morning

I thought I'd share the beautiful sunrise we had this morning.
These were taken just before 7:30am.



Freebies-Bible Stories/Homemaking/Thanksgiving/Christmas/

New freebies for today.

First, from Homeschool Freebie of the Day, chapters from their upcoming book "Bible Battles", by Lettice Bell and Jessica Erskine. This exciting and faithfully told book re-tells the stories of great battles and wars described in the Old Testament and brings them to life for your children.
Also includes an interactive tool for scripture study.
Chapter sampler is in PDF format, available today only.
They are having a big “Publication Celebration” for this great new book on Thursday, November 20, with a slew of extra resources and goodies you won’t want to lose out on.
And don't forget, today is the deadline for your Gettysburg Address submissions, have them in by midnight tonight!

Next, from Joyous Home, a Thanksgiving and Christmas day celebration of free homemaking projects, twelve days of freebies! Downloads include sewing projects, holiday dinners, bread making, and much more. This started Friday and the downloads are available for one day only, so there are nine days left. Today's free download goes up at 11:30am.

The new free product from CurrClick is "Lines of Time for 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving". This is a fun, reading comprehension resource for the children's reader "'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving". PDF format, reader not included. Expires this week.
CurrClick has also added several new products to their freebie page, available anytime.

Here a couple classic books to download:
"Old Christmas: From the Sketch Book of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving and Randolph Caldecott, originally published in 1876

"Christmas Entertainments: Containing Fancy Drills, Acrostics, Motion Songs, Tableaux, Short Plays, Recitations in Costume, for Children of Five to Fifteen Years" by Alice Maude Kellogg, published in 1918

And finally, some holiday audios:
A reading of "The New-England Boy's Song About Thanksgiving Day", a poem by Lydia Maria Child

"A Christmas Carol - 1931- Dicken Radio Plays", old-time radio

"Abbott & Costello Christmas Program", old-time radio show

Sunday, November 16

Counting Blessings

Abby really dislikes being sick (doesn't everyone) and usually complains the whole time. I try to teach my children to count their blessings, even through life's difficulties.
Well, it must be sinking in a little bit. She's had a little cold this weekend and I didn't hear any complaining.
To top it off, this is what she said when Daniel pulled his boots off this evening:

"One good thing about my nose being clogged is I don't have to smell any stinky feet."

That's one way of looking at it! :)

Win A Stand Mixer, Immersion Blender, Or Food Processor

Hey all you homemakers and cooks out there!
I just found out about a great contest over at My Wooden Spoon.

From now until November 23, enter to win your choice of a Kitchenaid Immersion Blender, a Cuisinart Food Processor, or a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer! Four ways to enter, two ways to enter everyday.

Wow!
Which one would you like to have? I like the mixer. :)

Don't forget, contest ends November 23.

Who Covereth The Heaven



Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
Psalm 147:8

Events and Activities in Townsend This Week

Daily

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.
Admission:
Adults (18-59) $6
Seniors (60+) $4
Children (6-17) $4
Under 6 Free
Admission Free with Membership

For more information please see their website or call (865)-448-0044.
Go here for information on school field trips.

Cades Cove Heritage Tours
Offers guided tours of Cades Cove, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, that showcase the history and resources of the area. Tours generally run 2-3 hours.

Tour Schedule:
Tuesday-Saturday
8:30 am (subject to change)
1:30 pm

Sunday
1:30 pm

Ticket prices:
Adult: $13.00
Senior (60+): $10.00
Child (6-17): $8.00
Under 6: FREE

Ticket Price for Members of the GSMHC:
Adult: $11.00
Senior (60+): $8.00
Child (6-17): $7.00
Under 6: FREE

Combination Ticket: Tour and Entrance to Heritage Center
Adult: $15.00
Senior (60+): $12.00
Child (6-17): $10.00
Under 6: FREE

For more information please see their website or call (865) 488-8838.
Please note: They recommend booking in advance as the busses usually book up a day or more ahead of time.


Sunday November 16

Townsend Visitor Center
Art & Jewelry Exhibit by Maxine Falls
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Monday November 17

Townsend Visitor's Center
Assorted Crafts by Joyce Jarman
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Tuesday November 18

Townsend Visitor Center
Assorted Crafts by Joyce Jarman
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Wednesday November 19

Townsend Visitor Center
Open 9am-6pm. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.

Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library
Join Roy and Susie Ferguson with their service dog Schatzie at the after-school program on Wednesday, from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.
Please call the library at 865-448-1441 to pre-register your children no later than Tuesday. Children in grades Pre-K through 5th are welcome and this is a free program.
The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library is located at 120 Tiger Drive in Townsend.


Thursday November 20

Townsend Visitor Center
Art Exhibit by Fred Weiser
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Friday November 21

Townsend Visitor Center
Art Exhibit by Fred Weiser
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Saturday November 22

Townsend Visitor Center
Art Exhibit by Fred Weiser
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.


Sunday November 23

Townsend Visitor Center
Art Exhibit by Fred Weiser
Open 9am-6pm. Event is free. For more information call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.

Saturday, November 15

Wit and Wisdom from the Hermit in the Holler

"They ain't from here."

Dried Jewelweed

A while back I wrote a post on jewelweed, a wild remedy for poison ivy.
Wild Medicine for Poison Ivy

This year I decided to dry some and see if it still worked after being dried. I just hung it up in the rafters, it dried in about a week.

Well, I got my chance to try it out!

Earlier in the week I was digging plants and got into poison ivy, ending up with a 3 inch spot on my left hand. Oooooh, it was itchy!

I took about a heaping tablespoon of the dried jewelweed, mixed it with enough water to make a poultice, and put it on the spot of poison. What a relief! The itching stopped and the spot is just about gone!

So, you can dry jewelweed! This will be great for this winter as my husband gets into it occasionally when he cuts trees. I just wish I had dried more.


Jewelweed grows all over here in East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. It's found in shady, woodland areas, usually growing alongside poison ivy. We have it all along the creek and it seems to do better in moist, mostly shady areas.

Don't have wild jewelweed?

You can order jewelweed seeds from Horizon Herbs or Prairie Moon Nursery. If you're going to order some, I would do it now and plant them immediately. In the wild, the seeds are scattered when the seedpods explode and they don't come up until the following spring. A lot of wildflowers need the chilling requirement of winter before their seeds will germinate.
Maybe next year I'll have some seeds to share. :)

Friday, November 14

To My Readers

Do you see the little button at the bottom of my sidebar with the numbers on it? That is from Blog Patrol, a free blog counter service, and it tells me how many people have visited my blog.
When I sign on to my account with Blog Patrol, I can also see; how people got to my blog, what time of day they visited and even what country they are from! I think that's the neat part, seeing how many people from different places have stopped by. :)

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and welcome to everyone, I'm glad you stopped by and I hope I've helped you in some way. :)

More Thanksgiving Freebies

More Thanksgiving resources!

First, from Homeschool Freebie of the Day, The Path of Praise. This is a wonderful audio "history” of the celebration of Thanksgiving, first broadcast on the old radio show, “Cavalcade of America”, in 1951. This is available today only.
Thank you Erskines. :)

From Amy, at Living Locurto, a planner and food labels.
Thank you Amy. :)

Free worksheets from LearningPage.com

And, from Scienceclassroom.com, a whole page of
Thanksgiving Links.

Also see my previous posts:

Free Educational Resources For Thanksgiving

Free Educational Resources-Pilgrim Stories Part 3/Pilgrim Audio/Thanksgiving

Free Educational Resources-Pilgrim Stories Part 2/E-books/Great Sites

Free Educational Resources-Pilgrims

Working on New Website/Moving Blog

I started this blog for a couple of reasons.
1. I wanted to help other people.
2. We are starting a home business.

From what I have read, if you have a business on the Internet, it's best to have your own domain, not a site on someone else's domain. Like a free blog.

http://pennyraine.com/blog/2008/11/starting-a-blog-step-1-domain-names/
http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2008/11/blog-domain-name/
http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/46/Why-Your-Business-Blog-Shouldn-t-Be-On-BlogSpot-com.aspx



So, I took the plunge and bought my own domain! www.pawpawhollerhome.com
(This was something I had intended to do from the beginning, I just kept putting it off. Thanks go out to Penny Raine for reminding me.)
It wasn't expensive, I bought mine through GoDaddy for $7.49 a domain (code ZINE3 at checkout).

Anyways, when I get my site up and running, I'm going to transfer my blog to there, so watch for updates!