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Thursday, September 21, 2017

6th Amendment Coloring Page- Bill of Rights series

6th Amendment coloring page #Constitution #6thAmendment #Homeschooling
The 6th Amendment! Over halfway done with the Bill of Rights series of coloring pages.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

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First Amendment to print and color.
Second Amendment to print and color.
Third Amendment to print and color.
Fourth Amendment to print and color.
5th Amendment to print and color.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Swirly Heart coloring page

Swirly Heart coloring page

I love drawing swirls and hearts. So here's another swirly heart coloring page. If you like swirls and hearts too- be sure to click the tags at the bottom of the post for more swirly heart projects!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Liberty Enlightening The World coloring page

Liberty's Torch- coloring page to print and color

The full name of the statue we know with so much love as Lady Liberty or The Statue of Liberty is "Liberty Enlightening The World". That torch she carries is supposed to be a guide, a symbol of light in the darkness.

The images of a mob carrying torches is going to stick with us for a long time. Let's remember this torch too.

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You can learn more about the Statue of Liberty here.

You can make a donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center here.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Peace symbol coloring page

Peace symbol coloring page

I hope you enjoy this peace symbol coloring page. Click the blank versions below for larger versions to print and color.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

5th Amendment Coloring Page- Bill of Rights Series


5th Amendment to print and color- available in jpg and transparent png version. #Constitution #Patriotism #Homeschooling



5th in my Bill Of Rights series- it's the 5th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States to print and color! I hope you enjoy it.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
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First Amendment to print and color.
Second Amendment to print and color.
Third Amendment to print and color.
Fourth Amendment to print and color.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rainbow Gift Boxes

Printable rainbow boxes to make!

It's been a while since I've posted printable boxes. These are simple, but were a lot of fun to draw. I hope you enjoy them.

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2x2x2 inch cube box:
Printable rainbow boxes in 2 sizes- print on card stock and make. #Papercrafts #GiftBoxes

3x3x1 inch box:
Printable rainbow boxes in 2 sizes- print on card stock and make. #Papercrafts #GiftBoxes


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Blue Flower Purse (tutorial, not a pattern)



I'm trying to remember my exact stitches for making the purse, but to be honest, I love stitch techniques, but patterns mostly.. well.. I tend to make them up as I go, so this is actually more the technique like my dice bag.
I used worsted weight cotton and a size F hook for this, so the stitches are tight enough to not need lining. It's the same thing I use for all my tapestry crochet purses and I've used some of them for years. The rings are macrame/craft type rings, the bracelet sized ones. Yeah.. I use a lot of them, they cost a lot less then handles or bracelet forms. These things run around 40¢ each.
You will also need stitch markers. I used pieces of a contrasting yarn. 4 of them.
For a purse this size, I used a ball of yarn, a bigger purse will take more yarn, to felt it, you'd use a bigger hook and more yarn. Again, not really a pattern, more the technique.

Let's see.. if I recall correctly, I chained 16 and worked 2 single crochets in the second chain from the hook,stitch marker goes in the second sc, sc down side, and sc with stitch marker in the final chain, 2 sc in same chain, sc with stitch marker in same ch, then sc down the side, in the first chain you worked the first 2 stitches in, do on sc with a stitch marker, and then one final sc, slipstitch to join.
Chain 1,(does NOT count as first stitch) sc in same stitch, sc in next stitch,move marker and sc in same stitch, sc in same stitch. See? That's the corner and the increases. 3 sc in one stitch with the stitch marker in the middle sc. 
Crochet down the side to the stitch with the stitch marker and do the same 3 sc thing, moving the stitch marker, et cetra.. you can see where this is going right? 
So keep increasing rounds making a rectangle until it's the size you want, then do 5 rows plain, moving the stitch marker up each row so you can keep track of where your increases are, then in the 6th row, increase in those stitches and move the markers to the middle stitch in the 3 sc groupings. 5 rows plain, increase.
Of course if you want a more subtle angle, you would put in more rows, for a wider angle, less rows. If you keep them regular you will get a nice angled look. 
Keep going until it's the size you want. 
Flowers- (if you're curious. There are tons of flower patterns out there) chain 6, slipstitch to join, chain 2, dc, triple, dc, chain 2, slip stitch in ring, repeat 4 times, slipstitch to join to the stitch the chain 2 are coming out of, weave ends in. Contrasting color, chain 2 or use loop method, 6 sc in first ch, slipstitch to join, sew the flower on to the bag with the yarn end of the flower center.
Leaf- Chain 6, 2 sc in 2 ch from hook, dc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc, ch 3, sc in final ch, dc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in final ch, slipstitch to join.

Easy Knit Kerchief Pattern

I'm a beginner at knitting, and I'm attempting to figure out my notes here. Please comment below if you see a mistake. If you're a beginner, I've linked the stitch abbreviation "glossary" to youtube videos. If you need help in casting on and casting off, check out the rest of The Knit Witch's videos. In the comments on the one for SSK someone asked how it was different from k2tog, this kerchief is an excellent example, because I tried just k2tog first, and it looked all wrong. It's the way the decreases lean, one half looked nicely knit, the other half the stitches looked twisted. 
I used size 8 needles,a size G crochet hook, and worsted weight cotton, Peaches & Creme in the Fiesta Ombre.
Cast on 4
K= knit P= purl yo= yarn over k2tog= knit 2 together ssk= slip, slip, knit
Row 1: k4
Row 2: k2, yo, k2
Row 3: k2, yo, k3
Row 4: k2, yo, k4
Row 5: k2, yo, k5
Row 6: k2, yo, k6
Row 7: k2, yo, k7
Row 8: k2, yo, k2, p2, k4
Row 9: k2, yo, k9
Row 10: k2, yo, k2, p4, k4
Row 11: k2, yo, k11
Row 12: k2, yo, k2, p6, k4
Row 13: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k6
Row 14: k2, yo, k2, p8, k4
Row 15: k2, yo, k5, yo,k2tog, yo, ssk, k6
Row 16: k2, yo, k2,p10,k4
Row 17: k2, yo, k5, yo,k2tog, k2, yo, ssk, k6
Row 18: k2, yo, k2, p12, k4
Row 19: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k4, yo, ssk, k6
Row 20: k2, yo, k2, p14, k4
Row 21: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, ssk, k6
Row 22: k2, yo, k2, p16, k4
Row 23: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k6
Row 24: k2, yo, k2, p18,k4
Row 25: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, skk, k2, yo, ssk, k6
Row 26: k2, yo, k2, p20,k4
Row 27: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k4, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k6
Row 28: k2, yo, k2, p22, k4
Row 29: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k6
Row 30: k2, yo, k2, p24, k4
Row 31: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k2,yo,skk, k6
Row 32: k2, yo, k2, p26, k4
Row 33: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k2,yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, ssk, k2,yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k6
Row 34: k2, yo, k2, p28, k4
Row 35: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k2,yo, ssk, k6
Row 36: k2, yo, k2,p30, k4
Row 37: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k14, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k6
Row 38: k2, yo, k2, p32, k4
Row 39: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog,yo, k2tog, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k6
Row 40: k2, yo, k2, p34, k4
Row 41: k2, yo, k5, yo, k26, k2tog, yo, ssk, k6
Row 42: k2, yo, k2, p36, k4
Row 43: k2, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, k6
Row 44: k2, yo, k2,p38 ,k4
Row 45: k2, yo, k45
Row 46: k2, yo, k46
Row 47: k2, yo, k47
Row 48: k2, yo, k48
Bind off, insert crochet hook into the last loop, and chain 60, then slip stitch back up the chain, and sc loosely along the sides of the triangle, not the long edge (or hypotenuse), when you reach the top of the other side, chain 60, slip stitch back up the chain, break off yarn, and weave in ends. The little image below shows where to do the crocheted edging.

I actually worked mine off a graph I drew. Here's two versions, the color-coded one I used, and a plain graph. Notice that the pattern has one more row then the graph.. that's because when I finished the graph, I decided I needed another row. On the color coding, salmon is purl, purple is yo, I left the k2tog white, but marked the ssk with green so I could count them easily.
And here's a blank graph if you want to design your own.

Bubble Necklace

Bubble Necklace

Size 10 crochet cotton
Size 7 hook
Tapestry needle
scissors
one of those bubble things for weddings I bought a box of 50, but hopefully you know people who might have them or who you can share them with, or if you want, you could make them for craft shows and the like.

Ch 2 or magic ring start.
Rnd 1: sc 6 times in first ch or magic ring, sl st to join.
Rnd 2: ch 1 (doesn't count as first stitch) 2 sc in each st, sl st to join (12 sts)
Rnd 3-4: ch 1 (doesn't count as first stitch) sc in each st, sl st to join (12 sts)
Rnd 5: ch 1(doesn't count as first stitch) sc in same stitch, *ch 3, skip stitch, sc in next st* repeat ** 4 more times, on the last loop, ch 1, dc in first sc (6 loops)
Rnd 6-20: ch 1 (doesn't count as first stitch), sc in loop, *ch 3, sc in next loop*, repeat ** 4 more times, ch 1, dc in first sc (6 loops)
Rnd 21: ch 1 (doesn't count as first stitch), sc in loop, ch 1, *sc in next loop, ch 1* repeat ** around, sl st to first sc (6 ch 1 spaces)
Rnd 22-23: ch 1 (doesn't count as first st), sc in each stitch and space around. sl st to join. (12 sts)

Chain a length long enough to slip over your head (or a child's head) easily, slip stitch to join on the other side, sl st back up the ch, sl st in starting st, break off and weave in ends. Put the bubble tube in it.

Monday, July 3, 2017

4th Amendment Coloring Page- Bill of Rights Series

4th Amendment coloring page

4th in my Bill Of Rights series- it's the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States to print and color! I hope you enjoy it.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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First Amendment to print and color.
Second Amendment to print and color.
Third Amendment to print and color.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

3rd Amendment Coloring page- Bill of Rights series

3rd Amendment- blank coloring page available


The 3rd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

This is the 3rd of my Bill of Rights series.
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First Amendment to print and color.
Second Amendment to print and color.
Third Amendment to print and color.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rhubarb-Orange Marmalade


So this marmalade came into being because we have a LOT of rhubarb. Last year, at the beginning of spring, my husband and I split our plant into 8 smaller plants. We gave away 4 of them, and kept 4. Those divisions were fairly large and now I have 4 huge plants.

My rhubarb is green. It's a Victoria-type that's very sweet, very tender and tends to have thinner stalks that get very long. The bottoms are red, but the lengths are a celery green.

Those oranges are fairly large oranges.

There are a lot of recipes for orange-rhubarb marmalade on the internet. They call for various cooking methods and varying amounts of the ingredients. Sometimes they have nuts or spices in them. Our recipe is fairly simple, but it's really tasty. My daughter did the cooking. I did the harvesting and gave her the recipe.

Rhubarb-Orange Marmalade- makes 3 pints of marmalade

You will need:

7 cups of  rhubarb  (12-15 stalks)
2 large navel oranges
6 cups of sugar
2 cups of water

Wash your fruits. Anything that you grow yourself and you know what gets on it, you can decide how best to wash it. For oranges from the store, wash with a bit of soap and water. For store bought rhubarb, dunk it in 1:4 vinegar water mix, scrub lightly, then rinse.

Zest the oranges into a bowl using a paring knife, microplane or vegetable peeler. After that, cut the orange into quarters, and cut off the peel and pith. Then cut the quarters in smaller pieces and put them in the bowl.

Cut the rhubarb into half inch pieces. This might require cutting them in half length-wise then chopping them into smaller pieces.

Put the rhubarb, oranges, sugar and water into a heavy bottomed 5 quart pan and bring to a boil. Turn it down and let it simmer for about an hour stirring frequently. It will thicken. Check it by lifting the spoon, when it sheets off the spoon, it's ready.

While you're doing that, prepare your jars. We used a combination of 4 oz jars and those gorgeous Ball Canning Elite Jelly Jars that are in the photo.

Fill the jars leaving a 1/4 inch headroom, remove bubbles, wipe rims and process jars (hot water method) for 10 minutes.

This makes a lovely, tart and sweet marmalade that is delicious on pancakes according to my daughter who is eating some just that way right this moment. Me? It's hard not eating it just by the spoonful, but I'm looking forward to trying it on chocolate ice cream.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Natural Plantain Anti-Itch Salve

Natural Plantain Salve Recipe

I used the MB2E from Magical Butter * to make this salve really easily- but I'll include instructions for making it without using the machine too.

The Magical Butter machine is meant for making butters and oils using various botanicals. The way it works is just fantastic for salves made from wildcrafted ingredients.

Plantain- not the banana type fruit, is one of the most common weeds in the USA. It likes disturbed soil like driveways and stuff- or in my case, my deliberately weedy yard. The only thing that's been used on my yard in the 16 years I've lived here is a lawn mower.

It's fantastically soothing for itchy skin. I am not a medical professional or a scientist, this is my opinion and this works well for me.

So the first thing you'll need to do is find a fair amount of plantain.

plantain
Fortunately, I have a broad swathe of it in my yard.

Pick about 3 cups of healthy leaves.

Rinse them, put them in a salad spinner to dry, then spread them in a single layer in shallow pans to dry until quite crisp. 

When they are dry, it's time to collect your materials. 

You will need:
  • 1 packed cup dry plantain leaves
  • 4 cups pure olive oil- don't bother with extra virgin. I don't for salves!
  • 3/4 cup grated beeswax OR beeswax pellets
  • jars and tins for the finished salve
  • strainer of some sort (the MB2 comes with a straining bag) 
  • Pans, double boiler set up OR an MB2 
  • measuring cup with a spout
If you're using a pan- 
Combine the oil and crushed leaves in a pan.  Simmer over a very low heat for 4 hours. 
Strain out leaves. The oil should be green.
Set aside. Set up double boiler with at least a 6 cup capacity. Mix the infused oil and the beeswax and melt together, stirring often. Pour into tins and jars. I find it's easier to pour from a spouted glass measuring cup and have a 4 cup one. 

If you're using the MB2-
You'll put in all the ingredients. Crushing the leaves is not necessary.
Then set it at 130 degrees and for 2 hours.

The MB2 has a blender in it and it stirs and blends as it works. The botanical matter is shredded into a fine paste. It will beep when it's done.

Set up the included Purify Filter, and put on the LoveGlove to squeeze all the oil out. 
Then you'll pour it into tins and jars.

Label the tins and jars with the date and type of salve you've made. Keep in a cool dark place, but also keep one in your car for bug bites and quick first aid, and keep one in your medicine cabinet. 

Clean up is a cinch. The Purify Filter can be hand washed, the MB2 has a self-cleaning cycle. Just follow the included instructions.

* The link will give you a 25 dollar discount on buying a machine of your own. It is an affiliate link. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Another Swirly Mandala to print and color

swirl mandala to print and color- blank available

Yay! It's June!

I'm still working on the Bill of Rights coloring page for this month, but have been playing with swirls again. I hope you enjoy this mandala to color!

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Wedding Ring Quilt Boxes

Double Wedding Ring Quilt Printables

I've been going out walking with my husband every night and bringing my camera. Last night, I took this photo of chokecherry blossoms at the local park-
Alaskan chokecherry tree

I loved the colors in it- so used it as the palette for this simple double wedding ring patterned set of boxes. I hope you enjoy them.

Click images for a larger version. print on card stock, cut out, score folds, fold, glue.

Wedding ring printable box 2x2x2
Wedding ring quilt printable box available in 2 sizes. #printables #papercraft

Wedding ring printable box 3x1x1 
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How to make spruce tip salt

Spruce Tips

This year the spruce tips are coming out a little later than normal. Spruce tips are an easy to forage wild edible that's widely available. They have a green, citrus-y flavor that's bright and my family is pretty wild for it.

Any time you're trying a new wild edible, pick a couple and taste them before harvesting, because you want to make sure you like the flavor! If they need some sort of process to eat- like some mushrooms need to be cooked (NEVER PICK MUSHROOMS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING!) - pick a couple, bring them home, and cook them. Just make a note of where you found them.

Spruce tips can be eaten raw. You're looking for just the tips that come out in spring- they will be a light green and the needles are quite tender compared to the rest of the needles. You pick them like berries, just pinching them off the tree. As with any wild edible, harvest sustainably. There are enough tips that you can collect from different places on the trees, and leave most of them in place.

Spruce tips

These are the picked tips. See that papery brown coating? It slips right off. Take that off, and discard it. Make sure there is no debris on the tips.

Chop up the tips. You could use a food processor- but I don't like even the mild heat that a motor can generate, or how much gets stuck or pasty because of the slight moisture. Chopping a bunch at a time by hand doesn't take very long.

Mix it with white sea salt. In this case, I got some sea salt from an artisan salt maker in Valdez. She gets sea water and evaporates it. I wanted my spruce tip salt to be made using Alaskan sea salt.


I like a 50/50 mix.


 This is just some of the tips added.

Spread it in a thin layer in a baking sheet and allow to dry overnight. The salt helps it dry quickly. Then put in jars.



What can you do with it?
Spruce tip salt is delicious on vegetables, fish and chicken- and probably good on pork. I'm not really a pork eater.

It makes a lovely, personal gift.


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