This past week I had the pleasure of being able to create a few projects with Hawthorne Threads new Coyote prints.
And I totally fell in love with them!!!
The pom pom trend is a HUGE one this spring and it is a fun one to add to any accessory that you already have…and today we will show you how to add pom poms to anything that you already have in your closet. The first thing you will need is some pom pom trim. Pom Poms come in LOTS of different sizes and colors and are usually sold by the yard. For today’s project we chose the mini-pom poms and an infinity scarf that I found on clearance for .97 cents at Old Navy! for a fun spring piece to add to any wardrobe.
So here’s a story.
I’ve been a bit under the weather and have been for awhile. I’m having a few issues with my blood levels that is making it hard for my body to regulate things like my body temperature and energy levels. I’m not complaining. In fact, I am full of hope. As you read this I’m probably in the hospital getting some IV treatments that I’ve been waiting for for what seems like an eternity and I am hopeful that they will help.
Now, I’m not tell telling you this so that you will feel bad for me because I’m totally fine but I need you to have that information to set the stage for my story of the day….
It was Spring Break last week and since we were sticking close to home I prepared a few crafts that we could do in the mornings. I even had some “boy-crafts” ready but the boys weren’t interested (some day they will be so I will share those as we get to them. Hannie is really into accessories these days, so I prepared a couple of crafts where she could make her own accessories. These flower combs were one of them–and they were a big hit!
A few months ago I wrote a post called: 25 Ways to Ask Your Kid’s “How Was School Today?” Without Asking Them “So How Was School Today?“. I wrote it late one night after a conversation with my husband about our son growing up and my determination to keep the lines of communication open with him. It was a list of questions that I actually started asking him and found success with.
To say that I was taken back by the response it received is an understatement. The amount of page views that flooded in crashed our blog and I ended up being interviewed on the NBC Nightly News about the post. Since then I’ve thought a lot about that post and the chain reaction it started. It seemed simple enough at the time I wrote it. It was just something I was doing at my house, with my children, to help foster an ongoing conversation about the things that were going on in their lives. It never occurred to me that it would receive so much attention.
I am not a child psychologist nor am I an authority on child behavior. My experience is limited. I have three children ages 10, 6, and 3. I was a school teacher for almost a decade with the first half at a lock down high school and the second half at a public junior high school. Currently I am a boy scout leader and teach elementary school children art classes on the weekends. And while I have enjoyed every second of my teaching and experiences in motherhood, it in no way has made me an expert.
However, as I’ve thought about the previous post I’ve realized that the majority of us are not experts. We are just ordinary people, plain old moms and dads doing our best day by day to build real relationships with our children…trying to teach, love, help, and protect them as best we can. It isn’t always easy and we aren’t always good at it…but we want to be…and so if there is something simple like how to rephrase a question that will instigate a real conversation with our children we are willing to try it out.
I also realized that while rephrasing the questions will help (and it totally will…especially if you rephrase them in your own words to make them authentic to your own personal voice) there are also a few more simple things that you can do that will help open a line of communication with your children. And even though, as I said, I’m not the authority on communication I did learn most of these tricks through trial and error while working with children of various ages.
So here they are, my 17 tips for communicating with kids. I hope that there will be 1 or 2 that you find helpful.
#1. Timing is everything. The best time to ask them about their day may not be right when they walk in the door from school or when other siblings are around. You may need to be observant and even experiment to find the time of day when your child is the most responsive.
For almost two years Elizabeth and I have been working on putting together a fabric line…and today we finally get to share it with all of you! We are so excited that it is really happening that we have to keep pinching ourselves. We feel like the luckiest girls in the world.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Two years? Isn’t that kind of a long time to create a fabric line? And the answer to that is yes, yes it is. But even though Elizabeth and I are so alike in many aspects we are very different in so many ways which meant that this project was a real meeting of the minds. Because we wanted to create something that represented both of our styles and would incorporate our personal tastes it took us a looong time to finally land on a style that we could both be 100% happy with.
A long time ago when I first started quilting I remember hearing some ladies talking about “bonus quilts” and how many they had made. A “bonus quilt” is a quilt that is made from the left over scraps of other quilts that you are working on….and because it is just left over fabric that creates another brand new quilt it is called a “bonus”. And while this sounded like a good idea, at the time I thought to myself I will never have enough scraps to make one of those.
My how times change….