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Finally finished this 16-page activity book. These two pages show some of the activities in the book. The page on the left is for children to practice their buttoning and color matching skills.

The page on the left has six removable insects or bird. Children can play and create stories with them as well as rearrange them on the flowers.

Although originally created for children, this book also would be appropriate for those with Alzheimer’s Disease or who are undergoing occupational therapy.

The pattern for this book is available in my shop, Harvest Moon by Hand.

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Olivia has a new corkboard in her room and I wanted to make some pretty thumbtacks for her. Her favorite color is blue, so I made her a set of thumbtacks.

These are an extra set I made for my shop, Harvest Moon by Hand. I made fabric-covered buttons and then affixed them to a tack. They are 3/4″ metal buttons covered with 100% cotton fabric.

More sets of thumb tacks will be added soon.

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Canned Peaches


Canned Peaches
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Finished canning two crates of Colorado peaches. They are so good this year – full of flavor. This is one fruit that Olivia could eat at every meal.

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Watching Bailey
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The girls are in the tree watching Bailey eat. This is another one of their favorite climbing trees. They also like the two apple trees in the backyard.

This tree, though, gives them a great view of the miniature horse and pony eating.

Bailey (the pony) and Hoss (the miniature horse) were adopted from the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation, and were delivered on Thursday, August 13th.

Bailey was bought at a horse auction when she was a baby and has been in foster home after foster home. The last one she was at in northern Minnesota the other horses in the herd ate her mane.

Hoss was from a neglect situation. He and another miniature horse came to the MHARF. The other mini was blind in both eyes and had a brain tumor. Apparently the owner did nothing about it.

We are so happy that both Bailey and Hoss are together as part of our family now; and are grateful for the work that the MHARF does on behalf of horses.

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Snowflake Ornament
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This is another Christmas ornament I made that is available in my shop, Harvest Moon by Hand.

The design is stitched on white 22-count Aida cloth. It is hand-stitched onto two layers of blue felt.

The design itself on the aida cloth is 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″. It is hand-stitched onto two pieces of dark blue felt that is 2″ x 2″.

There are four different designs that I made using either light blue or dark blue floss. All are sewn onto dark blue felt.

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Storm Clouds
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One of the reasons I like living in the country is the open space. This is the view looking east one morning. There have been a series of storms recently.

On Monday, there was a severe storum, but most of it was south of here which was a relief. Watched the weather report until almost 11 p.m. due to the threat of a tornado and high winds. Ended up getting a lot of lightening and thunder, and some rain.

This storm was all rain – things are definitely green around here now. The corn across the street is well over six feet high. The trees are loaded with plums, pears, cherries, and apples now. Days filled with canning and preserving the summer fruit is right around the corner.

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This is my entry for the July Craft Challenge for the Halloween Year Round group on Swap-Bot.

I made a 9 foot Halloween garland using ribbon (for the garland itself), kite paper (for the 5 translucent origami stars), cardstock for the 4 pumpkin outlines, and 4 vintage image stickers on different colored printed paper (scrapbook paper). The stickers feature a jack o’lantern, cat, and owl.

Here’s how each component is represented:

~ A Jack O’ Lantern – There are 2 Jack O’lantern stickers

~ A Piece of Printed Page (No size requirement, no subject requirement. Can be from a book, newspaper, scrapbook paper.) – Each of the stickers is on top of patterned paper

~The Shape of a Star – There are 5 stars that are made with translucent kite paper. Each point (of each star) is folded 11 times, and then glued to another point. So, to create one 6-pointed star, I needed to do 66 folds. With 5 stars…that’s 330 folds.

~ The Date “October 31st” – The date is handwritten on the ribbon in permanent blank ink.

This is available in my shop, Harvest Moon by Hand.

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