Repost- 14 Stations of the Cross craft Saturday, Feb 21 2009 

I came up with this craft a few years ago and wanted to share it again this year. This 14 Stations of the Cross votive candle holder is very easy to make with your children and also inexpensive. The total cost was about $12.00.

I started with a piece of wood about 2 1/2 feet long and hot glued 14 glass votive candles on it.

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Then I printed these black and white images of the 14 Stations of the Cross. The kids cut them and used a glue stick to paste them on the glass votives.

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We light all 14 candles. After we read each station, we blow out a candle, and when we get to the last station, the room is dark and somber. It has made meditating on the stations very real to us.

For the little ones, I found these printable Stations of the Cross coloring pages.

This is a great chidren's book: The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Children

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What a lovely idea! Tuesday, Dec 2 2008 

I just saw the best idea on Elizabeth Foss' blog this morning and I just had to run out and make some of these little chaplets. I wish I was as creative as she is. This might become my new hobbie 🙂

I'm so lucky to have a long time friend who works at our local bead store down by our neck of the woods. I took the three middle girls and the baby with me and we sat with her and chatted for about an hour. I don't have any jewelry making supplies, so we made them right there. It was so much fun! I think they turned out very pretty. The total cost for the supplies was less than $15.00. I didn't have any St. Andrew medals, but they did have crucifixes, so I figured that was close enough. I would really love to make one for each child, but it's not in our budget right now, so Kathy is holding the beads for me until I can get them at a later time. Thank God for such dear friends!

Here are the girls making these beautiful chaplets:

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The baby found something to keep herself busy.

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Here they are. I wish youuld see the beautiful purple beads. The picture doesn't give it justice.

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Pumpkin Pie Play Dough Saturday, Nov 15 2008 

This week while I was in the waiting room at the dentist office for one of my kids to have a filling replaced I read Family Fun magazine and found a really neat recipe to make with the kids this month. I asked the receptionist to make me a copy in case I wasn’t able to find it on line when I got home. I’m glad I did, because I can’t find it on their website. Here is the recipe. I’m going to try to make it today.

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Pumpkin Pie Play Dough 

You will need:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamom
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
food coloring (6 drops of red and 15 drops of yellow)

Combine the dry ingredients in a nonstick saucepan. Add the oil, water,
and food coloring and whisk until smooth.Stirring constantly with a rubber
spatula, cook the mixture over medium heat until it forms a ball, about 3 to
4 minutes.Turn the dough onto a counter, let it cool slightly, then knead the
dough until it has a smooth texture, about 1 minute. athe dough will keep up
to a week in a ziplock bag.

This play dough smelled so good, even Daddy got in on the fun!

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The Most Precious Blood of Jesus craft Wednesday, Jul 2 2008 

Please stop by Anne’s blog to see this beautiful craft for the month of the Most Precious blood of Jesus.

My new sewing project Wednesday, Apr 9 2008 

      I’m going to attempt a new project this month. I am going to make an apron. My goal is to have it finished by May 14th, which is Wear an Apron Day. I am such a messy cook, and lately I have been ruining my shirts every time I’m in the kitchen, so it is time I start wearing an apron. I have really been wanting to make one for quite a while now, especially after reading Elizabeth’s "Wear an Apron Day" post. I am almost done with the handmade brown scapulars, so I thought I would buy an apron pattern and some material and get started on it as soon as the scapulars are finished. I’m hoping this apron won’t be too difficult to make. I really wanted to get a vintage pattern, but I wasn’t able to find one that was an "easy" pattern, so I purchased this Easy stitch ‘n save pattern form McCall’s. It looked almost like the vintage ones at the craft store. I’m actually going to leave out the ruffles, because I don’t like them very much.

      Here is a picture of the pattern and the material I’m going to be using. It should go well with all the roosters in my kitchen. I hope the material is not too overwhelming. I just couldn’t find any flower print I liked. We’ll see how this turns out. I might have to get some different material after all.

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Handmade Brown Scapulars Tuesday, Mar 25 2008 

    Ever since I read a booklet called Garment of Grace about 15 years ago, I have been wearing a brown scapular. I do take it off for showers. I’ve had a scapular on during my last 6 deliveries. It makes me feel close to our Blessed Mother, knowing she’s right there with me. Once you read the booklet, you probably won’t take off your scapular either. Here is an excerpt from the booklet:

Garment of Grace recalls several outstanding miracles attributed to the Brown Scapular and quotes the saints and popes recommending the scapular. It explains what a scapular is, how it is to be worn, the benefits received and more. It also gives a brief history of the scapular and St. Simon Stock.

    I’ve purchased many scapulars through the years, because they just don’t seem to last very long. I think we replace them at least twice a year. The cord is not strong enough, or it’s not attached with enough thread to keep the Scapular from breaking off the cord. We have a box full of broken scapulars and rosaries, and someday I hope to dispose of them properly. You can also do this with them. So, when I found out some women from our parish had been making Brown Scapulars for a few years, I decided to learn how to make them and I purchased enough brown scapular supplies from one of them to make 12 scapulars. I made one for my husband and for myself almost two years ago and so far, they are still intact. It’s taken me this long, but I’m finally going to make the kids scapulars for Easter. I still have 47 days left, right? : )

Crochet_2_7I didn’t want to purchase so much braided cord, because of the cost and the amount of cord that comes in the bolt, so I went to the craft store and bought crocheting thread to use as the scapular cord and I’m making a single crochet stitch about 24 inches in length for my husband’s scapular and about 20 inches for the kids’ scapulars. That seems to be about the right length for them. The ones you purchase seem to be too long, and I usually end up tying a knot on one end. I’m not sure if I’ll make one for Angela, since she’s only five years old. I get nervous about the scapulars choking the kids in the middle of the night, so I’ll probably make her one for her and save it as a gift for her first Holy Communion.

PicturesThe next step in making the scapulars is to lay the brown wool on a table and cut a strip of 1 3/4 inches wide. You get one yard of 100% brown wool for $14.95. The wool comes pre-cut in strips of 9 1/2 X 24 inches. You’re able to fit six scapular pictures across it, which is exactly how many scapulars I’m making. There is just enough room in between each scapular to cut around each picture.

Next, I cut pieces of Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive smaller than the scapular pictures and place them on the brown wool and iron them on, paper side up. You can also find this at the craft store.

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    After peeling off the paper, I place the cord on the adhesive and put the scapular pictures on the cord and wool and iron all the pieces together.

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    Finally, I cut around the wool and scapular pictures and hand sew overhand stitches around the scapulars, making sure the cord is firmly in place. That’s all there is to it. The hardest part is the overhand stitching. That also took the longest. I’ll be so thrilled to see the kids wearing their brown scapulars.

Here are some other scapular suppliers:

Lay Carmelite and Scapular Center

Mary Immaculate Queen Center

St. Michael’s World Apostolate

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!

Saint Simon Stock, pray for us!

Brigid’s Cloak craft Saturday, Feb 9 2008 

Last week we read "Brigid’s Cloak" for the feast of St. Brigid. I printed a black and white picture of St. Brigid of Ireland and bought blue felt and gold stars for the cloak. Angela did a great job making the cloak. It came out beautiful. We’re saving this for our Catholic Mosaic notebook.

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Brigid’s Cloak craft Saturday, Feb 9 2008 

Last week we read "Brigid’s Cloak" for the feast of St. Brigid. I printed a black and white picture of St. Brigid of Ireland and bought blue felt and gold stars for the cloak. Angela did a great job making the cloak. It came out beautiful. We’re saving this for our Catholic Mosaic notebook.

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Brigid’s Cloak craft Saturday, Feb 9 2008 

Last week we read "Brigid’s Cloak" for the feast of St. Brigid. I printed a black and white picture of St. Brigid of Ireland and bought blue felt and gold stars for the cloak. Angela did a great job making the cloak. It came out beautiful. We’re saving this for our Catholic Mosaic notebook.

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Brigid’s Cloak craft Saturday, Feb 9 2008 

Last week we read "Brigid’s Cloak" for the feast of St. Brigid. I printed a black and white picture of St. Brigid of Ireland and bought blue felt and gold stars for the cloak. Angela did a great job making the cloak. It came out beautiful. We’re saving this for our Catholic Mosaic notebook.

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