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HOW TO MAKE A COLLAGE TO TEACH ABOUT A BUTTERFLY’S TRANSFORMATION

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – a collage that shows the story of the butterfly’s journey from humble caterpillar to spectacular flying insect.

In last week’s project,  Making these Fairy Furniture Projects is a Walk in the Park, I shared a park adventure that resulted in many nature treasure finds, and how we transformed them into wonderful fairy garden furniture.

I also promised to show you how to use some of these treasures as a story time prop by making a collage that illustrates the change from caterpillar to butterfly.

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DREAM JOBS AND FREE HUGS

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The furious woman started screaming incoherently, spittle settling on her lips, and it took me a moment to realize the rant was aimed at me.

As other shoppers stopped to determine what all the fuss was about, a few of her words started to become clear.

She was talking/yelling about baby pigs. Even then, trying to steady myself from the onslaught, I didn’t really understand what her problem was until she called me a murderer who hated animals.

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MAKING THESE FAIRY FURNITURE PROJECTS IS A WALK IN THE PARK

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making FAIRY FURNITURE.

Have you noticed how expensive fairy garden furniture is to buy?

The tiniest chairs and tables can cost you an arm and a leg and yet often they are made from things that are available for free.

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WELCOME TO HELL AND THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

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You don’t have to do bad things to go to Hell. Anyone can get there.

The tiny Michigan town in Livingston County is a popular fishing and swimming spot.

Or there’s the European alternative, Hell, a tiny village in Norway.

For me, it’s  more than 20 hours flying either way, so it could be easier to go to Little Hell, in Tasmania, Australia.

Perhaps I should try Satans Lair, also in Tassie, or Hellfire Bluff, Dismal Swamp or Misery Knob.

A trip to Victoria could find me in Mount Despair or I could visit Desolation Bay in South Australia, or Disappointment Hill, in Western Australia.

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FABULOUS FUN WITH FOIL

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – fun with foil.

I love offering craft projects that don’t require you to go out and spend money. You’ll have what you need for this one right in your kitchen.

In fact, it was the main material used in last week’s project, How to Make a Magical Moon Mobile

Aluminium foil has been commercially available since 1910. Prior to that foil was made from thin sheets of tin which is why it is still sometimes referred to as tin foil.

Aluminium foil is made by rolling sheet ingots cast from molten billet aluminium and then re-rolling them on sheet and rolling mills until the desired thickness is achieved. The standard household thickness is 0.016 mm. The shiny side of the foil appears during the final pass through the mill, when two sheets are rolled at the same time.

Aluminium foil is used for packaging, cooking, insulation and art, among other things.

This week I’m using it to create a beautiful foil relief and a foil sculpture.

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WHEN THE CUSTOMER IS NEVER RIGHT

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Does anyone else have a problem buying gifts for men?

With three sons and a Hubby, it seems like a constant challenge to come up with the right gift.

This year I wracked my brains right up until the week before Hubby’s birthday to come up with a thoughtful and caring gift – only to be talked out of buying it.

Do you ever get the impression salespeople don’t actually want to sell you anything?

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HOW TO MAKE A MAGICAL MOON MOBILE

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – a magical moon mobile.

There really is something magical about the moon and the stars and they make the perfect object for a mobile, especially in a kid’s room.

This one is super sweet, ridiculously easy and requires only a few materials, all of which you probably already have.

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TAMURIA’S A – Z OF MANNERS – A HAPPY GUIDE

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I could feel my mood darkening along with the skies as I sat in the grandstand watching my favourite football team play.

Well, actually I was trying to watch but it was a challenge as a group of spectators had decided to stop in the aisle, right in front of my view of the field, and have a conversation.

I had already been hit in the head by some woman’s handbag as she squeezed past the row of seats behind on a mission to buy food.

There were wet patches on my jeans where my drink had slurped over the top of my glass as someone in my row jostled past me.

I’m pretty sure our row contained the world’s hungriest and thirstiest people. Or maybe they just had weak bladders. Either way, sitting at the end of the row meant there was no respite and the action inevitably coincided with action on the field that I missed in an effort to move and avoid having my feet squashed. Wasn’t anyone here to actually watch the game?

Somehow I managed to hold my tongue, keep a (near) smile (maybe it was more a grimace) on my face and go on to watch my team make a stunning win.

It had me thinking, though. How easily we can get fed up and angry when people are so thoughtless and how different the world would be if more people followed  the simple rules of good manners.

 

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EASY FATHER’S DAY CRAFTS TO MAKE

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – easy Father’s Day gifts to make.

For us here in Australia, Father’s Day is celebrated on Sunday, September 4. I know my American readers have already celebrated this one in June, but if you like these crafts, why not bookmark them for next year?

This week’s projects are for some easy little boxes (I even provide a template) and a child’s drawing candle holder.

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WHO NEEDS BUNGEE JUMPING WHEN THERE’S MASSAGE?

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Social media pages are full of advice to face your fears, do something that frightens you and challenge yourself out of your comfort zone.

The advice goes on to promise great rewards for your effort.

It sometimes has me wondering what’s so bad about being comfortable.

THE SIMPLE PLEASURE OF MASSAGE

As he walks out the door for his regular (monthly) massage, I all at once envy him and admire his bravery.

Hubby doesn’t consider it a brave act, more a necessity as he spends so much time in front of a computer for his job.

The benefits of massage are so recognised now that we can even claim the cost on our health insurance.

Sadly, the medical fund doesn’t hand out bravery awards for the act.

Why does it take courage you may ask?

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