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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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MAKE THIS SUPER EASY COLOURFUL BIRD OUT OF NEWSPAPER

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – a colourful bird made from newspaper.

There are so many fun crafts that can be made with newspaper and one of my favourites is newspaper sculpture.

Unlike paper mache, there is no need to make loads of glue and wait for it to dry before adding more layers, though this is also a fun activity. Did you see my posts How to Make Glamgorgious Easter Eggs and How to Make Heads Turn with Paper Mache?

Newspaper sculpture simply means scrunching and twisting the paper into the shape you want and then decorating it. Too easy.

This colourful bird was always a favourite in my kids’ workshops and the process of making the crepe paper balls is an excellent activity for fine motor skills.

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WHY I GAVE MY GRANDDAUGHTER THE GIFT OF SADNESS

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It’s not something we want for our loved ones. It’s not something we want for anyone.

When people are sad, our first urge is to take their sadness away, make them happy again.

When the people around us are happy they are giving out positive energy, which we benefit from. Our consciousness is not tormented with the feelings of helplessness, guilt, and frustration that sadness inspires.

There are countless books, courses, and articles celebrating happiness while sadness gets hidden away in the dark corner – something to be ashamed of, something to deny and never share.

It is what makes talking openly about mental illnesses associated with sadness so difficult. It is why so many suffer alone.

What if we celebrated sadness?

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THE MAN WHO SEES THINGS DIFFERENTLY

Please note this is fiction and any similarity between real people  is purely coincidental. However, the information about retinitis pigmentosa and the AFL history has been researched and is believed to be correct.

 

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Tommy could feel the excitement emanating from other spectators like an electrical current.

Noisy chatter, children laughing, rapid footsteps, rustling jackets, these were just some of the sounds his ears were bombarded with.

He could not stop the smile creasing his face as he smelled the familiar aromas of beer, meat pies, tomato sauce and hot chips.

The sounds and smells were very intense without the distraction of vision to translate the world around him.

Tommy was here to watch the first live football game he had been to in more than 20 years. And he was clinically blind.

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EASY STEPS TO MAKE A TERRIFIC TURTLE AND HER HATCHLING.

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – a terrific turtle and her hatchling.

One of the Goddesses was watching a television show about turtles the other day when she said; “turtles don’t have eggs.”

I explained how turtles come to the shore to dig a big hole in the sand and lay their eggs and how the little hatchlings break through the egg shells, climb out of the hole and run towards the ocean.

“Shall we make a turtle and her baby so we can make it run to the water?” I asked.

Before I knew it I was searching for materials to make Trisha the Turtle and her baby Ted.

I’m sharing this story because I wanted to illustrate that this, like many of my crafts, was not planned and I had to think outside the box to find things we could turn into Trisha the Turtle.

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IF NOTHING IS RIGHT, TRY GOING LEFT AND YOU MAY CONQUER THE WORLD

 

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According to various studies, I am more apt to suffer from migraines, allergies, moodiness, and insomnia. Sounds like menopause, doesn’t it?

I am one of the 10 percent in the world with the dubious distinction of being a leftie.

I say dubious because, throughout history, lefties have been feared and despised. Well, that explains the can opener.

The very word ‘left’ comes from Anglo-Saxon lyft which means weak or broken.

The German translation is awkward or clumsy and in Italian, it can be translated to mean crooked, maimed or dishonest.

We have one thing over the other 90 percent of the world’s population though, our very own day.

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THE HOUSE THAT WAITS

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It sits there quietly waiting for death. Not its own, but that will surely come too.

The house waits for its owner, no longer living there, to pass.

Within its walls, it holds her secrets, her dreams, her love. It holds her memories in a way that she no longer can.

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HOW TO MAKE A PUPPY PUPPET

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – a fun puppy puppet made out of toilet rolls.

My last few projects have concentrated  on using recyclable materials you probably already have on hand. If you haven’t already seen them, check out Get Organised With These Great Recycling Projects and Marble Run Fun So Easy to Make.

This week’s project is no different. It’s easy to make a fun puppet playmate with some cardboard tubes and string.

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WHY KEEPING THE SYSTEM HAPPY IS DESTROYING US

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As Tess sat on the toilet in the hospital she knew she would have to be brave to get through this.

She was a survivor, as anyone who knew the 93-year-old would tell you.

Born in Holland, she had endured being raped by first the Russians, and then the Germans, during the war.

The attacks, close together, resulted in a plethora of physical and emotional wounds. And a pregnancy.

Her kind son, now middle aged, does not even know the nationality of his brutal father.

That was in the past and Tess had survived, though she wondered if she had the fortitude to survive her latest crisis.

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