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Delurking Alert

I am delurking tonite. I have just a ton of bloggy work to do (if only I got paid for all of it) and I just didn’t want to do anything. But I have missed just commenting, checking out blogs, catching up with old blogging friends, and all that stuff. I have missed it alot. So I am just going to be “hanging out” in the blogosphere tonite…so if you are around tonite…e-mail me, comment on one of my blogs, twitter me (Kerith), and just say hi…maybe take a nite and cruise the blogs with me…maybe I will see ya around.

Homemade Glues

CLASSROOM GLUE

  • 1 cup non-self rising wheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1 Tbs. powdered alum
  • 1/2 tsp. oil of cinnamon–this is optional

Combine the flour and sugar in a large pot.  Slowly stir in cold water to form a paste.  Slowly add the boiling water, stirring vigorously to break up lumps.  Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, until thick and clear.  Remove from the heat and add alum.  Stir until well mixed.  You have to use immediately unless you add the oil of cinnamon. 

Classroom paste is a good all-purpose paste, especially for crafts with children.  It is also good for papier-mache projects.  If you store it in a tightly closing jar or container, this glue will last for several weeks if you add some oil of cinnamon.  If the glue gets too thick, thin it by adding boiling water.

 COLLAGE GLUE

  • 3 parts white household or school glue *
  • 1 part warm water

*A thin solution of Paperhanger’s Paste or Waterproof or Glass Glue can be substituted.

Combine the glue with water in a jar or bottle witha  sxrew top lid.  Shake until well mixed.  Apply using a sponge paintbrush.  Now craft away!

Winter Bazaar

Winter BazaarHappy New Year everyone.  Welcome back.  I know I am glad to be back blogging everyday.  Boy did I miss it…bad!

But on to my idea.  If you read any of my blogs, you know that we have 4 kids, including a 9 month old pair of twins…yea…I know.  Once they were born, it was hard to pay any quality one-on-one time with our oldest (he is 5).  But he loves games, learning, and getting stuff.  So we “made” an Award Board on the back wall of our living room wall.  This board is only for him.  He get certificates when he cleans his room without being asked, being a good helper, brushing his teeth.  His most recent awards are because he was having school withdrawal.  He searched out 2 workbooks he knew we had, and finished them–cover to cover.  I had to leave him alone because he was “learning”.  You bet he got 2 certificates.  This Award Board lets him know we are always thinking of him and helps him to get ideas on how to get new ones.

Check out the other fantastic ideas at Scribbit’s blog.

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PS–It is kind of the middle of the nite here when I took the picture.  Everyone is asleep so I kept the lites off when I took the picture.  But you get the idea.

Check out my monthly giveaway drawing contest and spread the word!

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CALLING ALL READERS….CALLING ALL READERS….

I am getting my blogging butt out of my chair and am re-vamping my blogs. I will still be on them but not really blogging on them very often.I need your input. I have 6 blogs (I know, can you believe it) and I am doing an audit of all of them. I would like all my readers…and anyone who just comes across my blogs in the next few weeks to give me your:

  • comments
  • questions
  • concerns
  • advice

Just click on the picture below to be taken to a list of my blogs.

Any and all comments you have to improve on my blogs are welcome. I have had them going for almost 6 months now and with the new year, I am going to be doing more with my blogging.

I am also looking for other bloggers/website owners:

  • Mommy bloggers
  • Iowa bloggers
  • Family Friendly bloggers
  • Arts, crafts, food, scrapbooking, sewing, etc. bloggers
  • Plus sized men & women bloggers
  • Multiple birth parents/bloggers
  • Freelance writing & problogging bloggers
  • Family Friendly websites

I am interested in any bloggers/website owners who would be interested in getting some free advertising for their blogs/websites. I am looking for people to guest post on my blogs, to interview in their chosen field, and anyone who would be willing to donate or give me a large discount on products for upcoming give-a-way contests I will be holding beginning the first of the year. Again, this is a great way for you to get free advertising for your blogs, websites, and products.

I am also looking for budget friendly graphic artists & blogger and wordpress template creators and designers. I am looking for someone to help me change the look of my blogs. I am looking for something fun, family friendly, and fantastic.

If you are interested in free advertising and helping me take my blogs to the next level, please comment on this post or e-mail me at cathicollins (at) gmail (dot) com.

I can’t wait to hear from you.

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