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Shrunken Head Project

Posted in Art, entertainment, Homeschooling, kids, Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 3, 2010 by Pendant & Ring

Shrunken Heads. Big hits here after the Harry Potter shrunken bus driver head. Our shrunken heads were previously apples.  The photo below show two heads 24 hours after carving. They get delightfully hideous as days past.

We decided to wait on the lemon juice treatment until the coloring was natural. “Real” shriveled heads are not the same color as a juicy head after all!   When first carved they aren’t so gruesome.

After some time, as yet undecided, we’ll dunk them in lemon juice to halt the browning and insert cloves for eyes and cat gut (aka brown embroidery floss) sewn to the tops for hair.  All the sites I’ve checked say approx. two weeks drying time.  I’ll post pictures of the finished product then.

Read some history and pop history of the shrunken head, here.  Have fun but don’t lose your head!


Happy All Saint’s Day!

Posted in Art, entertainment, kids with tags , , on November 1, 2009 by Pendant & Ring

Blog numero uno for NaBloPoMo!  Beautiful “Maple Leaf Structure” for your enjoyment.  (and mine too!)


Halloween was a success!  See pics of the kids in costume on my Facebook.   You must be my friend.  I sure do love that privacy 🙂



Posted in Art, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 12, 2009 by Pendant & Ring

I will be working on brevity.  Quick posts from now on.  (Cross your fingers!)

Subbed 4 of 5 days last week.  Wow I learned a lot.  Kids can be great teachers!

Trying to be more active on facebook as per friendly request. 🙂  Friend me!

Will be putting more work online, for sale and probably getting an etsy account… ok, maybe getting an etsy acct.

Poor Sam Bradford.  Guy can’t get a break.  😦  Dh says he has “Jason White syndrome.” hahaha

Cool Halloween pic just had to share…  “Baby Pumpkin Voodoo Doll”.

So glad the weather is cool enough to justify my hot chocolate addiction!  Yummmm!

Two more weeks of School…almost

Posted in Homeschooling, kids with tags , , , , , , , on October 30, 2008 by Pendant & Ring

Wow!  Halloween has taken hold, and how!

We’ve been working on our math daily, and I have seen marked improvement with Keeker.  Occasionally she hits a brick wall but she can usually find her way around it without too much trouble.  We got her an additional workbook called, “Multiplication Made Easy.”  She does 2 pages a day for now.  Once they get past the easy ones we’ll probably slow back down to a page a day.  She’s plugging away and staying relatively motivated.

Fish is back in Story Problem mode.  I switched him because the words didn’t match the pictures.  His reading wasn’t going to be able to pick up the slack quite yet.  Now his reading has improved so we switched back.  But it was like I was playing a cruel joke or something.  He skimmed the word problems for key words like, “all together” or “left” and decided to add or subtract the numbers based on those words alone.  Well, it turns out the pictures didn’t give him the right numbers to add and subtract.  Just because the picture was of three hats and two scarves didn’t mean he was too subtract one from the other.  The question was:

There are seven scarves and four hats in the closet.  How many more scarves are in the closet than hats?

Because of the picture presented and the word “more” in the word problem Fish answered 3 + 2 = 5.  Yes his arithmetic was correct but the problem was all wrong!  It took us a couple of days to get past that hurdle but I think it’ll really improve his reading comprehension.

Keek has been re-reading her fairy tales and looking for others online.  I think she’s ready for the rainbow of fairy tale books in the “grown up” section of the library.  Thing is we don’t have those classics at our library.  Grrr… we’ll have to make a trip to the big town for that!  Fish has been avoiding reading all together.  I can’t say that I blame him… I wasn’t a reader as a child either.  He likes to be read to so I guess I’ll just back off and give him some more time to come to it on his own.  I am comfortable in his ability to read enough to get by.  If he were of age I’m sure he could fill out a job app and probably even vote.  He just doesn’t like to read! At six I give the kids there email addresses but Fish has no interest.  He said, “Eh, I’ll just call somebody if I want to talk to them.”  Shocker!

The kids have both been active on; which has cool new Halloween decorum by the way. Fish just got a Webkinz!  YAY!  He loves it, of course and has been even more of a computer junkie lately!  Keeker has been playing around at again and really enjoys the “did you know?” section.

We finally finished decorating the house, it was spooktacular!  Fish helped Dad lay tiles in the back area and Keek helped with more spooky spiderwebs festooning the living room.  The costumes were ready and the invites were out.  The Big Birthday Bash was looming large on the calender and excitement sizzled in the air!

The night before the party a whole group of us went downtown to our little village celebration where Dh and I won the costume contest.  The kids got plenty of candy and the grown ups got plenty of pictures.  Talk about fun!

When the big day arrived we could hardly contain ourselves!  The party started at just the right time and lasted much longer than was anticipated… but with wonderful results!  The food everyone brought was delicious.  The cousins came over and all kids had a blast!  The presents were all big hits.  Fish plays with the awesome shotgun and kooky alien creating machine every day!  They’ve watched Scooby Doo 2 I don’t know how many times and *ahem* Fish’s aim with the bow and arrow set has greatly improved. teeheehee

My Vampire Name

Posted in useless knowledge with tags , , , , on October 21, 2008 by Pendant & Ring

Mwah ha ha ha ha!

Shudder as you hear my name… as it burns into your psyche…

The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity:
Musette Choiseul
Known in some parts of the world as:
Nemesis of Seducers
The Great Archives Record:
Beautiful and alluring – hiding great power, great danger.
Mwah ha ha ha ha!

Desicions decisions

Posted in kids with tags , on October 12, 2008 by Pendant & Ring

Halloween finally decided…. Keek- witch, Fish- superman.  Yea!

Decorating for Halloween

Posted in kids with tags , , on September 23, 2008 by Pendant & Ring

Dug out the decorations that survived from last year.  Kids covered the screen door with window clings of glow in the dark spider webs, skeletons and glittery bats.  Put up shiny black tinsel with pumpkins and ghosts outside and the light bulb jack-o-lantern, too.  It’s never too early to decorate for Halloween!

Costumes are still up in the air but we have narrowed it down to…

Keek- belly dancer, Irish lass or Catwoman

Fish- Batman, Irish lad or Superman