Thursday, April 30, 2015

How to make a Crown for Mary- It's May!

  What's the best way to kick off May?! With a May crowning of course. This year it just so happens that May 1st is also a First Friday. And just because your kids do a May crowning in school doesn't mean you should not do one at home. Almost everyone has a Mary statue to venerate. You give thanks, flowers and gifts and cards to your earthly mother for Mother's Day don't you? (You should be- shame if you haven't!) Give thanks, flowers and cards to your Heavenly Mother. After all how many times has she (with or without your knowledge) taken your prayers to our Heavenly King, her Son? 

   Here's the best way to make a quick beautiful crown. You need some pretty fake flowers and two kinds of ribbon. I have a big stash of ribbon, I picked the gold floral ribbon with a bendable wire in it and a regular light purple ribbon or yellow- depending on which picture your looking at..

Make sure and measure your statue's (or statues' if you have more than one) head with a ribbon or string, floss will do.

Take your flowers apart. Then cut your length of flowers accordingly. If your statue's head is 4 inches all the way around your know your crown needs to be slightly bigger than that. You can estimate when your cutting and wrapping ribbon, no precision needed. 

Hot glue the stems together to make a long one.

hot glue it into a circle

Bet you couldn't have guessed this one- wrap the ribbon!

gold ribbon on top for a crown of gold

make some hanging ribbon strands for decoration- tie in knots though

Be sure and figure out which way your crown will sit on Mary's head,  I tied long strands to make a pretty ribbon hanging down the sides (don't do it in her face- I doubt that feels comfortable to have a ribbon in your face).

Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria, Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Little Flowers Club

I am so excited! My friend Maureen decided we needed to start a Little Flowers Club and I get to co-lead! Our first meeting is (First) Friday and we are having a tea party and May Crowning and then a mom's meeting. For the craft part at this meeting we are only doing a scrapbook page due to time limits with the Crowning of Mary that will be taking place. 

This is what I have been working on, place cards, seed packets for sunflower seeds, and a scrap book page. All done with my Cricut machine my mother in law passed down to me. I am not very efficient yet but I did get it all done in time! (It's the older version of that machine- I don't know if they make it anymore but it works great!)

The scrap book pages (quotes and pictures only) are downloaded from the Little Flower's website (once you are registered). It's up to you to design everything else. My sunflowers were made on my Cricut, seperate from the vines. The vines I turned into stickers after they were cut using this cool gadget...(I can't pronounce it). You can basically create a sticker out of anything using it- so hello Catholic Saint Stickers- here we come! No batteries, just a hand held device. Look at this video.

Happy Feast of St. Catherine of Siena!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Feeling hen pecked? How about a chicken apron?

Happy Feast of St. George! We didn't get a feast day party together, instead I spent my time making a chicken apron (or chicken saddle) for my son's chicken and it's almost the last day of school (and we are so ready to be done I didn't want to mess our final week up and delay school, with tomorrow being the last day). 

Feathers- always has been a bit nutty- but she has calmed down since she started laying. I guess a particular Rhode Island Red we have (Henny Penny) has been hen pecking her a lot lately. Her feathers will grow back in nice after we apply some Vick's vapor rub to the area, but this time we had to actually cover it completely due to the open wound that was new as of today. Hen's like the color red and they like blood. So it's not a good combo if your back is bare and no feathers to hide the blood.

I cut two pieces and sews them together. The squares are 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" and the piece in the middle needs to be smaller because it sets between the wings- no bigger than 3". (That might be too big for some still, err on the side of small!) Mine was a little on the larger side, but the next time I will cut it down more.

I had some scraps of interfacing I put on the wrong side (the inside).

I sewed it with the right side inside and then left a hole to poke the right side out of. Then I sewed on 5 1/2" pieces of elastic for the wings. 

She is all set in her new apron. But she's disgusted as you can tell by her ruffled feathers.

She is adjusting to the chicken apron still. She was fussing over the elastic under her wings, but I think she will get over it soon, her back will certainly be better! Now my daughter wants to dress them all up, so looks like I'll be making some more aprons.

Lilla Rose sale today

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Swing

The Swing
by Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,

up in the air so blue?

Oh I do think it the pleasantest thing ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall, 

 till I can see so wide,

rivers and trees and cattle and all, over the countryside-

till I look down on the garden green, {(we have no grass)}

down on the roof so brown- 

up in the air I go flying again,

up in the air and down!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April and May Books

Golly gee wilikers! with all that excitement during Holy Week, I near forgot to put this out there! Sorry!  I guess the first part of April we have been in the Octave of Easter, so really that trumps all other feasts.

April Book List

St. Mary of Egypt    Feast Day April 2
Saints Lives and Illuminations

St. Richard   Feast Day April 3
An Alphabet of Saints

St. Benedict of Fradello   Feast Day April 4
Once Upon a Time Saints

St. Mary of Egypt  Feast Day April  9
Miniature stories of the Saints  book 4

Pope St. Leo the Great Feast Day April 11
Miniature stories of the Saints  book 3

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Birthday is April 16th

St. Bernadette Soubirous  Feast Day April 16
Saints for Girls- sticker book
Miniature stories of the Saints  book 4
St. Bernadette The little Girl from Lourdes- these Magnificat books are always at the Catholic Family  There is a whole set of saints.
Book of Saints or buy the series books
Our Lady of Lourdes- Lovasik
Saints for Girls sticker book
Movie Bernadette: The Princess of Lourdes

St. Alexandra  Feast Day April 21
Saints Lives and Illuminations

St. George   Feast Day April 23  (my boys were these for All Hallow's Eve)
St. George and the Dragon
Miniature stories of the Saints  book 1
Saints Lives and Illuminations
The Saint who fought the Dragon

St. Zita   Feast Day April 27
Miniature stories of the Saints  book 4
An Alphabet of Saints
More Once Upon a Time Saints

St. Theodora Feast Day April 28
Saints Lives and Illuminations

St. Louis de Monfort Feast Day April 28
St. Louis De Montfort: The Story of Our Lady's Slave

St. Gianna Feast Day April 28
St. Gianna

St. Catherine of Sienna  Feast Day April 29
Miniature stories of the Saints  book 4
Saints for Girls- stickers

Saint Catherine of Siena: The Story of the Girl Who Saw Saints in the Sky

May Book List
Dedicated to Mary

St. James  St. Philip- Disciples  Feast Day May 3
The Apostles of Jesus

St. Monica  Feast Day May 4
Saints Lives and Illuminations
Miniature stories of the Saints  book 4

St. Comgall  Feast Day May 10
Once Upon a Time Saints

St. Damien Feast Day May 10
St. Damien of Molokai

May 13th- Fatima apparitions began

Blessed Imelda Lambertini Feast Day May 13
Patron Saint of First Communicants
Holy Heroes Glory Stories Vol. 1 Blessed Imelda

St. Pachome/ St. Dymphna  Feast Day May 15
Holy Crocodile
Saints for Girls- stickers

St. Matthias- Disciple of Jesus  May 15
The Apostles of Jesus

St. Brendan Feast Day /May 16th

St. Pascual    Feast Day May 17
Pascual and the Kitchen Angels

St. Dunstan/ St. Yves  Feast Day May 19
Saints Lives and Illuminations
An Alphabet of Saints

St. Rita   Feast Day May 22
Saints for Girls- stickers
Miniature stories of the Saints  book 2

St. Julia  Feast Day May 23
Miniature stories of the Saints  book 2

St. Philip Neri   Feast Day May 26
Miniature stories of the Saints  book 3
An Alphabet of Saints

St. Bede   Feast Day May 27
Saints Lives and Illuminations

St. Angela  Feast Day May 31
Miniature stories of the Saints  book 4

St. Joan of Arc  Feast Day May 30
Joan of Arc- Demi
A Story of Saint Joan of Arc- Brother Ernest
St. Joan- Glory Stories Holy Heroes
St. Joan the Girl Soldier
Miniature Stories of Saints

Divine Mercy Sunday

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!

We attended our only local Divine Mercy Mass this afternoon at another parish, the only one that I am aware of in town. Its usually packed- it will start catching on.  We say the rosary first and then sing the Chaplet at 3 p.m. followed by Mass. It's a modge podge of people from all over the city, not just one parish. We have been going since it started years ago. I remember my mom bringing me the book on the chaplet and probably a sack lunch, to work at the police station back in 2003 or 2004. I still have it- worn out, it was always in my duty bag. Sometimes I would have enough uninterrupted time (no radio traffic) I could say a rosary or the chaplet on duty driving around.

I apologize, Brenden was refusing to put his shirt down for the picture....silly little

(strawberry cake-double layer, homemade cream cheese frosting and blueberries and strawberries, picture with a toothpick)

Jesus I trust In you!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Holy Week with April fools, no electricity, 100 mph winds, hog hunt, hot cross buns, jidášky, Easter, Mass Kit

WOW! I can't even give details of how I survived this past week- I would have to write a novel, when you include what our normal schedule was this week, on top of medical appts, piano, soccer practices, an awesome grandmother who literally pushed me and my kids out the door on Tuesday to make it somewhere on time, daily masses and stations, April fools, Holy Week, a storm and the cleanup, an out of town hog hunt, work, Easter activities, family dinners, no electricity, it would have been overwhelming if it hadn't been for the grace God sent us to persevere. 
We loved our time without the electricity- my kids really enjoyed it. (My husband had just came home Thursday afternoon and had to be at work Friday morning) We have a generator and we ran our fridge and freezers off of it.  But other than that we used candles and enjoyed three random lamps on the floor. I had already cleaned my house including the outside windows and doors only to have to redo it all on Good Friday morning from 100 mile/hr wind blowing mud onto our house. But it was just fine, we offered it all up- thank goodness we had something to offer that day. It was amazing. God's grace really was here and very much blessed us this past week. (Pictures are in order of the date occurred.)

Monday chickens getting rides in the bike 

April fools- someone (Grandma) snuck over in the middle of the night and put three white eggs in our coop. It was hilarious. 

Holy Wednesday


Brad's Oklahoma hog hunt with severe weather

My goofy brother also had two hogs- that was a mega piggy at 200 pounds below

We had our family over for Holy Thursday's meal, cookies for "Blessed is he who is called to the supper of the lamb." (Served a similar menu to last years if you want to know look at this post)

cleaning hog coolers and washing feet for Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday around midnight the power went out and then hell broke loose literally.

where'd all that plywood come from? It knocked down Jesus but didn't damage Him! St. Francis was also on the ground but it didn't damage him either. Mary was in the back, she was just muddy.

debris everywhere

projectiles through the screen something long an metallic and then a foot long tree twig resting at the bottom. This is where I pulled my daughter out of bed when we heard what sounded like 100 mph winds and debris hitting our house on all sides. (brand new windows less than 4 months old)

 the other half of the plywood this hit the front of our house as we were on the landing running down the steps

right above the front glass door, the gutter and sofet were damaged

Friday morning
Hot Cross buns with no electricity

my neighbors 70 year old tree across the street

the fence had steel posts

there is an old dead tree branch about 2 feet long laying behind the door

Brad climbed in and rescued our hens at 1 AM

they slept in the garage and pooped in the garage

this thing weighs 1500 pounds or more, we had to use a truck to get it right side again.

split like a loaf of bread

mud on everything time to clean again

why there is no power for a few days

 What my interior looked like from Friday to Saturday at 8 pm. I had a clean house already and laundry was caught up because I prepared for Holy Week.

watch the trail of cords out to my backyard


glad we have several interior doors.

So what do you do when the power is out?

Saturday still no power
Hard boil eggs on the grill

reclean all the mud off your house and windows and doors

prepare your eggs with egg wraps after they heat up for an hour (they never boiled)

wait for the water to reheat again and roll your Paschal candle kit

plugged into the generator naturally

then go shrink wrap those eggs finally

enjoy Easter finally with the lights back on

try and get a picture on the way to Mass.

It's the best they could do, we are exhausted! lol

I did finish the kids' Mass kit at the beginning of the week- that took place Palm Sunday mostly. And they sure have been enjoying it. I have been collecting brass chalices and the book holder, cruets and the paten for over a year now from thrift stores. It's finally all here. I embroidered crosses on the patens and stolls.

I will be binding up those books this week. As you can see that was before Thursday ;)

Christ Has Risen, He Has Risen Indeed! Alleluia!