Wednesday, August 20, 2014

31 Days of Fun: Day --Smash Books

Smash book?  What's a smash book?

It's the practical little sister of scrapbooking, the less fussy, quicker method of recording, enjoying, and art-fying....

Example here at Scraps of Life

Monday, August 18, 2014

31 Days of Fun: Eyeballs

Gabe playing Marty Feldman
Easy to Make Ping Pong Eyeballs

1) Mark a line in pencil exactly half way across the middle of one ping pong ball.  Have a big person carefully poke a hole with a sharp-tipped knife somewhere along the line; take a pair of sharp scissors and carefully cut the ball in half.

2)  Exactly in the middle of each half, poke another small hole, and widen into holes approximately 1/4 inch across.  These serve the purpose of allowing you to see  everybody laughing at you while you wear these eyeballs.

3)  Draw in pupils around the holes for pupils, then draw in the irises and color them in however you like: blue, brown, green, purple -- whatever suits you.  If you like, add very thin red "bloodshot" eye markings.

4)  Place them over your eyes, within the "framework" of your eye sockets.  You'll see it's quite easy to hold them in place.

5)  Now, go scare some people!  If you're 8 or 9 years old, this will keep you busy the rest of the day.

Marty Feldman playing Marty Feldman

Saturday, August 16, 2014

31 Days of Fun: Tea Parties!

A Mid-August Tea Party, Just Us

Dan's gone to California this weekend to be in a golf tournament with his Dad, so we girls (and the little boys, who are here for the food) have been making the best of his absence by having a "Girls' Weekend." And what else would a bunch of bookworm girls do on a Girls' Weekend, but drag out all our favorite bookish chick flicks?

Last evening we watched the 1944 version Jane Eyre, with Orson Wells and Joan Fontaine.  Tonight and tomorrow night, the plan is to watch two other newer versions, the 1996 one with John Hurt , and the most recent 2011 version.  The plan is to watch all three and compare and contrast them; see which movie stuck to the book best and which depiction of each character we prefer.  Yeah, we're weird, I know.  But this is the sort of thing that real excites us here!  (We get away with doing this by letting the little boys watch Curious George on the TV upstairs...)

But right now, having just stuffed ourselves with goodies at our tea party, we're very happily relaxing this afternoon, watching Gwyneth Paltrow rock Emma.  (Because Cathy just finished reading it -- and none of the rest of us ever complains about watching an Austen movie.  Even the boys are watching this one!)

So, I'm going to get back to the movie...  We've just gotten to the very last scene where Knightly "delares himself" to Emma...  ==sigh==

But, real quickly...

Here's the menu from today's tea party:

Deviled Eggs
Tomato Basil Finger Sandwiches with Aoli Sauce
Cucumber and Herbed Cream Cheese Finger Sandwiches
Turkey and Cream Cheese Roll-ups
Strawberry Yogurt and Sugared Cream Parfaits
Traditional Cream Scones (Fanny Farmer cookbook)
 with mock Devon Cream and Lemon Curd (boughten)

Friday, August 15, 2014

If I had a million dollars...

On the Feast of Our Lady's Assumption

As sung by the Mater Dei Men's Choir, Omaha, NE
The text in this beautiful arrangement is by John Beaumont (+1627), and the melody is by Corner (+1631). It is hymn #105 in the St. Pius X Hymnal (1953). (H/T: E.M., for these specifics)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

31 Days of Fun: In the Rain

What to do on a rainy afternoon?

Seldom do we have whole rainy days here in Nevada; it's usually more like a rainy hour or two.  But when it rains, it comes down in buckets!

You go find an umbrella.


Or not.

William.  Got a jacket, decided against shoes.

 And you hunt for worms!

They didn't find any, though.  We're wondering if maybe worms aren't a desert climate thing.  We'll be looking that up...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

31 Days of Fun: I Spy!

You just have to go see these Catholic I-Spy prints!  Put together and photographed by Jennifer at Catholic Inspired, they're a free pdf download! Click here !

You know what else would be fun?  Making some more of our own!  I think we'll make a project out of making Catholic I-Spys for our grandbabies, incorporating iconic family objects (like Lester the monkey) and mug shots of family members.  A perfect project for the children to help with, and an ideal Christmas gift!