Patriotic Wreath #2 ~ Deployment Project #11

So, this project turned out NOTHING like I had in mind.  First off, I did not really want another rag wreath, I have one for ST Patrick’s day.  But then I saw an ABU wreath on ETSY and though I can do that.  But since my hubby still wears his ABUs and they are NOT cheap.  I decided I would use some old BDUs that are kind of worn anyway.  Well, I cut my rags a little short…so rather than a lot of bdu with a little bit of the red and blue fabrics I bought.  It ended up even, red, white (which I realized it needed to lighten it up a little, luckily I had left over white pillow scraps from a school project), blue, and green.

The finished product, I like it, but am not toally sold on it, so we will see what I do next year.  I hadn’t really seen any other ideas I like better, maybe one will come up.  I also put white paint between the letters to see if you could read the sign better, but it didn’t really help.  Oh well, it is still cute…

a close up of the rags, focusing on the bdu.

at the ankle of the bdu pants are these ribbons to tighten the pants to blouse them over their combat boots (though no one uses them, they buy blousing straps.), anyway, I thought they would be a nice touch to the sign coming from his uniform.

>Overnight Fig Cakes ~ Deployment Project #9

This is another project from the Egyptians and Their Neighbor’s book. They cakes actually turned out pretty good, Jacob wasn’t a fan. Because they used Barley flour they had a beer taste to them.

mixing the dough by hand, it used both whole wheat and barley flour.
next we split the dough into three and rolled them into long logs.
With a little help from brother, he lovs school and to cook, perfect combo for this project!!
Rolling the dough up like an Elephant Ear, as Jacob put it and placing on a plate to rise over night.
The finished product, the dough was sticky, so we used a lot of flour, which I think definately affected the final taste.

>Patriotic Wreath 1 – Deployment Project # 8


My mom mentioned wanting to get some seasonal wreaths for their door, so when I went to get Jacob’s needed project supplies I picked up some stuff to make a wreath for them too. They already had the flag that I used in the middle and the glue gun I used to keep it all secure. Look at that Patriotic boy (and another good picture, not sure what over came him!! but I love it).

>Wash Like An Egyptian – deployment project #6

>So, I am counting school projects as a part of my 100 days, well because most are crafts, and I enjoy them just as much, if not more than Jacob. this one is from Ancient Egyptians and Their Neighbors: An Activity Guide by Marian Broida. The next few are actually from this book 🙂

filling the first bucket with cold hose water (not sure why my pictures are side by side, having way too many issues with blogspot to try and fix it.)

Putting the dirty clothes into the hose water.

mixing together the laundry ingredients. We had to make our own washing soda, because it could not be found in CO!! So we cooked some baking soda, which I guess ups the alkaline in it.

adding VERY hot watter to bucket two.

Pouring the laundry mix into the bucket of VERY hot water

transferring the clothes to the soapy water.

stirring the clothes in the water, puts a new spin on spin cycle 😉

he had to do this for a little while, so decided to do it sitting.

dumping the dirty wash water.

beating out the soapy water on the over turned bucket that had water in it before with a wooden spoon.

the clothes out to dry. Though the grape juice did not come out from washing the clothes this way, once put in the regular wash it totally came out, so this is a good prewash 🙂

>camera cords, wreaths, scrap challanges

>So, this was going to talk about my camera and my wreaths, and my goals, but with 6 double layouts, I think this post will be long enough just talking about those!! So, deployment project number 13 (in progress, I don’t think each page should count as a project!! may go by year, since next months scrap project is a bigger time span, not sure). I absolutely love Apron String Designs scrap kits. They make scrapping so much quicker, and well the owner Lori rocks and it is based out of CO, so it perfect 🙂 Anyway, over on her blog,, for the month of July, she is having an out with the old, in with the new scrap challange, which fits perfectly with my personal scrap challange for myself this month. To scrap any pictures that are left from when I met my husband to the birth of our oldest child. 2001 is done, so it is really only a year and half worth of pictures (next month is from that child to our next, they are almost 6 years apart, and only about 2 or 3 years (if even) are done!! Here are the first 6 challanges 🙂
the first challange was to use my oldest summer kit with my newest metalic embelishments. The way I store my scrapbook stuff, I have no clue what is newer and what is older. So, I just combined a summery kit, with some metalic embelishments 🙂

The right side of the Catholic Cadet Chapel.

The second challange was to scrap using red, white, and blue, since it was posted on Monday the 4th of July 🙂 Being that I had a bunch of pictures of my new Cadet boyfriend and his classmates I already had a layout pulled with those colors in mind 🙂

and the right side, you see that hot cadet, there is that squadren, near the middle, no that one, haha, no clue where he is out there!! I may have known which group when taking it, maybe he can remember 12 years later 🙂

The third challange was to mix two kits. Since I had already pulled pictures and kits, I had one double page that was actually two single layouts, with two different, but it so happens, coordinating kits, so there we go, challange done 🙂 These are my first photos of my handsome husband 12 years ago, 11 years married today (July 10, 2011, day I am editing this post, not sure what date blogspot will give it when done 🙂 ).

The second kit. that is my little brother dressed like an alien batboy 🙂

The fourth challange was to take a non-summery kit and use it with “newer” photos. This kit, when I pulled it, I just thought old fashioned, not summer, this why I put it with Mt Vernon photos. When using the coordinating sides it does look more summery. These photos are “newe” in relation to my birth. I am determined to complete all the photos from the time I met Alex until our oldest was born, so “newer” is relative. BUt the main goal of the entire challange is to use up our stash 🙂 This layout had a very simpl sketch, I did add the flowers and chip board to give it a little more.

And the right side of a very simple layout…

The fifth challange was to mix up kits or scrap supplies. NOne of my kits worked for this layout, which does not happen often since I have quite the stash. But I did have the elements that would, what can I say, I love baseball. The cardstock was from Apron Strings, the pattern paper is from when Scenic Route was closing up shop. No clue about the ribbon, prob and Apron String left over (there is two kits ;-). And the baseball stickers were in my stash. Being a mom I tend to get away from things I love, even with a baseball loving son, but scrapping this page really made me smile. That is twice this year I have been reminded of my love for this game 🙂

The right side 🙂

The sixth challange was to use an older kit with five elements in it, cardstock, patterned paper, buttons, ribbon, and chip board, and to add two other elements. None of my pulled kits had chipboard, so the cork circles were the closes thing. I used some Close to My Heart Ribbon and a green paper flower I had in a left over stash from a different kit.
This is the right side of the layout. You can’t really see the title, but it says Jewish and Protestant Cadet Chapels. this is what happens when you don’t put stuff away right, you can’t find the best for the job and with a dead line for a challange I had to go with what I did have easy access to.

>Got to craft will post pictures later – Deployment projects #6 and #7

>Jacob and I did some crafting together and i did a project on my own. He and I made a model of an old Egyptian boat for his history work. It turned out real cute.

When I went to get the items that were missing for his boat, I also picked up some stuff to make a patriotic wreath for my parents. It is similar to my spring one, but is red, white, and blue Daisy’s with an American Flag in the center.

Can’t wait to get home, cuddle with my kitty, enjoy my milk, eggs, and produce created as God intended and craft 🙂 Go home tomorrow 🙂

>Some sneak peaks

>Since I am in CO and can’t work on any of my crafts I am going to post some sneak peaks of items I plan to finish or start (and finsh, need ritallin for craft ADD). Some the links are at home, so just going to list 🙂

felt heart wreath in a light blue
billy book case from IKEA
curtains in either white or cream (would love your input, trim is cream, but I love the look of white)

Patrick’ and Robert’s room
A Mickey Mouse wreath
Finally finish their bedding and curtains

Jacob’s room
His entire sports bedding
Hang his gymnastics hooks for his medals
Organize better in there.

Living Room
recover two dining room table chairs ( for some reason it won’t let me highlight the last line)
curtains, again in white or cream (going with an Irish theme, room is dark green, so leaning towards white, because I prefer how it looks and that is the color in the Irish flag, but again, the trim is cream.)

thank you gifts for all the friends that have helped me out so far
boys’ baby books, trying to decide do I get them all caught up to robert’s age, and then the older two to Patrick’s age and then work on Jacob’s until it is caught up or just work on one kid at a time (mom guilt prob won’t let that happen). Also need to just scrap some family albums 🙂
Am also in search of a wreath idea that really captures me for a patriotic wreath, I had wanted to have it done for Memorial Day and now I am not even sure if I will have one for Independance Day!! I do plan for it to stay up until at least 9-11

>Deployment Challenge


I saw a link to a blog that has inspired me and I am hoping to also make the last 9 months of my hubbies deployment easier to handle!! Paige over at Faith’s Page set a challange to do 100 projects during her husband’s 14 month deloyment. Her hubby will be home soon 🙂 Well, we are only 1/4 of the way through with ours. I did craft and organize/decorate a lot when he first left. But now I am just trying to tread water with keeping the house semi clean. I am so overwhelmed by it that I feel guilty doing anything else!! Even if it is something for the house of my boys, and I know that the process of doing those crafty things will help my mood and my sanity. So, thanks to Paige, I am challanging myself to get 100 projects done too. Starting back with my St Pat’s wreath, that I completed the day he left. I will renumber those projects and post some others I have recently done and try and do better at posting the ones I am going to do. My goals include, organizing/cleaning, decorating, gifts, and scrapbooking 🙂