Thursday, December 30, 2010

Good Luck Book Minute


I know that I wasn't sure that I would ever read another Plum book. But, I came across one for an extremely reasonable price and count pass it up. I bought Janet Evanovich's  A Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers Novel, Plum Lucky. Say that five times fast. Any who, it turned out to be very entertaining. It is a book of "leprechaun" mishaps that are good for a laugh. It's a fast read that I would suggest for St.Patrick's day so you will be in the spirit for the theme. Some day I will have to find one of Janet Evanovich's actual number books to read rather than one of the sting off books. Can't say that I regret owning this one though. It's nice to have a book on your shelf that will make you to laugh out loud. Causing people around you to look at you in amusement and confusion.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Plum Book Minute


"Visions of Sugar Plums"  By  Janet Evanovich  was my second attempt at Christmas book to entertain me. On the entertainment side was outraged elves and a grandma's electrically charged dating prospects. On the Christmas spirit side, the only thing about it that struck a cord was that that the main character had  a chaotic family that spent time together at Christmas. Another let down to for me was that  I felt she left me hanging at the end.  Bummer.  Really hoping that my next book breaks my, not so great book, streak.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Book Set to Music

I had the bright idea of a way to recycle a music greeting card and make a gift for a two year old all in one. I shake my head now because I didn't think it through before I started. Then the book I tore apart for the cover wasn't put together in a way to make it easy on me so I am revising the way I actually did my book now that I know what the mistakes I made were and this is on the assumption that your book cover has a stronger binding than mine. As you can see I had to reinforce mine.



You will need an idea for this book that coincides with your music. Mine was a body part book that I collected pictures of the child in questions  hands, feet , eyes and such. Paired the pictures with the song "Simply the Best" By Tina Turner.

Gather together these things. Carefully take a book cover off of a book that isn't valuable and that you don't want anymore.  Paper of your choice for the pages. And depending on how you want to bind the pages you will need glue and possibly needle and thread.

Now cut your pages down to size remember to leave extra for binding a half inch should do. Now we will work on the mechanical part. First cut the music card to size without cutting the metal parts or the link from one side of the card to the player.  
You will need to have one full sheet of paper  measured and cut so that it will fit across  the cover as well as in both directions. We might have to cut it down after we are done gluing , it might be touch and go.  Fold the paper in half with care and then take your scissors and cut into the fold in the middle. Leaving a slit to put the card through.




Put the card through it, cut the card to fit if necessary. Now put glue around the bump where the mechanism is on the back outside part of the card and spread the glue around evenly so you don’t get as many ripples on the paper. Then glue the inside front of the card now you need your single pieces that are cut to size to cover both parts of the card that still show. Let it dry then try it out to make sure that it still works.
Tested and proven to be ok after all that gluing get out the glue again. Get a strip of paper that is the same length as the book pages and an inch and a half wide fold it in half. It will be the tab that holds these two pages in the book so make sure it's strong. Glue this piece to the card this will be the middle of your book it is going to hold this in the book so be sure that it is secure.

 After the glue dries dress your pages in whatever it is that is the substance of the book arrange them in order.

 To bind the book you can glue the half inch extra on your pages together and to the cover. Or you can get out you needle and thread and stitch them together. I glued mine because of the flimsy nature of my cover.  I would have rather stitched it for a more polished look but it really is your decision, it is your book. If you glue make sure that you set something heavy on top and leave it sitting over night, make sure that it isn't disturbed.  Now you can do what you want to the cover if you haven't already. Now that it's done enjoy.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gift of Santa

This is for those of you that support your child's belief in Santa. Go to www.portablenorthpole.tv . This site makes a video from Santa to your child that you can include special pictures, favorite things, what they asked for and what you have asked your child to work on through the year.  It's easy and fun to make and the kids are just amazed at what he has to say. It also gives you the option to send a message to your adult loved ones. I hope this gets some smiles.
Have a Merry Christmas!
 

Cameras in Small Hands


There are things that you just can't hand over to your kids. I don't believe that your camera needs to be one of them. If you haven't bought your child a child safe camera but you do have a digital camera of your own this is for you. I will tell you that under super vision letting your child experiment with your camera with be something that is a win win.
 Let them know that you're entrusting them with something that can break. Set up guild lines for them. Depending on their age this will help them with their self esteem and confidence.
 If your kids are like mine they need a goal in mind. Let them know that you would like pictures of let's say flowers in the yard. Let them find their subject and take the picture the way they want. When they have taken enough pictures let them see them on the computer. Have them pick out one or two favorites. Print them off for the child to hang in their room. If you really want to make their day frame it and hang it where everyone can see. It makes for a nice memory and lets them know that what they see and like matter to you.
 Accept their vision of what beauty is. It can be difficult because sometimes we have a small box in which we lay beauty or what we think is an exceptable picture. I'm asking that for you give them the benefit of a doubt. Even if it is the ugliest picture you ever had the disprivilege of seeing. Print it out for the child let them hang it and if you really don't get it. Ask them why they like it and write the reason on the back. So when the child doesn't like the picture anymore you can put in a safe place to look back on. Consider it a lesson in seeing through the eyes of your child. 

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