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I never knew the 100th day of school was a thing until my kids started Elementary school. What is the 100th day of school and why is it special?? We didn’t do that when I was in school – so I did a little digging.

I found some fun information on verywell.com, see below:

What is the 100th Day of School?

The 100th day of school is literally the 100th day of the school year. More importantly, it is a great way for elementary school teachers to celebrate the various mathematical concepts that can be taught using the number 100. From the very first day of school, classes begin keeping track of the number of days they’ve been in school in anticipation of the 100th day. It’s this anticipation that is actually the first math lesson, as the days are often marked using coffee stirrers or Popsicle sticks, ten of which become a “ten bundle,” paving the way to counting by tens and ones.

When is the 100th Day of School?

The 100th day of school will vary from school to school, depending on when school started and whether or not there were days off for teacher workshops or inclement weather. Most classes end up celebrating the 100th day of school sometime in February, usually right around Valentine’s Day.

What Will my Child Do on the 100th Day of School?

There are hundreds of activities and lesson plans devoted to the 100th day of school and many books written to help celebrate the day.

At our school, only the Kindergartners celebrate the 100 days with a shirt. ONCE AGAIN, Pinterest to the rescue. There are TONS of ideas out there so it’s a fun activity with the kids to pick one. My daughter and son, of course, wanted very different things – my daughter is usually more complicated. Last year we went for buttons – and of course we just couldn’t place 100 buttons randomly on the shirt – it had to have a picture. We went with a flower! It’s not as easy as it seems to get EXACTLY 100 buttons into the shape of a flower. I recommend starting with the flower and ending with the stem and leaves. If you come up short you can always extend the stem or add a leaf!! For my son, we did a small 100 piece jigsaw puzzle – Star Wars, of course.

I was out and about this weekend checking out “64 Galore” — a huge run of yard sales along Highway 64 in Arkansas.  Each year in August, a weekend is dedicated to a massive yard sale.  Hundreds of people set up their sales along the sides of the roads at churches and businesses, subdivisions have large neighborhood sales, flea markets and antique shops have sales.  The opportunities go on for miles.  While looking for something very specific (which I never actually found), I happened upon a flea market in Vilonia, Arkansas, where I found one of these:

buttermold

I thought it was very unique and I’d never seen anything like it before.  I asked the man at the counter what it was and he explained it was a butter mold.

Some quick facts about Butter Molds:

A butter mold makes butter more visually appealing for table use.  Old, primitive butter mold presses were made from wood and carved with a handle on the top and a flat bottom with a design carved on the underside. People pressed the design onto the top of the butter.

  • Pressed butter is a popular item at old-fashioned festivals and country fairs. Put the butter on the table for display but keep most of it in a cooler to prevent it from melting in the sun.
  • Most wooden butter molds were made of hardwood or maple.
  • The intricacy of the design can increase the value of the press. The most common designs were simple carvings such as wheat sheaths.

I bought one because I have a vision for this butter mold and what I can make out of it.  I can’t get to work on it. Wait and see what I turn this butter mold in to.  I hope the end result comes out as well as I can see it in my head.

Hello Chirpers — I’m back.  Sorry for the delay.

Here is a cross I made for a silent auction for a Faulkner County Circle of Friends event.  The proceeds of the auction benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital — an organization I am passionate about supporting!!!

GlassCross

I have been working diligently on several projects that I’m going to get out here for you to see.  The first is a Glass Marble Art Cross.   This was the first time I’ve tried a project with the glass marbles.  As I was at Hobby Lobby looking at supplies a really nice lady asked me if I wanted some advice….OF COURSE…..(I wish now I had gotten her contact information!!!).  She suggested the use of a power grip glue found at Home Depot instead of the regular glass glue.

Supplies:

Hobby Lobby:

  • 2 Wooden Crosses (1 Large, 1 smaller)
  • Glass Flat sided marbles
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Glossy Modge Podge
  • Metal Decorative Flower
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Xacto Knife

Home Depot:

  • LocTite Power Grip
  • Spray Paint

First I spray painted both crosses with a Teal colored Spray paint as preparation.  I color coordinated the spray paint with the scrapbook paper I chose.

For the bottom, larger cross —

Next, I used Spray adhesive and sprayed the top of the cross and placed the Scrapbook paper on.  I let this dry for 24 hours before using an Xacto Knife to trm around the edges.  Finally, I finished by coating the paper with Glossy Modge Podge for a sturdy glossy finish.

For the top, smaller cross —

I used the LocTite Power Grip —  suggested by my anonymous friend, to attach the metal flower to the center of the cross.  Locktite

The LocTite worked great, i found it in the Paint section of Home Depot – It comes in a tube AND a caulk tube for larger projects.  It has incredible hold and dries CLEAR!!!!

The great thing about the metal flower I chose, is that it was on a spring — so it was easy to raise up to get under.  Next, I placed the flat marbles all around the cross placing it in dollops of the Power Grip.  Don’t get too much, because you don’t want a ton showing, but you don’t want too little, because you want to make sure you have a strong grip on the marbles.  Don’t worry if some comes up around the marbles — it does dry clear and looks great!

As a final step when both crosses were completely dry (I waited 24 hours) — I used the Power Grip to glue the smaller cross to the larger cross!

Mix and match the marbles and the paper and have fun with it.  I used mixed colored marbles, but you could easily go with all same colored marbles.

I wanted to do something for with the kids for a birthday present so we made a Red Birds painting.   The kids did everything but the tree and the bird details.

redbirds painting

Then I let them have free reign on their cards.  They did a great job.

Card1 Card2

I think they did an amazing job.  Stickers and painting!!!! 🙂

I’ve been looking for something to put over my mirror in my room.  My room is in Orange and I just couldn’t find something I really love.  I am a proud alumna of Kappa Delta sorority.   I have always loved our open motto “Ta Kala Diokommen” – “Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest”.

I modified that a bit for my sign

Sign

 

I painted a wooden sign in some fun colors to match my bedroom.  Added the words by cutting them out on Cameo and modge podge’d them onto the sign.  Then I added some fun metal flowers that I got at Hobby Lobby.  I love the final look.  I hope you like it too.

 

OOXX

 

Hey Chirpers.

I know it’s been a while.  But here I am back with the Valentine’s day projects I made for the kids.

Everyone knows my love for Pinterest, but some of you might not know my love for Asian food.

This year I went with the Fortune cookies.  They were soooo easy to make, I was suprised.  These are from the Martha Stewart Show:

http://www.marthastewart.com/266523/felt-fortune-cookies-from-the-martha-ste?backto=true

It was really easy as pie.  Simple ingredients:

Felt, wire cutters, floral wire, ribbon, glue and a message

I went with the pink and the red and just a simple little message.  Happy Valentines Day from Little Red or Big Red as applicable 🙂  I did do colored ink just for fun.

Valentines

 

For the class snack, I went with the chocolate covered strawberries.  I love this snack because it takes all of about 15 minutes to make.

All you need is meltable chocolate, strawberries and a microwave.

First I clean the strawberries, leaving the tops on.

Slowly melt the chocolate in the microwave following instructions.

HINT:  If you chocolate doesn’t get thin enough…add Crisco.  This thins in out, but also allows the chocolate to harden back up.  It won’t re-harden with oil or milk.

Then I just dip and let dry.

Fast, easy and delicious.  MUCH cheaper than purchasing them in the store.

If you’re so inclined, add drizzles of white or pink chocolate for a more fancy look.

Valentines2

 

Until next time….OXOX