Monday, June 01, 2015

Beautiful & Lacy Sacred and Immaculate Heart Printable {Free}

Hi, everyone! For the month of June and August - the months of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart - I'm adding a new printable download to the members area! This download is a set of printable hearts which depicts the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.
I modeled these hearts after some old antique prayer cards. Those old holy cards often gave a decorative lacy border to each card. I always found those cards to be so beautiful. These fancy hearts make an amazing decoration for your home, church vestibule, or class room!  We used them to decorate our Marian Tea Party this past May. I also reused some to decorate our home for the month of June - since it is the month we celebrate the Sacred Heart. 
While these hearts look great when colored with bold colors, they also look lovely when colored lightly. But if you are not fond of coloring, they look just as gorgeous uncolored!! They add a sweet pale-white splash to any wall or display!

How to make and use these hearts:
These are so easy to make! Just print them off, color them (if you want), and cut out around the hearts. They each have a thick gray border. Cut anywhere inside this gray-border area for a perfect and beautiful cut! It's so easy!
Use a hole puncher to create a hole (or holes) to hang these up. Depending on the way you want to hang them, you can make two holes or just one hole in the flame area. 

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Create a Paper Vase and Bouquet for Your Mother and Mary! {Easy & Free Printable}

Mother's day is coming during the month of May - which is also the month we honor our heavenly mother, Mary. It's a great time to think about flowers! I'm added a new download to the members area! It's a printable bouquet and vase! It has beautiful flowers and a sweet image of Our Lady holding the infant Jesus. This paper bouquet is easy to make and could be a beautiful gift for mom or grandma. It also would be a beautiful decoration for your May altar or use it as a center piece for your table! I know we will be using ours as decorations for our Mother Mary Tea party this year!
Although we made ours for the month of May, these are 100% perfectly usable or any Marian feast day!  So feel free to create this project anytime!

To create this you will need:
  • the printable pages: free in the Members Area
  • colored pencils or crayons
  • scissors
  • stapler or tape (we used a stapler)
  • glue or glue stick
  • 7 oz disposable plastic cup - ours were 3 1/2 inches tall. 
  • a sheet of green tissue paper
  • a sheet of green construction paper

First print the pages (regular paper is fine). Color the Mary and Jesus image, the butterflies and flowers. If you are giving this as a gift, you can write a message to the recipient in the boxed area below Mary. Note: the printable does not have the writing under Mary as it's pictured in the image above. We added that to this sample.
Once you have colored it the way you like, cut out all the parts.

Staple (or tape) the one end of the Mary box to the other - to form a tube. Add the 7 oz plastic disposable cup to the inside of the tube and staple the top of it to the top of the paper tube (in the back) Be sure it's sitting level before you staple it.  Note: The paper tube is not tight around the cup. If you make it tight it is more likely to wrinkle and/or fall over. The plastic cup will help keep your flowers and greens from falling out.

Now, fold the butterflies in half and open them up again. Staple the middle of the butterfly to the area around image of Mary. (or tape it down) This will give them a flying-3D look.

Cut your sheet of tissue paper in half. Then cut each half in half again - diagonally.

Take the middle of each part and form a point. Stuff the point into the cup along with some green leaf-like strips, which were cut from the green construction paper. If you don't have green tissue paper you can just fill the cup with green strips of paper, but the tissue is a much better filler.

Now fluff-out the greens and add your flowers.  Some of my kids fluffed theirs out so much it made these kind-of top heavy. When they finished creating them they sat fine, but if it's frustrating to the child, add a few small rocks to the bottom of the cup. Use a glue stick to attach the flowers to the greenery.
There you have it - a beautiful bouquet! You're ready to be a florist!! :-)

This bouquet craft can be enjoyed by a wide variety of ages. Obviously, the quality will not be as great for younger kids, but they can still enjoy it. Here is one my 4 year old made.
My 4 year old, Caleb, was thrilled with his! He sat and admired it for quite awhile before he moved it into his special place in his bedroom. :-) 
Here are a few more examples which my girls created:
We had light and dark green tissue paper. I thought I'd show you both so you can decide which shade of green you like best.

This could be a small group activity!
A small group of kids could make one bouquet together. There are 9 flowers, 2 butterflies, and the Mary vase which all need colored. Allow the children to pick the part they want to color. Then they can all share in the assembly of the bouquet. This is great way for a few siblings to create one of these bouquets for Grandma or Mom!

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May God bless you with a joy-filled day!

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Divine Mercy eBook for Children - Great learning tool!

I mentioned in a post last week that Jonathan and I are working on an ebook to teach children about the Divine Mercy. Well, today I'm thrilled to tell you that it's now available for you to purchase!

This 36 page ebook is packed full of information to help you teach your kids about St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy! Aside from all the pages which include information about the history and meaning of the Divine Mercy, you will also find crafts and activity pages!

The book's topics include:
  • St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy (Life Summary)
  • A Summary of the ABC’s of Mercy 
  • A – Ask for Mercy 
  • Why do I need mercy? 
  • St. Faustina and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy 
  • How do I ask for mercy? 
  • Learning the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy – Mini Book Activity 
  • Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet – Instruction Sheet 
  • B – Be Merciful 
  • How are we called to be merciful?
  • Jesus told us through St. Faustina (to be merciful) 
  • Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy - 3 Types of Mercy 
  • Unscramble the Works of Mercy Activity 
  • C – Complete Trust 
  • Trust Your Heavenly Father Just as Jesus Did 
  • Jesus’ Agony in the Garden Activity 
  • Jesus Told St. Faustina About Trust 
  • Prayer for Trust
  • Jesus Banner 
  • The ABC’s of Mercy - Recap Page
  • About the Divine Mercy Image 
  • Divine Mercy Coloring Page
  • Divine Mercy Stand-Up Image 
  • Create a Divine Mercy Picture From Felt (Including Liturgical Ornament and Banner)
All these pages are black and white so they are gentle on your printer's ink. The cover and the last page have color, but these two pages can be printed in gray scale with no problems.
A peek at a few pages
We recommend this book be used with children ages 10 and up because of the reading material which is included in it. However, children under the age of 10 can enjoy the art activities and some of the simpler topics. Feel free to include your younger children in the discussions and add your own explanations to help make this information appropriate for their level of learning.

Our family printed the ebook pages out and added them to a three ring binder (one for each child). Most of the pages stayed together in the binder but some of the crafts the kids made to decorate around our home.

I've also included the patterns for the Divine Mercy Liturgical Ornament. The ebook also has a larger pattern so you can create a banner to hang in your home.

In the processes of creating this ebook Jonathan and I have really deepened our understanding of the Divine Mercy and it taught us how necessary it is for us, our family, and our society.  We have enjoyed our time working together and we are pleased with the ebook and how it turned out. We hope you learn and grow from this book as well.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Resurrection of Jesus - Lego / Playmobil Coloring Page

I know I said I wasn't going to post any Easter activities, but I forgot that I had already promised my 10 year old that I would post a coloring page which she created. A promise is a promise, so I'm posting Elizabeth's wonderful Easter coloring page! And she is very excited to share it with you today! :-)

Elizabeth modeled her Jesus figure after Playmobil and Lego people.
The tomb behind him, was made to look like Legos.

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**Go to: Members Area >> Jesus >> Lent and Easter >> Coloring pages (Bottom of the page)

I hope you like her cute coloring page! 
Personally I think she did an awesome job! - But I'm her mother!

Have a blessed Holy Week!
~Jennifer (and Elizabeth)

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Too Many Irons on the Fire... Holy Week, Easter, School, Liturgical Ornaments, Confirmation, Divine Mercy, Laundry, etc

Lent, Easter, and Spring seem to be my busy time of year. I LOVE this time of year, but every late-winter and spring I fight just to keep myself from drowning in the stress of life. This year aside from our typical spring, Easter, and end-of-school stress we are also blessed to have our oldest son being Confirmed!
photo credit: Stress Reduction
Because of all that, I'm just going to give you a summary of a few of our past Holy Week and Easter activities. While I have done several Holy Week/Easter crafts and activities with my kids during the past month, I decided to just save them and post about them next Lent and Easter. I do plan to post about a Divine Mercy ebook, which Jon and I have been working on. I hope to have that out this week so you all can prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday.
Well, enough complaining, here is the list of our past crafts for Holy Week and Easter.

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Liturgical Ornaments
I also want to tell those of you who are patiently waiting for more Liturgical Ornaments that they are coming. Due to other activities, Elizabeth and I have not had a lot of free time to work on them. So we are behind in our creation of them (actually we are still working on January). but we do have them coming - slowly. 
I'm hoping that we can get caught up during the summer months when school is finished for the year and we have more free time.

Have a blessed Holy Week.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Create a Fish from Palms and More...

Last year on Palm Sunday I tried a new way to "braid" with the palm branches. Really, this is more like weaving! Here is a picture of one of the woven fish I created last year:
I used the tutorial in the video below to create my palm fish. The lady in this video uses paper, but I recreated the same thing using strips of a palm branch. 
Please note: I discovered that the fish looked better if I place the fins of the fish under a few books till it was dry. This helped to keep the fins from curling.  Also you may need to tighten the weaving as the fish dries over the course of a few days. So these may seem like a little more work, but they are a cute christian symbol to have around the house. 

More Ways to Create with Palms
Here are a few other ways to braid palm branches:

The 2-Part Braid
It looks like 4 but really it's made with 2 parts.
View a past post and instruction video HERE.

Crown of Thorns made from a Palm
You can also make a crown of thorns with a palm branch.
(using half the "sword" as I did in the 2-part braid video). 
This is the same technique as the Paper Crown of Thorns, click here to see that post. The only difference is you tie the two ends together.

4-Square Braid
You also might like to see this post on how to make a 4 square braid

**Note: Please don't throw the scrap pieces into the trash!! They are blessed! The proper way to dispose of them is to bury them, burn them, or return them your church so they can burn them and use them next Ash Wednesday.

After you have braided your palms place them at your family altar or use them as decorations around your home.

Storing palms until you can braid them
If you can't braid your palms within an hour or two after Mass, place your palms in a zip-loc bag with a tablespoons of  water, seal it, shake it, and place it in the fridge. That will keep it from drying out until you can braid it! They should keep that way for a few days.

Have a blessed Palm Sunday

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Sorrowful Mysteries - Coloring Page - All on 1 Sheet

My daughter, Rachel, created a set of coloring pages which focused on the Sorrowful Mysteries.  I shrank them all down and added them to one page. I felt that having 5 coloring pages for the kids might be a bit much for them to handle. It seemed like it could be time consuming and potentially boring for my kids to color one page for each mystery. Having all 5 on one page seemed to be more interesting and less mundane.

One of my other daughters, Elizabeth, colored the sample I have shown here.
(She used colored pencils.)

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Thanks again to Rachel Maybeth for sharing your art work with us! And thanks to Elizabeth, too!

Enjoy! God Bless.

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