Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Homeschool Art: Color Wheel

The Color Wheel- An Art Lesson Plan

Learning about the color wheel is a "colorful" way to learn ArtHere is an easy lesson plan for them.
Objective: To teach your homeschooler about the spectrum of the color wheel and definitions for the related vocabulary words.
 You will need:
Water color paper
water colors
paint brush
container of water
Use a piece of water color draw a large circle, about a 1.5 inches in draw a smaller circle. Separate the inner circle into 6 sections, start with drawing a large X  in the center circle, then draw a line down the center. This will give you the 6 sections you will need. In the outer circle draw a line in between the lines from the inner circle. Do not focus on getting the perfect circle shape, playing with color is more important then the correct shape.

Start painting the triangle shapes of the inner circle, start with red, skip a space, then paint yellow, skip a space, then paint blue. In the spaces between the primary colors paint the correct secondary color; orange, green, purple.

On the outer circle paint the correct Tertiary Colors that would be the connecting combination of the 2 colors above it in the inner circle. The six tertiary colors are red-orange, red-violet, yellow-green, yellow-orange, blue-green, and blue-violet.

 Using the vocabulary below and discussion by looking at a color wheel.  Encourage your child to point out the examples of primary colors and complementary colors.
Basic Definitions:
Primary Colors – The three primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. They are the only colors that cannot be made by mixing two other colors.
Secondary Colors – The three secondary colors are green, orange, and violet. They are each a mixture of two primary colors.
Tertiary Colors – The six tertiary colors are red-orange, red-violet, yellow-green, yellow-orange, blue-green, and blue-violet. They are made by mixing a primary color with an adjacent secondary color.
Warm/Cool Colors  – Warm colors include reds, oranges, and yellows. Cool colors include blues, greens, and violets.
Complementary colors- these colors are opposite colors on the color wheel, and they contrast each other. A primary color is always complemented by a secondary color that is the mixture of the other two primary colors. On the color wheel complementary colors are directly across from one another, like red and green.
 Analogous colors- these colors are next to each other on the color wheel, and have a color in common. Example: blue, violet and red are all analogous because combining red and blue makes violet.

Other Color Projects

Friday, September 13, 2013

Kombucha the Magical Drink

Kombucha is a fermented drink of sweetened black tea. It is produced by fermenting the tea using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or "SCOBY". It's very close cousins to the mother used to make vinegar. The scoby bacteria and yeast eat most of the sugar in the tea, the finished product is a refreshingly fizzy, slightly sour fermented  beverage that is relatively low in calories.

Why drink Kombucha?

1 — Detoxification
Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides cancer prevention. One of kombucha’s greatest health benefits is its ability to detox the body.

2 — Joint Care
Kombucha contains glucosamines, a strong preventive and treatment all forms of arthritis.

3 — Aids Digestion and Gut Health
Because it’s naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a probiotic beverage.

Here are a few articles on the health benefits of kombucha:

First Brew

You will need:

3 quarts water
1 cup white sugar
5 bags black tea (or 2 tablespoons loose tea)
2 cups starter tea from last batch of kombucha
1 scoby per fermentation jar

Equipment needed to start and have continuos brewing

Stock pot
1-gallon glass jar with spout
2 large mason Jars with plastic lids
Bottles: Six 16-oz glass bottles with plastic lids or swing-top bottles, or clean soda bottles
clean cotton cloth

Note: Avoid prolonged contact between the kombucha and metal both during and after brewing it can affect the flavor of your kombucha and weaken the scoby over time.

1. Make the Tea Base: Boil water and add tea bags. Remove from heat, remove tea bags, and stir in the sugar. Then allow to reach room temperature.

2. Add brewed tea, started tea, and scabby to glass jar

3. Cover with cloth and tie off with string or large rubber band

4. let brew for 7 to 10 Days: Keep the jar at room temperature, out of direct sunlight, and safe from too much movement. Check the kombucha and the scoby periodically.

Second Brewing -

Pour the fermented kombucha into jars ( always leave a few cups left in your continual brewing, add any juice, herbs, or fruit you may want to use as flavoring, leaving about an inch of head room in each Jar I add 3 Tablespoons of organic sugar to promote more fizz like soda. Add lid and let sit in room temperature for 24hrs. Once 2nd brewing is over you can strain and add to bottles and refrigerate. Refrigerate to stop fermentation and carbonation, and then consume your kombucha within a month.

1.Remake the Tea Base to feed the mother: Boil water and add tea bags. Remove from heat, remove tea bags, and stir in the sugar. Then allow to reach room temperature.

2. You can now start doing the second brewing every other day. repeat steps 1 and 2.

To Your Health!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Magical Monday Giveaway: Mosey's Mermaid Crown

Our Magical Giveaway is is so... well magical. It is the sweetest mermaid crown made of the softest wool and sweet woven ribbon. it is the perfect highlight for our tribute to mermaids. This crown come to you by way of Mosey.

Mosey, Waldorf inspired birthday crowns and toys, created by Steph & Jes who joined forces a little over a year ago. Steph and Jes have been friends for over 18 years, they used to write a zine together and now they make mosey magic!

They draw their inspiration from Waldorf education and the warmth of working with all-natural objects.  In the past year their Waldorf style birthday crowns have become their most loved and cherished things in the shop as well as one of our favorite things to make. We choose every detail carefully down to the fancy ribbons & shades of wool felt. Their crowns were crowns were featured in Mothering Magazine's ♥ Best Natural Toys ♥

Mosey's creators say, "We try to always keep in mind the children who will be holding or wearing our creations and we hope they receive as much magic from each object as we put in to making them!" To read more about this wonderful Artist head on over to the Naturalkids Team Blog!

Giveaway item: Mermaid Wool Crown by Mosey

Contest Date: Monday April 1st, 2013 - Friday April 5th, 2013. The winner will be picked on April 5th, 2013. Winner will be announced on my Facebook Page.

Who Can Enter: This Giveaway is for domestic and international ( International winners are responsible for all tax, custom, and duties applied by your country. This item will be marked Merchandise on the custom paperwork.)

How to enter:
Check out Mosey's shop and tell us what you think.

For Extra Entries:
Like Mosey Facebook and share this giveaway on your page.
Follow Mosey blog.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

First Spring Walk

After dinner we went on our first spring walk living in our new town and this is what we saw...

Amazing Old Doors

Lovely Detail Work

Amazing Victorian

original brick road showing itself

home again, home again...
I just love my new town!
Make sure you check out my Magical Monday Giveaway post and enter to win this weeks giveaway!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Magical Monday Giveaway: Underwater Stash

Spring is here even though it is very snowy outside right now. Spring always gets me in the mood to clean and organize. Over the next few weeks I will be working on my studio. I have now been in my space for over 6 months and feel I know how I need to work in it to be most productive.

During this process I will be sorting though my stash of Nature table items and getting this organized for my new project of story book making and stop motion videos. While cleaning and organizing I came across some extra little items that I thought would be fun for a giveaway.

This set of items makes for a great theme Nature Table set up, this collection is small enough that you can add it to a travel bag and take it with you. A few wooden toys and it would be complete for an underwater adventure.

Giveaway item:
11" Water Playsilk
A few water drop (glass)
A few pretty sea shells
A set of Sea Coral from The Enchanted Cupboard

Contest Date: Monday March 25th, 2013 - Friday March 29th, 2013. The winner will be picked on March 30th, 2013. Winner will be announced on my Facebook Page.

Who Can Enter: This Giveaway is for domestic and international ( International winners are responsible for all tax, custom, and duties applied by your country. This item will be marked Merchandise on the custom paperwork.)

How to enter:
Leave a comment about what you most look forward to for Spring.

For Extra Entries:
Follow me on Pinterest and pin this giveaway.
Like me Facebook and share this giveaway on your page.
Follow my blog.
Heart my shop on Etsy.
Follow me on Twitter.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring Arrival

We got a long awaited Spring surprise. 

Meet Galadriel, Gladdy for short, 1st born and named after the The 7th Queen Enthroned.

 Meet Gandalf The Grey, 2nd born named after the Wizard and Leader of The Fellowship of The Ring.

Meet Guinevere, nicknamed Gwen and named after The legendary Queen of Camelot.

This is my Max, the sweetest little boy, he does all the litter clean up and feeding of the cats. He has been pleading, since they were born, for us to keep them all. He does not care about the amount of work it will add for him. It has been hard for me to keep our Easter surprise for them but the surprise is we are going to keep them all!! SHHH!!! Don't tell them!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hearty Skillet Rice Dinner

Here is another great quick dinner. This is also a great way to use up leftover rice. I like to do big cooking once a week and then keep precooked rice and pasta in the fridge for easy meal planning. The meat can be substituted with any ground meat,  diced up whole meat, or beans of your choose. I love to make this meal for our friends that eat gluten free.


2 teaspoons olive oil

3 cup Brown Rice, cooked

1 cups chicken stock

1 med onion, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 Red Pepper, Diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 med. zucchini, Diced

1 Lb of Ground Pork, pre-browned

1 Jar (homemade or Commercial) of Med. or Mild Salsa

1 cup precooked left over or frozen corn

Fresh - Sprig of Cilantro and Oregano


Dry -1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 lime, juiced


2 cups shredded cheese - we use a Mexican Mix

 In a medium saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook Sausage till browned. Add veggies and saute. Add rice and broth cook it and stir for a few minute. Once broth has absorbed add salsa and herbs. Turn the heat down to low and covered for a few minutes to raise the heat. Add cheese and cover again till melted.