Sunday, July 6, 2014

Crazy Colorful Owls

We made these crazy colorful owls at our June Craft Camp.  We created the outline of these owls by using one unbroken line for the entire drawing. We kept our sharpies in constant contact with the paper.

This type of flowy, swirly, drawing, where you do not pick up your pen and you overlap your lines is called continuous line drawing. It is harder than you think, but oh so fun!

The end result is that that single continuous line creates all kinds of shapes to be colored! Oh, how  I love some whimsical and colorful art.

These crazy owls took a long time to color. This is what the campers worked on if they arrived a little early or they finished a project before everyone else, or they were waiting for their mom to pick them up. By the end of the week, the owls were complete.

I got this idea from one of my favorite artsy blogs, Whatever.  Over there, Meg even has a video where she teaches you how to draw this owl.  You can so do this with your kids.  

When Jonathan and Daniel came home from their own camp  and saw what the girls had created, they too wanted to make one. That is how fun these are!  I bet even YOU would like to do some coloring.  Put this on your summer bucket list. 

We added googly eyes after all the coloring was done.

Did you know googly eyes come in colors now? Some even have eyelashes?  So fun! I have a whole box full of googly eyes. . all sizes, all colors. The campers always laugh at me because I take such delight in my box of googly eyes. .and I always want to add them to our craft projects.  Check out these yellow eyelash eyes:

And one last picture because it makes me smile. And captures the true essence of Craft Camp. . .which is loving on these girls, having real conversations with them, enjoying the process of making something with our hands, and letting each camper know how valuable and special they are.  Every summer, Anna and I can't believe we get to use art to do that.

PS If you and your kids create your own Crazy and Coloful Owls, I sure would love to see pictures. Again, here is the video that shows you how to draw the outline. You can so do this!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Free Bowling for Kids this Summer

Here's a freebie to take note of for the summer!

Buffaloe Lanes is offering kids (18 yrs and under) 1 FREE GAME of BOWLING per day. Kids can join on-line HERE or at a Buffaloe Lanes center near them. Once they join, they will receive a Kids Bowling Card which entitles them to 1 free game per day between April 1 and November 1, 2014.

Now this does not include shoe rental. Shoe rental is $2. But there are exclusive daily freebies for those who have a Kids Bowling Card and Mondays are free shoe rentals. You can combine these daily freebies with the 1 free game per day, so if you go on Mondays everything is free.

Here are the other daily freebies:

Perhaps you can surprise your kiddos, your grandkids, or even the neighborhood kids this summer.

Friday, June 20, 2014

2 Upcoming Events You Won't Want to Miss!

I wanted to share with you about 2 upcoming events:

The first event is:

Next Wed, June 25 I will be teaching a free 1-hour introductory Couponing Workshop. This is a free workshop hosted by Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and they are even offering child care if you let them know ahead of time. The workshop will be from 6:15pm to 7:15pm.

Please contact me if you would like to attend. . just so I know how many handouts to make. Also let me know if you need child care during the program and I will pass that on to the church. 

This is not my full blown, in-depth 2 hour couponing class, but it is still filled with lots of couponing "meat". And you will certainly leave with tools to begin cutting your grocery bill in half. Plus you can ask me any question!

Hope to see you there!

And the 2nd event is:

Next Friday, June 27, my church's mission team that is going to Guatemala this summer (which Anna, Brooke, and Rob are a part of) is hosting a Guatemalan Dinner. Authentic Guatemalan cuisine will be served. And there will be entertainment by a local Latin American Dance Troupe.

This event is free, but there will be a basket out for donations since this is a fundraiser for the mission trip to Guatemala.

Come enjoy some yummy food. Expose your kids to another culture.  And help support a mission team!

Again, if you would like to attend, contact me and I will save you a spot. We can all sit at the same table!

Friday, May 23, 2014

5 for Friday

Happy Friday!!

Here's 5 things I wanted to share with you:

1. My nephew is selling Marco's Pizza Coupon Cards as a fundraiser for his traveling baseball team. These coupon cards are actually a really awesome deal. 

They are only $10 (over $100 value) and include EIGHT coupons that are "Buy one pizza, get one free" and the best is the next four coupons that are no purchase necessary! They are:

1.  Free Medium Pizza
2.  Free cheese sticks
3.  Free Sub
4.  Free cinnamon sticks

So that is 12 coupons in all for $10. If you would like a Marco's Pizza coupon card, contact my sister, Jenny at jmcclendon (at) nc (dot) rr (dot) com.

2. I mentioned last week that our church is having a Flea Market on Saturday, May 31 from 8-5pm.

I wanted to let you know about this Flea Market because

1. If you have items to get rid of, you may want to rent a 15x15 space for just $25. Email me and I will send you the registration info.

2. If you have items to get rid of, but do not want to rent a space, but really want to get rid of your stuff, consider dropping your stuff off at my house and I will add it to the booth my family is setting up. We will take anything but clothes. Email me and I can give you directions to my home. 

All money raised from booth sales and the stuff we sell goes to send our youth to Guatemala

3. If you have a crafty business or sell jewelry, tote bags, or some other fun merchandise, you may want to consider renting a space for just $25. I will have a space with my crafts there and together we can make this Flea Market more than just yard sale items.

4.  OR you may just want to plan on coming out and shopping!! Saturday, May 31, 8am-5pm at Raleigh Vineyard at 6894 Litchford Rd., Raleigh. Hope to see you there!!

# 3 for this 5 for Friday post is this:

Blog reader and friend (seems like you all are both!!)  Laura emailed me a few weeks ago telling me to check out the app Checkout51.  Have you heard of it?

It is an app where you take a photo of your receipt. If you have bought any of the items that they have listed, you will receive the specified amount into your account . For example, on Laura's account, she can get 50¢ back for buying milk and 50¢ back for buying broccoli. Once you reach $20 in your account, you can cash out and they will send you a check. This can be used in conjunction with manufacturers coupons at the register. Check it out HERE.

4.  Blog reader and friend Trina sent me this link to all the Triangle Summer Movie Deals.Get your calendar out and plan on enjoying some free or discounted films with your kids.
Enjoy free or discounted films this summer that both you and your kids can have fun watching.  - See more at:
Enjoy free or discounted films this summer that both you and your kids can have fun watching.  - See more at:

5. Happy Memorial Day! Just a reminder that there are no coupon inserts this Sunday since it is a holiday weekend. Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Have Stuff to Get Rid Of??

Most of you know that Anna (my 17 year old) goes to Guatemala every summer. She spends 2-3 weeks every July loving on the children of Casita Adonai. Casita Adonai is a small private Christian school in a difficult area of Guatemala City, an area devastated by poverty, gangs, and lack of education.

This summer Rob (my husband) and Brooke (my 13 year old) will join Anna for a week. . .along with 9 others from our church. Anna has so longed for a while to share Guatemala with her family, friends, and church.She is super excited about this summer.

So their team has been doing many fundraisers to help them get down to Guatemala. And this is where the title of this post, "Have Stuff to Get Rid Of?" fits in:

On Sat, May 31 from 8-5pm, we will be having a Flea Market in our church's parking lot.  If you have items you want to get rid of, consider renting a space. You will get a lot more traffic at our flea market than you would at a yard sale in your front yard.  Plus it will be a lot more fun to hang out with all of us. All the Soutters will be there. Here are all the details:

You can email me and I can send you the form to reserve your space. And if you are not interested in renting a space, consider coming out and shopping this Flea Market. There is sure to be some treasures to be found.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Come On Out to The Pop-Up Market Today!

I am up early because in a few hours I am off to Sola Coffee Cafe to set up for their Pop-Up Market.  

Earlier this week, I shared about this unique little coffee shop who is opening their parking lot to over 15 local artisans today.  But I thought I would post some new pictures of the handmade goodnesss Brooke and I will be selling. . .in hopes that you will be enticed to come on out.

Here is a sampling of some new signs we have made: 

And here is another wooden sign that I think is just perfect for Mother's Day:

Brooke and I have more. . .and when I get to Sola Coffee Cafe, I will try to snap some pictures of the other booths and post them on Facebook. Sure hope to see you later on today!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Come Join Me at the Pop-Up Market This Saturday!

This Saturday, May 10, Sola Coffee Cafe in Raleigh is hosting a Pop-Up Market, where you can shop the handmade goods of over 15 local artisans. I am one of those artisans!

Come stop by this unique little coffee shop anytime between 9:30 and 1:30pm on Saturday and soak it all in: a super relaxed atmosphere, good conversation, your favorite beverage, delicious fresh fare, and special, one-of-a-kind art.

Sola is a family-owned independent coffee shop driven by a love for people and a passion for community. . .my kind of place. Come shop local, support local!

Below is a sampling of what will be at my Pop-Up Market booth. 

All money from our sales will go towards Brooke's mission trip to Guatemala this summer. But do note that Brooke and I are still creating.  So you may want to keep an eye on my Facebook page for more pictures. . .we are making more wooden signs like the below and others with different sayings:

You do not have to tell your mom you haven't gotten her Mother's Day present yet, just drop by Sola's Pop-Up Market this Saturday and pick up a one-of-a-kind gift just for her.

Hope to see you there. Come find Brooke and me!
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