Monday, December 3, 2018

Craft Fair

I’ve spent the last two months getting ready for a craft fair.  My 14yo son plans to go to Japan on a 4-H exchange trip in 2 years, and one way we plan to raise funds is by having a booth in our local craft fair.  For two months my kitchen table has been central to my crafting and an explosion of glitter!  Here are some of my crafts:
While crafting and looking all over Pinterest, I found a new way to screen print my projects.  I’m pretty excited about it - you can check it out HERE.  It truly makes all my projects professional looking as well as easy and fun to make!  Let me know if you have questions.






I was able to use cedar tongue and groove ends that were leftover from our addition project.  More on that soon.
I made 18 little gnomes!  I even got around to making a YouTube video on how to make them!  Check it out and give me feedback, please.
 

This is my favorite transfer that I have.  I made two of these boards, but neither of the them sold.  I’m going to have to get it listed on Etsy or Facebook to sell them.  None of my Farm transfers went either.  More of my craft fair items coming soon, so stay tuned!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

A Plum Busy Fall

My life has been pretty scrappy lately!  Harvest time brought us many different options and new projects to work on!  We were overloaded with plums off an old plum tree on the edge of our property, so since they were very ripe, that was one of my first projects.

I went back to my trusty Fruit board on Pinterest for a favorite Plum Breakfast Bar recipe with my plums first.  Be sure to follow me on Pinterest at Prairie Scraps!
My kids ate these bars every day for a month and a half!!  Such a great thing to have on hand!

In the past, I made jam with my plums, and very quickly my family revolted because the peelings had a weird texture, leaving me with 20+ jars of unwanted jam.  In more recent years, I made jelly, so the peelings weren’t a problem, but it was still not a favorite flavor in my pantry.  This year I thought I’d try a few new things, so to the Pinterest world I went!

This plum butter has a wonder taste and texture because I chopped it in my Ninja before canning it!  

Next, I made Plum Butter!!  So many plums!!!

Finally, I finished up as many plum Items as I could and gave the rest of my plums away.  I highly recommend this option of sharing a harvest sooner!  It brings joy to the giver and to the receiver, and spares a lot of work!!! Lol
There you have it, my three different options for plums and even some vidoeos about them!  Please let me know what you do with an over abundance of plums!  I’d love to hear what you’d o!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Earning Bach Bucks

We are the third week into our new Musikopoly Incentive Program for the year in the piano studio.  I’m amazed at what kids want to do to earn more Bach Bucks for the incentives and to top it off, they are learning! (Shhhh, don't tell them!)

Last week we had two kids memorize their assigned pieces for the week to earn $25. This week, my son wanted to earn extra Bach Bucks, so we posted a performance on YouTube for $20.  Check it out!  After playing through his piece a few times to record, he played it for me memorized!  How many 14 year olds get that excited about practicing?

If you weren’t already a fan of doing incentives in piano lessons, just that fact the kids are begging me to do memorized pieces, composer projects, and recordings should be enough to convince you how much incentives can help them progress.  I’d love to hear how you get kids to practice and want to do piano!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Music Studio Incentive Program

I’ve been busy getting the Prairie Scraps Music Studio back into the swing of things for the fall.  One of the things that I’ve done in my studio for the last three years is a themed incentive program that runs for the entire school year.  In the past, parents usually heard all the details about the programs because most sat through lessons because we lived out in the country a ways.  This year, since parents are dropping the kids off for lessons, I decided to do a video to explain why I do incentive programs in my studio.  Here it is:
To add to that, I also did a walk through of the program binder and incentives, so we are all on the same page.
I’m so excited about it and am also thankful to have found the templates and idea over at Pianimation.  What a wonderful resource this is for piano teachers!  Thank you!

If you get a chance, please comment, like and subscribe to my YouTube channel.  I know I don’t have it all figured out yet, but it would be great to feel a little love!  Lol

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Why the Prairie Scraps Name?

This week, I went shopping for groceries and Home Depot stuff, and I made a short video with the help of my 13yo son about why living on the Prairie is so different and then why I chose the name “Prairie Scraps” for my blog.  Check it out- please subscribe and like my video!  I’m trying this Vlogging out so would love the support!
Also a very short view of the mountain pass that we have to go down to get to the stores!  This drive usually takes us about 70 minutes one way.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Preschool Piano Camp

Last week I put together a Preschool Piano camp.  I thought I'd try to put together a video on how I did it and what curriculum I used to for it.  Please take the time to watch my video and subscribe and comment for me!
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Thank you for watching. 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sidewalk Improvements


The new-found front walk has been slowly but surely getting updates.  You can check out our great find HERE. Like most of our house projects these days, we often are doing the project that seems the most urgent at the present time.  Sometimes it’s purely out of necessity - like when we found a leak in the plumbing under the house.  Other times it's because we find a great deal on a new item for the house.

Mr. Right and I were able to get away for two nights for our anniversary this year, and we went shopping.  We really wanted to go rummage saling, but we couldn’t find much for sales.  We moved on to the thrift stores and then  to Walmart.  At Walmart, we had to go through all of the plants. Mr. Right found some beautiful Heather plants.  He had a vision of lining our walk with 10 of the heather plants, and the price was right at $7 a pot!

When we got home, we dug out the side of the new path to line the walk with the heather plants.

Eventually, the heathers will get to be a little over a foot and a half tall and wide, so they should fill in that garden section.  Also, they are evergreen and will resist and salt from the winter snows.  (Not that we use much) We plan to add mulch, but still have another bed to cut out yet that will need mulch as well.
While we were away on our anniversary, we found a gentleman that was selling Irises from his yard for $5 a plant. He had hundreds of different kinds to choose from, and was in the process of moving them all to a new property.  We've been trying to find our favorite iris that smells like grape jelly.  We didn't know the name, but he had it and knew the name: Southland Grape!  Of course we bought it, and planted it on the other side the sidewalk, so we can enjoy the smell up by our house!
 
We can't wait for all of our new gardens to really fill out and bloom.  Stay posted for more updates soon!