Monday, March 31, 2014

Woodland Creatures Abound This Week

'Is everybody ready? Remember, it's 'Happy Monday To You' to someone we all know loves it when we sing to him!', tweeted Mandy, in hushed tones.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

Put on a string of pearls, a kelp cowl, a sea star brooch, and an octopus; it's 
Accessorize With Sea Creatures Day

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today is Work Cramming Day

I'm at school visits around the state (actually, multiple states) all month.
Here's a sketch from last night -- me working like crazy.

-- Ruth McNally Barshaw

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Out Like A Lion...

What kind of Spring Break is this? March came in like a lion, and judging by weather here in the Midwest, he's not going anywhere...At least until Sunday...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Nail Polish Fun Day

They are wearing their favorite colors to celebrate Nail Polish Day today!

Okay, truth be told, this is a holiday I just made up for fun, because . . . .

March 26th is "Make Up Your Own Holiday Day", so I couldn't resist something I would actually love celebrating!

Let's have a fun week ~ !

Friday, March 21, 2014

Joy- Lucky!!


Ella was sure glad she wore her lucky cat shirt. She found a dollar on the ground! How lucky is THAT?!


Thursday, March 20, 2014


I'm Irish, and usually at this time of year I assess my luck. One of my luckiest moments was when I was 5 and I won two baby chicks in an Easter egg hunt at the local armory. My mom says the other winners' baby chicks died young because they were fed chicken feed, but mine survived to become roosters because we fed them Cheerios.
Here's me with my chicks, Whitey and Lemony.

-- Ruth McNally Barshaw

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


He may not be a leprechaun, he may be just a really short man... Regardless, he's feelin' pretty lucky! ; )

Monday, March 17, 2014

St Patricks Day Week

she knows it.  
she knows she's so lucky to get to make her own lunches and 
for a big sister who made her hair green for today.

she's a grateful little girl.


Friday, March 14, 2014

A Needlecraft Mystery

The skunks circled the handmade throw pillow suspiciously. While they appreciated the sentiment, neither of them knew from whence it came. They remained wary, as it is widely known that those who receive embroidered gifts are prone to being double crossed.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Crafty Ellie

I always put lots of crafts and games and pranks in my Ellie McDoodle books. Kids can read the story, but they can also, if they want, follow the instructions on how to play the games or make the things Ellie makes.
Here's Ellie and Mo testing a roller coaster they've made out of foam pipe insulation (cut in half, tape the ends together for a longer ride) and a marble.
I learned the idea from a 4th grade teacher, Diane Allen. (The note in the margin means, make sure I check with her to find out why her 4th graders made roller coasters in her classroom.)

This is a first draft, and apparently that art was sketched on Sept. 2.
The book comes out next Sept.
In the meantime, I'm working on picturebooks...
-- Ruth McNally Barshaw

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Perfect Card!

Crafts are just need paper, pen, crayons, scissors, glue, glitter, paper punch, pencil, more glitter, eraser, markers, ribbon, and imagination!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Crafty Girl

Hi and happy National Craft Month, I'm so happy to have been asked to guest blog for March! This li'l gal's been feeling quite crafty now that Spring is so close!   a : )

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's National Craft Month!

Sally almost added that Trudy also wanted to be a cloud, but she thought that might be too weird.
Clouds don't need braces. Silly frog.

~ Priscilla

Friday, March 7, 2014

Joy- Dr. Seuss

This week we're devoting to the super talents of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss!

Who hasn't been influenced in some way by his imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of anapestic meter? He's definitely a favorite in our house!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Dr. Seuss Day All Week!

Kenton couldn't stop thinking about having super powers just like Dr. Seuss - making up fun, new words for the whole wide world to read and say out loud.  

We are celebrating Dr. Seuss Day all week long ~
which includes his birthday as well as Read Across America Day - both on March 2nd!