Rock Ladybugs

What you need:
• Flat rock
• Acrylic Paint (Red, Black, White, Blue)
• Brush
What you do:
• Completely wash and dry all rocks.
• Paint the rock white. (Red color is brighter when painted on a white background).
• Paint the rock red (Apply two or three coats of paint until you have solid coverage).
• Paint the head area black.
• Apply black dots to the body. Paint them with a round brush, or use your finger.
• With black paint draw a line down the center of the body.
• Paint the mouth.
• Using white paint paint the eye circles
• Make smaller blue eyes inside the white circle.
• After the blue paint dried, make a black dot inside of the eye.
• Make white dots in the black part of the eyes with the end of a paintbrush handle.
• Do the same for making antennas.
• Your lady bug is now perfect.

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Bird in a Cage

What you need:
• An assortment of construction paper
• String or crochet thread
• Double-sided tape
• Plastic lids (Hummus container works great!)
• Small beads
• Double-faced tape
• Scissors
• Pencil

What you do:
• Cut 12″ x 1/4″ strips of paper .You will need four strips per bird cage.
• In the center of each paper strip, make a tiny hole .
• Draw a bird on one of papers.
• Cut out your bird, and make a hole in the center of it’s back.
• Accordion-fold a piece of paper to create wings.
• Make a hole in the body of the bird and insert the wings.
• Cut a 14″ length of string. Tie your bird to the end of the string, and the tie a not in the string 1.5″ above the bird.
• Thread the string through the holes in your four paper strips. Slide them down the string until they meet the knot.
• Secure the strips together (just above the knot) by running a small bead through the holes.
• Run a strip of double-faced tape around the edge of the lid.
• Take your bundled strips, and fan them out like a starburst. Stick the ends of the strips to the edge of the lid, keeping them evenly spaced.
• Cut a strip of card stock 1.5 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the lid diameter. If your lid diameter is greater than the width of your paper, cut two strips.
• Wrap the strip around the tape-covered edge of the lid. Press down and smooth with your fingers.

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Spring Flowers

What you need:
• Styrofoam ball
• Q-tips
• Food coloring
•Bamboo skewer
• Scissors
• Glue
What you do:
• Cut the Q-tips in half
• Poke them into the Styrofoam ball.
• Once you are finished, mix up some water and food coloring.
• Roll the ball around in the food coloring until all the q-tips are evenly colored.
• Poke the bamboo skewer into the ball. You may want to secure it with a bit of hot glue.
• Display it.

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CD Candle Holder

What you need:
• Candles
• Old CD’S
• Small foil pie tray
• Oven tray
• Access to oven

What you do:
• Place the foil pie tray onto an oven tray. If you can not find a small Pie tray use a metal dish to melt the CD over. Remember to always use Gloves.
• Heat the oven to 350 F.
• Gently place a CD on the foil cup, with the label side up.
• Place it into the heated oven for around 10 Min’s.
• Using an oven glove, push the CD down into the pie tray.
• It should be flexible enough to sink into the tray and shape.
• Allow it to cool and harden.
• Always melt CD’s in a well ventilated area.

Picture Frame

What you need:
• Cardboard
• Scissors
• Glue
• Paper
• Wire for hanging

What you do:
• Decide on the size you want the frame to be based on your image.
• Cut out the center as well to make it the exact size you want.
• Lay the frame down on your paper.
• Draw a line one inch outside the frame and one inch inside the frame.
• Draw the lines of the frame on the paper too.
• Cut it all out.
• Draw a line thru the outside corner (to make a right triangle) in each corner and cut those corners off.
• Draw a line thru the inside corners to where the frame begins make two 45 degree angles. Cut along those lines.
• Fold all the inside pieces inside.
• Put the frame on the paper, the inside flaps inside. Fold the outside flaps up around the cardboard.
• Glue the paper down with the glue to the cardboard.
• Tape your print to the back of the frame.
• Hang your picture.

Mother’s Day

It is claimed by the Historians that the holiday of Mother’s Day has emerged from the ancient festivals dedicated to mother goddess. In the ancient Greek empire, Rhea, the wife of Cronus, and mother of Gods and Goddesses, was worshipped.
In Rome, Cybele, a mother Goddesses, was worshipped, as early as 250 BC. It was known as Hilaria, and it lasted for three days, called the Ides of March, that is from March 15 to March 18.However, neither of them meant for the honoring of our immediate mothers, as is done in our Mother’s Day.
“Mothering Sunday” is the more closely aligned to our Mother’s Day, England observed “Mothering Sunday”, or the “Mid-Lent-Sunday, on the fourth Sunday in Lent..During this time many of the England’s poor worked as servants for the wealthy. On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch.
With time, as Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honor the “Mother Church” – the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm and eventually the church festival blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration .
In the United States, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948) is credited with bringing in the celebration of Mother’s day. In the United States Mother’s Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace.
In 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother’s Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.
Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessman, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother’s Day. It was successful as by 1911 Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother’s Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.
While many countries of the world celebrate their own Mother’s Day at different times throughout the year, there are some countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium which also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.
Mothers day in many languages:

Albanian   Dita e Nns
Arabic   Eid Al-Omm
Armenian   Mayrutyan or
Bengali   Shubo Matri Dibosh
Bosnian   dan majki
Chinese   mu qin ji
Czech   Den Matek
Danish   Mors dag
Dutch   Moederdag
German   Muttertag
Estonian   Emadepev
Dari   Ruz-e Madar
Finnish   itienpiv
French   Fte des mres
Hebrew   Yom ha-em
Hindi   Matru din
Croatian   Majcin dan
Hungarian   Anyk napja
Irish   L na Mhithair
Icelandic   Mradagur
Indonesian   Hari Ibu
Lithuanian   Festa della mamma
Japanese   Haha no Hi
Korean   Oboi Nal
Latvian   Mates diena
Malay   Hari Ibu
Maltese   Jum l-Omm
Montenegrin   Dan majki
Norwegian   Morsdag
Persian   Rouz-e Maadar
Polish   Dzien Matki
Portuguese   Dia da Me
Romanian   Ziua mamei
Spanish   Da de la Madre
Slovak   Den matiek
Slovenian   Materinski dan
Swedish   Mors dag
Swahili   Liepstacoq Bua
Tagalog   Araw ng mga Ina/Nanay
Tamil   Annaiyar Dhinam
Turkish   Anneler gn
Welsh   Sul y Mamau