When I first began this blog there was an empty space with a cursor blinking on my screen https://www.__________.blogspot.com. In that space I wrote "mommasaiddayslikethese," because Momma Told Me was originally a space where I could escape the 'in real life' moments of stress and hectic scrambles to just be real and creative online. To sum it up, Momma Told Me was made to be a sort of creative journal and real life soap box for my life. I've always maintained that theme by sharing glimpses of my childhood through fun recipes or projects, but I don't often 'vent' about the goings on in my life.
While I'm not about to do so in a sense of changing the initial intent of this content- I do want to address why I have been so spotty (At best) in my online presence over the past month. 2016 has not been very kind to me. From black mold under the kitchen sink, to a devastating hard drive crash (yes, I back up,) a home invasion (and second home invasion attempt,) to being ran off the road and replacing my tires and rims and only just days later (Thursday night) being rear ended to the point my insurance is calling my car a total loss, this has been an expensive and emotionally draining start to the new year.
For example, you may recall I was preparing for a special #BlogPawsOrBust post through social media teasers over the course of several weeks. One of the projects I did, in an effort to show a thirst for social skills growth, and an enthusiasm for the discussion of animals, was share a special craft with our Thursday play group. These accordion like cats and dogs are simple to make with just a stack of construction paper, scissors, markers, and tape. If you want to get really wild you can use googly eyes and pipe cleaners for some 3-dimensional accents.
Place the ends of the strips overlapping each others' corners, but to form a 'V' shape. Take the bottom strip and fold it tight and neat up over the top strip. Then fold the strip/color now beneath the top strip up and over the new top strip. Criss-cross folding the bottom strip up and over the top strip until you have reached the end of your strips. Trim any excess. You may wish to tape the strips together at the very end to add a little extra stability. Grabbing each end, gently pull away from the other to create an accordion style paper craft.
Using the leftover construction paper cut out and faces and decorate them with markers. Use googly eyes for an added bit of fun or go 'au natural' for a more organic art project. Cut tails from leftover construction paper or use pipe cleaners twisted and curled for fun tails with added character. Don't forget the most important part of this project- talking about pets! Ask each child to share their decision making process as they choose the body colors (strips,) face shape, and tail for their pet. Encourage the use of vocabulary and descriptive words as well as storytelling- A round robin of sharing time works great to show off these projects!
What Daughter Says: I've been blogging for 5 years. I blog because I love it. I love the people I meet, the recipes and projects it inspires, and the family I've discovered online. Year after year my blog remains a constant. It is there no matter what is happening here. And I find that comforting.