What Caught My Eye: Globes! Maps!



I love geography, travel, antique maps and old globes. So this week I’ve got a great curated list that helps share my passion for most things geographical!! As a kid I had a globe with topography–you could feel the mountains! Very cool. Those little globe banks were very popular, too, but I never had one of those. I’ve traveled some in my life–to the U.K., the Malawi for Peace Corps with a side trip to Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls and later to Ukraine. My Mom and my uncle spent part of their childhood in Brazil. I guess travel and the world are just a part of me. But I think the lesson below is what got it all started for me. My third grade teacher, Mrs. Englehart, did the tangerine globe. I was hooked.


Maps as Decoration

Altered Globes for Decoration

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Practical Globes and Maps

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Wearable Maps and Globes


My favorite wearable map item: Edwina,  Countess Mountbatten’s lingerie map from a silk pilot’s map from World War II. Source.

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Sleep Under a Map

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Edible Maps and Globes

Store your cookies or cake pops in this vintage mapped “Biscuit Tin” or Cookie Jar

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The Fabled “Pink Bits”–not quite the British Empire, but I love both of these!

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One Last Fun Little Map


Who could resist this tea-towel upholstered stool? A map of Tasmania!


What Caught Your Eye This Week?

Have any great map-ish or globe-ish items to share?

Leave me a comment or a link.


What Caught My Eye This Week: Shoebox Craft Edition


On Saturday, November 12th, I will be holding a Virtual Packing Party!

Do a post on packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child with photos of your boxes and link up here for a fun online party! This week I was intentional–everything that caught my eye was for shoeboxes!

A Note On Homemade Items

Remember that homemade things are often viewed as a slight–as “less than.” Poor people in many countries make do with next to nothing. Buying something from a store costs so much money that they feel truly honored to receive a store-bought gift. I’m including things here that are homemade, but that I feel would still be seen as a gift.

A Note on Gender-Specific Items

Many foreign cultures has very rigid ideas of what is right or wrong for boys and girls. Men and Women have rigidly defined roles in many societies. It is not helpful to send a child an item that will be taken away. No matter that girls here play sports and boys cook and all sorts of other examples, that is simply not the case everywhere. The role of the shoebox is to show God’s love–not to change a very traditional society.

A Note on Poverty

Poverty in Malawi looks very different than poverty in Ukraine. A child in Ukraine may look like your children’s friends, dress like them and even be seen with toys like theirs. Remember, though, that they go to bed hungry, they may endure a harsh winter with little or no heat and have to go to school in outgrown clothes or no boots even though they might have to walk to school. In Malawi a child may have never had a cup of his own or a pair of underpants. This is about God’s provision, His love, not looks.

Boy Boxes


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Older boys are the boxes OCC gets least of. Why not remedy that and hurry up and pack a nice box for a boy 5 to 9 or 10 to 14 years old? Operation Christmas Child has some great suggestions, but I think this is awesome. Draw the cutouts, include the materials and be sure to put in a PHOTO of how it should look! Don’t assume someone will read English. What boy wouldn’t want a Foosball Box?  Directions and more photos at The Mad House. Well done!



Another great boy’s idea–roads! Again, include a photo and, obviously, some Hot Wheels. I love that it has a round-about!

Girl Boxes

If sending feminine hygiene items for older girls, imagine how your daughter would feel opening a Christmas box and having a bag of Kotex or a box of tampons on top? Be discreet–put them in a dark bag.



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Girls of any age could enjoy this, but remember, in many cultures girls do not have play time. They work carrying water, tending cooking fires and mind younger children. Do not try to do “ethnic” art–just make a simple house with ordinary chairs, etc. Children in Eastern Europe, and other places, live in homes just like ours–though usually much smaller and generally they are apartments.



FREE pattern here. (red)  Free tutorial here  (blue)

These  are very cute little dresses and both easily made out of left over yarn or an inexpensive tank top, and left over fabric. Please, always ask yourself, “Would my child wear this?” I don’t mean would your child jump for joy over it, but would they be willing to wear it if times were hard? That kind of “wear it.”  FREE pattern here.

In the U.S.A. we tend to think all of Africa is on the Equator and stifling hot. It isn’t! Where I lived in Malawi it could be as cold as the 40s early on a winter’s morning. If you send a dress like this, consider spending just a little more and sending a coordinated t-shirt to go under it. Then pack the shirt and dress so they are like a jumper and blouse.

Boy or Girl Box



Washcloths and Soap Bags



Praying Hands Pattern (free)  Three Crosses Pattern (free)

Some of these might end up as decoration in a home, rather than used for a washcloth. Some may feel it is not ok to defile them by washing with them No matter–they will be a good gift.

Remember:Gender-appropriate colors!



Towel Soap Bag  Crocheted Soap Bag

My Pinterest board has other great last minute ideas!

If you’d like to participate in the Virtual Packing Party but do not have a blog, that’s ok!

Email me at hopewellmomschool@yahoo.com

I will happily add your photos to my post with whatever acknowledgement you want. That post will be a “sticky” on my blog throughout the collection days.


What Caught My Eye This Week

It’s Feeling Like Fall for Real Now

This week I’ve got a second curated list of Fall Goodness. Did I mention that Fall is my favorite time of the year? Here’s the link to last week’s Fall Post. Enjoy!


Love this great “book leaf” banner from Sondra Lyn at Home.

I think I’d love to do this with autumn colored fabrics for the leaves.


 Perfect Cozy Fall Sweater (not sure why you’d wear it with shorts!)


I found this young artist’s fall-friendly accessories and art work on Etsy.

You can visit her shop here.


Fun seasonal dish towel.



Autumnal-feel journal

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Mother and Daughter Fall Jackets

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Lovely seasonal table setting.


Two great pork and apple dinners. True Flavors of Fall.

1 tablespoon chopped sage = 1 teaspoon dried sage

Recipe left, Recipe right

[Note: For left recipe look for the “Download Recipe” link below the photos]


Seasonal Produce on a fabulous food and photography blog called

Journey Kitchen

Wonderful fall-colored plaids and tartans

Sources: Left, Scarf Center, Right

Fall-feel pottery

[I was in need of new bowls this week]

Outside Left, Inner Left, Inner Right, Outside Right


Autumnal Cookies


Warm Scarf


Gorgeous Autumn Batik Fabric Quilt



Yum! Carmel Apple Nachos!


Are you like me–love Fall? Leave a comment with some of your fall favorites or leave a link to your own fall post.

To Autumn

by William Blake

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain’d
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

“The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust’ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather’d clouds strew flowers round her head.

“The spirits of the air live in the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.”
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat,
Then rose, girded himself, and o’er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.


What Caught My Eye This Week


Photo: Susan Braun

My friend Susan at Girls in White Dresses, made this beautiful keepsake pillow!

Read the how and why of it here.



Printable Harry Potter Book Covers



Where was this when my son was a Tony Hawk-obsessed little dare-devil?

Skateboard Swing



Cool Video on Making Four Yummy Kinds of Sliders!

Sliders How-to


 Pretty Use for a 1950’s Wedding Gift

Scent Organizer


Two Adorable Homemade Games

Matching and PBJ



Lovely fall decorating in non-traditional colors. Love it!

Fall decor



Moroccan Tea Glasses


Scrabble Message Board



What Caught My Eye This Week


Cute Doodle




I want pillowcases embroidered like this!



Papafragas Beach



Pet Lover Tea Towels


Note: Clicking links on this blog does not earn me anything. They are just for your convenience.



Tiny Journal



Vintage Fridge




Outdoor Living: Table With Built-in Beverage Cooler




Chair Socks



Homemade Game:




Cute Painted Chairs


81f7e20d0b9cc523d804f1792a41ad52Cute Embellished Jeans


Did anything cool catch your eye this week? Leave me a link! I love to window shop!




What Caught My Eye: Mondrian Edition

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All images Piet Mondrian works [Public domain] via Wikicommons

 This week a curated list–all items in the style of early 20th century Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian. I’ve always loved his designs so they’ve caught my eye for quite a while. I noticed I had a number of them in one of my Pinterest boards so here are the ones I’ve liked best. His designs appear today in all sorts of color combinations, but I like the primary color designs the best.



London Map Doodle


The intersection of Mondrian and Royalty: The Mondrian Battenberg Cake


I desperately want this Mondrian sushi plate!


I’ve posted this Mondrian vest before, but I’d really love to have one.


Amazing clutch evening bag.


What 70s kid didn’t love this bus? It could well be the origin of my Mondrian love.

Partridge Family Mondrian Bus

Feb 10, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Haavard Vad Petersson (NOR), left, Christoffer Svae (NOR), center, and Torger Nergaard (NOR), right, in the men’s curling round robin session 2 during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Ice Cube Curling Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Best. Olympics. Uniform. Ever.

The Mondrian pants that made curling rockin’ cool! Too bad the Dutch weren’t wearing them. Norway’s curling team gets the credit.


Mondrian Sun Catcher


Skater chic! Mondrian Vans


Geography class with the cool young teacher.

Mondrian Map of the World

Mondrian Fridge

Mondrian Kitchen


Yves Saint Lauren’s 1965’s take on Mondrian

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Mondrian Cat


Do you homeschool? Have your kids explore Mandrian with these great ideas.

Mondrian paint by numbers

Paper Pictures

Mondian Lego

Art Lesson

And Then There is This One



Fooled You! This is Frank Lloyd Wright. He has many designs that are similar to Mondrian.

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What Caught My Eye: Silly Stuff Edition

Most of us had a three-day weekend this week. I had five thanks to a huge number of vacation days that go with my job. I remember, as a Mom to school-aged kids, how LONG those weekends could get if everyone else went out of town. And, not everyone has a massive family BBQ to go to or a parade or Union picnic. So for those of you thinking tonight “Oh My Word, How will we survive ALL. Day. Monday.” I’ve got you covered.

Silly Meals

Letting them eat crap for one day won’t spoil their brain development or make them couch potatoes.



Drag out leftover birthday decorations and have breakfast the silly way. Make the pancakes in silly shapes. Serve them on leftover birthday plates (come on, you know you have them), use Christmas glasses for juice–be silly. It sucks, I know, but kids love it!

Cake Batter Pancakes


Morning Craft


Awesome right! The slacker Mom version is even awesome-r. Broccoli rubber bands, little cups of paint, an old sheet tied up in the backyard. Heck you could take a bubble bath this one will keep them happy that long! But, if you are handy, you could do it the right way. Remember–water -based paint! Catapult painting




Silly sandwiches– yes, if you MUST, you can use Fair Trade Organic Sunflower Butter on Artisan Bread, but honestly? The kids won’t care. Go on! Make a gas station run–let them pick a soda and chips—oh just shot the budget and let them pick and ice cream bar for afterwards. It’s ONE DAY. And, if you’re quick you can pull the “gross” olives off and recycle them into your coffee cup martini. Olive Monsters. Tongue Monsters.





Yes, it does have unpronounceable chemicals in it. And? Did you DIE from eating them? No. Every Baby boomer alive ate Fluffernutter sandwches. (Except me—I hate marshmallows). Yes you could go all healthy and buy organic bananaa chips, but why when the gas station has big bags of normal, every day pretzels and maybe even Graham crackers shaped like Teddy Bears. One. Day. One.

Fluffernutter dip.




Don’t groan. I know! I know! One of them will cheat, one will have a fit. I know. Just mix a new martini and pretend you are a high priced nanny. If George and Charlotte wanted to play you bet your Mary Poppins-era  boots you’d play.


Don’t go all Girl Scout Leader and assemble the stuff before hand. Drag out the stuffed animals–bears are one color, unicorns another and baseball gloves another. Use laundry baskets, decorative baskets, printer-paper boxes, whatever. Let them scream and be wild. Yes, you and the dog must play. You can both refresh your drink afterwards. Human Hungry, Hungry Hippos.



Don’t worry! I’ve tossed in some cute veggies and Ranch to keep them healthy enough to go back to school Tuesday!!!



Threaded Spaghetti Bites  Heck with enough Ranch or BBQ or Salsa I’d even eat a few!

Funnel Cake Fries!

Owl Veggies and Ranch

After dinner fun

Make up silly stories, create a silly treasure hunt or just watch that ONE movie that gets on your last never but that they beg to watch. Just do it.  Make it fun–do s’mores or make these great unfried ice cream deserts together. Everyone sample every one. Pull out random coffee cups to serve them in. Let the dog make one. This is to be fun! Kid version of fun-not what Mom wants kids to find fun. Yes, that’s really hard. I know! I know!


Kid-friendly, NOT fried ice cream


Bath time–skip it. It’s one day!

Bedtime--sleep with your head at the foot of the bed, wear your sister’s or Dad’s pajamas, say silly, but sincere prayers, read that book you dread, get out sock puppets to tell the story, read a book in the dog’s voice. Do something just silly.

Then Mom and Dad can play silent Twister!

Any silly ideas to add? And you guessed right–my high-maintenance kiddo was a boy!






What Caught My Eye Extra Edition: Back to School!

T- Shirt



Notebook Paper Name T-Shirt

Good for the first day of school to introduce yourself or for friends’ autographs on the last day of school next Spring.

Backpack DIY


Simple Drawstring Backpack  DIY Messenger Bag Pattern

Watercolor a plain canvas backpack —Buy the backpack, diy the color Recycled Doritos Messenger Bag Use stick-on cloth numbers, paint and trinkets to customize a football backpack. Football Bag Source

Pencil Cases

Make an adorable pencil-shaped pencil case

Or Make a Pencil Case from an old Soda Pop Box

(I imagine someone will do one from a beer box instead)

Locker Decoration and Organization

Recycled CD Locker Decorations

Locker Organizers

Keep ’em Fed

Breakfast Tips

Mini-Pancakes for On the Go  or Frozen Breakfasts to Zap and Go [There are zillions of fast-food breakfast copycat recipes on Pinterst]

Lunch Packing Station, Lunch Bags and Sandwich Wraps


Healthy Foods System One and Two and Three

Don’t forget the ubiquitous salad in a jar for lunches or simple homemade “lunchables”

Recycled Jeans Lunch Bag DIY Oilcloth Lunch Bag

Beeswax Fabric Sandwich Wrap or Re-useable Green Sandwich Wraps

 Grab one of these per kid and keep them in the car–one per child and grab a box of wax liners at Costco or Sam’s


 Brilliant Car Food Solution

Homework and School Supply Stations



This Mom has it Nailed!

 After-School Activities area drain on the budget–pack snacks and keep an “office” binder in the car with school supplies for homework on the go.

Stay Organized to Stay Sane

Command Centers


Have any great tips, ideas, Pins or blog posts on this topic? Share them in a comment.



What Caught My Eye This Week

Welcome to all my link party readers!  Amaze Me Monday #176, I hope you enjoy your stay!



Me–styled [I wish]





Stunning Windows




Lovely soap



Crafty-Cute Re-Vamp of the Envelope Budget System











Sweet Little Office Space



Perfect Boho Jeans Skirt, if I Wore Boho




Beautiful Bowls





Perfect Breakfast Nook, Complete With Bookshelves




Summer Planner or Bullet Journal Page by author Melissa Wiley



Neapolitan Popcorn

I’m a neapoli-freak




What caught your eye this week? Leave me a comment, a photo, and/or a link!


What Caught My Eye: Special Olympic Edition of American’s Best Moments at the Olympics

The IOC is not happy with bloggers using their hashtags or images so I’ve done my own!



There are so many great Olympic moments. I’m sorry if I didn’t mention your favorite, but feel free to tell me what it is in a comment.

American’s Finest Olympic Moments


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Jesse Owens captures the Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics making a mockery of Hitler’s racial theories.



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Muhammad Ali, who won Gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics but reportedly threw his medal in the Ohio River after a racist incident, lit the torch at the 1996 Atlanta games, shocking America at how frail he had become.


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The Gold Medal-winning goal in 1980. The USA defeated the pros of the USSR.


Former Sudanese “Lost Boy” refugee Lopez Lomong as USA’s flag bearer in Bejing


Swimming legends Mark Spirtz (left) and Michael Phelps (right).


America’s brave sweetheart Kerri Strug who played with pain and help win the team Gold medal. She was carried to the podium by coach, Béla Károlyi.