Thursday, April 26, 2012

Treasure Hunt ...anyone?

Let’s go on a treasure hunt.   Yes, where you follow clues, use a compass and actually find a hidden treasure (in a sense).  I am talking about Letterboxing.  “Letterbox” is the term used for a mail box in England. Modern letterboxing probably has roots in the 1850s, when an English man left cards in a bottle with a note inviting others to do the same. Pretty soon people began leaving messages or letters for other folks passing by to find.

Modern letterboxes are plastic boxes instead of a bottle. Here’s how it works: Someone hides a box, maybe under a log in the forest or tucked into a crack in an old stone wall. Inside the box, the hider places a rubber stamp and a notebook. Letterboxers post clues about how to find the box on websites like  The boxes are all across the U.S. and in many other countries. 

When you find a box, open the notebook you find inside. Remember to be secretive if other people are nearby; if they don’t know about letterboxing, they might take the box away.

Write your name, hometown, the date, and a short note in the log book. Don’t forget to make your mark with your own
rubber stamp. Then take the special stamp from inside the box and make a print it in your own notebook. Collecting as many stamps in your notebook as possible is a big part of the fun. Then wrap the box up carefully and return it to its hiding place for the next letterboxer to find.

This is a great activity for the young and old.  And most important you get the kids outside exposed to nature, and learning some new life skills.  Ah, the thrill of the hunt.

We are going this weekend to find our first letter box, let me know if you try this!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Craft a Mania

So I have another GREAT idea... lets sell crafts for money.  Which is actually kinda funny because right now I have no absolutely NO crafts done to sell, just alot of images in my head.  Well the kids and I did come up with a list of things to make and the hope to build a client base from the local flea market.  We headed off to Michaels and spent over $100.00 (yikes) in supplies to make "samples"!  Once I have the samples and can actually show people I will get a better idea of which product we should make more of and thenn buy supplies in bulk.  If nothing else, everyone will get some great homemade gifts for birthdays and Christmas this years.  Here are some of the ideas we are trying out this weekend:  Herb Garden Center pieces, Mosaic Mirrors, Etched Vases , Custom painted wine glasses and Hemp bracelets.  Sounds like a lot, it is.  I am trying to decide which one to focus on but I love them all so much.  Will keep you updated with pictures when we start the projects.