Archives: September 2009

Redfells Pick of the Day

Small Town” is a song written by John Cougar Mellencamp and released on his 1985 album Scarecrow. The song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. [1]

Mellencamp wrote the song about his experiences growing up in a small town in Indiana, having been born in Seymour, Indiana, and living in Bloomington, Indiana, which, at the time of the release of the song, was much smaller. The music video has references to both towns. After that, Mellencamp has been known as champion of “small town America.”

John Mellencamp – “Small Town” LIVE

Chocolay Children’s Center Creative Kids Idea

Leaf T-Shirt

This is a wonderful T-shirt project for camping trips and outdoor youth group activities. Older kids can handle doing much of this on their own, but preteens will need the help of an adult.

You’ll need:

  • bleach in a spray bottle

  • leaves

  • dark colored T-shirt

  • large bucket of cool water

  • newspaper

Put the newspaper in between the layers of the T-shirt. Spread your leaves out on the front of the T-shirt. Be creative!

Spray the front of the tshirt with bleach. Try and spray as evenly as possible, covering both the leaves and the empty areas.

Allow the bleach to stay on for about 5 minutes. You’ll will start to see the color of the shirt fade.

Rinse the shirt in the bucket of cool water. Rinse it well to get out the bleach. You’re all done!

Redfella’s Pick of the Day

Patience” is a song by the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, which appears on the album G N’ R Lies and was released as a single in 1988. The song peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The song is played using three acoustic guitars, and was recorded in a single session by producer Mike Clink. A music video of the song was shot and appears on the band’s music video DVD, Welcome to the Videos. The music and lyrics were written by rhythm guitarist and founding member, Izzy Stradlin.

Guns N’ Roses – Patience

Chocolay Children’s Center Creative Kids Idea

A Leaf In Time

Materials Needed:

Fall Colored Craft Foam Sheet

Contact Paper

Tan Card Stock Paper

Fall Colored Yarn

Fall Stickers

Tacky Glue

How To Make It:

Part I

1.  Cut a frame out of the foam sheet.

2.  Cut a piece of card stock paper to fit behind the frame.

3.  Cut a piece of contact paper the same size as your card stock paper.

Part II

1. Take a walk outdoors.  Gather a few Fall leaves (choose ones that are small enough to fit in the middle of your frame).

2.  Peel the backing away form the contact paper and stick the leaf on the middle of the paper (front of the leaf facing the sticky side).

3.  Stick the contact paper and leaf onto the card stock paper (frame backing).

4.  Glue the yarn to the top of the leaf picture then glue the foam frame on top of the picture and yarn.  Allow glue to dry.

5.  Add the Fall stickers around the frame.