About Danielle Huddleston Photography:

I am a wife, homeschool mom, a hiker, and a photographer living in Oklahoma. I love beautiful light and being in the woods. I share what I love on this blog, be they trails, pictures, or homschooling curriculum. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tag: ‘diy’

    10 Days in Europe game and how to make your own.

    Friday, February 13th, 2015


    My youngest got 10 Days in Europe for his birthday last month and we really like it!

    I am so excited to work on my geography!

    I am really bad at remembering where places are…


    In the game you have to plan a trip through Europe and you need it to connect via land, water, or by air.

    Such a fun game!

    After playing this game and then seeing the Race Across the States game over at Deceptively Educational, I decided to try to make my own game.


    First up was “5 days in the Middle East”

    I got the map, here.

    You can get the free printable cards I made, here.


    We all drew 5 cards, laid them out in front of us, and tried to travel to countries next to each for 5 days.


    For your turn, you could choose from the discard pile or the deck and switch out the cards you did not need.

    Just like “10 Days in Europe.”



    This game was easy, fun, and a great way to figure out where countries are located!



    We have been reading G.A. Henty’s book “The Young Carthaginian A Story of The Times of Hannibal

    It is a really good book to learn about Hannibal Barca!

    The boys groan everytime I stop reading!

    I wanted them to get a better idea of the route he had to take to get to Rome so I printed this map from the Wikipedia page.

    This is to attribute the author.

    “Hannibal route of invasion” by Frank Martini. Cartographer, Department of History, United States Military Academy – The Department of History, United States Military Academy [1]. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hannibal_route_of_invasion.gif#mediaviewer/File:Hannibal_route_of_invasion.gif


    I then made these cards of the places he went, free printable here.

    I printed them all on card stock.

    The goal of the game was to follow Hannibal’s route to Rome and then cross the Mediterranean to Carthage first.

    We each started with one card and placed it in the correct spot in front of us for our journey.

    To win you need, Spain, Gaul, Alps, Rome, Mediterranean, Carthage, in that order.


    You draw one card from the discard pile or the deck each turn until someone gets all 6 cards in the right order.

    The possibilities are endless!

    I am excited to have some fun with geography!

    Hats, haircuts, and washi tape…

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

    I could have just titled this post random but where would the fun be in that?


    First off, I made a hat from a sweater!

    Usually these sorts of things are epic fails for me but this one worked out!


    I actually mashed together three different tutorials to make this.

    This was another reason I was surprised that it turned out.

    For the sizing part, I used this one.

    For how to cut it into a slouch shape and how to connect the top, I used this one.

    For how to sew the top, I used this one.

    I did all of the sewing by hand since I do not have a machine.


    I like how it turned out but if I did it again, I would probably cut it in more of a rectangle like the last link.


    I wore this all day and really liked it!

    Score for being to cheap to buy a new hat!


    In other news, this boy was in dire need of a haircut.


    We were hanging out at their fort and I was thinking how nice it would be to cut it outside.


    I then remembered that the extension cord was still out by the fort because Nick is still working on it.


    So this wild haired boy went inside and got the clippers…


    It’s gone!


    No more wild hair!

    Plus, no mess to clean up!


    I think he was happy to be rid of it.

    Too much maintenance.


    Also, I gave up on washi tape for my family wall.

    I tried two different kinds and it peeled right off.

    I am still too cheap to buy more white picture frames right now though so I just hung some of the prints with these clips I found at Hobby Lobby.

    Has anyone else tried to hang things with washi tape and it failed?

    Travel Lego Box

    Wednesday, May 14th, 2014


    I bought the boxes for the project over a year ago when I first saw the project on the Dollar Store Mom blog.

    It was not until after I bought them though that I realized finding the lego plate would be difficult.

    I did not want to use any of my boys lego plates because they are all part of a set.

    Buy the lego plate first!


    Thankfully my husband gave himself a 3-D printer as a christmas gift!

    Here are the directions:

    Step 1 -Print a Lego Plate on your 3-D printer.

    What? Not everyone has one?


    I guess you unlucky people will have to go buy one then…

    Lego Travel Box

    I found a really good chart on Design Sponge for adhering plastic to wood, here.

    I used a glue gun which is not their top choice but so far it is working well.

    Travel Lego Box2

    Now we need to go on a long trip!!!