Thursday, 21 September 2017

Promise Bookmarks for Girl Guides of Canada

Hello friends! Someone posted a comment on here asking me if I had a Promise bookmark for Sparks. Well, I did have bookmarks from several years ago but could not find my files.  So, I made some new updated Promise bookmarks using the latest clip-art from Girl Guides of Canada. I made files for Sparks, Brownies, and Guides.  

Update:  26 Sept 2017. Now available 
Promise bookmarks for Pathfinders, Rangers, and Guiders

These are more durable if printed on cardstock and/or laminated
or glued to some type of cardboard such as cereal box or bristol board.

Punch a hole at the top for a tassel 
{made from yarn, ribbon, or embroidery floss etc}  

An option is to allow the girls to colour the words before laminating.

If you would like to request my pdf files please contact
me via email:  leeannfraser at hotmail dot com

I hope that you are all having a great start for the
new 2017-2018 Guiding year!

Lee Ann 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Earthday Campfire Song Book

Hello Owl & Toadstool readers!  Here is an easy to assemble "Earthday" Campfire/Sing-a-long song book.  

I've been meaning to post about this song book for a few years but it seems that April 22nd always creeps up on day late is not too bad I suppose LOL. Hopefully, some of you will still be able to use this song book. I compiled the songs into a book about six years ago from various sources {on-line, from song books, from memory}.

The file is three pages long.  To assemble the book just fold each page in half lengthwise {with the printed side out of course} and then gather all three pages and staple the edge together three times. {I also trimmed the top and bottom of mine}.  Not shown here, but I added a cover page with a free sticker from on it {not sure if it is still available since I could not find it on the page}. Any sort of stickers or clipart such as animals or plants etc would work for the cover.

The "I'm a Nut" song has several verses.

I included just a portion of the 'Unicorn' song
by the Irish Rovers.  Loved this song as a kid!  

The Rainbow Song was another one of my favourite songs when I was a child. It is easy to use with sign language since the colours are easy to sign.  I've used American Sign Language with my Brownies and Guides for this song and they loved it.  There are several instructional YouTube videos on how to do this song in sign language.  There are several types of sign language in the world so it would be best to do a search for sign language in your particular country.

I find this "Rain Song" grabs the attention of the kids and forces them to focus on what they are doing.  It has such a neat effect!

This Campfire/ Sing-a-long has twelve songs and takes under 15 minutes.  It's quick, fun and a great ending to a busy meeting.  I have a group set of the books and have used them for several years. Occasionally, someone will ask to keep one so I usually let them if I know they will use it and not just discard it.

Go to the awesome TuneGuide site for audio files
of a great selection of Guiding Songs!

If you would like to request my pdf files please contact
me via email:  leeannfraser at hotmail dot com

Enjoy your day!
Lee Ann

Owl & Toadstool Blog Makeover

Hellloo! You may have noticed that the Owl & Toadstool blog design looks a bit different from your last visit. I did a little makeover recently!  

I've had this new banner idea in my head for ages and finally got around to implementing it. I've changed the blog's background, banner, and colours to make it more cheerful.  

If you've been following my blog you know that I like to doodle. So I thought that I would use my own artwork on the blog banner. The banner was made with Photoscape and paint.NET{free photo editing software programs for Windows}.  I love these programs and use them all the time to fix and enhance my photos. 

The banner background is 'Antique Photo' with an added inside margin {in blue}.  The title font is 'Vintage One'.

I used my owl and toadstool artwork on either side of the blog title. I drew the little owl resting on the toadstool especially for this banner. The toadstools with the lady bug on top is from one of my other doodle drawings {I would be impressed if you know which one it is from! LOL}.

The awesome shabby background image "Barn Sale/Farm Chicks" is from a site called Shabby Blogs. Everything on that site is 100% free!  It is amazing so check it out if you are interested in creating or changing the design of your own blog.

I have been using Blogger since 2011 and find that it is an easy to use blog maker.  I did not take a class nor did I have someone show me how to use's just that easy!

Thank you all for visiting Owl & Toadstool !  I know that I have not been doing regular posts but I'll continue to add to it whenever I can.

Enjoy your day!
Lee Ann

For those of you who are new to Owl & Toadstool the image below is what my blog looked like before the new update.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

World Thinking Day 2017 Doodle Card "GROW"

Hello! World Thinking Day is fast approaching!  A simple activity that I like to do is to send cards.  Here is a card that I had made from my World Thinking Day 2017 theme "GROW" doodle. It is fun to send WTD cards to Penpals, other Guiding Units, and friends!  

This is a quick card printed on computer paper that was then folded and coloured with pencil crayons.  The inside of the card is blank for you to add a special note or to have your Guiding Unit sign it. For a more fancy version the image could be attached to cardstock and decorated as you like. Also, this could be made into a postcard by attaching the image to a more sturdy paper such as cereal box or other thin cardboard.

The back view of the card with a spot for you to sign.

See the post about the 2015 Doodle Cards for an idea of how to embellish the card. 

World Thinking Day

If you would like a printable pdf copy of this card please feel free to email a request. 

leeannfraser at hotmail dot com

For a complete list of doodles and cards go here

Friday, 20 January 2017

Girl Guides and Scout Doodles

Hello there! Long time since I did a post on here!  tsk tsk tsk! It has been a roller coaster ride this past year with hubby changing jobs and moving twice. I am currently without a Guiding Unit for 2017 but hopefully we will be moving to a new town soon so that I can get back into Guiding! {Maybe I'll be moving to your town!} However, I have still been sending my files all over the world to many Owl & Toadstool fans ...and I've been doing a few doodles to keep me in the Guiding spirit!  

WAGGGS Thinking Day 2017 theme "Grow" doodle

"Scouting" Doodle 2017
"My Doodle Book"  Cover page 2016
"Girl Guides with Girl Face" 2016
"Girl Guides ferns" doodle published in GGC British Columbia Council
Provincial Newsletter Pipeline Summer/Fall 2016
"Mandala Trefoil" doodle published in GGC British Columbia Council
Provincial Newsletter Pipeline Summer/Fall 2016
"Trail Signs" doodle published in GGC Manitoba Council
Provincial Newsletter The Buffalo October 2016
"Manitoba Girl Guides" doodle published in GGC Manitoba Council
Provincial Newsletter The Buffalo October 2016
"Girl Guiding Fun Mandala" doodle published in GGC Manitoba Council
Provincial Newsletter The Buffalo October 2016

Colouring is a fun and relaxing activity!  Not only do I like to doodle but I also enjoy colouring them too.  This is a calm and quiet activity for the Girl Guides {and Guiders} to do at home, at camp, or to fill in time at weekly meetings.

10 Therapeutic Benefits of Coloring Books for Adults...
"Coloring is not just an activity for keeping kids occupied; we only associate it with children.  In reality, coloring books and coloring pages for adults are also extremely therapeutic and can help generate wellness, quietness, mindfulness and the exact same benefits which meditation imparts on the brain."  

If you are interested in obtaining the pdf files of my doodles then you may email me {leeannfraser at hotmail dot com}.  Please be specific when requesting a file.  The file name is in "parenthesis" in the caption under each doodle.

For a complete list of doodles on Owl & Toadstool go here.