Sunday, August 12, 2012
Other yard-crawl finds included a box full of sweet (and some ugly) vintage linens and things (for $3!), Jan Brett's "The Hat", and a lovely new bookshelf for our living room. It was a successful outing, complete with snow cones and french fries. The sweet dresses pictured above are a bit of a mystery as some of them had no holes at the neck, and others had very small neck holes and loops at the top. They were hand-crocheted and must have taken some time. We cut holes to fit some of our dolls, and they are entirely sweet. My mom thinks they might be dish cloths? They are too pretty for scrubbing pots.
Make believe, and stories, songs and magical worlds, peaches and ice cream, fairies and fire light..... that is how we will spend the last days of this quickly-fading summer.
PS-I am sure you noticed the new blog layout, and hope you like it! I needed a little change...
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
In steps Pinterest and every one's favorite childhood beverage: KoolAid. I found this blog post with an amazing color chart for dying silks with KoolAid. I did all the dying in the microwave, in ziplock bags, thanks to a tip from my friend Regina. Basically that means no mess. Basically pour 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of vinegar, 3-4 packs of KoolAid into a ziplock freezer bag and heat for 3 minutes, let sit for 3 minutes and rinse. Then hang to dry (or throw in the dryer for 5 minutes if your children are begging for them). THATS IT! :)
dharma trading post for $5.35 each I think. Even with shipping and KoolAid they were still around $6 total. Much better than $14. I must have purchased 50 packs of Kool Aid in all the primary colors! I went several places and Wal-Mart had the best selection. They had all the colors I needed and then some! I didn't have enough silk left to make some pink. Maybe for Christmas?
Can you guess who Anastasia is pretending to be? I really enjoyed this project because it was quick, easy and super rewarding. All the Kool Aid brought me back to my own sugar-induced childhood. I think I drank gallons of that stuff. The scary thing is, my hands are still green and blue from yesterday's dying adventure. All I can think is what all that color does to one's insides?? Yikes! I am so glad I can pass on the beauty of Kool Aid to my children in another way. :) hehe.
Now go buy some silk and add some color and creativity to your life!
Monday, August 6, 2012
Once upon a time, Little Red Riding hood took a walk into the forest...
There is a great sense of accomplishment that follows a completed sewing project. Especially one that was ordered nearly 3 weeks ago. Unlike housework which is only accomplished for mere moments before someone tracks mud in on their feet, dirties a dish or decides to change for the 16th time that day because apple juice spilled on their dress. For one reason or another, I ended up with several custom clothing orders all at once. My sanguine temperament took over and had, as always, an overly optimistic outlook on how quickly and easily I could finish these projects. This little red riding hood "caplet" and ruffled skirt (with little red fabric) is for a cute little girl on her 2nd birthday. It is terribly small looking on Isabel, but the measurements are as ordered, so my fingers are crossed that they will be well received.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
(Sorry it is off center)
I find it is so important to educate the whole person. Mind, body and soul. And that the most important things we learn, we learn through creativity and using our imagination. As Albert Einstein mentions,
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
― Albert Einstein
― Albert Einstein
So all those things considered, we begin our adventure into education at home.
For curriculum I chose the Kindergarten curriculum from the BEarth institute. The curriculum is mainly stories, wonderful stories, songs, and crafts. We started doing a little "Science" yesterday and the curriculum uses the Storybook of Science (that you can download free here!) and the first story was about poisonous berries and plants. We learned so many plants in our yard are toxic and the kids were completely glued to my total surprise! Anyway, I have been using Simply Charlotte Mason as a guide for adding things like music, art, Bible and poetry. We will be studying one composer a month and one artist. For History we are just reading chapter books. We will be finishing up "Little House On the Prairie" this month and begin studying Native Americans through stories. I would love to rhythmically go through American History from Indians to present day every 2 years so the children almost get a timeline in their heads. I also am not sure where to fit in world geography/history. But I am not worrying about it for Kindergarten...... I just need to see if I can get through this year! Not to mention ballet and Girl Scouts. We will have a full plate! :)
I am so excited though, and truly blessed to be on this crazy, beautiful journey of homeschooling. I can't wait!