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Friday, April 30, 2010

Mother's Day

I've been reading _Affluenza_, by deGraaf, Wann, and Naylor. It's taken me forever to get through it, but not because of the subject matter. Mostly because of the time of year. I started reading it right before a very busy four weeks of Three Sisters work. Very intense and extremely seasonal. In Chapter 19of the book, they have the following quote:

Think of Mother's Day. The most tender and sacred human relationship is turned into a means of sales promotion by advertising experts and made to turn the wheels of business. -- Wilhelm Ropke, _A Humane Economy_, 1958

Just about the time I read this passage, I came across a website that listed ten handmade things for Mother's Day. After searching my browser history (man, I visited a lot of places!), I see the original source here at CraftZine. It really inspired me in the work I do over at -- the article is here.

One great benefit to our home schooling (and working at home) has been the absence of commercialism. Not being surrounded by peer pressure to have material things truly frees a person. We can be in the world without being of the world. I feel that my home and family are better than if we lived a conventional life -- more wholesome, more sincere, more independent, and more moral. It's a life of intentional, purpose-filled, choosing.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Egg crafting

We started dyeing eggs and everything went well.

Pocking eggs always follows. Pocking is fun egg-to-egg combat. All 3 dozen eggs get cracked and busted up. Because really, how many hard-boiled eggs can a person eat?

This post is part of Sweet Shot Tuesday.
Sweet Shot Day

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Friday, April 9, 2010


Little crafty things going on here.

:: Figuring how many crazy quilt and wonky house blocks I need to fill out an entire quilt
:: Finishing the dishcloth I started oh so long ago
:: I picked up a large cardboard box from a screen door during 'junk day' on the east side of town. This will be for my magazine rack.
:: Buying thread to match the new Second Class Scout patch and sewing it on the left front pocket of "G" of GAIN's scout uniform.

And........FREEBIRD ARRIVED!!! 40 pieces of 10" x 10" color coordinated fabric by Moda. The colors are energetically lovely shades of brightness.  Here are my picks for two purses -- a red one and a green one. I am super-excited to add some color to my very conservative wardrobe.

The challenge here was to figure out a way to use the squares for a decent-sized purse. The lining might have to be non-Freebird because I think a solid color would be good. I am choosing the two fabrics that came in doubles. The pattern I use will probably be this one that I found at Sew, Mama, Sew a while back. I'll need to buy purse handles and interfacing, and I conveniently have a coupon for both. Gotta shop with coupons.

This layer cake I won from Adventures in Dressmaking has got to be the most expensive giveaway I have ever won. I will need to be extremely thoughtful in using all of it in order to have very little waste (have you looked at Adventures in Dressmaking? She's participating in Stashbuster April -- that's no waste) and to maximize the look of the beautiful prints. In fact, I LOVE the Outdoors squares from my layer cake so much that I wanted it for a purse, but I think it would be best shown off as an entire square instead of cut into rectangles.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Picture Study for Holy Week and the Easter Season

Through Art Masters Enhance Education, my younger kids organized some artwork for us to study for the 50 day Easter Season. I like that it includes different media, perspective, historical era, and of course, the seasonal nature. With the Teacher Manual, I can give some biographical notes.


Friday, April 2, 2010

Crafting this week

I'm currently working on a rather boring dishcloth. I find the easy pattern to be a great thing while sitting with hubby. He has to watch his crazy "Lost" show, so to turn his TV time into "couple time," I am knitting next to him on the couch.

I've also sewn a few merit badges and one more crazy quilt patch. It isn't finished in the photo, but you get the idea.

I planted my salad this week. With the +80 degree temps and the upcoming showers, it made sense to put some seed down. I would photograph the dirt, but I don't know that anyone, including me, would find black dirt very interesting. I have placed a bunny fence all around the garden box -- it worked well last year, and I pray that it keeps the critters out this year. The new location I chose will hopefully keep the slugs away, too.

The most exciting news of the week is that I WON A LAYER CAKE from ADVENTURES IN DRESSMAKING!!! I am super-excited (if you follow me on twitter @threesisjulia, you know that I was hyperventilating -- haha) to touch and feel and smell the fabric once it comes from the Fat Quarter Shop. Look here and drool over everything when you get some time.

You can also read Suzannah's posts -- she is quite the crafty one. As in, when you look at her work, you think, "spectacular and wow." If only we had more time and less responsibilities, we all could sew all the time.:-) Ah, but now my youngest calls for me as I type....

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