Friday, November 26, 2010

After the Christmas Crunch

I'm full in the Christmas crunch.  I've got two gifts on needles.  I have one on my loom and another one to get on my loom.  I am hoping to have the first woven gift off the loom and in the mail by Monday.  That way, I can get the other one on the loom and hopefully be done with it by the 3rd.  That would give me plenty of time to mail it.  All long distance knitting has been completed.  So...  I think I'm not doing bad.  I just need to get the gifts for the local people.  IE my children and husband.  *sigh*  One year, I will be completely done before Thanksgiving.  Maybe 2011.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the end of making Christmas gifts for one reason.  I want to make something for myself.  I have only made myself one thing this year and I am missing crafting for myself.  I am looking forward to making myself a few skirts out of this book.  I am also wanting to knit this shirt for myself.  There are several patterns I want to make for myself off that page.

I love crafting and I love crafting for other people.  I love giving a bit of myself to each gift recipient.  I'm happy that the Christmas crunch is almost over, but I know I won't stop crafting for other people.  I just hope I find time to fit in a few projects for myself.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

This year I am thankful that my husband will be home in time for Christmas.  I am thankful for all the wonderful friends who invited my family to spend Thanksgiving with them.  Fortunately, the invitations didn't all come at once or I would have had to make a choice!  I am thankful that my children love each other so much.  I am thankful that my chickens are laying so well. Really, I need to find some recipients for eggs.  We're not keeping up.  Mostly, I'm thankful for 14 years of Thanksgivings of loving my husband and being loved in return.  Thank you, Gary.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Teaching

Xavier came to me today and said, "Mom, what's a straight?"

Obviously, I have gambling on the brain, since I immediately thought he was talking about poker.  "I can't remember."

Xavier thought about that for a bit and replied, "Well, I know there's one between Africa and Spain.  I think it's a tiny bit of water running between two pieces of land."

Oh.  Right.  That kind of straight.  Um, well, at least my intentional teaching is working.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy Birthday to My Middle Child













Xavier is the classic middle child.  He craves attention, and he's a pleaser.  He's also very cuddly and loving.  In fact, he's extremely easy to love.  How can you not love someone who loves you so much?  Since he said his first word, we've known that he was going to be a brother kind of kid.  After all, his first word was "Gabriel."

This year, we chose to celebrate while Gary could watch on the video cam.  This worked out well.  Xavier isn't a cake kid.  He doesn't like frosting, and I've spent many years figuring out how to decorate a cake without frosting.  This year, he asked for cinnamon rolls for his birthday.  It was a great idea, much better than the pizza cake we've had in the past.  

Happy birthday, Xavier.  I'll love you forever.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Indianapolis Children's Museum

All I can say is, "Wow!"  This is a GREAT children's museum and well worth the drive.

Water clock- everyone's favorite exhibit.  I want one!

Ceiling made out of glass.



Dominic finally got his own coffeehouse.
Reading the Egyptian paper.


Doing experiments


Gabriel spent at least 30 minutes helping the little guy do this.






Dominic and Xavier loved the dino dig.  
 The docent was wonderful.  She was a full-time archeologist before she decided she wanted to work with kids.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Indianapolis Art Museum

Today, we went to the Indianapolis Art Museum.  We specifically went to look at the African art, since we are currently studying African art.

Of course, I loved the textiles.
Kuba people- Woman's skirt: raffia palm fiber 1950-1975
Dinka people- girl's torso garment: glass beads, cowrie shells, metal wire- 1930-1970

Dominic had a few favorites, including this bracelet mad by the Asante people.
He also liked this towered pavilion made in China in about 100 CE.  As you can see, he got very into writing about things.  He took a small notebook and pen in order to take notes.  He rarely writes willingly, so I am very happy.
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Yoruba people- ritual staff 1920-1950

Bamum or Bamessing people: condiment vessel or oil lamp 1910-1950



This was a beautiful bowl made by the Zulu people in 1990-1996.  It's made of plastic covered telephone wire!




Gabriel was most interested in ancient things like this chalice made in China around 2400-2000 BCE

Xavier liked the Egyption things, like this Canopic Jar in the Form of a Jackal from 664-332 BCE

Mirro Isis with Horus as a Baby  1539-1295 BCE

We all liked the memorial to President Benjamin Harrison.

I liked this painting by Edward Hopper titled "New York, New Haven and Hartford".  I t seemed like something I would see close to my house.

We also looked at Contemporary Art, but the only two things we liked were Floor by Suh, Do-Ho, and our favorite piece in the museum, Mobius Ship by Tim Hawkinson.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Felting Soap



We used these instructions.  The kids had a lot of fun.  Here are a few things we learned.  Find a hard soap.  A glycerin works well since it doesn't suds as much.  Also, try to find a flat shape.

Finally, a note about Rhythm of the Home.  I love this online magazine.  They have such great tutorials and articles.  Please visit them.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Picture of the Day- 11-3-2010


Before



After

The black was done for Halloween and I can't wait to get back to the red.

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