Monday, March 26, 2012

Make it Monday


Grace wanted a "Liesl" dress for her Father/Daughter Tea ....(the tea was only one afternoon of the 3 day event!), I gave it a go.  I am not a seamstress....I am afraid of slippery kinds of fabric....I am afraid of sheer kinds of fabric....I do not like to do gathers.....All of these phobias had to be addressed in this garment.

The dress came out just fine. Not professional, but it definately had the desired affect. It is a very fun twirly dress. And I will also so that the directions on the pattern were great! The errors are ALL operator errors NOT a problem with the directions!

And here she is at the beautiful Callaway Gardens (where the Father/Daughter weekend took place), wearing the dress AND a lovely capelet she made herself!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

HisStrings Quartet - 2nd Edition

Our oldest four children have played as a string quartet for many years now...but, you know, time moves on, and their lives are changing. Benjamin, the violist is going school full time. He does still live at home,  but time to practice is hard to come by. His sisters who comprise the other 75% of the quartet would rather still be playing just doesn't happen.

Sooooooooooo, Rachel - the cellist and youngest member of the older quartet - has enlisted the 3 people just younger than her to begin playing together...the 2nd Edition! They consist of 2 violins and 2 cellos.

They are working on the songs "Rejoice the Lord is King" and "Wait on the Lord". Hopefully, they will soon be able to go to local nursing homes and play there - when they've learned some music!  I must say, it is LOVELY to hear a quartet practicing again in the house! What a blessing to be with these wonderful people every day!
Perhaps I will post a recording of their first song...when they've practiced a bit more!
Hope you have a blessed day!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Pi Day!

Just a quick reminder. We like to eat pi whenever possible!!! Especially on 3.14! So, be mathematically correct, and eat pi today! We are planning on 3 pies - apple, sweet potato, and peanut butter. What kind of pie will you eat?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Make it Monday

Well, I haven't been so productive getting things completed in a timely manner...but, finally I have a new item finished for today.
This capelet was made for a 7 year old birthday girl. Madeline is modelling it for me.

Austentatious Crochet: 36 Contemporary Designs from the World of Jane Austen

This pattern is called the "Off to Bath Capelet" and is a quick fun project. My daughter Grace (12 years old) has made one already and is working on another! My older daughters are thinking to make the pattern larger because it is so charming...and my girls wear things like this :) (shouldn't be too difficult of a modification)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spelling Bee

Today we had a Spelling Bee....
...not an official bee...just a 'change of pace' kind of spelling test.
The older chldren did a great job! Grace and James learned all of their words and the definitions.

The younger three have the same words and definitions this week (words from their Archaeology unit study)
The younger three had a pretty respectable showing....but were definately out spelled by their older siblings!

Megan's pink on pink outfit is NOT authorized attire!...but she sure likes pink!

Here the youngers quiz the older two...neither of whom ever missed a word!

Their spelling/vocabulary list?
Here you go:

Even with this look, James did just fine!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

This Morning We Woke Up To............................

It doesn't actually snow that often where we live....but we have been watching these tulips pop up and weren't imagining that they would get a coat of snow before they bloomed...
I must say that the snow is so very is so quiet with it's sound insulating affect. It is very wet and melting, but still a pretty sight!