We just wrapped up a mini-summer sewing class with our 5 & 6 year olds and a few friends. I'm amazed at hour these few hours of dedicated sewing time has triggered regular sewing pursuits for our girls. They've gotten so creative with the little projects for themselves as well as for their dolls.
This is a link to an old video we made to help encourage sewing creativity:http://youtu.be/Ly8w-7N486M Here's another link to a video where our oldest girls converted old pjs to make them a bit more modest:http://youtu.be/rPkKiJavklw This is an idea I had based on my daughters 4-H sewing class in Louisiana:
NOTE: The curved lines are more challenging.
- Set up your sewing machine
- Take out the bobbin and the thread up top
- Print this sewing practice page
- Sew (threadless) along the lines on the page
Also, when you practice the green lines,1.Stop at each corner 2.Don't use the peddle, but turn the wheel so the needle is in the paper on the corner3.Lift up your presser foot 4.Turn the page so you can continue sewing on the next line 5.Put the presser foot back down 6.Continue sewingThis is good practice for sewing things like exterior square pockets
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Last week, we attended a Community Renaissance Faire and enjoyed the array of events:
Sword Fighting Lessons
Maxwell in "The Stocks"
Crossing the Tightrope
I recently had my follow-up visit with my midwife and found out that MaYah weighs an even 10lbs....or as her assistant mentioned, the weight of 'bowling ball.'
Here are a few recent pics for our distant family & friends....she's full of personality:
Marlon got this handy electric bill saver for $4 at a yard sale. Our oldest daughter has really put it to use by making homemade biscuits and veggie quiche in it.....It's also a great alternative to a microwave :-)
In an effort to simplify and be more responsible with our current belongings, I'm doing some serious decluttering. I just wrapped up taking inventory of clothes for our daughters and the boys are next on the list. Then, I think I'll take it up a notch and take inventory of me and Marlon's wardrobe.
Here are 2 videos that may spark an idea if you're having a similar challenge:
Poppa Bear gives little "bear" a quick buzz:
I previously posted a link to ordering the 55gallon water barrels ( http://www.joyfuljunction.com/1/post/2011/06/think-ahead.html ). Although, the barrels on this site don't fit my budget, I did notice these at the Super Giant/Beast (Wal-Mart) for about 1/2 the price of that site.
Also, it's worth mentioning that a friend recently told me that she buys these barrels locally from some type of manufacturer for about $35. If this isn't an option, then perhaps the Wal-Mart version is an alternative worth considering (about $50).
Finally, I've been told not to store these directly on concrete floors due to some sort of reaction to the plastic that may contaminate the water supply....I haven't researched the specifics, but if you know the reason why, please post a comment.
I admit that I haven't properly attended my garden, but thanks to our automated irrigation system and a few diligent children....I think our garden has some potential:
My dear friend sent a care package with this precious pink outfit for our "sweetness":
I've been teaching the children the meaning of "taking initiative" for many months. Here are a few pics of them heeding this instruction:
Shucking corn on the back porch
Big sister reading to "The Littles"