Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Daughter L. caught some images of her cousins snomoboarding. It is an extremely localized sport. It is my understanding that Cousin Brittney (blue) gets the best air, and Cousin Spencer (brown) has the best tricks. Reminds me of when their fathers were young and would pull sleds and toboggans behind tractors and later four wheelers. Extreme sports in the midwest.
Lovely massage play day with three friends and their kids. Moms had massages, kids played. Chocolate desserts, glasses of milk and tea. Talk, school prep and planning. Great day!
L. M. -and why was I not invited?
P. F.-Wow, now THAT'S what I call homeschooling!!
Me-Ultimate homeschooling-anyone in the greatest homeschooling co-op on earth can indulge. It's all in the attitude (and planning!)
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
I made these cards last year for my girlfriends. They were simple, cheap and fun. I used patterned paper, and scrap cardstock. I cut a couple of coordinating felt hearts out, stacked them and machine sewed through them and the paper and cardstock. (See back view.) Then I sewed a button or two on top of the hearts by hand. A few holes punched in the top edge and a thin ribbon strung and tied in a bow finished the project. Fun!
Daughter L.'s Jr. High art class designed and painted these stained glass pictures today at co-op. They were done on tracing paper. Hers is the green, orange, and blue one with droplets.
Today's project was inspired by a gift card. I enjoy the clever designs on gift cards, and always look at them when going through a checkout. They are tiny, creative artworks. My inspiration was this Toys R Us Earth giftcard.
tagboard or other stiff paper
I ran off a simple line drawing of a globe from the internet, and drew it larger with a simplified continental outline. I used tagboard cut into approximately 9 1/2" x 11" size (6 per board) and traced the globe/map outline on each tagboard ahead of class. To transfer, I "colored" on the back of the pattern page wherever the outlines were, then flipped the pattern, held it on the tagboard and firmly traced it, leaving a faint outline behind. I found I could do about three copies before re-coloring (leading) the back of the pattern sheet again.
Before class, I used shaped punches to punch out magazine pages in blues and greens. I punched (LOTS of) each color into their own bowl. I found that smaller, smooth designs were good, and a larger design could be useful for larger areas. Smaller designs are necessary to fill in small areas. I originally tried to find stickers, but could not find enough of one size in one color. The punches I used were flowers that made three sizes.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Last night we braved the weather and drove to Husband's alma mater for two basketball games. We went with his brother Brian and Dena, and watched their nephew play. The weather was nasty, but the roads were passable. The men's game went into double overtime.
This morning the wind was blowing so much that our south road was just about snowed in between church and Sunday school. We made it to town for lunch, (above) then came home by the north road. It's still snowing and blowing. We won't be going anywhere tomorrow until the plow goes through. We also made a quick stop at the home and saw Aunt Marilyn and Aunt Mary.
Below: Blast from the past. The first picture is from 1979, after the royalty ceremony our senior year. The second picture is from 1983, after two years of marriage. The other couple are my college friends Karen and Doug. They had been married one year. Both couples had their first children the next year-them in Feb. and us in March. Those two baby boys have been friends for 26 years now.Here are the girls with their brother J. after brunch today. On the bottom picture we captured the dimple patrol.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Daughter W's art class last Friday was all about stained glass and symmetry, as her teacher takes them through history with art.