I finished two of those scarves I mentioned that I've been working on for the silent auction for my son's school, but then I decided I had to make a third one. Frantically, I stitched away on the above scarf and did finish it in time to submit for the fundraiser.
I also couldn't resist making another pixie hat to add to the three scarves.
I know, I know, I was just saying I don't need anymore thrifted hand stitched needlework, but then, here I go again. It seems like there can be a dry spell at ARC for vintage needlework and look at that, two weeks in a row, I scored. (Just look at all that perfect stitching!)
We got a bit of snow yesterday. Not a lot, maybe three or four inches, but enough for some nice sledding which is exactly what Julen and I will be doing after school today. What a perfect way to spend a beautiful Monday. Hope you had a nice weekend. xx
This is one of my favorite pictures of my dad. Next to him, is my sister. I think why I love this picture so much is it really shows in his face what a kind man my father was. He loved children, he loved to joke and tell stories, he truly loved to be with people...especially his family. This photo was taken near the lake at the cabin. It was my dad's favorite place in the world. He felt at peace there. The cabin was the house that he and my brother were building. He was going to live there once it was finished. Sadly, he never got to. It was a brain tumor took his life eighteen years ago...yesterday. I miss him every single day. It is a strange thing, but he still feels so present to me, that I forget that he did not get to meet my boys...yet I feel like somehow they know eachother.
I did find those clothespins I was looking for, so the kids made these sweet + fancy people. I'm getting better at just putting the supplies out (not being too involved) and seeing what happens...seeing where the children travel with their imaginations.
("ninja warrior with mohawk")
On another note...have you seen this new drawing by mummysam? It makes me smile every time I look at it.
Children are such wonderful creatures and I am so blessed I get to work with them every day. We have our share of literal and imaginative kids at the preschool. Just today when we were reviewing some ways we could help our new student, one child offered "we could set a good example", another said, "we could teach her some school rules" and a third said "postman".
Really...how many vintage needlework pieces does one gal need? I just stopped in the thrift store for a minute...looking for some old wooden clothespins for a preschool project...and there it was. Calling to me. I sort of feel like I can't just leave it there. I need to rescue it, give it a new life, something! For all the hours it took someone to stitch, it seems like a shame for it to just sit there hoping someone will shell out $1.99 and take it home. So I did. And while it remains that only my three favorites grace my bedroom wall, I will make room for one more.
A late Monday night post to share some of my favorites found at Flickr recently. Many thanks go to those artists who continue to share their beautiful work with us there.
We hit a mere -5 degrees for our high today. I love winter, but not like this. I want sledding, skating and skiing weather! With today being a holiday, we met up with a group of friends from school to see Rise of The Guardians. It was a sweet little film and I loved that the main character was Jack Frost...just oh, so appropriate for today.
Back to work tomorrow! Hope you are all staying warm! xx
There are some friends you get to have in your life forever. For me, Erik is one of them. We met years and years ago at The University of Minnesota where we began that bond that continues to this day. He lives in Seattle now, but I still get to see him a few times a year.
Today he celebrates a monumental birthday and I really wanted to do something special for him. So I contacted some of his family and friends and together we sent him fifty birthday cards. I so loved his reaction...on the phone, he sounded so honored, so pleased and best of all...completely surprised. You can read his reaction and see some of the cards here, on his blog.
I love that he was so touched. He couldn't believe such thoughtfulness.
I guess he forgot how for my 23rd birthday he made me dinner. Sneakily, weeks before he had asked what my favorite meal was and I innocently told him...split pea soup and popovers. Of course having made neither in his life, he somehow managed to pull off the most delicious and surprising meal of just that...split pea soup and popovers.
I guess he forgot that for my 24th birthday, he took a tiny steno notebook and filled every one of the sixty pages with funny poems and songs and pictures. It still brings a smile to my face.
All the the above equaled one great sensory experience for the children. They loved pouring small hand fulls of sand over their glue "picture". And what delight when they poured the excess sand off of their picture. It was a surprise each time and all the children were so engaged in seeing how their friends' pictures turned out.