Another Ukulele post…. I wanted a chord reference that was easy to carry in my bag. So I printed the ukalady.com pdf chord chart and then cut them out and glued them onto business card templates. With a hole in each one, I can slip a ring through them and throw them in my bag for traveling. That way, if I need a ” refresh memory” moment, or a guitar chorded piece of music, I can look it up quick!
I recently bought a ukulele for myself, but didnt have much chance to learn it. That’s because the oldest kids took it over and learned it themselves. I actually had to put a time limit on playing it so everyone could have a turn. Oldest daughter even played it in church 3 days after picking it up, to accompany me on the piano to the song Build Your Kingdom.
I ordered a second ukulele for myself. Paws off! But it didnt come with any case. After scouring the internet, pinterest, ebay and Etsy, I decided I could build my own for a better price and more personal.
So voila. The results! It’s a simple lined bag with a flap and one velcro pocket. It has a side strap, a back strap and a hanging loop. I made it 3 layers thick, the middle layer being part of a padded table cover, to add structure, safey and water resistance.
Very pleased with the results!
I am really enjoying the ukulele too! It is the easiest stringed instrument to learn. There are even courses for Jk and Sk children! Our 4 year old can play itsy bitsy spider.
If you are looking for an easy instrument, I highly suggest an 21″ or 23″ ukulele. There are lots of free resourses, charts, songs, and online teaching.
The new fad of figit spinners has exploded into classrooms. They have a purpose for ADD and ADHD and Autism and Anxiety student. Where figiting is a coping mechanism for concentration, they are perfect. The problem, is that these have now become toys for any student and they distract the teacher and classroom.
I as a mother am extremely frustrated that the school has allowed these in the classroom for general use, when my own son has been scolded and disciplined for playing with pencils and erasers to keep himself from sucking his thumb. He has social anxiety issues and at 11 he knows the thumb sucking is going to cause problems amongst his peers. But no teacher has ever allowed him an alternative outlet, even at my request and a recomendations from his dentists.
The other day while window shopping through etsy, I noticed there is a trend of finger rings for women that cover the whole finger. And I thought to myself, “would’t that be great for a thumb sucking deterant!” But I didnt act on it because I wasn’t sure I could convince him to wear it.
Low and behold he comes in my room the other evening and asks if I can make him something to wear on his thumb to keep him from sucking it!
So here is the result…….
He calls it his bionic thumb! I tried to make sure it wasnt ” girly” , but I included some figit beads on it that roll and slide. I made sure all the ends were sanded and rolled in tight so he cant scratch himself or others. He wears it at night, and it works! And he isn’t afraid to wear it at school.
Just like a smoker, he has noticed an agitation from not having something iln his mouth. So today I sent him gum that he is allowed to chew on the play ground. Praying we have found the answer to breaking this habbit and that it increases his confidence!
From our “non-artistic” teenager…
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”
…but a fish can jump out of water and survive!
This isn’t a quote to excuse not trying at what you aren’t good at. It is a quote asking others not to judge people. It is about finding contentment and having pride in your personal strengths, even when you are working at or even struggling at something that is outside of those strengths. Everyone, when given the chance, can be good or even great.
Challenge your kids! Take part in their education but dont do their projects. Cheer them on!
The school project was to choose a quote and illustrate it with multiple mediums. This went from being an idea of a 3 foot paper mache tree with a fish on top that would have been tossed after being marked, to this!
I asked dear Son to consider making a project that could be displayed when finished, that he could keep and enjoy.
A pintrest search for “diy tree” and “diy fish” and he came up with and made this. He isnt even done it yet, but already looks great! The picture doesnt do it justice! A fish might not be able to climb a tree, and dear Son might not consider himself artistic. But some fish can jump great heights out of their environment and so has our Son!
I dusted off the ol’ shuttles and threads and put myself to work on some tatting. After a few starts and stops and wasted threads I finally remembered how it is done again.
In doing a heart pattern I decided to add to it and make a skeleton key design. I am pretty happy with it!
I made it with size 80 thread in varigated pink on one shuttle and moss green on the other. This one also has 3 beads, in place of the picots in the pattern.
R 1-1-1-1-1-1, close
R 1-1-1-1-1-1, close
Ch 25 and join to the top at the first chain
Thread a long legth of green through the center picot of the bottom ring and work on it with the shuttle.
40 half stitches
With shuttle: R 3-3, close
Back to thread: ch3
With shuttle: R 4-4, close
With thread ch3
Tie off and sew in ends.
Stiffen with starch or mount and frame.
I love the idea of a waldorf story apron.
Mine isn’t all organic like a true waldorf. But it is completely hand made and painted. Not even a sewing machine. And the fleece skirt is a soft place for little people to land for a story. “Otâcimow” (a-chi-mo) is aparently “storyteller” in cree, so that is what I am calling it.
Even though I have 6 children, I’m not a babies all over me, romping kind of mom. So this really helps me too! It get’s me down to their level and gets them participating in the story with me all together. Even they like to take turns putting it on!
The bib is made of two circles of cotton/polyester fabric, painted in water color and set with vinegar. When they dried I ironed andb added quilt batton and sewed them together with a piece of bias tape for the neck strap. Then I added a green fleece blanket. Because of it’s stretch, I shaped it along the bottom of the round bib and hand stitched it on.
Wow! She is going to be one! And today she started running, and had play sword fights with her two older brothers!! She has personality, and sass, and a world winning smile to help wrap you around her pudgy fingers!
No more babies left, this is a toddler zone!
Next Sunday is her birthday, so tonight at midnight, while she was refusing to sleep, we made her a birthday “fascinator”. I had started out making a crown, but it was just to big for her little strawberry head. (Maybe her sister will claim it!)
So it came down to this. Ribbon and felt, lace, sequins and feathers. The gold button is smooth, so each year on her birthday, I can change the sticker number. Very pleased how it turned out!
My hands hurt from this one, but one of the babes has a birthday coming up! The big 0-2!
I used this design from themagicloop.com to begin with but with my crochet skill I modified the legs and body and added a different hood and the tail.
Im very pleased! I can only hope he might take to this doll as his pacifier and replace his ratty blanket!
Hatchet, Cratchet and Stash’et
Live in a little brown basket
They hide food from each other
Then forget half their plunder
And it grows up as trees the next summer.
I made these little squirels for the tots to learn about squirrel habbits and preparing for winter.
Pattern link. Laura Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
The only change to the pattern I made was that I used strips of fabric instead of yarn for the tails. Sewn all the same way.