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 recreated a vintage poppy that was worn to the pilgrimage of Vimy Ridge, France.
April 9 1917 at 5:30am, Canadians stormed and captured this crucial piece of land. It took 3 days to secure and more than 3000 Canadian lives.
Support your legion, and our troops if today. We might not always agree with the politics, but we walk around free to have a voice and opinions because they are willing to die for their brothers and sisters
Baby girl cried for 3 hrs straight. No comfort, no soothing. And I loved her, while going crazy at the same time. She is teething and her schedual was mixed up from church and Thanksgiving visiting.
It happens, and you want to scream with them. You want them to stop. You want them to understand YOU, and quiet down at your touch and your voice.
So while she cried, I designed. In the dark, with the flicker of the t.v . Sarah and Duck in one ear and baby crying in the other, I drew my anxiety to calm it. It’s rough looking, just like we were both feeling.
This morning, tired and dizzy, on the rush to finish Turkey dinner preps and baby girl sleeping soundly in her crib to make up for her lost sleep last night, I stopped to added purple. The color of a crying baby.
We made it through, still loving each other! But know as a parent you aren’t alone. Keep breathing, keep loving. The storm will pass!
We are working on manners here, and I had trouble finding poems that taught nicely and not silly for pre school children.
So I wrote a few myself
“Please” and “Thank you” are magic words
They bring good things to you.
“Excuse me” and “I’m sorry”
Are very useful too.
Your manners are your beauty,
They show just who you are.
Use them each and every day
You’ll shine just like a star.
– C McMann
I dont get paid a penny for this, but I have the overwhelming urge to share my thoughts on beading looms.
First off, if you have an interest in beading on a loom but think you can begin and whip off a first project in one sitting, beading is not for you. It takes practice and time and patience.
The first time I ever “loomed” was on the native doll belt. I stitched the main threads onto the dress and then wove the beads right onto the dress. Im proud of the job but whew! Awkward!
So I then decided to buy a loom to finish the dolls. My mama doll shews were done on a Beadalon loom. I was very happy with this loom.
Perfect tension every time. EVERY time. Easy to catch the underside of the main threads. Easy to start and end off
Extremely portable. Packs up small and light weight when using.
It rocks while beading, which I like because I could tip it towards me to work.
Removing the tention bar can be difficult, and frustratingly, my teenage daughter did snap one of these looms trying to get it out.
You can only make a finished project as long as the board. But it is long enough to make a good size bracelet.
So when one loom was broken I bought the other loom offered at Micheals by Derice.
Sturdy frame construction that only purposely mishandling could ruin it.
You can put as much length on as you can wind around the tension knobs. Make belts, headbands, purse straps and necklaces.
Needle and thread sold with it are crap. You will throw your hands up in frustration. Easy fix, buy real beading needles and thread.
Doesn’t keep tension. I was constantly readjusting the tension rollers. I found it a nusence almost every row having to tighten the strings.
So there it is, my beginers story about bead looms.
There are other methods of beading. Peyote style looks interesting but I dont quite have the dexterity to hold the fine beads in my fingers.
And of course you can sew the beads right ontoba base fabric, which I have also done around the base of the dress yoke. I tacked the beads about every 4th bead. And ran a running stitch back through all the beads to mke them lay straight.
Beads are beautiful! And if you take a deep breath and apply patience it is a rewarding skill to learn.
My latest doll was actually made with a pattern. It was a free Edith Flack Ackley doll pattern (google it!) and I added ears instaed of hair. She also has a little rabbits tail under her petti coats! She is made if polar fleece and cotton. Only her tummy and head have stuffing. I really like a floppy doll look.
This might be the first one I am ready to sell…. Maybe!
Dear oldest Son… Thanks for the use of your hockey tape.
Second son, for the use of your dice.
Third son, the wooden keys from your old teething toy are perfect.
Fourth son, for your sweet potato puffs container to chop up and transform.
And to your sister for her help making guards and lights, thanks!
Now, none of you can cheat on dice rolls. :p
And it worked! This year i did Christmas my way. The way I have wanted to do it for 16 years but never pushed to have. Im 36 weeks pregnant and for once I wanted to ENJOY Christmas as a mom AND as an adult. So hubby and I both said “Our way or NO way.”
Hubby has hated Christmas for most of his life. It was always about the adults and their parties, and the liquids served at said parties.
I wanted to be able to stay in my own house all day Christmas and not run from house to house trying to make time for everyone else ( with no young children I might add) My poor kids wouldn’t see their new presents until boxing day, after opening them Christmas morning! And they always received TOO MUCH.
We wanted it to be about family. Not about just the kids and their gifts, or the adults and their socializing.
SO THIS YEAR…….
1. All presents were bought AND WRAPPED by December 15.
ACCOMPLISHMENT: No late Christmas eve of sorting and missing items and frustration. No despised Christmas shopping amongst grumpy shoppers and what we aimed to get was on the shelves, usually at lower prices, than just before Christmas.
2. All invitations to come to OUR HOUSE were made and all guests were told that no food had to be added to our menu. Just come …. yae or nae ? Ps no alcohol.
ACCOMPLISHMENT: Babies had much needed naps, children enjoyed their gifts and down time. I even got to put my feet up.
Food wise, If someone backed out (though no one did) we were sure to still have our menu with nothing missing and not running out. Food for the whole day from breakfast to supper and snacks in between was also bought before Dec 15 and stored in a hamper with our menu plan.
Our plan if someone couldnt have come? Arrange another day to drive out and see them…but not on OUR day
3. The children drew secret Santa names and the money that use to to be split up for each child to buy for each sibling was used instead to buy for one sibling each on behalf of the other siblings… Eliminating cheap crap and dollar store items and resulting in one highly desired gift.
ACCOMPLISHMENT: This one worried the kids. They were worried they wouldn’t get enough stuff. (spoiled) But they loved the end results and asked to do it again! They loved the QUALITY of their gifts and could, for the first time ever, remember who each gift came from.
They even got creative and added personal details to the presentation and wrapping of their gifts.
For example: Dad received a joint kids gift and they turned it into a Zombie Apocalypse …. Or Hospital Stay: Survival kit! (which ever comes first, the baby or the zombies!)
Simple items were relabeled with funny tags and put in a large box.
Hubby is so proud of it he is taking it as is to show off to the nurses.
CHRISTMAS DAY HIGHLIGHTS
The Scavenger Hunt
Remember Hubby really didn’t like Christmas? Well all the pre planning meant he participated BEFORE reaching the bah humbug stages if December.
This included planning a scavenger hunt for the oldest kids who were receiving gift cards from us so they could get the exact “it thing” they wanted . But they are still kids and it needed to be FUN, not just a hunk of plastic with a $ value in the tree. So in November the two of us wrote up clues for around the house and based them on HIS favorite adventure characters from d&d games.
The kids found all 7 clues and said next year we should make it longer!
Guess who else liked Christmas this year?!
Our two families got together in the same place at the same time for the first time EVER.
And with juice and tea and lots of coffee everyone socialized and learned about each other and showed our children what real family is. It’s US.
It was meant for my husband, but my mother in law brought a framed 8×10 photo of his highschool graduation.
Family pictures from his side are few because of a house fire. But the pride I see on his face when hubby looks at that picture just melts my heart! He is such a hard worker and that diploma meant the world to him! It also makes me feel a little more a part of his life that I wasn’t around for. It means a lot.
And golly he was as much a good looker back then as he is now! Im pretty sure I would have looked twice if i had been in his school! I still look twice at him now!
Well, those are my notes for this year.
I hope to repeat this again next year! There will be our 6th and last baby in the house then. And I hope to teach all of our family that Chritmas is about giving and loving