Friday, December 11, 2009

O is for Owl

Here's another poor picture. This is an owl, the activity is to "button" and "un-button" his eyes to make them look open or shut. In the picture you can almost see that his left eye is shut, and his right eye is open, making him a blinky bird.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

N is for Nose

This page is fun! You can make a lot of funny noses with the shape of the chain, and so playing here often leads to giggling.


While perusing different sites on the Internet today, I ran across this one: Embroidery and Embroider which has an abundance of Assisi patterns and other goodies on it. I started the Master craftsman Program through EGA for counted thread several years ago, and got to the second step. At that point I came to a screeching halt, because I couldn't find an Assisi pattern to work. Now that I have found these, I might send in step number 2.

I added a couple more rows of Very Velvet to my thread challenge temari last night, and I think it looks a little better. It is a very pretty ball, that didn't photograph well at all. I think I will try to get a picture tomorrow in the daylight. I started a re-make of the previous temari, with a gray base and floss, but still in the same colors. It shocked me by how much I was enjoying the stitching; I like floss! All I had heard was that floss is so finicky to stitch with on temari, but I should have known that my enjoyment of stitching with floss would come through on temari as well as in cross stitch. This discovery opens up all kinds of doors (and windows) with the color range that is available with floss. My mind is racing!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

M is for Mirror

The page today is a face where you unbutton the eyes and find:


A Mirror! This isn't a very good picture. I didn't want to get the flash or me, so I got the very dark ceiling. This is the page I am most worried about breaking, but so far it has lasted without a problem.


I finished this temari last night. C likes the sparkly purple thread I marked with. This is from a thread challenge from the Temari Challenge group. We all received the same threads, and the challenge was to use them in a temari. I only used 3 of the 5 threads we received. The petite velvet thread was interesting to use, I think I will be buying more of that.


I still have to use the other two threads, and I may add some more stitching to the triangles on this one.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

L is for Laces

No, not that kind of laces. This page turned out really well, but I don't think anyone has learned to tie their laces using it. It is usually younger kids who are using the book, and older kids are bored, but it is the older ones who need to learn to tie their shoes. Of course, most kids shoes now have Velcro, so tying your shoes is becoming a lost art.


Monday, December 7, 2009

K is for Kite

For the kite, you have to tie the ribbon into a knot. It is a very quick activity, and I don't think it is any one's favorite, even though I love the ribbon used for the tail.


I had a very nice weekend. It was not as restful as some, but I accomplished quite a bit. On Saturday afternoon I had a temari class, so all morning I was filled with adrenaline. I got quite a bit of cleaning done. The class went very well. All five students almost finished their temari, and I love looking at all the colors. I did remember to get a picture this time.


I was very proud of all of them. My teaching improved as well, so practice makes perfect for that too. It did help to have a smaller class.

Sunday was as usual until the afternoon. Then I accompanied C to practice for her first Sunday School pageant. She was thrilled to find out she would be wearing a costume, and totally happy to be a shepherd. (She's in green in the center of this picture.) I really like this picture, this is the whole Sunday school all dressed up: Mary & Joseph, 2 sheep and 4 shepherds, 2 wise men, and 3 angels. The two girls who don't have costumes on are narrators. The older kids participated as well, and they all did a wonderful job. Next Sunday is the program, and C is so excited! She was worried at first about going up "on stage," I think mostly because she didn't know what that meant.


She loved her costume. Here she is getting ready to take it off afterwards, along with P who came with to supervise.