Spools of Thread Applique

I can remember on one of my grandmother's visits to our house my mother gave Bushia her sewing basket to organize. As is usually the case with unattended spools of thread, as soon as the lid was closed to the basket, they would party, and the next time you opened the lid, all of the spools of thread were in a tangled mess! Those rowdy spools of thread!

Anyway, Mom had suggested to Bushia to cut off the tangled mess when lining up the spools of thread. Bushia would not hear of it! She had given birth to 13 children and appreciated making do and wasting nothing. It was unthinkable to even create a pile of snippets of thread that would be discarded. She took the time to untangle the thread and put little caps on each spool to prevent the future intertwining of said threads.

Bushia organized, lined up, sorted, and in general, put the sewing basket in tip-top shape. Long after Bushia had passed, nay... even until this day... when you look into my mom's basket, you can still see signs that Bushia was there. And, I will admit, when my threads throw caution to...Read more

Crayons Coloring Page

 

BOX OF CRAYONS by Kimara Wise

If I could name the crayons
Oh what fun it’d be,
The names would be extraordinary,
Just like you and me!

Red would be “Ketchup”
Orange “Marmalade”
Brown would be “Squishy Mud”
And, Purple, “Monster Shade”.

Yellow would be “Dandelion”
Green “Dragon Scales”
Blue would be “Berry Ooze”
And, Black, “Skunk Tails”.

If I could name the crayons
Oh what fun it’d be,
The names would be extraordinary,
Just like you and me!


As a child I remember being fascinated by the color names in my box of crayons. Everyone once in a while Grandma Pearl would bring me a box of 64 crayons... which included a built in sharpener... and one of the first things I did was to remove all the crayons from the box and read their names. (For fun, check out this Wikipedia list of Crayola Crayons color names.) I often thought it would be fun to get to name crayons. Aside: I also reorganized my crayons by color, but that speaks more to...Read more

10 DIY Play/Real Workbenches for Children

Sources for these projects plus many more can be found HERE.

While raising my children, I did not distinguish between "boy" and "girl" activities. My sons learning to sew and cook along with their sister and my daughter learning to build and rewire switches along with her brothers. Over time they gravitated towards the activities that they most enjoyed, but by the time they moved out of the house I felt like all three of them could properly take care of themselves, without the limitations of traditional gender skills.

The other day I shared a collection of "play kitchens", so today I'm sharing a collection of "play workbenches". Actually, most of these benches are functional as true workbenches as children begin to learn basic carpentry skills. I think it is important to give children, despite their gender, an opportunity to develop all basic life skills. Having kitchens and workbenches in early play sets the stage for developing actual life skills as they grow. 

Here are 10 DIY Play/Real Workbenches that I found interesting. Some of them have detailed tutorials for making your own, others are included just to offer up inspiration....Read more

Learn-to-Knit Afghan Block One

This series covers several different knitting stitches using the Learn-to-Knit Afghan book by Barbara Walker. Whether you are a true beginner or an intermediate knitter, you can take your knitting to the next level working through the blocks in this book. About once a week I will be adding one new block to the blog with some of my notes. If you would like to knit along with us please feel free to leave your comments, questions, suggestions, and links to photos in the COMMENT section. You can also add a photo to our Flickr group or tag a Tweet with #WFAlearn2knitIf you are just joining us you might want to start with the introductory post.  

 

Block One: Striped Garter Stitch

Introductory Post 

Block Two (coming soon)

 

Getting Started Knitting

If you are completely new to knitting you can learn the basics of getting starting with our Newbie Knitting series. Once  you have tackled the first few lessons there, you will be ready to begin your afghan.

Crayons Applique

As a child few things thrilled me more than a new box of crayons. Oh the possibilities, oh the beauty, oh the smell... is there anyone out there that can't conjure up the smell of a new box of crayons? To this day, when I buy a new box of crayons, I love to open the box and just stare at the pristine perfection of the cylinders of colored wax. I don't know who created the first crayon, and I don't know whether its creation was the result of another venture gone wrong or whether they were purposely designed, but hats off to whoever was responsible for the crayon!

Crayons are often the first artistic medium we encounter as a child. Because they are relatively clean to use, easy for wee hands to manage, and non-toxic, crayons are a wonderful way to introduce children to the possibilities of color.

As always, this applique was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. Enjoy! 


The Pattern for the Crayons Applique can be found HERE

The May Appliques can be found ...Read more

How Does Your Garden Grow :: Planning April 2015

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

 

Growing up with Kimara as a mother, you would think I had a natural green thumb and that I loved getting dirt under my finger nails while digging through softly turned soil. NOPE. Somehow that gene completely skipped me. I wanted nothing to do with my mom's lovely perennial gardens while growing up. Sure I could appreciate how lovely they looked, usually half wild and meandering (much like Kimara) but I detested working in the garden. For all the tom-boy that I was (and still am), I HATE getting dirt under my fingernails, I am so not a fan of bugs, and a fresh batch of wood chips just looks like a giant pile of splinters to me. 

But as an adult I have had this desire to grow my own veggies. I've wanted a sweet, orderly, kitchen garden, with rows, and order, and purpose. LOL. I think this says so much about our personalities. Tending plants that give something back I find deeply satisfying. So the front of my house...Read more

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