Monday, November 28, 2011

The Muppets

I went to The Muppets movie last night. It was silly. Which is what you would expect from the Muppets. I enjoyed watching The Muppet Show as a kid, though this puts the Muppets in part of the real world. It is not a movie I would pay to go see again, but I might want to watch it with my nieces and nephews when it comes out on video. I enjoyed SOME of the music, and parts of the movie reminded me of a musical. Have you seen it? Do you think you might?

Monday, November 21, 2011

making things

Making things makes me happy. Here are a few things I have made lately. Above are two blank books I sewed together. I LOVE making books cause you can choose the size and color to fit anything.

I made the pillowcase last evening and it might be a Christmas present. Pillowcases are easy and this kind only takes a yard of fabric and less than an hour if all goes well. Not a bad investment for a handmade gift.

The card is small (less than three inches by three inches) but will make a nice gift tag or little note for someone. I like projects that can be done in just one sitting, but I probably won't give up making quilts, cause they make great gifts for big occasions. What do you like to make?

Monday, November 14, 2011

My Sister Dilly

My Sister Dilly by Maureen Lang is the story of two sisters. Despite the title referring to Dilly, the story is really about her sister Hannah. Dilly is getting out of jail, so Hannah quits her job in California to return to Illinois to help her sister. Hannah feels guilty for leaving Hannah behind so wants to redeem herself by being there for Dilly now. This story deals well with the complexities of family relationships and how personal perspective makes us think as we do. It would be a good book to discuss in a book club.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

If You Give a Dog a Donut

If You Give a Dog a Donut is Laura Numeroff's most recent book. It is an enjoyable story about what happens when you give a dog a donut. If you or your child are a fan of Numeroff's other books, this book is for you. I liked it better than her last one, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. My students sure enjoyed this book as well. Have you read any notable picture books lately?