Monday, October 29, 2012
Paul Tough was a book I read last week. Tough talks about what it takes for a child to succeed. Much of the book talks about different schools and programs and how they are trying to help students become successful. Parents, educators, and psychologists would gain something from reading the book and discussing it with others. If you have read it, what are your thoughts?
Monday, October 22, 2012
Dallas has written for children. Emmy Blue Hatchett is a ten year old girl who travels from Illinois to Colorado with her parents, aunt and uncle by wagon. Although it is called The Quilt Walk, plenty happens in the story not related to quilting. There is some description of what it was like to travel across the prairie, but more so it is a story of Emmy growing up. When I first began reading it, I wondered if it would make a good read aloud in a classroom. I quickly decided that it would not because of one of the characters in the story-an abusive husband. Dallas' intended audience was children but I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading historical fiction about pioneer days.
Monday, October 15, 2012
This weekend I did some sewing for a baby. Nothing like a deadline (there was a shower on Sunday) to get something done. My friend is expecting a girl so I figured sewing some cute girl clothes would provide a personalized gift. This little dress is made from Simplicity pattern 9602. Even though it is the fourth or fifth time I used this pattern, it didn't seem much easier than the first time.Lotta Jansdotter's book, Simple Sewing for Baby to make the bloomers. The title was accurate...it was simple sewing and the directions were well written. The only thing I didn't like was there wasn't any approximate length of elastic to use for the elastic around the waist and legs.
In addition to the bloomers, I made these pants as well. It probably took less than a half hour to make them. If you stumble across this book somewhere, it is definitely taking a look at. It is a user friendly book for sewing, and I learned some things about clothes construction as well. Someday soon I hope to try making the dress pattern from this book.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
|view from fire tower at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park|
|Mississippi River at Crow Wing State Park|
|bridge over Pike Creek at Charles Lindbergh State Park|
|Pike Creek at Charles Lindbergh State Park|