Archive for April, 2012

Monday, April 30th, 2012


I should have had this post written an hour ago but my youngest child still refuses to sleep.  Pull ups drive her crazy but changing sheets in the middle of the night makes me crazy.  I’m not sure what we’re going to do about that.  I’ve been trying to figure it out for weeks now.  It seems to be all quiet now though, phew. Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, April 27th, 2012

KCWC Spring 2012 : Wrap Up

Not a strong finish the to the week but I did knock something off my to do list.  I ironed this homemade Strawberry Shortcake patch onto this denim dress a while ago and just now got around to stitching it down and since I was being productive I decided to stitch down the pocket flaps too.  They’re fake pockets, are CONSTANTLY wrinkled up and I’m not going to iron the thing so it seemed like a reasonably solution.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

KCWC Spring 2012 : Day 3

I just tried to click on the link I posted last night and it was broken… so I guess you have no idea what I was thinking about.  I was thinking about a upcycled Care Bears sweatshirt for Avery inspired by this one.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Take Me To The Book Thing

I enjoyed this article from The Times.  Check it out if you get a chance.  I thought I’d share that with you and this (partial) list of classics appropriate for grades 2-8 in a rough progression through those grades from low to high.  This is a list of some titles that were requested through a grant writing process but I found it interesting to see the titles on the list and thought I’d share it.  There are some challenging titles on the list and some of my favorites too.  The list brought back some good reading memories.  I can remember reading The Indian In The Cupboard and loving it.  Gosh, and it was a “boy” book at that.  What are your early reading memories?  I might just print this out and keep it in my pocket.

Novel ideas for grades 2-8…

  • Dear Mr. Henshaw
  • Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • The Pain and the Great One
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8
  • Sarah Plain anhd Tall
  • Chocolate Touch
  • The Hundred Dresses
  • Freckle Juice
  • In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
  • Matilda
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Johnny Appleseed and the Tale of Despereaux
  • Stone Fox
  • Mr. Poppers’s Penguins
  • Indian and the Cupboard
  • Cricket in Times Square
  • Love that Dog
  • The Phantom Toolbooth
  • Maniac Magee
  • Number the Stars
  • Johnny Tremain
  • I am the Ice Worm
  • The Outsiders
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Sounder
  • City of Ember
  • Watsons Go to Birmingham
  • Hunger Games
  • Forged
  • Chains
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Monster
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

As for KCWC day 2, I’m not sewing tonight.  I’m prepping for tomorrow and thinking about this and this.

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Monday, April 23rd, 2012

KCWC Spring 2012 : Day 1

So I decided to take the plunge again.  It’s Kids’ Clothes Week!  The last time I ventured into these waters Avery looked like this.  Ok, so here we go.  Picking up where we left off I worked on some knit pants (not so tiny this time).  These were an unfinished pair of shirt pants.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, April 21st, 2012

My Curtain!

I didn’t adequately supervise the installation and so it’s not actually hanging where it was intended to go but I like it!  I’ll just have to be a little smarter about how I use the remaining three napkins to make the other curtain.  I guess this next one will have to be more authentically patchwork.  I just don’t have that much material left to work with but have a whole other window to cover.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, April 19th, 2012

(Interim) Book Report :: Playborhood

So a while ago I posted about this book on facebook.  My lovely friend Courtney ordered it and shared it with me.  I spent a little time perusing and I’ve got to say that, so far, I’m not impressed.  The thing is I can’t identify with the uber-privileged life that the author (and his children enjoy).  Seriously?  I’m sure there are some good ideas in there but, frankly, I just don’t care about what you did in Palo Alto. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Today Was Not So Hot

This morning was gray, it rained, I dragged my butt (Avery’s words) around the house trying to make sure everyone was getting to where they needed to be on time.  It was hard.  It felt like I skipped my dose of iron except I hadn’t.  We did it though and somehow ended up being early and having to wait around for Avery’s class to start.  Errands never seem to take as long as you think they will when you allow for ample time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, April 16th, 2012

My Favorite Favorite

As opposed to my (plain old) favorite picture from this weekend is lousy and out of focus because I was too lazy to get up from my bench in the shade.  That’s ok though because we got out to the park even if I did want to turn around halfway from where we parked to the actual playground.  I had a giant jug of Gatorade, I was brave, I pressed on. While we were walking Chase told me that her favorite, favorite flowers are buttercups. How sweet is that? I don’t ever want to forget it.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Quick Brown Fox

So get this. You know where you get typewriter ribbon? Amazon.  That’s right.  It took like two days and here I am with enough typewriter ribbon for six bucks to last a lifetime.  A lifetime!  Eight spools!  Can I tell you how thrilled I am that I didn’t have to drive to Essex (twice) to find it? Read the rest of this entry »

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