New Mexico friends, you don’t want to miss this. The Hollands! are coming to Albuquerque for their Christmas tour. They do a great interactive show involving kids buy letting them participate with shakers and rattles. I promise you this show will be a highlight of your Christmas season.
Want to know more about them? You can find my interview about their road schooling (home-schooling on the road) experience here. And here is a post I did on their concert in February at our house. Lastly you can find their blog here.
Hope to see you there,
Our house endures a lot of fighting and bickering. We are not the mild and meek sort; and with six kids spending every day together, we go through lots of conflict resolutions. So it is extra sweet when this happens… Have a lovely day,
All pictures taken by Esther Burton
I made this banner originally for a Christmas card photo shoot. But it makes a nice decoration piece for your home, too. It is really easy to make, the only thing that took a little time was hand stitching the triangles to the cord. Had I glued them it would have been much faster and I could have done it in one afternoon. I am not much of a seamstress and not a super crafty person. So if I can make this, so can you.
Here is what I used: a roll of Jute twine (got it real cheap at Hobby Lobby). A yard of muslin for the letters and a fat quarter of red material to separate the words. I cut the triangles free hand, but Hobby Lobby sells packets of them if you need a template.
I bought a red fabric marker and wrote the letters on the triangles. Make sure you have an old magazine under your muslin when you write on it with the marker. The marker will bleed through the material and stain whatever is under it.
I used the blanket stitch to sew the triangles onto the twine. I thought it would look classy. But gluing them with fabric glue would have been faster and easier. Here is what I would do differently next time. I would not leave any spaces between the letters. The banner is quite long and this would shorten it considerably.
1 yard of muslin
1 fat quarter of red material
1 fabric marker
red thread or fabric glue
If you just buy the essentials I would estimate this project to cost less than $15.
Last week we went to see the Nutcracker, had our St. Nikolaus celebration, baked cookies, and bought our tree yesterday. I thought Christmas preparations were coming along pretty smoothly…until I realized this morning that we have company coming on Wednesday and our guest bathroom drain is clogged. Has been clogged for a while now. But I failed to mention it to the husband until this morning. Which makes husband very unhappy and added a whole lot of stress to our week. I hate when I forget these minor details…
Does this happen to you? One day you feel like your life is going pretty well, and the next day it all turns into an uncontrollable mess? The clogged drain is not the only thing on my to do list this week: I got the house to clean, children to teach (I promised my 12 year old to help her study for her semester test which takes hours), I’m doing extra laundry because somebody had an accident, the list goes on. On days like this I am so grateful that I have two older children who can really help with cleaning and cooking.
What do you do when life gets crazy? I alternate between focusing just on the things that absolutely have to get done, and being so frazzled that I waste time on non-essentials. I really hope I can pull of the being focused part this week. If you don’t hear from me the next few days, you know why…
Have a wonderful week you guys, may it go smoother than mine!
Have you ever been on a night hike? Would you try it?
I went on my first one last night with my friend Judy. We borrowed my husband’s bike lights (he goes mountain biking at night), so we could see very well. And we went on a hike we had done lots of times before. I wasn’t about to get lost at night. I have to admit we were a little spooked out by the thought of meeting a mountain lion (which we didn’t). But other than that it was so much fun and adventurous. We had a great view of the city lights down below. My I phone picture above doesn’t do it justice, but you get the idea. This morning it is snowing in New Mexico. Now I’m thinking I would like to try a night hike in the snow next…
Have a great day,
Remember the recent photo shoot I did with Emily for my blog? I asked her to take some pictures of me as well. Of course Emily added a generous amount of photo editing. I asked my children how different I look here and in their usual honest candor the answer was: ” It is the pretty you!”
Shirt: Old Navy
Hat: The Gap
Have a lovely day,
Today is Giving Tuesday and I wanted to introduce a small Canadian relief organization called FAR you probably have never heard of. Yet their work in Darfur has been nominated for the UN’s Global Project Prize. I only know about them because my good friend was their country director in Sudan for the last couple of years. FAR is committed to sustainable development and currently has projects in water and sanitation, economic development, food security, peace and conflict transformation, emergency relief, and health. FAR began in Sudan in 1984. Today they are one of the most respected development organizations in the country. They currently have offices in Kosti, South Kordofan and West Darfur, and employ approximately one hundred staff.
I have been interested in relief organizations for a while, but it has been enlightening talking to my friend about criterias that make a good organization. One of them is how much money actually goes to the people that need it and how much is spend on advertising and administration. My friend assures me that if you donate to FAR it actually goes to the people of Sudan. Sudan is a very closed Islamic country, suspicious of any Western aid. In the last year they have kicked most expats out the country. Yet FAR is still there. A good agency walks a tight line between employing locals yet maintaining their integrity and ethical standards. This is not easy in a country with corruption and tribal biases. Lastly FAR is openly Christian yet works well with its Muslim employees, not forcing their faith on them but not hiding it either, as some do in Muslim countries.
So if you wonder how you can make a difference in Sudan, consider giving to FAR.
Have a lovely day,
Wow, is it really December? I remember it just being October, and I am not really sure what happened to November…Thanksgiving kind of flew by and I have not a single Christmas decoration put up as of yet.
Here is what is helping me to get into a Christmassy mood. A photo shoot by the British label Joules.
Isn’t this too cute? These are great ideas for your next family photo shoot. The flower skirt and fair isle sweater in the last picture are my favorite.
Have a wonderful day,
I did this post last year and since it fits so well I wanted to repost it today.
Did you wake up this morning and realize that it is getting really close to Thanksgiving?? Are you ready?
If you are teaching this week you might be focusing on our nation’s beginning. Here are some craft ideas I found via the Martha Stewart website for your visual learners.
Here are the links to the tutorials: The corn dolls. The hat and bonnet. The table ship.
I think I am going to listen to Christmas music early this year.
Have a keep your hands warm by the fire and drink hot chocolate kind of day,