I was looking into what I could grow in my tiny, shaded yard and wrote this article for the newspaper about what some of my neighbors are doing with their small spaces. I also wrote this sidebar tutorial on how to grow tomatoes upside in a five gallon bucket like the plant above.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
That Saturday morning I organized all the judging sheets into neat, labeled envelopes for the show. Then I went out to Maryville for a day of music and a night camping at Fleta Fest, a tiny festival on a little island in a fork in the river. We arrived with a cooler of picnic food and drink to this beautiful grassy place on the river with great live music.
Then that night it started to rain. It rained hard, all night long. When I woke up on Sunday the river had risen so much that I couldn’t drive my car off the island. The little stream that ran across the drive was now raging. I worried the river wouldn’t go down in time to get home, shower, and make it to the show in time to look at the quilts before I was in charge of taking them down.
A Wild Goose Chase by Carol Snapp, quilted by Denise Waymire
Hours went by and I began to worry I wouldn’t make it at all. I had all those judging sheets and a bunch of show catalogs that they needed at the show. When my cell phone would work,I was talking with the ladies at the show giving them updates on the level of the river.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Cinco de Mayo came and went without me even having a margarita, but the holiday inspired me to make a piñata with the kids.
1. Cover a balloon in newspaper strips dipped in a flour/water/school glue mixture, leaving a hole in the top (near the balloon tie) big enough to put prizes in later. Make sure to cover it completely. The more layers, the more whacks it will take.
2. Let it dry. This takes days.
3. Pop the balloon and remove the balloon remnants.
4. Put prizes inside.
5. Clear tape a layer of dry paper to cover the hole. Then cover the hole with duct tape.
6. Duct tape a long cord to the piñata. The cord needs to be strong and well attached.
7. Spray paint the whole thing, then let children paint designs on it.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Today and tommorow are parent teacher conferences at school so that means I get the perfect circumstances for two days of making crafts with kids. I have a group of maximum five kids at a time to entertain for a half hour while their parents talk with teachers. I’m using the time to have children make these teacup Mother’s Day cards.
I made a quick template by drawing the outline of a teacup on the top half of a sheet of paper with a marker, then folding it in half to trace its mirror image, and copied it on card stock. I cut them out, which was a lot of cutting, and glued and folded for the younger ones. The kids decorated the teacup sides and two scraps of paper that are taped to a real tea bag. I taped a string to the teabag package and taped the smaller scrap of paper to look a tea tag.
One of the teachers saw what we were making and said that she has a project like this with a little poem on the cup. I also saw a beautiful (and much more polished) patterned teacup printable on the amazing blog that you should explore zakka life.
The kids like making these cards and it was a nice surprise for the moms after their conferences.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
There's also a reuse project and a craft for children planned for this week so be sure to check back.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Make paying this month's bills more fun with this envelope template or make your own template by taking apart a used envelope.