Friday, November 13, 2015
It's fair to say I've been a little stir crazy. I am finally in a place where I can sit up right for a few hours and not hurt and so I found myself at my sewing machine the last couple of days. Melanie and I have been talking about how everyone seems to have their own version of table setting. To take the confusion out of everything for the teachers and the children I made a placemat that clearly shows how to do a proper place setting.We will have two of these, one for each campus that will go into a basket with all the other elements for setting a table. The children will each get a presentation of this new material and so they and the teachers will know exactly how to lay the table for a meal. While I was sewing I was thinking how the simple art of setting a table and knowing the proper placement of each element is a lost art. There should be great care in how we do this and how the children learn this is important. We want our children to contribute at meal times and they want to be apart of what we do. In our home we eat by candle light each night with real cloth napkins and linens or placemats. Each of our children work together to set the table for dinner nightly. After the meal they help load the dishwasher and clear the table and clean up. It's our time to wind down
from the day and hear about everyone's day.
Here is how I made the placemat. I took a small placemat I already had and added a few more inches . My placemat measures 12 inches by 18 inches. I used two fabrics (one for front and back). I sewed the two good sides together and then turned it right sided out.
I have a cutting mat, measuring guide and rotary cutter. It makes cutting super easy and exact.This is how the place mat should look after you have it sewed together and turned right sides out. You will need to press all of your sewing as you go with a hot iron.
After you iron the Heat and Bond to your fabric you then cut out the pieces you traced. Peel the paper off your fabric and with the glue side down place your pieces onto your placemat.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
|Painting on the outside Easel|
“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."~George Elliot
This recipe is from one of my former parents and very dear friend. Oh how we miss her at the school. Making her dairy free cookies some how keeps her with us still. As promised here is the recipe for the cookies served at Parent/Teacher last night! Enjoy!
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup Earth Balance “butter”
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cup oats
1 cup flour (I did ½ white, ½ whole wheat)
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
Bake at 375 Celsius for 8 minutes.
Friday, November 6, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Ms. Grace has been hard at work with the children making their own poppy pins. I am off to buy pins for these beautiful hand made poppies. I love how the children have layered the red felt and sewed a black button into the centre. They are spectacular. It's giving me ideas for other tiny button sewing projects for the shelf.
|Hand Made Felt Poppy|
|Our Sewer Circle|
Kathy Barbro. Kathy is and she teaches art to children. Kathy has an amazing website with tutorials and PDFs for purchase. You can make just about anything. Kathy makes the PDFs in 8x11 printer sheet format and you put them all together to make this big puzzle. It is a fun way to do a large scale piece of art and study and artist with the children.
|Our Finished Painting. Isn't it beautiful!|