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2013

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Hello good people of the earth !!!!

Now that the eye candy of the new year has been presented, its time to share some news!

We’re moving into our very own house this year!

We’re having a baby this year!

We’re getting married this year!

(no need to rush things , he hee)

Busy looking into cashmere wedding shawls, – think i’ve picked this one – marriage certificates, homeschool registration, baby blankets, cast iron bathtubs, oooh its all happening.

The knitted sweater above belongs to my dear Jackson – its a Gathering Stripes by Veera Valimaki. I loooove her, and she will soon be publishing her first baby knits,,,, whoooo how excited I am !

The crochet squares above are for this blanket by the Purlbee.com. I love Wollmeise yarn, its squishy soft. I haven’t done crochet in ages and I am happy to be back into it. In other crafty news, I will hopefully be saying HELLO to my new santa claus pressie this week ….. as it still sits patiently in its pretty box. :)

I’ve been doing some blog reading/ catching up and hope to do more soon. I do hope you are all well friends, and greeting this special new year with a big SMILE.

love ,

angela

xx

Yarning along

Hello!!!!!!!! It’s been awhile, I’ve been busy cooking, knitting for gifts, ebay shopping, and homeschooling ! :)

Oh and packing sorting and tossing for our great migration move ! :)

But I have also been reading … lots of folks from Ginny’s Yarn Along several weeks ago commented on the Lovely Bones book I was reading and I would like to say, although it was grim and sad and depressing ——- it was also definitely a book to be read as it gave a great (true) insight to what i believe happens after death. Particularly to someone wrongfully or suddenly lost , and it tells that a person’s spirit is able to move on easier IF the loved ones left behind let the grief go and become ‘ok’ with the loss. Lessons to be learned by this book. Great author. Hard to put down. Hard to forget.

So…. I am working on exciting knits ! Finishing up an white fluffy alpaca hat for a gift, and a beautiful MadTosh Shawl for me !

Project notes :: botanical garden shawl & rose red III .

My Doris Lessing books have arrived from the library, which one to read first !??

Actually I am still reading A room of one’s own , by Virginia Woolf. Sometimes , when you feel and see things like I do, you need a little Virginia in your life. This Woolf lady and I are great friends. Her sarcastic wit and view of the world, and men, and writers, and pompus English class, and prunes, just drives me into fits of laughter. If I were to see her walking down the street, I would follow her. She would like my shoes. And I , her swagger. x

regatta day

With some leftover planks of wood, some clay, and sticks and fabrics and paints …. we made BOATS. We combined our Art class with our Design classes in Homeschooling this week to make our model boats for our friday Regatta Racing Day. We gave our boats a coat of paint, cool clay figure drivers, fabric stick sails, and each a name (our favorite things). See me, I’ve got the All American Attitude just before racing.. (i’m gonna win!!!)

So we filled up the mudhole , made the start and finish signs , and otherwise declared a few rules. {All of which were broken// My sister would have been beside herself = she once wrote the badmitten championship rules on a huge whiteboard and made us all read them aloud together before we could begin. :) And this was in our adulthood!!}

That is dear hubby and myself miraculously afloat the USA. His beanie is a Canadian Oak Acorn cap, and I am looking marvelous and very granny in my beehive hairdo and old lady shawl. Perhaps we will hit the seas in our retirement? (The USA struck a mudbar and did go no further.)

As you can see, I do believe Ben10 was the winner,, with black spidey closely behind! After lunch, we are going to prepare a ‘report’ of how our race went, things to improve upon in the future with boat design and racing. The kids are great, they enjoyed it, these boats will see heaps more playing with ! (Our finish sign is made with bamboo sticks and a Coconut Palm frond. I love it when nature provides.)

Have a great weekend !

End of August

Hello dear friends. What a week it has been. News of an earthquake and hurricane overseas, which is still on my mind and affecting my friends on the east coast. Sickness here in our household, of various sorts. I can say I have the utmost respect for the amazing discovery of Penicillin, and would be long ago deceased without it. Aren’t we lucky to live in this day and age.

We have mango trees, and boy are they fruiting. Soon, we will have mango delights ! It is such fun to live in a tropical climate, so different to anything i’ve ever experienced before. It has now been ‘dry’ for 6 months, wonderful cool weather. In the next few months it will heat up and bring the rainy ‘wet’ season with it. During the exchange, we experience 8 full months without a single drop of rain. Marvelous how the trees and plants and people adapt.

Due to our illnesses of sorts we’ve had some downtime from the homeschooling, but we have managed to complete our newspaper Biology man, turning it into a fun game to boot. This was super fun for us all….. Moving on into Roman Numerals in our Maths.

I myself having revelations of sorts as I continue reading “Art of zen” as discussed before. So many things I could post from it, but I won’t. Just read it sometime, won’t yoU?  It has helped me become more rooted – in a foreign country that isn’t easy to do I had thought. But aren’t you the same person wherever you roam? Perhaps life throws little tests at us ; intervalls of teaching and learning. The world keeps spinning around and around.

( I’m glad to be on it. )

Not yet – Father time !

Howdy all !!!

How bout a birds eye view of some crafties to start us off, eh?

These are the items i’ve been working on… to enter them into the local Western Australia Crafters Show next week! This will be my very first time entering into a show…and boy am i excited.  There is the Waldorf Dolly, which i made from an old t-shirt, and dress made by Grandma who just visited us. Also being entered is the Elephants on Parade Vest ( which is on Ravelry ) .. i just love it. This being my first ever attempt at “GRAPH KNITTING”. (also last ever attempt people, so look good at it.)  Still a work in progress is my  Bias Tape Toothbrush Floor rug – growing and growing. And last but not least, is my beloved crochet baby blanket:: made in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, edged in Silk Charcoal, and totally delightful to the touch and eyes. It needs blocking. I really don’t like blocking. Can someone please come and block all of my finished projects?? Ah yes.. and thrown in just to make myself look super busy are the ‘Neighborly Vest’ , which i forgot to give to Grandma to armhole pick-up while she was on such a roll (darnit), and my ‘Lucy Attic 24’ crochet bag. Which i do love, and can’t wait to finish and use.

So next up :: the homeschooling front. We’ve been on a two week school holidays here. There are lots of holidays in Australia. Basically you’ll go for 10 weeks and then have two off. I love it. They just don’t take anything too seriously here in Australia, you know. Cause all work and no play.. So it was back to school for us. What did we do? Well,,,, not wanting to get to crazy into heavy stuff on the first day back. The kids worked on making a picture collage. Just look at them, all busy and interested. Drawing, cutting , and pasting. They picked their own themes, drew the pictures, and then glued them onto A4 poster paper. When they were all finished, I got them to tell me a story about it. This is fun and interesting for all age groups. My 3 year old drew all superhero characters and two snakes (an angry snake and a nice one). There was also sticky mud for a trap. My 6 year old made his a sea drawing with a sea snake, algae, and mangrove trees with roots. He named his picture ” MY WORLD ”  and wrote a story to go along with his. This is excellent portfolio work.  (See how my little one insists on dressing up for school each morning with his silk scarf ! mama loves it. )

Ah. Here’s my particular new favorite pasttime. This is going to be a real sweet beauty. It is the ‘spiderweb selvedge quilt’ and I am making mine with a pair of old pink linen pants and of course, selvedges. While granny was here, I got to dig it out and add three new pie squares. This is a simple and satisfying quilt to make, and rather quick. Which is why for the life of me I cannot understand why it is taking me so long to progress on it. Two more pieces yet till i actually have one whole spider web. I suppose with kids and cooking and (not) cleaning and homeschooling, the quilting always gets pushed back. Even though it is such a strong passion for me. * Sad *.  I will leave you with  a cute little writeup from an American Quilting Magazine, found at a thrift shop. Have a great week all.. love love !XX

” NOT YET, FATHER TIME ! “   (by Alice Evanick)

Art is long, and time is fleeting – wrote a poet long ago. Art is long doesn’t have much meaning – Time is fleeting – that i know !! 

Time is fleeting, hurrying, scurrying, Running fast as it can go. While I vacuum, bring in the wash, Fold the clothes, and shovel snow.

Time for quilting, how to find it ? Always something else comes first. Better write or call my mother, Or she’ll surely think the worst !

Wash the floor, and weed the garden, Golf, and cook, and shop , and bowl, Buy the groceries, hit the garage sales, Go see the children in St. Paul.

Homespun chores eat up the minutes – Bring in the wood when weather’s cool. Pack lunches for the children, So they’ll do their best at school.

” Go swiftly walking four miles a day ” Say the books , doctors, and such.  But do these experts leave time for quilting ? Are you kidding ? No, not much !

Face it people, time for quilting Must be grabbed, and squeezed, and stored. We all know the quilter’s motto ::  ‘never close your ironing board!’

Lest the time should ‘fleet’ right by me When I have an hour to spare, I’ll sew those finished blocks together, And smooth them out with special care.

Soon, I must be ‘up and doing’ For my family, friends, and guests. First, let me finish up this stitching, quilting, binding, and the rest.

Now there’s grandchildren, and each one Must have a quilt that’s made with love. No time ever to get ready for that quilt show ‘up above’ !

Then when Father Time does call me To that great quilt show in the sky, I’ll ask for another half a century – I  still have patterns left to try !

I’ll need hours and days and leap years, Four score years, and twenty more, Just to use the scraps I have now – and there’s more material at the store !

What I’m doing…

Biology Sketch

crinkly Cerebrum Craft

chakra check

photosynthesis lesson

We have been having an absolutely great homeschooling week so far !  Organization and lesson plans have nicely collided, giving us a lovely routined schedule for our days.  Today for science/health we did a body sketch onto newspaper and began our first lesson ,,,, the brain.  My children (even the youngest!!) sat enthralled as the accordian style Cerebrum became glued and attached up on the head.  Next week…. the heart !  This is truly fun. { I am a major biology geek }

We have been enjoying the lesson  and storytime illustrations on our Chalk Board.  Children love a pretty sketch drawn out.  It makes them so eager to sit down and get quiet , ready for the lesson.  Hip Hip for Art.
I have also been having  some quiet time for myself, bit of Chakra Work. OOOhhhhnnnnn. 
Oh it feels so nice to let all the chitter chatters in my much folded Cerebrum be expelled and fall thru the floor into oblivion.
ps. These Grimm Brothers tale continue to delight ! Did you know in the original tale both the grandmother and Little Red are eaten? And then cut out of the Wolf’s greedy stomach by the Woodchopper, and they dance around afterward! …>>>>>>

Little Red Riding Hood Sketch

HomeSchooling Values

 
 
My how the weeks fly! We are already into Week 7 of our Sophia’s Journey Quest story. (Spoken of in previous Homeschooling Posts). This provides the sturdy basis of the beginnings of our Homeschooling Journey together : and what a magical tale it has been. A wonderful way to introduce the Letters ! This week the children meet a magical bear in the forest. Thus the letter B is introduced. The children have little notebooks which we made together : after I read the Grimm Brothers story which complements that days lesson, we draw a picture of what we’ve just heard. This also helps them to retell the story in their own words, and is nice to go back to review. I like how the Melisa Nielson text includes these Grimm tales. It’s all in there. 

SchoolTime

 
 
What I am finding out about HOMESCHOOLING  out there in the ” real world ” ………. There are so many supportive folks.  These are generally the older generation. The ones who live and surround themselves with plants, nature, art and poetry.  The people who grew up in a time where life was simpler and not so fast paced; where people stopped and chatted and strangers were helped as friends. The souls who saw children being raised to value respect and kindness :: and knew its profound impact in this world. So what I think may be most important in home educating our children is the daily lessons which focus so much around this. The Grimm Brothers tales may in fact be a bit ‘grim’ to some, however their main focus is to teach children the benefit and value of being kind and thoughtful to strangers, animals, those in need. How would this world be if all children were taught this in tale, daily!?!? 
 
 
 
Today we read a little tale called ” THE LION, THE HARE, AND THE HYENA ”  ,  a lovely story from Kenya – from Nelson Mandela’s beautiful book.  Full of enriching stories that all children will love and learn from.  In the tale, the brave lion becomes hurt and discovers the value in friendships when his little friend hops in to help. A cunning visit from the hyena tries to trick them both but becomes deceived himself!
 
Happy days to you all.  x

On Homeschooling

soil of the Kimberley

HomeSchooling Week 3 ::

 
Things I have learned. #1 – (dress for success)  One day last week I came into our homeschooling room , sat down on my sheepskin in my pajamas , and got a very funny look from my Jackson. He says to me ” Well, , , , you don’t look very much like a teacher!!”  Ok Ok.. I tried. Now, before I light the candle to begin our morning, I put on a pretty dress and my pearl earrings and Jack just smiles and says ” Now you look just like a teacher!!” 
 
Things I apparently haven’t learned. #2 – (expect to learn yourself)  As we are engaged in a G, g, gg phonics lesson, which I do admit can be not very easy sometimes, I tell Jack a double letter set comes in the middle of a word. He then says to me ” Well, what about EGG?”  One smart cookie he is. So it appears sometimes he is teaching me.
 
Points of Interest to be noted :::::
SINCE HOMESCHOOLING BEGAN – – –
  • we have become much closer as a family. our days flow so nicely. we understand, communicate, respect trust and appreciate each other so,much,more.
  • the children play better together. much less squibbling. jack becomes a teacher of sorts to his younger brother (one of my favorite aspects of the waldorf + montessori learning approach – where younger children often learn from older children). everything is well relaxed, everyone is well rested. everyone sees the key role we each play in this family.
  • Television and Computer time has virtually eliminated itself, naturally. Something which bothered me and I spent energy wondering how to lessen in our lifes – has just dissapeared. Nobody asks for it now. There is so much fun going on. We still do watch a movie or something, but mama is so very happy this is not a problem in our lives anymore!

 

I am working on a weekly chart with our rhythms of the days. Usually we begin between 8 and 9. I light the candle. I burn GERANIUM. We sit on the sheepskins in a circle. We stretch, sing a song and have a Waldorf Lesson. Do a drawing of the story read and practice our letters. The new letter this week was W : and on the journey to visit the Wise Sophia  in the mountain (M) – they cross a windy path (s), enter into a valley (v), and come out into a forest of trees (T). The family then enter into a section of the river which is large with rapids and waves (W) , thus too wild to cross without first making a boat. 

My children are really into this ongoing tale – and the association of letters coming from earthly formations is magical indeed. Just yesterday Jack was drawing an M into the sand at the park with his stick. He then played with little rocks as they were climbing up to his ‘mountain’. (so it must be working!!)

Thank you all for your encouragement on this launch into our homeschooling, its a real boost for me! x

 

Handwork – ” knitting creates neural pathways”

 

 

Today is our HandWork Day. I always look forward to this day! As a crafter and creater myself,,,,its only natural that i pass this on to my children. We are currently exploring with weaving, slipknots, braiding, and knitting. My oldest has done well with fingerknitting, and now it is time to introduce the knitting spool ! With much excitement ! {Beautiful handcarved spool pictured above is by Annie, her lovely Waldorf store is here.}

Do your little ones use a knitting spool?  My son has asked to be taught knitting for years (he is always watching mama!)….. he is now 6 and i am thinking he is now ready. It can be a bit tricky on the fingers to pull the bottom loop up and over the top with the needle.

Below I have listed some additional reads and links on this topic. They are wonderful ! Also..if you like woolcrafts, Annie has kindly sponsored my blog with an upcoming giveaway for you…some things pictured above in the basket!

I could go on and on…there are so many wonderful reads out there !  Perhaps this will be an introduction to further inspire us all to realize the true benefits in adding HandWork and craft into our lives and teaching it to our little ones. I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, any to share? Have a wonderful week all ! x
 

Knitting is just the facet of handwork in the Waldorf curriculum. As the student matures, handwork becomes increasingly complex. When speaking of handwork as part of the Waldorf curriculum, Rudolf Steiner stated that the purpose was not necessarily to teach a particular skill but rather to inspire a mindset of confidence and connectedness in the individual. Whether describing children knitting or young adults carving and bookbinding, handwork teaches a mindset that will last a lifetime.
Read more = suite 101

How to use a knitting nancy by Mama MoonTime.

 
Importance of HandWork and finger knitting, weaving, braiding for us all = teaching handwork.
 
A beautiful article on HandWork by Parental Passage.
 
 

a waldorf story

Wise Sophia drawing book : Day 1

Hello! Did i tell you that we have embarked on our dreams of homeschooling? Yes,,Jackson is {happily} unenrolled from his local catholic schooling and officially enrolled in MAMA SCHOOL! He loves it already. Just the very idea of not having to get up rushing, scrambling for school uniforms and clean socks; completly hurried to eat breakfast and brush teeth. That is one big plus. And there are so many more!

We are using a nice happy blend of teaching curriculums. My Waldorf Homeschooling texts are a favorite, i have had them for ages and read quite often. {Melisa Nielsen’s link on blogroll}. The binding is creased, the pages are all marked with leaves and pine twigs. {Lots of outside reading while playing at parks etc.} We also enjoy several Usborne texts, along with Greek and Norse Mythology. The Faber Storybook by Kathleen Lines is great, full of enchanted legends and tales of magic. {She has several books which are great.}

Homeschooling Texts

Today, we have just finished a Grade 1 lesson.
”The Wise Sophia” by Melisa Nielsen.
It is the beginning of a journey, a spiritual quest taken by a family, from their village up to the Mountain to visit the wise enchantress Sophia. Each child takes this journey as they reach the age of 7. The wise Sophia gives them the gift of knowledge.

The story is broken down into bits, and provides the basis for a weekly theme, with several form drawings associated with it. This is several things in one, an introduction to form drawings and letters associated with things discovered in nature. Also a family’s quest for the ultimate gift – that of knowledge – which i find very appropriate for our family as we begin this wonderful journey of homeschooling together.

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