Tag Archive: READING

Apple Bookmark Craft for Back to School

Apple Bookmark CraftThis colorful bookmark craft is perfect for fall and heading back to school! So when you’ve finished  organizing your school supplies,  pull out the hair clips and felt to make these fun and colorful apple bookmarks. Be sure to make an extra to give as a teacher’s gift! For this bookmark craft you will need:…

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3 Ways to Help Your Kindergartener Become a Reader

3 Ways to Help Your Kindergartener Become a ReaderI don’t know what’s worse — the anxiety about your little one starting kindergarten or the knowledge that you are now going to play a pivotal role in him becoming a reader. The pressure you put on yourself to help your kindergartener become a reader can be overwhelming. Trust me, I know. I’ve been there,…

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3 Ways to Help Your Kindergartener Become a Reader

3 Ways to Help Your Kindergartener Become a ReaderI don’t know what’s worse — the anxiety about your little one starting kindergarten or the knowledge that you are now going to play a pivotal role in him becoming a reader. The pressure you put on yourself to help your kindergartener become a reader can be overwhelming. Trust me, I know. I’ve been there,…

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Free Project – Shabby Chic Floral Photography Printable Bookmarks

Free Project – Shabby Chic Floral Photography Printable Bookmarks

PATTERN DETAILS Cherry Blossom Photography Collection. Shabby Chic Cherry Blossom Photography Printable Bookmarks 2 – Deddington, Oxfordshire, UK. DESCRIPTION: Instant Digital Download of 1 x ZIP File, containing 1 x JPG File. 4 x Cherry Blossom Photography Printable Bookmarks. Sizing: 2″ x 7″ – four images per A4 page. Resolution: 300 dpi. INSTRUCTIONS:

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How to Teach Your Preschooler To Read

Creating a Strong Foundation for ReadingHave you ever wondered how to teach your preschooler to read? Creating a strong foundation for reading in preschool years is vital for a child’s future success. Studies show that children need writing to help them learn to read, they need reading to help them learn to write, and they need oral language skills to help…

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Emotional Kid Is At The End Of His Rope For The Funniest Reasons

It’s hard being a kid. Everyone’s bigger than you. You have to wait your turn for everything you want to do. Bedtime is WAY earlier than you want it to be. And you don’t get to make decisions about ANYTHING. I mean, sure, there are perks, too. Like that whole lack of responsibility thing, and…

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THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF SLOW SEWING!

After too many years to count of speedy sewing, trying to get things done quickly, I have become enamored of slow sewing. Why? For one thing, I don’t really need many clothes…I have so much and lead a fairly quiet life (Clothes-wise). For a…

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SIX WEEK RECESS…

I didn’t really plan to take a break…I’ve been dealing with a health issue and a few other inconveniences, then I began a BIG studio clean out and finally got back my sewing mojo…so here I am!I tried out Sandra Betzina’s new jacket/vest pattern, V1…

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Free Project – Peach Tulip Bookmark

Free Project – Peach Tulip Bookmark

PATTERN DETAILS Have you seen a parrot tulip bulb with its red cabbage purple color or the pure-white of the Darwin tulip? Tulips have a classic shape, beautiful in springtime or any time. Stitch the Peach Tulip Cross Stitch Bookmark to remind yourself every time you read of the beauty and freshness of spring! Enjoy! […]

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Free Project – Peach Tulip Bookmark

Free Project – Peach Tulip Bookmark

PATTERN DETAILS Have you seen a parrot tulip bulb with its red cabbage purple color or the pure-white of the Darwin tulip? Tulips have a classic shape, beautiful in springtime or any time. Stitch the Peach Tulip Cross Stitch Bookmark to remind yourself every time you read of the beauty and freshness of spring! Enjoy! […]

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FASHION, FOOD AND FOOTWEAR!

I carved out some studio time over the last two weeks and worked on this;I returned to V1510, Sandra Betzina’s vest pattern from last fall. I have been holding on to this verrrrry interesting fabric from EOS which I got a long time ago. It’s a med…

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Free Project – QUICK AND EASY VALENTINE BOOKMARKS

Free Project – QUICK AND EASY VALENTINE BOOKMARKS

QUICK AND EASY VALENTINE BOOKMARKS! Hi there, Chrissie here! I don’t know about you, but I love making handmade Valentine gifts for my kid’s classmates.  BUT I only love doing it when it’s quick and easy.  🙂 Since my daughter is in second grade and a total bookworm (which makes me as happy as can […]

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PARIS TRIP, PART 2, AND A WARDROBE REVIEW

More time has passed that I had anticipated…but the memories of the Paris
trip are still warming my heart!


photo by Shams


 This was at the large flea market at Clignancourt, which Shams and I visited to test our Metro skills before the Tilton Tour began. A lotta red!


One of the thrills for me was the evening boat trip on the Seine, in the rain. In all my trips to Paris, I had never done this, and it was magical!

We had a few days of rain on the trip, but not pouring, and for this California
girl, the rain was welcome! Here are the beautiful clouds after a storm.


 The cool weather made dishes like this bouillabaisse all the more welcome…

 Here I am at Cafe Strada for a quick lunch with Shams…


 photo by Shams

I amused myself by taking a “Shamsian” shadow portrait…



and this is a photo of me at the Musée Galliera…


There’s that sillhouette again!

TRAVEL WARDROBE REVIEW

I was pretty happy with my choices for the travel wardrobe; I took more clothes than usual, mainly because we were staying in the same room in the same hotel for a little over two weeks. Not having to continually re-pack and schlep a suitcase from place to place was a 
true luxury.

I wore everything I took except for the last-minute red pants. I preferred wearing jeans and I had red jeans in the suitcase, added after this storyboard was made, which were better suited for the weather. 



I also wore the Minoru Coat, the inspiration for the wardrobe, only once. Again, the other jackets and raincoat were better suited to the weather.


I LOVED my raincoat and wore it often.


I wore all the tops a lot; the silver shirt jacket not so much. Again, turtlenecks plus vest plus jacket or coat was more suited to the weather.


I wore all the vests (except for the “Keith Haring” one, which I pulled out at the last moment), and didn’t wear the poncho. I find ponchos a little fussy at the best of times, and it just didn’t suit the occasion and the weather.



I wore all my boots/shoes (bought 4 more in Paris, of course!), both hats (bought some hats,

too!)and both bags. I carried the Professional Tote as my plane carry-on, coming and returning, and used it several times in Paris. I need to add a strap to it so that I can wear it
cross-body.

So, I’m pleased with the wardrobe; again, I wouldn’t take quite as much if I was traveling from place-to-place.I took just the right amount of jewelry and scarves, and the only reason I had
to buy a new suitcase was because of the shopping I did!

I cannot emphasize strongly enough the joy that I experienced on this trip…Marcy and Katherine are the perfect leaders, sensitive to the needs and desires of the group, extremely knowledgeable about where to go in Paris, and a heck of a lot of fun to be with! DO IT!

I made a very good potato recipe last night...Crispy Parmesan Potato Stacks… I halved the


recipe and we’re having the other half tonight! Highly recommended!

Books? I just finished reading My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I haven’t been spending much time in the studio, so the Audible book I’m listening to, Moonglow, by Michael Chabon, is still being listened to. It’s good, so far!

Teddy is growing and thriving…he turns 7 months on the 20th. Here he is in my office…

and this is our usual view of him in the kitchen while we are cooking dinner…


I probably won’t post again till after the holidays…we are having a quiet Christmas, and leave for Iowa on the 29th to attend our oldest grandson’s wedding on New Year’s Eve. I am watching the weather reports to make sure I take enough warm clothing.

A very happy holiday to those of you who celebrate, and to those who don’t…



from Margy, Dave, Teddy and Micmac

I will be hanging out over at Patti’s Visible Mondays; come on over and say hi!

TTYL


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MOTO MASHUP

I fell in love with this wine/black crinkled brocade from Mood Fabrics


and decided to make a jacket with moto influences. I didn’t want to use my TNT Kwik Sew 3764 again, so I went hunting for a suitable pattern. I made a muslin out of the Quart Coat
pattern by Pauline Alice, thinking I could modify it to my liking. I couldn’t…


My dress form isn’t shaped like that, and neither am I (wide shoulders, nipped
in waist).

I liked aspects of B5822 (OOP) which I used when I was making “manteaux”
for our Iran trip…

so I put on my thinking cap and came up with a frankinpattern using parts of the Butterick pattern and parts of the Kwik Sew. And this is what I made:


I added a separating zipper to the front, shortened the jacket, and added sleeve and pocket zippers…

I used the sleeve from the KS and also the pocket placement, the rest was from
the Butterick pattern.

I lined the jacket with a dark red satin lining, also from Mood Fabrics, and piped 
it in black satin.

I accessorized it with some wonderful Gujarati bracelets I got in India some
25 years ago.

That’s kept me pretty busy; I took some time out to have a wonderful lunch with long-time
friend Diane and her SO


The puppy? He had his first grooming appointment, we went to obedience class (THAT was
traumatic for both of us!), he now weighs in at 20 pounds, and every ¼ inch he grows
means another level of mischief he can reach. I took him for a swim again yesterday and he jumped right in. I think he’s tall enough now to get out on his own, but for now, we keep a hand on his collar. But he loves to swim!

Like the kitty, he LOVES boxes…

begging to go in the door (damage on door done by his
                  predecessor, Paddywack)


and benches.


My kitchen activities are still centered on somewhat frantic enjoyment of the tomato season…

Caprese salad for lunch today. We’re also cleaning out the freezer, eating last year’s beans and soups, getting ready for cooler weather (hah! it’s currently 95 degrees, but “feels like” 105).

I’m joining BOTH Patti’s Visible Women and Judith’s Hat Attack this week…come take a look!

TTYL
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Reading Time

One thing we have been trying to do more of is reading with P. It’s so good for their development, and she loves our reading time so much! I love sneaking in on Scofield reading to her, using all kinds of voice inflections and making her giggle like only a daddy can. It’s my favorite. It’s […]

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SEWING, BOOKS AND PUPPY—WHAT A TRIO!

That’s how I’ve spent my time since the last post…


This vest is Sandra Betzina’s new pattern, Vogue 1510 and the fabric, which is a wool mix with shiny dots woven in it, is one from several seasons back via Marcy Tilton.


I love this fabric…but it didn’t behave very well, so I learned a new-to-me technique from a tutorial written by Bunny at La Sewista, flatlining with seam finish.


It involves sewing a layer of fabric, in this case silk organza, to each pattern piece before any sewing takes place. The resulting double fabric is treated as one piece, so the unsightly parts of the interior are masked, and the hems are
encased in Hong Kong seams. It took a lot of time, but the results were worth it!

I made another iteration of the PaperCut Rise and Fall Turtleneck, using a lightweight Ponte knit, also from Marcy Tilton. Unlike my previous attempts,
the collar on this was “upright and uptight”, so I removed it and recut it.

I really like this fabric, which Marcy called “Black Marble”.


And here I am with Teddy, who is growing up fast! He had his final puppy shot this week, so he is safe to go “out in the world”, he got microchipped, AND
he and I are signed up for 6 weeks of puppy school. We both need it!


 Here he is in the kitchen last night, trying very hard to trip Dave and me up!

And the books…The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead…I had a little trouble getting into this, but I persevered and am glad I did. Quite an insight into slavery and the attempts to end it, and very well written.

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrick Backman. Enjoyable and quite a good character study of a difficult man.

And I just started listening to Louise Penny’s new book A Great Reckoning, another chapter in the life of Three Pines and Armand Gamache. I haven’t tired of this series yet.

These 3 books were on Audible, which I listen to in my studio. As far as my Kindle books go, I have discovered a new mystery series by Inger Ash Wolfe which features a 63-year-old female D.I. in Port Dundas, in a Canadian county. I’m on #2 and enjoying it.

There are 7 ½ weeks till the Tilton Paris Trip. I THINK my travel wardrobe is in
good shape, except for a pair of pants I will sew in a couple of weeks. We shall see!

Other than enjoying the amazing fruits and vegetables available right now, I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen. Except for this…

I adore fresh figs, and the season is so short…these are Roasted Mission Figs with Blue Cheese and Honey. AH…so delicious!

My 5-year blogging anniversary is coming up next week...first post! And, as long as I’m looking at stats (which I don’t do very often), I hit over-a-million page views a little while ago!

I’m headed over to the party at Patti’s Visible Monday…come join us!

TTYL


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TEDDY AND THE TURTLENECKS

Sounds like a retro rock group, doesn’t it?

The “Teddy” part is, of course, our new English Cocker Spaniel puppy…we picked him up from the breeders last week in Grass Valley. He’s 9 ½ weeks in this photo, and full of beans! He eats, sleeps,plays and nips…those little puppy teeth are sharp, and Dave and I have the wounds to prove it.


Isn’t he a handsome boy? His coloration is “Blue Roan with Tan” and his face
portends a real character…


The “turtlenecks” part is due to trying a new pattern, Rise and Fall Turtlenecks by
Papercut Patterns. I found a black and claret striped knit on Etsy that went perfectly with my Paris wardrobe, but I wanted to try out the pattern before I cut into it.

 The first try was in a rayon/lycra knit from EmmaOneSock. This view has a dropped shoulder and is somewhat loose. I used the higher neck from the other view.


The body on number two is a little more fitted, the neck is the same. This is also a rayon/lycra knit, also from Emma One Sock.

And here is the third one in that black and claret stripe…
.

Interesting to note is how different the collar is in each top…I wanted the high neck of number 1, but the different fabrics (all rayon/lycra) translated differently, 2 and 3 being more droopy.

Being a parent to a new puppy has curtailed my studio time a little…but I’ve done some listening…Richard Russo’s Nobody’s Fool and the sequel Everybody’s Fool.,,very good, I do love his writing. Also now listening to The House at the Edge of Night, set in an island off Sicily during WW2. Also enjoyable. I read No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell…love her Inspector Wexford novels, and gave up in the middle of Ethan Canin’s A Doubter’s Almanac, mainly because I didn’t care for the major character and didn’t want to spend any more of my time on him!  I read the latest Daniel Silva book, The Black Widow…I am hooked on his
 Gabriel Allon books!
Taking advantage of our plethora of French Plums, I made my favorite Plum Crumble

I make it exactly according to the recipe, except I double the fruit. I halved and pitted 200 French plums to freeze so we can enjoy this several times more. It’s that good! Don’t eliminate the candied ginger as it really adds to the flavor.

A few more puppy pics because, well, just because!


 The chairs and ottoman I reupholstered…

This dog finds the most comfortable places to sleep…


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TEDDY AND THE TURTLENECKS

Sounds like a retro rock group, doesn’t it?

The “Teddy” part is, of course, our new English Cocker Spaniel puppy…we picked him up from the breeders last week in Grass Valley. He’s 9 ½ weeks in this photo, and full of beans! He eats, sleeps,plays and nips…those little puppy teeth are sharp, and Dave and I have the wounds to prove it.


Isn’t he a handsome boy? His coloration is “Blue Roan with Tan” and his face
portends a real character…


The “turtlenecks” part is due to trying a new pattern, Rise and Fall Turtlenecks by
Papercut Patterns. I found a black and claret striped knit on Etsy that went perfectly with my Paris wardrobe, but I wanted to try out the pattern before I cut into it.

 The first try was in a rayon/lycra knit from EmmaOneSock. This view has a dropped shoulder and is somewhat loose. I used the higher neck from the other view.


The body on number two is a little more fitted, the neck is the same. This is also a rayon/lycra knit, also from Emma One Sock.

And here is the third one in that black and claret stripe…
.

Interesting to note is how different the collar is in each top…I wanted the high neck of number 1, but the different fabrics (all rayon/lycra) translated differently, 2 and 3 being more droopy.

Being a parent to a new puppy has curtailed my studio time a little…but I’ve done some listening…Richard Russo’s Nobody’s Fool and the sequel Everybody’s Fool.,,very good, I do love his writing. Also now listening to The House at the Edge of Night, set in an island off Sicily during WW2. Also enjoyable. I read No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell…love her Inspector Wexford novels, and gave up in the middle of Ethan Canin’s A Doubter’s Almanac, mainly because I didn’t care for the major character and didn’t want to spend any more of my time on him!  I read the latest Daniel Silva book, The Black Widow…I am hooked on his
 Gabriel Allon books!
Taking advantage of our plethora of French Plums, I made my favorite Plum Crumble

I make it exactly according to the recipe, except I double the fruit. I halved and pitted 200 French plums to freeze so we can enjoy this several times more. It’s that good! Don’t eliminate the candied ginger as it really adds to the flavor.

A few more puppy pics because, well, just because!


 The chairs and ottoman I reupholstered…

This dog finds the most comfortable places to sleep…


Come on over to Visible Monday and say Hello!
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Summer Reading Made Easy

Each and every summer we are encouraged to help keep our kids on track by helping them read. It keeps their brains thinking,  their imaginations flowing, and prepares them for the school year ahead. But before you pick up another book you should know, Summer Reading Made Easy and Fun is possible.  We are partnering…

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ANOTHER PARIS PIECE!

Lots of time in my studio, working on my raincoat for Paris. I used that gorgeous red/black cross woven taffeta I wrote about last time…gorgeous to look at, a bear to sew on. Because it’s nylon, it doesn’t take a nice press, so crisp edges are not po…

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BUSY, BUSY…

I’ve spent A LOT of time in my studio lately…I’m listening to “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara, short-listed for both the Man Booker and National Book Award for Fiction. It is a long, long, sad and dark book…but the writing is soluminous, a…

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How You May Be Ruining Your Child’s Love Of Reading

Hidden Ways You Are Ruining Your Child's Love Of ReadingWe want our children to be great readers but beware of these hidden ways you may be ruining your child’s love of reading. Reading to children when they are young has consistently been linked as one of the biggest predictors of academic success so it is worth our while to do it right! Study after study has…

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Subway reading update

Despite all the challenges of my new job, one major perk is all the forced downtime while commuting on the subway.  As I’ve mentioned before, the subway is so crowded during rush hour that reading is really the only viable way to avoid awkwardly staring into a stranger’s face (which, by the way, is just inches […]

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{Giveaway} The Road to Ratenburg

A wonderful adventure story from beloved New Zealand children’s author, Joy Cowley, The Road to Ratenburg is a fast-paced tale of a family of city rats who find themselves unexpectedly homeless. Desperate to seek refuge, Spinnaker Rat, descended from a…

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Reading: The Forgotten Seamstress

photo from Coletterie

At the end of 2015, I came to a realisation. I used to be a person, who reads a lot. Ever since I was a little kid, I loved books. But the last couple of years, that seems to have change. Social media took over, and instead of reading a nice book at bedtime, I find myself browsing aimlessly through Instagram and other platforms. I realised that in 2015 I only started reading one book and I didn’t even finish it. So in 2016 I want to change that. 

When I saw that Colette was starting a book club, I knew that was exactly what I needed! And what better books to read, than sewing related books, right? 
The first book was “The Forgotten Seamstress” by Liz Trenow, a historical novel, with two narratives seamlessly woven together: 
“When Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother’s attic, she sets out on a journey to discover who made it, and the meaning of the mysterious message embroidered into its lining.

Many years earlier, before the first world war has cast its shadow, Maria, a talented seamstress from the East End of London, is employed to work for the royal family. A young and attractive girl, she soon catches the eye of the Prince of Wales and she in turn is captivated by his glamour and intensity. But careless talk causes trouble and soon Maria’s life takes a far darker turn.

Can Caroline piece together a secret history and reveal the truth behind what happened to Maria?”

I really enjoyed this book. An easy read, well-written, with a little bit of everything in. I’d definitely recommend it, if you’re looking for an easy bedtime read. 
Check out the discussion over Colette’s blog to see what other readers thought of it.
What are you currently reading? Any recommendations?  
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Weekend read: Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

Summer holidays are nearly coming to an end and I can’t say I am excited about the return to the juggling act once the new school year gets under way. One thing that I love to do over this time is to pick up a summer read or two because I can push asid…

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If Your Child Hates To Read

If Your Child Hates To ReadIf your child hates to read you have come to the right place! Reading is so important, but you already know that, which is why you are reading this post. Did you know that you should read with your child for 20 minutes every night?  Yep!  20 minutes.  Check out this chart to see the…

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The Day the Crayons Quit

Three days until the gift-bearing big fella comes and I’m still out there pounding the pavement on his behalf. He gets all the kudos while someone else does all the legwork, it hardly seems fair. Until you meet Bret McKenzie in Iko Iko, which is what h…

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Printable Bookmark and Reading Log

Make your own personalized bookmark and reading log with this free printable kit designed by Jen Goode. This fun project is a great way accessory to pair with your child’s favorite book or maybe the 101 Kids Activities Book. It’s also fun way to include reading into craft time and help kids create something they can…

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A lesson in book censure

Nothing is more appealing to a curious child than a cupboard with a lock. More appealing still is knowing that the key to that cupboard is always kept in the lock, ready to be turned at any time when no-one else is looking. To a book lover, even more a…

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