Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Picking Oranges and Home School Poetry

My son has been awake a total of 5 hours today. Because he has been a tiny bit under the weather, we let him sleep. He woke around 10:00, went straight to the couch, slept till 12:30. He read for awhile and was asleep again at 5:00. It's 9:00 pm and he is still asleep. Dad and I have checked on him making sure he's still breathing. He's either sick or growing.

Does it make me a bad mother if I back my van up under an orange tree, then make my son climb up there to pick for me. :) He's so good to me. He would do just about anything I asked of him.

We're covering Limericks tomorrow in our British Lit class, and reading C.S. Lewis too. I ran across a really good site for poetry with printable ideas and guides. I hope you find it useful in the education of your older  homeschoolers.

It's called Read Think Write.

I have had tremendous success teaching poetry this year. That is the one thing I tought the kids would hate, since poetry isn't so popular these days. My students beg me for poetry assignments. What??? I can't believe it. Maybe that's what's wrong with all these uncivilized, sociopathic teenagers in the news everyday. They aren't reading enough classic literature (see Fahrenheit 451).

Enjoy and be blessed.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Purple and Lavender Shabby Cottage Quilt

This quilt is so easy. 6 1/2 inch squares.  7 across and 9 down.  Piece of cake.  It's hitting the "Easy Button"

These pictures are for the birds and they don't do the quilt justice. We went outside for the sunshine, and I'm not seeing much sunshine in these pictures. What? A grey day in Florida?

 I tried to balance the busy floral center with a simple, quiet border. That's a dark purple calico and a lighter lavender calico as my border which I had in my stash. Yea for stash!!! It turned out so pretty. I wish you could see it in person. I'll make a huge effort when it gets here to take some beautiful photos.

Tip: When making quilts for others, be sure to make something really ugly, so it won't be so painful to give away.

Check out my vintage purple rose sheet I'm using for the back. It's one of the prettiest I've found so far. I've never done this before, but our grandma's used to use sheets, so I don't see why I can't give it a try. Vintage sheets are so soft and snuggly. This one is in perfect condition. It's gonna kill me to give it away. I've been saving it for so long, and goes to someone else. Better to bless than to hoard, I suppose. *selfish sniffs*

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