Sunday, December 26, 2010
I did a lot of sewing in the past few weeks.
This little number was for my god-daughter for Christmas.
The Queen was gracious enough to try it on for me and give it a whirl.
Don't you just love that fabric! Wish I could find more :(
Warm and cozy red top for winter,
breezy white tee will carry her into the spring.
I think the Queen likes it. I might have to make her one too.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Need a cave for your nativity set? Here was our solution.
2 sheets of foam core board
roughly sketched cliff lines
a box cutter and a very sore arm
lots of elm*r's glue
paint (okay, so the paint job is incomplete, but we need these for tomorrow morning in Sunday School, so they will do until next week when I can do a better job :)
add a few figures, and we are good to go!
(I did NOT paint the beautiful figures, an artist friend from church painted them for us!)
I like the cave so much, I may do one for our home nativity set, since these must go live at church now. Interested in how they will be used? Next week I will share all about the beautiful transformation that has occurred in childrens' religious education at our church since August.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
After much pressure from my children, who are "the only ones" of their friends who have yet to see the new Narnia movies, I rented Prince Caspian to preview it. I came away greatly disappointed, and very torn about allowing my kids to watch these movies. Why? First, why mess with a good story? The Chronicles of Narnia are fantastic stories, with no need for embellishment or adjusting. I understand that translating a book to cinema requires a bit of adjusting, but that does not justify complete character changes - such as Peter and Caspian and the overarching tension between them, and the "subtle" sexual tension added between Susan and Caspian. Beyond that, the removal of key elements is even more frustrating. The story is missing deep meaning when you leave out the entire conflict between Lucy and her siblings over following Aslan. Eliminating Aslan's appearance to Lucy and her realization that she must follow him regardless of what anyone else does is a pivotal point. That is the kind of message I want my kids to take away from these stories. And how can you forget the moment when Edmond stands up for Lucy, acknowledging that in the past when he didn't believe Lucy, it was to great detriment? If that is not bad enough, after removing these beautiful and significant moments, I guess the writers needed to fill time. They chose to do so by dreaming up a long battle scene at Miraz' castle which does nothing but portray Peter as an arrogant boy who thinks he knows better than Aslan - again completely distorting his heroic and worthy character. I admit, it is hard to say no. What kid doesn't want to see these movies? Am I being unreasonable? Am I just being a controlling parent? Am I reading too much in to the distortions of the story? I was beginning to feel guilty, until I saw this article, and it echoed everything I have been feeling. So, while many may think I am being unreasonable, I think not, and I stand firm in my decision, when a movie destroys truth found within great literature, this family will pass.
A dress for inspiration ......
...... a Y*u-Tube Video for guidance...
.... a little bit of extra dress fabric, a few late hours last night...
....and a happy little girl I hope grows up an Elinor, but whom I fear may well be a Marianne.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
A peasant is overjoyed by the arrival of a ship bearing grain after St. Nicholas appears to the captain of ship and directs him to turn course and save the people.
This years script was created from stories taken out of The Real St. Nicholas as well another Orthodox book about St. Nicholas.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
And here is our cast taking a bow. Before the play began, all of the children left their shoes outside, and at the end of the play they retrieved them to find gold coins waiting inside them. We finished the evening with a fasting potluck. This year, we are performing stories about St. Nicholas as the patron of sailors, hope to get someone to take photos for me this year! Last year's script was a combination of several from my old parish which has been doing a St. Nicholas play for over 20 years, so I cannot give credit to the person who originally created them* (edited: see note below). I made a few changes, and the script uses readings from Demi's The Legend of St. Nicholas as well. What does your parish do to celebrate St. Nicholas?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I first saw the Regency dress pattern over at Pleasant View Schoolhouse, and purchased it a while ago. Unfortunately, it sat untouched until this week. In an attempt to use up fabrics that have been sitting for too long, I grabbed this quilting duo of cotton florals. While I am not crazy about the top fabric, I didn't have enough of the other to complete the dress in one fabric, and the little princess loves it, so who am I to argue! While the dress seemed intimidating, it actually was very straightforward and the pattern is very clear. Maybe one day I will get around to making the adult version?
Monday, November 29, 2010
2. warm cheesy goodness, shared by a good friend, a blessed break during a fast
3. children who love to spend time with family
4. family around a table, laughing, talking, sharing, loving
5. another new life, a new baby cousin soon to join this family
6. eavesdropping on play time between three year olds
7. The Great Light, which shone upon this world 2000 years ago, and still shines today