Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I’ll just go ahead and admit that I never remember St Patrick’s Day. The kids don’t do anything special at school, I don’t send them in green because they’re in uniforms (or at least Jayce is), and I don’t think to do special holiday things around the house like dye our various meals green. I know, pretty lame, right? But I forget year after year.
However, I DO have this wonderful video of Hannah and Hadley dancing with professional Irish dancers at an Irish Pub in Disney World. She absolutely adored this and killed it on the dance floor. Watch for around :40 when she does a double high kick and gets cheers from the other diners. Hadley was like, “Uh…I’ll just let Hannah do this one.”
I have watched this video over and over since this summer. It is so my girl, ready to dive into whatever it is, full force.
And it’s so cute that she can’t find her hips to put her hands on. Three year olds just kill me.
In the last few weeks all of these happy people have been here and then gone again.
There is something wonderful about seeing family for special occasions, and there is something else that’s wonderful about seeing them for no reason in particular. Typically we see our family about once a year when we descend on their homes, take their rooms, and dip into their lives full force for a few days or a week. But it is good in a different way when they get to hang out with us in our daily things: bus rides, school runs, favorite dinners, nap times, daily dress up or lego building.
It’s never been easy for us to leave our families, even if we have grown accustomed to it over the last decade or so. But it’s becoming increasingly harder on they kids.
For two weeks we had an influx of people that changed each day. There were different combinations of people over for dinner, picking the kids up from school, hanging out in the living room, and staying over night. It was great, sometimes a little tricky, but also deeply satisfying. Unfortunately, the kids got used to people being around, and when everyone left they had to reacquaint themselves with the reality that their extended family is just not around on a day-to-day basis.
For a few days after everyone left there would be comments at dinner like, “Wait! Justin and Tasha can sit in those seats!”
No, they aren’t in London anymore.
“Mom, I’ll look out the window for Grandma and Chelsea to come back!”
This was for the next few days after we had watched them take a taxi to the airport from that window.
I used to try to distract the kids from being disappointed whenever we left family or they left us.
I know you’re sad that we’re leaving grandma and grandpa, but aren’t you excited to get back to London to see your friends? I know they’re missed you so much!
But I haven’t done much of that this week. I don’t want to pull a veil over how enjoyable it was to have everyone around just to help the kids cope with disappointment now that it is over. Instead I’ve just been letting them talk and affirming them when necessary.
I’m sorry you’re sad. I miss them too. That was really fun when we all went to the park, wasn’t it? If they come visit again, what should we show them that we forgot this time?
Also there has been chocolate, the king of all coping mechanisms. And naps. Lots of naps.
This is a very brief catch up because my family is all here and I need to get back to family business. But here are three quick things.
First, I couldn’t go another day without posting a picture of our graduate.
She did it!! And she’s the first Golden with an MSc. We’re so proud of her and there are more pictures, but for now here is a picture of when it all became official.
Or this one, if you need a better picture of her modeling her shoes.
Second, the kids got their school sibling photos back this week and I am dying over them. Dying. Even though I take pictures of my kids all of the time, this two-in-one school photo is just killing me with cuteness, and I am tempted to buy the biggest photo package that they offer so that I can pass this picture out to every single person I’ve ever known. The mom-ness in me is just bubbling over.
Third, have you heard of Kollabora? It is a website that features the work of various artisans: seamstresses, knitters, and various other creatives. It’s great for eye candy, new ideas for projects, seeing what new patterns have been released in the sewing community, and sharing the things that you have made with the other members. I was so excited last week when they asked if I would like to be a featured member! They sent along a few questions and the post went live yesterday, you can read it here. It’s really fun, aside from having to describe myself in three words. Seriously. How would you describe yourself in three words?
And that’s that! Have a good week!
The long stick will be used as a shed. (If you have a shed already, great! But I’m trying to show you how to do this all without having to run to the store for anything new.) This can be a long knitting needle, dowel rod, (clean) paint stirrer…you get the idea . A shed is woven through your warp and stays in the loom as you are weaving. It saves you time and effort because each time that you want to weave that particular up/down pattern, you simply raise the shed slightly and run your fabric yarn underneath it.
The fabric tuner (or a loop turner) is a sewing tool used to turn a narrow strip of fabric inside out, like a spaghetti strap. BUT in weaving it is perfect for grabbing the end of your fabric strip, securing it in the little hook closure, and pulling the strip easily back through the warp. Paired with the shed it makes the weaving go much more quickly.
First up, make t-shirt yarn for your loom’s warp, which is the vertical strings that you will be the base of your weaving.
This is a perfect time to use your scraps! Pull out your basket(s?) of scraps, salvages, and any fabric that looked really pretty in the store/online but didn’t work out. (My warp is made entirely out of an inexpensive but horrible feeling polyester knit. So glad to finally put it to some use!!)
Go through your scraps and look for anything that is roughly as wide as your loom or longer. You don’t need a really long continuous piece (I’ll show you why in a minute.)
-Look for fabric in varying textures: knits, wovens, linens, sweater knit, french terry, etc.
-Be sure to grab any fabric that has different looks on each sides (like terry or a double-sided fabric would be perfect.)
-This is also a good time to go through your clothes for up cycling-100% cotton t shirts make the best fabric yarn.
Now it’s time to cut. Get your rotary cutter and mat and cut each piece to your desired width. I cut my wovens about 3/8″ and my knits 1/2″ because I knew they would shrink as I pulled them taut.
Now is the moment of excitement, time to weave!!
Pick a fabric and start weaving about an inch from the base.
When you reach the end you simply wrap the fabric around the outer edge of the warp and go back again the other direction, alternating the up/down pattern that you used on the previous line.
I just loved making this. It was easy, relaxing to work on, and it came together so quickly!When I reached the end of my weaving, I slide a branch through the top and bottom loops of my weaving, making sure that each loop encircled the branch.
Is your husband a better parent than you?