Sarah’s Sewing Day

While it was Easter/Spring Break at Sarah’s school, we had another round of  “Camp Becca” over here.  While I missed bringing the camera on our Garden Walk, which ended in a muddy mess, I did get pix of our sewing session.

Here she is after finding the collection of scarves I keep for her in the hall closet to play with, she tied them on various parts of her body.  Its amazing how entertaining a tote bag of old scarves can be.  Oh! and see her new haircut?

Here Sarah is leaning on her new pink sewing box holding her new sewing scissors, all ready to go.

sarah ready to sew

Melissa gave me some fabric and pillow forms sometime last summer, when I was painting Sarah’s room orange, pink, and green and we used some to begin our first sewing lesson.  Which began with how to hold the scissors.  Sarah took her time lining up her cuts and did a very nice,  even line.  Then we learned to pin.

sarah pinning fabric

Pinning is very absorbing work.  Here she is with extra pieces of fabric, practicing her pinning skills.

sarah pins fabric

It is tricky learning how to hold your hands on either side of the fabric and maneuver those pins around!   In one corner she managed to place about five pins!

Grandma Corinne bought her a sewing book and sewing kit, the sewing kit she let Sarah pick out herself.  On the right is her Hot Pink Magnetic Pin Dish.

Why didn’t they make these things when I was a child?  Sarah was delighted to find out I had one just like hers in Lavender, which, as she pointed out, matches her boots.  The ones that waded into the muddy marshy creek…and…never mind, lets just say, she has plenty of her mother’s genes in her.

sarah with sewing box

Grandma came over to observe the inauguration of the sewing box, but turned her back when the photo op came.

We managed to finish one pillow, only I was too involved with teaching Sarah to take a pix while she was at the sewing machine.  And then I sent the pillow home without even taking a pix of the finished object.  Sigh…oh well, there are two more pillows to make and Sarah opted to leave her sewing book and box here so she can be ready for the next lesson.

The Very Latest in Referigerator Art

As you can see, my niece, Sarah was visiting.

She now comes for her visits equipped with a painting “smock” aka Dad’s old T-Shirt.

Sarah likes her colors to be vibrant, I refilled her paint tray four or five times, because she just saturates the paper with paint.

Of course, I am a biased Auntie and thinks she did a pretty cool painting.

While she did three paintings, taking two of them home with her, I was working on one painting.

For awhile now, I have been trying to paint a landscape that I like…however, everyone that knows me, knows I am extremely critical and picky.  And lately, the art books on my shelf just aren’t helping me figure out what else I should be doing…so I ordered a new one.

One is a partial painting I did while with Sarah…I did not get much done due to the fact I was supervising her.  Putting more paint on her tray, going to the closet to dig up another piece of watercolor paper, dumping her water and refilling it with clean water.  Six year old’s have a way about them that keeps you hopping. 🙂

Another is the book I received, “Watercolor Right From the Start” by Hilary Page.  I have her excellent book on pigments, so when I saw this one, I knew it would be good.

And then the surprise part, when I received the book and opened it up,  I discovered that it was signed by Hilary herself!

I tilted it towards the light to see if it was real ink or not.  Yep!  Its real!  As Sarah would say,  “that is super-duper really cool!”

As always, you can click on the pix to biggify.

Black Purl Scarf # 4

This might be “it” for me.  The last one.  Maybe.

Oh yeah, and I did this to the ends of  Purl Scarf #2

not a fringe

its not a fringe…but still, I am not too sure about this one, anybody have another idea?

News on other fronts:

The Little Pink Fairy came over for a visit this weekend.

sarah in pink

When it comes to pink, she does not miss a thing.

Her shoes, pants, t-shirt, long sleeve shirt and back pack are all suitable pink!

We had a little painting time together, this is what she made:

sarah painting w/salt effect sarah field of poppies painting

while I made some backgrounds to use for ATC’s:

watercolor, saran effect walnut ink, rock salt effect

I was playing with watercolors, walnut ink, saran wrap and rock salt for effects.

When Sarah saw what I was doing, she wanted to try it to.  She’s all for trying new stuff, that’s my girl!

At any rate, we had fun, and that is what its all about, RIGHT?

(Rule Number One:  Have Fun!)

And Then We Were Six

My niece, Sarah, turns six years old today.

Happy Birthday Sarah!

I made her a pink and orange and green earflap hat complete with pom poms on the ends.

And then because her Dad’s birthday is five days later…

Andy Earflap

Sarah Earflap

Now they have a matching set of Father/Daughter Earflaps!  I used the green and orange in both of them and than changed the main color for the Father/Daughter factor.  I am envisioning them wearing these together while taking Cooper the Dog for a walk on a cold, wintry day…

For the knitters out there, these are from the book “Last Minute Knitted Gifts” and are called “Kim’s Hats”.

Getting your rocks out

After the attempt at a walk with Cooper, we played with the rocks on the porch swing.   Sarah wanted to show me each rock in her hand one at a time while I took a picture of it.

(She is quite the little director, “OK, now take a picture of this…” and so forth)

This lasted through exactly four rocks.  Then we were done.

Just being five.

Sarah plays with rocks

Sarah asked me to take a picture of her rocks.   She informed me they were from the beach trip she had taken with Dad, Oma and Opa, Aunt Cyndia and Cousin Amelie.

She carried them in her Dora the Explorer Canteen while we went for a walk with Cooper.

Which lasted all of two blocks before she tripped and fell, scuffing her hand and knee and crying as if it was a horrible tragedy.

Because when you are five, tripping and scuffing your hands and knees are a horrible tragedy.  Tragedies that require medicene and bandages! and kisses.  and the bandages are preferably a theme of some sort.  this time it was “zoo animals” bandages.  which makes it all better, of course.

The Price is Right

She has the flourish with the arms down pretty well.

Maybe needs some work on the smile:0

Sarah’s Big Girl Room

Here is the inspiration for Sarah’s re-decorated room.

Note: It is nothing like the Pooh Room
Note: It is Pink
Note: and another Pink
Note: and orange
Note: and green
Note: Melissa had to place an arrow on that piece of scrapbooking paper for me because I kept turning in vertically.
Note: I think it would like nice vertical but Melissa says, “NO” very firmly like there is only one way it can go. Her way 😀
Note: I do it her way 🙂

Sarah & Amelie scrapbooking

It takes an entire table for a five year old and a six year old to scrapbook six pictures apiece:D

If you look in the back there, you’ll see my sock sitting there, waiting for me to get back to it.

Four

Really, water is good in any form 😀

Good for getting dirty, good for getting clean, and good for hours of fun and entertainment!

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