NOTE ON PICTURES: This shouldn't be necessary but I have, sadly, noticed growing cases. Please DO NOT link directly to pictures on this website - it steals my bandwidth and is BAD! I CAN trace you if you do and I will take action.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Sewing, school stuff and sweet treats
Christmas is well and truly over - we put the decorations away today and gave the living room a bit of a clean up so that's that.
I've been starting to put together our home ed things for the new term. Sticking with a (pretty much) Montessori basis but, rather than putting all the materials out, I'm just getting a few out that we need at the time. Science is usually the worst culprit for creating LOADS of materials all over the place so I've decided to concentrate on one area of science a term. For the spring term we're doing human biology and I've created a "human body topic box" containing books, worksheets, 3 part cards and so on. We're also going to finish up the life size, "lift-the-flap", body part activity that we started waaaay back at the beginning of the school year so I've got that taped to the wall in our homeschool area. So far, poor old virtual Rosie just has a brain, face and heart!
I've also been sewing. I brought a dress ages on on Ebay which I hated the style of but fell in love with the material (dark purple, velvety soft fine cord). I always figured I could make it into something wearable and now I have - a simple, a-line skirt (looks gorgeous with my knee high boots). Will post piccy of the completed article when I get one but here are a couple during the making of :) The second one shows the material - I just luuuurve purple!
Finally, I got this book for christmas:
If you love cooking (baking in particular) and you still get a (slightly guilty) pleasure out of those old-fashioned kids books (the jolly, smashing, chalet school, "oh rather!" type), as I do, then you'll ADORE this. Today, I treated my everso deserving family to the first treat I've made from this book- Red Kitchen Jam Tarts. Tim and I were both very nervous having been subjected to rock hard, usually burnt homemade jam tarts as kids. We were incredibly surprised though - this recipe produces light, crumbly, sweet totally YUMMY tarts. Will post recipe tomorrow.
Right, that's it for today - out shopping tomorrow to spend my Christmas money - heaven! :)