Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WIP Wednesday, October 11th, 2017


Creating is my passion, my sanity, my sense of being "up to something", my way of contributing a little bit. I always have a few projects going, many left to the side for months or even years before I pick up the best and carry on. Here's some of what I'm working on this week:

Put up a new larger shelf within reach of the girls to hold their brushes and a new basket for hair ties and clips.

I'm making an effort to enable them to be more self-sufficient and empower them to do more things for themselves. We had a little shelf there that barely held the brushes and they would have to climb up to open the cabinet where their hair ties and clips lived.

In the past we've done well with teaching them real life age-appropriate skills, somehow they got way older... It was beyond time to step back again and enable them to form new good habits that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

One of A's jobs is folding wash cloths - corners to corners. She then stacks them. We used to keep them up on a shelf with the bath towels where they wouldn't promptly then be distributed all over the floor when the girls were much younger. Amelia still can't reach that shelf.

We moved the home of the washcloths to a drawer under the sink where A can put her folded stack away all by herself. At bath time, while C puts toothpaste on the toothbrushes, A puts two of the washcloths at the side of the tub. It is such a joy to see them take pride in the work they do.

This summer we got a lovely little peg hook rack from our local BuyNothing group and we finally put it up next to our bunny hooks from my own childhood.

Wanting to make a comfy way to sit down with the girls as they play and perhaps help encourage meditation in our household, I started making a zafu meditation cushion. (Let me know if you're interested in a tutorial!)

We emptied out our scrap bag to make the stuffing for the cushion. This is a great activity for little ones who love cutting anything into tiny bits. We spent about an hour and a half sitting on the floor cutting up old seams, waistbands, scraps, selvedges, and more. We will need a bit more for the cushion to be firm enough before I sew the stuffing hole closed.

I have a bag of worn through clothes waiting to be cut into fabric-strip yarn to add to the rug I'm slowly making for the girls room and will gladly use the elastic waistbands as stuffing. The more even the fabric strips are the more even the rug will be.

I returned some yarn (purchased without fully reading the label) and wandered around trying to think of what I could buy that wouldn't be just like the skeins of yarn I have waiting for inspiration. I finally decided that I'd like to making something emerald green for myself. Dark green is one of my best colors and I've just started wearing it again after many years without. I searched for a fine gauge yarn thinking of the emerald isles having a deep case of wanderlust rearing its head at present.

I found the lovely yarn above and brought it home. I then discovered that the fiber artist who made this particular gem named the colorway "Shire."

Yes, I shall have a bit of Shire to wrap around myself as I venture forth on our adventures. For the road goes ever on and on...

What are you working on? What are you excited about attempting? What are you proud to be working on? Take a picture or two and share it with the rest of us by leaving your link or a few words in the comments.


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