Snow day projects

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The snow day this week I finished Jamie’s tshirt quilt.

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This is the back.

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Last weeks snow day I made this quilt.

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This is the back.  I didn’t plan on making any extra quilts this spring, but sometimes you have to be a team player at a new job.

The road less traveled

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The only thing I don’t like about my new job is the drive.  It normally takes me 25-30  min.  to get back and forth to work.  The fastest way to work is using the interstate system.  I’ve found an alternate route that takes me past hay, sod and beef farms. It only takes about 5 min. longer, but I’m sure it cuts down on my stress level.  Yesterday when I drove home in the snow it seemed extra powerful.

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This is what 3 to 4.5″ of snow looks like in our front yard.

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This is what the backyard looks like.

 

Time for cooking

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I’m enjoying my new job.  Some of the things we’ve made are rolled out sugar cookies, spaghetti, we made the sauce from scratch, brownies, pizza, pretzels, taco salad and fruit smoothies.

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Here’s some of the pretzels.

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We made pumpkin pies, starting from a raw pumpkin.  We roasted the seeds, then roasted the pumpkin, made the filling from the roasted pumpkin, and made pie crusts from scratch.

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I had a new friend from church I met at Thanksgiving Day in the City, come and talk about being a baker.  She brought cupcakes and had edible sugar my students could sprinkle on the cupcakes.  She’s coming back in March to teach them how to decorate.

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I meant to take pictures of everything we cooked, but sometimes I got busy and forgot.

Special Guest Help

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My mom was here to help with the last day of our sewing class for the girl scouts.

 

 

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All the girls made a skirt, and got them finished.  I’m glad my mom was here to help out.  It would have taken another Saturday to finish.

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This is Jemma’s skirt.  I was hopeing to get a picture of all the girls in their skirt, but they all got done at different times.

Ballet sewing had started

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June 20th is the next performance by Jemma’s ballet studio.  They will be performing Sleeping Beauty.

Jemma will have 3 different costumes.

So far I’ve sewn petals and sequins on 5 pancake tutu’s.  I have one more to go.  I’m not sure what else Mrs. Lisa has planned for me to sew.

Teaching the girl scouts

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Saturday I had 6 girls scouts at my house to teach them to see.  They are all making skirts with pockets.  Everyone got their shirts cut out today.  Next Saturday we’ll start sewing them together.

It was a great day to start since Will was gone to Winterfest and Justin was gone camping with the boy scouts.

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Special gift

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One of the things I got for Christmas was this window.  Actually I’ve had the window for quite a while.  It came from the barn on my parent’s farm.  Bill took the pictures and put them in the window and gave it to me for Christmas.  I’ve been wanting to do something with this window for a long time.

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Curtains

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I have 2 windows in my classroom at school.  I finally got these curtains made over Christmas break.

 

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Special blankets

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When we were in Brazil and staying at Lar Belem, they had some really soft blankets that Justin feel in love with.  He comment several times about them.  That have me an idea for our kids for Christmas.  I got them blankets as close to the same as the ones in Brazil.  Yes, I spent a lot of time touching blankets at different stores.  I found the right blankets at Target.  I then embroidered their initial on them.  The boys have sat around the house wrapped in them.

Home improvements at an unconvenient time

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We decided to refinance our house this fall.  One of the things the finance company wanted us to do was paint this bathroom that we had started pulling off the wallpaper.  We also scraped the popcorn off the ceiling.  The  color is a gray.   It’s hard to see in this picture.  This was all done over Thanksgiving.

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The other thing we had to do was but new carpet in our bedroom.  We painted and scraped the ceiling a couple of years ago, but were waiting for the carpet until we had the bathroom remodeled.  We got the carpet right before Thanksgiving.  It’s a lot of work to get a room ready for carpet.