Friday, November 14, 2014

{This and That}

We had a first haircut (for my 3yo) and a first lost tooth (for my 5yo) this past week.  These kids are just growing up way too fast.  (Sniff.)

But doesn't this little doll look like she likes her new cut?  I think I took off about six inches.


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Every November for the past few years, my older children have participated in an Artist Trading Card swap hosted by the lovely and inspiring Kimberlee at Pondered in My Heart.  (One of my very favorite blogs!)  She just announced this year's swap guidelines, and my older three are so excited to get started.  If you'd like to join in, head over to Kimberlee's for the details!

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Speaking of saints...



You'll notice they look remarkably similar to last year's. ;)  I am so thankful that my kids don't mind wearing recycled costumes, because new ones weren't happening this year!

I took just the older five to a friend's All Saints' party that evening and they had a blast.

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We'll be enjoying a simple "feast" again this Thanksgiving week.  The kids have been asking for me to pull out the art supplies for them to create some table decorations as they usually do, and I am only too happy to oblige.


last year's placecards - we'll see what they come up with this year!

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This post from Nancy at Sage Parnassus expresses so well why I love liberal arts homeschooling:
"But what I wanted to mention here is this; as a philosophy of education, Charlotte Mason is so intertwined with the whole person, including the spiritual, that there is an unbelievable, distinct comfort and joy in continuing - even when life hurts and comes undone."
There is something so richly comforting about a Charlotte Mason education.  On the hard days, on the stressful days--that's when I'm thankful for (not, as one might expect, overwhelmed by) our beautiful booklist.  The Mother Culture that comes along with homeschooling is a balm to a weary soul.  (Okay, so I could drop math. ;))

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Any tips for doing book repair?  I like to "rescue" lovely copies of old classics when I find them cheaply.  So far I have had good luck with tacky glue and clear packing tape, but I know that's not the best way of restoring old treasures.


Book-lovers out there: any suggestions?

8 comments:

  1. So glad to have your family in the swap again! Hope you join too - you do such beautiful work in your journals! And the littler ones are welcome too, of course. Bridget's drawings you posted were delightful.
    As for book repair, there are many materials available as bookbinding seems to be rather in vogue. We get a number of supplies from Dick Blick, as we purchase a lot of our art supplies there as well. Try browsing their book repair and bookbinding sections - they sell various products from Lineco such as pre-gummed binding tapes (good for re-attaching loose bindings), page repair tape etc. (not sure what your exact needs are) You can also get padding compound and/or special glue for loose pages. We have our fair share of packing-tape repaired inexpensive paperbacks, but as you said, for the hardback old treasures it's nice to repair them properly. You can also search for you tube videos if you need more guidance in book repair.
    PS I found a copy of Chimney Corner Stories on ebay and it's on its way here - thanks! :-)

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    1. Oh, good--I'm glad you found a copy! I hope you enjoy it as much as we have been. It's one of those very basic collections of simple folk tales that the illustrations make extra special. And thank you so much for the book repair recommendations. I buy most of our art supplies at Dick Blick too, but I never thought of looking for repair supplies there.

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  2. Lovely quote & so true. I enjoyed your article on the 31 CM Myths at Afterthoughts.

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  3. Oh my goodness. That haircut! That little face! She is so cute. :)

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    1. Thank you, Brandy...of course I am biased, but I agree. :)

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