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Sewing School: How to Make a Needle Book

I used the following book and felt to teach the girls how to make a needle book. The girls came with me to chose their felt, thread and needle threaders which increased their enthusiasm to get started: Using the patterns in the book I cut out two patterns for the needle book and cut four…

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Seasons of Joy: A Patchwork of Memories

Twelve years ago, I began to hand sew a patch work.  I thought it might one day become a blanket or maybe a wall hanging.  Every single piece of fabric used is from clothing my three eldest wore in the first year of their life.  Each piece brings back memories.  Each piece is beautiful because…

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Making Raggy the Rag Doll

If there is one thing I have learnt about myself this summer is that I seem never to throw things away.  I am a hoarder.  This has been exceedingly useful during a summer learning about pioneer living.  It has meant that we have spent almost no money on a really, really exciting and learning rich summer.  This…

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Little House on the Prairie: Week 4

We have just finished week four of our ten week Little House on the Prairie unit study.  I was a bit concerned we would have nothing to post about as three of my five children are fairly ill with a nasty throat infection and very high temperatures.  But it seems we are more immersed in…

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Little House on the Prairie: Button String

Whilst the older ones were away this weekend and B2 was in bed, A4 and I made a button string.  A button string is made by threading buttons of different shapes and sizes onto some strong twine and fastening it.  It was used by Carrie as a toy and very possibly a teething ring.  We gathered all…

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Ancient China: Zhou Dynasty and Chinese Religions

We have been slowly moving our way through the Chinese dynasties at one per week, learning about the unique features of each and any of their well-known inventions.  This week we looked at the Zhou (pronounced Joe) dynasty.  The older children weren't well with the same infection the younger ones had earlier in the week,…

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Homemade Handicrafts

Each Saturday I spend two very precious hours with my older twin daughters.  They have me all to themselves and I have them all to myself.  We guard this time very protectively and have tried to make it as special as possible.  First we walk, always hand in hand, three abreast, to the local charity…

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