Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
On arriving how fun it was to see cousins and my sister. We were also ready to explore this state we had never been to before.
Even Jonathan got to do some entertaining by reading a book aloud.
On Monday we braved some moist weather and went to a park where we collected sweet gum seed balls and also found mistletoe. I had never seen that growing before. Holly was another plant I had never seen growing before.
While Martha and I took the kids to the park, Ken stood in line for around 4 hours to have his book signed by Sarah Palin. Ken likes to read while he flies and had bought that book to read on the trip and then it just so happened that she was in town. It was an interesting experience for him and amazing to all of us the hundreds of people that came out and stood outside in the rain to have their book signed. Hundreds had to be turned away as she had to leave for another appointment.
Lars, Molly, Heidi and Aaron sit on one of the anchors. After exploring this I would really love to ask my Grandpa a bunch of questions about his Navy time in WW2. I think I would be able to picture it better.
On our walk we enjoyed looking at all the plants and natural stuff including these cactus.
We did some exploring and climbing through Kudzoo vine so we could gather stuff to decorate our Thanksgiving table with. I had fun making centerpieces with our foraged items.
The turkey turned out beautifully and Martha actually stuffed it. That is the first time we have actually had stuffing that was stuffed! :-)
Martha and I had enjoyed baking the day before (and also another guest brought over some nutty brownies and fudge sauce) so we had a good variety of sweets to eat.
After the big Thanksgiving dinner we enjoyed a relaxing rest of the day which included visiting, playing games and talking with friends and family in other parts of the world via phone.
On Friday we decided to visit the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville. It is a very nice (and free!) museum. They had neat displays and theaters as well where we were able to learn a lot.
In this picture we were preparing to "jump" out of the plane. All the parachuting pictures and videos made me think that would be pretty neat to try. The kids thought it looked cool too.
On Friday evening we went to A Dicken's Holiday in downtown Fayetteville. Their were people wandering around in the streets dressed up in Victorian clothing. Their were also lots of craft booths to browse in. We didn't really know what we were going to, we just thought it sounded kind of fun. It wasn't super exciting but we did have a good time.
The streets were all blocked off so you could walk all over on them. In the middle of one round about there was this neat looking building that was just like a porch underneath but you could climb up to a room upstairs. In the room they had various displays that told about the Victorian Era. That was interesting.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
- My friend Emily has a bunch of neat ideas on her left hand sidebar for kits or gift baskets.
- A bunch of homemade gift basket ideas
- Or copy the ideas of the professionals.
But anyway, on to making a basket.....
Step 1. Carefully pull the back seam apart and then cut the bottom out. You will not use the bottom pieces.
Step 2. Take 3 of the bags and fold them in quarters and cut along the lines. (as shown above.)
This will give you 12 of these pieces. (You only need 11 of these.)
Step 3. Take each of those pieces and fold them in half lengthwise.
Step 4. (pictured above) fold each edge into the middle.
Here is the 2nd strip being woven. You need to make sure you are weaving them opposite of each other. For example with the first one I went over, under, over, under...., with the second one I went under, over, under, over.....
After that is completed you will have all the short strips stapled into the band, the bottom will be woven and the band should be filled up. (you have 1/8 - 1/4 inch spaces in between each strip but their shouldn't be any spaces bigger than that.)
Step 17. You should have 1 inch of overlap once you have made it around the basket. Open up one end of the strip, put glue inside and then stick the other end of the strip in their. Press it tightly and then secure it (for now, until the glue dries) with a clothespin.
Here is a picture with the handles up.
~Write a post about anything you are doing that is handmade for Christmas. (Gifts, decorations, food, etc.).
~In that post please link back to here.
~Then using MckLinky, add your link to the list. Please make sure it is linking to your specific post (not just your blog).
~Then have fun following the links to see other's great ideas!
Just a reminder, We will not be doing this next week as it is Thanksgiving. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and then come join me again for the 4th week of A Handmade Christmas on Dec. 3rd.
I am sorry this is late getting up. I am having a few troubles with it (actually with my lack in computor skills ) today.