Archive for May, 2009

Accidental social experiment

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I’ve been having my Sunday school classes make Pentecost props, which we’ll use in the procession and sermon on Sunday. The littlest ones made “water wands” (dowels with streamers of blue ribbon), the 1st and 2nd graders made fire crowns and fire-waving things, the 3rd grade and 4th-5th grade classes made pinwheels (wind/breath), and the 6th-8th graders made giant dove puppets. It’s been fun – I’m looking forward to Sunday!

The pinwheels were a tough project. I spent a lot of time trying to develop a way to make pinwheels that was as simple as possible, yet resulted in pinwheels that will actually spin. Many of the little-kid pinwheel projects online seem weak on the functionality issue. Heather Bailey’s gorgeous pattern gave me inspiration, though I simplified a great deal. I finally ended up with a pattern that maximized spinnability and easiness, as best I could, but I knew it was still kind of challenging. Two weeks ago, I set up my 3rd and 4th/5th grade classrooms with the necessary equipment, showed the teachers how to use the grommet setters (… so the pinwheel can spin freely on its stem), and left them to it. Checking in later on Sunday, I saw that pinwheels had been produced, but I didn’t examine them closely. (more…)

All growed up

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Today is Zag’s final day of being 3 years old. This morning he woke up and got dressed by himself. He came in to snuggle with us for a little while, then went downstairs to work on an art project I set up for him yesterday (decorating small paper bags for party favors). He came up briefly to do the next step of his current Lego project, then went back down to continue work on the bags. When I came down, he was in the middle of making a picture of a fingerprint person with a stamp set his grandparents sent him – fingerprint, stamped hands, stamped feet, stamped face. He said, “I did this one all by myself!” I watched him work for a while. When he finished the bags, he decided he wanted to write the word “mulberry” before having his breakfast, a raspberry croissant I picked up at the good bakery in town yesterday. He still needs help figuring out words, but he’s getting better and better at sounding out letters himself. After he wrote his word, I got him his croissant and a big cup of milk. I came and sat down with him with my coffee and a poppyseed pastry. He asked what it was, and I offered him a bite. He said, “No thank you, I have my own.” 

It really happens. They grow up.

CRAFT crankiness.

Monday, May 25th, 2009

This will be a boring post for most readers. Sorry. But I’m cranky at the publishers of CRAFT magazine, and I feel like saying so in a quasi-public place. My sweet Tilt got me a subscription to CRAFT, a hip little art-and-crafting quarterly, for Christmas last year. I got a first issue early on, and then a second, and they were fun. 

Then in early February, I got an email saying CRAFT would no longer be published as a separate print magazine. Some of the content would be included in its partner publication MAKE (a much more techie and, well, boy version of the same kind of mag), and my subscription would be filled out with issues of MAKE. I thought, OK, fair enough. A little disappointing, but times are tough, they gotta do what they gotta do.

Then I got my first issue of MAKE. Problem one: I didn’t see any CRAFT-esque content in it. It’s a fine magazine and I enjoyed looking through it, but it’s not the kind of crafting I do. Problem two, and here’s where I get really cranky: on, like, the third page, there was a big ad encouraging the reader to subscribe to CRAFT. (more…)

Outta town

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

My friend Lissa was ordained to the priesthood Friday evening – hooray, Lissa! Praise God! – and since her church was only 3.5 hours away and she did me the honor of coming up for my ordination in February, we drove down for the occasion. My cousin C and her family live nearby, and my grandpa lives in between, so we scheduled some visits and made a mini-road trip of it. (more…)

Getting my mojo back

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Still pregnant – still headachy, hungry, tired and cranky much more of the time than I’d like. (And 5.5 months of this to go.) But at least I’m crafting again. 

For a long time in early pregnancy – basically since I posted the wizard and Reginald dolls, way back when – I’ve been “off” crafting. Especially the dolls – I went from being so interested in them, to suddenly feeling vaguely queasy at the mere idea of working on them. It really felt exactly like some of the food aversions I was dealing with at the same time. I almost blogged about it because it was so weird, but I wasn’t quite ready to go public with the pregnancy yet. (more…)

Visiting

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Yesterday we took a daytrip down to Cambridge and Hogwarts’, my seminary. I had been invited to speak at their annual Alumni Days, in my capacity as a Distinguished Alum. Who knew? Apparently I’ve accomplished something at some point along the way. Anyway. We all drove down and made a day of it. While I was eating lunch with alums and giving my talk, etc., Tilt and Zag bummed around Central and Inman Squares, buying spices and art supplies and eating cheap samosas – all pleasures that our local small city, while charming, does not offer. Then we gathered with our best Hogwarts buddies who are still on campus for a long, delicious meal, the kind where you sit for two hours talking and watching the kids play and having another serving of hummus or a little more salad now and then. We had perfect weather for an outside meal. It was lovely. 

Going back to Cambridge is hard, because there are so many things I’d like to do. But they’re not the kind of big things that you plan a day trip into the Big City around, you know? – like going to a museum or some such. They’re the kind of little things that you do when you live there and you have an hour or two to kill, and yourself and your kid to amuse. (more…)