Monday, August 6

Joyous Feast!

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, 
Revealing Thy glory to Thy disciples as far as they could bear it. 
 Let Thine everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners, 
Through the prayers of the Theotokos. 
O Giver of Light, glory to Thee!


The Learning Basket for Transfiguration can be found HERE

Saturday, August 4

The Mother of God of Tenderness

Our daughter received this beautiful icon beading kit from her Auntie Claudia last week!  It was such a wonderful project and she had such a good time working on it.  We will get it blessed on Dormition.  Kits just like this one can be purchased at ArtFire.

Wednesday, August 1

Dying Fabric with Avocado

One of the things that I have wanted to try is natural dying.  I read about using avocado pits to dye fiber with and was immediatly enamored with the gorgeous pink hues that are often achieved.  My husband loves eating avocados and eats one nearly every day.  He was happy to set the pits aside for me starting a few months before Cousin Camp.  In the end, I collected 76 pits for this project.

We began the process the night before by soaking everything that we wished to dye in a tub of water.  The next morning, we dumped the pits into a pot of water, brought the water to a boil, and then let it simmer for about an hour.  Once the water turned deep red, we knew that it was ready.  We strained the pits out of the dye bath and put in a handful of cloth, pulling out a scrap every ten minutes to see how lengthening time affected the color of the cloth.  Unfortunatly, there was not much difference at all.  I made a quick trip to the store to buy five fresh avocados to use for a second attempt at creating a dye bath.

We followed the same process to make the dye bath with the fresh avocado pits and skins, and were happy enough with the resulting dye, that we began dyeing our fabric.  The resulting color was a beautiful rose gold, which my sister, Kate, used to sew two dresses with (one for her daughter and one for mine).  I love the color that resulted in our dye and will definitely try this process again.  I will have to find out the best way to keep the avocado pits and skins fresh longer so that I can try to get wider variety of color for our second attempt!

Sunday, July 29


I have wanted to try a pavlova for YEARS, so I told my sisters that we should try to make one while they were here for Cousin Camp...  I kept putting it off out of fear of failure, so my sister, Juliana, took matters into her own hands.  It was a show-stopper and tasted amazing!

Thursday, July 26

Invisalign: Week Two

My Yearly Treat

 A few days ago we stopped at one of my favorite art museums on the way home from visiting family.  It has the largest collection of PreRaphaelite Art outside of Britain.  It makes me so happy to see these beautiful pieces!

Tuesday, July 24

A Well Rounded Girl

She's working on a trip wire in her hand-sewn dress and pearls. NBD.

Monday, July 23

Some New Old Things

While I was visiting New Jersey this weekend, I was able to help my father-in-law declutter his kitchen and aid my parents in switching their bedroom furniture from one room to another.  It was very satisfying work and it felt very good to help!  I was also given the wonderful gift of an antique barrister's bookcase, desk, and chair that belonged to my great-grandparents.  What treasures!  It was an utter joy to polish them up and find just the right spot for them in our home!

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