Friday, August 31
Thursday, August 30
My mother-in-law spent some time with the boys on Saturday, and our youngest son was able to get a crash course on cross-stitching from her! He's been working diligently on this wee dolphin ever since, and as soon as he finished it, he popped it in a box to send to his pen pal!
Wednesday, August 29
Tuesday, August 28
Sunday, August 26
Friday, August 24
We've been buying school supplies little by little for our sweet daughter. She will be in seventh grade this year and will be going to public school for the first time. She chose some really lovely notebooks and I think the pencil case is just darling. I wish that I had a need for another zippered pouch... If I did, I would surely get a unicorn one just like that! The amazing Rifle Paper Co. sneakers were a generous gift from my sister and her husband (the boys each got a pair as well, but they chose basic black!). Aren't they beautiful?!
Wednesday, August 22
Tuesday, August 21
Monday, August 20
Today was a dear little parishioner's brain surgery. Father John needed to go to the city to to be with her and to sit with her family during the surgery, so the children and I tagged along. We did a little shopping, ate out twice, and spent several hours at the Science Museum. Maleah has a long way to go, but, God Willing, she will receive complete healing.
Sunday, August 19
Saturday, August 18
Friday, August 17
Wednesday, August 15
In giving birth thou preservest thy virginity,
In falling asleep thou did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.
Thou wast translated to life, O Mother of Life,
And by thy prayers, thou deliverest our souls from death.
The Learning Basket for Dormition can be found HERE.
Monday, August 13
Saturday, August 11
Friday, August 10
I often wish that we had fancier grocery store options here, but honestly, Walmart's been pulling through for me lately. Now they're stocking damson preserves straight from England... officially living my best Miss Read life across the pond.
Thursday, August 9
Wednesday, August 8
Monday, August 6
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
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
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!