Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Beatles, Embroidery, and Apple Cloth





A small, but nevertheless enjoyable occurrence was the recent arrival of my The Creative Family book, and thus the idea to teach Eliot to embroider. I spend a lot of time embroidering, and this book not only encourages you to have your kids work on art while you do the same, but it also shows you how to give them projects that they can handle. Eliot's hand-eye coordination is improving while he stitches through the burlap, and, surprisingly, he really enjoys it, guessing by his numerous requests for more thread. My brave little tailor was only thwarted by the recent loss of his plastic needle.

The other exciting (to me) news is that my "birthday" record player arrived a couple weeks ago. One unexpected result is that Eliot now sees the records and requests that we listen to the Everly Brothers and the "Beach Brothers," while I happily agree. Thanks to itunes, I can only guess that Eliot didn't even know what the Beatles looked like until lately. (Gasp!)



So I finally got a reusable grocery bag (mostly) finished. After finding the cutest Alexander Henry fabric at Joann's I was super motivated to whip it out. The only thing missing is the little snap flap or ties I will sew on in order to make the bag collapsible to fit into my purse. While it's obviously homemade, Eliot thinks my new bag is "wonderful." It's certainly helping me to make less trash anyway.

13 comments:

grace said...

Go Eliot! I have yet to get a copy of this book. I've been hesitant because I was waiting to get come reformed feedback. Did Eliot choose his own thread colors? The Alexander henry fabric is so way to cute. I pass it every time I go to Joann's because I don't know what to make with it. Brilliant idea.

Alexis said...

I really like that book. Even though it is dumb to say that I like it's size. I do like the dimensions. Since I haven't read it from start to finish I can't sya anything else really but, well done on crafting your kinds. and recordizing them as well.

:)

Alexis said...

Eww, Grace our pictures are a littel bit too similar for my liking. I vote you change yours.

CalebGraham said...

Eliot definitely sounded excited about embroidering on the phone. Less than a week now!

grace said...

Yeah, un-schooling. I might just have to get a copy anyhow. Can anyone say Library!

Elizabeth said...

Very cool! I like his color choices for the embroidery.

And the bag is awesome!

Abby said...

Oh yeah- Eliot did choose his own colors. It really racks me up too.

Abby said...

um, I meant CRACKS me up.

eightmom8 said...

But, Grace and Alexis, aren't sisters SUPPOSED to be on the same wavelength? Abby, I love the picture of Eliot embroidering. Good Form on getting him involved!
Love,
Pam

Leslie said...

If you buy aforementioned book, will it make one automatically creative??? I need such miracles!!! But, I love that you have the kids working on the projects with you. That is such a great idea.

grace said...

driving around the hills of Idaho in your van, made me remember the beauty that they are. (Beauty meaning convenient)Besides, what better way is there to pick up Ikea furniture?

Elizabeth said...

Miss Abby - a new post?? :)

Bobbinoggin said...

this book sounds really cool! me thinks we should get together for tea sometime soon. I know we said we'd facebook each other, but well. life, eh?

and maybe I could take a peek at that book while we're at it!

-Melissa C.