A special treat

Sewing Day

I have a sewing day scheduled for tomorrow.  Tobin is taking all the kids tomorrow and they will have a daddy day.  All the children are so excited.  And I am so excited because I will have a day of uninterrupted time to sew.  Sewing is what I have been doing all summer any spare moment I could find.  I have several projects I have been working on that I hope to share pictures.

I have about an hours worth of organizational work, putting up a shelf, moving a few things around and finding homes for other thing but then the rest of the day is sewing projects.  I have 4 dresses already cut out and two diapers I need to finish.

Below I am listing a few sites that I have found great ideas, projects and patterns.

I have material to make at least 2 aprons.  These are the apron patterns I am looking at doing.   If you have a moment Stop Staring and… Start Sewing…because it’s fun has other great tutorials and patterns–several really fun patterns–check them out.

Craft stew has a huge list of free patterns and tutorials–so much fun!

I came across this website tonight, You can make this–what a neat website .  When you sign up for all their newsletters you receive over 40 free patterns, digi designs, embroidery designs and tutorials.  I will be spending sometime tomorrow going over these new projects and deciding which ones I will do next.

Fave Crafts has free ebooks of projects, patterns and ideas.  Fave Crafts covers all kinds of crafting.  Their newsletter is worth subscribing to.

I never realized that About had patterns but they d0–more  free patterns.

Sewing.org has a wonderful photo gallery of sewing rooms to droll over.  What does you sewing/craft room look like?  I will have to post about my new room.  This summer my husband moved his home office out of the house and now have his office at the church.  I love having a space to call my own and be able to spread my projects out and leave them out if I have to.

Tomorrow evening I hope to have several pictures to show and tell what I have done with my crafting day.


Build Your Home Library for FREE!!!

I love books.  As a child I could always be found with a book in my hands.  I love the way they feel in my hands, the smell of the pages.  The older and more “loved” a book is the more I like it.  But if your homeschool and/or book budget is like mine, there is never enough money for all the books you want.

The next best thing is your local library.  You may be surprised at what you will find at your local library.  And most libraries now have an online catalog of their books with the option to put them on hold and then pick them up at your convenience.  This is the best option for me.  Although we go to the library every week with 6 children under the age of 10 I rarely get the opportunity to browse.  So in the convenience of my home I can order books from my library.

But there are times that you want your own copy of a book or you need it for longer than the 3 weeks the library allows you to borrow it.  A new option available to us is online books.  I have been using ebooks for about 2 years now.  But I have to admit that I had never read one on the computer until 2 weeks ago.  I had printed out several ebooks, bound them and then read them like regular books.  However, a couple of weeks ago I found myself with 1 1/2 to 2 hours of time every day with nothing to do.  How did I get so fortunate you may ask–your the woman with 6 children.  Well we found ourselves at family camp and every day during the little ones naps I would sit outside our cabin and wait.  I happened to take my computer with the hope of getting some things done.  What I accomplished was I read 2 books on the computer.  Ebooks, what to do with them all by Michelle Geffken and The Real Life Home School Mom: It’s a Life in ReVision by Virginia Knowles.  Both excellent resources I highly recommend.  The point is I was pleasantly surprised how easy and even enjoyable it was to read the book online.  I had a word document open to jot down notes (I am a write-in-the-margins kind of reader) and since the many ebooks are hyperlinked (and these were) I was able to click on links imbedded right in the text and research the topic as I was reading.

So with this positive experience I am going to try my 4th grader reading a book online Madam How and Lady Why.  We will see how he does and then possibly add more online reading.  What I have done in the past is simply print the ebooks for him.  It is possible to print most more inexpensively than buying them and with my comb binder I have made some nice little books.  But if he enjoys reading them online I can save myself a lot of work.

For more free online resources check out Susan at Homepreschool and Beyond.  She has a fantastic post with some of the resources I use and some I had no idea about. Click on Homespreschool and Beyond and learn more about how you can get free resources for you home (ebook) library.
Stay tuned for my next post on how to organize all those ebooks.


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