Monthly Archives: December 2010

The creative mind of a ten year old boy

My ten year old boy to be exact.
B10 outdid himself this year in the creative gifts department.  Each member of our family as well as some people outside our family received gifts or cards that he created.

The cards he created for his immediate family were most amusing.  He likes to take well known sites, monuments or paintings, print out a copy then replace the head or one of the heads with a member of out family.  Andrew found that his head had replaced George Washington’s on Mount Rushmore.  L16 became the Statue of Liberty.  He took a different tack with A14 and I; her head was on Mario and mine was on a LEGO character.

He published two books this year, I received his original short story:  Douglas Saves Christmas on a Treadmill:  A Very Merry Tale of Christmas Coffee.  A14 was given the first edition of bOB COM1CZ.

But the industry does not stop there; our family joined another family in hiring a pottery teacher for three weeks in December.  B10 made a couple of lovely mugs for friends of ours and for Andrew he made a coaster and bobble head complete with Andrew’s face.

Christmas notes

If you look around our home you will see signs of winter and indeed glimpses of Christmas.

When I look out the window I see we have about 10cm of snow on the ground, which seems to be staying.  B10 and the boys across the road have started building snow ramps to toboggan down.

The boots and mitts are congregating near the front door.

We finished up our ancient history studies for the term with the reign of Caesar Augustus so were able to study the biblical account of Christ’s birth alongside what was happening in Rome and Judea at the time.

I am onto my fourth batch of gingerbread (baking not eating); this one is a gluten free batch.  Baking gingerbread is a tradition for me so when I had to go gluten free it was hard to bake gingerbread I couldn’t eat.  However I do get a lot of pleasure from the decorating as do others in the family so I kept on making it.  Last week Gluten Free Girl posted a recipe for gingerbread on her blog so I am giving it a try.

We bought our tree, put it up in the lounge room, decorated it and it did look beautiful.  Another tradition I have is picking a different colour scheme each Christmas and this year’s is silver and white.  On account of our cathedral ceilings and sparsely furnished lounge room we usually have quite a tall tree and this year was no exception.  Our tree was 8½-9 foot tall and quite full and wide also.  Have you noticed the use of past tense yet? Our tree fell over.  Now we have a shorter tree with fewer glass balls on it.  But it is still pretty and stable too which is important.

There are secrets being kept, doors being shut and whispers heard.

L16 and A14 have played carols together several times at church: for the senior’s Christmas Banquet, during the service and at a Christmas concert on Sunday night.

Although I have looked at nativities over the years I have not found one that I really want to own so B10 made one this year from lego.   No shepherds in this scene but three very imposing and intimidating wise men.

I have begun writing a Christmas letter, it seems to be the first one I have written in four years!  That couldn’t be right.  Four years already? Well that just means there is more of our life to draw from. I might get it finished and sent before Christmas.

Andrew has been doing preparation for the Christmas Eve service which is a service I enjoy every year.  It is fairly simple service with carols, a few instruments, this year a children’s story and a devotion.  A14 is going to join him with her violin, B10 is going to help me in the sound booth.  We always end with Silent Night by candlelight.

I have been listening to Christmas music; A Cold December Night by Erin Bode in  particular.

Yes some shopping has been done, a little more needs to be done.  Every year I say I will do it earlier but it just does not happen.  Maybe next year.

I am looking forward to spending time with our family and our friends here.  I am enjoying reading news from family and friends far away and hoping to catch up via skype before the year is over.

I am rejoicing that the reason we celebrate is that God loved us enough to send his Son for us.  He has not stopped loving us and sending us blessings since, but his Son is the gift we really need


I have a post in draft mode letting you know what has been going on in our family lately, reassuring you that we are actually preparing for Christmas. The new header is a glimpse of the Lego nativity B10 made for me. There is baking and decorating happening as well. But while you wait for that, watch this:

Don’t you love that star they are following, and the expressions on Joseph and Mary’s faces?

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More summer sewing

This skirt was another of my summer sewing projects.  A14 is definitely not on a clothing diet.  She has grown so much taller in the last year she needed new clothes for just about every activity.  After much fruitless searching in the stores she pointed out the sort of thing she wanted and we went in search of fabric.  It turned out to be a fairly simple skirt to make with two layers, the top one 4″ shorter than the one underneath.  After her friends had seen it a couple of them placed orders too.  As it is a summer skirt and the ground is now covered in snow, there is probably no hurry for me to fill those orders!

Clothing Diet – a remake

It has been a while since I posted about the clothing diet.(or anything else!) I did continue sewing over the summer and made a skirt from scratch but don’t have a photo. What is more interesting, I think is this top which was a skirt.  Here is the skirt.  It is a white cotton skirt made from panels of different fabrics.  Some panels are embroidered, others pin-tucked or lacy.  It does seem a little stained in the picture but bleach and sunshine did a great job on that.

I wanted to feature the embroidered panels in the top so I cut my pieces from the bottom of the skirt making the scalloped hem the hem of the new top.  There was enough of the pin-tucked section to cut both sleeves from it too.

I made it in summer, photographed it in fall and finally got around to posting just before winter.

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