16 February 2016

Back to Basics

Warming up for strengthening our core...

22 June 2012

Summer Fun

Journal Jars

Thanks to the many creative ideas on Pinterest, the kidoodles have customized journal jars to inspire their writing this summer.  Our books were rated "Awesome" by the kidoodles and are a combination of journal, artist's palette and scrapbook.    I’m hoping it will be a way to encourage the kids to write this summer.


• Cheap alternative to Mod Podge – mix 1 part Elmer’s glue and 1 part water in a bottle (I used an empty spaghetti sauce bottle.) Shake well!
• Composition notebook

• Fabric of choice – (smooth fabric works best; seersucker buckled)

• Canning jar with slip top

• Writing idea strips (There are some that you can find online but they were too sophisticated for the kidoodles, so I wrote my own.)


• Ribbon for page marker (optional)

• Pinking shears

• Foam craft brush

• Wax paper

• Old magazines or file folders

• Construction paper

Here’s what I did:

1. Open the notebook to the center and lay it on the fabric. Mark the top & bottom of the notebook for width. Mark the sides & add about an inch for the cover edges.

2. Cut fabric to size with pinking shears to minimize fraying edges.

3. Wrap an old magazine or folder with wax paper. Insert this into the first & last page of the notebook. (It will protect the pages from the glue on the cover while drying.)

4. Paint the wrong side of the fabric with the glue mixture and lay it on the cover of the notebook. Wrap the extra 1 ½ - 2” of fabric around the cover edges.

Pull the fabric tight and smooth the fabric to remove any air bubbles. Close the journal to allow enough give in the cover that the final product will close.

a. *IF you are adding the ribbon marker, attach that the outside of the binding with tape or hot glue before adding the cover.

b. If the original cover design shows through the fabric, glue a similar colored construction paper on the cover first to mask the design, then add the fabric.

5. Paint the outside of the cover with an additional layer of glue mixture.

6. Open journal face down (w/ page protectors in place) & allow to dry overnight.

For jar lids, I used the slip canning jar lids. Trace outer lid on fabric. Cut out the circle and glue it to the inner lid. (There will be some overlap.) Put the lid back together & allow to dry overnight before screwing back onto jar.

Our journals are scrapbook/journal hybrids.  Stickers are also a huge incentive for my kidoodles' writing.  Here's to joyfully journaling this summer!  Happy Writing!

21 May 2011

Meditations in the Rockgarden

The new challenge for my knitting is how to use knitting as therapy in the most trying of times. The Rockgarden hand-dyed yarn is inspiration - but there are moments when the thought of picking up the needles is overwhelming. In those rare quiet moments - when knitting should bring peace of mind - it is a reminder of all that has been lost.

So now it is time to rededicate my efforts, to cultivate patience and to remember the beauty in every rock garden. Within each stitch, I strive to center my thoughts and cherish the soul that inspires me.

04 January 2011


Shedir: mon Défi pour inaugurer le Nouvel An et pour fêter l'anniversaire de ma soeur! A suivre... Bonne Année à tous!

30 June 2010

Knitter's Haiku

warm wood needles hum
wooly blues inspired love
hear Nana's voice hum

07 June 2010

Moving from A-Z

Well, we're not quite ready to hit the road for our new home, but it is an ongoing adventure. The boys are especially happy that the Big Red Truck is back on the road and getting such a work out! We have packed and moved so much already, how is it possible that there is still stuff in every corner of this house, from top to bottom? Clearly, we have too much stuff.

Last week a FB friend was posting her worries in her status updates. Her hope was that by sharing her concerns, she could release some of her anxiety and get a little moral support. So now it's my turn. Here's my list of some of my moving worries from A-Z:
  1. Antique trunk
  2. Beds & Bicycles
  3. Cat
  4. Dates: closings, doctor appointments, parties & business trips
  5. Email & snailmail
  6. Freezer (see V) & File cabinet
  7. Grapevine
  8. Hollybush
  9. Instructional Materials for NYSAFLT
  10. Java
  11. Knit & Kidoodles
  12. Lilac Bush
  13. Mower
  14. New Schools for the kidoodles
  15. Oodles of odds & ends yet to pack
  16. Princess stuff
  17. Quilts made by Nana
  18. Repairs (ça suffit!)
  19. Sandbox & Swings
  20. Toy Tractors
  21. Underwear (All the clothes are clean, why can't anyone find underwear?!)
  22. Venison
  23. Windchime
  24. Xenophobic neighbor
  25. Yarn
  26. Zany moving adventures for the kidoodles
I need to take a lesson from the kidoodles. They are amazingly resilient. As a reminder, my horoscope from May 8th stays on the fridge: Accept your current location and state of being as a good place to be, instead of wishing you were already further along. Every journey begins somewhere.
Hurray! We're ready to take on the day! Now if we could only find underwear and two matching flipflops...

05 June 2010

Knit 911

There are times when it just doesn't pay to be organized or overly protective of your knitting supplies. In all the craziness of planning a move with the kidoodles, I worry about everything from A to Z. No really, I could make a list from A to Z - but I'll save that for another time. Among my many worries have been concerns about protecting my stash while it is in storage. Sure, some may say that yarn, separated by fiber & sealed in Ziplocs in a Rubbermaid tote is sufficient.

But no. We had to go one step further. My husband is my knight in shining armor. (Although he says he's more of a Shite in Whining Amour.) He is a creative genius with a love for woodworking, power tools & John Wayne movies. He really listens and hears everything you say. When I expressed concerns over storing our "valuables" - valuables defined as family heirlooms, fragile items, clothes to be protected from that stray moth and of course, knitting supplies - he built me a cabinet. This cabinet is like Fort Knox - with the valuables on the inside and all of our other worldly possessions stored on the outside - to prevent it from tipping over - in our storage/moving trailer.

Herein lies the trouble... literally. Of the 2 WIPs in my bag to work on during the "transition", one is missing half of the yarn and the other is missing needles. That's right! They are all safe, sound and secure in the Fort Knox inside my very own 53' storage trailer in the side yard. With no closing date in sight, it may be a very, very long time before they see the light of day again.

So what's a girl to do? It was a true knitting emergency. A Knit 911, if you will. If only I had a project to knit, then maybe that would keep me from snapping at the kidoodles or breaking another night guard stressing about all of those details that are completely beyond my control! Lucky for me, there's an oasis in my neighborhood. The Sheep & Wool Shop is a treasure in the countryside of Western New York. Louise and her adorably furry helpers Panda Bear, Emmy & Sugar, listened so patiently as I explained my tale of woe. We discussed projects, gauge, yarn, needle preferences & even hedgehogs all while my little Princess Kidoodle was dismanteling beautiful displays of beads and dancing for - or was that tormenting - the puppies?! The shelves were lined with incredible fibers - including a whisper soft yarn by Queensland made from corn! (I need some of that!) The shop is a feast for the knitter's soul. We made our selections and left with smiles, renewed enthusiasm for the bumps in our road ahead and a new project in my knitting bag - to keep me sane! Just what the doctor ordered.

Thank you Louise. You're a lifesaver!