40 bags of stuff. · Lent

40 Trash Bag Challenge — Day 13

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Today is Tuesday,  March 10, 2009

This is the thirteenth day of the 2009 40 trash bag challenge.  The challenge is an  opportunity to remove the excess clutter and “stuff” from our lives.  The excess can be given away, sold, donated or trashed.   The first goal is to let go; the second goal is to bless others.

Today I am going through the dishes and the knickknacks.  So many things end up in our homes, souveniers, gifts, things we picked up here and there that serve no purpose, are not enjoyed and are just around because we haven’t gotten to the point where we are ready to let them go.  Today is a day to let go, let those things we care little for go to some charity we value so that they may bless others.

Today’s Scripture Reading

Quote for the day: “Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?” – St. Gerard Majella

Reading poems from “A Child’s Garden of Verse“.

Craft: We are working on our eggs.

Lap book page: Poland and Lithuania packet.  St Casmir,  maps, coloring page. (this will span over for several days.  This will be our last day on this.

Other great ideas: (if you stumble on something that should be linked here please comment or send me the link)

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Sewing

The First Communion Dress Project – part 4

This is the forth article on the First Communion Dress project.  I am sewing my daughter’s first Communion dress using my wedding dress.

The embroidery on the back needed "repaired"
The embroidery on the back needed "repaired"

The seam had caught some of the embroidery so I re-embroidered across the seam to fix it.

After I had the embroidery repaired I sewed the side seams and shoulders according to the pattern’s directions.

Hannah was excited to try it on:

excitment
excitement

Now comes the wretched part:  the zipper.

I am not good at setting in zippers.  I get impatient with them and they just drive me batty.  To make things more interesting I really wanted to put in an invisible zipper.

There are a couple nice tutorials online about invisible zipper insertion.

I like this one: Sewing Invisible Zipper.

I did a couple things slightly different.  First I put a bit of lightweight interfacing just inside the seam line on the wrong side.

zipperinterfacing
The pink line segments show the edges of the interfacing

The next “deviation” was to put lace seam binding tape on the right side just over thee edge.  This lace serves two purposes.  First it gives me a nice even line to sew the zipper against and second, the lace finish give a bit of grab so the zipper isn’t sliding around against the satin while I am trying to sew it in.  It also edge – its primary purpose.

The lace seam binding in place.
The lace seam binding in place.

Then I followed the normal procedure for putting the zipper in.  It went in like a charm, but there was a problem.

An issue
An alignment issue

crap.  I hate zippers.  So I had to tear the whole thing out and do it again.  And this was a perfectly amateurish error that I shouldn’t have made in the first place.

The cat was amused at least:

I think he is grinning at me
I think he is grinning at me

So I carefully lined everything back up and did it again:

perfectly straight
perfectly straight
I double checked it once the zipper was half in.
I double checked it once the zipper was half in.

Perfect!  I pulled the zipper closed and everything lined up, the zipper lays flat without any puckering or bulging.  Joy!

success!
success!

I loved the little covered end on the zipper over at Sewing Divas, so I incorporated it here:

Too neat!
Too neat!

You can also see how the layers work together here.  The interfacing and seam binding giving just the right support for the zipper.  The sad things is all this is covered by the lining in the finished dress, but the most loving stitches are the ones that never show.

40 bags of stuff. · Lent

40 Trash Bag Challenge — Day 12

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Today is Monday,  March 9, 2009

This is the twelth day of the 2009 40 trash bag challenge.  The challenge is an  opportunity to remove the excess clutter and “stuff” from our lives.  The excess can be given away, sold, donated or trashed.   The first goal is to let go; the second goal is to bless others.

Today’s  bag of stuff for our family will come from the laundry room -again.  This seems to be the room where everything ends up that doesn’t have a “real” home.

Today is a busy day for us with homeschool enrichment and CCD this afternoon.

Today’s Scripture Reading

Quote for the day: “Men invent new ideals because they dare not attempt old ideals. They look forward with enthusiasm, because they are afraid to look back. – G. K. Chesterton

Reading poems from “A Child’s Garden of Verse“.

Craft: None for today

Lap book page: Poland and Lithuania packet.  St Casmir,  maps, coloring page. (this will span over for several days.

Other great ideas: (if you stumble on something that should be linked here please comment or send me the link)

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Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman’s Daybook – March 09, 2009


The Simple Woman’s Daybook
is hosted by
Peggy at the Simple Woman.
Thank you Peggy.

FOR TODAY : March 9, 2008

This week I am deep in my 40 trash bag challenge.  I spent a good deal of time working on Hannah’s first communion dress.  The zipper went in perfectly; I am so happy

Outside my Window – Oh, my.  There is snow coming down in big fluffy wet flakes.

I am thinking – The whole daylight savings time has kind of tossed me off.  I am not a big fan of time changes.    

From the learning rooms – We are talking about eggs, the Aneid, drawing, music and the basics of course.

I am thankful for- Tea, My husband bought me the sweetest tea-kettle.  It has a lovely steam whistle, deep, full-throat, two tone whistle that the kids all call “happy sound”.

From the kitchen – Crock-pot night.

I am reading – I have the next Honor Harrington book on my nightstand.

I am hoping – That this snow clears up quickly.

I am creating – Hannah’s first communion dress.  This is the big project for the next few weeks.

I am hearing – The children are busy with their morning routine.  One part whining, one part working and one part trying to get their siblings to do their work for them.

Around the house – This is kitchen day.  The trash bag challenge is going along well.

One of my favorite things – My sewing machine.  Yes, I covet those beautiful machines with their embroidery features and fancy computer stuff, but my little workhorse is actually a great machine.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week – Taxes,  I am starting my spring cleaning plans, a few things here and there.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you –

Hannah took this picture of her puzzle
Hannah took this picture of her puzzle

40 bags of stuff. · Lent

40 Trash Bag Challenge — Day 10

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Today is Friday,  March 6, 2009

This is the tenth day of the 2009 40 trash bag challenge.  The challenge is an  opportunity to remove the excess clutter and “stuff” from our lives.  The excess can be given away, sold, donated or trashed.   The first goal is to let go; the second goal is to bless others.

Today’s  bag of stuff for our family will come from the laundry room.  This seems to be the room where everything ends up that doesn’t have a “real” home.

We had Little Flowers today so we are having to do more of our serious study this afternoon which is competing with a very sunny day.  The yard work might win “Oro et Laboro” can be our moto for the day.

Today’s Scripture Reading

Quote for the day: “It is better to say one Our Father fervently and devoutly than a thousand with no devotion and full of distraction.” – St. Edmund

Reading poems from “A Child’s Garden of Verse“.

Craftpisanki for kids  (this will take about three days).

Lap book page: Poland and Lithuania packet.  St Casmir,  maps, coloring page. (this will span over for several days.

Other great ideas: (if you stumble on something that should be linked here please comment or send me the link)

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Mary Mary and Martha

Thoughts on Grace

Our Daily Bread - 	 Anders Zorn
Our Daily Bread - Anders Zorn

I read this over at  “In the Heart of my Home” :  “I woke up in the morning after a very bad day and was reminded once more that God grants grace sufficient for the day. Every Single Day. My success lies in being open to every last bit of that grace.”

There is something so profound there.  It pulls to mind the scripture Matthew 6:34 “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”  God is very much the God of this moment.   One thing I used to tell my CCD class was to pray every morning that they would live the day in accordance to God’s will.  Lord, lead me today to do your will in all things.  It is so easy to get caught up in the milieu of the day and to miss those things God would have us do.  Sometimes I get so caught up trying to take care of the stage that I miss the play.  Martha takes over and I forget to sit with Jesus.

40 bags of stuff. · Lent

40 Trash Bag Challenge — Day 9

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Today is Thursday,  March 5, 2009

This is the ninth day of the 2009 40 trash bag challenge.  The challenge is an  opportunity to remove the excess clutter and “stuff” from our lives.  The excess can be given away, sold, donated or trashed.   The first goal is to let go; the second goal is to bless others.

Today’s  bag of stuff for our family will come from the office.  This is a clutter day for me – while I would love to be able to bless someone else with each bag, that isn’t possible.  I am going through my files culling out old and outdated information (that lease agreement form 1994 is NOT going to be needed again) and tossing them.

I suppose in a way this sort of thing helps others, mostly my family, but also those I have made commitments to.  I am one of those people who end up with piles and piles of semi-important papers because I am afraid to let anything go until I have thought about it.  But my procrastination lets things accumulate as I put off thinking about them.  Then I have clutter.  Lent is a good time to look at those problems we face with a critical eye,   How is this helping my walk with Christ, or is it hindering me.  Not dealing with semi-important things in a timely manner hurts.  It hurts my peace, my real life friendships and my spiritual progression.

We are missed starting talking about St Casimir yesterday so we are catching that today along with this fine Saint we are looking at Lithuania and Poland, especially their Easter traditions.

Today’s Scripture Reading

Quote for the day: First, do what is necessary. Next, do what is possible. Soon, you will find you are doing the impossible!”  –  St. Francis of Assisi

Reading about Saint Casimir.

Craftpisanki for kids  (this will take about three days).

Lap book page: Poland and Lithuania packet.  St Casmir,  maps, coloring page. (this will span over for several days.

Other great ideas: (if you stumble on something that should be linked here please comment or send me the link)

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Catholic Homeschooling · My world

The trouble with dictionaries

My son, Christopher, is struggling through his vocabulary this afternoon.  “Flying buttresses” he chirps, “what is a flying buttress?  Look at this, ‘Notre Dame Cathedral’.  That’s cool!”.  It isn’t that he has a hard time finding the words.  He is relatively quick at typing the definitions into the computer.  His problem is solely one of  distraction.  He stumbles upon an interesting word and fifteen minutes later is half the alphabet away from where he wants to be reading about a variety of interesting things have absolutely nothing to do with the words he is supposed to be learning.

Now, I have a very difficult time finding too much fault in these rabbit-trails into the backwaters of the dictionary.  This particular form of failing is one I am intimately familiar with, being somewhat of a lexiphile myself and several decades ago it was me sitting at the kitchen table with the well worn dictionary spending hours looking up ten or fifteen vocabulary words.  SO I am somewhat torn: Do I make him buckle down and do the words he is assigned, or do I let him take the path less trodden and find new and interesting words to ignite his writing and imagination?  For the moment I am trying to strike a balance between the two.

It is part of the joy of homeschooling that he has the chance to enjoy this learning and learn what he enjoys.  But there is also the reality that he needs to learn to dicipline himself so that his fancy doesn’t thwart his goals.

40 bags of stuff.

40 Trash Bag Challenge — Day 8

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Today is Wednesday,  March 4, 2009

This is the eighth day of the 2009 40 trash bag challenge.  The challenge is an  opportunity to remove the excess clutter and “stuff” from our lives.  The excess can be given away, sold, donated or trashed.   The first goal is to let go; the second goal is to bless others.

Today I am culling through books.  I am starting with the children’s books.  Instead of bags I am using book boxes for this stage.

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