Newly Inspired

We had a beautiful day at the Wintermarket.  A little chilly at times but when the sun was shiny it was warm enough to even take off my coat.  It was a wonderful environment to sell our stuff.  Rachel had a TON more for sale than I did.  I admit that I’d gone through a period of time that I felt like there was no point to making onsies/hats anymore.  But I’ve had a lot of orders lately and after doing Wintermarket I feel re-inspired.  I had received an order a month ago for a little girl whose mother was a ballerina.  This was a very fun project for me.  I got to combine three of my “old” skills with something new.  The hat and ball are crocheted.  The little girl is painted on with acrylic paint.  The leotard ? is appliqued on and then I sewed on a little tutu.  So cute and so fun (I hope it holds up in the wash).



making mosaics

making mosaics

This was week two of our club and it went off even smoother than last week.  We made beautiful mosaic pictures with torn pieces of construction paper and clipart pictures (I couldn’t draw to save my life).  Then the girls played dress-up.  I realize the benefit of having all girls is that they like to do these same sorts of activities…dress-up and pretending to be different people in a family.  I also realized that it was too much for them to do one structured activity after another, they really just wanted to play.  So after a bit we made Navajo Fry Bread.  I’ve been making it for awhile out of the More with Less cookbook and LOVE it!  It’s fast, easy, yummy, and the kids get to practice kneading dough.  Note to all: knead the dough yourself before you give it out or everyone gets sticky dough all over the place.

But in other news: I’m so thankful for racial diversity!  I grew up as a missionary kid in Kenya.  I was so shocked by the conversations about racism that hit me when I moved back to the US.  Sure, Kenya has racism but it just seemed so out of the blue to me when I moved here for college.  I am so thankful that my kids are growing up in a racially diverse neighborhood.  Well…at least our moving here has made it racially diverse.  Joanna’s “neighbor friends,” as she calls them, are all black.  Our craft club I realized today has Joanna (white), Aissa (bi-racial), and Maya (African American) in it.  I realized today that we make up the New City emblem.  I’m so glad that Joanna is learning to recognize that God has made people of all different colors and that that is a wonderful gift that we get to enjoy.