Wednesday, June 26, 2013

june. making, growing, reading...


Greens awaiting transplanting. Kale, chard, collards. I love them all. But sometimes I think collards may be my favorite. Especially when I am starting greens in the hot summer and the collards are loving it very much.

Hopefully in the next week or so we will be getting all of our potatoes in to the ground, followed by carrots and beets. Late June, really summer just beginning, and we are looking towards our fall storage crops.

June has felt so completely summer already that for the solstice and since then we have been having rather quiet days. Jason took the girls to the library a few mornings ago and it seems like they have been mostly reading, writing, and drawing since then. Occasional visits out to the garden, watering, nice and cool in the evenings.

Oh, and there has been lots of watercolor painting happening too. We have mostly always done the wet on wet watercolor method (waldorf) but lately the girls have been enjoying free painting time with the regular watercolors in trays, nice Lyra ones, such beautiful colors, and so many pretty paintings created.

Sleeping summer babies. Warm afternoon naps.

More making from the girls...
A wool needlefelt family portrait.
Lots of little knitted kitties. I didn't even try to get a good photo, you can't see how sweet they really are.
Doll making. Little dolls. Doll making dreams.

I started a teething doll for Elsa but need to get back to it.
Knitting some longies/pants (elizabeth zimmerman) and that sure is going slow, finally dividing for the legs, and then I think I will become more motivated to finish.
Sewing a sunbonnet. Almost done. Maybe I can finish that today.
And more birthday sewing to be done. Birthday dress for a 13 year old!!!

And finally you can see a bit of Chessa's birthday dress. The blue fabrics I have had for many years, this post here shows a skirt that I made Chloe long ago with the same four prints. Whenever Chloe would wear that skirt I would think "chloe in blueberry land" (elsa beskow!) and now Chessa has her very own blueberry dress. (The skirt is still being occasionally worn, but getting quite tattered after 2 sisters and 8 years worth of wear!)
Well hopefully I can share better dress pics sometime, and hopefully I will get it's missing button sewn on soon too (didn't quite have time to sew on the button on birthday morning, now I keep forgetting it still needs to be done. The dress is worn all the time anyhow...)

So now on to the day. There will be more making, home chores, tending little seedlings and watering garden beds, bread baking, books...

I have been putting a lot of thought into next years homeschooling. I will have a 3rd grader and a 7th grader! So the homeschool papers, books, folders are in a big stack on the living room floor, my head is full of ideas, and I better start writing down some of these thoughts and ideas soon!

(This Waldorf bookstore is having a sale this week, including some titles by Jakob Streit. He is one of our favorite authors, we have some of his sweet gnome stories, animal stories, Saints stories, Old Testament stories. There are some of his books that will be good for our Middle Ages block next year. Oh yes, a definite favorite Waldorf author!)

(joining friends Ginny and Nicole...)

Oh, and also, Happy Happy Summer (or winter??) to all!!!



Plain and Joyful Living said...

Oh Renee sweet sweet Elsa!
I love your girls' watercolor paintings and I can hardly believe it as well that my Abby just turned 13 last week!
So many blessings show through in your photos.

nicole spring said...

I get so giddy when you link up with me!! <3 The bonnet, the painting, the knitted kitty...oh my! Everything is so pleasing to the eyes :)
Love you, friend!! XOXO

elizabeth said...

how wonderful! blessings on you and your beautiful ones!

house full of jays said...

So many good things being made, the lovely transplants, and that beautiful sleeping babe!

Anonymous said...

Great all around! I love the watercolors and growing plants and that dear felted picture. :-)

Mlissabeth said...

I love all your pictures, but the sleeping babe and felted family portrait really made me smile.

Anonymous said...

So much making in your June. I love the needlefelted family portrait!
How do the months disappear so quickly???

momto5 said...

wonderfulness. love those water color paintings. and the picture of that wee sleeping babe... awwww. LOVE!