Sunday, January 22, 2012

When life gives you lemons...or stains...or...

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

Marc Chaga

When life gives you stains, TIE-DYE! 

Soooo, I am part of a REALLY cool co-op where we share clothes that are too big or small for our little ones.  Some of them come stained, some of them notSome of them are perfectly stained...for a dye bath!  I took this sweet white sweater and tie-dyed it, after finding some milk-stained marks on it!  perfect!  love it!
I use regular dye and mostly dyes from natural sources:  onions (red onions, you already know are my favorite!), berries, greens, walnuts and greens (beet, dandelion, etc..)

"But what is of great importance to me is observation of the movement of colors." Robert Delaunay

The gnome!

And as he spoke of understanding, I looked up and saw the rainbow leap with flames of many colors over me.  Black Elk

The gnome eats a cookie and avoids the wild ducks and geese that are waiting to pounce at the pond!

sweet gnome baby!

about 60-70% of Willow's clothes are tie-dyed.  Why invest in new clothes when the abundance of used clothes is all around us.  Kids outgrow clothing seriously fast!

"Colors are the smiles of nature. "  Leigh Hunt

belly shot!  lol
"Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. "pablo picasso

Home Education: WARM WINTER DAY

We've had a very mild winter, up until this point. January 2012. Life learning for this family has been a bit of this:

Gluten Free Rustic Crust Pizza with spinach, feta, olives, tomatoes and basil

sweet girl Willow


"I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it."
Harry S. Truman

Fresh Pork Tenderloin with roasted strawberries and Red Onion (my secret love affair is with the darling sweet Red Onion. Ahhh!)

This guy got a new camera.  A "fancy" one!  :)

and this sweet Willow was his favorite subject

We studied Astronomy, we studied the moon, we relished in the beauty of our Creator.

we played with those mean birds ;)  (upcyled wool sweaters, meany faces, hours of fun!)

Cai Ocean...Wonder Boy.  This boy sees the DELIGHT in EVERYTHING!  He is so special to all he is around!

She learned to Sign "thank you"

New Rainbow hat in progress for baby girl.  Rainbows 'speak' to me!  When I was little and someone asked what my favorite color was, I would ALWAYS say "rainbow"!  :)

                                                                Hugs from brother

                                                  Jumping for Joy.  Giggle.
Coffee filter snow flakes.  We used a varity of water colors to make them pretty before we cut them up.

I knitted this gnome hat for my middle son

but my oldest loves it and wears it the most


                                              Birthday Celebration this month for my sweet husband.  Blueberry/Elderberry

Needle felting fools, we are!  This is a pair of longies made (upcycled from a wool sweater) by my Mama (aka: Granny Goose) for Willow with a needle felted snow "woman" scene on the leg.

                                        The girl is on the move!  She started walking in November 2011

Sleepy clean sweet girl

                                                                   Middle son, my love

                                                               "Girl at the purple door"

                                                  Her favorite spot

Zay needle felted this awesome peace sign/mushroom hat for himself but baby girl likes to sport it :)

                                                                  still at the door

Resting and building with legos while I read to my boys