March 30: Easter eggs

March 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

Our Easter eggs are not exactly glamorous, but they certainly are natural. I used beets and red cabbage for one color, and turmeric for the other. I would suggest keeping red cabbage and beets separate. If I wasn’t feeling so frazzled all the time, I would probably have realized that red cabbage is really purple and not red at all, and would thus have had red and purple eggs now. Still, the eggs look interesting and multicolored, and we even decorated them with a wax crayon beforehand. They are now waiting to be oiled and then, according to the Serbian tradition, there will be egg battles in the morning, where each person will try to crack the other person’s egg. May the best egg win! And in case you didn’t know, dyeing eggs is a pagan tradition, symbolizing fertility.

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eggs in dyes

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red/purple eggs just out

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Finished eggs

 

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March 29: Beaded eggs

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As it turns out, decorating with seed beads is not nearly as easy as it seems, and, as usual, our finished product looks nothing like that of the professional crafters. But that’s only fair I guess. I am sure I write better mathematical proofs than people who haven’t studied math their entire lives. So I will embrace our project, imperfect though it is.

We bought papier mache eggs yesterday, with the intent of getting glue on them (mod podge) and rolling them in seed beads. At least that’s what the lady at the bead store told us. Because J. was a bit impatient, we used a whole lot of beads which were bigger than seed beads, which was a bad idea, as rolling got difficult so instead we spooned the beads onto the eggs. J. was a good sport until it got too much for him and he just declared he was done. I finished both, with okay results. I would suggest using seed beads only, and spooning or sprinkling a few at a time. Unfortunately I can’t test my theory, as we only had two eggs, but as I mentioned yesterday, the possibilities are endless. One can decorate pretty much anything with beads. Phone? TV? Front door? Car?

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The set-up

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too-big beads

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Finished product

March 28: Beads

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Because we didn’t want to travel this spring break, we decided to take some day trips to neighboring towns instead. Today’s trip consisted of a brew pub, library, park, bead store, and thrift store. All good things. We bought some games that we played in the park and when we got home (battleship, checkers…) and ended up with some fine beads, both from the bead store and thrift store. Though we haven’t made anything from them yet, the process of sorting and organizing them was exciting and inspiring. I announced to my family that I am now going to seed bead the entire house, but maybe I should start small. I already have a few projects in mind. Stay tuned.

I especially enjoy the colors of the wooden beads I got at the thrift store for J.

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March 27: Antique shops & guerilla knitting

March 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

D, O.  & I explored Tacoma today. There was a new knitting & crocheting project in progress

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and then we visited antique stores

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It’s great when you city surprises you with its subtle beauty.

March 26: Math

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In our household, math is always considered a creative enedeavor. J. goes to a Montessori school and has been learning “dynamic addition,” which he showed us today. There are terms like “crisis of nine,” and reaching 10 is an emergency sounded with the ringing of a bell, when ten units go to the bank to be traded for a ten. Never mind that he has some major misconceptions. The fact that we had a great time adding (and building) with base ten blocks, and that the bedtime story was Sir Cumference and the Knights of the Round Table, is good enough for me. But then, it’s not like he had a choice regarding liking math.

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March 25: Paneer

March 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Cheesemaking, here I come!

I made my first batch of paneer today. It was quick, easy, and tasty.  Here is the cheese in different stages:

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I wish I could tell  you more, but I can’t keep my eyes open. I am excited about making cheese, even though I don’t really like to eat it. It just feels like an accomplishment.

March 24: Ducks and monsters

March 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

More of the same thing, really, but I have really taken to paper crafts. I see this as my apprentice stage: I learn how to make origami, paper monsters, and kirigami, following others’ instructions. Then, eventually, maybe, I will be able to venture into my own papercuts and such. In the meantime, there is a baby duck for J’s lunchbox (I have since made an adult duck too, to keep it company), and a fierce paper monster that feeds off the mess in a boy’s room.

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March 23: Spring things

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It was a beautiful sunny day and the first day of spring break for me. We spent it putting up the kitschy spring decor and gardening.

A certain kid wanted to see what would happen if he kept an egg warm long enough.

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No chicks have hatched yet.

And here are a few of our impossibly kitschy decorations, most of them pink, in some funny and unlikely situations.

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Then in the afternoon, after a trip to the nursery, we all went outside to plant. J. got the incredible insect-eating plant as an early birthday present.

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And I finally bought myself a new azalea plant because azaleas make me inexplicably happy.

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One certainly feels much better when sitting in the grass on a sunny day, or digging holes in the soil, getting her hands dirty.

March 22: Works in progress

March 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Are you curious about how our stalactites from 10(ish) days ago turned out? See for yourselves:

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The experiment was great fun. D. can’t wait for it to be out of the kitchen so he can get his counter space back.

The spring banner is also up, but it’s not complete. There is something missing. Perhaps a few mini flowers?  I will finish tomorrow, on my first day of  spring break.

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And maybe I will even  take a picture in daylight for a change.

March 21: Spring banner

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In honor of spring, I am making a paper flower banner for the front door. Too bad I am too sleepy to  finish it today. Here is what I have so far:

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I admit to spending the afternoon at a coffee shop with the family cutting these out, drinking coffee, and eating a lemon poppyseed muffin. It was lovely and if only every day were like our Thursdays (but then we probably wouldn’t enjoy them as much).

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