I know I do not say often enough how much I am enjoying this age with Miss G. I've realized that I actually avoid mentioning it, because I fear that by recoginzing it, it will end. But now that 6th grade is over, I feel safe in saying I loved having a 6th grader, and I am thrilled beyond words to see how strong and vibrant she is.
Last week, Little e and a friend did a three day project with me. The first day of the project was spent painting a piece of cotton. These artworks used fabric paints and a waterbased resist.
The next two sessions were sewing classes for two first time sewists. We practiced sewing in straight lines and talked about seam allowances. There was lots of practice pinning and learning about the parts of the sewing machines.
The girls worked hard. Nine is such a good age for this kind of project. To accent their original painted art, the girls were able to choose fabrics from my stash.
In the first class, they made the outside of their bags. In the second class they were able to assemble the insides of the bag, the strap, and to put the pieces together. I'm thrilled to say that they each sewed their bags entirely themselves, even the top stitching.
I love how well the fabric they choose accented their art, and how functional their final project is.
The backside of Little e's bag, the other side is her elephant.
Little e's already been using her bag, and she's looking forward to practicing more with the machine.
My sunshine girl is no longer my little, little girl. She's in that funny place between being little and being big. She is still full of smiles and joy, but there is a new push-back, a new willfulness.
There have been many debates, as of late. Everything is a process, a conversation, a bargain, and sometimes, an argument. It's a new adventure, living with our girl.
I think there will be a lot of growth in this coming year. This time between 8 and 10 is a big jump; so much is going to happen.
Here's to a good year full of growth and transformation. Happy birthday, my sweet Little e.
My birthday is this week, and the girls started my week off right with breakfast in bed on Sunday morning.
I adore breakfast in bed. It is one of my most favorite things. There is just so much love in it. (And the idea of having coffee (my favorite part of morning) brought to me in my warm and comfy bed? Pure Bliss.)
So, when they asked what I'd like for my birthday, the answer was simple. I would like you two to make me breakfast in bed, without bickering. I gave them a budget, and they planned the menu, and shopped for the supplies. It was Sweet G's idea to make muffins. (They made raspberry chocolate chip muffins from scratch.) The cooking magazine was their idea, and I loved it. I loved it all, but my favorite part was listening to them talk and work together making the muffins.
Here is Sweet G doing what she likes to do the most. For Chirstmas, Auntie O gave her the gift of a giant bag of old Vogues (both US and foreign) to analyse and cut apart. G's inspiration board has gone through at least two complete transformations since Christmas.
Auntie I supplied several art lessons in during the holiday break. Sweet G's school has a serious lack of art instruction, and although I can supply craftiness and supplies, an actual art education, I do not have. (How I wish I'd been braver and tackled some art between the physics at college!)
So it is good to have sisters that can step in and fill in the gaps. Already, I can see the next evolution beginning in Sweet G's art that was fed by fashion magazines, art lessons, and a whole bunch of Dr Who.
(Click on the images to enlarge.) My favorite of these warrior women is the redhead. Isn't that kimono jacket divine?
In a further sign that school has changed since I was in 6th grade, Sweet G had a biology assignment analyzing the parts of a cell. She was supposed to demonstrate her knowledge by comparing a cell's parts to an object of her choice.
Being the girl she is, she chose the TARDIS. Talk about the perfect project for our Whovian.
1. The outer wall of the TARDIS is the cell wall. 2. The inner wall of the TARDIS is the cell membrane. 3. The atmosphere is the cytoplasm. 4. The TARDIS control center is the nucleus. 5. Huon particles are the mitochondria. 6. The TARDIS swimming pool is the vacuole. 7. The Tribophysical Waveform Macro Kinetic Extrapolator are the chloroplasts. 8. The different parts of the console are the Golgi Bodies. 9. The doctor is the nuclear membrane because he controls what enters and exits the TARDIS. 10. The cables and pipes are the Endoplasmic Reticulum. 11. The soul of the TARDIS is the ribosomes. 12. The briode nebulizer is the chromatin.
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Miss G was able to wear her costume to school for the entire day, much to Little e's jealousy. This is a shot I took just before she walked to school. You can't tell in this photo, but we've sprayed her hair silver and she has silver makeup on the edges of her face.