10 thoughts on “Silent Sunday: September 20, 2020

  1. I laughed at your tags for this post Esther. What will they (YOU) make eventually? We used to have a wooden gizmo called a knitting spool when I was growing up and it looked like a jump rope handle and four nails on top and you wound the yard around the nails and out came a knitted chain from the bottom. I think all the little girls in the neighborhood had one. It seems similar to this object. I see you have a new profile picture. 🙂

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    • Tell me about it! I’m learning to do lots of things via YouTube to show them what the finished product looks like. It’s hard to finish these crafts in the 1 hour zoom classes they’re in. Even if they don’t finish, I think it still teaches them valuable skills (I hope).
      The tool you mentioned sounds similar to this kind of weaving. The idea sounds the same…there’s also a popular kid craft called Rainbow Loom that is similar, which uses rubber bands. We have that too.
      You noticed! 🙂 I felt like it was time for a new pic. And hope you had a good first day of fall.

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      • I did notice – Ellis was pleased if she saw it. Yes, crafts by a teacher in an allotted time never works out, especially if someone has a problem or needs questions answered. You are a trooper!

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      • She helped me pick out the picture. Elliot wanted me to replace the picture, because his hair is not the style he likes anymore. hahaha. growing up.
        I’m learning a lot of crafts because of them and the results are not so pretty! I used to buy all kinds of craft materials and then stopped. Our closets were busting at the seams. One thing that I really like is decoupage and that’s useful in prettying things up.

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      • Craft materials are expensive too. When the rock-painting craze was really big a few years ago, people spent a small fortune buying rocks, paints, a special finisher to keep the paint from smearing. I didn’t find many rocks this year, maybe due to CO VID? That is funny about the new picture.

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      • I agree…starting a new craft is pricey. Thank goodness Michaels has those coupons, but if you’re buying this and that, it doesn’t make a big dent in savings.
        Craft materials for rock painting are still expensive. My friend gave me some smooth stones from her yard and they would make perfect rock painting, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
        hahahah, kids go through phases! I’m sure we’ll go through more phases in the near future.

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      • Yes, and face it – you’d invest a ton of money in one craft and then they lose interest and move on – you’re left with lots of unused materials. Is Amazon cheaper than Michaels? Michaels though you see what you’re getting right there and then.

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      • I don’t know which one is cheaper. There’s more sellers on Amazon with varying prices, so I think you get more choices for the price. Michaels has too many restrictions on their coupon usage and the 40% off is only for full priced items. But most of their store products are on some kind of deal, so the 40% is almost nothing. It’s mental strain to organize the craft supplies and to pare down to the essentials.
        With Amazon, I use more self control since I can take my time. At Michaels, I’m all over the place trying to keep up with the kids who get bored too quickly and have a propensity to complain that I take too long.
        Do you craft?

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      • I used to craft a lot when I was younger. In fact, for the longest time, every holiday at work, before my boss and I left the law firm and went out on our own, I’d do a little treat for all the support staff for every holiday. So Michael’s was my go-to place. One time for Halloween, I did something fun – and my mom always helped me. Anyway, we had about 30-35 staff so Halloween was the most fun. One Halloween, we took cheesecloth and cut it into a 12 X 12 inch square. We took tall Styrofoam coffee cups turned upside down, and placed a Styrofoam ball on top of the base. Then covered that in Saran Wrap.
        Then dipped the cheesecloth into starch. and fitted the cheesecloth over the “head” and flared it out over the cup. It dried like a board and then took paint and made eyes and a nose and removed the cup and turned it right side up and filled it with treats. One time I got mini cauldrons at Michaels and small spider webs with spiders in them. We did cauldrons filled with candy, then covered over with spider webs and a spider on top. I carried this stuff in on the bus. I was always in charge when someone left, had a baby, got married, etc. to do something creative. And the treats for the girls, I always wrote a little poem to put next to the treat and put it onto seasonal paper – got that at Michael’s too. Took a lot of work – good thing I wasn’t blogging.

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