She Sews

California Cousins

The California cousins arrived just in time for their first blizzard.

The kid on the left, who had to write a report on a blizzard while he was here, was totally geeked that he would get to witness one firsthand.  Something most of his L.A. friends have never seen.  The kid on the right was probably either wishing the snow would go away so he wouldn’t have to shovel anymore or that his mother would put the camera away.  Or maybe both.

So then it was off to the Gardens to see the butterflies.

These two never get tired of my camera and ask me to put it away.

And while the cousins played,

the mamas played too.

Making some yummy lime coconut lip balm tinted with beet root powder

and some vapor rub, which for the first time this winter has come in handy this week.

Which got me thinking…did I get sick because I made the vapor rub, or did I just know I was gonna need it…?

Vapor Rub

3 T. sweet almond oil

1 T. beeswax

30 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Lime Coconut Lip Balm

1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
15 drops Lime Peel Essential Oil
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil

Makes 8 tubes

Recipes from Mountain Rose Herbs

Monday, Monday

snow forts are built

valentine making begins in earnest


“I think we’re going to have to have a picnic on the floor mom,

’cause the table has a few things on it.”

she adds “egg in a hole” to her cooking repertoire

these two+science experiments=big laughs

outside for more snow fun

because this snow won’t be here forever

and we will enjoy it while it is


Learning Something New by Avy

I’m a dancer. I take three dance classes each week.  Ballet, Ballet-Fromo Jazz, and Hip-Hop.

I have to bring a yoga mat because sometimes we stretch.   My mom and I decided to make me a carrier for my yoga mat.

In the process, she taught me how to sew!  We went to Hobby Lobby to pick out the material.

Here is me sewing! I had so much fun learning.

Now I carry my mat in style!

A Day in the Life


They start off their day happy with each other.  (usually)



This one has discovered the periodic table and is quite taken with it.



This one loves maps of any kind.






Los Libros de Navidad en Espanol



Blueberry Fruit Roll-up Making



Asher will tell you that one of the best things in the world is reading in front of the fire with peanut butter crackers, hot cocoa, and a good friend.



Drama performance



Lego Robotics Skit Presentation



They may start off their day happy with each, but they are siblings who spend 24/7 with each other…


Other Uses for Halloween Candy by Asher & Avy

Science Experiments!

Put some M and M’s in cool water with the M facing up.  Watch them dissolve and make a rainbow of color in the water.


Eventually the M’s will come off.  They are made from titanium oxide mined in Florida.  They float because they are covered in wax.


You can make a pinball machine out of candy.


You can also dissolve Skittles for the color show and the “S” lifts off as well.

Here is Asher showing the Coriolis Effect.


A sculpture made out of Tootsie Rolls by Asher.  My mom, my sister, and a tree.

Thursday Tea Time


Tea Time on Thursdays with poetry readings


Followed by art


Fall Candle Holders


I Love it When…

dscn5056Listening to Bach leads to duets on the piano…

dscn5062Reading A Weekend With Homer Winslow has them pulling out the watercolors…

dscn5000It’s warm enough to ice skate in sweaters…

dscn5021They ask to go see the butterflies again…

dscn5035And a third time…

dscn4994There are new exhibits at the museums…


It’s a new day and one of them muses, I wonder… and I get to say, lets go find out.

Cheep, Cheep, Science by Avy

dscn48861This is our layered liquids that we did for science one day.  In the bottom of the cup is honey, then dish soap, colored blue water, oil, and rubbing alcohol colored orange.  They stay layered for a few days because of their different densities.  (That’s not a bruise on my forehead, but ashes from the Ash Wednesday service.)

dscn4889We wrote down our findings.  Water and oil are immiscible.  Water and dish soap are miscible and so is water and alcohol.

dscn4890I drew a bird on cardboard, cut it out, and covered it with shortening and birdseed.  We hung it in our yard to feed the birds.


We’re getting ready for the return of the birds by providing nesting materials such as yarn and twigs.  I cut up pieces of yarn a few inches long and put them in an onion bag, making some of the pieces stick out.  I hope to see lots of bird’s nests in the neighborhood and nearby parks with some of our yarn in them!

Let’s Study Mexico! by Avy


Hola amigos!  We decided to take a “field trip” to Mexico!  So of course we had to study Mexico’s history, culture, geography, that kind of stuff.  We spent 2  weeks making, cooking, crafting, and studying.  I made cinnamon oranges, (slice oranges into little suns, sprinkle with cinnamon and powered sugar) a pinata for our fiesta, and painted pots in bright Mexican colors!



We worked on a HUGE Mexican flag.  Asher is an awesome artist, so he drew the eagle crest on the flag.  We did some Mexican Folk tin art.  We made a sun and a cactus.  We made a few papel picados every day to hang in our fiesta room, otherwise known as the dining room.  By the end of our study, they were hanging everywhere!



We sculpted magical Aztec Suns out of clay.


We also made homemade corn tortillas.  They were so yummy with cheese on them!

At the end of our study we had a big fiesta with our next door neighbors, Sarah and Johnathan.  We had Mexican food, broke open our pinata, and played Carmen San Diego






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