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I find I am inspired almost every where I look these days.  Creative people and ideas are everywhere if you simply stay aware of the world around you.  Although I have been rather distracted lately by 5 beautiful children, I do find that I have the opportunity to discover a treasure from time to time.   (I actually see much more that I get to write about. )

A couple weeks ago, I joined my husband on a little road trip to experience his 20th high school reunion.  Instead of having to stay in a hotel, we had the privilege of staying in the amazing home of one of his classmates.  What a treat!  His friend and classmate is much like me in that she never received a degree in decorating or design, but boy is she talented!  (Now if we could just convince her of this truth! :))

She gave me permission to snap a few photos and I just couldn’t wait to share this idea with you!  Just look what she did with a discount mirror…

Isn’t it a cute chalkboard!  So clever!  I love the whimsical shape.  This arrangement is on the left side of the kitchen near the breakfast nook.  What a great place to keep notes or simply greet your family with a sweet message for the day.

Thanks Jill for opening up your home and making us feel so welcome.  I so enjoyed the “inspiring” weekend!


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About 2 weeks ago my girls excitedly expressed that their children’s group at church was going to get to eat a meal on the Mayflower.  I knew the girls were excited but I wasn’t aware of their plans.  About 2 days before the event my oldest expressed that everyone was supposed to dress up as an Indian or a pilgrim.  What it actually boiled down to was she found out some of her friends were dressing up and she just HAD to dress up too!

So on a moments notice I had to come up with costumes (Okay I didn’t have to.  I thought it would be a fun challenge.).  First stop…Goodwill!

I just love Goodwill.  There are so many treasures just waiting to be discovered.

I would like to pause for a moment and share my gratitude for the nice friend who anonymously left $20 at the register to pay for our purchases.  It really blessed my kids.  They were amazed that someone was so nice to help us!

I was able to find a long ladies’ shirt and a petite dress to work as the base for 2 pilgrim girl costumes.  Next stop, Hobby Lobby.

Fortunately, HL had their McCall patterns on sale for $0.99.  I was so excited.  Having a pattern would make creating a collar and apron much easier.

Once, I picked up the fabric at Wal-Mart, I headed home because I had about 5 hours to pull this costume together.  There’s nothing like the pressure of a deadline!

I want to pause again and share my gratitude for the training my grandmother gave me in sewing. I didn’t retain everything she tried to teach me, but I did hold on to enough to turn this mess of supplies into a fairly decent costume.

So do you want to see what I came up with?

Not too bad for an afternoon’s work if I do say so myself.

At least my girls seemed pretty proud.

And told me “thank you” and “you are the best mom” many times.  (Those compliments certainly didn’t hurt!)

I finished in time to be able to catch a quick bite of dinner before leaving the house.  I offered to fix the girls something but they were very confident.  “We are eating dinner on the Mayflower.”

I’m sure they had visions of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie.  It was sure to be delicious.  I was proud of their resolve to wait for the meal!

We headed to the church and they began at their regular Wednesday night class.  The children’s pastor had set up a really cool rotation.  They went to one room for story time to hear about the pilgrims life before sailing on the Mayflower, they were able to make a fall beaded necklace and then they headed to see the Indians dance.

A group from Operation Eagle came and shared their beautiful dances with the children.

It was mesmerizing to watch!  Just ask my daughter.  She didn’t even seem to notice her hat impeding the vision of one eye. (She left her hat that way the entire performance.  Fortunately her observant mom was waiting to fix it for her on her way out the door! 🙂

I could have watched them all night.  Actually I did for the most part.  I think I saw all four rotations worth!

Probably the only complaint from the kids was that the music was a little loud, but other than that, I think they were as impressed as I was!

After watching the Native Americans dance, it was finally my girls’ turn to head to their long awaited dinner aboard the Mayflower.  They were starving by now I am sure!

Yes, they had dinner on a moving truck, but wasn’t it a clever idea!

Now the moment of truth…dinner!  As you probably notice in the picture, it might be a little tough to serve a full turkey dinner to a bunch of 7 & 8 year olds sitting on hay bales.  That is until you hear what the menu actually consisted of.  Do you have a guess?

For dinner my daughters were served:  a cube of cheese, a cold biscuit and a piece of beef jerky on a corn husk! I wish I had thought to take a picture.

It was a perfect meal and was in complete agreement with what we had studied that very day about what the pilgrims actually ate during the 66 days aboard the Mayflower.  (I just love object lessons to reinforce home school!)
I  had to chuckle.  I am certain, this was not the meal they had in mind!

As we headed to the car, I asked the girls how the dinner on the Mayflower.  They grumbled and said they didn’t get much!  Oh well, they were good sports and I made sure to give them dinner once they got home.  What a memorable adventure!

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A turn at the wheel

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I have always been an aficionado of handmade pottery.  I love watching programs on tv of  beautiful pieces being formed.  I was so thrilled last weekend when I had an opportunity to see the process in person.

Meet my friend Dustin.   He is a very talented potter.

D molding pot

He started his craft in college and is already very skilled.

D's hands

It was so fun to watch a small lump of clay form into a recognizable piece.

D throwing pottery
He does all this amazing work in his garage.  He has even set up a really comfortable area for viewing “live HGTV”.

Travis in the recliner Even my husband enjoyed kicking back to watch the live performance!  That was until Dustin summoned him to the wheel.

T placing clay on the wheelAs you can see, he starts with clean hands a a lump of clay.  I wonder how this first attempt will turn out!

T centering the clayDustin is not only a talented potter, he is also a great teacher.  He is so patient.  He allowed Travis to make this bowl completely on his own.  He coached with words and allowed Travis to be the “potter”.

T forming a bowl

T with muddy hands

T with growing bowl

T formed bowl on the wheel

Yeah!  Look what my husband was able to do.  I can’t wait until it is fired.  Who knows, this might just be my husbands’ new calling in life with a little more practice!

By the way, cuddos to Melissa for all the laundry and stains you have to conquer!  This craft creates a beautiful result, but it sure is messy getting there!

bowlAn example of Dustin’s beautiful work!

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