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Lily’s Beauty and the Beast Birthday

What a sweet present Lily was nine years ago. She wanted a dress like Belle’s for her birthday. Nan and Susie found some satin at Creative Junk for $2 and Nan made it into a costume. She had a Belle birthday cake that Susie made, they watched the movie of Beauty and the Beast and she built up her Belle’s castle lego set gift.

Susie made Lily a Belle colouring book
Susie made Lily a Belle colouring book
Lily and her Beast Matthew with the new lego.
Lily and her Beast Matthew with the new lego.
The new dress-up outfit
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Seed Planters

These are my seed planters for 2016. They planted zucchini, cabbage, onion, leek and cucumber seeds in trays and other containers ready for a new growing season. Thanks people! It feels great to have these things planted and in the greenhouse.

The Seed Planters
The Seed Planters – Nan, Lily, Jon, Joey and Josh


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Tim helped Susanna identify and cut some willow down in the riverbed to do basketmaking. Then the basketmaking began. It was harder and more frustrating than the book suggested. It took a strong hand to get the weave tight. I told Susanna that one probably would need to practice it for quite some time if one was to make a basket like those in the book.

The Collected Willow
The Collected Willow With a Smiling Basketmaker
The Base
The Base of the Basket – the look says it all.
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First Go With Sewing Machine

Lily has been looking forward to using the sewing machine and I said I would teach her after the baby was born. Today was the day. Since it is hard for me to get off the feeding sofa, Susanna helped with demonstrating the set up and the parts. Susanna drew some straight and curved lines on a plain piece of fabric and Lily sewed over them. Lily was very pleased. She learnt how to thread the top of the machine and how to turn corners when sewing. P1010554