This week’s Sketch Tuesday assignment – to draw something orange. Like Mr Crabby, the bath toy:

orange - v

Or a Lynx bottle (yes, there is a teenage boy in the household ;-)) and a Vitamin C container:

orange - r

And to update those that asked, Gman is getting on fine at school so far…he’s especially enjoying Geography, Maths and PE lessons :-)

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This week’s Sketch Tuesday assignment was to draw something with batteries. Having been woken in the night by the smoke alarm battery-low warning beep, this seemed the obvious choice for me:

batteries - v

Waif likes drawing things with lots of buttons so he went with a remote control:

batteries - r

Observant readers might notice that there is no sketch from Gman this week. That’s because of this:


Yep, after six years of home education, Gman has chosen to return to school. Six years ago, I thought that taking Gman out of school was one of the most terrifying things I had ever done. Six years later, I feel as though sending him back to school is one of the most terrifying things I have ever done! It’s funny how things go. For the last week, I have had a David Bowie earworm: ch-ch-ch-changes. I think it’s only fair to inflict it on share it with you:

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Kitchen Drawers

This week’s Sketch Tuesday assignment: to sketch something from a kitchen drawer.

Waif drew a corkscrew:

kitchen drawer- r

Gman drew a cheese knife:

kitchen drawer- g

And I went with a pizza wheel:

kitchen drawer- v

Hmmm. This selection doesn’t give the best impression of the family diet. Pizza and wine, anyone?

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Hooray! Sketch Tuesday is back! The first assignment for this academic year is to sketch something with whiskers. When I opened my sketchbook I was shocked to see that my last sketch was in March this year. Can it really be six months since I did some drawing? How on earth did that happen?! Anyway, considering my lack of recent practice, I wasn’t displeased with my common seal:

whiskers - v

Waif had fun drawing a variety of whiskered creatures:

whiskers - r

And Gman drew a slightly terrifying looking wood mouse:

whiskers - g

I think as autumn draws in, we’ll be spending more time around the table together sketching. I hope so, anyway.

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Who’da thunk it?

cucumber cake

This, dear readers, is a cake. Made with cucumber. Yes, cucumber! And it was really rather tasty, with a texture something like a steamed pudding. Yum yum.

Having been given several home grown cucumbers by various friends and family members, I started looking for new and interesting ways to eat them. I ended up at, which is a website dedicated to cake and dessert recipes including vegetables. There were a few cucumber recipes to choose from, but we decided to go with the Cucumber and Lemon Cake with Elderflower Icing. My version is considerably less green than the picture on the website because the skins on my home grown English cucumbers were super prickly so I peeled them. If (like us) you are adapting the recipe to use gluten free flour, then be sure to add a couple of tablespoons of milk or non-dairy milk to the recipe, which you can find here:

I’m looking forward to trying out more vegetable-containing cakes and puds :-)

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Hexagon Progress

It’s been a while since I managed to get a photo of my hexagon quilt in progress. Today being a sunny day, I thought I would peg it out on the washing line and take a few snaps. It’s getting biiiiig!! The squaring off is going to plan too, so hopefully the finished product will be a more practical shape for a bed.

hexagons july 2014
hexagons detail july 2014
corner of hexagons july 2014

I wonder how many more months (years) before I get this top finished? And then I will *only* have to quilt and bind it. A labour of love for sure but I’m not in any hurry :-)

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Ever since I read Barbara Kingsolver’s great novel “Lacuna” last year, I have been fascinated with Frida Kahlo. So when I saw instructions on how to draw her over at Art Projects for Kids, I thought I would give it a go for today’s index card, using Sharpies rather than oil pastels. I think my version is maybe a little too pretty-pretty for the real Frida though!

icad #36 - v

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Stars and Cards and Science

I made a couple more star blocks. I don’t feel inspired enough by them to make a whole quilt, so I have decided to make a table runner. Here they are sewn together ready to quilt (with apologies for the wonky photo!):

stars sewn together

Now all I have to do is decide how to quilt them…

Meanwhile, we have continued with the ICAD challenge though I haven’t exactly been brimming over with ideas!

icad #34 - vicad #35 - v

The boys are showing signs of being chemistry crazy with their latest cards:

icad #25 - gicad #29 - g

Waif has been especially getting in to his study of the elements, and has produced a fabulous lapbook to display what he has learned:

Inside elements lapbook

I am heartened that the boys are enjoying learning about science as I think I was totally put off it by the way we studied it at school and have only started to take an interest again in recent years. There’s so much to learn, and so many amazing websites, videos and (shock! horror!) even BOOKS to help us do it :-)

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Loads of Index Cards!

I’ve got a bit behind posting about the ICAD Challenge, but I have been continuing with it! Most of my cards have consisted of either collages or doodley types of things. Here’s some collaged cards:

icad #31 - vicad #28 - v
icad #29 - v

(the quotes are from the tags on my herbal teabags – I knew I would find a use for them someday :-) )

And here’s some doodley ones:

icad #26 - v
icad #27 - v
icad #33 - v
icad #32 - v

Hmm…I think I am getting a ‘thing’ for circles!

The challenge continues, and I am enjoying my short bursts of creativity.

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The Wisdom of Children

After Gman’s surprising ICAD, here is nine-year-old Waif’s nugget of wisdom (although he may have been aiming for something more spooky than wise ;-))

icad #26 - r

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