Archive for August, 2007

How to make a T-Shirt Dress

Remember your supply list? You’ll need a t-shirt, an desired embellishments, and enough fabric for a skirt. I used about a yard in this child’s dress. You want a loose, flowing skirt, so if in doubt, just check a pattern to find out about how much you need.
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The first thing you need to do is hem the skirt fabric. I just turned mine up to the inside twice, and stitched it in place. Then, join the fabric in a circle. Finally, mark the quarter and halfway points of your fabric circle, and baste it loosely. Gather this edge.

At this point, you may have to trim your tee to make sure you end up with the length you want. I cut this shirt off just a bit under the arms. With right sides together, join the shirt and the skirt, like so:
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You can see the skirt coming out of the neck of the shirt.

And finally, enjoy!
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Baby Got Back

So, last night, I actually sat in front of the tv watching Star Trek TNG, and I knit. I finished the back of Sonnet and began to do the area under the arm. And once again, as I finished the ball, I wondered if I will have enough to finish the sweater. Am I the only knitter who’s ever thought home insurance ought to include some provision for running out of yarn before you get the sleeves finished? Sigh.

Lacking home contents insurance with that provision though, I will just press on, and hope for the best. And also that short sleeves will look okay on this sweater. I’m on the 6th ball now, and it’s looking doubtful that I will have more than one ball left for each sleeve. That’s the downfall of using a multi-gauge pattern I guess: there’s just no way to be sure except to knit it. But the next time I get a contents insurance quote, I’ll ask. In the meantime, if you have some red svale dye lot 6504 in your stash, can you leave me a comment?

Copywork Dictation Penmanship

This should have been the first of my many subject posts. Some are no doubt more interesting and useful than others, but I’m hopeful that as a whole, they are beneficial. For purposes of our discussion, I am going to referring to our weeks by the day, but bear in mind, our Monday will usually not fall on a calendar Monday.

Copywork, dictation and penmanship serve different, but related purposes. Copywork exposes the student to well-written literature, dictation trains him in paying attention, and penmanship teaches him to write legibly. This skill set will make any compositions the student is required to do less painful for both of you.

On Monday, the students using LLATL will copy the passage for the week, and the other two will work on a few capital letters. On Fridays, it will be dictation, and the corresponding lowercase letters.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be “the rules”. We’ve been having quit a bit of bickering and general unpleasantness lately, so I thought this would be a good time to review the 21 Rules of This House. Of course, we’ll take a few minutes to discuss is as well as copy it. I need to make a sheet with all of them on it, and slip them into a plastic sleeve.

History and Biography

I have children all over the map (hahahahaha) in History, just like the other subjects. Batman and Spidey will be listening to Usbourne, Stuntman and Diva will be reading from Island and Hakim. Diva will be reading Washington this term, but not this period. She’ll also read Poor Richard.

I love History. So do my kids. At least I think they do. I’m quite sure of it because I’ve never listened to them say otherwise 😉

umm, ya’ll??

I upgraded my blog and I have a little question. I know about as much about what a blog looks like on the inside as I do about Arizona real estate, which is to say, not a lot. I’ve pretty much decided that it’s like sausage: if you enjoy it, you shouldn’t know too much about how it’s made, see. Anyway!

My categories, on my posting screen now have some code around them. It’s the enp_cat_start and enp_cat_end, AND it’s surrounded by the code that you normally put in the template to tell wordpress not to render something. Now, as you can see, it’s quite a bit of stuff, and so I have to scroll around the little box to see which one to pick. Any ideas how to fix that? And it’s only on some of my blogs, not all of them.


As I surfed my way around the internet today, I saw a wide variety of things, including a home based business opportunity that I might have been interested in. Except that they wouldn’t allow me to see what they were talking about without signing up. Tsk, tsk, guys. This is not the way to win friends and influence Cass. If you want me to buy it, at however large a discount, you have to show it to me first.

Psst, Ang!

Look at this one! (Ya’ll scuse me, I need to book a hotel, ok?) I just priced a room here at the Imperial Palace Las Vegas, and it was less than $1000 for four people for our dates. I’m not sure how close it is to the convention center, but it might be worth checking out. Let me know what you think.

And also–>> Legends in Concert. Must go.

Artistic Endeavors

Our Artist this term is Leonardo DaVinci. Ordinarily, I would arrange art projects separately, but the DaVinci book I threw in my cart on a whim actually has related art projects in it. How cool is that??? I’ll be sure to look for one of these each term now. I’ve got Artist Study slated for Mondays.

We’ll read Katie the first week, and then start Leonardo at 7ish pages per week. I’d like to do at least 6 and preferably more art projects per term, depending on complexity. I’ll shoot for Artist Study once per week, for about an 1/2 an hour. The movie has some bonus material in it that I’d like us to see, so I will count on it taking 2-3 hours to watch both. I’m not sure when we’ll do it yet, but probably not in the first three weeks. Well do at least one art project on our specials days, so the children don’t feel rushed. Because if we do it on a normal day, they will. Because I will rush them. See, I’m learning, too. Instead of picking projects for them in advance, I’ll just mention the projects as we go, and get the materials for the ones the kids get excited about.

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