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Felted Soap Makes A Splash with Local Students

It’s become a tradition for my daughter and I to attend “Colonial Days” at one of the local schools.  Every November we dig out my old Silver Dollar City dresses and pack up the spinning wheels, looms, and fiber to demonstrate some Old World skills in spinning, weaving, knitting, and the like.

This year, we wanted to share a hands-on project with the children – but it had to be kid-friendly for ages 3 to 10.  Kendra came up with the idea for Felted Soap, which she enjoyed at a craft fair not too long ago.  We gathered a few supplies (100 bars of soap and a whole lot of llama roving) and got set up.

Colonial Day Costumes(Both of these were my work dresses when I was 16 years old.  Yes, my daughter can wear it )
Colonial Day Costumes
(Both of these were my work dresses when I was 16 years old. Yes, my daughter can wear it )
Kendra prepares the work area
Kendra sets up with buckets of water, soap, and wool.

The children were thrilled to get their hands some fluff and start wrapping their soap bars.  Then they put them inside a piece of nylon stocking and added some old-fashioned elbow grease.

Agitating Fibers
Agitating the fibers to fuse, or felt, them together to encase the soap.

After several minutes of rub-a-dub-dub, we’re ready for the Big Reveal!  What will be inside this old hose?

The Big Reveal
Squeezing out excess water and peeling away the stocking reveals the magic.

And now we have our own exfoliating bars of soap that won’t leave a slippery mess in the shower!

Finished Felted Soap
Completed Felted Soap with Kool-Aid-Dyed wool

This is a terrific activity to do with your own kids at home, or your local homeschool or after school group!

If you’d like to try your hand at some felted soap, check out this video for complete instructions:

Friday Flash – “Autumn Return”

Welcome to this week’s Friday Flash Fiction

- photo inspiration provided by Madison Woods (thanks!)

Autumn Return

The boy and girl linked arms around the massive trunk of the oak. A bronzed September day filtered through the leaves and cast sighing shadow patterns on their arms, stretched to their limit.

“I see Mama’s initials carved, right by Dad’s,” said the boy.

The girl leaned her head back until she spied the scarred bark.  “Do you think they remember being here?”  She resisted the urge to let go of the boy’s hand to trace the “A” and “M”.

“It doesn’t matter,” he said.  “We’re here for them now, and we will remember.”

They pressed their arms harder against the familiar wood, rivulets reddening the tender forearms.  They hugged the tree, and so each other.

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In other news, this week was full of highs and lows, sun and shadows.  I think the Fall Equinox may have played a part in that, but I’m grateful that I was able to get a lot of work done, and spend some perfect moments with the family.

We put the good-weather days to best use by biking on the local trails, and trying some more geocaching.  Rainy days caught me up on writing, schooling, and backlogged mystery show recordings. (Midsomer Murders, how I love thee…)

Super-exciting was my curriculum review of Math-U-See being accepted and posted on Homeschool.org – with its own page, no less!

I want to share some of the genius I stumbled over this week, so here we go…

Worth the Click

- a mash-up of the week’s noteworthy sites

Blackberry Lane Farms -The absolute cutest collection of Persian kittens anywhere!  (I should know – they’re my mom’s)

The Bookaholic – a fun and informative blog with great book info and commentary.

Eileen Granfors - the Word Nerd pieces are great!

The Homeschool Truth – a humorous and well-written article from a homeschooling expert – a freshman!

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Friday Flash – “Crossing”

Today is the anniversary of the Mayflower setting sail from England for the New World.  This haunting picture got my historical flash fiction wheels turning…

Mayflower II masts in the fog
Mayflower masts in the fog

Just a boy, out for adventure and a new life. Crossing the sea, what could go wrong?  Rats and moldy hardtack and brackish water didn’t phase him.  The unwashed and unkind couldn’t crush his dream of freedom.

  It had only been a little thing.  A fresh orange, the drops still fresh on his lips.  Now the ropes bit into his wrists, his skull drummed a rhythm against the mast in a syncopation with the waves.

 He wedged his foot against the crow’s nest and stared into the grey void of his future.

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In other news, this week has been a marathon of work!  I cranked out several pages for a literature unit on Crystal Brave, taught a fantastic group of new knitters at Yarn Diva, jumped into Geocaching, and waded deeper into social media as a business tool (thanks Kristen!).

Super-exciting was finding that I’d been mentioned in VampLit Twitter Daily’s Thursday, Sep. 15 issue for my flash fiction blog post from last Friday.

I want to share some of the genius I stumbled over this week, so here we go…

Worth the Click - a mash-up of the week’s noteworthy sites

Rebel Chick’s Journey – She’s made a decision to be happy, and movin’ on!

Writers In The Storm – Great observation on the pressure of social media

The Bloggess – Fall-down funny (language alert for some posts)