Cats, Mice & Cookies – Valentine’s is here again…!

Valentine's Cookie Making - Handwork Homeschool

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First of all,

let me assure you that this photo was not staged….

these little girls each happened to dress in their best “pink” clothes (without telling the other), the cookies just happened to be pink (mostly heart-shaped), we have a LOT of pink stuff in our house & well, I just “happened” to take a quick shot whilst they were deep in cookie-making concentration mode!!!

There was a time when people used to call me a small town Martha Stewart – a looong time ago in a land far away.

Around these parts, that title means pretty much little or nothing because believe it or not… Continue reading

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A fresh wind is blowing – Brighit has arrived!

Tending Brigid's Flame - Handwork Homeschool

 

A few days ago, we celebrated IMBOLC or Brighit’s day.

It’s an important day in our household not just because my daughter is named after her but also because it marks the first day of MY new year.  Unlike most others, I start my year on February 1st.  There are many reasons for this personal choice but the main one is Continue reading

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Imbolc – Brighit – Candlemas – St. Brigid’s Day

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February 1st or February 2nd ??

It’s hard to pin down exactly when we are supposed to celebrate this mid-winter festival which revolves around this fascinating woman.   Who was she really & why is she worthy of being remembered for over a thousand years ?  Continue reading

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New Year, New Inspirations & New Connections – 2018

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Happy 2018 !

The new year has come & with it that feeling of ….

“I want to do things differently this year !”

It’s easy to find yourself looking here, there & everywhere for inspiration & that absolutely perfect way to Continue reading

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{A Manifesto} and a NEW Training Workshop … both about The MAKING Life

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Hi~

Over the last few months, I’ve realized that it’s high time I start touching upon some important topics beyond handwork & homeschool lessons. Of course, they are still central to everything I do in my life & my work but there is SO much more going on behind the scenes which I hardly ever mention!

Every time I sit down to write to you, I seem to be talking about making something.

The thing is….I’m just wired to be creative and coming to terms with this has taken me decades ! As I’m sure you know, doing things in your own way feels exciting & fulfilling but it can also make it challenging when others around you aren’t quite as adventurous!

This past year, I’ve been working with an amazing coach & part of the work I have done with her has revolved around me making the time to look at what I stand for & discovering my life’s mission.

The response didn’t surprise me much – I’m here to  Continue reading

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{How-To} Fleece Transparency – Painting with Wool & Light !

Do you remember the first time you saw coloured fleece ?

What IS that ?  Then you reached out & stroked it (everybody does)…

You wondered, “what do I do with it”?  The answer to that question depends on where you were when you discovered this natural wonder

Fleece Transparency How To = Handwork Homeschool

If you were with spinners, they told you to spin it, felters would say it’s for felting & little children say it’s for amazing, cuddly playing !

No matter where you were or who you were with then, if you love colour & texture, this simple & beautiful project is for you, now!

What is a Fleece Transparency —  it’s fluffy, vibrant yumminess, if you ask me!

It’s like painting without paints – & the best part?

Anyone can do it !

yes, even little ones…

If you’d like to find out exactly HOW my babes & I made gorgeous fleece transparencies in a detailed tutorial (complete with many close up photos, step-by-step instructions & a material list).

You can find it in the Handwork Homeschool Resource Library.

To get your Library PASS – click HERE.

You’ll also find many other videos, patterns & tutorials in the Library
– & they’re all FREE!

Make Stuff ♥ Be Happy !

Handwork Homeschool - Elizabeth des Roches

PS…

A Fleece Transparency  (or 2) would look really great on your NATURE Table
if you’d like to add a swish to your fall table & get your kids really engaged with it –

go HERE

Autumn Nature Table - Handwork Homeschool

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Baked Mohair ?!? Gorgeous !!

How to dye Mohair Yarn - Handwork Homeschool

I love fibre – real, natural, straight from the animal fibre (although I’ve been known to fall for some soy or milk yarn on the odd occasion…).

So visiting our local mohair farm (really, they’re angora goats) is always a treat.  The kids & I pop in from time to time to visit the animals (all 77 have a name) & the kind owner, Lydie, who treats each goat like one of her children.

I think yarn feels completely different once you’ve met those who “grew” it!

Knowing that it was kissed & stroked along the way makes it even more special!

Mohair Goat - Handwork Homeschool - How to Dye yarn with koolaid

Learn exactly HOW  I dyed this mohair yarn in a detailed tutorial (complete with many close up photos, step-by-step instructions & a material list).

You can find it in the Handwork Homeschool Resource Library.

To get your Access PASS – click HERE.

You’ll also find many other videos, patterns & tutorials in the Library – & they’re FREE!

Make Stuff ♥ Be Happy !

Handwork Homeschool - Elizabeth des Roches

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