Monday, June 6, 2011

Gifts From My Children

I wanted to post pics of the beautiful gifts my kids made me for Mother's Day this year.  I know.  I'm a little slow and Mother's Day seems like ages ago already, but I've had a rough week and am just now getting around to it.  First, Matthew (11, 5th grade) made me a most beautiful little woven tapestry.  I was very impressed with it because he made it nice and even throughout.  I remember doing these when I was in grade school, and it was difficult to keep the tension right and they would usually cinch in through the middle.  It can happen that way when looming too.  But Matthew did a wonderful job!  I'm going to put it in a frame and hang it for everyone to see.  Thank you, Precious!

Sara (9, 3rd grade) also did some weaving, but it was a little different.  I have never seen this idea before, and I thought it was a great idea.  It made a super gift!  They used cups for weaving.  They cut the cup from top to about 1/2" from the bottom all the way around to make the warp strips.  Then she weaved up the cup and made a terrific little vase that now sits on my table next to my computer.  She even added beads for her bead-addicted mama.  Thank you so much, Punkin!  Here is Sara's vase:

Also, Matthew was sooooo proud of himself for his state report, a very large project, that he wanted me to put it on my blog, too.  Matthew chose the state of Nebraska.  That's where his daddy comes from, and we lived there for a short time too.  Did you know that Kool-Aid was invented in Nebraska?  Did you know that the University of Nebraska leads the nation in the number of All Americans?  (65)  Did you know that there are approximately 40,000 farms in Nebraska?   Holy mackerel!  Anyways, he now knows tons of stuff about Nebraska.  He worked very hard on his project, and he is very proud of his work.  He's got pics of the state flower, tree and bird, a Nebraska football player (his favorite pic), some Kool-Aid, and a map in addition to his facts pages.  There is also a written report that goes with it.  Here's his display...

He's hoping for a great grade.  Matthew has made a deal with his Dad this year.  If he makes Principal's List (all A's or all A's and 1 B) all year, then he will get to buy Gears of War 3 for his X-Box 360 the day it comes out in September instead of having to wait until Christmas.  So far, Matthew has had straight A's all year.  It looks like he will reach his goal as this last quarter he is getting all A's and 1 B.  I'm so proud of him for all his hard work!

Ok, gang.  That's about all I have for today.  I am working hard on some new designs.  I finished a set this morning, but I am going to wait to post it until I have a similar set done with the beads I ordered earlier this week.  It is for my June BJP.  I'm very excited about it, and I think the set turned out beautiful.  It's shades of pink.  Love it!

Hope you are all having a fabulous week.


Beadwright said...

You have such a nice family. Save every moment of it.

Carol said...

Nice gifts. Don't you love the handmade gifts!

My youngest grandson is like Matthew when it comes to an xbox game or time to play it. He can really focus to get what he wants.
Yay Matthew!!

Barbara said...

My "kids" are all in their 40's, except for one late-comer (our only girl) who is now 25. I have their work of art framed and on shelves all over the house. I can promise you they will never stop bringing you warm memories. Little hands weaving or sculpting make one-of-a-kind pieces!

Lynn said...

What a perfect little desk set the kids made for you! I absolutely love homemade gifts!!

Lori said...

AW-- Thats just the cutest..What great gifts.And Great Job Matthew. That is sure to get a great grade!