March 2, 2009
Kathie and I have decided that in order to work peacefully and presently with the kids each Monday afternoon we need to set some intentions around how we want it to go. When we do, we find the whole afternoon to feel easier on us and more satisfying for the kids. When we don’t, things can run a little errant to say the least – what with 8 kids making for two hours after an already full day of school. To take those intentions up a notch, we are going to share our intentions here with all of you each week – as a way of sort of putting it out there to the universe. So, with that said, for today’s class…we intend to stay present with the class and keep a pace that feels productive and connected by tuning into the needs of each kid and pausing and slowing down when necessary.
In class today we’re making water bottle holders with the kids. In addition to utilizing our now standard thrift store bed sheets, we rounded up some upholstery cut-offs from our local upholsterer, John’s Upholstery. Thanks John!! We called him up this morning and he loaded us up this afternoon with pieces too small for his needs but perfect for ours. We’ll also be using bird seed bag liners to keep the water from wicking through the fabric.
In our craft blog searching, we came across this other really cleverly upcycled water bottle sling made from old wide ties. (See, I say “other cleverly upcycled” implying that yes, ours is also cleverly upcycled.) We’ll have pictures up soon of our own version. In the meantime, check out this comfortable and ingenious necktie pouch and easy to follow tutorial by Betz White.