Make a booklet of nature drawings

vintage booklet for nature drawings


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Oak tag is basically file folder manilla cardstock thickness.

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Vintage Hack for Daisy Sketching

Should you be trying to sketch a flower you’ve plucked and brought home, but it won’t stay straight, use pipe cleaners and create this hack:

vintage hack for keeping limp flower straight

You could use it for fistfulls of dandelions, too, I suppose.

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Handiwork Plan for Shop Classes

handiwork for boys


You would not do all of these things today, probably, but it’s a useful jumping off place.

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Puss ‘n Boots Colouring Page

puss n boots colouring page

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Design Elements: Parallel Lines and Space

This page is a continuation of a lesson on elements of design. One of the preveious lessons pointed out how appealing parallel lines are, and how often we see them in nature. Examples given included the rings of an onion, around a turtle’s shell, tree rings, and the ripple marks of the waves on a sandy beach.


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The author of the Tightwad Gazette books talks about this, too (she’s a graphic artist).  She applied the same principle to the special events in life- they are more easily appreciated if they are properly framed by space.  You can focus on them, give them the attention they deserve, and really experience them and appreciate them as they should be appreciated.  When every week you get to go to the movies it becomes an entitlement rather than a privilege.

I would say the same principle of space applies to the space children need in their lives to think about the books they are reading (assuming a Charlotte Mason education, so they are reading books worth thinking about), to process events and ideas, and to make connections.

Instead, we try to fill every waking minute for them, signing them up for lessons, tutoring, sports, play dates, museum trips, filling their rooms with electronic toys that do half the creative play for them (or all of it), and more.

What they need is space between the lines.  That space is at least of equal value, if not more.


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Vintage Reading Game

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I think a child would get the most out of this is by helping to make one himself, and then making more for a friend or younger sibling.

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Life History of the Muskrat


Muskrat colouring page

muskrat commentary


Read more about muskrats here.

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Drawing Practice

vintage drawing practice Henry Bailey


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Why should you draw?

You see things you never noticed before- and this happens even if your drawing is totally unrecognizable to anybody, including you in two weeks. Plus more!

  1. It can actually add synapses to your neurotransmitters  This means that memories and experiences stored in your brain can become stronger, more vivid, and easier to access.

It also helps your memory improve.  And more!

Even if your drawing is complete drek, it is the act of looking, and then attempting to reproduce.  It’s the act of remembering, and then attempting to reproduce.  It’s the act of imagining, and then trying to reproduce. Draw!

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Pattern for cutting letters for bulletin boards

alphabet cutting pattern

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Massive batch of pumpkin bread/ muffins





The two bowls in the background are at least 32 cup sized. I have no idea how bit my huge metal bowl is, but it’s massive.


Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour your muffin tins, mini-loaf tins, soup-cans, whatever you’re using.

In one very massive bowl (or cooking pan, or a well cleaned ice chest), combine:

16 cups freshly ground pastry flour

4-5 cups of almonds that have been run through the food processor until just little nubbins

5 Tablespoons and 1 teaspoon baking powder

1 Tablespoon and 1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

4 tablespoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice (or other spices, to taste)

In a separate bowl, combine:

2 2/3 cup of honey

4 cups of packed brown sugar OR sucanat OR raw sugar

8 cups of pumpkin purree (I used four cans)

2 cups melted butter

16 slightly beaten eggs

4 cups buttermilk

Mix up the wet ingredients.  Pour them into the dry ingredients and stir, scraping the bottom and sides, but you are not trying for a smooth dough. Lumps are good.

Spoon by quarter cup into muffin tins and other pans.

Bake for 20-25 minutes for muffins, 45 minutes for mini loaves.

You can add raisins and/or chocolate chips to the batter when you stir in the moist ingredients.

I made 112 muffins, six miIMG_20150713_215340514ni loaves, and about a dozen other odd-ball items- I have really tiny pan from my husband’s great-grandmother, and shaped muffin tins from my mother, and I used all of those for the last batch.  Possibly it was enough for about half a dozen regular sized muffins.


There were also a few strays that had to be used for taste testing.IMG_20150713_215333394_HDR

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