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2014 Reader Favourites

2014 reader favouritesHappy New Year! 2014 is over. Can you believe it? It’s always interesting to see which posts were the most popular (had the most page views) over the course of a year. Knowing what you, my readers, love most helps me determine what to give you more of in 2015! I hope this post also helps you catch some posts you may enjoy and missed the first time around! Here are your favourite posts of the year!

2014 Reader Favourites

Number 1: Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume (Part 1-3)

sewing a frozen elsa costume

Collectively, these three posts about the process of making an Elsa costume for my daughter’s dance solo, are the favourite post. There must have been a lot of little Elsas running around this year.

Number 2: Teaching Kids to Knit

teaching kids to knit
I love knitting and thoroughly enjoyed teaching my own kids to knit, starting when they were each about 4 years old. Here you will find some tips for getting your children started.

Number 3: Educational Board Games

educational board games
Board games are a big part of our homeschool and our lives in general. In my opinion, all board games are educational. Here you will find some of our favourites and what your kids can learn from them.

Number 4: Day in the Life Week 2014

day in the life
Here you will find out what a typical day is like in our homeschool, with one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 6 student this year.

Number 5: Not Back to School Day 2014

not back to school day 2014

We love to celebrate the first day of homeschool as a Not Back to School Day with other homeschoolers each year.

Number 6: Culinary Arts in the Homeschool – Cake Decorating

cake decorating
My 10 year old daughter has been heavily into cake decorating this year. I share what she’s been up to and a great resource to help with the culinary arts in your homeschool.

Number 7: Delay Formal Math?

Math
Delaying formal math is a surprising concept for some homeschoolers, but it has worked well for us. We waited until each of our kids were around Gr. 4 until we introduced a formal math curriculum. Read what we did instead and how it worked.

Number 8: Curriculum Week 2014

curriculum week

Every year we share what curricula we are using (or planning to use). Read about our 2014-2015 curriculum plan.

I hope you enjoyed Homeschooling in Nova Scotia in 2014! I’m looking forward to sharing in 2015. Did you have a favourite 2014 post? Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions for you or your homeschool? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 3

Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 3

The last two Fridays, I shared the making of the dance version of a Frozen Elsa costume for my daughter: Fibre Friday – Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 1 and Elsa Costume Part 2. It’s dance competition season and my daughter wore it today for her lyrical dance solo!

I completed the arms from fabric recycled from my daughter’s nightgown. I was worried about working with such sheer fabric as I’m a beginner at sewing. An employee at Fabricville had a great tip for me – sew it with a layer of tissue paper. That worked like a charm and the tissue paper tore away easily afterward. Here is the arm pattern I came up with after measuring my daughter:

Elsa Frozen costume

We also wanted to add some sparkle to the skirt and sleeves. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed helping out with the painting and spray painting!

Here is my daughter modelling the finished outfit in the snow we STILL have on the ground! It was a very sunny day though!

Frozen Elsa costume

Her brother was kind enough to carry her back and forth for the photo shoot (unceremoniously):

Frozen Elsa costume

I went back to the drawing board for the capelet part of the coronation cloak and came up with this very simple template:

Frozen Elsa Costume

I did still double the fabric, sew the two pieces together and turn them out. I put in elastic at the top to create the collar. I LOVE working with this beautiful velveteen – it was a lot easier to work with than the stretchy and sheer fabrics I worked with for the rest of the costume.

Then I hemmed a rectangular piece of fabric and attached it to the underside of the capelet. I shopped around and found these earrings and attached one to the cloak. The jewel may not be blue like Elsa’s, but it sparkles nicely:

Frozen Elsa Costume

And here is the finished cloak! This is my daughter after she competed tonight, earning a High Silver medal:

Frozen Elsa costume

Frozen Elsa costume

For the snowflakes in Elsa’s hair, we bought big snowflake sequins and attached then to hair clips with crazy glue:

Frozen Elsa costume

So that’s it – the Frozen Elsa costume (dance version). My daughter loved it and is looking forward to wearing it at Hal-Con in the fall. I think next up in our sewing adventures will be some non-dance cosplays!

What have you been sewing, knitting, crocheting, or making in your home or homeschool this week? Feel free to share!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Fibre Friday: Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 1

Fibre FridayWelcome to Fibre Friday! It’s dance competition season! I have been busy sewing a costume for my daughter’s Lyrical solo. It’s going to be a dance version of a Frozen Elsa costume. She is a huge fan of Frozen the movie and of the music. She sings the songs all over the house, all the time.

Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume – Part 1

Once we had decided to make her outfit look like Elsa’s, my daughter had some great ideas for things we could recycle and use. She brought out her old ballet costume (which she had worn so much for dance and theatre, that the bottom had started to wear). We started cutting the skirt pieces off:

Frozen Elsa costume

Once removed, we were left with this:

Frozen Elsa costume

And then we cut off the bottom, leaving just the bodice/bustier part. And of course, Elsa’s bustier is very sparkly, so we bought reflective beads to sew on it:

Frozen Elsa costume

We also bought some beautiful, stretchy fabric for Elsa’s skirt. I took my daughter’s measurements and made my own pattern. I am a beginner sewer, so the stretchy fabric was a bit of a challenge, but I made a mock-up skirt out of some spare fabric first, just to make sure I had it right. And here it is:

Frozen Skirt

It looks great on and my daughter loves it. Now I have to finish sewing all the beads on the bodice and I have to attach the skirt to it. We bought some fabric spray paint and still have to spray it on the skirt for some sparkle.

A bodysuit needs to be worn underneath of course, and we were lucky to find this one at Ginger’s for just $10!

Frozen Elsa costume

Elsa also has sheer sleeves, so my daughter pulled out her Cinderella nightgown, with a gauzy overgown that has a big tear in it:

Frozen Elsa costume

We have cut off the gauzy material and will be attaching sleeves to the bodysuit. So, we still have quite a bit of work to do. I will share where we are at with it next week – hopefully it will be done or just need a few finishing touches as the first dance competition is in just a couple of weeks!

Is your child obsessed with Frozen? What have you been sewing, knitting, crocheting, or making in your home or homeschool this week? Feel free to share and link up!

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly