Thursday, February 25, 2010

Homeschool hats and cinnamon rolls

Yesterday we spent the day making a bowl out of scraps of fabric. Like paper mache you dip the fabric into glue paste stuff and put it on a bowl covered in plastic wrap. This was part of our very serious study of Africa and basket making, as well as a discussion of recycling and using everyday things in different ways.

Today, when the "basket" was dry, Isa was very proud of it and proceeded to immediately stick it on her head as a hat. "It is a basket, like in Africa", I state. "No", Isa answered, "it is my hat. It is my baking hat, I want to make cinnamon rolls."
"What? There are no cinnamon rolls in Africa! Let's make couscous", I reply. No she wants to be a baker not a cook and a baker cooks cinnamon rolls. I finally gave in by telling her "Well I am not going to help except to read you the directions. I will not knead or roll. This is your project."

Well here are the finished rolls that Isa made all by herself in her baker's hat. I really did nothing except to help her read the directions, oh and eat a few rolls!

Not bad for a school day.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

school parking lot

This is a picture of the Unalakleet school parking lot.

Here you get a great view of the vehicles in the town, snowmachines, four wheelers, and one bicycle leaning against the school. No cars.....

Well there are cars in town but not many. I am used to it now and think nothing of it when I walk down the street and see all of these vehicles zooming up and down the street.

The only thing that is missing from this picture is a dog team.
I will see if I can get that photo for next posting!

Monday, February 8, 2010

caribou hair and beading

I had an interesting weekend. I took an accredited class from the university of Fairbanks on caribou hair dyeing, caribou tufting, and beading.
Yes this was for a college credit.

Here is a picture of the dyed caribou hair and moose hide.

After we picked out our colors and cut out a pattern you start working on your project, I chose a barrette.

Here is my barrette with the tufted caribou hair on it and moose hair around the outside. I am just getting ready to start beading.

After beading we put porcupine quills on our work. Our teacher, an Athabaskan artist, provided us with the quills.
Here are our quills soaking in the water.

Here is my finished earings and the barrette. Not too bad!

Friday, February 5, 2010


Today's Current Temp: -26 F clear Wind: 5 mph ESE  Windchill: -40 F