Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Yesterday I prepared enough materials for students to make about 50 tops, and laid out small dowels for them to use to apply paint. My students exhausted my supply and I had to rush between classes to make more. The idea was to make tops as toys for children at the food bank, but with each child making one to keep and then needing gifts for family, most were taken home. What remained are shown in the photo.

The tiny Singer machine is being put to use in the lower elementary school classroom with the students making tiny pillows.

In the meantime, the world is drowning in garbage. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/global-waste/ It is the consequence of a world-wide consumer culture in which we buy meaningless stuff we think we need instead of being able to make what we need for ourselves. In the making of things greater meaning is found.  When we make beautiful, useful and lasting things, we have a better understanding of the value of the materials and effort required. We then make things to last and for which we take care and find lasting meaning and value.

Make, fix, and create...

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