with light and love

September may mean fall in some areas, but us Labor Day weekend means the Decatur Book Festival.  We were lucky to be near the gazebo when the hard rain shower came.  Our fairy friend joined us!


Michaelmas at WSA was a sunny, beautiful day!

ivie at michaelmas

We had a bus full of hot, sweaty kids after our field trip to Etowah Mounds.

etowah ivie

So now at mid-October we are wearing long sleeves, but have them pushed up for a zoo visit.

ivie at zoo

This year was the third for our class at the sweet potato harvest for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  This year they dug 880 pounds of sweet potatoes and picked 4 bushels of black-eyed peas!

c ivie

Painting the base coat on a paper mache pumpkin.  The teaser photo on pinterest looked so neat.   I just used our glue/water mix for the paper mache and we didn’t get on nearly as many layers as recommended in the tutorial.


I have been wanting to make Catrina dolls for DOTD, but couldn’t find a tutorial that worked for me.  So I just made it up!    I used sculpey for the heads and stuck in the pipe cleaner before baking.


I considered trying to paint they eyes and mouth, but the markers were so easy!


Long pieces of tissue paper layered and folded accordion style make a nice dress and hat.


The black lace made a neat shawl and covered the torsos.  At first I thought I’d need mod podge to make the skirts stiff enough to stand, but they do ok without it.


The pumpkin carving party!


My little mouse.

ivie and ghery

She got to keep 10 pieces of candy from her trick-or-treat bag.  The Switch Witch brought a couple of books, a dvd, a skull necklace, but managed to make the jack-o-lantern clown.  I’d been eyeing it after seeing it on pinterest.

switch witch 2013 -

We had two neat violin events this fall.  We have been going to Los Bravos since Ivie was a tot and have gotten to know the mariachi band a bit.  When they were without a violin because a band member was stuck in traffic, Ivie pitched in to help.  Their full size violin seemed so huge to her!

ivie mariachi

Ivie’s violin teacher has been encouraging us to have an End Of Book 1 recital for family/friends.  So when First E announced they were having a DOTD reception after the Oct 27 service, I thought what a great opportunity to have her play the some book 1 songs with a piano, food and a receptive audience already in place.  Having Ben accompany on the piano was such an amazing treat!

ben and ivie

© RW 2013


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