It is never too late :-)

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I never liked my handwriting but then never put efforts to make it beautiful. Since around a year am teaching kids English in a local poor village and one of the kids who is 8 has such a beautiful handwriting that it inspired me to make mine too beautiful. Just my first day’s practice improved my handwriting on the white board to such an extent that I was really surprised. And so am continuing to improve it.

Here is the video which I found helpful:

Through his channel I came to know that he composes and plays music and does paintings with different mediums…what a store of talent!

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First Play Dough

IMG_5343This is the first time I made the play dough. Going to use it this weekend with the kids. Lets see how it goes.

Recipe:

1/4 cup plain white wheat flour

1/8 cup salt

1 Tbsp yucca/tapioca starch

1 tsp oil

Natural color

Mix all well together slowly with water. Add little by little water to get a dough, knead well, put into zipper bag and freeze until use.

I thought about natural colors and looked around and used things from the garden. So here is how I got these colors. I mixed the below ingredients to the basic recipe to get the colors.

Red/Orange – Achiote seeds from the garden, ground up.Unknown
Green – Hibiscus leaves blended with water and boiled to thicken up.

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Black – AshesUnknown-1
Yellow – turmeric

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5. Blue/Purple – Fresh wild purple/blue flowers ground up with salt. I do not know this plant in my garden but it blooms a lot.

 

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My Dream Project – Library and Learning Centre

Phase 1 :

My Dream Project – Building a library and skill centre in my village 🙂
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Teaching English – Body parts & colors with drawing

I printed some worksheets from https://en.islcollective.com on body parts. Kids had to match the words with the body parts, then color the body, then draw another boy’s body and label the body parts. In this snippet I taught them colors and they had to color the scarecrow. Whenever they picked a crayon they had to tell the name of the color and then paint.
The kids are 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13 years old.

Teaching body parts and colors with drawing
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Teaching body parts

Teaching my English students “Body parts” with drawing, amongst other fun activities.

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BlankSlate Patterns

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If you are a beginner at sewing and have around 2 months of sewing non-stretch fabrics but are afraid of handling knits, here is what you can do like me.

BlankSlatePatterns provides a beginner pattern here: https://blankslatepatterns.com/collections/women/products/blanc-t-shirt

You can download for free if you join their Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlankSlatePatterns

Melissa gives very easy to follow instructions and the group is very helpful where you can ask your questions.

Below are my T-shirts.

First Blanc T Shirt. Organic medium weight rib knit fabric. Ball point needle. Stretch Stitch Bias tape on the neck.
First Blanc T Shirt.
Organic medium weight rib knit fabric.
Ball point needle.
Stretch Stitch
Bias tape on the neck line.
Second Blanc T. Organic light weight rib knit fabric. Twin stretch needle. Adjusted bobbin tension; 1 whole turn anti clock wise and 5.5 upper thread tension; always test stitch for your fabric scrap, it must form a zig zag on the wrong side with the bobbin thread. No bias tape on neck.
Second Blanc T.
Organic light weight rib knit fabric.
twin stretch needle, adjusted bobbin tension(1 whole turn anti clock wise) and 5.5 upper thread tension (always test stitch for your fabric scrap, it must form a zig zag on the wrong side with the bobbin thread).
No bias tape on the neck line.

Learn more about twin needles here: https://oliverands.com/community/blog/2016/02/tips-and-tricks-for-twin-needle-hemming.html

Learn more about thread tension here: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4302/understanding-thread-tension/page/all

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