Sketch Tuesday – Sewing Box

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Make sure to mark your calendars for all of the Sketch Tuesday deadlines that are listed in this entry: Sketch Tuesday – Summer Art 2016.

Current assignment: Sketch something from a sewing box.

Due Date: Monday, June 27, 2016.

All sketchers are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your sketches in jpg format and mail them to: by Monday, June 27, 2016 and I will include them in Tuesday’s slideshow. Complete instructions are found by clicking the Sketch Tuesday tab at

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Music Appreciation Monday – Handel

Music Monday on Harmony Fine Arts Join us every Monday for a new musical selection.

Music Appreciation Monday – George Handel

George Handel: Water Music Suite 1 – Bourree


This composer is featured in the Harmony Fine Arts Mini-Unit: Van Gogh and Handel.

You can purchase this mini-unit in the Harmony Fine Arts store for just $3.25. This pre-planned art and composer study will provide about six week’s worth of activities including viewing art, listening to music, and then following with notebook pages and suggested projects.

Van Gogh and Handel Button

Practical Homeschool Award 2016 Harmony Fine Arts

Harmony Fine Arts products were winners in the Practical Homeschool Awards for the past several years! This award was voted by users as one of the top programs for 2016.

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Harmony Art Mom Creative Month

The summer season has arrived and with it I have found renewed energy for all things creative…mostly creating things and growing things. Creating little spots of beauty with things we already have around the house is something that brings me great satisfaction. My years of accumulating have pretty much ended and now I am on the down-sizing side of my life. Layer by layer I can find homes for the things I have used and treasured over the past few decades. Now, I look forward to a lighter and more mobile and spontaneous lifestyle. We don’t want to spend all of our free time maintaining things around the house. With just two of us, we can’t keep up with all the moving parts of a large household.

It feels like the right thing to be doing, as if we are being drawn to a new life just around the bend. The house seems too big. The yard is a bit too much for us now. Our dreams have started to solidify around a new chapter for our family.

On the other end of the scale….

Pioneer Woman Wedding Shower Gifts

My daughter’s roommate is getting married and just starting out on her life’s journey. It is bittersweet…she’s a lovely girl and perfect roommate so my daughter is sad to see her go but also so very happy that she has found her forever guy. We went in together to get her a wedding gift and we decided a bunch of Pioneer Woman’s kitchen items.  I love every piece Ree Drummond has created and it doesn’t surprise me that she is as popular as ever. I can remember reading her blog way back when and thinking she was amazing. Now, I do so enjoy watching her cooking show on Netflix, following her on Instagram, and using her cookbooks!

May 2016 Misc garden sign cat (26)

Our garden has been my place of refreshment this past month. I decided that gardening develops your patience! I am impatient to see how everything grows now that our watering restrictions are off and I can get my flower and vegetable garden going again.

We had a bit of a spruce up for our front yard sign post…plus the addition of the Guyana arrow. My youngest has been there for about six weeks now and is loving the people and the ministry. I know that he learning a lot about the world but I have to admit I will be glad to have him home in a few weeks. It was fun repainting the sign and I think it looks nice in our little corner of the yard.

Day Lily Collage

We spent an afternoon at our local daylily farm and I was able to pick a new variety to bring home. I chose the one shown in the bottom right corner, named Sunset Fire. I have been especially drawn to all things in shades of orange lately. Funny how my “color” changes and I wear and use that color frequently.

Fence Line Butterfly Garden

Other Creative Things I’ve Been Up To

  • Creating nature journal pages and finished writing my new Learning About Birds ebook for the Handbook of Nature Study
  • Made a few new recipes
  • Created a fence line butterfly garden

Here us a  Youtube selection that I really enjoyed this month.

Think of Me (from Phantom of the Opera)

This is one of my favorite pieces of music from this musical….I find myself humming it quite a bit. If your family has never seen a live production of the Phantom of the Opera, try to make it happen. All of my children loved it as teens!

We are proud to have earned the Reader’s Award with our Harmony Fine Arts art and music appreciation plans. I invite you to take a look at what these simple plans offer for your homeschooling family.

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