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Saturday, April 30, 2011

More artsy links!


Made By Nicole
Add a little edge to your wardrobe with these easy to craft punk pins.

Moore (Gourd)Whimsies
Creative Paperclay Design Team!!!  

Beading Arts
Don't miss your chance to win giveaway package #2 from Cherry Tree Beads!  

Chicken Rotini With Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce
An easy healthier meal to throw together on hectic week nights.  

Creative Dreamer
Last week June showed you how to create a woven "gum wrapper" photo frame... this week she's giving it away!  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Celebrate spring by making a pressed flower card.  

Kim- Flowers and Art
Kim makes butterfly wings for a toddler out of fun foam!!  

Laura - Taz's Corner
Laura shares some Free Mother's Day Designs and more.  

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Artsy blogging round-up!


About Family Crafts
Do you want to learn how to make mosaics? Sherri can help!

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi's big Fairyopolis card making post is over on the Crafter's Companion site this week.  

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside we have a Royal wedding post by Natalie from the UK, a fun way to display your mixed-media inspiration elements, a shadow crazy quilt piecing technique and a fun bunny cake decorating idea.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
How the heck do you make holes so you can add some fashionable crochet trim?  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Check out the Mother’s Day Parade of Crafts on The Artful Crafter. You’re sure to find something to make that will put a smile on mom’s face. Kid-friendly projects are indicated by our little Miss SmArty icon.  

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
Book Review: Knits That Fit from Potter Craft  

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What we brought back from Guatemala

Although we spent the majority of our time at the orphanage, we did take an hour or so to go shopping in Santiago Atitlan.  Here are some fabrics that I purchased.  Since I left my clothes at the orphanage when we departed, our suitcase was no heavier than before! 

 Hand Embroidery

 Lightweight scarves

 Heavier shawls

Hand embroidered table runner

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Guatemala - day seven

Friday was our last full day in Guatemala; we've got an early early wake up call for the trip into Guatemala City tomorrow morning and our flights to get home.  After the exhausting day yesterday traveling and visiting the Auto Safari, we were happy that Friday was going to just be hangout time for us.

There were actually quite a number of things that went on that last day.  Deborah and Dave had taken Lucia to Coccia to testify against her father in his trial, Micah had taxied a couple of the kids into Santiago to see the doctor, and everyone was excited about the local wedding that was planned for the evening.  I helped Lizzie prepare lunch, and everyone kind of showed up and ate in shifts as they returned to the home.

I spent most of the afternoon taking pictures of the kids and the grounds.  Many of these children have already been profiled on the orphanage website, so if you are interested in their stories, you can read about them either on their facebook page, or on their website.   I should warn you, though, that many of their stories are not for the faint of heart, and some are extremely disturbing.



Josue, Isaac, and Jacob



Katherine, Rosa, and Mike

Vidalia, Angelito, and Maria

Lizzie and Deborah in the playpen

Mynor in the playpen

Martina and Yelsi

Katherine "working"

Katherine tormenting Cody and Chispa

Nate making plans for world domination

Nate practicing with Mercedes

Late in the afternoon, Dave and some of the kids prepared to attend a wedding in Tzanchaj that they'd been invited to.  The bride was 14, which is a little young for the village, and the groom was between 16 and 18.  The bride wore her traditional corte and embroidered huipil with a short bridal veil.  

Jhostin with a tamale from the wedding

Isai with a tamale

The evening was spent relaxing and watching a movie all together on the television that had finally gotten repaired downtown!  We said goodnight and goodbye to all the kids, and I cried a bit at the thought that it was all over.  Such a fast week.

Nate and Lizzie with Katherine

Deborah and Dave with Davey

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Quote of the week

A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved
from a simpler system that worked just fine.

Image: WikimediaCommons

Monday, April 25, 2011

Guatemala - day six

Thursday was a big adventure day for the orphanage!  Everyone packed up and left to go visit the Auto Safari in Taxisco, Escuintla, Guatemala.  Nate came out to pick us up at 5:30 am for a 6 am departure from the home.  It's really risky to have the home completely deserted for the day since robberies are so common, but Dave asked the nearest neighbor to come over and have a look around if possible.  Sometimes it's just necessary to take the chance.

So, another Mr Toad's wild ride for 2 1/2 hours to get down to the flatlands nearer to the coast.  Dave drove the van with Deborah and most of the kids.  Micah drove the smaller vehicle with Nate up front and Mike, Lizzie, and I in the back, each with a child on our laps.  Seat belts?  Naaahhh.  I tried really hard not to think too much about it.

It is always much hotter in that region, so we were a little concerned about it.  Fortunately for me, the one who burns, there was available shade for most of the day.  We hooked up with Deborah and Lizzie's sister Esther and her family in the parking lot and planned our strategy.  We visited the "safari" part of the park first, followed by lunch, swimming, ice cream, and a boat ride.  The kids were really well-behaved and had a fabulous time.  They loved all the animals and really enjoyed swimming in a big pool with heated water.  And hotter air than they are used to!

 Mynor and Davey

 Eliud, Danny, and Alan

 Katherine and Nate

 Lizzie with Davey, Jacob, and Mynor

 Josue, Jacob, Davey, Mynor, and Levi


 Josue, Isaac, and Jacob

The ride home was not quite as enjoyable as the ride down, and to be honest, that hadn't been very enjoyable.  At the end of the day, everyone was tired, cranky, miserable with the heat, and sore from being knocked around earlier in the cars.  Would we all do it again if we had it to do over?  In a heartbeat!

Thanks heavens there was leftover soup waiting at home for dinner and no one had to cook anything :-)


 Cashew, out of focus! 
The fruit is covered with oil just like poison ivy.  One fruit yields one nut

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