From Houzz: 10 ways to organize your books

14 Feb

 

Elfcroft survey:  What I found….

  1. Classics/Contemporary           NO
  2. Read/Unread                             Only digital books
  3. Genre or Niche

    Miscellaneous

  4. Series or Edition

    My first series

  5. A to Z or Z to A                         NO
  6. By Size

    Coffee Table books:  bottom shelf

  7. By Topic

    One of many:  I Ching research

  8. Hard Cover/Paperback           NO
  9. Outward Facing                         NO
  10. Mood or Setting

    Hour for hour, most of my reading of digital books is in-flight

    Wow!  Choosing just one of the 10 suggestions made by Laura Gaskill would be TOO limiting.  Thank you Laura!

    Check out using library style carts (post dated Dec 3, 2018 “Coincidence? Mini Libraries”)

Joy=February Garden Planning

8 Feb

149th Year:  R. H. Shumway Seedsman

https://www.rhshumway.com

What may be better than Valentines Day?  Receiving the BIG, beautiful RHShumway seed catalog in February when the outside temperature is 20 degrees F.

I normally buy local herb/tomato/vegetable nursery plants in May.  This year, as well as plants I am ordering seed.  Three categories of plants have my attention.

  1. Gourds and Luffa Sponge:  future crafty bird houses, dippers and sponges
  2. Persimmon root-stock:  Regional fruit
  3. Annual flowers:  Zinnias, Snapdragon, Bells of Ireland, Cockscomb

Expect future posts on my garden expansion project.

 

From Houzz: Inspiring spaces for crafting

31 Jan

 

Outstanding examples of lovely work spaces!

I especially like the weaving room.  It is so important to have a way to showcase projects.

At home with Elfcroft, I sew solo.  My sewing room also accomodates knitting, needlepoint and legacy projects that may not make the finish line…

Book Review: Aerial Geology

23 Jan

 

I believe this would qualify as a textbook, however it is so beautiful it would also make a great coffee table book.  The content is North America specific.  (Aerial Geology pairs nicely with Tim Marshall’s Prisoners of Geography.)

The photos and narrative reveal what we take for granted in the world.  The earth is best revealed to us in the “birds eye view” from a plane or on foot in our National Parks. (My favorite hiking story is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson on the Appalachian Trail)

100 significant geological sites are expertly described going counterclockwise from Alaska to Maine.  The header on this webpage would pair up with Site 85 for the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The images below are either crinoids or brachiopods dating back 500 million years (The header photo was taken from an overlook made from this rock.)

Globe Trotting

16 Jan

Since 2014, I have made a list of countries travelled to by friends and family.  In five years the list is:

Thailand, Ecuador, Peru, Sweden

Germany, Australia, Canada

China, Japan, Mexico

Scotland, Iceland, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Spain, England, France, Holland, Italy

Switzerland, Israel, Argentina

Jamaica, Haiti

My interest in world travel started early.  My grandmother brought dolls in native dress home as gifts for my sisters and me.  (Perhaps that is another post.)

From an early Elfcroft post (and a suggestion for my globe trotting friends):

What happens when you rummage through Grandmother’s end table?  The risk is discovery of something that needs to be dealt with, such as hundreds of postcards sent and received over three decades (1964-1994) of world travels with teacher groups.  The first sort was to separate sent from received.  Then, thanks to Mom saving itineraries, the post cards are arranged by trip, in chronological order.  I used three binders, two for Mam-ma’s travels and one for friends and family.

Mam-ma’s world travel

I chose binder pages so the cards could be viewed from both sides without removing from the sleeve.  The text, date and postage from country of origin are easily observed.  Post cards from Iceland are featured in the photo below.

Why use a camera? Buy post cards.

Having reference maps was essential to understanding the many regions Mam-ma travelled.  Originally, I was going to remove the pages from atlases purchased at Half Price Books, however many times I wanted to use both sides of the pages in different section of the binder.  Solution:  I made color copies from the atlases.

Maps provide context

Itineraries as table of contents

Mom saved all Mam-ma’s itineraries typed in the format shown above.  This was very helpful with sorting.  World travel of our grandmother’s life time ready to share with inquiring minds.

365 Days

31 Dec

Woo!Hoo!  I completed my 2018 New Year’s Resolution (that I never considered until last year)…to read the entire Bible.

Late last year Doreen Virtue introduced on Instagram two One Year Bibles formatted Chronologically as well as one with Old and New Testament, plus Psalm and Proverb selection for each day of the year.  Doreen posts a 30 minute video on Instagram daily for the respective readings.  Video archives are loaded on VIMEO.  I find Doreen’s knowledge of New Age teaching helpful, clarifying subjects which are confounded with study of the Bible.  She is a joyful researcher.

With hindsight:

I preferred the Original One Year Bible in the first half of the year.  It helped me get thru the Old Testament with the variety of additional readings.

I preferred the Chronological One Year Bible in the second half of the year.  I found the Gospels compelling having multiple narratives on the same time line.

With this experience…now what do I do?  My inspiration comes from How to Master the English Bible by James M. Gray promoted by S Boutwell.  The last five pages are gems of advice.  Read the books of the Bible as books!  Multiple times…as many as fifty times.  (That sounds like more than a year long endeavor.)  For the longer Old Testament books, it suggests to consider as multiple books.  For the shorter books, it suggests combining them.  Look for a follow up post in the New Year!

James M. Gray, President of the Moody Bible Institute trained thousands of young people from 1904 to 1935.

 

Coincidence? Mini Libraries

3 Dec

I saw this tweet the same day I finished stocking a library cart for the barn we inherited from my father-in-law.

I found a stainless steel 3 shelf cart with rails in the barn.  We kept his books on WW2, hunting deer, bees, tree and bird identification, playing craps, a couple of 1995 issues of PB mag (PB does not stand for peanut butter :), investment and music books from the 1920s.  The chair (not much on looks) is by a window.   Perfect!

Mini Rolling Library, In Memory of Grandpa

….So like the  little library in the cemetery honoring the deceased, our little library cart holds content dear to its former owner.

Book Review: Prisoners of Geography

27 Nov

Tim Marshall provides excellent service to the public who like myself get confused by international news.  The material is comprehensive of the globe, including the Arctic, excluding Australia.  Each chapter also has concise historical information and background of regional conflicts.  One of many subjects I was not aware…neither South America nor Africa (as continents) have significant deep water harbors, which have hindered their economic development.  It is not enough to have 1000s of miles of coastline!

Out for Local Delivery

19 Nov

Latest DfGI liners with pockets, wings and PUL lining

Latest DfGI flannel pads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is year 5 sewing for Days for Girls International.  Until this summer I shipped my homemade contribution to teams working in other states…Washington and Iowa (from Indiana).

July I received emails from Kay in Iowa saying she noticed a New Team start up in my home town.  Better than that…when she gave me the name…I said, “I know HER!  I already have her cell number.”  I did not know Tammy sewed.  It is delightful to have her drop by or to run over to drop off with a friendly chat.

The team she leads completes the kit which includes 2 pairs of panties, wash cloth, etc in a drawstring bag.  For more information:

https://www.daysforgirls.org

Kits are designed to last three years.  They have been delivered to girls in over 100 countries.

 

Veteran’s Day 2018 (remembering 2016)

11 Nov
Charles Frazee, USMC, WW2, Pacific Theater

Charles Frazee, USMC, WW2, Pacific Theater

Over 100 veterans representing all branches of service

Over 100 veterans representing all branches of service

4th graders

4th graders

Kindergarden-3rd graders

Kindergarden-3rd graders

 

 

 

 

 

These beautiful students sang, recognized each veteran by name with a pin and card, and applauded.  A slide show featured larger than life photos of each veteran.  (Charles Frazee had five photos :).  Each grade sang the song for the Army, Navy, AirForce, Marine Corp and Coast Guard.  The first graders sang the Marine Corp Hymn.  The fourth graders finished with “Anchors Away”.  “Taps” was played to honor those who died in service.

Charles Frazee died Feb 15, 2018

 

Very proud day to be an American!  God bless the USA.

Elfcroft recommends watching the 2007 movie Lions for Lambs starring Robert Redford.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_for_Lambs