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This installment of Storybook Decorating presents practical ideas, inspired by the pages and times of Dear Enemy, for addressing the "many things crying to be done" in any household: the simple concept of Three steps at a time, how to improvise makeover magic in a day, revealing a wide and charming view, and the importance of quality.
Elspeth continues her series of art instruction articles by focusing on colored pencils. As a foundation for beginners and advanced students alike, topics include: Getting outfitted, Holding a pencil properly, How to color, Shading, Blending, Drawing from life, and other projects such as a Decorative keepsake box and a Periwinkle motif.
Inspired by Sallie’s list of "delightful surprises" and the amazing industry of the young orphans at Hastings, we’ve pulled together some fitting, period recipes easy enough for the "biggest girls" to prepare, but delectable enough for anyone to enjoy. In addition, we’ve gathered up some goodies appropriate to fill the "public cooky jar" recommended—well, actually demanded—by Judy Abbott Pendleton, "the dear ’Aunt Judy’ of every little boy and girl at the John Grier Home," sure to be even dearer once the cooky jar was in place! Recipes include: Molasses and Polenta Cake, Brown Bread, Cooky Jar Cookies, Strawberry Cookies, Almond Spice Cookies, Hearty Corn and Kale Soup.
Fortunately, it isn’t only forlorn orphans that can benefit from Jean Webster’s insights in Dear Enemy, so, following the example of "the rippingest superintendent that any orphans ever had," we present her advice along with some plans and inspirations of our own, on "little private gardens" to aid any budding springtime gardener that has some "farmering instincts" to pluck up their initiative and get "down on their knees grubbing in the dirt." Headings in the article include: I came here in a spirit of adventure and I must see the venture through, A reasonable chance of success, Our potato field is also unrecognizable.
Especially in the world of the child, perceiving how something damaged, deserted and discarded could be magically rescued, remodeled and redeemed is a halcyon quest that is almost always met with glee. This installment of The Workshops features tin-can planters and milk-carton seed starters.
En route aboard a coach traveling from Lincloudon to Drumlanrig Castle, Seymore records his impressions of the countryside as he and Leornian travers the valley of the River Nith. Little guessing the prescience of his impressions, he wrote: I can almost imagine that this country really is the home of giants, where the higher hills, at least here, have been tromped down as though they were the flagstones for the ancient treading of giants, which left undisturbed the beauty and industry thriving in valleys like this. After arriving at Drumlanrig Castle, they dine with the lairds of the Clanns of Marr and then tuck in for the night in the Stewart's Stough.
By Elspeth C. Young We are often asked if we give art lessons, and we are delighted to answer, "Yes! in the form of publications and online resources." For several years, we have been (and continue to be) hard at work designing art curriculum for all ages, interests, and abilities. Please visit the links below for ordering information as well as free online helps.
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By Al R. Young The Dear Enemy issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - So Many Things Crying to be Done (5 pages)Hearth - Engaged with Colored Pencils (5 pages)Kitchen - Delightful Surprises (5 pages)Garden - Little Private Gardens (3 pages)Workshops - The Handicraft Side (2 pages)Garret - Into the Land of the Giants (3 pages)Dear Enemy is the 99th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »