Happy Independence Day to those in the US! I'm actually off to go to a BBQ in a little bit, the first time we've had plans on this day for a few years.
As messed up as our government is (don't get me started), this country is fairly spiffy (not perfect - still growing up). Celebrate this day by doing something that isn't allowed in some other countries, like praying - to any deity you like - on a park bench or criticizing a politician.
I really wanted to embed the video for the Preamble, but the timing isn't right. I was ready to recite it for you -- I've had it memorized forever! It was actually on a freshman Government class in college, and you could hear most of the class humming the tune under their breath. The clips may not be exactly historically accurate, but an entire generation of kids can recite the preamble to the Constitution, and identify a conjunction, thanks to Schoolhouse Rock, and that doesn't suck.
Oh yeah, the crafts! Here you go:
(photographing) Taking Pictures of Fire Works
(sewing) Beach Towel Tote
(Crafting) Dead easy Ribbon Water Carrier
(crafting) Polymer clay cupcakes (video), via The Polka Dot Pixie. After the video was over, I watched a couple more: Polymer clay donuts and lollipops. Just for looking (no directions), there 1:12 scale miniature foods are works of doll house art!
(crocheting) Crocheted Apple Cozy, via Whipup
(pampering) Homemade Deodorant Cream
(shopping) Oh, how I want this: The Birds Barbie
(stitching) Two free embroidery patterns at turkey feathers.
(sewing) Cafe Towel Aprons
(playing) This play mat idea is super! If you're not a sewer, you could use an old tablecloth and hand-stitch the little tabs.
(sewing) Girls' Pillowcase Dress (PDF)
(sewing) For baby: fabric blocks & bib (two tutes)