"The destiny of nations lies far more in the hands of women, the mothers, than in the possessors of power, or those of innovators who for the most part do not understand themselves. We must cultivate women, who are the educators of the human race, else the new generation cannot accomplish its task."

~ Friedrich Froebel

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

World Travelers . . Well, Kind Of!

 Korean Lotus Lanters (which really light up)

 A Spirit House from Thailand

 My Travel Journal of all my ideas and notes - the kids each have their own travel journal to hold all the treasures they have made during their visit.

 Homemade Passports - complete with stamps from each country that we visit!

A Japanese Fan - Made by Abby.

 Chinese Lanterns - created by my kiddos

 Origami paper dolls - so much fun  to make!

 Or collection of game pieces from games kids play around the world. 
This has been an absolute blast to learn about.

Koi Kites hanging from our classroom ceiling

Hello Dear Friends!

Sorry I've been so quiet here on my blog. I feel as though I have neglected it and been away for too long. The winds of change have taken me to such an amazing place and I couldn't be more excited. After making the decision to stop sewing and designing patterns in order to devote myself completely to home schooling my kids, I found myself on an exciting new adventure. Up until then I had been relying on different curriculums for each subject matter at varying grade levels, and to be completely honest I wasn't completely thrilled with most of them. I found myself supplementing all the time in order to fill in the gaps and tailoring it for our needs. I'm sure many of you who homeschool feel the same way. Plus, with homeschooling growing in popularity there are so many more options to choose from and to be honest it can be a bit overwhelming at times. One of the aspects of learning that I have always wanted to instill in my kids is that learning can and should be fun! I hate the thought of children dreading the mention of "school time" with lots of grumbles and groans. Therefore, I have always tried my best to turn it around and make it a much more positive experience with lessons that make an impression and create memories for my kids.

So, I decided to try my hand at writing my own homeschool curriculum. Imagine that . . . I guess I'm just not happy unless I am creating something. The kids had been itching to have a better Geography experience and because it's one of my personal favorites I started there. I wanted it to be largely project based, but also one that touched on all the senses. I also wanted it to have a world view so that my kids could open their minds to different ideas about often over looked topics. Each week we visit a new country and immerse ourselves in that particular culture. Not only are we studying the geography of that country but we are learning about the people, animals, nature, art, music, cuisine, etc.etc. The kids are loving it, and I have to admit. . . so am I! I have spent more hours than I can even begin to count during the wee hours of the day doing endless research on each country trying to uncover fun and interesting items that I know that my kids will just eat up. Our journey began in Asia and as you can see from the photos our classroom is filled with projects and these are just a few that we have made. While the kids are working on projects I take that time to read folktales to them from that country or we listen to ethnic music to create an atmosphere. At the end of each week we have a family celebration and the kids and I prepare a feast from that country. I think this is their favorite part. But then again my kids are total foodies and are very anxious and excited to try new things. A few weeks ago we made Japanese Udon (which is a type of noodle soup) and my kids insisted on eating it traditionally with chop sticks. It was so much fun and they honestly did a great job. I was totally impressed. I can't even begin to share all the details with you because it is quite intense but all the while being lots of fun. I have shown my curriculum to a few friends of mine who happen to be home schooling parents as well as teachers and they have 100% encouraged me to publish this so that others can enjoy it as well.

Wow! I never imagined that I would be writing curriculum for home schoolers. What is that old saying? "When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window". Right now, that's exactly where I am being led. So, while I may not be creating pretty little dresses anymore my focus is still on creating for children, just in a much different way. Not only am I working on this Geography curriculum I am also writing a study guide for American History for my two oldest. Life is never dull around here and I wouldn't change a thing.

Perhaps, Olabelhe may soon have a new division of Homeschool Curriculum. We'll just have to see where life takes me.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sale Extended Until Sunday!

Because of such a great response to my Big Sale, I thought I would extend it through the weekend. So, you've got more time to shop and spread the news to all your friends. Have them hop over to visit and pick up a few new patterns to add to their collections.

Happy Shopping and Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Big Spring Pattern Sale!!!

It's that time of year when we all begin thinking about sewing up pretty new things for Spring wardrobes. I know, I have been itching to stitch up a few new pretty things for Abby myself and I hope to get to it very soon. I have been working on a few ideas in my head and sketching out a few ideas...now to just find the time. Our school schedules have pretty much taken over my life right now which is why I have been so quiet here on my blog. But I cannot tell you how much I miss you all and how I am so anxious to get back to sewing. In honor of Spring being right around the corner, even though many people are still buried in snow. I thought this would be the perfect time to have a pattern sale!!! Time to stock up on all the patterns you have been considering and add them to your collection.

Here's how it works.... Simply purchase as many patterns as you like from my shop. 1, 2, 3, there is no limit! Then email me at Dawn@Olabelhe.com with your wish list for your free pattern/patterns. Please title your email "Spring Sale" so I will get to you right away and email you your complimentary patterns. Spread the word and tell your friends. This is a great time to stock up on Olabelhe Patterns for the Spring & Summer.

Enjoy & Happy Shopping!!!!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Challenge Day 19 - Dreaming Of Summer

Hi everyone . . .

I'm back. Sorry about missing the past few days of the challenge, but we've had a few very busy days and to be honest I just ran out of time. However, it's Monday morning and I am back on track and ready for a week of new adventures and projects. The kids and I have a busy week ahead of us with school and such, but before I get too distracted, I wanted to post a new dress for you to see, and perhaps one of you will want to add this to your little girls closet for her new Spring/Summer wardrobe.

"Dreaming Of Summer"

Wouldn't this dress be just perfect for a casual summer party or picnic? I created this dress using my "Jenna's Dress" pattern and it's just the perfect little sundress for upcoming warmer weather. I used two complimentary prints in this dress. The colors are a sunny melon and a cool and refreshing lime green. The main print features beautiful blooms in various shapes and sizes and is honestly . . . just a happy print. The underskirt is done in a small print mostly in lime with little pops of melon throughout. This dress features buttons down the back bodice and also on the straps which make this dress adjustable as it can grow with your little girl. It can be worn on it's own or with a t-shirt or tank top like Abby is wearing in these photos. 

Size 8-10
asking $45.00 + shipping
all sales are final

please note - this dress was worn only once for photos

If you have any questions or you would like to purchase this dress 
please email me at Dawn@Olabelhe.com

Thank You!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Challenge Day 18 - "Teddy Bear Picnic"

"Teddy Bear Picnic"

Abby and I had so much fun with this photo shoot. What little girl wouldn't love to have a picnic with her beloved teddies? I made this charming little dress from my "Meg's Dress" pattern and it just couldn't be any sweeter. The dress can be worn alone or with the pinafore over the top. The pinafore features pretty side sashes that tie into pretty bows. This little set is made up in soft blues, peaches, buttery yellow and taupe and is very delicate and feminine.

Size 8 - 10
asking $55.00 + shipping
all sales are final

Please note this dress was worn only once for photos.

If you have any questions, or would like to purchase this outfit
Please email me at Dawn@Olabelhe.com

Brrrr....it's freezing here.
How many days until spring arrives?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Challenge Day 17 - "Spring Lilly"

"Spring Lilly"

This darling baby doll dress is made using my "Lilly" pattern. In this one I used 3 darling prints in pinks, reds and lime green to create this happy little dress. The back features big covered buttons and loops for closures. I've also used a variety of patterned ribbons to accent the entire outfit.
Also, included, but not shown are a adorable pair of Capri length pants in yet another fabric from this collection in the same colors but striped. . . and they are so much fun. 
This outfit is perfect for spring and is sure to bring a huge smile to everyone.

Size 8
asking $45.00 + shipping
all sales are final

This outfit has never been worn.

If you have any questions, or would like to purchase this outfit
Please email me at Dawn@Olabelhe.com

Have a Wonderful Day
and Thanks!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Challenge Day 16 - "Lydia" Goes Dramatic!

Check this one out . . . yes, it's another  of my "Lydia" Dresses. However, this time instead of my usual  classics in soft pastels I went bold and did this one in a beautiful Black and white Damask combination. Talk about dramatic! Then for even more fun I added bright pink accents including a pretty ribbon sash, a beautiful flower and the biggest surprise of all a bright pink petticoat underneath...Wow! So, if you have a little girl who loves things a bit more modern and exciting this dress would certainly be a great addition to her wardrobe. Especially with Maxi dresses being so popular!

size 8-10
asking $65.00 + Shipping
all sales are final

*Please note this dress was only worn once for photos.

If you have any questions, or would like to purchase this dress 
please email me at Dawn@Olabelhe.com

Thank You

Monday, January 20, 2014

Challenge Day 15 - "Abigail in Andalucia"

"Abigail in Andalucia"

This is such a happy little dress made from my "Abigail's Pinafore" pattern. I used Patty Young's "Andalucia" fabrics in this one and the colors and prints are just so vivid and striking. Beautiful reds, bubblegum pinks, tangerine and lime are the colors in this one. I also used ribbons to accent the whole thing. This would make a great Valentines day dress!

Size 4-5
asking $45.00 + shipping
all sales are final

White blouse not included
Please Note:
This was worn only once for photos

If you have any questions or would like to  purchase this dress 
Please email me at Dawn@Olabelhe.com

Thank You!
Happy MKL Day!


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