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Spring 2013

The weeks leading up to the end of school were a fast ride of non-stop events!

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I couldn’t resist posing the sword fighting photo in view of one of the beautiful buildings at Oglethorpe U.  Shakespeare’s birthday was a wonderful event.

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While everything is fun when you are wearing your Animal t-shirt, it is especially great when you go on a Life and Legacy of Jim Henson tour at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

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Since Grade 3 played their recorders at the school May Fair, it made sense to have a few flower fairies playing recorders on our Nature Table.

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Our local paper education writer did a story on how busy the month of May can be for school kids.  With a bake sale, a concert and recitals, we really were on-the-go for May.  whew!

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We did get the wonderful opportunity to watch a pair of wrens build a nest in an empty bee hive.  The photo above with the baby birds and the one below with the almost empty nest were taken less than 10 days apart.

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We even had a Craft Hope deadline in May.  It took many hands to make these lap blankets for Project 21.

Now we are in our first week out of school.  With camps, classes, fun library events and a short trip, it looks to be a great summer!

© rw 2013

Spring has sprung

The weather has given us a slow march to spring, so we have had to create a little of the spring magic on our own this year.  We begin with the shedding of the beard.  Ivie gets to help cut the first layer. 

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After working on her outdoor fairy garden, Ivie left out some treats (dried fruit and pink lemonade) for the fairies to enjoy on the Spring Equinox. 

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They showed their gratitude by leaving a sweet pendant in her shoe for her to find the next morning. 

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 The easter bunny’s helpers worked so very hard making bunnies for baskets this year. 

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The hand puppets are based on the tutorial by Purlbee.  The sachets are from Craft Passion.   The knit bunnies are from Little Cotton Rabbits.   The plush bunny is based on the pattern from Chez Beeper Bebe.   The applique on the t-shirt is just the simplest  bunny silhouette that I could find on google images. 

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We were even prepared for the cold snap in late March with new fleece ponchos.   What fun at Fabric World!

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Inspired by the lovely eggs I saw at Blue Girl, I made some egg pouches for Grade 3.   While they do look cute on their own, all piled together gives them what I call the ‘Enchantment Shop effect’.  If you make 25 of most anything, it looks good! 

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The final school event before Spring Break is the annual Grandparents and Loved Ones Day.  Ivie proudly shows off her main lesson books to her Grandma. 

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Spring also gave time for me to make my first and ninth bib for Craft Hope’s project 20: Hope for China

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So now the Nature Table Spring flower fairies are enjoying a bright spring break bounty!

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HAPPY SPRING!!!

© rw 2013

our holiday season 2012

St. Nicholas left a little lavender doll and a clementine.

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Santa’s helpers busy sewing ornaments.  I found a great santa pattern at revoluzzza

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My angel in the grade 3 class play at the Waldorf School of Atlanta.

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 The sun greeted us as we celebrated the winter Solstice. 

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We so appreciated all the hard work that went into making our nativity characters last year. 

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A cold and windy day on Arabia Mountain.

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 The wise men followed a star, we followed a line of cars to the ABG Holiday Lights. 

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And as soon as school started back, I finished my contribution to the Craft Hope Project 19. 

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I had initially thought of writing this post about all the things we missed having the flu/cough over the holidays, but after looking through these photos, I realize that we indeed had a full holiday season!  I’m grateful! 

©rw 2013

Marionette puppets in my mailbox

 I’m a little slow in posting, but I have had a busy mailbox recently.   I was fortunate to swap marionette puppets with 2 lovely puppet makers. 

I received the one on the left from Glori.  See her tutorial at  http://stracciepupazzi.blogspot.it/2012/08/jeremy-mouse-la-nascita.html?m=1 .  And the needle felted head one from Kelly in PA. 

These Jeremy (and possibly a Jemima Mouse) puppets are a part of the Puppet Swap I co-hosted over the summer with Margaret at We Bloom Here

These 2 mice will join a Tiptoes marionette for my little puppet loving Tiptoes fan for a holiday gift.  Hmmm, with 3 puppets, maybe we should make one of those cool racks on pg 130 of Toymaking With Children for what I’m certain will be a growing collection. 

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Tiptoes Marionette going in the mail

A Tiptoes marionette puppet is on its way to a new home!  This sweet fairy will join Kelly’s family in PA as a part of the puppet swap we organized this summer.   Watch for some amazing Jeremy Mouse photos coming up soon! 

© rw 2012

Knitted Finger Puppets

I’ve gotten a little hooked on knitted finger puppets.  I remember thumbing through The Children’s Year, which was my first Waldorfy craft book.   I never imagined that I could be able to master making these much less that they would become one of my go-to items.

I made some to swap

I made some for the Easter Basket

I made some for birthday gifts

I am making some now on vacation

What a great little project that fits easily into a small basket.  I can start & stop without losing my place because there is really nothing to count.  OK, if you really space out and make a 3″ tall head, you might be in trouble or have to get creative with a hat. 

Enjoy!

©rw 2012

Last Day to Join Puppet Swap

The last day to sign up for our Puppet Swap is Tuesday, July 24th.  All the details and a timeline are listed at the Swap Invitation.   We hope you will join in the fun and look forward to seeing your interpretations of these characters! 

© rw 2012