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Summertime!

We are very fortunate to have so many cool activities this summer!

-building guitar

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-jammin’ with friends

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-petting alligators

petting a gator

-photographing nature

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-viewing the super moon

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-raising tadpoles (one of our frogs is on the leaf)

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-attending theatre

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©rw 2013

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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

Tiptoes story eggs

I have been inspired on this venture by 2 greats :  Hallie and Karen.   Thanks ladies! 

You know we love the Tiptoes stories!   We have read the stories at home and even managed to get our teacher hooked on these fabulous tales.   Thanks to some quick crafting, she is able to tell the stories with the help of  puppets.   Ivie’s basket on Sunday morning will have 3 new Tiptoes books – Eggs for the Hunting, Magic Knot & Big Stamp.   She will be thrilled!  Isn’t this book cover beautiful?

Story eggs have been on my to-do list since I saw Karen‘s beautiful ones for Tiptoes.  Then after being the lucky recipient of one of Hallie‘s eggs in a swap, I was determined to try my hand with my wood burner.  Well it does work on my hand!  I found that out on the first try – ouch!  

Well after much trepidation, I think these turned out ok for a first try.  They will join the Tiptoes books in Ivie’s basket. 

I burned the bunny (from Eggs for the Hunting) first.  I was so nervous about ruining one of my wooden eggs that I used one from last year’s wet felting that had spent some quality time in Lindsey’s purse, which is apparently where she keeps grape juice.  I love how it turned out & just wish you could see the cute tail! 

Next is Tiptoes with flowers with the sun above.

and then of course, I had to do her acorn house. 

Reg Down’s newest book  (just released today) will definitely be on our bookshelf soon.  I look forward to making a story egg of Sir Gillygad!

© rw 2012

paper mache eggs with Grade 2

I had another opportunity to spend some time with Grade 2.  I came prepared.  I had 30 plastic eggs coated with coconut oil, 6 bottles of glue, tons of newspapers, tissue paper and the little stainless bowls my mom gave me (don’t tell her I use them for crafts).  

Last spring, Ivie and I had tried our hand at the paper mache egg instructions from Rhythm of the Home.  This clear and straightforward tutorial is very easy to follow.   So, if I can make paper mache eggs with one kid, then why not 22? 

They really did a great job!

I took the eggs home to dry.  On the 3rd day, I painted each egg with a coat of mod podge.  It made the eggs sturdier and helped unify the look.  Each kid would get an egg to take home on the day we left for spring break.  

After a couple more days, I cut the eggs open and added the little lip (see ROH tutorial) that helps the eggs close.  I delivered the eggs to our class teacher and when each child opened their egg, they found a spring bunny as a surprise. 

Happy Spring!

© rw 2012

Making items for others

I’ve hooked up with a few groups this summer:

I joined Craft Hope and sent 10 stocking for their Christmas in Dixie Project

I joined a Sending Love Heart Swap through Natural Surburbia and sent a heart bag, a journal, a gnome page-hugger bookmark (inspired by Wee Folk Art ) and a rose quartz wrapped in a vintage rose hankie.

 

And for Bits of Goodness, I participated in the Summer Swap.  I sent my Famous Frogs and some cool birds from a Myrtle & Eunice pattern. 

And the Rainbow Swap.  I sent the rainbow and the pot of gold (gold is beeswax balm).

And the Fall Nature Table Swap.  I sent bunnies and carrots. 

And the Halloween Swap. I sent bats. 

And the Mermaids Swap.  I combined 2 doll patterns on this to make an easier mermaid. 

I’ve also joined a Fairy Tale Swap through Bits of Goodness.  It is a 1:1 swap and the items are bigger and more complex as compared to our usual ‘bits’ for the group swaps.   I’ve picked out a story and started working on the figures so that my partner will be able to tell the story to her kids with beautiful table puppets as illustrations. 

Swaps are a great way to use up materials, meet folks from all over the world and I receive items back that are beautiful and lovingly made! 

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EVE group Spring Egg Hunt 2011

After a cool and cloudy morning, we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon!  We had our ritual in the front yard where we expressed our gratitude for all the blessings of spring.  Then we went out back for the egg hunt.

The children had to hunt hard for the eggs, but everyone left with treasures of beads, flowers, block crayons, chicks or dolls. 

I only got a quick photo of the hunt.  Lindsey had her camera out, so I’m sure we will see some of her great photos soon.

And she got some good shots.  Here is one of the ritual. 

Here are the children ready for the egg hunt. 

Spring Equinox 2010

So in 2010, the Spring Equinox and the Western Christian Easter were much closer (seems like just a few days apart) than 2011.  In Spring 2010 the Eve Group held our first family gathering, an Egg Hunt and Bunny Blessing.  I want to post the notes from 2010 before I launch into descriptions of our 2011 activities. 

Spring Egg Hunt and Bunny Blessing                                               Monday, March 22, 2010 at 3:30pm

Ritual text excerpted from Circle Round by Starhawk, Diane Baker & Anne Hill

Eostar, the Spring Equinox, (March 21) day and night are equal and balanced. The Spring Equinox is the birthday of the earth. And she is the magic hare who lays the egg of life.

Here is how I see our event happening . . .  We all arrive about 3:30 at Angela’s.  We take a couple of minutes to warm up to each other and get a little snack.  Then we will all get our baskets and line up on the path to the back-back yard.  (we will place in each basket a little bag of flower/bird seed for each child to use as a gift to the garden).   We will walk around the outer perimeter of the hunt area spreading our seeds/meal around.  At each directional point, a grownup will say a little thanks for the blessings of nature.  After the end of the line has completed the circle, a grownup will say the “Oh, Lucky Rabbit” lines below. 

Welcome, powers of the east!  Bright dawn of spring, we welcome you!   Take our gifts of seed and grain and give us clear sight for the celebration ahead!  Blessed be the east!

Welcome, powers of the south!  Bright blaze of the sun at the sky’s midpoint, take our gifts!  We give thanks for your fire and for the heat within us that helps us grow!  Blessed be the south!

Welcome, powers of the west!  Beauty of the twilight, mystery of the setting sun, we call you!  Accept our gifts, help us greet each other in love and generosity on this day of abundance!  Blessed be the west!

Welcome, powers of the north!  Strength of bone, power of muscle, we welcome you!  Please take these seeds, help them find a place to grow or a hungry mouth to feed!  Be with us as we search for the treasures of the earth!  Blessed be the north! 

Up, down and center = Elaine

“Oh, Lucky Rabbit of Spring, your gifts are all around us.  We catch glimpses of you through waving grasses, we see you bounding through the meadows, always just out of reach.  We ask you to reveal your blessings now, to help us on our search for spring’s treasure in this garden.  May we all get enough and not too much; may we share what we have with each other; may we remember the abundance and generosity of the Mother, in this season and all others.  Blessed be. “   

When a child finds 3 eggs, they can then help another child find 3 or they can head over to the path to wait (shouldn’t take long).   When all children have found 3 eggs, we will bring out the bunny crate & Elaine will do the Bunny Blessing and thank the directions for all the gifts of spring.   Then we will gather our things and head to our cars with the sacredness of our shared ritual inside our hearts.

 

The sweet bunnies who as newborns had lost their home and siblings to a tractor, were ready to go and live in the world.    A circle of children with hands outstretched, all sent them their best wishes as we released the bunnies to nature.

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