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.
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.
They showed their gratitude by leaving a sweet pendant in her shoe for her to find the next morning.
The easter bunny’s helpers worked so very hard making bunnies for baskets this year.
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.
We were even prepared for the cold snap in late March with new fleece ponchos. What fun at Fabric World!
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!
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.
Spring also gave time for me to make my first and ninth bib for Craft Hope’s project 20: Hope for China.
So now the Nature Table Spring flower fairies are enjoying a bright spring break bounty!
© rw 2013
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
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.
© rw 2012
It seemed that last week I was bombarded with ideas of spring activities and crafts. Since I’d already put so much work into the wet felted eggs and organizing the EVE egg hunt, I tried to resist the temptations to start another activity. Well the combination of the great post from Rhythm of the Home and the eDirt newsletter from Georgia Organics that was well-read, but headed to our recycle bin was just too much to bear! We had to try paper mache eggs!
Wet, sticky and messy – who could ask for more fun! And then to end up with these lovely eggs which are reusable and pretty durable is just wonderful!
Look for what should be some amazing photos next spring of our paper mache egg making with the EVE kids!
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.
Five moms around the table and some beautiful wool roving . . . what a lovely morning! As always, when we get together to work on one project, we end up sharing ideas and supporting each other in the many diverse ways we celebrate the season.
When my little blue egg dries in a day or two, I will cut it open and have a sweet wool shell to hold a treasure in Ivie’s easter basket.
notes about our upcoming EVE event:
Spring Egg Hunt Saturday April 23 at 2pm
Since the Spring Equinox on March 20 we have been celebrating new life, renewal, rebirth and the magic hare who lays the egg of life. However your family holds the spring experience – whether with flowers or earthworms or new clothes to celebrate a renewal of our outer appearance – feel free to bring that mood with you to our Egg Hunt. (we may pull out our bonnets!)
Here is how I see our event happening . . . We all arrive about 2pm at Jen’s. We take a couple of minutes to warm up to each other and enjoy a little snack. Then we will all pick up a bird seed packet and line up on the driveway. We will walk around the outer perimeter of the front yard spreading our seeds around. At each directional point, a grownup will read a little thanks for the blessings of nature. After the end of the line has completed the circle, a grownup will read the “Oh, Lucky Rabbit” lines below. (excerpted from Circle Round)
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!
We also honor the celestial heavens above, the rich deep of our planet earth and the potent power of the present in which we find our true connection.
“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. “
Then we will head to the back yard for the egg hunt. When a child finds 3 eggs, they can then help another child find 3 or they can head over to deck to wait (shouldn’t take long). When all children have found 3 eggs, we will thank the directions for all the gifts of spring and close our ritual. Then we will gather our things and head to our cars with the sacredness of our shared ritual inside our hearts.
- RSVP Rhonda before Monday, April 18
- fill 3 plastic egg shells with non-edible treasures per child and deliver them to Jen by Friday, April 22. (ideas: block crayons, painted wood eggs, mini peg dolls, beads/string, pretty crystal, needle felt bunny or chick, call me & we can brainstorm)
- Bring your own water bottles and a little snack to share on Saturday, April 23. If your birthday is in an odd month, please bring fruit; if your birthday is in an even month, please bring cheese. Jen is making hot cross buns to share.
(c) 2011 rhonda wildman.