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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

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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

May Day Crowns made by Grade 2

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Here’s a branch of snowy May

A branch the fairies gave me

Who would like to dance today

With the branch the fairies gave me?

Dance away. dance away

Holding high the branch of May.

Dance away, dance away

Holding high the branch of May.

From Festivals, Family and Food

On Thursday May 3rd, Ms Crowley’s Grade 2 class made the crowns they will wear to the May Day festivities at the Waldorf School of Atlanta.

My inspiration was this photo, but we wanted the children to make their own crowns.    They turned out lovely!

We have 40”long pieces of raffia that are already bundled into 3 strands each (thanks Britt!) and knotted at 10”.  We  braided about 20”, knotted again and then have 10” left.  The two 10” pieces will be tied to fit each child.  We’ve gathered a springtime bounty of greens, vines, herbs, ferns and flowers.  We also had pieces of colorful ribbon added for décor and to help tie up any bits of greenery that need to be secured. 

The children needed to work in pairs – one braiding and one holding and then switch.  We were fortunate to have a few extra braiders so we could finish and be out of the classroom in an hour. 

All the ingredients for the crowns were laid out for the children to choose with no gender labels attached to anything.  Since we had items that were very fragrant, some let their noses be their guide.  Others were drawn to the texture and others to the colors.  It is always interesting to notice what items children choose to use in their crowns. 

Borrowing from the tradition of May Day Posies, these crowns are “talking” with the Victorian messages of the plants and the colors used.  What message did your child create with their crown?

Lemon balm- for health

Dandelion- wishes come true

Ivy- for fidelity, love & friendship

Honeysuckle- for generous affection

Periwinkle- for sweet remembrances

Clover – good luck, good education

Fern- sincerity

Juniper – protection

Baby’s Breath – happiness, pure in heart

Statice – lasting beauty

Yellow –friendship, increase productivity

Blue – patience, peace, truth, loyalty

Pink –personal harmony, friendship

Green – wellness, transformation

So those of you who know me (and love me anyway), you know I had enough materials for twice as many crowns as we have children in our class.  Ms Crowley just called with an idea for the WSA Community Services through Practical Arts group to make spring wall hangings.  So the leftover supplies will all be used tomorrow.  YAY!   

Thanks, Lindsey & Stephanie for helping braid and Britt for the lovely ferns & flowers! 

** May Pole paper mobile pattern is found in All Year Round

 

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procrastination is over

I am finally starting a blog!   And to commemorate my 1st post I am including a photo of the Spring Flower Fairy peg dolls that I am about to pop in the mail.  I am happy to participate in the Peg Doll exchange organized by Margaret at We Bloom Here.  I have much to learn about posting, but I am On For The Ride! 
 
 
 
These dolls were inspired by 2 poems.   Both of these verses are from A Journey Through Time in Verse and Rhyme, a book of poems collected by Heather Thomas.  I have used the 1st poem, A Spring Song often with my flower fairies, but I also was captured by The Magic Piper! 

A Spring Song Anonymous

 See the yellow catkins cover

All the slender willows over;

And on the mossy banks so green

Starlike primroses are seen;

And their clustering leaves below

White and purple violets grow.

Hark, the little lambs are bleating

And the cawing rooks are meeting

In the elms, a noisy crowd;

And all birds are singing loud.

There, the first white butterfly

In the sun goes flitting by.  

The Magic Piper  –  E.L. Marsh

 There piped a piper in the wood

Strange music – soft and sweet –

And all the little wild things

Came hurrying to his feet.

They sat around him on the grass,

Enchanted, unafraid,

And listened, as with shining eyes

Sweet melodies he made.

The wood grew green, and flowers sprang up,

The birds began to sing;

For the music it was magic,

And the piper’s name was – Spring!