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Spring 2013

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


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.

CPA museum

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.


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.

ivie at bakesale

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!


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.

lap blankets

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. 


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. 

gplod 2013

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

May Day Crowns made by Grade 2


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


 © 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

Full Moon Filly

Crystal’s labor began on Saturday, May 7 and after 10 long tiring days she gave birth late Tuesday night May 17.   Lovingly midwifed by the Full Moon and my Dad, this beautiful smoke grey girl is healthy and happy.

Mother & Daughter


So soon she will join the waiting friends outside the barn

EVE May Day Posies

May Day

Among Celtic people the celebration of May was called Beltane, meaning “bright fire.”  The root word “bel” means bright, whether associated with fire or with a light such as the sun.  This festival occasion was designed as a celebration of the return of life and fertility to a world that has passed through the winter season. 

Now we go round the Maypole High(Mulberry Bush tune)Now we go Round the Maypole high,Maypole high, Maypole high,Now we go round Maypole high,Let colored ribbons fly. See lasses and lads go tripping by,Tripping by, tripping by, See lasses and lads go tripping by,Let colored ribbons fly. In rainbow hues make garlands gay,Garlands gay, garlands gay,In rainbow hues make garlands gay,Let colored ribbons fly.

The children will have a May Day celebration at school later in the month with music and a May Pole, but we wanted to let our kids have an experience of sharing flowers as a celebration of Spring. 

May flower customs

Hundreds of years ago, May Day (May 1st) marked the first day of summer and a celebration of flowers. Even today, many cultures celebrate May Day and the changing seasons through the exchange of flowers. It was common at one time to leave flower bouquets (May Day baskets) anonymously at the front doors of your neighbors.  http://rhythmofthehome.com/spring-2011/spring-flower-seasonal-crafting/   has some simple bouquets.  We will had supplies ready for these and the hand held tussie-mussies.  Posies, nosegays and tussie-mussies date back to the sixteenth century.  These miniature, handheld bouquets are filled with aromatic herbs and flowers.  These dainty ‘talking bouquets’ became popular because they held hidden messages based on the symbolic meaning of the plants. 

Many flowers were picked the morning of our EVE event.

  The children came over after school and got to work on their posies. 

The flowers and herbs smelled great! 

Posies ready to deliver. 

 The gallant Sweet William is the center of this posy.

 We only bought some daisies, carnations and a dozen roses.  The rest were picked locally.

Daisy – for cheer & innocence
Pink Carnation- for encouragement
Yellow Rose- for friendship
Lemon balm- for health
Rosemary- for remembrance
Oregano – for happiness, health & money
Dandelion- wishes come true
Sweet William- forever lovely & gallantry
Sweet pea- for tenderness
Thyme- for starting a new project
Hawthorn – the May flower, protection
Ivy- for fidelity, love & friendship
Honeysuckle- for generous affection
Periwinkle- for sweet remembrances
Clover – good luck, good education


Festivals Family and Food by Diana Carey and Judy Large 
Tussie-Mussies the language of flowers by Geraldine Adamich Laufer 
Beltane springtime rituals, lore & celebration by Raven Grimassi 
Garden Witchery by Ellen Dugan


preview of EVE 2012 Spring activity

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! 


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. 

Wet Felted Eggs for Bunny Delivery

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.

Egg Hunt 2011

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. 


ACTION ITEMS:         

  • 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.