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Brigit – Imbolc – Candlemas

To get us started, we read Brigid’s Cloak which is a close rendition of the play the children performed last year in their study of Saints. 

Of course, we could not go a year without reading a family favorite story of the Goddess Brigit from Circle Round.   The Well and the Flame is a great story that weaves in caring for people and caring for the earth. 

We have rolled lots of candles at our house, but this year was our first go at home candle dipping.  We invited a sweet friend to join and had a marvelous time! 


The candles turned out great and made a good addition to our ‘sun’ cakes on Imbolc morning!  Even though our GA groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, we see the sun growing stronger! 

© rw 2013

our holiday season 2012

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


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


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

grade 3 class play

 The sun greeted us as we celebrated the winter Solstice. 

2012 winter solstice morning

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


A cold and windy day on Arabia Mountain.


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

ivie fred and rhonda at abg lights jan 2 2013

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

craft hope 19

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

A catch-up on swap items and Craft Hope goodies

I have quite a few photos to share to catch you all up with swaps & Craft Hope projects I’ve participated in since my September 16th post.  In October, I participated in a speciality swap with a fairy tale theme.  In this swap folks are paired and the items made are bigger and more involved that the smaller multi-person swaps.  We were introduced to the story “Mashenka and the Bear” a few years ago and we love it still.  It has a great rhyme and flow.  I made a Mashenka doll, a wooden bear, mushrooms, strawberries and a lovely brown cake to go on the top of Mashenka in the basket. 

and then I participated in an Advent swap with Bits of Goodness.  I made little treasure boxes with a painted ladybug, shell and a wooden star. 

and then I participated in a Stocking Stuffer swap with Bits of Goodness and made these cute (but really easy) Dala horses.

and then I sent three monkeys to join in Craft Hope’s project 15

and then I sent a few polar bears for a Winter Nature Table swap. 

and then I participated in a 1:1 winter swap through Four Seasons Exchange. 

and then I participated in a Valentine swap with Natural Suburbia.  I used Linda’s wonderful bow & arrow for the Cupid finger puppet. 

and then for the Bits of Goodness Valentine swap I sent 6 of the Valentine Mobile’s from All Year Round.

and then I sent a group of these little Guardians of the Forest finger puppets for a Tree themed Bits of Goodness swap.   Instructions for the knitted finger puppets are found in The Children’s Year

and now, I’m just mailing off some backpacks for Craft Hope’s newest project, the littlest warriors.  I used the backpack tutorial from Mama Urchin


© rw 2012

Grade 2 Valentine Cards

What a wonderful way to spend part of the afternoon!  On Monday, I had the pleasure of spending a bit of time with Ms Crowley’s Grade 2 class making Valentine Cards.   Each child made a card for their 6th Grade partner.  The cards will be delivered later this week.  (our school is has a winter break next week)

We started with a typical collection of paper, trims and tools…

…and then the children added their magic!

Each finished card is different and reflects some of the personality of the child. 

With the focus on the Saints in the Grade 2 curriculum, this St. Valentine’s Day is especially significant for our class.  However you might recognize the day, I hope you have a happy one! 

© rw 2012

Epiphany 2012

according to m-w.com . . .


3 a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure  

b : a revealing scene or moment

Well a little grey kitten was our epiphany today.  We have Susan Jeffers’ Nutcracker and Stopping by Woods, so when I saw a copy of Silent Night illustrated by her at my favorite tag sale, I had to pick it up.   Aside from showing a nursing newborn (yay!), Jeffers has added a wonderfully cute kitten to the nativity story.   If you are looking at the book on amazon, you can see the kitten in Mary’s arm on the cover of the paperback edition.  Ivie and I had a great time finding the kitten in each of the nativity scenes.  So of course, we had to add a little kitten to our nativity that you can see in the Epiphany photos I took today. 

This entire journey has been a process in learning . . . making a large quantity of dolls, blogging about it, keeping a photo chronology.  I added one more learning opportunity for myself today by joining vimeo and making a little movie showing our journey with the dolls.  Hope you enjoy! 

Journey to Bethlehem slide show on vimeo, click HERE

© rw 2012

12th Night

Today is the 12th day of Christmas and the Wise Men have traveled far (all around our living room) and are almost to the manger.  They are ready to greet this special child with gifts. 


Tomorrow, I will post a photo chronology of our Journey To Bethlehem, but for today we will still enjoy our 12th Night. 

© rw 2012

Happy New Year!

We welcomed the new year quietly at home this year.  I got Suzanne Down’s, Juniper Tree newsletter on Thursday that shared a neat idea of making a blessing cake.  I know, I know, who needs more sweets!?!  But I grabbed my Laurel’s Kitchen and found a wonderful gingerbread and pound cake recipe that could handle my freshly ground whole wheat.   I made both as cupcakes and shared bags of them with neighbors as a happy new year’s wish and then in 3 of the cupcakes, I put a blessing stone. 

It was really pretty easy.  I wrote on the stones with a sharpie (green didn’t show up very well, but red did fine) and then wrapped each stone tightly in foil.   In the cupcake cup, I put a spoon of batter, dropped in the stone and then covered with batter.   This seems like a nice way to do the surprises in cakes to ensure everyone gets a treasure.

We read the story about Jack and his blessing cake from Juniper Tree on Saturday and then again on Sunday before our treat time.  The story mentioned Jack’s excitement at being able to read his blessing stone himself this year.  It seemed so appropriate to have the Blessing Cake with the stones this year since Ivie could read the words herself.  And she did. 

What will 2012 hold for us?  What messages from magic stones will we carry through this year?

© rw 2012

4th Sunday of Advent

Congrats again to Cambre who won our Shepherd & Sheep giveaway! 

On this 4th Sunday of Advent we bring out the people.  Joseph joins Mary in the journey to Bethlehem.  The Shepherds tend their sheep and far away on a tall shelf across the room are the Wise Men.  Watch for photos of the Wise Men and the rest of the figures next week. 



® RW 2011