Archive for the ‘crafts’ Category

Painting with Flowers

May 18, 2013

After seeing this idea on the Little Acorn Learning blog, I knew we had to try it. You simply squish the flowers into the paper to draw with them. Dandelions are especially juicy and work well.



It worked great and was a nice ending to our dandelion and violet crafting. We also did a little printing with the flowers and a hammer. Both girls *loved* that art project.




I’m also doing a little crafting after the girls go to bed. Jason is out of town this week, so I’ve spinning and plying while watching the first two seasons of Doctor Who. I had a mishap with my wheel the other day- the nylon tube that attaches to the pedal broke, but I’m crossing my fingers that my temporary fix will at least hold until I can be the rest plied. I’m planning to start a pair of longies with it on our camping trip next week.


Trying Something New…

May 9, 2013

Getting time to blog is so tough these days. When we had a working laptop it was a little easier, but now that has died and our days seem to be filled. So much outdoor play, I started Oak Meadow kindergarten with Eleanore, plus it’s garden and crafting time. So I figured I would try the WordPress app for blogging. I’ll have to put up with my crummy iPhone pictures, but hey I’ll be blogging again!


Yesterday the girls and I did some tie dyeing. We all ended up with dye spattered all over our hands and feet but had a great time.

Adelaide was quite enjoying dyeing her own skirt and t-shirt and Eleanore did too!
I dyed a few gauze swaddle blankets I sewed for the baby as well as a shirt and skirt for me. We also dyed some playsilks but the girls immediately grabbed those to wear.
Here’s how they turned out.




Busy Creating Things…

March 21, 2013

If you’re not friends with me on facebook, perhaps you don’t know our news.  It’s one of the reasons I’ve been a little MIA around here. 

We’re expecting baby #3 this September! This was a very early ultrasound to confirm the baby wasn’t ectopic like my pregnancy last summer, but I’m sure you get the gist 😉 
I’ve had awful morning sickness this time, which thankfully seems to have mostly subsided.  Now I’m just craving bacon and chocolate milk like crazy! Eleanore is super excited on the prospect of a new baby sister. She’s not too enthusiastic that it could be a boy though…

The girls have been busy creating, too. We have been making our house look a little more spring-like, even if there’s still snow on the ground. We made this really cool Easter Egg Garland. We couldn’t get our water balloons blown up, so we used regular balloons. It was very messy, but I think they turned out really nice.

and Eleanore *loved* painting these tape resist Easter eggs, so we turned those into a garland for our other window. We just cut egg shapes out of thick paper, stuck masking tape all over them and painted with water colors. Once they dried, we took off the tape and the masterpieces were revealed. If you look closely in this picture, you can see a woodpecker outside the window on our suet feeder!

But Eleanore’s favorite craft is this one. She sewed her own monster from an old sock. She was so proud of herself to stuff it, cut out the felt for the eyes and mouth and sew it all by herself!



My little girl is so grown up!

Simple Crafts

January 15, 2013

We finally took our tree down last weekend, and our house was missing it’s festive cheer, so we decided to make an early Valentine’s craft. This is an oldie – just sticking tissue paper to contact paper, but Adelaide *loved* it. She loves anything sticky right now. Glue makes her literally squeal with glee.



Eleanore worked and worked to get hers *just right.* I think she pulled all the tissue paper off three times before it was to her liking.


They are simple, but with the afternoon sunlight shining through them, they bring us a little wintertime cheer.

I also finished up Eleanore’s new pair of mittens a little while ago.
Just a basic mittens pattern – simple and quick.

Snow Paint

January 11, 2013

Using a mixture of shaving cream and elmer’s glue, we had fun snow painting. I think more ended up on places other than the paper.




Spinning Again

January 9, 2013

Spinning while the two year old naps.

Finished and Almost Finished Waldorf Babies

November 15, 2012

If you’re friends with me on facebook, you’ve already seen a picture of Adelaide’s finished Waldorf baby for her 2nd birthday, but I just realized I never posted a picture here on my blog!

Here she is:

The yarn is handspun by me and from my stash. The shirt is from this pattern and the pants are just a custom knit by me. *Everything* except the doll needles ($4.50 at Joann’s) and one little skein of embroidery floss (I didn’t have any pink floss in my stash) for .39 was from my stash. For the doll skin, I used an old white t-shirt I dyed a tan-ish pink, and I used another old white t-shirt of Eleanore’s for the inside of the doll head.
I used Waldorf Doll Making as my main reference, but I also used these great online tutorials to clarify a few things.

This is a great tutorial from Living Crafts magazine (and they’re not going to be printing the magazine any longer – I was devastated to hear that a few weeks ago :()

This is a nice walk-through with pictures and even a printable pattern from Echoes of a Dream.

And this is the tutorial I used for the hair. It made it a lot easier to sew it together before sewing it on the head.

This one will be for Adelaide’s 2nd birthday, as Eleanore received a Waldorf doll for her 2nd birthday. However, I thought that Eleanore might like another doll for Christmas. Plus, I had all these patterns just waiting to be worked in the Making Waldorf Dolls book, so I figured why not whip up another one.
I’m not finished with it yet — I’m still sewing the arm piece to the body and legs. This one was a little more difficult for me, if you can believe it. My hand sewing skills are a little rusty, and I made the head a little too long. I veered a little from the pattern in the book, adding a few bean bags filled with lentils to make her more of a “heavy” baby. Eleanore especially loves her weighted dolls, so I hope she likes her.

I’m actually loving making these dolls; I’m so glad I got over my intimidation of them. They’re the perfect crafting project to unwind with in the evenings. I’m kind of sad I’m almost finished with this one, but I do have lots of projects to be worked before Christmas — a mermaid tail for Eleanore’s bigger Waldorf baby, a child-sized mei tai, hair ties, blocks, etc. I do see more doll making in my future though!

Preparing for Advent

November 14, 2012

The day after Thanksgiving we’re driving down to Florida and then Indianapolis, so I’m trying to get things organized for the holidays before we leave. It’s a daunting task! One thing I’ve wanted to do for ages was an advent calendar. This year I am giving it a go. It will be a bit strange, as we’re out of town until December 9th, but I figure we can just double up after we get home and perhaps even take a few with us.


I made our advent calendar this year out of library pockets, then printed out library cards to slip inside, stamped the days on and then hung it in a Christmas tree shape with the 25 on the top. I think we’ll go ahead and do a Christmas-y stamp on each one in addition to the number stamp.
Each pocket has a holiday activity to do. I really wanted to focus on activities, rather than candy or gifts. Here is my list:

1. Make an advent wreath for the table.
2. Bake advent bread.
3. Make paper snowflakes for the windows.
4. Write a letter to Santa Claus.
5. Make shoe prints for St. Nicholas Day
6. Make candy cane milkshakes (smoothies)
7. Make a winter nature wreath.
8. Make snow (instant snow powder).
9. Make orange peel bird feeders.
10. Collect food for those who are less fortunate.
11. Make ornaments to give and hang on the tree.
12. Take a video of us singing a Christmas carol to send to family.
13. Bake St. Lucia bread and make crowns.
14. Make candy cane playdough.
15. Make paper chains for the tree.
16. Donate some of our old toys and books for other boys and girls to enjoy.
17. Visit Santa.
18. Decorate edible Christmas trees (using upside down ice cream cones).
19. Drive after dark to see the lights and decorations.
20. Make hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie.
21. Make wrapping paper.
22. Bake Christmas cookies
23. Make a popcorn and cranberry garland for the birds.
24. Open one gift and read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Other ideas: make Christmas slime (add glitter to make it “magical”), make fudge or candy, roast chestnuts…

And, in case you were wondering, yes that is green crayon on my wall. Adelaide loves to color, and wanted to make the wall beautiful. This mama is out of magic erasers at the moment…

Waldorf Wednesday