Category Archives: seasons

Paskris – ‘Feather Trees’

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Did I mention how impatient I am getting about spring?  We had more snow this week, yet there are some flowers starting to pop out of the ground. Time to decorate the house for spring!  We made these sweet ‘feather trees’.  Traditionally used in Scandinavian countries as ‘Easter trees’ they are used to decorate at a time when not much is blooming. Basically you decorate the branches and then keep them in water to watch the buds grow into leaves. It involved colored feathers and pipe cleaners so my kids were thrilled!

As always, free instructions are available here

Bird Nest Balls

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Spring is on it’s way (well, aside from the snow yesterday that I am choosing to ignore!).  But, little buds are emerging on the bushes and trees.  Crocuses are popping up everywhere and we are very excited by every new thing.  This is the first spring in our new house and so we have no idea what is planted here!  Plus we do not know a whole lot about plants so we are learning a lot!

Anyway, that is me going off on a tangent.  I wanted to share with you a sweet little project that the birds seem to be really enjoying. We used some young and pliable branches to create a ball-like structure. Very organic and a great team activity! We have lots of young branches on the ground from last week’s storm which would be great for this project.  you do not want to harvest too much from the trees. Simply fill with wool and hang outside.  We will be watching in the coming weeks to see whether the birds are using this wool to line their nests.  Maybe we will even see a rainbow nest around here – I know a certain little girl who would be thrilled to discover that!

Check here for instructions and some other fun spring-time projects.

Make-it Monday – Pumpkin Boats

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Have you heard of the Great Pumpkin Boat Race?  People grow huge pumpkins, carve them out, climb in them and race them down a river.  How fun! Well, this got me thinking.  Why can’t our little dolls have that much fun also?

Simply get a little pumpkin and slice off the top.  Scoop out the seeds and some of the flesh (a lighter pumpkin floats better). The ‘boat will float like this, but why not make it into a little sail boat.  Tape two sticks together and add a little paper sail (greaseproof paper will withstand the water well).  Attach to the inside of the pumpkin with a little playdough.

Find a river, creek, large puddle….or even a bathtub, put in some little dolls and set them off on an adventure!

Grab some friends and have a pumpkin boat carving party, followed by a little boat race.

Fall is in the air

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Somehow the change from summer to fall always seems to feel like the opportunity for renewal.  Maybe it is the teacher in me, with the school year programmed within me.  Now that we live in Virginia I am even more acutely aware of the changing seasons.  The leaves seem to have started turning early this year.  The mornings have been chilly and it has felt good to pad around in slippers and drink warm tea as we watch the sunrise (sometimes coffee is needed more though, after a long night with a teething little one!).

Anyway, I am excited about sharing new things that are on the horizon in this neck of the woods.  After a year or so of laying low on the internet front, I am ready to get back into the swing of things.

Next week (finger’s crossed) will see the launch of my new e-magazine.  More will be posted about this in the next few days.  It has been a lot of fun (and hard work) and I am excited about sharing it with you all. But more on this very soon!

My little Etsy store is seeing more fall inspired projects.  My daughters and I have been having a lot of fun learning about natural dye plants found in our area – my daughter now plays at “adding to her dye pot” and “making dye”.  We have been greatly inspired by the two books Harvesting Color and Wild Color.  If you are interested in natural dye, these are well worth getting.  We have been exploring with playsilks and will be adding some more fall inspired colors to the Etsy store soon.

 

Oh yes, and we can’t have cooler weather approaching without new knitted hats for the girls……and their dolls!  Actually, I ended up writing patterns for two little pixie style caps, with sizes for the whole family.  Yes, I have my own Forest Pixie Cap also now, much to my daughter’s delight!