September 9, 2011
Yet again more photos of craft items we have made for the school fair. This format of WordPress does not seem to like posts with more than 4 photos, it seems to overlay, hide or lose them. Sorry about the three installments. I think a change of topic will be in order for next time. If you are looking for more crafty inspiration don’t forget to check out the previous two posts. 🙂
September 7, 2011
September 6, 2011
Time to share some past crafts that I have made for our Spring School Fair. A reminder for myself really, as I like to look back and remember the treasures that have been lovingly made and sent forth to bring joy to others.
November 13, 2009
I think our spring cleaning and mending day that we traditionally follow
with needs to be a whole week this year. Clutter has crept up on us in a big way, but it is feeling good to pare it back and polish and mend.
My eldest has kept us entertained with a story of little man red cap, little man blue cap and little man gold cap who love eating crumbly currant buns, but have trouble keeping their house clean. One sweeps too fast and strong everywhere but just ends up spreading the crumbs, one sweeps half heartedly pushing around the broom so upset that there is a mess but not making any better inroads into cleaning it up, and one that flits a little here and there trying to sweep up little bits they see, but tracking it back and spilling crumbs as they get distracted by the next patch to clean. Finally their friend little man green cap comes to tea, but their house is still a mess, so they can’t offer him anywhere to sit that isn’t all crummy. He helps them clean by showing them to sweep with care each part of their house until they are all finished. Red cap lifts the furniture out of the way, blue cap points out all the crumbs that might get otherwise missed, golden cap runs back and forth emptying the dust pan for the birds outside, and green cap gets the job done with their help so he can happily sit down to tea.
Crumbs, crumbs everywhere
Under the table and under the chair
Sweep them all up, sweep them all up
Crumbs in a pile make us smile.
We have so far fixed a hole in the kitchen ceiling, sewn back into good repair hand-me-down summer clothes, swept up alot 😉 and polished wooden surfaces and toys with lavender scented beeswax, but we still have a long way to go…
May our light within continue to shine forth and work for good!
September 9, 2009
A lovely surprise found its way to our mailbox today. A Syrendell snail from Rick Tan in return for some poetic muse. I think I was a double winner, having been inspired to write a poem, and receiving a gift for participating!
It is right at home in our garden, and the boys have already taken it to search out four leaved clovers, and smell the pansies, before it returned indoors to take pride of place on our spring nature table. You will discover many inspirations if you take the time to visit with Rick and his lovely family at their blogs. Thankyou Syrendell!
November 11, 2008
We love to celebrate St Martins day, even though there is definitely no snow as in the story, there is still a mix of cooler weather amidst the warm summer winds starting to blow through, and you could imagine needing a warm cloak if you were caught out on the streets at night when the cold changes come back to nip at fingers and toes. Many of us get caught out at this time of year packing away the winter woolies and doonas, only to get them out as one more cold snap returns.
It is a great time to go through and find clothes to donate for charities, and regift unused (or gently used)toys to charities that are just starting their Christmas appeal for those in need. We have a donation box outside a charity just a few blocks from here, so we tell St Martins story at home, then we light our lanterns at dusk, walk down to the box with our chosen donations in silence, and then sing our lantern songs on the way home. It creates a magical mood.
The sunlight fast is dwindling,
my little lamp needs kindling
Its beam shines far in darkest night
Dear Lantern guard me with your light.
Another tradition we uphold passed down from my grandmother is mending day, the day after Martinmas, we spend the day repairing torn clothing (like Martin’s cloak) sewing on buttons, gluing, screwing, sanding or polishing any broken wooden toys that need it, darning any holes from our winter wooles before they go away, etc. A kind of Martinmas spring clean!
Enjoy your celebrations!
October 31, 2008
I am still not sure how this fits in the southern hemisphere, we are in the midst of spring and new life flourishing, and it is a good time to consider new life from death, seeds reawakening, and the closeness and bustle from the spirit world. It is hard to shut out the commercialisation of this festival, even here in Australia where it is not really celebrated, just marketed. It is nice to celebrate the stored harvest, pumpkins or turnips put away in autumn, brought out to carve and eat as we wait patiently (or impatiently) for the fruits of late spring and summer still swelling from blossoms. It is still dark enough for little ones to light a lantern before going to bed, and ponder other realms, infact there is an evenness to the light and dark (close to solstice) that balances the dark and brings a new day to awaken in the morning and look for saints and angels hiding in the clouds.
Two of my favourite halloween stories are the traditional one found here…
…and one I have made up for our playgroup unique to a springtime halloween
Once upon a time there was a little gnome called Pumpkin Bumpkin. He lived in the bottom of the vegie patch and looked after many of the little creatures who called that corner of the garden home. He carefully hid the snails under the big leaves of his pumpkin vine so they were safe from the magpies and didn’t eat the lettuces, and he gave the Bluetongue lizard the overripe fruit which was only a little spoiled to keep him from raiding the strawberries.
Pumpkin Bumpkin’s favourite job was polishing the huge pumpkins that grew in the Autumn on his lovely rambling vine, but there was plenty of jobs to keep him busy all year round. At the moment he was busy picking and podding the springtime peas, and snipping the flowering seed heads off the parsley, but today the whole garden was abuzz with more than the usual spring bustle…
When Blue wren flew past Pumpkin Bumpkin stopped him to ask what he knew. “Its Halloween, all hallows eve” said the little wren. “The world of the humans and the spirits grows close, and sometimes people can see the little people like gnomes and goblins. Some people put out biscuits to thank the helpful gnomes and faeries, or to stop the goblins getting up to extra tricks. Some folks light lanterns to see the little folk, and others carve pumpkins and turnips into lanterns to ward off witches.”
“This I must see” said Pumpkin Bumpkin, and he carefully took his lantern and set out across the garden towards the big house. When he got there it was growing dark, and Pumpkin Bumpkin was getting hungry. Then he spied a large plate of spiced biscuits on the back step. He clambered up and broke off a chunk of the nearest biscuit, sitting down for a good nibble when he suddenly saw a little boys face pressed against the glass, giving him a wink!! Pumpkin Bumpkin was about to turn and run, when he saw the most amazing sight, a large glowing pumpkin face all orange in the twilight. He stored it in his memory, waved to the boy, and lifting his lantern high hurried back to the safety of his garden home, to tell his friends of the marvels of Halloween
It’s Halloween all hallows eve so raise your lanterns high
You may see a pixie or a goblin going by
It’s Halloween all hallows eve so raise your lantern high
Tomorrow saints and angels may bless you from on high
May the blessings of all the saints be with you tomorrow, and always.