February 27, 2013
Walnut baby necklaces.
Do pop over and take a look. I find I am posting a lot more of my crafts over there than here at the moment, and pinning them here too, So please forgive the long silences between posts here. I’ll try to remember to update things here once in a while. Maybe once in a blue Moon 😉
August 10, 2012
Trying to clear out and pare down toys after a 7 year old sons birthday hoarde, it was interesting the toys that have stood the test of time and were still too treasured and played with to be packed away…
blocks with holes and screws plain blocks and natural wood blocks
wooden and felt play food kitchen utensils, teaset and rock collection
felt playscenes playsilks and cotton cloths
wooden cars, trucks and planes paper planes and silk parachute man
wooden thomas trains wooden “real” trains and track (not thomas -too babyish)
dress ups, hats, belts, scarves, playsilks, playcloths
Lego has invaded in a big way, but I was curious to see he still wanted his plain wood blocks, but not the screw together kind. He was more than happy to get rid of any TV licenced items that have wormed their way into our toys as they have been suddenly deemed “babyish” by the seven year old, so anything Thomas, Bob the builder and even Charlie and Lola had to go.
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.
October 27, 2009
In many of our stories a few simple props or even just hand gestures can captivate and capture the imagination as the tale is spun, and often helps to hold the youngest members interest in storytime in our mixed ages playgroup. I have seen some beautiful table plays or stories told in other steiner settings with marionette puppets, but for our simple stories (and a single storyteller) I have found props which can stand themselves are easier to use with less fuss and free up a spare hand or two as you go along.
One of my favourite alternatives for people characters are wood and wire type dolls which I sew clothes onto (from wool felt mostly). They are slightly posable and stand well on most surfaces. These are two I have made recently, Joanne and Peter. Of course they can easily be called other names and be other characters, and they often are in the traditional tales I tell. But I have found the stories I write myself tend to take on the characters of some of the storydolls I have sewn. I can easily see how commercialised toys could limit the play or storylines a child spins for themselves, being so heavily invested in a set character, and find it interesting I have the same tendancies with my own handmade supposedly open ended dolls! I need to make a conscious effort to shake myself up a little and let Peter be the little boy or the wise old farmer, or the proud father, and Joanne to be the big sister, the crafty aunty, or the strong harvester … 🙂 Not always an easy thing to do!
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!