I have a sweet spot for ornaments and I love making them. Needle felted mushroom ornaments were on the handmade to-do list this year. In the end, I managed to make four plus a pink one for our family. It will be lovely to see it on next year's tree.
For the last two years, my oldest makes valentines for his classmates. I take this opportunity to join along side him in sharing the love. Still on the linoleum printing kick, I carved three different blocks, mixed colors per request and we set to work printing pre-painted cardboard, plain paper and paper that had been previously water colored.
Although I’ve had success printing cardboard in the past, it was hard for the kids to get a clear impression. I don’t think that mattered much since it created cool effects regardless. Plus, their favorite part lies in process — rolling the roller over the tacky ink and stamping. What a messy, fascinating and rewarding process block printing has become for us.
I’m really all over the board in this space —it’s time to revisit Christmas, yet again:
Two years ago we block printed holiday cards and I fell in love with printing all over again — it’s a physical process every step of the way and I love the imperfections that breath life into each unique piece.
This past Christmas we decided to print again. Although I wasn’t as happy with the results, I was thrilled with the process and how we were all involved. I spent a little extra time setting up so each could have a work area. It was time well spent. The three of us rolled and printed side by side for what seemed an eternity. I printed many, many cards all in one go — a project finished is quite an accomplishment over here.
My mind is always spinning as to what project I can print next — baby announcements, maybe?
Many hearts accompanied Valentine’s Day, yet the day wasn’t entirely oozing with love. We had sweet moments and not so sweet moments, but I guess that’s how life is. We did share some love through gift giving — drawings, bean bags, mobiles and flowers. For me, the best part is preparation and then sharing… making goodies and baking!
On Friday we finally handed out the last of our Christmas gifts — wax dipped pinecone ornaments. I stumbled upon these beauties on The Magic Onions and knew immediately that we were going to include this project in our holiday crafting sessions. With a bit of natural beeswax, some crayons for added color and pinecones of course, we all had fun taking turns dipping and dipping some more.
It’s that time of year! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I think I’ve only said this once before in this space, but it has happened again — To my surprise, I’m ahead of the game for this celebratory day — that is for now, anyway.
In the spirit of love, for our school’s annual Hearts and Crafts fair and for my own two sweethearts, I made beanbags laden with love. I can’t quite recall what inspired me, but I can say it felt like weeks before these bags of love came together. They are sturdy enough to toss around, but pretty enough to use as paperweights.
Christmas has past and we are now settling into the New Year. I think it might take some time before we find a balance between the flurry of life and the calmer moments I so cherish.
The holiday season holds such opportunity for us to make with love and share our love with others. The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is such a short time to squeeze in all our holiday crafting. I generally trust that all I have my heart set on making will come to fruition, but sometimes I do wig out as time rushes past with so little made. This year though, I was fortunate that I accomplished a lot — popcorn and cranberry garlands to boot!
Oh my, fall is here in all it’s glorious colors and fresh, crisp air. I’ve been contemplating why this is my favorite season and I think it has something to do with turning inward, cherishing warmth, a different type of light and hearty seasonal foods. It’s also the beginning of celebration.
We welcomed autumn this year by celebrating Michaelmas at school. On this bright, warm day we frolicked about the play yard, connected with friends and started our fall crafting. Mainly with my little one, and sometimes with my bigger boy, we strung a fall garland with chili peppers, soaked corn kernels, primrose, pinecones, holly berries and pumpkin seeds.
It seemed like such an obvious craft, but one I had yet to do. It was amazing to se all these goodies spread out for us to string. The colors were magical and celebrated fall — just delightful.
Did y’all paint rocks and sell them as kids? I don’t recall this classic past time from my own childhood, but I do clearly remember my two younger sisters jaunting through the neighborhood with their hand painted wares.
Inspired by a visit to a blog I wish I could find again and a recent rock gift we received via mail (too funny), we decided to make some rock art ourselves. We promptly set to work painting rocks collected from the beach. We were quite literal in expressing our love by painting hearts in reds and pinks, but anything goes. I'm all about rock art now. I think rocks would make a great gift for any possible celebration or expression of love.
Our painted heart rocks will be Father’s Day gifts this year. And, I’m so excited to be ahead of the game! I also thought they would make great belated Mother’s Day gifts. Yikes.
In search of the original site that inspired me, I found some additional rock art inspiration — painted rocks by Julia Likes and these images from Painting Stones. Right now, all I want to give are rocks, rocks and more rocks!
Today started out a bit rocky — awake at 5:30 a.m. and no
breakfast in bed. The day shaped up fine though, with gifts of flowers and a
second hearty eggs and bacon breakfast.
With satiated bellies, we soon set off on an adventure, finally
landing at a new beach off the hood canal. After a short hike in, we arrived at
a lovely sheltered and sandy expanse with snow covered mountains in the
distance. We were surprised to look up and see a 22° halo — a complete rainbow
around the sun and something I’ve never seen before. Truly amazing.
The second awe inspiring moment of the day was baking a
batch of gluten free chocolate cupcakes after 5:00 p.m., complete with icing to boot —
no small task, I say, managing a plethora of ingredients and four little wandering
hands. I was on a dessert mission for sure and nothing was going to stop me!!
I’m so glad my mother’s day turned around and is complete
with many happy memories.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mama’s hard at work!
The photo is courtesy of our resident shutterbug and the chocolate cupcake recipe comes from Easy Gluten-Free Baking.