Showing posts from June, 2013

Wet felting - our first time & some history on the technique...

This was really fun, and faster than needle felting I think?  Well, if you consider the playing w/ bubbles & clean up....maybe not!  Not sure what we'll make with our balls - maybe a little summer person to put on the science table.  They are drying now so I have time to figure that out.  I found the tutorial at this site:

A little history of wet felting from  :
 Felt is the oldest textile fabric dating as far back as 6300 BC. It is created from wool or other animal fibers that are densely matted together. Felting predates spinning, weaving or knitting and for centuries, this non-woven fabric has been used for yurts, blankets, rugs, hats, boots and clothing. Felt has the ability to protect against cold and insulate against heat, and can absorb and hold moisture, and…

Geometry for Flash & crafting a woolen whale

Ok, so it's just a shot of my big guy doing geometry, not the actual work ;0)  But my posts are weighed heavily with little people & I want to include everyone....while he worked on that I made a whale!

What a busy day! Homemade ice cream & cream cheese

Somehow we did so much today - where did we have time for it all??  And I don't even have any pictures of our 2 hours at the park!  While we were there we made chalk rock drawings, played tic tac toe w/ rocks, and retold the whole story of 'Madeline's Rescue' using rocks!  It was funny, but they loved it!  Here are the 'cooking' things....

Summer play area set up

We moved the play kitchen back out to the playhouse by the garden - we thought it would get more use out there with us in the garden more, and now we are seeing more mud pies!  We've had it in the house since spring when we first started our Waldorf journey, so it was time anyway.  We also added in a science table of sorts, which we've had for years but never really did a lot with.

How do you change your play areas as the seasons change or your children grow?  I'd love to hear from you!

Yard sale finds, homemade & saved

I am a firm believer in reusing or making what you can - and that includes lots of thrift stores & yard sales.  Resisting the temptation to buy what we DON'T need is a little hard sometimes though!  Guess that's how we ended up with 'Mac' & 1/2 a dozen other characters from the Cars movie.  Jam sure loves them, but oh how I really don't like toys from movies!!  I would say normally that it kills the creativity & imagination, and perhaps he is just recreating scenes from the movie....but he has done this for hours and hours and hours. 

What are some of your great yard sale finds?  How about things you make yourself?  Do share!

Welcome Baby M & more sewing projects


Today in the garden


Last week's art - Henna & foot painting!

HB has recently become interested in started w/ henna in her hair b/c it is of course, natural.  Now she is creating some awesome temporary tattoos!  She's been practicing on our house guests (who after a full month are heading home tomorrow!  Wow!) & I think she could even earn some money doing this.  It started when a missionary came to church to tell how she had learned the art of henna while in India, and used this to tell bible stories to Muslim women.  They would later tell their children & husbands the stories.  We have a small e-book of hers but she is also working on one that includes the stories to tell as you do the's a link if you want to learn more:

Papa J is a Father's Day Hero!

I need to try to get the pics off my phone, but they don't tell the story at all.  I was shaking too hard to try to figure out the video feature in time to get the shot of my dear, brave, strong, hubby catching babies out of the second story of a burning house yesterday!!
That's right: we were visiting a church in a nearby town & afterwards we were looking for an art fair.  On the way downtown Tweeters said, that house is on fire!  I pulled quickly into a nearby parking lot, my hubby jumped out, ran across the street & started banging on the door.  Another man came up & helped him knock down the door; but oops, flames started shooting out.  They heard a woman shouting from the upstairs window that there were children upstairs - they told her to throw them down!  My hubby caught the first one, still in diapers, and handed him to a woman who had run over from next door.  The other man caught the second, my hubby caught the third, and then he & another man caught …

A few birthday pressies

Some belated, others early, but we selected a few things online for the littles to purchase w/ their bday money.  Here are a few - not pictured are: The Reading Lesson, Snip It cutting book, The Rhetoric Companion, You are Your Child's First Teacher, & a 4-in-1 Betsy-Tacy book (Tweeters loves chapter books as well as picture books!).

Graduation party for Honey Bunches!

Although HB was really finished w/ formal education last year, she decided to make it 'official' this spring so she could have a big party w/ her friend JG.  They have so many mutual friends, it just made sense!  It was really a blast, and we had a wonderful time :0)

How do homeschool families in your area celebrate graduation?

A little shelf or 2

Here's the tree we painted on Tweeter's wall awhile back...we found some $1 butterfly wall stickers & hung the fairies from the ceiling that HB made for her mobile when she was tiny.  I recently found a small shelf to put on the tree, so animals & fairy friends could live in the tree!  We've since added another little .50 shelf so it really makes it more 3-dimentional.

More June Crafts

Yes, brain is coming back - either from littles getting older or the fact that I am challenging myself a bit & learning how to do some new things.  A friend had a baby last week so we made an elephant from one of my old skirts - had to sneak into HB's (Honey Bunches) room to use her sewing machine though ;0)  I wanted it to be pretty babyproof & I don't trust my hand sewing.

Wool felting

Here's Tweeters - she REALLY wanted to try it.  Even though that needle REALLY hurts!  As you can see we are just using whatever is on the desk & not a foam mat, but it works fine.  She is making an owl but I've been told it looks more like an 'angry bird' from a video game?!


Thank you, Patricia Polacco!  We love your books :0)  We made Thundercake when our now 17 year old was in kindy, and now we got to do it again w/ he & the 5 & 2 yo.  It was very unplanned, actually: we were out picking strawbs (as the 5 yo calls them) in the garden, when dark clouds started rolling over & we heard thunder.  Tweeters looks up from picking/eating & says, "Mama!  We should make Thundercake today!".  We had read the book before but not had the opportunity.  Well, no fresh tomatoes yet, but the ones in the freezer from last year worked just fine once we got them thawed out!  Here are a few picks...I guess all that's missing is the kick cow, peck hen & all the other farmy things we don't have yet.....