Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fairy Garden Den

Deep in the hills of Killaloe, nested amongst a bountiful fairy garden... lives a fairy den. 


Come take a peek with me....


The fairy kitchen...


with the stove burning bright with bubbling delights.


All of their treasures collected from their many forest and field journeys, sitting in little acorn cap bowls on their pantry shelf. Stars from the sea, feathers and snails to adorn their home. A queen Anne's lace and maple leaf hearth rug to sit upon. 


Flowers and herbs hanging to toss into their magical brews. A shell spoon ready for the stirring. 


 Wee bark chairs and a turtle shell table atop a daffodil rug... ready to serve fellow fairies some enchanted refreshements.


A Moss covered ladder to carry them up to their bark loft.


A dragonfly sitting quietly by.


A cozy spot to drink tea and soak up the fae wonder...


while the butterflies and dragonflies flit about the flower filled walls. 

A daisy rug, a vase full of flowers, a tiny bit of knitting... all awaiting. 


A hot cup of tea and a little birch bark book with a a monarch perched upon their acorn cap basket of flowers.


The bird's nest and rose petal chair filled with dandelion fluff.



 A quiet stillness... are they here?


High up on the loft rests the fairy bed, bath and vanity.


The canopy bed is laid with silk and feathers with a rose peal pillow filled with moss. 


Lanterns hang to keep it all alit. 


A shell and bark vanity with a snail shell of flowers.


 Flowers all around.


Magic flowing freely.


 With many a fine friend to share in the beauty.


Thank you for joining me. Hope you soaked up some delicious fairy magic. 
Do you think they are here?


Shanti

Thursday, July 10, 2014

First Moon Kit

Both Shanti and myself have tween girls in the midst.  Inevitably, this means that "moon time" or "menstruation" is looming on the horizon.  


Enter the First Moon Kit!!

I remember getting my period at age 12…my mother had talked about it a little bit, about finding blood "down there", and thinking she was bleeding to death, running to her own mother to tell her, (and subsequently having her mother laugh at her).  
Still…we only had one conversation about it, and it was never spoken of again…except for what I read in Judy Bloom books.  
I got mine at a friends house, and I remember feeling such fear.  I told my friend I was sick and needed to call my mom to come and get me.  It was, (horrifyingly), my father who went out and bought me a JUMBO box of no name pads, (that came in one size…BULK)!!!  I felt so embarrassed, and the subject of this was never brought up again in my home.

For my own daughters I don't want them to feel any embarrassment or shame when their own moon time comes.  
I'd like to find a way to honour this transition into womanhood, without too much fanfare, (as my eldest is a bit private about such things).  
So, my thoughts came to making a "First Moon Kit"…
something special to have on hand for when that day arrives.
This is what I've come up with so far...


First thing…this book found HERE
This is the most incredible book for young girls about to enter their moontime.
Lucy speaks about menstruation in such a positive light, and offers such great wisdom.
Every mother of a tween age girl should have this book on hand.
(Lucy is also the author of "The Rainbow Way"…she's an amazing lady).


And then…the bulk of the kit…
organic pads and intimate wipes.
(these could also be reusable cloth pads…menstrual cups.)
Before getting this, have a talk with your daughter about what she might like to use and have those things on hand.


A dear friend told me that her own mother gave her bubble bath when she got her first period, 
so I added some bubble bath and organic dark chocolate.


Raspberry Leaf tea, and moonstone earrings.
The earrings will be her first piece of fine jewellery.

Some other suggestions made by friends are…

Hylands homeopathic menstrual cramp remedy
A journal and a pen
New Moon magazine
Clary Sage, Lavendar and other Essential Oils
Rice Bag
Permission slips to cry or be unreasonable
Cozy slippers
Lip Balm and other pampering items

I love that I will have all these wonderful "gifts" for whenever this day arrives.
All of the things I bought will "keep" in the closet for a year or two with no issues.

Would love to hear your stories…wisdom…or suggestions for those of us entering this phase in our mothering adventures!

With love and light

Maureen



Monday, June 30, 2014

Poppy Dolls

Poppies are one of my favorite flowers. I adore there whimsical frilly faces and their "Alice In Wonderland"feeling in full bloom.


After they are done blooming, I always see little fairy heads. 
Do you see it?!
Nature is the best inspiration for creation. 


We decided to try bringing a poppy doll to life. 
We made a small slice in the stem...


 and inserted a twig for arms.


We folded a leaf and cut a hole for the head.


A sweet little dress!


We tied on some grass for a belt...


and gave her a wild rose for her dress.


A little face and a daisy hat and she was ready for play!
So much fun to create with the bits of beauty that find you on a summer's day.


In poppy love, 

Shanti

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Creating Ceremony for Children...

 I was raised in a Roman Catholic household…my mother, was in fact, a nun for about 20 years of her life and catholicism was a bit of a big deal in my house.  When I was young I loved going to church and Sunday school, but as I got older some of the values that the church held sacred, weren't necessarily values I felt I could support.  Spiritually, we all need to find that place where we can feel free to be ourselves…that space where we can identify.  This is merely one example of so many healthy and beautiful ways to celebrate spirituality.  

My dear friend had decided to take on the task of bringing sacred ceremony to the children of our community.
Every time the seasons change we hold a child specific ceremony.
I wanted to share our experience in hopes that it may inspire gatherings like this for those of you who can identify.


Once everyone had gathered the ceremony began with the ringing of a bell…
time to begin and quiet down.

The stump in the centre with cedar boughs, stones and talking sticks

We all met in my teepee and sat around the table in the centre.  
We honoured the four directions, Mother Earth, our centre, each other.
We smudged with sage.
Stories were told about the sun, about summertime.
A song was sung.
At the end of the ceremony, each child was given a piece of cedar to bury on their property…
it was suggested they could bury it with a wish or intention they had.
And then each child was invited to choose a special stone to take home with them.
The circle was then closed.
Ceremony for children need not be complicated…we do this every time the season changes, 
(4 times a year).  

The purpose of it is to get the children used to the idea of creating a sacred space…
this is especially nice for children who do not participate in organized religion.
There is no age limit…we had babies in arms…moms and toddlers…our community elders.

After the ceremony, we gathered the children and had a summer Solstice parade!



 Luckily we live in a very small town where spontaneous parades are encouraged and let's face it, a bit expected from time to time.


One of our community elders wrote a beautiful song in honour of our celebration.
We sang it on the way down to the village.




Afterwards we gathered for healthy snacks, a visit and playtime.
It was a beautiful event, one that we or our children won't soon forget.


Maureen

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Celebrating Summertime!!



I want to start by stating that I am by no means an expert on anything Waldorf...but, I do try to incorporate seasonal celebrations into our  year, and I also LOVE using beautiful crafting materials with my children and for my own crafts.  Please join me as we explore summertime celebrations in more detail!

Celebrating Summertime!!!


Here in Eastern Ontario, we're lucky enough to have four distinct seasons...each one very different than the other.  Summer for us means lots of trips to fresh water lakes, picnics in the park, the farmers market, camping, bike trips, fishing, gardening galore and the start of putting away the bountiful harvest! 
In the darkest part of winter we LONG for sweet sweet summertime!

Some festivals to mark on the calendar

June 21st Summer Solstice
June 24th St John's Day (Midsummer's Day)
July 15th St Swithun's Day
August 1st Lughnasad First Harvest

Find the celebrations and festivals that work for your family and your faith.
Every year we recognize the beginning of summertime with our Solstice celebration.  I like
bearing witness to the turning of the seasons.  We take time to make some sun crafts, change around our nature table, and usually on Solstice day we eat outside, (if the weather permits), and end the day with a bonfire. 

Here is an easy peasy summer Solstice craft! 
Sun wands

Our first sweet little sun princess modelling the sun wand!

To make your own you will need:
Wool felt, (red, orange & yellow)
Embroidery floss (red, orange & yellow)
Needle
Scissors
Dowel or stick (whatever length you wish...ours was about 12 inches)
Paint & brush, (whatever colour you wish)
Roving or stuffing
Glue gun and glue sticks
Ribbon, (reds, yellows, orange)

Enlist the help of one paint lovin' pint sized helper!

Cut out felt circles of varying widths and colours...find circular things to trace around your house...
you will need one small, one bigger, one even bigger and then two LARGE circles.

Pile them up so they look purdy!!!

Now sew those circles together...I used various colours of thread to compliment the felt, (because I'm a bit craft crazy!!)...if you want super simple though you can use a glue gun, (holds amazingly well for felt)...leave a gap at the bottom for the dowel or stick, (which will be sandwiched between the two large circles of felt)

Next attach your sunny coloured ribbon to the dowel or stick using a glue gun...
I also lightly stuffed my "sun" with roving...sew the bottom shut...and hand over to a lovely
little sun goddess...


Of course she will also require a sunny golden crown!!
(cut easily from some golden cardstock...stapled together at the back)

Here are some summertime verses that I found online...

Come bright butterfly, close to me
Your beautiful wings I should like to see
You fly like a bird, you sip like a bee
But you're really a flower the wind set free
  From The Mystical Kingdom
Combined with a simple butterfly craft, this would make for a lovely morning playtime!

Clapping verse (clap along to the verse)
A sailer went to sea sea sea
To see what he could see see see
And all that he could see see see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea
Again...combined with a simple boat craft, you'll start a summer day out with some fun!

And...if you require further summer crafting inspiration come over for a visit...

I wish you all sun kissed cheeks, strawberry stained teeth, bountiful gardens, 
clean fresh water to cool you off,  the smell of a campfire on your clothes,
and magical moments with family and friends!


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