Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pinecone Owls


Happy Autumn!!


Gathering natural craft supplies is an Autumn tradition at my house.  We head outside with baskets and bags and go on a pinecone and acorn hunt.
Of course this gathering time always inspires a nature craft or two.


Today we decided to make some pinecone owls out of our bounty!

To make your own you will need:
pinecones, (various sizes, shapes)
pumpkin seeds
paint and paintbrush
glue gun and glue stick
branches


To start we painted "bellies" on our pinecones.  
(basically these were upside down triangles)


Then we added little spots to their bellies.


Paint the pumpkin seed beaks orange


Then using a glue gun glue on the pumpkin seed beaks and googly eyes.


Finally glue onto your branch and admire!  

What a simple and adorable craft to begin the Autumn craft season!


Maureen



Monday, September 15, 2014

Milkweed Pod Fairies

With autumn just around the corner, we thought we would create a fairy from nature using one of our favorite crafting supplies... milkweed pods!


Pop on over to CBC to see how she came to life!

In fairy love, 

Shanti

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cattail Birds



The ditches along the highway are FULL of cattails this time of year.  
It's the perfect time to harvest them before they burst open.
I remember as a child my mother would collect them and spray paint them silver…they were in vases all over our house at Christmas time.

I came across this goodie of a craft in an old nature craft book, (aptly named Nature Crafts)

To make your own you will need:
cattails
scissors
glue, (glue gun or white glue)
feathers
paint 


Enlist the help of a pint sized helper…
get on your rubber boots and go on a cattail pickin' adventure!
(oh, and be sure to show them that if you rub off the outer layer, 
the inside bursts open in a cloud of fluff)!!


We trimmed off the ends...


Painted on eyes and painted the beak orange.
If you want to paint your cattails different colours, go for it…we painted one of ours blue.


Get out your glue gun and feathers…


We put a dab of glue on the end of each feather and stuck it into our "bird".


Tie a length of string around the middle of your bird, hang and enjoy!  
My daughters thought this would also make for a really cool cat toy.

Nature crafting at its best.


Maureen










Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Allure of a Sunflower Field...



In the next town over we spotted this…
(if I had a field of my own I think I would do the very same thing.)


Of course we had to stop to take pictures…
sunflowers are, perhaps, the happiest flowers of all.


Eldest informed me that Goldenrod is a sure sign that the seasons are about to change.


Here's to celebrating the end of summer in full bloom!

Maureen

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stained Glass Butterfly Crowns


Head on over to the CBC parents site to see how to make your own 
stained glass butterfly crown!
What a great craft to do to celebrate summers end.
(time to fit in all that last minute summer crafting)

Enjoy every last morsel of sun, summer and fun!

Maureen

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



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