Earth teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light. Earth teach me suffering as old stones suffer with memory. Earth teach me humility as blossoms are humble with beginning. Earth Teach me caring as the mother who secures her young. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands alone. Earth teach me limitation as the ant which crawls on the ground. Earth teach me freedom as the eagle which soars in the sky. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring. Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me to remember kindness as dry fields weep in the rain.
Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.
~Motto of the Baltimore Grotto
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
So we gathered up our pressed and dried treasures... flowers, grass, ferns, monarch wings...
Found our trusty mod podge and set out to embellish our eggs!
oh so easy..
Using a small paintbrush, apply a dab of Mod-Podge to the egg where the flower will go. Using the same brush, carefully pick up a flower, and gently decoupage it onto the egg. Apply another thin coat of Mod-Podge on top of all of your egg.
Allow the egg to dry on a skewer (I stuck mine in plants ~ seemed to work well) for about 10 minutes, or until the flowers are dry to the touch.
I am looking for a way to hang these or display them for easter.... any good ideas?
Recently while shopping at our local thrift store ~ where most things can still only cost a quarter! ~ my eyes landed on a big bag of pink tulle. I almost walked away (self control Shanti, self control...) until I remembered seeing the sweetest no sew tutus on line that I had someday hoped to make. So the pink tulle came home with us and was quickly transformed into some fabulous fae wear for my youngest!
Here is a girl you will often find up in a tree with a dirty face, battered jeans and an old plaid shirt, but offer her a pink tutu and she can switch roles rather instantly ~ soon to be found spinning in graceful delight. I suppose what girl can resist the allure of fluffy tulle...
Here is a super simple way to create a tutu.
Thinking it would make a sweet gift for Easter or as a quick great gift for a birthday party.
In the words of my eight year old "It looks complicated but really it's SO easy!" She made her own version in navy blue and dark green, almost completely on her own ~ simple it truly is!
3-6 yards of Tulle (or 2 rolls of 6" tulle)
Hows that for simple!
Measure the recipients waist and cut your elastic to fit (with extra to overlap where you sew).
Sew your elastic together ~ zig zag on the machine or by hand
Decide how long you want your tutu to be, then double the desired length of the tutu + one inch. For example- If you want your tutu to be 12 inches long, you need to cut the tulle in 25 inch lengths.
Then you can cut your squares that length and pile on top of one another
Next cut you pile of squares into strips of about 8 inches or so (cutting them all together makes it go a lot quicker).
I must say tulle is the MOST forgiving fabric I have ever worked with. Your lines can be a rough cut and it still looks fabulous when put all together!
Stretch your elastic around a chair, your knee or (as we used) a stool.
Fold the strips in half & loop it around the elastic by pulling the ends through the loop. Pull tight.
Keep tying the strips of tulle onto your elastic until it fills up full.
This one only took about 30 minutes or so.
There it is... pretty and pink awaiting a fairy to dance in it.
We also decided to add a little extra color.
So we tied on some grass green ribbon to swirl when twirled.
One very happy fairy discovered her new skirt and took it out to play.
and more joy!
A fitting gift for my Solana Fae!
I had so much fun creating this and loved being the photographer on the sidelines while the "new skirt" directed a whole story ~ unfolding with dragons, a wedding, tree climbing, a handsome fairy prince, dancing and best of all big grins and giggles!
Here's an easy egg craft that is great for chick lovers of all ages!
I was inspired by an old 1960's craft book...all about egg crafts for your home.
(yes, that's right...there is an entire book out there devoted to EGG crafts)!
You will need:
wool felt, (yellow, orange and black/brown)
wool roving, (yellow)
embroidery floss, (or yarn) in orange
all purpose craft glue
To start take your wire and bend it into a chicken foot shape. Mine looked like this...
Basically you want two front toes and one toe in the rear...don't be shy with the size, as it has to support the weight of the chick. Ours were about 2-3 inches in size.
Now cover your wire with glue and start wrapping around some orange embroidery floss or yarn. You don't have to go all the way down to the end of the toe...it's really up to you!
Cover your egg with glue, (a side at a time), and cover with fluffy roving. I pulled my roving apart to make it super fluffy. Now this is where you will look at your "chick" and go..."oh goodness...what a disaster"...trust me, it will work out!
Take your egg and wrap your hands around it, pressing the roving to the egg...see...it's not so bad now!
Now cut out some wings, eyes and a beak with your wool felt.
Glue them on.
Glue on your feet...the wire will fit through the little hole you make at the bottom end of the egg when you blew it out. Now, it may be a bit wobbly...do not fear, prop it up between 2 objects until the glue dries...then you can take it, and bend the toes and make it stand up!
Oh my...super cute if I do say so myself.
Ruby and I now have a little family of chicks in the house...there will be more made tomorrow...windowsills will be graced with fluffy chick goodness!
Today was one of those gorgeous spring days... brimming with thawing and flowing... full of sweet sunshine, gulps of fresh maple sap, puddles to jump in, lambs to kiss and a sugar shack to hang out in.
Truly Spring is here!
We were gifted with an afternoon at our friends farm where they tap trees and spend the month harvesting their first crop of the season ~ maple syrup!
It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time outside and take part in some of the maple syrup making experience...
Riding on the back of the four wheeler for collecting... jumping off, chasing it...
jumping back on... rosy cheeked and giggling.
Yelling with delight when they found one full... sometimes almost overflowing... tipping their mouth up to the rim to take a sweet sip.
Pure fresh goodness.
( caught Papa indulging in some sweet sap )
The big boil in the cozy sweet smelling sugar shack...
After the satisfaction of "helping out" they spent the rest of the afternoon running in the woods...
jumping on frozen puddles, climbing in hay lofts and letting their play time shout "It's Spring!!"
I must admit... I have fallen in love with the maple syrup making process.
It leaves me in awe of how much sap it actually takes to make our beloved maple syrup and inspires me to want to make this not only an annual adventure...