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Beeswax Candlemaking

January 30, 2011

In preparation for Candlemas next week, we spent an enjoyable hour or so rolling beeswax candles to give as gifts on Wednesday.

The Little One loves candles so it was nice that she could be involved in the making of them.

As you can see, she was very pleased with her efforts! The beeswax was lovely to handle – it smelled so sweet and its amber glow when lit was beautiful.

I hope you all have had a happy and restful weekend.

xxx

beauty in the detail

January 22, 2011

Sometimes we need to stop and stare….

to see the small things of the world…

to drink in the detail…

and marvel at its beauty.

In anticipation of todays woodland walk, I put together this treasury inspired by nature

please take a peek – there’s some wonderful pieces made by very talented people indeed!

fire and ice

January 20, 2011

We’ve recently introduced a simple mealtime ritual: we say grace, light a candle then tuck in. This means our candle-usage has increased quite a bit so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make and display the candles. When I saw this tutorial, I knew we’d have to give it a go. I loved making the frozen suncatchers so was keen to try more ice crafts.

The results were spectacular. There is something magical about the way the ice glows in the candle light. As the lantern began to melt, the candle floated in its own pool of glistening water. I love the elemental nature of the project too – fire and ice – simple, natural and beautiful. My daughter was equally enchanted.

I anticipate many more of these lanterns will grace our dinner table before winter is over.

Blossom

January 17, 2011

Meet Blossom:

I’m very proud of Blossom. Ok, perhaps the stitches could be a little neater and she did take the best part of an afternoon to make, but she’s something I’ve sewn. Until recently, I considered myself as someone who can’t sew – in fact I was rather scared of sewing. It seemed to me to be something fiddly, frustrating and requiring greater dexterity than I possessed – not that I’d ever really tried, I just knew. Silly really, given all the other crafts I do but I had quite a hang up about sewing. I’d tried to learn before but made the mistake of trying to start off with a sewing machine. It didn’t go well. The sewing machine has been out of its box twice. I’m not sure what made me decide to give it another go but I’m so glad I did. What I’m discovering is that, as with so many things, patience, practice and perseverance really do pay off.

I’m now planning a whole range of little flower dolls – snowdrops and daffodils for next month’s nature table are top of my list – and maybe one day soon I might pluck up the courage to make a proper full-size waldorf doll. If anyone reading this fancies making their own little Blossom, she’s available as a kit fromDe Witten Engel. I got mine from myriad. There are lots of other plants and flowers in the range – holly, snowdrops, and toadstools to name a few – all of them lovely!

Thanks for taking a peek.

xxx

dawdle days*

January 14, 2011

*days spent making…

…baking…

and creating.

dawdle days  – my favourite sort of day.

Winter Nature Table

January 6, 2011

Our walk earlier in the week provided a great opportunity to gather some fallen treasures for a winter nature table. Up until recently the space was occupied by the Little One’s advent calendar but now that all Christmas-related items have been taken down and packed away, we can use it to display our seasonal finds and crafts – something I’ve been wanting to do for ages

As well as natural items, we’ve included animals we’ve observed or talked about this week. Squirrels in particular have been much discussed and we’ve had great fun watching them in the park. The Little One seems to find them hilarious for some reason. Well, I guess they are cute…

a winter walk

January 3, 2011