29 May, 2012

Felt Crowns for Play (birthday or dressup Part II)

I have been making felt crowns as I mentioned in the first felt crown post.
For the children to play prince and princess dress-up 
in class at our pre-school.
Or really, 

knowing children and their endless imaginations, 
they could become anything wearing these crowns, 
couldn't they?

 Both of these crowns look fairly traditional I think.
I made these first, with the idea of simplicity, pastel colours 
and felt shapes to imitate gemstones.

Then I allowed myself to be inspired by what I see around me every day.
The scenes that take my breath away here on the Sunshine Coast.

The fairy-tale forest.
Mother Nature's sanctuary.
Our surrounds, 
where imagination runs free and real magic can happen.

 My Little Pipkin delightedly modelled, 
my Elven Princess Coronet

Mr Turtle, tired after another fun-filled day at school.
Modelling my Prince of the Forest Crown

 I hope you like them.
Happily, the children do.

27 May, 2012

Family Woodworking with Pallets

We recently were given a stack of pallets by a solar panel company who were going to dump them.
We were told they were untreated wood,
and they were free!
Perfect for us.

All of my guys worked together to produce a planter box.
Made to donate to our recent school festival.

Built from recycled timber.
Sealed with BIO wood varnish.
Filled with our own organic compost and worm castings.
Made with love.

My Man cut the ends off each of the pallets,
which the boys are now using as shelves...

 ...and to make a stage for performances.
Do you like the pavers at the front? The little alcove with the oranges?
That is an 'orange ripener', they tell me.

26 May, 2012

Rainbow Winter (Peg Doll) Faerie

For 'L''s birthday I wanted to do something
Sweet, Steiner, Special

I adapted Anna Branford's simple knitted hat pattern
to fit this peg doll.
I used acrylic paint and a skewer, to paint on the face.
And wrapped a piece of matching wool felt, secured with glue.

I used the same wing pattern template, I created for my felt dragonfly.
And the felt I used, is an extremely special piece I hand-dyed with friends, using natural vegetable dyes from Botanical Colors.

I think I accomplished what I set out to do.

25 May, 2012

Vegetarian Pea Soup

It has been getting a little chilly.
The days are getting shorter.
We were in need of warm and nourishing fare.

On looking for a split pea soup recipe, without ham... 
I happily found this Split Pea Soup recipe on the 101 cookbooks site.

It's vegan and delicious!

22 May, 2012

Potato Pancake Recipe

Last weekend we went to a birthday party and brought along a plate of food to share.
I made potato pancakes with apple sauce.
Known to me as a Polish favourite, that I ate many times when I lived in the UK.
My version turned out to be an absolute hit, so I wanted to pass on the recipe I created, for you to make and enjoy too.

Potato Pancakes

1 brown onion
4 largish potatoes
1/2t turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
1 organic egg
2T besan (chickpea/chana/gram) flour

Ghee for frying

Peel and finely grate onion and potatoes. Squeeze out excess moisture in a clean tea towel (fun activity for little fingers).
Separately, beat egg, turmeric and seasoning together.
Put all in a large bowl and sprinkle the besan flour over contents.
Use your hands to well mix everything together.
In a frying pan, melt about 2T of ghee over a medium heat.
Place heaped dessert spoonfuls of mix into the pan, around the edge. (I find the centre always cooks too quickly). Press them flat with the spoon.
Cook both sides of the pancake until golden brown. (My potato was cooked through in the centre with a scrumptious crunchy edge).
Once cooked, place onto a paper towel covered plate to drain off excess oil.

They can be kept warm in a low temperature oven, covered with foil or a wet tea towel.

I served ours with Apple Sauce.
Simply made by placing several peeled and sliced apples (which my boys were very happy to help with) into a saucepan, with 2T of water. I covered this with it’s lid, over a low heat. Once cooked through, I used the blender to puree them into a sauce.

17 May, 2012

Little Hands make Clay Boats

The two activities my boys will always say YES to, 
are clay play and anything to do with hammers.
Like the past posts on clay play, flower prints, hanging targets and rainbows.

Mr Turtle came up with the idea of boats.
No, they didn't quite float, but the fun was in the making!

Personally I would have preferred versatile sticks from the garden for the masts, but they insisted on staws, so they could easily cut them to 'just the right length'.
The sails are made from tissue paper.

15 May, 2012

Honey, Ginger, Lemon Tea recipe

source photo: 123RF
For those of us celebrating Autumn, this tea is a delicious and nourishing way to keep warm and treat yourself (and your body) at the same time.
Include equal parts of grated ginger root, raw honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
About 1T per person.
Grate ginger into plunger beaker or teapot. Just cover with filtered water. Fill beaker or teapot with boiling water. Leave to steep for 5 minutes.
Stir in lemon juice and honey.
Strain as you pour into your favourite cup or mug,
 and enjoy!

We also have a family favourite sure-fire recipe for when you are feeling fluey.
Follow as above, but add per person - slice or two of hot fresh chilli, 1 clove, 1/2 garlic clove: pressed - at the same time the ginger is added.
Stay Healthy

08 May, 2012

Felt Birthday and Dress-up Play Crowns - Part I

I have been making felt crowns for the children to play prince and princess dress-up in class at the pre-school.
I will share the completed photos soon...
A few years ago now, I made crowns for my boys' birthdays, that we use each year.
I love the tradition of Waldorf birthday crowns.
I thought a few links and photos for inspiration might be helpful for others who might be wishing to create something similar. Either for play or celebration.
I hope you find something here you love.
Links to images, patterns and tutorials are below.
We Wilsons - tutorial
Oh Baby O - tutorial
Juicy Bits - tutorial
This really is just the tip of the iceberg.
There's so many talented folk out there.
Aren't we lucky they are so willing to share with us?
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