27 July, 2012

Waldorf Timber Candle Stands

 We are rather fond of candles here.
We are also rather partial to placing a setting around our candles.
Which is how I came up with the idea for these candle stands I am now making and selling in my etsy store.

 I have created 3 designs of these candle stands, inspired by 3 traditional Waldorf images; 'Seed', 'Leaf' and 'Gnome'.

These candle stands are also available in their raw form, as a kit.
With easy to follow instructions and everything included to create a timeless family piece for your home.

My own boys LOVE to sand and wax . 
I have worked with these kits alongside quite a number of children now (boys and girls), aged between 2 and 8. Every single one of them loved the process and the finished creation, that they immediately presented to a loved one. This is a wonderful activity to do with your own children, or to give as a gift to another family.

ღ The 'stage' of the candle stand is used to create seasonal/ thematic displays.
~Items are placed, denoting the current season or (festive) celebration on the stage and use the stand as part of a home or function table setting, or nature corner display.
~Once lit, the candle creates focus and promotes reverence of the items and what they are representing.

I would love to know what you think of them.

 

22 July, 2012

Spring in the air, already?

Here we are, still in July. 
The mornings are mostly crisp. 
Yet, the bush turkeys are already building nest mounds across the way from our home.

 
Our children noticed the first of the plum tree blossoms in my friend's garden.
I gratefully received a bunch of them to display cheerily in a vase in my kitchen.

And if we required any more evidence. We seem to have been inspired to begin Spring Cleaning
This photo is of the shared room of Our boys. Almost empty of furniture. In the throes of being completely sorted and scrubbed from skirting to cornice. 
The sun was shining beautifully this weekend, and we thought, let's air out the mattresses... and things followed on from there.

I'm not sure if it is wishful thinking, or just the blessing of living here on the Sunshine Coast. But we are all enjoying the sun rising earlier each morning. And we have begun planting out our garden, with excited anticipation. 


17 July, 2012

Bubble Mix Recipe

Today the sun is shining and Little Pipkin and I are blowing bubbles. As I've done with my boys since they were around a year old.

Photo Source:
Award winning photo by photographer,
Alicia Gutierrez

Here is the recipe we use.

Bubble Mixture Recipe
1/2 cup dishwashing liquid
1 1/2 cups purified water
1t caster sugar
2t vegetable glycerin (available at health food stores)

Pour all ingredients gently into a jug.
Mix completely, but gently. Avoiding any foaming.
Allow to rest for up to 24hours before using for best results.

16 July, 2012

Ninjago Lego minifigure Red (&Orange!) felt man - Kai

Last Christmas things changed around here. 
We had requests for LEGO, after playing with it at friend's houses.
We have very few toys, and the vast majority are either wooden, 
Schleich animals, puzzles, pieces from nature 
or picked up from op-shops (thrift stores)...
I really did 'Hmmm and Haawww' quite a bit 
before I agreed with My Man that we should give it a go.

Well, since birthdays happened in April (and we were introduced to Ninjago...),
 I've really been experiencing Big changes in my boys. 
Mr Turtle (now 6) has become LEGO obsessed. 
He rarely plays with any other toy now. 
Lego can be found within faerie hollows in the garden, 
under pillows at bedtime and in pockets when we're out and about.

Yesterday, while I was crafting. My eldest wanted to join in too.
'Ahhh', I sighed happily. 
Pleased to have my Big Boy crafting beside me once again.

"Do you have any red felt Mama?" 
(Well, Yes. I'll just get it for you...)

I'm sure, you have guessed what Mr Turtle wanted to make?

Stuffing with wool fleece and a crochet hook
Using blanket stitch to close the stuffing hole
Drawing on the features with permanent marker
  4 y.o. Little Pipkin wanted to make an "Orange one"
The finished Kai doll with the original Lego minifigure version
Kind of cute, really.
 

14 July, 2012

Feeling Australia


I recently heard this poem being touchingly read by Natasha, Bill's grand-daughter (see poem below).  
It really struck a chord with me.

In 2004, on our return to Australia, (from living overseas for almost 7 years), my partner and I went directly to visit my folks in Carnarvon, WA.

The serenity of this bushland-coastal town and it's surroundings, the tangible red earth and obvious friendliness of my family and their friends, was immediately grounding. I knew I was home. I could feel it...

I feel it with my body, with my blood. 
Feeling all the trees, all this country. 
When this wind blow, you can feel it. 
Same for country … you feel it. 
You can look, 
but feeling … that make you. 

Bill Neidjie, 
Kakadu, NT Aboriginal Elder

Even today.
Living nestled amongst the lush Hinterland forests.

~A different time, daily life and surroundings.~

I still feel incredibly blessed.
EVERY day, as I step outside, drive around, travel further. Something inside of me, my heart, lifts.
I feel it in my body.
I KNOW. 
I Feel it.
 I am living exactly where I am supposed to be.

I LOVE Australia. 
Her beauty and all that she gives me.

10 July, 2012

Glue Pictures

 Prepare a table with bowls full of various wonders:~
  • Flower petals
  • Pictures torn from magazines
  • Yarn
  • Crepe paper
  • Glitter, sequins, jewels 
  • Stamps, stamp pads and stickers if you have them
One paint brush per child and some white glue.
Paper per child.
A basket of markers, crayons, pencils...
 
Little fingers looking for inspiration
Tearing and twisting crepe paper
 You will find there is no need to guide them.
Children will know what to do and will set to 'work', with their dear, stern looks of concentration
 

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