Monday, October 26, 2015

43/52 Gnome's in the kitchen

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Oona and Elsa: cooking up a feast in their gnome house

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Acorn Necklaces and Dolly


The allure of acorns this time of year tempts more than just the squirrels. Little hands seem to pick up a handful here and a handful there, and I find them in bags, in bowls, in coat pockets, and rolling along the floor throughout the season. I have daydreamed about crafting with them for ages. There's a long list in the back of my head of all the glorious things to do with acorns, but the girls were having so much fun just playing with them this year, that I delayed. One cold morning, when I realized how large our stockpile had grown, I decided that a few could be spared for my lofty crafting goals, and baked them in the oven. Wow! What a wonderful smell! I baked them at around 185 degrees to kill off any wiggly things occupying them that might decide to pop their head out at a moment's notice. I had already given such things a fighting chance to get free by leaving them in a jar for a few days, and many did flee and were let outside unharmed. Gross part aside, the acorns smell marvelously of Fall when baked. After they were baked and cooled we clamped them and drilled holes in them in my husband's workshop. They are roly-poley little ones, so you need to be careful when drilling (which is why I enlisted Jake for this task, as he clamps and drills things everyday... but rest assured, you can accomplish this task without a pro... you just might break a few in the process). We used an electric drill, but a hand drill might be fine. After that we picked some hemp cord and a few wood beads and set to work. Oona was able to design and string her own with a little help. Elsa, whose two, preferred to have me do it. The hemp cord would fray a little when adding beads, so next time I might use something on the ends to seal it (a tiny bit of beeswax, perhaps?). We just tied knots in the necklaces and used some extra acorns for dolly necklaces. I love the simple doll necklaces, but also love the mix of caps and acorns and beads on the longer strands. After we finished I made Jake drill me another so that I can make one for myself at some point. It was too much fun. I'm half tempted to let Oona design one for me.

And as you can see in the photos, I finally got around to making a doll for Elsa. Her name has changed a few times so I'm reluctant to call her anything, but I think she is loved. Elsa chose the green eyes and green dress color (to my surprise, as she is going through a pink/purple phase... at least I hope it's a phase.) She is, of course, Lucy's sister. I'm hoping to make the girls some more doll clothes and baby carriers for these girls for Christmas, but I might only have time for the carriers. More from my crafting world soon!

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Monday, October 19, 2015

42/52 Rain, Snow, Wind, Sun/ Four Seasons in One


"A portrait of my girl's, once a week, every week in 2015"
 Oona and Elsa: adapting to what the day brings

It's been the craziest week weather-wise. It started with my girls running around in the sprinkler and then some rain and swirling leaves in between and finally our first snow (a bit early, but still enjoyed). And when the snow had melted by noon time, Elsa looked out the window and declared, "It's Spring!" I do love the four seasons.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

41/52 Fairy Woods and Hay Field

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Oona: my wild adventurer
Elsa: feeling the breeze
Oona and Elsa: forest friends

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Falling Leaves

Reading: "Brida" by Paulo Coelho and one Halloween costume hat finished
 I feel like a squirrel this time of year... gathering, fluffing the nest, scurrying about trying to get everything ready in time! Warm woolly things are being made alongside birthday presents (so many Fall birthdays around here!) and though I don't want to mention it, Christmas presents too! I am still finding things to preserve and always finding things to collect. Pockets are being filled with acorns and brightly colored leaves (and not just by the kids!). I want to try this tasty Fall drink. But along with all the beauty of blazing trees and bright orange pumpkins, has come my first Fall cold. I always get sick when the seasons change, without fail. Lots of soup and hot tea have been helping. I've also pouring hot water over dried sage, rosemary, and a couple drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a bowl and then absorbing the steam under a towel for a little bit... that feels great when I can get few minutes to myself to do it. I'm mostly feeling better now with a few snuffles to go.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

40/52 Hay Ride

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Oona and Elsa: (another two-for-one photo!) getting ready for a ride in the little hay wagon that Daddy and Papa built with vintage wheels... I think this year they will get to go trick-or-treating in the hay wagon. We'll have to see how many kids we can fit! Now to find a pony to pull it!