Sunshine in the snow and crafts!
I just couldn’t resist this photo. I looked out of the window earlier today and saw the sun shining on the Dogwood highlighting its red stems and I grabbed the camera but the batteries died. So I changed the batteries to fully charged ones – I thought – and they died so Rod picked up his camera and took the photo for me.
As you can see we haven’t got much snow; just enough to cause us problems with travelling up and down the main farm trackway. Our old transit van would certainly get down but odds are it wouldn’t be able to get back up again so if we want to be amongst human kind we have to foot slog the half mile. I don’t mind walking downhill but that uphill walk is hard going and, of course, I have to stop and admire the scenery several times, it has nothing to do with the fact that I am breathless and unfit!
Not being able to have transport up and down the hill has meant that our grand daughter couldn’t come for her usual sleepover tonight. Kim is 5 years old and has been coming to us most Friday afternoons for the last couple of years; she crafts, especially rubber stamping, plays games on the computer, has her usual chips and poached eggs for dinner, watches a DVD and then bed. So instead of all this with her giggles and chatter we had to make do with a telephone call but we also have one of her pieces of art work on our kitchen cupboard and here it is!
Now I reckon this is pretty good but then I may be biased!
Kim loves crafting and has a huge stash at home in a rather large plastic container. She loves making cards and has decided to make Christmas gifts for her favourite people by decorating large coffee jars and filling them with goodies appropriate to the person. Think Mum’s purse will come in handy there 🙂
As Kim is so keen on crafts our daughter, Ruth decided to start her own craft business aimed at introducing children of primary school age to crafting. She has spent a great deal of time and effort sourcing materials and equipment, drawing up a programme, sending out letters and making posters. As Ruth works at the same school that Kim attends the teachers and headmaster have been very supportive with the headmaster offering the use of either a classroom or the school hall. Ruth was invited to give a talk about her idea to the children and show them samples of what they could make. The short of it is that the response has been better than was expected and she has a class of around 28 children every week. The craft club is held after school every Tuesday and the children get to play wth glue, glitter, paints, chalks, etc! I help out at the craft club and it is great fun, I love seeing the marvellous creativity that the children show. Some of the younger ones need a bit of encouragement but even the are much more adventurous now. Ruth has based some of her classes on the school curriculum so for example in formal class the children were working on autumn themed lessons so we gave them piles of leaves, die cut shapes, colouring mediums and set them to work drawing and clothing trees or drawing leaves and colouring them in autumnal colours. They have made bird feeders using bundles of twigs, peanut butter and bird seed. This coming Tuesday is the last of the craft club until after the Christmas break so the children are going to decorate boxes and fill them with chocolates as gifts for their mums – wonder how many chocolates will be left in the box when it comes time to give them to mum??
Here are a few things I have been working on recently:
Sorry the photo isn’t brilliant! I used an egg shaped stryofoam jobbie and pinned rectangular pieces of paper folded into a triangle onto the shape. This is great for using up those papers that have been hanging around for a while; some of the papers are ones I didn’t particularly like as a whole piece but don’t look so bad on this! I saw the idea on the internet many moons ago but that used a ball shape. I no longer have the link to that site so I can’t credit the person, if anyone knows who it may have been please let me know so I can link to them and give them the credit.