Monday, April 26, 2010

See You Soon

I will be on a blogging holiday for family visiting until June.

Please check back in a few weeks,

Helen

Friday, April 23, 2010

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. SouleMama


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Summer Baking

We had a busy day of baking cakes today.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Crafty Birds - Making a Bug Viewer


This craft couldn't be simpler... Grab an old jam jar (one with a canning lid), cut a piece of material to fit and you have yourself a fancy bug viewer.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Crafty Birds - Making Flying Fairies

Holley of Girlish Whimsy and the girls made these adorable fairies last Thursday. They have been flying all around our house and have even been to the park. We are on a bit of a fairy kick lately (see our fairy house). Enjoy...


Materials:
Box
Lollypop stick
Ribbon
Feathers
Pipe cleaner
Blue painters tape
Paint
Brush
Black Sharpie
Scissors

Diorama
Step 1: Cut the front off the box and make a slit in the top of the box.

Step 2: Paint the box with grass, sky and stars.

Fairy
Step 1: Draw a face on the lollypop stick.

Step 2: With painters tape, attach several feathers on the bottom half of the lollypop stick for a skirt. Attach one feather on the top of the stick for hair.

Step 3: Wrap pipe cleaners around the middle of the lollypop stick for arms.

Step 4: To make the fairy fly... make a loop with the ribbon - attach one end of the ribbon to the back of the fairy and the other end to an additional lollypop stick.  

Step 5: Hang the fairy in the diorama by sliding the top stick through the box slit.

Play, play, play!

Holley, by the way, is a very talented artist, musician, and graphic designer. She basically creates whatever pops into my mind including my blog header and all of our birthday party invitations (see our ice cream social and pond party.) And lucky for you, she can design whatever you may fancy too!

Friday, April 16, 2010

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. SouleMama

Picture by Anri Nichols

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Felt Fun: Watering Can

I made this little watering can for the girls. It is part of a larger series of felt gardening tools that I am working on.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Not Your Grandma's Caravan

Over at Eat Drink Chick I found twee little Constance - not your Grandma's caravan. Actually, she is... but all dressed up and ready for martinis. I might be able to get into camping if it was this stylish.


And how about taking these super-cool cardboard suitcases along for the ride?
Made by Ikat (found via Crafty Crow).

Monday, April 12, 2010

Happy Dancing People

My beautiful flower girl

photo by Collin Hughes

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Purple's Make-Over

Today we gave Purple (Kira's new name for our scarecrow) a bit of a spruce up.


Little Purple looks so happy and ready for a good season of growing.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Day of Play

little. lovely. is one of my very favorite blogs and I visit it almost every day. The blog is beautifully put together and full of wonderful crafts, fashion and stylish products for little people.

You can imagine my joy when Khali of little. lovely. invited me to collaborate on a new feature that will appear regularly on her blog...

A Day of Play is a photo journal documenting a day-in-the-life of our little lovelies. Typical or extra special, this day shares the cultural subtleties of our blogging community as it exists around the globe.

The idea came when I was on a picnic with a Japanese friend. My daughters and I were eating our sandwiches and strawberries with plates and napkins. Our friends opened their bento boxes filled with perfectly cut delights - I was fascinated!

I hope you enjoy our Day of Play.


If you would like to be featured on A Day of Play, please e-mail me for more details.

Pretty Finds


Have you seen this gorgeous felt chandelier from Giddy Giddy? It is perfect for a little girl's room (or maybe two little girls with curly hair.)

And while we're on the subject of felt... Little Bean Shop has a sweet bag with a really cool felt ball strap. Actually, I love the whole outfit.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wooden Garden Totes (and Easter baskets)

For Easter Eric made the girls wooden gardening totes.

The gardening section included seeds and a trowel.

With digging comes bugs. I made a bug viewer from a jam jar and a piece of linen. The section also included a magnifying glass for close up observation.

For drawing bugs and plants, I made linen pencil holders and a little notebook. And, of course, I had to make some rabbits for Easter (thank you Purl Bee).

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter



Friday, April 2, 2010

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. SouleMama