Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Crafty Weekend

Despite the dead car battery, leaking pipes and illnesses of the weekend, we had a lot of fun really delving into craft projects.

I finished Jani's cowl/burka. I have yet to get a picture of her in it. Now one of her co-workers wants one - not before I experiment with cabling and make a doll afghan for the girls from some leftover yarn and an Irish Hiking Scarf for a friend.

We also opened the Valentine's Day project assembly line. This year's project - making new crayons from old, forming them into heart shapes. Each girl then cut out paper hearts, put the name of the recipient and her name on each heart and affixed a new crayon to each to gift to school friends and others. All told, we cranked out 100 of these critters this weekend.

Here's a shot of two of them - from the first batch. They are so cute and they color just awesomely - a rainbow in one swipe of the crayon.

Here's one step of the process - after we'd de-labeled the crayons, we broke them into smaller pieces and divided them into like-colored families. We then filled the heart-shaped muffin tins with a combination of colors we thought would look neat together and put them in a low temp oven to melt.

This is Gemma busy at work, putting her friends' names on the paper hearts with the crayon heart attached with tape to the paper.

And Rowan pulled out her new (a Solstice gift) potter's wheel and decided to try throwing a few pots amongst the crayon project. Yes, we managed to keep the wet clay out of the crayons - a melted wax and clay mixture could have been down-right nasty!!

Gemma has taken to authoring many stories lately - she loves her new found skill of managing letter sounds and putting them together into words. She chose to work in the living room to avoid getting clay and wax on her book and is authoring a story about her stuffed animal bat, Batty - appropriately named - discovering gold.

After all was said and done - we'd craft ourselves into a stupor, so enjoyed a snuggly evening on the couch watching the movie, Grease. Yes, Grease! We got into the TV show, "You're the One that I Want" and realized the girls had never seen the movie.

1 comment:

Laura said...

Looks like you all had a lot of fun with your crafty time. I love that idea of making the crayon hears, I'll have to remember that for next year.