Thursday, April 10, 2014

spring time


Spring is well and truly here, there is green everywhere, so fresh and full of life.
Seeds growing into seedlings, uncurling their beautiful delicate leaves, filling the window sills.
My body is also craving green; fresh green chard and sprouting broccoli and kale from the market are on my plate with nearly every meal.
We are outside in the fresh air as much as we can be, walking on the beach after dinner, grabbing a quick play in the park on the way home from school. The fresh air breathing energy into us and helping long, deep sleep. Along with this the children's play has deepened, they are so involved with their lego games and set ups. They are also really enjoying have space in their room to play quietly (or not so quietly if the lego man 'Ultra Magnus' is involved).
Joa and I went to our last playgroup today. I've been going to playgroups now for 8 years and I feel my time is at an end. Joa is happy with the Buddies group and will start pre-school after the summer, so it is time to let playgroup go.
We had a really lovely last session. We all met at the park and spread picnic blankets on the grass. We hid loads of little chocolate eggs and the kids searched for them.
 Joa loved it and repeated the game several times throughout the day hiding things like coins and then 'aha!' finding them again.
 He also quite enjoyed the opening and eating of the eggs, although this chocolate over load did result in a pretty severe case of 'the mega cranks'.

 My crafting is spring like too at the moment...

 I am making a lamb suit for Lambie...yes I know!... it's probably best not to question these things. I'll show you when I'm finished. Lambie is Benny's special and Rebe has asked me to knit a sweater for her special for our holiday.
Yes!!! We're off on holiday on Monday, all 8 of us, to a beautiful holiday house in west Cork for a couple of nights. We're so excited about it, counting sleeps and making plans!

This evening after dinner the kids decided they didn't want to go to the beach, but wanted to paint to music instead.
 Benny did this a few weeks ago at after school club and they have all been asking to do it since.
 It was lovely to watch, they were so engrossed in it and we decided to try to change the music and see how the paintings changed.

These are Rebe's paintings :
 Painted while listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons
 painted to Liam Clancy's Home From the Sea

 painted to Loudness' Rock and Roll Crazy Nights
I will be back here with pictures of our wee holiday next week sometime :-)

Buddies ~ Easter Eggs

**In September 2011 6 families got together and started Buddies Home School. Each week we meet in each other's home and follow a simple rhythm: movement and music, craft/ baking, snack time, free play and story time. Each part of the session is led by a different family. We are sharing this week's session with you here...***
At Buddies this week....
There was the painting of hard boiled/ blown eggs...

 There was the hiding of eggs...

 There was the hunting for eggs...
 There was the finding of eggs...

 There was the helping...
 There was the pride...

 There was the eating of eggs...
 There was the story...
Happy Easter little Buddies!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

in the studio

yarn and fabric for a custom doll I'm working on
 I am so enjoying having this space to call my own. I long to be there all the time. The light is beautiful, streaming in through the large window and onto my desk and sewing machine. It is warm and cosy and peaceful. I love having everything tidy and to hand, and since I have organised all of my wool and yarn I love knowing exactly what I have.
 me at work ~ taken by Joa
Still, it's been a busy week and I have been doing other things like planting seeds and tidying the garden. Watching the kids perform in their dance show. I have written my article for Juno about setting up a Home Kindergarten and I have been doing other doll related things that require lots of time in front of the computer. So although I would love to be here for hours on end everyday I am only finding a few snatched moments here and there. In that time I have been working on a couple of custom dolls:
16" custom doll
I also finished up this cute little pair for sale (see my facebook page for more details)
sweet little elf dolls
I have of course had my little helper with me. He sits beside me, in the room where he was born, and works away on a dress he is making for Bubs (my mum)
 first carefully stitching a row of holes across the pink felt he chose
 his tiny sewing machine belongs to Rebe but Joa loves using it
 then sorting through all my buttons to find just the right one and stitching it onto the dress with a 'sharp' and thread.

 I'm hoping to find a little more time this weekend to work in my studio,  and you can be sure I will be relishing every single, peaceful, creative moment of it :-)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Buddies ~ colours in nature

**In September 2011 6 families got together and started Buddies Home School. Each week we meet in each other's home and follow a simple rhythm: movement and music, craft/ baking, snack time, free play and story time. Each part of the session is led by a different family. We are sharing this week's session with you here...***

 Oh what a lovely Buddies session we had today.
We started, as always, with our 'hello song' and other favourites.
 Then we all put on our coats and wellies and went out to the woods on a colour hunt.
 Last week during free play the mums had painted splodges of different colours on the bottom of some egg boxes,
 The Buddies had an egg box each and went in search of things to put into the right coloured section.
 It worked brilliantly, they all got the hang of it (apart from little Z who thinks it is just plain wrong to put anything other than eggs into egg boxes!) and were very serious about their task.
 We had a quick play on the beach,
 and found some wonderful climbing places
 Snack time was very hungry today and we managed to eat a loaf and a half of bread as well as 2 bowls of raisins, 3 apples and several bananas!
Us mums had a quick cup of tea and discussed our up coming Buddies Mummy's curry night while the kids had some free play time.
 Kirsten ended our session with this great story:
 that was really enjoyed by all.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

spring fever...

It's that time of year again when you can feel the sap rising and everywhere you look there are jobs to be done. I was starting to feel really fed up with the state of the house, especially having been sick for a few days again last week. The jobs have been piling up but I just haven't had the energy to do anything about it. But over the weekend spring fever hit and I rolled up my sleeves and started. The house is now clean(ish) but more excitingly I have a work room or dare I call it a studio!!!
 Since we moved to this house the kids have had their own playroom downstairs, but of late it just wasn't worth having anymore. I would tidy it, they would go in there and get everything back out again and then walk away leaving it in such a mess that there was no room to play in it anymore and  it would stay like that until I tidied it up again.
No more, I said to myself.
So on Saturday the kids and I moved the toys. Now Rebe and Benny have a corner of their room with age appropriate toys and books for them and Joa has the same in his room... and I moved all of my sewing and knitting things into the room downstairs...
 I now have a lovely, spacious bedroom and after 5 hours up to my elbows in yarn and fabric on Sunday I also have a work room,  with a sorted yarn stash...
 and a sorted fabric stash...
 I'm so excited about this space and have spent a few lovely hours in it the last few days finishing up this custom doll,
 and an extra set of knitted items I was requested to do.
 And now I feel good, the house is organised and a bit clean and the sun has been streaming through the windows.
Another job I ticked off my list this week was for everyone to have a hair cut...

 and the light, oh the golden spring light that is so beautiful after dinner that we just have to go out and enjoy it...

Has spring fever hit you?