Spring has in reality been pushing through early around here, but today marks the last official day of winter, so we bid farewell to Mr and Mrs Winter and look forward to the blossoming light filled days ahead.
Mr and Mrs Winter
Our Mr and Mrs Winter are needle felted from soft merino wool in it’s natural washed white, with accents from hints of pale dyed greens greys and blues. Mr Winter’s hat is a clear blue of the winter sky, which has seen hardly any clouds this year.
Winter weather clear and bright
sun will shine with soft clear light
frozen fingers, frozen toes
I’ll think I’ll hurry out to play before the sunlight goes…..
-adapted from a children’s song we learnt in Norway
Wattle with your golden suns
underneath the spotted gums
warm our hearts till springtime comes
with it’s sunny hours……
– from a children’s song often heard being sung in our classrooms
Enjoy the sunshine weaving its way back into our days 🙂
The beauty of open ended toys is that we can all imbue them with a little magic of our own, and they can mean such different characters and adventures to different people. Maybe this is doctor Foster who went to Gloucester, maybe this is a well heeled traveller with his warm knitted vest and scarf to keep out the chills, maybe he is the visiting vet, or maybe he is a magician who can pull something out of his hat… and just maybe for a few of us he might have stepped out of a lovely blue police box that is bigger on the inside…
A wood and wire doll with loads of character
We sure do have fun whilst weaving a little sunshine in our lives 🙂 Maureen has certainly made this character come alive with such wonderful possibilities.
We have been experimenting with some wire and netting wings on sprites. What do you think? Does it make the wee sprite too fiddly to play with? Less sturdy? Leave enough to the imagination? More appealing? Just the right amount of whimsy? Too much bling?
A wee wooden sprite dressed in her fine felt clothes, and trying out some netted wings.
We would love some feedback in the comments. Please share your thoughts. Thank you 🙂
We have had a very productive afternoon, using the soft knitted rows of wool ( thanks Fiona and Maddy) , and wrapping up some lovely wreaths for seasonal decorations.
knitted wreaths with gumnuts and cockatoo
There were some with a very Aussie flavour…
Butterfly wreath wrapped with soft knitted mohair
and others with fuzzy fabulousness!
A wreath wrapped with a shooting star
There were even shooting stars that just couldn’t stay still for a photo!
Toadstools, flowers, nuts and berries all nestled snuggly into their new hanging homes, waiting for someone to take home a little sunshine with them from the school fair… Not long now!!
More fabulous fleece was crafted with today to create all manner of angels, fairies and sprites, as well as fresh new spring eggs and some awesome felt houses that are under construction.
Here is Diane’s wattle fairy against her muse. The colour matching is perfect.
A wattle fairy against the late winter sky
Thanks to Amelia for the wonderful use of her home for some cosy and creative crafting, and Diane for the abundance of angels ready for the fair. Today we really felt we were weaving a little sunshine.
Spring is in the air, and Linda from dragonfly toys has donated some lovely shades of dyed carded wool perfect for some springtime projects. How about a wonderful nest like the one below, craftily needle felted by Diane with a few freshly felted baby blue eggs from our new stash.
A felted bird’s nest with sweet blue eggs.
Or did you notice the lovely water the mermaid was swimming in, and the sea blues and greens of her flowing hair?
Sea blues and greens of our mermaid craft.
A big THANK YOU to Linda and the Dragonfly team. Their craft supplies and toys are wonderful and you can find them locally (to us) at Organic Feast on William St. East Maitland.
Dragonfly toys – keeping the magic of childhood alive…
Swimming in the cool green sea is a beautiful mermaid. With her cosy sea pouch she can be safely tucked in and sleep in the rolling waves, or be carried carefully by friendly hands to explore the wider world.
A magical mermaid with a wood and wire body, and soft felt tail. Her carry pouch is crocheted with a sea foam handle and shell detail.
But what is this? A pirate on the sandy shore! I wonder if he has seen the maiden from the deep? His hook is glinting in the afternoon sun and he is on the lookout for adventure along the edges of the salty ocean.
A wood and wire pirate with striped arms and a fine plaited belt around his felt clothes he is ready for adventure.
Is that some seaweed? Or a mermaid’s hair? A Dolphin’s tail or magical scales?
A wood and wire pirate doll with a hook for a hand and an eye for treasure.
A flick of her tail and she disappears to the blurry depths