More rain, but some lovely crafts brightened up our day. It was great to share some crafty company with kids, thanks to Kate and her two boys, and Cynthia and her two girls. Surprise walnuts with ladybirds hidden inside and fabulous felted eggs were the order of the day. Kate’s eldest boy was so helpful and a natural born felter! It is wonderful to see young children engage with what we do in their own special ways, and certainly helps to weave a little sunshine into everyone’s hearts.
wet felted eggs with needle felted embellishments
If you want to see more of our crafts, or pick up a little special something before the holidays, drop in and see Wendy in the front office where a selection of our crafts are on sale and display. Beautiful painted silk cards, nests of felted eggs, hand stitched chicks, surprise walnuts and wee felt mice are all available, but they won’t last long!
hollow felted egg with hand sewn chick
Happy holidays to all our crafty friends, look out for updates next term for another fun filled crafternoon (or morning) …
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!!
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…
Looking for some quick crafts for our token table at the fair (where children can spend their tokens, worth about $1 each) we were greatly inspired by Marie at Softearth’s World. In fact we are continually inspired by her and her magical creations, so it is well worth a visit to her online shop too if you would like to purchase something beautiful and handmade with such love and care.
Ladybirds nestled in a walnut shell with soft dyed merino fleece.
These walnut ladybirds are just perfect for holding in small hands, and we have also attached some to large craft sticks for use as pot plant markers or bookmarks.
Lady bird bookmarks, or plant tags
Oh and I might add, the walnuts were delicious! We hope you are inspired to weave a little sunshine in your world 🙂
What do you have lingering in your Autumn veggie patch? Pumpkin and sunflowers are ready in ours.
Sunflower sprite and pumpkins
It was a lovely day stitching up a few odds and ends of unfinished projects, and swapping a few items of Autumn harvest abundance as the April rain fell softly on the school and surrounds.
We are meeting up at Amelia’s house next to the school for a little while as we settle back into a different crafting rhythm. Thankyou to all our well wishers for your love and blessings sent after the school fire. We are mostly back to a kind of normal, while we wait for the clean up and re-building to begin.
We do hope you drop by and enjoy a cuppa with us as we stitch a little sunshine before the holidays. Feel free to bring some home grown harvest or idea inspiration to swap. Stash busting, WIPs* and UFO’s** welcome.
*WIP – work in progress
**UFO – un finished object
We have been extra busy this week crafting some tiny easter eggs in time for Easter. Here is a quick mini tutorial for those who missed out and would like to try – they are so easy and addictive!
Firstly we wet felted some coloured sheepswool with a little warm water and detergent rolling it around in our hands until they made little balls.
wet felted balls
Then we rolled them a little more just in the middle to make them egg shaped, and left them to dry.
a basket of felted egg shapes.
Lastly we needle felted some with a little more embellishments to make extra special tiny easter treasures. They are all about the size of a small solid chocolate egg.
All ready for a game of hide and seek, or a lovely treasure to gift to a special someone. How about felting some of your own design this Easter?
If you are running out of time to make your own, you might like to buy one or two at the front office. Just visit Wendy in the new improved school front office, and she will show you our craft display and items for sale.
Hoping for a little sunshine for the long weekend 🙂
Some wonderful gum trees made by Maureen have been finished off using detailed stitching, felt leaves and tiny glass beads for gumnuts. They would look wonderful on a nature table surrounded by some native animals (felt black swan sewn by Diana).
Nature table gum trees
Using dyed unspun sheepswool (magic wool) is a fun way to create the backdrop or ground for a nature table or seasonal display scene, and can be used and reused in so many different combinations. Here the swan is swimming through the blue water and causing a bit of a splash!
We would love to hear about your seasonal tables – leave us a comment or link in the comments below to share what you have been up to, and help inspire someone to weave a little sunshine!