Lately, on my walks around the lake I've been gathering horse chestnuts. Of course I have to come up with a project for the kids at the preschool to make with these. I love, love, love all the beautifully photographed ones found on Flickr and just had to put them all together. Click on the above links for artist information about each photo.
I also love how easily they pop out of their sharp, prickly casing, revealing the smooth, brown nut on the inside.
I've heard that left around the house they act as a spider deterrent. I have no proof of that but since I'm not a big fan of spiders, I'll give it a try. Anyway, they look so pretty hanging out in a bowl.
Have you ever heard of conkers? I learned about it while researching horse chestnuts. I love this description found here. It sounds like a fun childhood game and tradition...not that I'll be introducing conkers at the preschool though...yikes!
I most definitely have butterflies on my mind. On Saturday we celebrated a beautiful day near the lake at The Monarch Festival with lots of friends from school. It has been such a wonderful yearly event that my boys count on it each year.
The Heart of the Beast puppet theater was a new and delightful addition to the festival this year! Don't you just love the puppet show emerging from the suitcases?!
And we always enjoy the new crafts...masks and wet-felted caterpillars were fun.
They offered the steam roller printing again which was a huge hit the first time around (see here), I'm happy they continue to offer it. And the sun prints (here) are always fun too.
Also, over the weekend we took care of Julen's first grade class caterpillars. It was so much fun I think I gazed at them several hours each day. I didn't realize how they can mess up that cage in a hurry!! I learned quite quickly that caterpillars are like babies...all they do it eat and poop.
They truly are so fun to watch. I took care of my friend Susan's chrysalis pods over the summer and had such fun watching them open into butterflies.
Today I began teaching my first of four summer theme camps at the preschool...it's build a fairy/gnome house from a wooden bird house week. Needless to say, I've got small worlds on my mind. Today was just an introductory day. The kids chose their houses, we gathered supplies on a nature walk and we read fairy inspired stories. I can already tell it's going to be a fun week and the children are so excited to begin decorating their houses. I'll be able to show them here by the end of the week.
Margaret from We Bloom Here is hosting a peg doll swap (sort of). Read details here. I have fallen behind on my blog reading so am just learning about this now. Thing is...sign ups end in three hours so if you're interested in joining, act fast.
I found some lovely peg dolls on flickr to use for inspiration. Click on above links to learn more about the photographs.
Happy Monday!! The sun is shining again so everyones spirits are elevated. It's nice to be outside without a coat on.
I hosted Easter Brunch yesterday and everyone brought flowers!! Oh happy day indeed!! And now my house not only smells like spring but is filled with lots of lovely color.
My sister brought the tulips in one of her handmade vases. I just loooove this!
And a second mosaic. These are some of my flickr favorites from last week. Lots of color and beautiful images in there. Click on the links below for more informations about the artists photo. (I had trouble with the links via BigHugeLabs for the past two weeks, but it seems to be fixed now...I'll have to go back and redo last weeks mosaic.)
(More technical trouble...seems Typepad has been having some issues...is it affecting anyone else?)
Anyway...it's a beautiful day here in Minneapolis. Time for a walk around the lake. (Was there really snow on the ground just five days ago?)