I've been prepping for a little preschool project the kids will be working on this week. I've been crocheting these little hanging baskets into the wee hours using rough hemp cord. Love the way it smells and love the look of the texture, but it's tough on my hands. Only nine more to go...
We weren't expecting to be making snowmen at the preschool this week, but there it was...all that snow that was promised to us. One of the the good things about working with young children is that they just see the joy in the snow, it doesn't bother them that last year we began hanging our coats on the fence in the middle of March. This is one of the reasons I do love blogging these adventures...so I can see what was going on a year ago. So I had to document these April snow days and see, who knows? what next year will bring.
So inside the kids had a picnic and built a castle and made block mosaics. And we sang songs of spring, and blooming flowers and birdies building nests.
We celebrated just one birthday at the preschool in March (which makes me very nervous as I realize we will have to squeeze the remaining ten celebrations into the last seven weeks left of school *gulp*). Our darling Ruby turned five. I needed to make her a gnome girl doll as playing with the gnomes is one of her most favorite things to do at school. If I don't make a pouch for the gift, then I usually give the doll something to hold. In Ruby's case, the bunny was the perfect thing to place in the gnome girl's arms. Quiet and gentle, sweet and considerate, yet courageous and strong willed are some of Ruby's best qualities...I will miss dearly her when she goes to Kindergarten next year.
It was easy to choose a color for the doll. Ruby loves purple, wears it almost every day.
At the preschool we start every day with an hour of play outside and a walk around the block...except in extreme weather. It's hard to believe but we welcomed spring yesterday morning with a wind chill of -12 degrees. Even in Minnesota we call that extreme weather. Especially for March 20th. So we began our day inside...the kids didn't seem to mind. At least the sun was shining in and warming our hearts.
We also started our spring grass baskets...a yearly tradition...and a project we usually do outside in the backyard where we don't have to worry about the soil getting all over the place.
I'm really looking forward to warmer weather. Happy spring friends!!
Over the past three weeks besides Julen's birthday, we have celebrated three more children's trip around the sun. Here are the gifts I made for them.
For Corrine, small and sweet, new to our school, just turned three, yet is courageous and eager to play I knit up a wee little bunny (I love her tiny pouf of a tail). I thought it would be nice for Corrine to be able to carry her bunny with her, so I stitched up a little pouch so she can hang her around her neck.
Next we celebrated Hattie's birthday. This girl is soft and gentle, initially timid with the other kids but making huge bonds now. She loves to play "kitty" so that seemed like the obvious thing to make for her, but I decided a sweet lamb was more true to her personality.
Then on Monday we celebrated Annika's half birthday. She is a tiny package of a girl who has really big play. She plays with boys and girls equally and is a really good friend to everyone. She is our helper and we can count on her to aid in resolving conflict among the other children. I chose to knit her one of my all-time favorite knits, a gnome doll that can also be used as a finger puppet. I crocheted up a little pouch for this one too. It's so nice to be able to carry a treasure around with you. I needle-felted a big heart on front which is truly Annika-all heart.
What a thrift score! An entire box of old rolling pins...just what we need at the preschool. Now when we roll dough or clay there will be enough so every child can have their own roller...never mind that most of the handles are missing...pushing on top of the rolling pin is just as effective. A light sanding, a bit of wood oil rubbed in and they will be good as new!
At the preschool today, the kids made hearts to send to a community who is in great need of some love right now. They (of course) have no idea about last week's tragedy but when I told them there were some people who needed to know they were loved, that we were thinking of them, they happily cut out hearts of hope and drew their sweet messages of love on them.
It feels like something. A way to get back on track. To begin the healing. Working with young children you tend to see all the good in the world, all that unconditional trust. I am so blessed that I get to share in these young lives, their sweet innocence and their innate joy at doing good and at helping. As I watch those small and chunky hands use all their effort to cut out and color their hearts I can't help but feel all the good there is in the world.
Look for the Light. Eileen lives so close to where the tragedy was and her feelings of sadness (so clearly written about here), has driven her to look for expressions of that which is good. If you, too, are struggling with grief, I think making an effort to Look for the Light, find something positive to do will also help in healing. This is what Hearts Of Hope did for me.
We celebrated three birthdays at the preschool last month. I kept myself pretty busy with needle and roving. I'm a wee bit relieved the next birthday isn't until the middle of January. Here's what I made...
Hi Friends!! At my preschool this Friday, November 30th, we are hosting our Third Annual Holiday Craft Fair. Above is a selection of some of the artists and crafters work who will be selling their handmade items. If you live in the Twin Cities, stop by for a beverage and enjoy shopping at one of the local artisans tables and support buying handmade. I'd love to see you there!
Thanks go to friend Jen for not only being my rock in these events (this year she'll be three for three), but for also once again coming through with this nice piece she designed to advertise the craft fair.