Spring? WIP Wednesday

Spring has arrived hasn’t it?  Urgh, we all awoke (grumpy) this morning to the lovely sight of snow. Again.  Sigh.  And every year when the temp dips below 30 degrees I swear one more time that we are never living in this state again!  Yesterday we enjoyed the zoo as a family, meandering in and out of the tropics of Cancer and the tropics of Capricorn loving all the unique vegetation and animals that there and wishing why on earth aren’t we living more southward!?!  Alas we are here and again we are going to have a great day!!!  Even as the snow falls down in inches on the 20th of April!  Lot’s of fun projects for today: more fun for me than the kids, my mom is coming over so I can take a nap (staying up for hours last night nursing a baby that did not want to de-latch was not fun. No.  Then we are going to finish up Easter gifts, start our super fun math art project (a Icosahedron mobile using Euler’s formula to figure out the number of sides) I also plan on finishing knitting my baby’s Spring pixie bonnet, the baby’s super soft, merino legwarmers and iron Easter linens and right now; make oodles and oodles of coffee—-with lot’s of cream and sugar!  I’ll leave you all with some recent projects that are my newest WIP all finished!

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More knot dolls!  These are so much fun and soooo easy!

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My first sweater!  Complete!  It turned out so gosh darn cute I can’t stand it!  More pics on that later!

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A knit bunny going in the children’s Easter baskets!  This was a quick knit and super cute and easy! Rav notes here. What projects are on your table today?

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A Magical Spring Hike

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A chilly day in MN will not get our spirits down when in fact, we’ve been stuck in our homes all freezing Winter long and have been down (our spirits that is) anyhow.  We were determined to have a good day after battling illness and boobie issues!  So we set out on a hike of sorts.  Our family are big-time hikers, campers, backpackers and inborn explorers, so naturally a fun day for us would be a lunch cooked in open flames and a leisurely closed-loop hike.  The three of us pictured above was the best picture of all three of us we could find since it was so cold most pictures were of us shivering!

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I swear this was in-between chatters of teeth!

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My four boys!  You can’t tell hubby is holding the weest one!

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My littles are so imaginative and creative!  The eldest found some sticks, a log and declared that he ad his little brother are on a row boat!  The sticks were their paddles!  I love it!

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Nobody can resist taking pictures of wee little newborns!

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As for some daily creative pursuits I have been spinning more blue wool for some longies the weest one needs before we head out to CO on the 17th.

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And finally. . . I’ve been on my Easter project countdown!  So many WIP so little time! 

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I intend to keep up with my blog since lately I’ve been so absent, but as the Easter holiday approches my days become quite busy with crafts, cleaning, and baking.  So if I’m gone a for a few days I’m wither sweeping, in the kitchen or at the table busily keeping up with the season!

A Few Belated Posts in One. . .

First of all we’ve all had the flu—- including my three little ones and the baby!  Then I got mastitis, which sucked, then my milk supply tanked and I’ve been pretty much in bed with baby trying to get nursing back on track for the past few weeks on and off.  Sigh.  Spring means sickness believe it or not, this is when flu season officially starts contrary to the popular belief that Winter time brings sickies.   I like to think that while we settle down and bunk in for a long Winter, come Spring time many of us dive head first into the activities that nice weather brings, with-out fully letting our bodies and souls transition gradually into the new changing season.  This was the case for us.  Now were are back covering our heads and necks with woolens sipping warm tea and taking life easy. 

In my spare moments I’ve been preparing for Easter. I am stuffing Spring chickens with wool for my shop and our nature tablex.

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These are the chickens all knit up, waiting their combs.

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I’m working on a few silk Waldorf pocket dolls for my shop as well as a sweet one requested by my two-year old.  He wants one with a blankie and pillow….. working on that too!  It will be in his Easter basket!

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These are some Spring legwarmers for my second EC-er.  They are made with the most absolutely delightful merino wool hand-dyed and handspun by Fuzzy Bunny Fibers it’s called *Super Coils* and it has these wonderful little coils of thick and thin goodness.  Now as I’m learning about spinning I’ve realized that the coils are created by plying the yarn and creating too much tension.  There ya go, I’m going to try that!

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And there is my little guy enjoying the warm sun!  We’ve been enjoying the gentle warmth of this MN Spring sun!

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As I’ve been out of the bloggy loop from our illnesses for quite awhile what have you all been up too?

WIP: Spring Projects

With Spring FINALLY rolling in, WE HAVE LOT’S OF PROJECTS ON OUR PLATES!  This was supposed to be yesterday’s post….opps!  But we’ve been busy indoors with lot’s of arts and crafty things like a star lantern to celebrate Easter with.  It’s been a great math project for the older because we have been studying shapes and measurement.  Soon a tutorial will follow.

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I’ve been busy crafting more Waldorf Dolls in my spare time— when I haven’t been knitting, painting, homeschooling, changing diapers or nursing that is! These will go in my shop, certainly check out what’s there if you are interested.

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Starting seeds!  Heirloom German Pink to be exact.

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Finished knitting and felting this diaper cover I just need to needle felt some embelshments to complete this project.

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Knitting up a Spring bunny for our handmade Easter celebration.

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What projects are you working on?

My life Right now:

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I’m enjoying yummy baby skin.

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Knitting with my two year old (notice his potty-training efforts— not so good!) brings me joy.

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Enjoying my newly clean office space.  My modern hideaway laptop and shelving unit finally got a thorough wipe down!

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I’m in love with this rainbow skein of yarn, purchesed from Jo-ann fabrics, at $2.00 for 165 yards of microfiber, this fingering weight will make a nb pilot hat for my shop.

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These blood oranges made the best afternoon snack!

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I’m beating myself up for not finishing this simple toddler sweater!  I walk by this WIP everyday near the stack of my eldest son’s books.  Soon, very soon he’ll have a warm sweater to wear on those chilly morning camping trips to CO.

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I’m super satisfied with the way my first created hat pattern turned out after lot’s and lot’s of test knitting!

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I’m really  regretting this four-shot steamed cold press coffee from Dunn Bro’s after have already made two latte’s  for breakfast.  The baby is STILL up at 8:30pm after having skipped his afternoon nap.  Boo.

What’s up in your life right now?

Homemade Beeswax Crayons 

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Our family is in big-time love with crafty-ness!  When you walk into our home that is clearly evident when you see the piles of paper, paint, yarn, tissue paper, fabric, boxes and blocks all strewn about on nearly every flat workable surface!  Thankfully all family members tolerate the mess and eventually we see the floors and dinning table when they are needed. 

For coloring our children use Stockmar beeswax block crayons for the under 3 crowd and Lyra colored pencils for the school-aged crowd.  Recently our coloring stash need to be replenished and when the very thought of using something to create with, can BE created, well that had me in search of the perfect coloring crayon recipe.  I came across this one and frankly have been more than pleased with the subtle and beautiful results that ensued. The children also greatly enjoyed the home-making of such a well used item in our art corner!

The simple recipe is as follows:

Homemade Beeswax Crayons

– 1 part grated bar of soap (Ivory works wonders)

– 1 part beeswax

– Concentrated Food coloring paste

(the food coloring paste is actually cake frosting gel, located in the baking aisle of major grocery stores)

– A washed out, clean aluminum can (as many as the colors you are going to create)

– A saucepan big enough to hold cans

– Aluminum foil

-cardboard or a mold of your choice for finished crayon design

-Shorting

First: cut your cardboard out in shape you want your crayons to be; for us I cut out block shapes as for block crayons and taped it together.  If you have a pre-made mold—skip this part.

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Second: line your molds with aluminum foil.

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Third: use shortening to cover all sides of foil.

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Fourth: grate beeswax and soap set aside in bowl

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Fifth: Bring water to boil, add aluminum cans

Sixth: Add grated beeswax and soap to cans and allow to melt

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Seventh: Add food coloring paste (cake decorating gel) to each can, keeping in mind the whole can will make one color—to make more than one color you need more cans, soap, beeswax and colors.  Of course you can mix colors to create new ones Smile 

Eighth: Pour melted mixture to lubricated foil molds and allow to cool.

You are now done.  You can also test the colors by drawing on white sheets of paper—if you want to alter the color some, just gather the crayons and re-melt them and add more color accordingly.

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Enjoy the many wonderful hours of imaginative, creative, free-thinking drawing and coloring time Smile 

Special Notes:

After all was said and done, I think I am going to try liquid soap next time— or perhaps take finished product and soak them in water and re-melt and shape them, as I found the grated soap bar bits unable to melt and leaving chunky white pieces in the crayons.  Also I will add twice the coloring, maybe even add actual food coloring itself as I found the crayons, while pretty to look at were just not dark enough to color with.

If you try this recipe out, please let me know how they turn out!

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