Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bat Luminaries



Head on over to the CBC Parents site to see how to make these super simple Bat Luminaries!
(took literally minutes to make, and are a sweet and easy decoration for Halloween).

Happy Haunting!

Maureen

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pine Cone Bats




Autumn is such a wonderful time of year. There is such immense beauty and so many wonderful nature crafting supplies to be gathered. We decided use some of the bits of nature we found on a Autumn woodland walk and craft up some bats. Perfect for setting the scene for Halloween!

Pop on over to CBC to see how we created these!

Happy Autumn nature crafting!


Shanti

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Thanksgiving Thanking Tree!




Head on over to the CBC Parents site for the FULL tutorial on
how to make our Thanksgiving Thanking tree!
This weekend in Canada is Thanksgiving…
there is so very much to be thankful for!!

Gratitude to you all


Maureen

Friday, October 3, 2014

Acorn Cap Necklaces




Head on over to the CBC Parents site to see how to make your own
Acorn Cap necklaces!
These would make fantastic gifts and were easy to put together.


Maureen

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pinecone Owls


Happy Autumn!!


Gathering natural craft supplies is an Autumn tradition at my house.  We head outside with baskets and bags and go on a pinecone and acorn hunt.
Of course this gathering time always inspires a nature craft or two.


Today we decided to make some pinecone owls out of our bounty!

To make your own you will need:
pinecones, (various sizes, shapes)
pumpkin seeds
paint and paintbrush
glue gun and glue stick
branches


To start we painted "bellies" on our pinecones.  
(basically these were upside down triangles)


Then we added little spots to their bellies.


Paint the pumpkin seed beaks orange


Then using a glue gun glue on the pumpkin seed beaks and googly eyes.


Finally glue onto your branch and admire!  

What a simple and adorable craft to begin the Autumn craft season!


Maureen



Monday, September 15, 2014

Milkweed Pod Fairies

With autumn just around the corner, we thought we would create a fairy from nature using one of our favorite crafting supplies... milkweed pods!


Pop on over to CBC to see how she came to life!

In fairy love, 

Shanti

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cattail Birds



The ditches along the highway are FULL of cattails this time of year.  
It's the perfect time to harvest them before they burst open.
I remember as a child my mother would collect them and spray paint them silver…they were in vases all over our house at Christmas time.

I came across this goodie of a craft in an old nature craft book, (aptly named Nature Crafts)

To make your own you will need:
cattails
scissors
glue, (glue gun or white glue)
feathers
paint 


Enlist the help of a pint sized helper…
get on your rubber boots and go on a cattail pickin' adventure!
(oh, and be sure to show them that if you rub off the outer layer, 
the inside bursts open in a cloud of fluff)!!


We trimmed off the ends...


Painted on eyes and painted the beak orange.
If you want to paint your cattails different colours, go for it…we painted one of ours blue.


Get out your glue gun and feathers…


We put a dab of glue on the end of each feather and stuck it into our "bird".


Tie a length of string around the middle of your bird, hang and enjoy!  
My daughters thought this would also make for a really cool cat toy.

Nature crafting at its best.


Maureen










Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Allure of a Sunflower Field...



In the next town over we spotted this…
(if I had a field of my own I think I would do the very same thing.)


Of course we had to stop to take pictures…
sunflowers are, perhaps, the happiest flowers of all.


Eldest informed me that Goldenrod is a sure sign that the seasons are about to change.


Here's to celebrating the end of summer in full bloom!

Maureen

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stained Glass Butterfly Crowns


Head on over to the CBC parents site to see how to make your own 
stained glass butterfly crown!
What a great craft to do to celebrate summers end.
(time to fit in all that last minute summer crafting)

Enjoy every last morsel of sun, summer and fun!

Maureen

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fairy Garden Den

Deep in the hills of Killaloe, nested amongst a bountiful fairy garden... lives a fairy den. 


Come take a peek with me....


The fairy kitchen...


with the stove burning bright with bubbling delights.


All of their treasures collected from their many forest and field journeys, sitting in little acorn cap bowls on their pantry shelf. Stars from the sea, feathers and snails to adorn their home. A queen Anne's lace and maple leaf hearth rug to sit upon. 


Flowers and herbs hanging to toss into their magical brews. A shell spoon ready for the stirring. 


 Wee bark chairs and a turtle shell table atop a daffodil rug... ready to serve fellow fairies some enchanted refreshements.


A Moss covered ladder to carry them up to their bark loft.


A dragonfly sitting quietly by.


A cozy spot to drink tea and soak up the fae wonder...


while the butterflies and dragonflies flit about the flower filled walls. 

A daisy rug, a vase full of flowers, a tiny bit of knitting... all awaiting. 


A hot cup of tea and a little birch bark book with a a monarch perched upon their acorn cap basket of flowers.


The bird's nest and rose petal chair filled with dandelion fluff.



 A quiet stillness... are they here?


High up on the loft rests the fairy bed, bath and vanity.


The canopy bed is laid with silk and feathers with a rose peal pillow filled with moss. 


Lanterns hang to keep it all alit. 


A shell and bark vanity with a snail shell of flowers.


 Flowers all around.


Magic flowing freely.


 With many a fine friend to share in the beauty.


Thank you for joining me. Hope you soaked up some delicious fairy magic. 
Do you think they are here?


Shanti

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