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Hope Springs Eternal

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Well, I guess I’ve fallen off the blog wagon, but as the title suggests, maybe there is hope for me ! Speaking of hope, it is foremost in my mind with regards to Spring. Where are you ? and why is it STILL snowing !!

Art Play Days have actually been ongoing, I just haven’t got pictures up. In addition to getting distracted, Andrea and I have been producing a fair bit of origami. Andrea has plans for it all as part of a friend’s wedding.  Here is a small sample – my invocation of Spring:

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The instructions for these butterflies can be found here. Another nice spring idea.

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Star Craft

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Routines and schedules seem to go out the window this time of year, but some art is still being done! Art Play Days yesterday saw Andrea get her nativity scene finished (a woman of efficiency!). I spent time showing some visiting small hands how to make decorative stars. One type is often called “window stars” and is made with kite paper. It’s one of those crafts that gets associated with Waldorf education. The paper can be a bit tricky to find, but everyone should have one (or several) of these colourful creations in their window !

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The other type of star is a “German paper star”. These can be a bit difficult, but after making a couple you get the hang of it and they can be a bit addictive. These are relatively clear instructions. Of course, you can buy all sorts of really cool paper to make these. Take a peek here !

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Next up, I might add to our collection of star lanterns. Or, make a few of these favourites in Christmas colours. It’s a crafty time of year. Happy Holidays !

Dolce Domum

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I have a thing about houses; imaging them, designing them, finding the perfect location. All in my head of course ! So, when the latest magazine from Cloth Paper Scissors landed in my mail box, with a front cover photo of wee block houses, a plan for an Art Play Days project was soon in place. Here’s the original photo:

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I think I’m going off in a bit of a different direction. We did start out with wooden blocks (once upon a time my children played with them, but now they’ve put away childish things. Sigh). I’ve got a woodland fairy house thing going, and Andrea has an ambitious plan that involves lots of tissue paper, and is heading toward an abstract “nativity scene”. I’ll try to take some photos as things progress more. House building takes time!

PS This magazine was a substitution for this magazine which went out of print, which was a substitution for Living Craft which went out of print (still online). I really liked Living Craft. What’s up with the magazine business ?