Painted Feathers

Painted Feathers

This week we had the pleasure of going to a local lake for a swim three days in a row, during each visit Elle made a point of collecting the goose feathers that were floating in the shallows and scattered along the waters edge. With a beautiful bouquet of feathers sitting on our dinning table, […]

Snowflake Easter Eggs

Snowflake Easter Eggs

  On Spring equinox we remove the Winter snowflakes and make them into Easter eggs. This was one of those projects that happened naturally by putting  1 + 1 together and by being inspired to work with what we’ve got. I love the recycled aspect of this craft as the paper snowflakes we made in […]

Create A Family Mural

Create A Family Mural

Creating a family mural has been the best thing about this winter. Wintering near NYC, for us means a lot of indoor time and as winter comes around I always wonder what it will be that we apply our creativity to. As I child my mother always had a roll of butcher’s paper on hand, […]

Sew A Stick Crown

Sew A Stick Crown

Playing with sticks is the best. Here is a sweet crown you can make from found sticks, a scrap of fabric and string. A very simple project, that takes little more than inspiration and time. I made this in two sittings of an hour each. Allow two hours to make a crown like above…collect and […]

The Best Snow Cave

The Best Snow Cave

We had snow snow, so much snow this Winter which meant that we were able to make not just one, but two snow caves! We outdid ourselves on the second one, which had a sculptural quality and ended looking (with much amusement to Cam)  like a giant boob! who doesn’t like a giant snow boob […]

Snow Cave

Snow Cave

We had the largest snow of the season last night, and so I woke this morning with intentions to build a snow cave. I was delighted when I looked out the bedroom window to see a foot of fresh clean snow. A cup of tea and a bowl of porridge later, I was outside clearing […]

Leaf Peepers

Leaf Peepers

Oh yes, I love when inspiration strikes, and I love when the journey of the inspiration feels pure and good. For me inspiration comes about from an interaction with my children or the environment, or both! While we were in Australia Maya was climbing in a magnificent old tree each day. This tree had wonderful […]

Yellow Maple Crown

Yellow Maple Crown

With the warm glow of Autumn sweeping over the landscape,  the grand yellow maple leaves captured my attention with both their size and colour! The abundance of this variety of maple also inspired me. Everywhere I looked, were these beautiful trees laden in golden leaves, laying them at my feet, like a blessing. Before I […]

Spread Wings And Fly

Spread Wings And Fly

She flew on golden wings…here are some images of the leaf wings I made at the peak of Autumn’s change. The leaves were so very beautiful and in the process of making leaf crowns, the idea of a leaf cape came to mind. This cape, the way it formed ended up looking like wings. The […]

Nature Mandalas

Nature Mandalas

Oh yes, the colour, the patterns, the beauty of nature! I can not get enough of making nature mandalas! It is like painting with flowers! Of course it does not have to be petals…as the seasons change, so too does the medium. With the onset of Autumn I have really enjoyed working with leaves, and […]

Garden Flower Crown

Garden Flower Crown

A couple of weeks ago I made this wonderful flower clown. We were predicted to have a week of rain and so we went out into the garden and picked all the flowers in bloom that would not survive the downpour. I then made three flower crowns, one for each of us. It ended up […]

Making Nature Mandalas

Making Nature Mandalas

Since the first buds of spring we have been making flower art, and we are getting so much pleasure from it, we just have to share! One of our favorite activities has been making flower patterns, or mandalas. I remember the first one Elle and I made in March, in an almost desperate need to play with […]

Violet Leaf Crown

Violet Leaf Crown

Oh this leaf crown, it is one of my favorite headpieces so far. For a few reasons I love it. It feels more like an honest work of art than many of the other things I have made because it is so ephemeral. I also like the fact that it is made from leaves, which […]

Bluebell Crown

Bluebell Crown

The bluebells are flowering in our garden, and I find them quite irresitable. The long slender stalk with dainty periwinkle bell shaped flowers hanging perfectly from it. They smell divine too. I handled them a little and after a few days of thinking it came to me how I could work with them. Part of […]

Blossom Bonnet

Blossom Bonnet

I woke on this Saturday morning with a clear goal to to make a flower bathing cap, like you would have seen in the 50″s, but with real, fresh cherry blossoms. We had spent the week admiring the  blooming double cherry blossoms and I think my annual attraction to playing with them here and here […]

Easter Wheatgrass

Easter Wheatgrass

When our girls grow up and remember their childhood Easters, they will likely think of wheatgrass. Similarly, when our girls grow up and drink wheatgrass, they will likely think of Easter. We are a little wheatgrass crazy this time of year, can’t get enough of the gorgeous green stuff. I started growing wheatgrass for Easter […]

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

My goodness, Easter is upon us and here I am doing my first Easter post. I apologize for not getting to this sooner, but you still have time my friends to make natural dye and colour eggs before Easter Sunday! This was our first time making our own dye and colouring eggs naturally. I have […]

Catalogue Paper Dolls

Catalogue Paper Dolls

As a follow on from my last post – about trying not to buy, buy, buy, and being inventive and creative instead, I came up with this little project for the girls. Despite my knowing that catalogues are produced with the purpose of making purchases happen, I still subscribe to numerous catalogues. I intend on […]

Pom Poms

Pom Poms

Everyone loves pom poms right? They are so fluffy and soft and cute. They are one of the things in life that really are not necessary, but they make life fun and pretty (I am sure there are those of you out there that think a pom pom is a necessary object!) Anyway, they are […]

A Cute Collar

A Cute Collar

I was inspired last week with an image I saw by friends at Papeir Mache Magazine and so I went to work making a collar for my girls. I combined this idea with hand painting fabric – another idea that had been floating in my mind. I started hand painting fabric when some of our screen prints […]