Book Nook - Caps for Sale

"Once there was a peddler who sold caps. But he was not like an ordinary peddler, carrying his wares on his back. He carried them on top of his head." So begins the tale of Caps for Sale, the lovely story of an unorthodox peddler and a tree full of pesky monkeys! Written and illustrated by Russian author Esphyr Slobodkina in 1940, it has remained a favorite amongst children for generations. I can remember when my kindergarten teacher read this book to our class. I immediately feel in love and have reread it many times over the years. Although the list is long and mighty, I can honestly say, this was my very favorite book as a child. Why? 

I loved the absurdity of the book; a man balancing 17 caps on his head, monkey's in trees wearing hats, and the interplay between man and monkey! 

I also was empathetic to the peddler's loss. Can you imagine losing your wares to a bunch of renegade monkeys!  

 

Well, far be it from me to give away the end of the story, suffice to say, I've...Read more

Wooden Rainbow Candle Sticks

As you may remember, a few weeks ago the kids made hand dipped beeswax candles (you can read about how making the Hand Dipped Beeswax Candles here). They had to cure in the freezer for 3 weeks so that gave us some time to come up with an awesome way to display these special candles. Since there were 6 candles, I decided in true Wee Folk Art fashion, that we need a set of wooden rainbow candle sticks.

I ordered a couple of different styles of wooden candle stick bases from one of our sponsors, Casey's Wood. I also picked up some brass ring inserts from them. To finish the wood, I used our soy craft paints and beeswax finish, which are available at A Child's Dream in their woodworking section.

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Prairie Point Junction Give-Away :: $50 Gift Card

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Don't forget about the awesome coupon PPJ is offering our readers this month.

Use the code WEEFOLKFANS in the comment section of your order to save 20% off through August 30, 2014.

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The Art Pantry Give-Away :: Art Space Consultation

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I really need help with organizing all my the piles and the constantly falling over cardboard boxes of the fun stuff!!

Sponsor: The Art Pantry

Give-Away Date: Saturday, July 26, 8am EST – Sunday, July 27, 8am EST (This Give-Away is 1 day only!)

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Prize: Art Space Consultation (valued at $50)

Description of Art Space Consultation: During our consultation, I will offer an in-depth assessment of your current or desired art space. This includes ideas on how to better set up, stock, & organize your space. I will also help you tackle issues specific to your child's age,...Read more

Gnome Cradle and Carving Tools

For the past week, we've been sharing tutorials for making our Forest Gnome family. You can find the tutorials for them HERE and HERE.

To finish off this project, today I am sharing a tutorial on how the make the rustic Gnome Cradle. First, let me start by saying, I AM NO MASTER CARVER!  This is about the simplest wood carving around, but, it lends itself well to the forest gnomes!

Before we get started, let's talk a little about equipment. I am not to trusted with sharp pointy things. One birthday Michelle bought me needle felting supplies and Tim bought me carving tools. For the next few weeks I was covered in band-aids. The next year, Tim bought me marvelous Kevlar Gloves that are cut resistant, and I get far fewer ouchies when I'm carving. So highly recommend these!

When I started this project, I couldn't find my favorite carving knife. I use an Old Timer 4 blade Knife all the time. Growing up, my dad used an Old Timer...Read more

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