Sunburst Tea Cozy

 

When it comes to drinking hot beverages, I'm the equivalent of being ambidextrous... I'm just as comfortable and content drinking coffee or tea. Of course, they both have their place. First thing in the morning... give me coffee and keep it coming. Confession time... sometimes my last thought before I go to sleep at night is, "Oh boy! I can have a cup of coffee in just 7 1/2 hours!" True story! I might have a problem.

But after my third morning cup of coffee, I'm usually done with it for the day. Around 3 o'clock in the afternoon, I want tea. And not only do I want tea, I want the WHOLE tea experience. I love putting the kettle on. While the water is heating up, I pour very hot tap water into my teapot to get it warm. I then get out my tea diffuser, a miniature replica of the Tardis, thank you very much Timothy, and spoon in an every changing blend of loose tea from Adiago. When my kettle begins to whistle... which I find to be a very reassuring sound... I empty the tap water, drop my diffuser...Read more

Festival Gnome :: Part 1

 

There are many celebrations in The Thicket, and Britta wanted a new dress for those special occasions. Here, Britta is wearing her Festival Dress, in red and aqua, with pretty flowers everywhere.

 

You can make your own Festival Gnome. Directions are in 2 parts. Here is Part 1. Hope you enjoy!

 

MATERIALS:

  • 1 adult wooden peg - 2 3/8"
  • 100% wool felt
  • 100% cotton 6 play cotton embroidery floss
  • wool roving for hair
  • acrylic paint for face (optional)
  • stuffing for hat (optional)
  • Pattern

Note: All materials used should be non toxic and child safe.

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO PREVENT MISUSE OF MATERIALS.

IMPORTANT: Do not cut out the hat until you have added the hair. Then, cut the hat out of paper first and "try it on" for size. You may have to make the hat slightly larger if you have lots of hair :)

 

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Many of our gnomes are "faceless". If you do not wish to add a face, skip down...Read more

Corn Husk Dolls

As part of our Mid-West studies, the girls and I made Corn Husk Dolls. These would also tie in well with a pioneer unit.

I remember making these as a kid... maybe at Girl Scouts? Not sure. All I know is that my mom swears she never made them with us, although she did have a few beautiful ones that she bought at a craft fair. The corn husks had been dyed and they had the fluffiest skirts. Try searching for Corn Husk Doll images... some are truly amazing. We actually had a corn husk doll themed bathroom when I was growing up... I kid you not. The wall paper border in our powder room featured drawings of corn husk dolls and my mom even had a curio cabinet above the toilet to house her dolls. She kept my scraggly one with them.

Ours are no where near as fancy. I basically did our Yarn Doll process but using corn husks. The girls had fun and I imagine that they will be making these again and again throughout the summer as fresh corn becomes readily available.

Materials:

State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 7 Mid-West States

This is an outline of our State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 7 Mid-West States. It is the seventh week of a 9 week homeschool unit. Read the State Studies Unit 1 Overview to learn more about the program and catch up on past weeks.


Public Domain Photo

Read about:
Iowa, IA, Des Moines
Kansas, KS, Topeka
Minnesota, MN, Saint Paul
in Our Fifty States and The United States of America.

Map: Add the 3 new states to your United States Study Map. We color Mid-West States light green. They are colored coded on the quizzes. Number the states on the map to coincide with your state list (it gets too hard to fit all the state names directly on the map).

Color: Dover Coloring book page for each state. We like to add a couple of extra notes about the state in the margins. These are things that we learned about in our readings. Again we color Great Lakes States dark green.

Community Enrichment Book: Marven of the Great North Woods

Community Life Book:...Read more

Evolution of a Blog

We wrote our first post for Wee Folk Art in July 2008. For those of you that have been with us since the beginning, I know there are still many of you around, you've been through many changes with us. Since the beginning, and I say this with a great deal of authority since I have just been through EVERY posting on the sight, WFA has always been a constantly changing and evolving source of creativity and inspiration. I chuckled as I went through all the old posts (well most of them.... I'm still finishing up), retagging them for our NEW and IMPROVED site format. Every couple of months it seems we have posted about how the blog is under going changes in either in focus or design. My mother (Kimara) and I have changed directions many, many times in our Wee Folk Art journey. And now, after many months of skulking about a bit, happily meandering aimlessly, and taking the time to smell the roses, we find ourselves at yet another fork in the road.

Not surprisingly, we have come to the conclusion that what we really love doing is blogging. We love sharing a bit about our daily lives. We love teaching and encouraging others...Read more

Being Given the Boot!

Just popping in to let you know Wee Folk Art will be quiet for the next week, which is more than I can say for my house! As we approach the end of our construction, I am being "booted" out of my office space (Thus the Boot Applique Block :) while they finish up work in my room.

Instead of trying to relocate my computer, I'll be using the next week to maintain sanity!!! And, when we do come back, hopefully we will be ready to unveil our new and improved site! Tim and Michelle have been working very hard, bringing us into the mobile device age! Our blog format will hopefully function better on mobile devices.

So... see everyone back here in a week!

BTW... The pattern and tutorial for the Rain Boot Applique Block can be found HERE.Read more

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