Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving 'Chandelier'

It is already November, I can hardly believe it. With the arrival of November the holiday season comes rushing upon us starting with Thanksgiving. One of our traditions is that each year we make some sort of collection of notes stating what we are thankful for. This year I saw a really cute idea for a "chain of thanks".  I took that idea and came up with a 'chandelier' project to hang in our dining room so we could fill it with all the things we are thankful for.

I started by printing out the strips that I saw on a website, Chain of Thanks Printable
Then I cut out each of the strips with a paper cutter that is probably older than I am but it makes quick work of a task like this.

Next I took a brass ring that has been collecting dust in my craft box and some brown yarn. I was hoping to use twine but the craft store was way over priced and I was too impatient to wait a day until I had the time to run to store where I usually buy twine. So, brown yarn it is. I used the brown yarn to make the support for the brass ring. First, I took yarn and knotted it to one side of the ring leaving enough of a tail (about 12 inches) that would be used later for hanging. Then I tied a knot to the other side of the brass ring again leaving about a 12 in tail of excess yarn. I repeated that whole process again until the brass ring had an x of yarn across the middle and 4 tails of excess yarn.

I gathered up all of the tails and tied them in a knot about one inch from the end and eleven inches above the ring.

I then tied pieces of the brown yarn to the large brass ring at varying lengths to which we would staple our paper strips.

Lastly the kids and I began writing down what we are thankful for and attaching the strips to the yarn.

We have a good head start and we will keep adding more until Thanksgiving Day when we will read over all of the tags that have been made. So far some of my favorites that the kids have written are, I am thankful for: family, Stormy and cake.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Putting the Garden to Bed

The other day little guy and I put the garden to bed. He was full of questions when I told him what the plan for the day was. I explained what we were doing as we did it and let him do as much of the work as he wanted by himself while I took a back seat and just provided direction when needed. So, how exactly does one put a garden to bed you may ask. First you makes sure it is clean, fluff it up, make sure it is well fed, tuck it in and cover it well.

The first thing we had to do was remove the spent summer plants, weeds and other debris (sticks, rocks). Once it was all cleaned up we dug in to the earth a little bit to make the soil loosen up. Then we added sand, compost, epsom salt and calcium and some leaves and then turned them in by hand. We finished with a thin layer of leaves on the top. Since most of our trees are still full we will have to add more later when they all fall.

We also examined and played with each worm we found and then reburied them among the dirt wishing them a good night as well. Here is the finished product which we have since heavily mulched with leaves.