Archives for the ‘Crafting With The Girl’ Category


We had yet another lovely Martinmas this year. Keeping it the same from year to year makes it easy on mama and gives a feeling of anticipation, comfort, and familiarity to the kids. Same lanterns, same stories, same location, and same dinner. It was all delightfully predictable.   The weather was cool and crisp. Absolutely […]

with thanks

We had a lovely holiday weekend filled with sunsets, parties, turkey, and relaxing. Our nature table is overflowing, and it’s hard to believe that I’ll be clearing it for Advent soon. But for now, I am trying to squeeze out the last bit of enjoyment that I can out of Thanksgiving and autumn. So very […]

michaelmas :: day 3

On day three of our Michaelmas celebration, we began with a retelling of my story, “The Brave Dragon,” (originally told on day one). Afterwards, we made wooden swords. The Daddy Monkey and I have collaborated on many swords over the years, so this one was a very simple process. I simply traced my sword template onto […]

May Day

We celebrated our first May Day today.  Being a cross-quarter day, marking the midpoint between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, it signifies the peak of spring, and the forthcoming summer.  We joined together for flower crafting, singing, dancing, playing and feasting.  Enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, as many many before us have.  […]


I couldn’t help but feel a small sense of accomplishment on Candlemas this year. This marks our first full year of festivals.  It was with Candlemas last year that I began our year of rhythm. This year I did manage to spread the festivities out over a few days, but not by much.  I’m still […]


We had our Martinmas celebration this past weekend.  In the Waldorf tradition, Martinmas is about the importance of protecting our “inner light” through the harsh winter, and about helping others do the same. All of last week we talked about the story of St. Martin and how important it is to help those in need.  […]

Celebrating Fall :: Day 2 :: Michaelmas

I had been wanting to celebrate Michaelmas with the kids since I first read about it, thinking it would be a great fit for The Boy, who has always had a passion for all things knightly.  Since I learned my lesson to not try to cram it all into one day like I did with […]

Another Sick Day

This pretty paint box was about the highlight of my day. Another sick day today.  This time it’s The Girl.  104 fever.  I hate the worry that comes with mothering.  Not knowing when to call the doctor and when to just let nature run its course. So we painted today.  A lot.

It’s Almost Here…

The gingerbread house is done. Cookie production is in full swing. The last candle on our Advent wreath was lit tonight. And the temperature is dropping, finally! A wonderful, beautiful, cozy Sunday spent at home.

The Boy Paints, and Thoughts of Peter

So many, many times have I tried to create art with The Boy.  I have come at it from every angle, I have tried every medium, I have begged, I have cajoled, and I have encouraged.  He does not care to participate.  As a stitcher and an artist, it saddens me to see him missing […]