In the wake of the Newtown, CT tragedy, it has felt somewhat trivial to imagine sitting down at this computer to share crafts or stories about my children; like everyone else, I’m just trying to make sense of this senseless tragedy. Yet when I think about the ways in which I bring peace and joy and love into the world, it is through creativity. I love to create, to share my love of the arts with children, and to teach others how to engage with their creativity.
These days, it seems like I am doing nothing but creating. We are blessed with a Winter Solstice baby; on Friday, Ella will celebrate the return of the light AND her fifth birthday! I’ve been hard at work on her handmade birthday gifts and also a few Christmas gifts (which I know I will not finish in time – the sweet Little Oak knit sweater, for instance.)
After making a birthday crown for Everett, I was really inspired to do the same for Ella. I roughly followed this tutorial for sewing guidance, and did a lot of hand stitching and free-form cutting. I’ll share a better photo on her birthday, but here are a few details:
Ella has some very clear ideas about her birthday party, for instance, she wants 5 kids to attend since she is turning 5, but my own parameters are this: simple and sweet. I’m imagining a craft, a story, cake, and a very short treasure hunt. Weather permitting, I think these little gnomes will be hiding outside, waiting for their new human friends!
(If you’re interested in a little tutorial on how to make these little gnomes, let me know. They are really fun and easy to make!)
What kinds of crafting are you up to this week?
***Joining the fine crafty folks at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On!