Boot fair finds
Every year birds sneak into my holiday projects in one way or another. It actually started many years ago when I made an Easter tree with just small stuffed fabric birds hanging on white branches. Then they crept into Christmas decorations like this clay robin, and this gifted stitched humming bird. This year I didn't stop with the two new bird patterns, I've also been working on some very simple tweeters like the one in the bead wreath decoration below.
This bead wreath is in the latest Action Pack, you can check it out here. I just went through a proof copy of the latest issue and I can tell you it's full of fantastic stuff. And Kathreen is also offering a special price for a seven issue bundle – a great buy for loads of kid inspired creativity.
Bead wreath making
My helper and I loved putting together these bead wreaths from necklaces picked up at boot fairs. Old jewellery, usually broken, is one of my favourite sources for supplies. I salvage great beads, charms, chains, clasps and closures.
Bird decorations & String Prints
We've been bird making in our little textiles class at school too. We concentrate on using repurposed materials and bits and pieces from my scrap bag. I encourage the children to attempt small projects that can be made in one or two sessions so I thought birds would be perfect. They like to take something new home with them every week so slow projects don't happen with this group. I sketched out a few different bird shapes for them to use as templates and let their imaginations run from there.
I had these two from the class sitting next to a bag from my last Green Parent project which was about string printing and I realized these little tweeters would fit nicely in this simple bag for teacher gifts. I'm hoping Tristan and Gracie will like the idea too and get busy on more of them this weekend.
The children are already busy with projects for their Christmas fair on Saturday. Gracie is making a marble game and more Nanou flowers like last year and Tristan is finishing up a school newspaper he plans on selling. All the sales from the fair go to charity and the whole school takes part, it's a really fun event.
Off for a late walk with doggie now, she's giving me those woebegone eyes.
Have a happy Thursday,
PS, if anyone would like the bird templates I used with my class just let me know and I can put the sketched template into a PDF and email it off to you, nothing fancy, just a few bird shapes.