November 2010

Yarn Color Wheel

This is a project this kids and I did last fall. It was orginally post on Wee Folk Activities Oct 12, 2009. We used yarn but scraps of tissue paper or construction paper would work as well.

For this week's Unplugged Challenge theme Wheel, we made fuzzy yarn color wheels. We started by reading one of our favorite books, Mouse Paint.

We've done a Mouse Paint project in the past, so I wanted to do something different this time around. Since my kiddos are part hamster (they love to shred, cut, rip little bits) we took scraps of yarn and cut them up into little bits to make our color wheel.

After we cut up the yarn into little bits, we sorted them into the color piles.

I then took paper plates (regular card stock with a circle template would work too) and cut out the center circle.

I found the center of the circle and then used a ruler to divide the plate into 6 equal pieces.

The kids covered the plate with a liberal amount of glue and started with placing the primary colors in every other piece. They then went back and filled in the secondary colors.

The Playful Stripes Cardigan

 

{Look at how those adorable cheeks are filling in! I'm going back for a visit next week... can barely wait!}

A couple of weeks ago I shared a pattern on Facebook that I fell in love with from Never Not Knitting. Then, I did something I very seldom do... I actually bought the pattern. There are so many lovely free patterns online BUT this sweater was too sweet, too adorable to pass up.

I made it in a size 3 months for Lady. I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in off white, spring green and pink. I then found the most adorable heart shaped buttons and started knitting. It was pure joy to work with the Cashmerino. So very, very soft. And, the pattern from Never Not Knitting was easy to follow. I will definitely make it again. And, let's face it, when you are knitting a size 3 months, it goes pretty fast, even if you are using size 3 needles!

I mailed the sweater to Lady on Friday, and she received it on Monday. I talked to her on the phone. Judging by all the cooing she did while in the sweater, I'm guessing she LOVED it, too! 




Homemade Kitchen Volcano

We have been working on a Geology Unit for the past 8 weeks or so. I let the kids take turns choosing science projects, this was Bug's request. Science is the subject that I feel comfortable letting the kids call most of the shots but I have used Evan-Moore's Geology Guide as a reference point for myself and kids enjoyed most of the listed activities, including the making the mini-books. We also added in lots of books and dvds from the library. As kind of our grand finale to the unit, and the main reason I think Bug wanted to do a geology unit, we made a kitchen volcano... a science fair classic. Now, I'm not totally sure how much the homemade volcano really ties in scientifically with a true volcano... but it does look cool.

First we whipped up a batch of our basic salt dough. I added some food coloring to give it a gray/brown rocky color. Bug and Fairy built the volcano up around the sides of a small Dixie cup on a piece of tin foil. Once the form was complete, we dried the volcano in a 250 degree oven for several hours and then let it sit over night.

The following day we were ready for the eruption. I tried following the book's recommended baking soda/cream of tater wrapped in tissue paper directions... but it didn't work. The vinegar just wasn't getting through the tissue paper. So I ended up just adding a couple Tablespoons of baking soda directly into the cup. Then each kiddo took turns pour the vinegar/food coloring mixture into the volcano.

Each kiddo got a chance to make the volcano erupt. We used a different color each time just for fun. In the end this was really a quick project and not nearly as messy as it seems. Everything was contained on one tray.

Harvest Time Week Ten: The Ox Cart Man (Beeswax Candles)

Our activity to go along with The Ox Cart Man was making Rolled Beeswax Candles. The last time we completed this project we used the natural colored beeswax but this time we spiced things up a bit with the multi-colored package of beeswax from A Toy Garden.

To start with I set the stack of beeswax sheets near the stove while I made lunch to warm it up a bit. You want the wax to be warm enough to bend freely, but not melt. If the wax is too cold it will crack while you are working with it.

Each of us chose one colorful full sheet to use as our candle base.

I then used kitchen shears to cut some strips out of the other colors.

We tightly rolled the base sheet of beeswax around a wick. I did help each of the kid get their candle started rolling around the wick but even Pixie was able to take it from there.

We then added some of the colorful strip to decorate our candles. You could even make more elaborate shapes if you would like.

I trimmed the wicks and put our candles into our paint jars (I need to get/make candle sticks with wider bases). We now have some very festive candles to use this holiday season!


This week we are working on Week Ten of our Harvest Time unit. I will be posting a weekly update to give everyone a space to chat about the program. If you would like more information about the program you can learn more and download the free homeschooling curriculum on our Harvest Time page. All of the directions for the art projects, recipes and activities are included in the curriculum guide. If your family is participating in the Harvest Time curriculum either for homeschooling or after school enrichment we would love to hear about it! Please leave a comment in this post in regards to your experiences with Harvest Time’s Week Ten activities. You are welcome, and highly encouraged to leave links to your Harvest Time’s Week Ten blog posts or pictures in the comment section of this post.

Harvest Time Week Ten
Primary Book: The Ox Cart Man,
Enrichment Book: Farmer’s Market Rounding,
Activities: Beeswax Candles,
Field Trip Idea: Farmer's Market or Craft Show,
Art: Pinatas,
Poem: Thanksgiving,
Flower Fairies: Strawberry Fairy& Coloring Page

Links from Our first time completing the Unit...

If your family is working on the Harvest Time curriculum either full time or just for some family fun enrichment, you are welcome to add the Harvest Time button on your website. You can save the button to you computer and upload as a photo to your site (you may want to link it back to the Main Harvest Time Page http://weefolkart.com/content/harvest-time-preschoolkindergarten-curriculum) or just copy the green text below and add it to you site.

 

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Graciously Accepting Gifts @ The Magic Onions


Today Michelle and I have an article featured on The Magic Onions: Discovering Waldorf Column. We were thrilled that Donna thought to ask us, since we are such fans of The Magic Onions! Today we tackled the often touchy topic of receiving children's gifts. Often our concept of appropriate toys can differ vastly from the gift givers in your child's life. We hope we shared some thoughts and suggestions that might help your family. Pop on over to The Magic Onions to read the article.  

{this moment :: belated knitting}

{this moment :: inspired by soule mama}

a single picture, requiring no words, yet telling a story worth remembering!

have a lovely weekend ~ Michelle and Kimara

Introducing Nicole's Homemade Treats

Several weeks ago we added a new sponsor to our site... just in time for the holiday season, although you don't need a reason to visit her shop! The shop is Nicole's Homemade Treats, with Nicole being the candy maker extraordinaire. In her own words:

Nicole's Homemade Treats is an LLC operating out of NY. Everything is prepared in my fully licensed kitchen. My treats are prepared in small batches, to preserve the taste and quality of the product, and to ensure that there is no waste. I make only all natural, preservative free products, and use as many organic ingredients as possible. My products may not have the shelf life of store bought products, no worries! They won't last very long!

We waited to introduce Nicole's Homemade Treats because we first wanted to sample her candy. (Oh, the things we endure for our readers.)

A few days ago we received one of Nicole's samplers. All I can say is, oh Yum! Actually, that's not all I can say. I can also say mmmmm, and delicious, and WOW. Every nibble we took was wonderful. The ingredients all tasted so fresh, especially the nuts. The caramel was smooth and creamy and the chocolates were perfect. The real moment of truth, however, was when I tried her Pecan Cluster pictured above. Pecan Clusters are one of my favorite candies and when tasting hers, it was going up against years of collective sampling!

I am pleased to say, it was wonderful! Nicole claims they are large enough to share with others, and that is true. Each one is a full quarter pound! I would like to say I shared it... my thighs would like to say I shared it, but I didn't. Through the course of the day I consumed the whole thing!

Anyway... with a clear conscience and a resolution to share my next Pecan Cluster with a friend, we highly encourage everyone to bop on over to Nicole's shop and take a look around. Honestly, no calories are consumed by just looking! The candies are perfect for gift giving or hording :) Welcome, Nicole. You truly are a wonderful candy maker! 

Curiosity prompts me to ask... which candies look the absolutely yummiest to you?

Interview with Julie Geiger of Prairie Point Junction


Everyone is use to seeing the Wool Felt Central button up at Wee Folk Art. We discovered Prairie Point Junction, home of Wool Felt Central, soon after Wee Folk Art was born. We have worked closely with Julie Geiger, owner of Prairie Point Junction, to sponsor “give-aways” and to provide Wee Folk Art readers a 20% discount on all their orders. (Just click their button at Wee Folk Art and type WEEFOLKART in the coupon code when placing your order.) Thank you, Julie! But it occurred to us, that we never “officially” introduced Julie and the shop, an oversight we are going to rectify now! As you can well imagine, with the holidays approaching, this is a busy time for crafting shops, and we appreciate Julie taking the time to answer a few questions. So readers… here’s Julie!

Oh, BTW... check back on Wednesday for a super Holiday Give-Away that we are having, sponsored by Julie and Prairie Point Junction!

KIMARA: I only know Prairie Point Junction as an on-line store, but you actually have a shop in Cozad, Nebraska. Tell us a little bit about your shop and how it came to be.

JULIE: I have loved fabric for as long as I can remember. One of my first fabric memories is when I convinced my Mom to buy a huge grocery sack of scraps for $5.00 at a garage sale of a lady that did alterations and bridal sewing. That bag was filled with such delightful treasures (at least in the eyes of my 6 year old self). I spent hours crafting things for my dolls with scraps, tape and a stapler since I didn’t yet have the skills to use a needle and thread or a machine.

Eventually I progressed to using a sewing machine and discovered 4-H, then later worked at a small craft store in high school and a few fabric chain stores during college. The owners of the local Ben Franklin store where I worked in high school played a tremendous role in shaping my future and my love for retailing. Looking back, I’ve been so blessed to have encountered the right people at the right time to lead me on this path towards a career that I love each and every day.

I have a degree in Family and Consumer Education and taught in the public school system for a couple years before pursing my life’s dream of opening a quilt shop. I opened Prairie Point Junction, in Cozad, Nebraska in 1998. We started with barely 800 bolts of fabric and a very empty looking building - but in the past 12 years we’ve grown dramatically and sure have filled up the space.

We now stock close to 2500 bolts of 100% cotton fabric, plus 90 colors of wool felt, a wide assortment of 100% wools and every kind of pattern, book, or notion you could want for quilting, crafts, and all kinds of creative endeavors.

KIMARA: So, you’ve been in business for over 12 years now. Thinking back to the beginning, what have been some of the major crafting changes that have impacted your shop?

JULIE: One of the biggest trends I remember was the Rag Quilt. This was a super easy quilt where you made little block “sandwiches” with a piece of batting placed in between two pieces of flannel. You would stitch a X across the block, then sew all the blocks together, clip the seams, and let it fray when you washed it. I think this easy quilt introduced a lot of new people to quilting - especially those that may have been intimidated by the whole process. We carried a huge array of flannel at the time, but it seems like that trend has come and gone.

Easy to piece quilt patterns have become much more readily available recently. That’s fantastic news for the next generation of quilters and crafters out there who would like to give in a try. Moda has really jumped on the bandwagon with their development of pre-cut fabrics including charm packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes and more. There is a wide variety of patterns available using the precuts, so all you have to do is grab a stack of fabric and you are ready to begin a project. Moda also hosts www.modabakeshop.com , where you can download a variety of free patterns using all these fantastic pre-cuts.

I’m honored to have designed three free pattern tutorials for the Bake Shop:
The Chenille Couch Cozy
http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/12/aster-manor-chenille-cuddler.html

Verna’s Cutting Garden
http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/02/vernas-cutting-garden-tablerunner.html

And Frolic’n Butterflies
http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/05/frolicn-butterflies-quilt.html

The other major change specifically for our shop has been the addition of the Wool Felt Central area. At International Quilt Market several years ago, I noticed several pillows and small projects made from this “new to me” product - Wool Felt. I ordered about 8 or 10 bolts of felt at the time in colors that went with the projects I had seen on display. As more and more patterns caught my eye over the next couple years, we added more and more colors to support the patterns. That has certainly snowballed as we now stock 90 colors of wool blend felt from National Nonwovens.

I think part of the demand for felt is related to a growing concern for safe toys for kids, a growth in the home school, Waldorf, and Montessori movements; as well as a desire to return to our homes and make useful products while expressing our creativity. Wool felt is such a versatile project, that the uses are absolutely endless. National Nonwovens, the manufacturer of the felt we stock, certifies that their products meet CPSC standards related to lead and phtalates - so customers can rest assured that they are purchasing a safe product.

KIMARA: At what point did you go “global” and start your internet shop? How has that affected your business?

JULIE: We’ve had a website from nearly the time we opened in 1998. At first, the website mostly was an information source for our local customers with class schedules, store hours, etc. We later added shopping cart software and began selling patterns here and there - not really ever expecting it be a significant part of our business.

As blogging, Etsy, and the web in general began to play a larger role in all our lives, whole new communities have developed online. This had made it easier to network and find the supplies that you need for a particular project.

I hate to admit it, since it goes against the grain of my over-planning self (see former career as a teacher), but we really fell into the Wool FeIt Central concept quite by accident. Wool Felt happened to be one of the few things after patterns that we started posting on our site. Not long after, we saw the demand continue to grow and found ourselves shipping several packages a day. Since that time, Wool Felt Central has played a staring role in what we do here at Prairie Point Junction.

Our classroom space was remodeled to become the Wool Felt Central shipping department. A full time staff person now is devoted to handling shipments in addition to six part-time staff that work throughout the shop. We ship all over the US, including Canada. Considering Cozad, Nebraska, is a town of only 4, 500 located smack dab in the middle of the United States - I consider that to be a pretty amazing feat!

Prairie Point Junction Staff: Julie, Terri, Barb, Deb, Misty, Jolene, Pam, and Connie.
(That’s a rock climbing wall in the background, just in case you were trying to figure that out!)

KIMARA: I can’t imagine having all of those resources available to me on a daily bases. Talk about a great stash! Obviously, you spend a great deal of time developing crafts for your business, but when leisurely crafting, how do you while away the hours?

JULIE: I just can’t seem to keep fabric out of my mind. When I have free time, I still love to sew just about anything. My favorite way to spend the day is sewing with several of my friends for a “girls’ day.” I prefer to sew easy projects that don’t require a great deal of concentration when I want to relax.

I’m also a huge fan of scrapbook, though that doesn’t happen nearly as often as I’d like. I started as a traditional paper scrapbook, but in the last few years have gone mostly digital. I use Adobe Photoshop Elements to create pages. It still allows me to be creative and preserve memories, but keeps the supplies and mess to a minimum. Which is super great as I already have a room filled to the gills with fabric.

KIMARA: Okay, let’s talk felt for a minute. You have a wonderful article online for working with wool felt. You give directions for prewashing felt. I’m curious. Do you usually prewash your felt before working with it? In what circumstances is it desirable and when is it best not to?

JULIE: Lately, I’ve not been nearly as gung-ho about prewashing the wool felt as I used to be. You can certainly use the wool blend felt straight as-is from the bolt. It is very flat in texture as it is. I’ve gotten on this kick making faux sugar cookie ornaments with felt and have designed four patterns for a variety of holidays. I prefer the felt to be flat so it looks more like frosting. Plus I think the detail stitching is easier to see on the flat surface. I also like the body that the felt has before it has been washed.

The swatch on the left is straight from the bolt, the swatch on the right has been felted.

I’ve also been addicted to the little candle mats from Bari Sue Gaudett of Bareroots (below). They have such tiny pieces, that I feel like I can get a much more accurate cut from flat felt - not felted felt. (Try saying that three times fast.)

That said, I’m more likely to prewash when I working on a larger penny rug or perhaps a pillow where I really want the texture to stand out. The mats from Penny Lane Primitives (below) look really nice when the felt is prewashed. The felt will look a little bit more like boiled wool, or a wool sweater, for example of you pre-wash it.

If you haven’t worked with wool blend felt before, be sure you print a copy of our Tip Sheet. It will answer many of your questions regarding project preparation. http://www.prairiepointjunction.com/wooltips.html

KIMARA: Last year you started carrying 100% woven woolens that are not felted, but can be. What type of projects would you suggest using the 100% woven woolens for and what is the best way to felt it?

JULIE: The 100% woven wools are great when you need a pattern rather than a flat color. We’ve got a wide variety of plaids, tweeds, herringbones, etc. Sometimes its fun to add that touch of pizzazz to your project for perhaps Santa’s coat, a nice fall leaf, or fur on an animal. The varied patterns can make your applique look just a tad more realistic.

The 100% wools can easily be felted using hot water in your washing machine, then tossing in the dryer. This will help compact the fibers and prevent them from raveling as much.

KIMARA: Finally, you are a mom. I’m always interesting in knowing how people like to spend family time. What are some of your family’s favorite “together” activities?

JULIE: I have a seven year old son that loves to express his creativity too. He loves to have free reign of my wool felt tub to make whatever strikes his fancy. One of our most recent projects was making Mario action figures - they’re not dolls, MOM! I really encourage you to let your kids go wild with a stack of felt, you never know what they’ll come up with.

My husband farms, but we actually live within the city limits. Depending on the time of year, we sometime have much more family time than others. I’d say that our main activity is anything that makes us laugh together.

Thanks for taking time to learn a little bit more about me and Prairie Point Junction, home of Wool Felt Central. I love hearing what everyone is making with felt. If you’d like to share your projects, be sure to e-mail me at prairiepointjunction@yahoo.com. We’d love to feature your creations on our blog at www.woolfeltcentral.blogspot.com.

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Pumpkin Cake

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Here is a recipe from Chelsie at Simply Seeking Life for Pumpkin Cake. Not only does the cake sound wonderful, but you might be surprised by how it was used. Make sure you pay Chelsie a visit. It's always so much fun discovering new blogs. Thanks, Chelsie!

Hi, my name is Chelsie Varga from Simply Seeking Life. I absolutely love pumpkin, I am so excited for your upcoming recipes, especially because I just canned 21 pints of pumpkin myself. I have worked in a summer camp kitchen for the past 7 summers and have made this pumpkin cake for our thanksgiving theme meal countless times. I got married almost a year ago do the day at the camp where we work and I knew exactly what I wanted my wedding cake to be. We got married on halloween in the beautiful Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania and we had a fun time celebrating a fall wedding. My husband's mom made a small pumpkin wedding cake for us to cut and save the top and then my friend made the rest of the pumpkin cake for everyone else to enjoy. It was really a fun time and I would like to think that people enjoyed something different than the tradition wedding cake, I know I did. I will attach some pictures of the cake and the recipe that we used is below. Thanks for everything you do.

Chelsie

Pumpkin Cake

1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 c oil
4 eggs
2 c all purpose flour
1/2t salt
2t baking powder
2t cinnamon
1 1/2 t baking soda
2 c pumpkin
1t vanilla

Cream together the sugar, brown sugar and oil, add the eggs and then set aside. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and the baking soda. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the pumpkin to the ingredients you set aside. When all combined don't forget to stir in the teaspoon of vanilla. Bake in a 9x13 for 40 minutes at 350. It is tasty plain, but you can add whatever kind of icing or toppings you may like with pumpkin. I like cream cheese icing personally!

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love...Galatians 5:6

Poinsettia Garland





Directions are for a garland approximately 9' long comprised of 7 sections of roping and 6 poinsettias. Each roping section is approximately 18" wide so you can design your garland to meet your needs. The 2 outer ends of my garland do not have flowers, but depending on where you use your garland, you may wish to have flowers on either end, too.

MATERIALS

Flowers:
Barnyard Red Felt
Red Felt
1 skein each of DMC floss #3777 and #304
6 - 1" wooden buttons
gold paint for buttons
poinsettia pattern

Roping:
green fabric - Green Holly by Henry Glass.
thin cotton or wool batting
match thread for machine
2 skeins green floss for hand quilting (DMC floss #469 matched my fabric)
roping pattern

Mounting:
self sticking Velcro coins
*(see note below for suggestions for other mounting ideas}

Poinsettia Directions:
Make copies of the flower pattern.

Cut out 12 pieces of small petals and 12 pieces of large petals. When cutting, cut 2 pieces together that will be stitched together at the same time. Refer to the directions for cutting out felt found HERE

Using a blanket stitch and 3 strands of floss, sew together each set of 2 using matching floss. You will now have 6 large petals and 6 small petals.

Roping Directions:
Make 2 copies of the pattern. Cut out the patterns. Tape the 2 pieces together along the tape line. NOTE: On one piece you will see the markings and you will see the blank back of the other piece.

Cut out 2 pieces of fabric for each roping section. For my garland I cut out 7 swags (14 pieces of fabric).

Cut out 1 piece of batting for each section of roping by cutting rectangles that are slightly larger than the pattern piece. I cut out 7 rectangles. 

Place the right sides of 2 pieces of roping together.  Place this over a piece of batting. Pin together.

Sew the 3 pieces together using a 1/4" seam, leaving a 3 finger opening at the top of the roping as indicated on the pattern.


Trim seams to 1/8" EXCEPT over the opening. Do not trim the fabric but trim back the batting.



Clip inside curves being careful not to clip all the way through.

Turn and iron. I find a chopstick works well for turning the ends but be very careful. I pushed a little too hard when I turned my first end and stuck my chopstick through the fabric! 




Using a slip stitch (ladder stitch), sew opening closed.

Transfer markings to roping. Hand quilt the stitching lines indicated on the pattern using a running stitch and 2 strands of matching floss.


Complete all roping pieces.

JOINING and BUTTONS:
Paint buttons and allow to dry.

To join, overlap 2 swag pieces about 1/2". It helps to line up sections along a straight edge.


Using matching thread, tack together. NOTE: You can do this by hand or machine sew together.

Center a large poinsettia petal on overlap. Place a small poinsettia petal on top of the large. Tack in place.


Place a button in the center of the small poinsettia petal. Using 4 strands of floss, sew on the button going through all layers of the poinsettia and the 2 swag pieces.

MOUNTING OPTIONS:
Place the looped side of a sticky back Velcro coin centered on the backside of the poinsettia. Place a Velcro coin on the backside of each end.


Position the garland on the surface you are mounting to, and add the hooked side of the Velcro coins so they match the loops. Hang the garland on the Velcro hooks.

IMPORTANT. Test the Velcro on the surface to make sure the adhesive does not hurt the surface. When removing the Velcro coins from the surface, peel back slowly. If a gooey residue is left on the surface, a product like Goo Be Gone will remove the glue. I tested the Velcro coins on my wooden mantle and they came off easily without leaving any residue. But test your surface. The Velcro coin loops can stay on your garland year after year. You will simply need to replace the hooks on your surface. 

*Alternative mounting suggestions: Because the poinsettias are heavy, you must attach the garland to the surface near the flower or the weight of the flower will cause the flower to droop. The garland may be mounted using thumbtacks or push pins. You can sew rings on the back of the flowers, and hang the garland to a surface by the rings. Straight pins in a wall should hold the weight of the garland. If using your garland on a glass window, you can use the little suction cups with hooks and attach to rings.
  

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Holiday Give Away - Poinsettia Garland Kit




EDIT: The contest is now closed. The winners will be announced Monday, November 15. Good luck to all!

Back in 1980 I first caught a glimpse of a fabric garland in the book Treasury of Christmas Crafts and Foods. It was a large garland, strung around an entire room, and I vowed to make it. Well, here it is, 30 years later, and each and every year I'd pull out the old book, which always opened to that page, and I'd say "This year!" 

Finally, swallowing a hearty dose of reality, I realized I would never make a fabric garland that spanned an entire room, BUT, I could redesign one that spanned my mantel! So, using my beloved garland as an inspiration, I designed a garland that was just right. Plus, given my love of working with felt, I created felt poinsettias to embellish the garland. This year, I made the garland, finally taking it off my to-do list after 30 years!

So you can well imagine, when Michelle and I teamed up with Julie, from Prairie Point Junction, and started talking about a Give-Away, I knew immediately what we wanted to do. I wanted to share the pattern for my Poinsettia Garland and Julie agreed to provide materials for 2 kits! YAY! Each winner will receive materials to make approximately 9' of Poinsettia Garland. The kits include: 

1 Wee Folk Art Garland Mini Kit
Kit includes 1/3 yard each of Barnyard Red and Red wool blend felt, six wooden buttons, and four skeins of coordinating floss. (A $9.50 value)

AND

1 Wee Folk Art Garland Fabric Selections:
Choose from the following 100% cotton green prints to complete your garland. Each garland requires 1 1/2 yards (1.5 yards) of fabric. (The value varies slightly depending on fabric selection.)

(My garland was made with fabric #1 but I LOVE them all!) The pattern and directions can be found HERE.

Everything is included to make approximately 9' of garland (6 poinsettias and 7 sections of roping) except paint for the wooden buttons, the batting, and sewing machine thread.

Julie has put together kits for purchase at her website HERE. And remember, as always, Julie provides Wee Folk Art readers a VERY generous 20% off their entire order... everyday! Just use the code WEEFOLKART at check out to get your discount.

NOW... about the Giveaway. There are several ways to enter this Giveaway and each gives you another chance to win.

1] Post a comment here (be sure to include a name... nicknames are fine).
2] Link to us through your blog, FaceBook, or Twitter. Post one additional comment for each link. Wow! That's up to 3 more chances to win! Make sure to include linking info.
3] Then, head over to Prairie Point Junction, visit their blog, and leave a big, juicy THANK YOU to Julie and her crew, then run back here and tell us you did, and yep, another chance to win!

So, if you were counting... you can enter FIVE times! Cool beans, right?

The contest will run from today, Wednesday, November 10 through Sunday, November 14, at 9:00 p.m. EST when 2 lucky winners will be chosen at random. Winners will be announced on our blog Monday, November 15.

Additionally... if it is possible you haven't been to Prairie Point Junction yet, it's high time you did! Since I discovered them, they have been my primary supplier of felt and other supplies. And remember, every day is a savings day at Prairie Point Junction if you are a Wee Folk Art reader! Just use the code WEEFOLKART at check out and with all the wonderful products available, I'm sure you'll be making good use of the discount... I know I do :)  

Good luck to one and all. And thanks again to Julie and her wonderful staff, for helping us say HAPPY HOLIDAYS with this giveaway!

Again, the pattern and directions for the Poinsettia Garland can be found HERE! Enjoy! 

Harvest Time Week Twelve - In November


 

We jumped ahead a week to read In November, leaving the Thanksgiving theme for next week. One of the activities I had the girls help me with this week was rounding up all of our mittens and we gave them a good hand-washing in preparation of the winter weather that could be upon us at any time now. Most of our mittens are made with wool-ease... so I can run them through the dryer when needed. So the girls could swirl and splash them all they wanted. (I handled the ones I was afraid of felting.) They really enjoyed washing them by hand and went looking for more things to wash once the mittens were done.



This week we are working on Week Twelve of our Harvest Time unit. I will be posting a weekly update to give everyone a space to chat about the program. If you would like more information about the program you can learn more and download the free homeschooling curriculum on our Harvest Time page. All of the directions for the art projects, recipes and activities are included in the curriculum guide. If your family is participating in the Harvest Time curriculum either for homeschooling or after school enrichment we would love to hear about it! Please leave a comment in this post in regards to your experiences with Harvest Time’s Week Twelve activities. You are welcome, and highly encouraged to leave links to your Harvest Time’s Week Twelve blog posts or pictures in the comment section of this post.

Harvest Time Week Twelve
Primary Book: In November,
Enrichment Book: Caps, Hats Sock and Mittens,
Activities: Quilt Squares, Cornbread Muffins
Art: Fast Break,
Poem: Thanksgiving,
Flower Fairies: Strawberry Fairy& Coloring Page

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 {this moment :: inspired by soule mama}


a single picture, requiring no words, yet telling a story worth remembering!

have a lovely weekend ~ Michelle and Kimara

Amish Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting


We would like to share another pumpkin recipe, this time from Patty at Morning Ramble. She first shared this on her blog back in 2006. I"m very excited to try this recipe because I've never made a yeast bread with pumpkin. I don't know about anyone else, but these look incredible. I can't wait to try them. Make sure you stop by Patty's site and say hi, then check out more photos on the prep of these rolls. Thanks, Patty!

Here is a recipe we make often during the autumn. Our family loves it. The grown children now bringing our grandchildren over when I make them, so that three generations sit together enjoying them.

Amish Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting

1/3 cup milk
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin or mashed cooked pumpkin
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1 package dry yeast ( 1 Tablespoon)
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. melted butter

Caramel frosting (recipe follows)

In small saucepan, heat milk and 2 tbsp.butter just until warm (120-130degrees) and butter is almost melted, stirring constantly. In large mixer bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar and salt. Add milk mixture and beat with electric mixer until well mixed. Beat in egg and yeast. In separate mixing bowl, combine flours. Add half of flour mixture to pumpkin mixture. Beat mixture on low speed 5 minutes, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Add remaining flour and mix thoroughly (dough will be very soft). Turn into lightly greased bowl, then grease surface of dough lightly. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Turn onto floured surface. Knead a few turns to form a smooth dough, sprinkling with enough additional flour to make dough easy to handle. On lightly floured surface, roll dough into 12x10 inch rectangle.In small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Brush surface of doughwith melted butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Beginning with long side of dough, roll up jellyroll style. Pinch seam to seal. With sharp knife, cut roll into 12 1- inch slices.
Place rolls, cut side up, in greased 9 inch square baking pan.
Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, 30 to 45 minutes.
Bake rolls at 350 degrees about 20 minutes or until golden.
Remove from pan to waxed paper-lined wire rack.
Cool 10 to 15 minutes. Drizzle withCaramel frosting.
Makes 12 rolls.

CARAMEL FROSTING
1/4 cup (4 tbsp.)butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Dash salt
1/2 to 3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar.

In small saucepan, heat butter until melted. Stir in brown sugar and milk.Stir in brown sugar and milk.
Cook over medium low heat 1 minute. Transfer to small mixer bowl and cool mixture. Stir in vanilla, salt, and confectioners' sugar. Beat with electric mixer until well blended. If necessary, add more confectioners' sugar for desired consistency.

The dough after it has risen
just baked
flipped out of the pan and ready to frost
All ready to eat. Really good while they are still warm !

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in

Garland Kit Winners

And the winners are...

well kick me in the butt!
Submitted by Tracy (not verified) on Thu, 11/11/2010 - 11:33.

You're so awesome to hand us this long-coveted project on a platter! Can't believe we're at Christmas already, but happy to have a little kick-start. Have always wanted to put a garland on our mantle... but my goal has only been held for the last 3 years. There's hope for me yet.

Thanks again!
Tracy

And

What a lovely giveaway!
Submitted by Katheen L (not verified) on Sun, 11/14/2010 - 14:55.

What a lovely giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Congratulations Tracy and Katheen. Please send us an email (weefolkart@yahoo.com) with your address to claim your Garland Kit.

We would like to offer a big thanks to Julie at Prairie Point Juntcion for a great giveaway!

And don't forget, even if you didn't win you can still get your own Poinsettia Garland Kit from Prairie Point Junction.

Stormy Night Oil Pastel and Watercolor Paintings

Materials Needed:
Water Color Paper
Oil Pastels or Crayons
Water Color Paints

Last week we completed a little mini-unit on weather.This is a topic we covered in much more detail last year... this year it was more of a review BUT the kids were interested in specifically learning about lightning. We checked out a couple books on lightning and How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning plus a couple DVDs. Besides running around in our socks trying to shock each other ;) we also tied our lightning studies into our art project for the week.

First we used oil pastels to create a landscape scene on a sheet of watercolor paper. You could use crayons if you don't have oil pastels.

With the white oil pastel, press hard to make jagged lightning bolts in the sky. You want nice clean lines for the best effect.

Use very watered down watercolor paints in blues and grays to cover the sky. As you paint, your lightning images should pop out since the watercolor paints will not stick to the oil pastel or crayon images.

You can cover the entire image with the paints to give an overall night time effect or very stormy atmosphere to your painting. Let them dry flat.

Thumbless Mittens - Twirl Style

So awhile ago I made a Twirl and Tie hat for my little niece... while we were eagerly awaiting her arrival. The hat seems to be getting a lot of use and I heard through the grape vine... oh it would be so nice to have a pair of thumb-less mitts that matched. Hint, hint... sure no problem. Well... maybe a problem. I no longer have a newborn in the house myself, so sizing on the fly can be a bit tricky. I made some guess-timations, used some left over yarn and came up with these thumb-less mitts to match the Twirl and Tie Hat. Apparently they fit perfectly. Yeah! So here is a super simple, one sitting project if you would like to make thumb-less mittens to match the hat. The combination would make a lovely newborn set. FYI - I do not currently have plans to make regular mittens with this pattern.

Materials
size 7 DPNs to be denser (the hat pattern calls for 8s)
small amount of Cotton Ease yarn

Cast on 24 sts - join to work in the round
K2, P1 ribbing for 12 rows
(SSK, K2, YO, K2) Repeat to end... work in this twirl pattern until the mitten measures 2.5inches
SSK around until only 3 sts remain
Cut yarn, pull through the 3 sts and tie off

Add this project to your Ravelry Queue.

Poinsettia Applique Block

 


Does this poinsettia look familiar? Of course it does. It is the same design used on our Poinsettia Garland, except in a 2 dimensional applique format instead of a 3 dimensional flower.

You know how we are always talking about thinking "outside the block" when using our applique blocks? In other words, by enlarging or reducing our appliques, or by thinking of different mediums, our applique blocks can be used in many different ways.

Last year we took our Christmas Tree Applique Block

and turned it into:

An Advent Tree Calendar

A Christmas Card

A Fabric Christmas Card

A Christmas Ornament

and Wooden Trees

Well, this time, we went backwards. We took a 3 dimensional project, The Poinsettia Garland, and put it BACK in the block! Using the same pattern, we turned the poinsettia into an applique. We didn't even need to reduce or enlarge it to fit on a 6" block. And, instead of a button, we added 5 Woven Spider Wheels in the center of the flower. Think of all the places you can use this poinsettia this holiday season! I'm thinking it would be really cute to use our Oak Leaf Harvest Wreath, featured in Rhythm of the Home, and applique the poinsettia to the wreath instead of stenciling.

The pattern for the stencil can be found HERE. For some tips on working with felt, check out our tutorial on Cutting Felt. Enjoy!

 

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Harvest Time Week Eleven - Thanksgiving

So, here we are at the end of our Harvest Time Curriculum. We've enjoyed our Thanksgiving focus this week and have spent a lot of time talking about everything for which we are thankful. My children love the Pilgrim Children Books (Samuel Eaton and Sarah Morton). They are fascinated with the chores children their age were expected to complete. And of course my girls want to make the doll Sarah has on the last page. I am so thankful that I get to share the journey of learning together with my children.

I hope those of you who joined us have had a wonderful time reading the stories and completing some of the activities. As we prepare for the holidays around here, we will be taking a break from our more organized curriculum and focusing on Advent. Join us again January when we start up Winter Wonderland. For those of you who are planning ahead, I will have the Spring Bs (Birds, Buds, Butterflies and Bees) book list up this weekend (a preview of the book list is now available) and the full curriculum posted before we start the Winter Wonderland unit.



This week we are working on Week Eleven of our Harvest Time unit. I will be posting a weekly update to give everyone a space to chat about the program. If you would like more information about the program you can learn more and download the free homeschooling curriculum on our Harvest Time page. All of the directions for the art projects, recipes and activities are included in the curriculum guide. If your family is participating in the Harvest Time curriculum either for homeschooling or after school enrichment we would love to hear about it! Please leave a comment in this post in regards to your experiences with Harvest Time’s Week Eleven activities. You are welcome, and highly encouraged to leave links to your Harvest Time’s Week Eleven blog posts or pictures in the comment section of this post.

Harvest Time Week Eleven
Primary Book: The Very First Thanksgiving Day,
Enrichment Book: Sarah Morton’s Day, Samuel Eaton’s Day or Tapenum’s Day,
Activities: Handprint Turkey Placemat,
Field Trip Idea: Make a Food Donation,
Art: Baseball Players,
Poem: Thanksgiving,
Flower Fairies: Review & Coloring Page

Links from Our first time completing the Unit...

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Spring Bs Preschool/Kindergarten Curriculum


Spring Bs (Birds, Buds, Butterflies & Bees) 12 Week Curriculum
(Preschool-Kindergarten / Ages 4-6)

CLICK HERE FOR PDF

Spring Bs is now available! I hope you enjoy the Spring unit in our Preschool/Kindergarten curriculum collection.

Please Note: When it comes to the FAIRY TALES... I recommend parents review and choose a version that they feel comfortable sharing with their children. Every family has a different tolerance for the "Grimm" factor in fairy tales.


If you are working on the unit and would like to include the button on the blog... here it is. You can copy and save it to your computer or just copy the text below and paste it on your page.

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{This Moment :: Sky Candy}

 

 {this moment :: inspired by soule mama}


a single picture, requiring no words, yet telling a story worth remembering!

have a lovely weekend ~ Michelle and Kimara

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Pumpkin Recipe Marathon!!!


At the end of October we invited readers to share their favorite pumpkin recipes. Because the markets are overflowing with the fall harvest right now, it makes sense that pumpkin is such a common ingredient in fall cooking. The smell of spicy pumpkin dishes always makes me think of cool autumn days, and of family, friends and the holidays.

Our plan was to tuck in a recipe here and there as they came in. Well... things got crazy and we had lots of wonderful recipes, and here we are, days before Thanksgiving, and many recipes we have yet to share. We decided to have a Pumpkin Recipe Marathon. So throughout the day, we will be posting several pumpkin recipes. New recipes can be viewed directly under this post. 

We again want to thank everyone that shared a recipe. And, we hope all readers take the time to look over the recipes, visit our contributor's blogs, and enjoy yourself baking some luscious pumpkin recipes! 

Oh, btw... wonderful Timothy got our recipes organized. Just a wee bit of tweaking needs to be done BUT they are now visible and in an order that is useful. Check out the new format HERE!

Pumpkin Scones



I was absolutely thrilled to see this recipe, shared by Sonia at Fledgling's Hollow. New to blogging, but certainly not new to baking, not only does Sonia share her recipe for the scones, but gives wonderful directions to cook fresh pumpkins. Enjoy the recipes and make sure you stop by Sonia's blog Fledgling's Hollow and take a look around! 

Hi!

When I saw your post about pumpkins I had to respond -- I *adore* pumpkin!! I hope I am not too late!! We don't have thanksgiving here in Australia, so I am a little fuzzy on when it occurs... I have a brand new and very boring blog over at http://fledglings-hollow.blogspot.com/ where I am incognito!

Pumpkin scones have been a favourite of my family for years. My husband complains that I never make this for him, since I only seem to make them when my Dad is visiting from out of town :)

Pumpkins scones are famous here in Queensland, so recipes abound. Some are ‘plain’, some are sweet and some have other things added, such as dates or sultanas. This is my version, originally from a school home ec. text book. Some time ago we had a long serving state premier here in Qld, whose wife, ‘Lady Flo’, was famous for her pumpkin scones. She later went on to become a senator, and still continued to bake her scones.

Because I am Australian, all measures are Australian standard (metric) and oven temps are in Celsius. Thus 1 tablespoon = 20ml, and 1 cup = 250ml.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup raw sugar
1 egg
1 cup of cold mashed pumpkin
2 cups self-raising flour
1/4 - 1/3 cup milk – may not be needed.

Milk might not be necessary, depending on how much liquid is in your pumpkin.

I prefer to use jap pumpkin for scones. I don’t know if you have them in the US? You need a good flavoured pumpkin with richly coloured flesh.

If you don't have any cold mashed pumpkin laying around:

I always have to start from scratch as there is never any leftover pumpkin in my house! Roasting gives the most concentrated flavour, but microwaving is way faster, and is almost as good. You can also boil it, but I find it makes it sloppy, and your scones won’t turn out as nice. To microwave: Peel and cut your pumpkin into small chunks. Place in a microwave safe bowl or jug, and cover it with plastic cling film. I zap for about 5 minutes, then test and stir it, and re-zap if necessary.

To cool your pumpkin quickly, mash it and spread it out on a large plate or pan, and bung it in the freezer for 10 -15minutes.

Then:
1. Preheat your oven – you want a hot oven, about 200 C, 190ish if you have fan forced.
2. Beat butter and sugar to a cream
3. Add the egg and beat well.
4. Beat in your pumpkin., then put away your electric mixer.
5. Sift your flour twice, then mix in.
6. Add milk if necessary. You are looking for a moist dough but not a sloppy one!
7. Turn onto a floured bench and knead it a little.
8. Gently press it out till it’s about 2.5 cm (1”) thick.
9. Cut and place close together on a greased, floured tray.
10. Brush tops with milk
11. Bake in a hot oven until brown on top – about 12-15 mins, I always start checking after 10.
12. Enjoy hot or cold with butter, or fresh whipped cream and jam. My Dad likes his with butter and vegemite!

Tips:
If you have trouble getting the raw sugar to cream, you can add a tiny drop of boiling water. Properly creamed butter and sugar is difficult to get using raw sugar.
You can cut your pumpkins thinner or smaller, jut adjust the cooking time accordingly. I usually flub it and end up making them a bit thin, - they won't be as pretty, but they stay moist and tasty!

Best regards!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies



When I received this recipe, I thought, okay, I'm in heaven now. Pumpkin and chocolate chips! These sound so wonderful I can't wait to try them. But what really got to me, was Hallie's account of the first time she tried them. How many wonderful memories have food, family and friends intertwined? Moments that nurious the body and the soul! I would like to thank Hallie, from Our Broken Road, for sharing this recipe with us. Make sure you head over to Our Broken Road and pay Hallie a visit!

I would love for you to include my recipe for cookies in your pumpkin listing!

This particular recipe came from a dear friend of mine in Texas. We were at a pumpkin patch for the day, with our homeschool group and she brought a big container of cookies to share! I just remember how warm the day felt with friends and good memories and of course those wonderful cookies!

I just made these cookies for the first time a few days ago, and shared it on my blog! http://ourbrokenroad.blogspot.com/2010/10/demise-of-pumpkin.html

Thanks for sharing your pumpkin roll recipe. That will be on my list to try! I look forward to seeing what other recipes you post! :)

Hallie

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

2 1/2 C flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
1 c butter
1 c sugar
2 eggs
1 16 oz. can 100% pure pumpkin
1 t vanilla
1 c chopped walnuts (I left these out-not much of a nut in cookies fan)
1 12 oz. bag semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:1. Preheat oven to 375.

Grease 2 cookie sheets.

Mix flour, powder, soda, and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl

Beat butter and sugar together in another bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time until smooth and well blended. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add the flour mixture, stirring to make a smooth batter. Stir in nuts (if desired) and chocolate chips.

Drop by T sized spoonfulls onto prepared sheets.

Bake in preheated oven until edges are golden, 18-20 minutes. Cool briefly on sheets and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Pancakes



Here are a couple of totally yummy sounding recipes, with the added benefit of having gluten free, vegan options. They were shared by Ella, at the lovely blog Lifeologia. She offered two different recipes, and when I had a hard time deciding which to share, I opted for both! I am especially fascinated with the pumpkin pancakes... which combines 2 of my favorite things! Make sure you saunter over to Ella's blog, Lifeologia. You'll want to give yourself some time because there is an abundance of eye candy! Thanks for sharing, Ella!

Hi Kimara,
I would love for you to feature my pumpkin muffins or pumpkin pancakes -
or both ;)

We had an uncarved pumpkin for Halloween so I thought it would be good to
make some puree from it. Then we ended up with so much puree I didn't know
what to do with it. We made Pumpkin muffins because my daughter loves all kinds of muffins and also we made pumpkin pancakes for breakfast with Orange Pumpkin jam.

PUMPKIN MUFFINS: (gluten free, vegan)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together:

1 cup rice flour
1/3 cup organic coconut flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Add in:

1 and 1/3 cups packed organic light brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree (canned organic pumpkin is fine)
1/3 cup light olive oil
2 free range organic eggs, beaten, or Ener-G Egg Replacer whisked with 1/4cup warm water  for vegan
1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Now add in:

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk or coconut milk

Beat the batter to incorporate the ingredients. If it needs a little more
liquid, add up to 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk until it is a smooth
consistency.

Stir in by hand:

1/4 cup each roughly chopped almonds and dried cranberries

Spoon the batter into twelve muffin cups, filling them close to the top.
Smooth the tops using the back side of a wet teaspoon.

PUMPKIN PANCAKES (with gluten free, vegan options)

In a blender or mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients:
1/2 cup rice flour,
1/4 cup coconut flour,
1/4 cup quinoa flour,
1/4 cup tapioca starch/flour,
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt,
2 teaspoons baking powder,
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (or 2 cups all purpose flour)
spices: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon
nutmeg

Add in:
1/3 cup pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin is fine), 2 tablespoons light olive
oil, 2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 free-range organic egg (or 1 tsp egg replacer mixed with 2 tbsp of warm
water)
1 cup almond milk, more if needed

Spoon onto hot griddle or cast iron pan and cook 2 min on one side, flip
and cook 1 min. on other side. Serve with home-made Orange Pumpkin Jam.

Thank you in advance for featuring me ;)

xoxo
Ella

Two Pumpkin Bread Recipes


We received 2 recipes for pumpkin bread. When comparing the 2 recipes, they were nearly identical, except one recipe made 1 loaf and the other made 2 loaves. There were also some slight variations in the spices. Neither recipe included a photo, so when I had this THING this week, I decided to bake each bread, including minor variations, and take them along. After tasting both breads, and chatting with friends, we decided they were equally delicious. It was decided, therefore, that the very best pumpkin bread was the one your mom made for you, the one with a touch of love added! Now, let me introduce you to the ladies and their recipes!

First, there is Jennie Rae. Jennie Rae is new to our blog... welcome! She is also the webkeeper for Prairie Point Junction. She first wandered into our little world last week when we were having our contest for the Poinsettia Garland Kit Giveaway. Anyway, we are delighted she found us, and tickled that she jumped right in and shared a recipe. Jennie Rae has 2 websites; Primitive Country Designs and The Old Drawin' Board. Thanks so much Jennie Rae!

This is the yummiest (although not the healthiest) pumpkin bread recipe. My mother used to make this every fall and every time I make it I think of her and those cozy fall days when I would come home from school and be greeted with the amazing smell of this bread cooking. I love you mom!

Mom's Pumpkin Bread

1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
2 eggs
1 c. canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 2/3 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground cloves
1 1/2 t. cinnamon

Combine shortening & sugar, add water, eggs and pumpkin. Mix in remaning ingredients.

Pour in large greased and floured loaf pan. Bake 1 hour at 350.

This next recipe comes from Sandra "the crazy mom" at Crazy Mom Tats. When giving this recipe a try, I decided to use my 2 sided pumpkin pan since it made 2 loaves. I then frosted the center with a cream cheese frosting. The bread was so yummy. It certainly did not NEED the cream cheese frosting, but I needed SOMETHING to hold the 2 sides of my pumpkin together. Make sure you run around Sandra's blog, Crazy Mom Tats, and see all the beautiful things she makes. I so want to learn to tat... one of these days. Thanks so much, Sandra, for sharing the recipe with us, and make sure everyone pays her a visit at Crazy Mom Tats!   

This has become a tradition for me to make at Thanksgiving and Christmas - my kids (now big!) beg for this. And it's super easy....

BTW - if you get canned pumpkin, look at the list of ingredients. There should be only one. Hee.

Pumpkin Spice Bread

Any way you slice it, this pumpkin spice bread won't last long once your kids sample it. That's why this recipe makes two loaves - 3 if you use disposable foil pans

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups canned pumpkin (I use one 15 oz can)
3 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 tsp. ground cloves

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, water, vegetable oil and eggs. Beat until well mixed.

2. Measure the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and ground cloves into separate bowl, then stir until combined (a great job for kids). Slowly add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, beating until smooth.

3. Grease two 9- by 5-inch loaf pans and dust them with flour. Evenly divide the batter between the two pans. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove from pans by inverting them onto a rack and tapping the bottoms. Slice and serve plain, buttered or with cream cheese.

BTW... Here are the special pumpkin pans that I used. I LOVE decorative bread pans!

How to Cut Out Wood


Below are the general directions on how to cut out wood and prepare it for finishing. You will need to use a scroll saw, a dremel, and sandpaper. I consider myself to be a novice woodworker, and do not offer advice on how to actually use the equipment necessary to complete these projects. I highly recommend you read the machines' owner manuals to familiarize yourself with the equipment and safety. I'm learning as I go, trying to be as careful as possible, but would not even begin to try to teach someone how to do this stuff. I'm having this total tension issue with the saw blades on my jigsaw and keep breaking them. But I will get the hang of it, and I will get better :) 

So, here's the deal on the instructions. (Hmmm... think I'm giving a disclaimer!!!) Basically, I'm giving you the patterns that I have designed. I'll tell you what I did, even share some lovely photos, BUT, this is not instructions on how to use the tools. I'm thoroughly enjoying woodworking, and finding it much easier than I thought it would be, and have been quite delightful results. But I am NOT an expert. You are working with power tools so PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

Materials:
Most of our wood projects are cut from 1" woods. I have used pine, popular, oak and maple. The harder the wood, the more durable the project, but harder it is to cut.

Tools and equipment:
scroll saw
dremel
fine sandpaper - I used a sponge sandpaper block
safety glasses
face mask
patterns
wide masking tape

1] Make copy of pattern. I then cover the pattern edges with wide packing tape. Cut out pattern pieces. The tape helps make the pattern pieces firm, reusable and easier to trace around.

2] Trace pattern pieces on wood. (You can either trace with or against grain. HINT: If you're making multiple pieces, do them all the same to give a unified look to your project.)

3] Cut out the pieces using a scroll saw. NOTE: Check out the pics below. THEY ARE NOT PERFECT! See how I didn't stay on line all the time! Unless doing a project that needs to fit together perfectly, like a puzzle, free standing wood work is an "ish" thing. They do not need to be exact to look great when you're done!


4] Using the dremel, soften the edges by using the dremel at a 30 - 45 degree angle. Take the edges down enough so you can see the angle but be careful not to overdo it! (Which is easy with a dremel!) This does not need to be perfectly smooth. Imperfections give a lovely hand hewed look to the project! Make sure you are wearing safety glasses and a face mask. I didn't use a face mask on my first project, and I was coughing up sawdust the rest of the day!


5] Use the dremel to lightly sand the flat edges, just enough to remove scroll saw marks.

6] Go over the whole piece with fine sandpaper by hand or with an electric sander.

7] The piece is now ready to finish.

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A Tad Bit Obsessive


Tim and I have had one of those rare weekends that we stayed home... alone. Doesn't happen often, and it is also the beginning of a week long vacation for Tim. YAY! Being behind after the trip to the kids, I finally got Halloween put away, and we decided to kind of skip over Thanksgiving and shift directly to Christmas. Tim has long since given up trying to understand my obsession with Christmas, and simply good-naturedly, indulges me. Between working on a craft I hope to publish tomorrow, I've slowly been getting out some Christmas wrappings. I must admit, my holiday preparations have been trimmed back the past few years as we've become semi-empty nesters, BUT I still love every moment of the holiday season, and can't seem to focus on anything else. Today I was reminded of a blog I wrote for One Generation to Another back on December 4, 2007. I hope you enjoy!

“You’re nuts,” she said.

“Yep,” I agreed.

“No, I’m serious. You have a problem,” she continued.

“I’m not arguing with you. You’re right,” I concurred.

“You should get help,” she belabored the point.

“Probably,” I acknowledged.

“Does look great in here, though,” she conceded.

“Thanks,” I said, as I continued to swag say, hmmm, at least a mile of evergreen roping on my living room rafters.*

She was referring to Christmas, or more to the point, my obsessiveness with the Holiday. I will be the first to admit I’m obsessive, but genetically speaking, it’s in my blood. My father was obsessive…just ask my mom; use to drive her to distraction. Didn’t matter what he got interested in, he obsessed. It could be his new stereo, playing bridge, collecting big band music, outwitting neighborhood squirrels or to her total vexation, “That damn computer!” Obsessive people totally get it when others become fixated on their latest interest, but non obsessive people (yes, I would go as far as calling them “normal” people) don’t understand how we lose the total capacity for rational and appropriate involvement with our most recent pursuits.

Case in point…my daughter, also possessing the obsessive gene, has recently become fixated on baby carriers, even after using them and making her own for several years. Undoubtedly, the general public would say it isn’t necessarily time well spent. This particular carrier is for her third child, she doesn’t plan to have any more, and her toddler will only be in it for the next couple of months, BUT, to an obsessive person, this doesn’t matter. Once bitten, all that matters is that she acquires information and an impressive understanding of the structural, historical, safety, and fashion worthiness of ALL carriers; past and present. She can identify which styles originated in Central America, the Far East, or with the Plain’s Indians. She knows which carriers are manufactured in this country, those hailing from China or Europe (ah, those elusive and highly sought after Scandinavian models), and those being sewn by half-crazed women trying to find ways of making money, while staying at home with their children. These women, btw, are the ones that she prefers to support, herself being a half-crazed women trying to find ways of making money, while staying at home with her children! Birds of a feather!

Anyway, most obsessive people could give you a fairly comprehensive list of their lifetime obsessions. For the non obsessive, let me explain that there are two distinct forms of obsessions. The first is what I refer to as “A passing fancy.” These are the interests that totally consume us for a time; you might say they are the spice of life, providing variety and interest, not sustenance. In days of old, these obsessions lead us to libraries and museums or taunted us to take classes and consult “professionals”. Today, the Internet has eliminated the necessity of moving from the comfort of our homes as a world of information is now available for the taking 24/7. If you live with an obsessive individual, you can wait for these phases to pass. Sooner or later, usually sooner, when we’ve acquired enough information to sate our curiosity and provide us with just enough data to be hence forth insufferably knowledgeable on the topic, we become bored and move on to our next fascination. The more diabolic of obsessions, which I refer to as “life long passions”, do not go away; EVER! These are seen in the guy next door that loses sleep because a mole has attacked his perfectly groomed lawn or the woman who would rather miss her child’s graduation than the latest issue of People Magazine. (Good Lord, how would you know whether or not Angelina Jolie’s new tattoo is written in Arabic or Swahili?) Then there is the guy who will play golf in a thunderstorm, or yours truly, who goes slightly (uh, slightly, extensively, why quibble over semantics, right?), overboard preparing for Christmas! (Ah, bet you never thought I’d get this back to Christmas!)

But there you have it. I totally and completely obsess over Christmas. (A book is required on that topic, a weekly blog simply won’t do!) But who can blame me? In my opinion, Christmas is the ultimate legal, feel-good, addictive drug. I love the colors (uh, my house is predominately red and green, so you kinda feel like you’re at the North Pole, even in August!), I love the smells, and I love the way people act. To quote Frank Cross in the movie Scrooged, Christmas is…”the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we-we-we smile a little easier, we-w-w-we-we-we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be.” And that, my friends, justifies all the prep and planning. While preparing for Christmas, I enter a euphoric state. I think of how people will feel when they’re snuggled on the couch, wassail in hand, taking in the room. I can hear friends and family giggle as they unwrap gifts. (I wrap EVERYTHING separately…even dividing up pairs of socks into individual boxes…let’s face it, opening gifts is as much fun as owning what’s inside!) And I love how the child in all of us surfaces each Christmas Eve as we slyly scan the evening sky, still wanting to believe! And although the Holidays can stress us out, there is indeed something magical about the season. Strip away the commercialism, extended visitations with in-laws, and increased waistline girth, and the essence of the Holiday shines through, like the Christmas Star. Christmas is a time for all of us to be the people we always hoped we would be. Come on, obsess a little or a lot…it’s allowed, and in my opinion, desired!

*That year I hung EXCESSIVE amounts of greenery from the rafters, filling the room with not only the smell of the great outdoors, but enough allergens to keep us rubbing our red, itchy eyes throughout the month! BTW…Safety note…NEVER throw what amounts to a quarter acre of dried boughs in a fireplace and try to burn it all at once. This falls into the realm of scathingly brilliant mistakes and fodder for a future blog!

Star Advent Wreath and Candleholders Directions



Note: Although I plan to use these candle holders as our Advent Wreath, using 3 purple candles and 1 pink candle, it can be simply used as candle holders, as pictured here.

Many years ago... probably 25... we had made an Advent Wreath. I wanted something that could be used throughout the coming years and add beauty to our Christmas celebration. In one of my many Christmas books and or magazines, I found a wooden star centerpiece... I don't think it was even featured as and advent wreath, but with 4 candle holders, it worked well. Although it was beautiful, over the years it began to loosen up, and eventually it became unusable, but not before seeing my children grow up.

I decided to remake the wreath this year, excited to share it with the grandbabies. I thought I remembered which book the pattern was in, but I was unable to find it! (Trust me, an evening with a mug of hot cider, curled up on the couch in front of the fireplace with a humongous stack of old Christmas books was not a wasted evening, even if I was unsuccessful in finding the plans I was looking for!)

Anyway, Michelle and I talked about the Advent wreath and the additional star candle holders, and came up with the design as we remembered it. Later, when talking to my son Adam, he had another structural addition that I had forgotten about that helped complete the design. Tim and I worked on it together, making the base sturdier than the original. The project took a day to complete, but when you think of the years of delight it will bring, that is a small price to pay! We painted the wreath, as I did when the children were small, but it would be finished in natural wood tones.

IMPORTANT: I made my wreath and candle holders using milk paint and my beeswax and oil finish... my preferred finishing choices and what I use on children's toys because they are child safe. Directions are given as such, with suggestions for using acrylic paints or the milk paint with an polyurethane finish. Let me say this... using the beeswax and olive oil finish was a bit of a nightmare! There are so many nooks and crannies, and you cannot apply the wax to any surfaces that will need to be glued. I gave up trying to beeswax the finished piece and sprayed the whole thing with Pledge! If I were making this again, I would use a paint that does not require a separate finish. If I wanted to leave the wood natural, I would assemble the candle holders than spray with a polyurethane finish! 

Materials:
1" wood - we used scraps of pine from Tim's stash (yes, woodworkers have stashes, too :) Tim is guessing if you had to go out and buy wood a piece of 1" x 8" x4' should do the job. We used pine but you can use any solid wood.
paint - I used milk paint but acrylic paints can be used, perhaps preferable 
finish - I used my olive oil and beeswax finish but if I were doing this again I would use an acrylic finish (see IMPORTANT NOTE above)
6 candle ferrules or 6 wooden candle cups (you will need screws if using the wooden candle cups)
high quality, heavy duty wood glue
6 candles (4 advent candles)
pattern

Equipment:
jigsaw
dremel and/or sander
hand drill and/or drill press

Directions:
Make a copy of the pattern.

Cut out wood pieces. NOTE: Follow the directions found HERE for general tips on cutting out wood and preparing it for finishing. Cut out the following pieces to make the advent wreath and 2 star candle holders:

2 small stars
8 medium stars
2 large stars
4 base pieces*
4 angled blocks (for holding 4 stars)**

*For the base, rip a piece of your 1" wood into 4 pieces, 1 1/2" x 9". Sand the edges.

**For the angled blocks, cut a pieces of wood as diagrammed in the drawing below. Sand edges.


Paint all the pieces. NOTE: Information on how to work with milk paint can be found HERE. I painted by wreath as follows:

4 base pieces - green
4 angled blocks - green
2 small stars - green
2 large stars - red
8 medium stars - red

Finishing:
It using the olive oil and beeswax finish, it is easier to apply to the advent wreath stars before assembling the wreath. NOTE: Directions for how to make and use my olive oil and beeswax finish can be found HERE. IMPORTANT: to get the best glue bond, you do not want the waxy finish to get on surfaces that will be glued. Only finish the sides and tops of the stars. DO NOT finish the stars for the candle holders, the base or the angled blocks until the wreath and candle holders have been glued. NOTE: if using a polyurethane finish, you can wait until the pieces have been fully assembled. 

Assembling:
Apply the wood glue to the 4 ends of the pieces and clamp together. If you do not have clamps, you can use masking tape to hold in place. If you get a good bond with the glue, you will not need to use nails or screws. HINT: Assemble on a piece of wax paper. If any of the glue happens to ooze out, it will prevent your piece from being glued to the surface you are working on.



Glue to 4 angled blocks to the back of 4 medium stars so a point is centered and pointing up.

Glue a small star to center of each large star for the candle holders.

Allow pieces to dry thoroughly.

Position 4 medium pieces on the corners of the base. Place them so a point is pointing to the middle of the wreath and so the bottom of the star overhangs the base by 1/8". Make sure the stars are centered on the corners. Glue in place. Glue the angled blocks to the centers of each base side.

When thoroughly dried, finish the unfinished pieces of the wreath with the beeswax and olive oil or polyurethane. 

Drill holes the width and depth of your candle ferrules using a drill press or a hand drill. NOTE: The ferrules should fit snugly. Be careful not to cut the holes too wide. IMPORTANT: Make sure you do not go all the way through the base of the candle holders.

 

Gently tap ferrules into holes. (This is not pictured because we are waiting for them to come in! I will update the directions when they do.)

OPTION: If you do not have a drill press or if you are uncomfortable drilling holes, you can use wooden candle cups. Paint them to match the stars, center, and screw in place.

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Join Our Advent Celebration!


This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. This is a very special time for our family as we prepare for Christmas. I have put together Advent Activities to do with the wee ones and happily will be sharing our activities with you. In case you would like to join us with all or part of our activities, I'm giving a quick overview here, so you can collect books and materials in advance. I don't have all the details hammered out, but in general, there will be a book each week, an applique block, a kid craft, a recipe and possibly an extended craft. I've also included a rudimentary supply list to get you started. Whether you join us for all the activities or just some, we hope your family has a joyous and meaningful Advent!

WEEK 1 - Gift Giving From the Heart
The book: The Littlest Angel
The craft: Wool roving angels (natural wool roving)
The recipe: Angel wings
The applique: An angel

WEEK 2 - Symbols of Christmas  
The book: The Legend of the Poinsettia
The craft: Weaving a small blanket (scrap yarns for a 3" x 5" blanket)
The recipe: Sopapillas
The applique: A poinsettia

WEEK 3 - Celebrating With Family
The book: Christmas in the Big Woods
The craft: A Gingerbread House
The recipe: Pancake men
The applique: a log cabin

WEEK 4 - Birth of Jesus

The book: Room for A Little One
The craft: Nativity with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus (using 2 large people bodies and 1 boy peg with assorted fabric scraps)
The recipe: Coffee cake birthday cake for Baby Jesus
The applique: not sure yet!

Lot's more detail and lot's more fun as we help the wee ones prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Sneak Peek at Advent Appliques


Although Michelle and I are taking the holiday weekend off, I've been enjoying some designing and crafting time. I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at a couple of the Advent Applique Blocks. I'm loving them!

Advent Week 1 - The Littlest Angel


WEEK 1 - Gift Giving From the Heart
The book: The Littlest Angel
The craft: Wool roving angels (natural wool roving)
The recipe: Angel wings
The applique: An angel

Children are constantly learning whether we are aware of it or not. Think about this. How many times between now and December 25 do you think someone will ask your child, "And what do YOU want for Christmas?" A very innocent question, and one that is sure to get a response from even the shyest child. But if the conversation stops there, we are teaching our children that Christmas is all about receiving.

Many years ago, I was in a Community Bible Study, and one day the speaker made this statement... "Children are born selfish, we have to teach them to be giving." My first reaction was, "NO! Children are innocent. They learn selfishness." But the more I thought about it, the more I began to agree with her. Of course, babies are innocent, but they are also self serving... they have to be to survive. As parents we teach our children to care, to love and to share by our actions. Christmas is a perfect time to help children discover the joy of giving to others and what it means to give from the heart.

The lovely story The Littlest Angel, by Charles Tazewell is a wonderful way to share this concept with children.   It was first published in 1946 and has been in print ever since. It is a small wonder that so many of us grew up with this story! I remember the story from Christmas time when I was a little girl, and it was one of my children's favorites. Over the years there have been many different illustrators but the story has remained the same. Our well loved copy is from the late 1970s, and although dated, I love the illustrations.The version that is in print today is beautiful, though, and I've been tempted to order this updated copy!

The story is about how the Littlest Angel is having trouble adjusting to Heaven. An Understanding Angel retrieves the Littlest Angel's Earthly treasure box for him to help in his transition. Just as he receives it, the Christ child is born. In an act of pure selflessness, he decides to give his most prized possessions to the Baby Jesus. Almost immediately he regrets his decision because he thinks his gift looks so ugly next to the beautiful gifts the other angels are giving. But before he can become too distressed, God speaks. He proclaims the Littlest Angel's gift the best, because Jesus has taken a human form, and will be a human boy, and he will value the same treasures as The Littlest Angel. For the first time he feels like he belongs in Heaven!

I know in our family, we used this story to help spark discussions of selfless giving. I also love this story because when speaking about Jesus, we often talk about the babe in the manger or the grown man. We tend to forget the time in between. But Jesus was a little boy, too! It's a concept children enjoy thinking about!

BTW... To share the concept of giving from the heart with older children, share O'Henry's story of the Gift of the Magi. A young couple learns about the joys of giving when they both give up their most prized possessions to by gifts for each other.

Tomorrow... Wool Roving Angels 

Wool Roving Angels


NOTE: Since we are reading the book The Littlest Angel for Advent this week, it seemed very appropriate to share this Wool Roving Angel now!

I can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't crafting. Whether I was knitting... I learned very early thanks to Grandma Pearl... or sewing clothes for dolls and trolls from Mom's scrap pile, I was always crafting something. One of my most special holiday memories each year was when my mom would pull out her crafting box with felt and glitter, floss and sequence, and we'd sit around for hours making Christmas ornaments. Even in college, I was forever working on a quilt or afghan, which surprisingly, seemed as enticing to men as a low cut sweater... go figure! ANYWAY... it wasn't until I was married and had my first 2 children that I discovered the joy of crafting with other women. I moved into an area where women actually got together, taught each other new skills, and enjoyed the warmth and friendship that always seems to emanate when a group of people get creative together.

I remember one of the first things I crafted with the group were these Wool Roving Angels. Depending on the size you made, they could be used as ornaments or as a tree topper, by inserting a thick paper cone under the "skirt" of the angle. As a matter of fact, for years I kept 2 of them sitting on a table in our foyer. We hope you enjoy!

NOTE: We found this project to be harder for the children to do than anticipated. Although they worked along with us and enjoyed themselves, there were many parts they needed help with. I would say this would be a good craft for 8 year olds and up.




Materials:
wool roving
thread (I used metallic gold)
transparent nylon thread of fishing line to make a loop to hang on a tree

NOTE: I am sharing directions for making approximately a 4" angel. Obviously, they can be made larger or smaller depending on the amount of roving you use. Also, you may either "blunt cut" the wings and skirt hem for a neat finished look, or leave them "whispy" for a more ethereal look. Just play with them until you get the desired look! Personally, I love the "whispy" look you get from ripping your roving instead of cutting it.

Directions: 

Cut or rip 3 pieces of roving; one 12" long and two 6" long. (The roving was approximately 2 1/2" wide.)

Tie a single knot in the middle of the 12" piece.

Fold the knotted piece in half, hiding the knot.

Using a piece of string 36" long, tie off the head. DO NOT cut the thread. This will be the back.

Take one of the 6" pieces and pull apart lengthwise. 

Loosely twist one of these pieces, then bring the 2 ends to the center and hold together. 


Use a loose piece of roving from an end and wrap it around the middle. This will hold it in place and make it easier to work with.


Lay the angel on its front side and lift the back flap.

Place the arms inside the body near the head.

Take the remaining full piece of 6" roving and set it over the arms. This will be the angel's wings.

Drop down the back part of the body you had raised.

Turn the angel over, holding it firmly under the arms and wings. 

Using the thread, criss cross the thread on the back and bring around to the front and tie at the waist. Then continue to tie front and back until the arms and wings are secure and you have a pleasing look to the angel. Finish by ending up at the waist in front. Tie in a bow leaving streamers. Tie off the streamers so they don't fray.

Cut or pull the ends of the skirt and wings to desired shape.

If you would like to add a halo, knot the end of the remaining piece of roving, divide into 3 sections, and tightly braind.



Size to the angel's head overlapping the ends 1/2". Cut off excess, and needle felt the halo into a circle.


Position the halo on the angel, and gently needle felt the halo in place in 3 or 4 spots. Be careful not to flatten the head. It does not need to be securely fastened, just enough so it doesn't fall off!


If you want the hands more defined, you can either needle felt the hands or tie them off with string. You can always position the hands together or make them holding something. This can be done by needle felting or stitching them in place.

To hang on a tree, use clear nylon thread and make a loop on top of the head. Go deep enough into the head so you aren't pulling on just a few strands of roving. If you want the angel to "fly", attach clear nylon thread to the back of the angel.

Tomorrow... Primitive Angel Applique Block

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