Art of Felting Give-Away :: Needle Felted Dolls


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Plum Maiden

I love the owl and the fairies and the Easter eggs...really, they're all beautiful!

Autumn Fairy

Liked the FaceBook page as well! 

These really are just breathtaking! 


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Give-Away Date: Saturday, August 9, 8am EST – Sunday, August 10, 8am EST (This Give-Away is 1 day only!)

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Make Your Own Modeling Beeswax

I like to make natural crafting materials for the wee ones. I've made paints and crayons, play dough and paste. I like the cost savings, and I especially like being in control of the ingredients, BUT I've learned something over the years... If the process is too messy, no matter how much I like the outcome, I won't do it again. I think we've all had those undertakings that seemed like a good idea, but then it took hours to restore order to the kitchen! If I can't pull it off in a semi-reasonable manner, I'll go ahead and buy.

So, I've learned, when I go about making something, I try to find the easiest... fastest... cleanest... way to do it. Yesterday, after I made a batch of Modeling Beeswax... similar to Stockmar Modeling Beeswax... the picture above is what my kitchen looked like when I was done. I kid you not, no mess to clean up. Basically, when I was done making the Modeling Beeswax, everything looked like I had just started. Here's what I did.

WARNING: I DO NOT consider this to be a craft to do with young children. Burns from...Read more

Mardi Gras Masks

Ok, so it is the wrong time of year to think about Mardi Gras, but we have been working hard at finishing up our State Studies Unit 2 and these Mardi Gras masks are great project to go along with Louisiana. I don't often do projects with the kids that involves glitter and sequences, but I did make an exception here. We all had a great time making our masks.

This is a relatively easy project that requires basic "kid craft" supplies.


  • Mardi Gras Mask pattern printed on card stock or traced onto poster board
  • scissors
  • markers
  • craft glue & hot glue gun
  • glitter, feathers, sequences, etc for decorating
  • paper straw, painted stick, long popsicle stick, or dowel rod for handle


Cut out your mask. We just printed ours on card stock but if you would like a sturdier mask you could trace it onto poster board. Be sure to cut out the eye holes (tip if you are having trouble using scissors for this step, try a...Read more

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Welcome to Open Ended Creations: Where the imagination and mind of the child is a playground to be enjoyed.
We invite you to consider putting a different kind of toy in your home. A Waldorf Inspired Creation. Curvy boards are teeter totters, balance beams, slides, and... anything else your child can dream up. This unlimited range of possibilities is what makes Curvy Boards an ideal learning toy for 21st century learning skills.

In a world where computers “know” all the facts, it is the imagination, innovation, and creativity of the human mind that has value. It is said that rocking helps to develop a child’s sense of balance and the brain to sort sensory impressions. The value in any toy is not what the toy can do, but what the...Read more

Gammies in Pajammies

Several weeks ago I got a phone call from Fairy at 8:00 pm. 

Fairy: Gammy, do you want to come over for some strawberry shortcake and watch "So You Think You Can Dance?" with us?

NOTE: If you don't know already, my grandbabies are dancers. They started taking lesson when they were 2 and have never stopped. This year Fairy made "Company" at her dance studio. She will be taking 12 classes in the fall. These girls LOVE to dance. Watching "So You Think You Can Dance?" is like doing research... not to be taken lightly!

Me: Can I come over in my nightgown? I'm already dressed for bed.

Fairy: ((giggling)) YES! We have our pajamas on, too!

So, Tim and I got in the car, drove the 2 miles to their house, had strawberry shortcake, then settled in on the couch to watch "So You Think You Can Dance?"

Before we left...

Pixie: Gammy, will you come back next week and watch?

Me: Sure!

Pixie: Wear your pjs!

And, that, is how traditions are born. Now, every Wednesday evening, donning my flannel nightgown, we go over to the wee one's house,...Read more

Oil Pastel & Watercolor Bridge

For those of you who had been following along with our State Studies Unit 1, I wanted to let you know that our State Studies Unit 2 is almost complete. I have been adding everything you need to do the unit on the State Studies Unit 2 Overview page. I will not be sharing each and every week in a separate post for this unit but instead have added everything to the overview page. Be sure to stop by and check it out. I hope to have every resource completed by the end of next week.

Today I'm sharing the Oil Pastel & Watercolor Bridge paintings we did after reading Pop's Bridge.


  • Watercolor Paper
  • Oil Pastels (or crayons)
  • Watercolor paints and brush
  • Images of suspension bridges to work from


The lines of a suspension bridge make for an interesting art study. Start by looking at images of the Golden Gate Bridge on line or in your books.

Use oil pastels (or crayons will work) to draw the overall structure of the bridge, land edges, and small details...Read more