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We created these cool 3-D Peach Trees, complete with fuzzy peaches, to go along with our States Studies Unit 2 (coming soon) lessons. Materials watercolor paper water color paints Brushes or blue construction paper paper lunch bag green tissue paper orange pom-poms or wool felt balls craft glue We startedRead More →

Note: I DO NOT share my watercolors because I think they are perfect. Quite the contrary. I am self-teaching and learning, and I hope I can encourage other would be painters to join me in the journey 🙂 Remember… I’m not seeking perfection, I’m seeking JOY. As my love affairRead More →

Spring has sprung! The trees are flowering, and the baby birds are bouncing around the yard looking for yummies! Just imagine the fun you can have with this little “FunScape” applique. Designed to fit a 6″ x 6″ block, it can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. Michelle REALLY enlarged this block and painted a mural in Pixie and Fairy’s room. The pattern for the Bitty Birdie AppliqueRead More →

  Have you ever been to Art Projects for Kids? If not, run there, right now, but be prepared to stay for a long, long time. Kathy Barbro is an experienced and gifted art teacher, and she shares over 600 projects on her blog. Whenever I need inspiration for kid crafts, she’s one of the first places I turn. SheRead More →

We have this little “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree in our family room. The big one, with all the bells and whistles is in the living room centered in the big front window. It is beautiful and holds all our fancy ornaments but we like all of our nooks and cranniesRead More →

Every year Michelle puts an ornament on the tree with her children’s pictures, commemorating that year with a date and pic. This year I used our basic Christmas Tree Applique Block to make the personalized Christmas Tree Picture Ornaments. Make one for each of your children. Because there is aRead More →

Our Christmas gnomes, Holly and Noel, are in the Evergreen Forest dicussing the possibility of snow! Directions for a large tree (6″), medium tree (4″) and bush (2″) can be found below. Materials: 1/4″ dowel rod: (6″ tall, 4″ medium, and 2″ bush.) base: approximately 1 1/2″ sliced branch, 3/4″ tall NOTE:Read More →

Counting down the days until Christmas is a tradition shared by many Christian families. Our simple Advent Tree with a star meandering up the tree, will help your family celebrate the season. This is sure to become an heirloom, eliciting memories of Christmases past as the years go by. Merry ChristmasRead More →

Whether you keep this card simple or embellish it with ornaments and glitter, its simple cutout shape will make for a lovely handmade Christmas card to share with family and friends. Very easy to make, you’ll have a stack ready for mailing in no time! HO! HO! HO! Materials: greenRead More →

We took advantage of a beautiful afternoon yesterday and completed our Fall Tree Nature Study. We haven’t be doing any of the Handbook of Nature Study Blog Challenges since the spring and we had a lot of fun getting started again. The kids each got to pick new trees forRead More →

This is the pattern I used when crafting our Wooden Autumn Forest. It’s always fun using different materials to make the same pattern. I made this Autumn Oak Block Applique in golds, but it could be done in oranges, reds and browns. I designed it to fit our 6″ xRead More →

It’s autumn in the Thicket and the gnomes enjoy a quiet stroll in the colorful autumn woods. Using our Wooden Autumn Forest pattern, make a tree or an entire forest for your gnomes and fairies or use them here and there around the house to simply enhance your Fall decor. Our AutumnRead More →

So, here’s what happened… Michelle and I were talking about birthday gifts for Pixie… she’ll be three next week. We were at a couple of our favorite natural toys sites. Michelle’s children have many of the Ostheimer and Holztiger wooden figures but they need some accessory pieces… “We want aRead More →

  As I said in my last blog, my mind and body have gone outside!  As the leaves on the trees begin to unfurl, I’m looking forward to the shade they provide. The Dragonfly Garden on the south side of our house is in the sun all day long. ButRead More →

This week’s Unplugged Challenge theme was Trees. I had been wanting to try the Freezer Paper Stencil T-shirts for awhile now and leaves seemed like a fun inspiration for the design. We started by going on a leaf scavenger hunt. Each of the kids gathered 5 leaves with completely differentRead More →