Thursday, March 17, 2011

craft love

So here we are, another group of people, mamas, grandmas, children... stitching away in solidarity with friends  and folk of lyttleton, recently devestated by the quake.  We stitched during our homeschooling gathering group. Adults stitched, children stitched, each heart is not only a work of art but also of love, for people we don't know,  for people we do. This project clicked for us, not only because some of us know some of the stitchers in Lyttleton, but because we are crafters and all of it made sense: the symbolism, the community, the physical act of each stitch; the next best thing to hugging everyone, which is pretty hard to do from a distance.
There is LOVE in them hearts!  Completed hearts and more supplies for making them are on their way to you folk. KIa Kaha Christchurch, Kia Kaha Lyttleton!

Monday, March 7, 2011

A touch of Autumn

Last Week, the kids and I went  for a walk here in the area, foraging for wild blackberries, and rosehips and collecting  things for our nature table.

When we got home and I made blackberry muffins and rosehip syrup the children trawled through my vintage linens and sorted out their treasures and arranged them all over the house. Very beautiful and autumnal.
 For the leaf shapes i used a wee folk art pattern from their list and  knitting/ felting patterns from living Crafts magazine for the acorns and oak leaves on our hanging wreath. 
 It feels good now that its cooler, and the light is different. I feel re-invigorated and have even spent some time in the vege garden, hoping my  seedlings grow enough before winter hits. ( We had 2 degrees here yesterday).