A Saturday filled with sewing and ensuring that everyone got to the places they needed to. A game of Monopoly that went on long, and brought out an interesting side of the participants. DIY going on in one room. Dogs acting as sofa weights, and the wood stove lit, in another. Yes. Just a typical Saturday.
The only difference was that the sewing was not mine. It was the Middle One’s. She made a patchwork cushion for a best friend, as a birthday present. I love that she chooses to make her gift, rather than heading for the shops.
At 10 years old, and having made this design before, she is very competent using the sewing machine. It took almost as long to select the combination of fabrics, as it took to construct it. I hope her friend likes it.
While searching for craft supplies, I found the tin with the earth candles we made a little while ago. Perfect for our breakfast table candle, this season. Another treasured family tradition. A gentle glow at the start of the day, when the sun has not risen, but we have started the day.
I used millet to provide balance for the inevitable, wibbly wobbly bases of the candles. Sea glass and stones from our beachcombing to add interest.
I couldn’t resist lighting the candles last night. The bees wax adds a gentle aroma at the end of an on-the-go day. Breathe.
TF turned 6 this weekend. A very happy boy. He had the choice of a party or a family day out. He chose the latter.
What to do? He loves lego, sport, dinosaurs, wildlife, vehicles… all the usual kind of pursuits that a six year old boy loves. It needed to be an outing that everyone enjoyed.
Hmm. How about a dinosaur hunt… or maybe I should put it as a fossil hunt. A trip to Watchet. Hellwell Bay. Perfect.
I love this part of the country. It reminds me of Rupert Bear. Rolling hills and perfectly arranged villages nestling into the landscape. A steam engine puffed along the railway track beside us, at one stage, taking people to the seaside. Once we reached Watchet, we could see the engine in the station and hear it toot-toot as we searched for fossils down on the beach.
It is so easy to find fossils on the beach. Each find better than the last. The children calling to us to see their latest discovery. The dog woofing for the stragglers to keep up.
Apart from ammonites, we found fossilized coiled oysters or devil’s toe nails as they are more colourfully called. There were shells, sea glass and crab claws.
I even found a mammoth’s tooth, but dropped it before I realised what it was. Rats!
Everywhere we looked there was something amazing to see and touch. Our children are in danger of thinking that all beaches are lined with such obvious fossils.
TF came home convinced that he had found a dinosaur bone. He had a good day. We all did.
He loved his birthday treat. So, happy birthday, my sweet boy.
Can we go again?
I’ve put together a couple of birthday gifts this week, for the children to take to birthday parties. I have thoroughly enjoyed putting them together. Taking time to think about the recipients, coupled with the creative input from my own children, have made these gifts so much fun to make. I want to make them again.
I forgot to take a photo of the first. It was an “Emergency Den Making Kit” inspired from here.
The second gift is ready to go this evening. It is a peg doll kit. As a child (ok, even to this day. Shh!) I remember how much I loved going through my mother’s button tin and shoe boxes for ribbons, lace and little bits. It was a real treat to be allowed to look through to find something for a sewing project.
Having an eight year old of my own, I know that this jam jar of all sorts will appeal. I didn’t want to spell out how to make a peg doll. Instead I hope the suggestions might conjure up pictures in her mind and inspire creative magic. Much stronger than I could inspire with a step by step.
If nothing else, it should make a good rainy day activity.