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Time to smile

"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

Debs Random Writings

mini beast crafting project

Felted snails

felted snails on chalk drawing

(wet felted snails)

There are some tasks that seem destined to constant interruption. Forever work in progresses. As soon as all the tools are assembled, and work on the verge to commence, a voice pipes up and my priorities are changed in a moment. A different task beckons. Sigh. I know I’m not alone.

All week, I’ve been trying to clear a weed flower bed to plant a few new plants. All week. Finally Sunday, I woke early, before the rest of the household, and dug.

felted snails on plants kids craft activityAmong the plants are a pair of delphiniums that the slugs and snails had munched through while they waited in their pots to be planted. I brought them inside and they have recovered. Bunches of new leaves, although I’m not sure they will produce flowers.

kids craft felted snail on poached egg plant

(poached egg plant)

Poor plants. They are going to need extra defences in their new location. I’ve liberally sprinkled egg shells around, to deter the slugs and snails. Without wishing to tempt fate, this method usually works well in our garden.

felted snails on armenia mixed ballerina plantSo far, so good. I’ve not spotted any snails or the tell-tale signs of their sneaky visits. Admittedly, I did relocate a fair few snails to one of our wild areas in the garden, as I cleared the area of weeds.

rainy day kids craft needle and wel felted snails

Fortunately these particular snails are 100% harmless. The children recently made them by wet felting and needle-felting merino fleece. They used the technique of making long thin rods of felt (details here) and also had a go at needle-felting. They decided wet felting has the best technique when it comes to snail making.

The felted snails are back up above our inglenook, among the felted leaves and crocheted daisies. While I’m left to keep a beady eye on my delphiniums. I have a plan B, a plan C and a plan D. I hope I’m not pushed into resorting to Plan D.

Fingers crossed.

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Magnetic dragonfly craft

smiling dragonfly craft w

This weekend, we had a family get together. I woke up to the rain beating against the bedroom window. I knew that the children would not be  running around the garden of the house we were visiting, as I had envisaged. The house would be full of lovely people, but people whose daily lives do not include small children, with their delightful antics. I needed a plan. A good one. After all, I want to be invited back again. Some day.

dragonflies on fridge

Armed with an old overnight suitcase, I crammed it full of crafting bits and pieces. In the end, we only did two projects. Out of the two, the magnetic dragonflies were the real winners. Really simple, but a useful, low mess crafting project that can be taken almost anywhere. This is a variation on the dragonflies that we made last year.

My children always love homemade crafting kits with all the materials and written instructions in one bag.  One of those moments when the older children natually help the younger non-reading ones. This is how I put it together.

Materials we used:

wooden clothes peg
felt tips or marker pens
glitter gel pens
stiff paper
magnets
glue
scissors
dragonfly wing template

Suggested how-to

  1. Decorate the wooden pegs using the felt tips
  2. Trace the wing shape onto the stiff paper and cut out
  3. Use the felt tips and glitter gel pens to decorate the wings
  4. Glue the wings on just above where the peg splits into two
  5. Glue the magnet on the opposite side.
  6. Leave to dry

magnet on dragonfly peg

Last year’s wool wings were pulled off by our garden sparrows and are probably insulating our roof, where they love to nest. Our new dragonflies are on the fridge and every time I shut the fridge door, the wings flutter, like a disturbed cluster of dragonflies.

painting the wooden peg dragonflyLast year’s dragonfly before the wool was glued on.

I love crafts and activities that all three of my children want to do. Challenging when they have different capabilities at 3, 6 and 8 years old. A crafting project that appeals to both girls and boys. I feel motivated to put a few more similar kits together, ready for taking away on holiday or just for our rainy day box. I also love craft projects that decorate our home and make me smile. The smiling dragonfly (see top of this post) brightens up my day, everytime I go to the fridge. Some things you just can’t plan!

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