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seasonal crafting for children

Happy St David’s Day 2018

Celebrating welsh roots today. Dug out past years’ crafts, as no time to add to them this year. Welsh peg dolls, felt leek brooches and my needlefelted red dragon are in the middle of the table today.  Also a plate piled high with homebaked welsh cakes was conquored.

The expressions on the little welsh ladies always make me smile. Can’t help adding a caption.

“Nerys had to smile. Blodwen was still under the impression that it was Norbert the dragon who had eaten the last of her welsh cakes, and left her none, but Nerys knew different. Blodwen and Norbert were no longer talking. Nor was Blodwen pacified by the suggestion that leeks would make a good alternative for tea.”

(Nerys might not be the only one to hide a few cakes for later. Hee hee!)

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!

Anyone else celebrating? Or just fancy a welsh cake anyway?

(How to make: welsh peg dolls, felt leeks, welsh cakes.)

Candlemas and Badgers

candlemas candle

Sometimes two craft ideas collide. One is a sample to take into school for a Candlemas craft activity. The other idea uses felting.

3 candlemas candle

I started off using the classic tissue paper glued onto a jam jar. I used a battery tealight to test the effect of the light through the different layers. As I tipped the jar this way and that, a real candle would never have survived. At one point it was upside down, which I’m pretty sure would have put a real flame out and flooded the liquid into the jar.

candlemas candle craft activity

I wanted a more organic looking flame. If I’d used paper it would have given a clean outline. A little wool fibre made a good alternative. This is where the two craft ideas collided. I used a tiny bit of black wool to make the wick.

inside jam jar

I’m always fascinated to see the other side of whatever I make. Sometimes it gives an interesting effect.

candlemas jam jar craft activity

Next time I’d like to use just the wool fibre. I wonder……

(It’s Candlemas today. I was fascinated to read that the Groundhog Day tradition is supposed to originate in Europe. Instead of a Groundhog, it is meant to be a creature such as a badger or hedgehog that is pulled out to inspect the shadows. If it sees its own shadow, it is meant to return to its hole to continue hibernation. Not sure about you, but I cannot imagine putting my hand in a badger’s sett and hauling out one.)

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