Friday, November 4, 2011

How the birds make their nests

We have been telling a traditional tale about how the birds make their nests, and why they each make them differently. The story goes that all the birds of the air ask Mrs Magpie (who is the cleverest of all at making nests) to show them how to build a nest. They gather around, and so she begins. But each bird, too impatient to wait until the end, flies away in turn, each learning only a part of how to build a nest.

At playgroup we have been busy making our own nests.

Make up a mixture of non toxic PVA and water. Blow up a balloon, then dipping lengths of twine or wool into the mix, wind and twirl it around one end of the balloon. Leave it to dry.

When dry, weave fleece, feathers, raffia, wool, twigs, coconut fibre or any other natural bits through your nest.

I had also purchased some wooden birds from etsy. We coloured them in using beeswax crayons.

Then put them in the oven on around 120c for 15 minutes. Whilst they are still warm polish them with a soft cloth. This spread the colour around and evens it out.

I then lightly sanded the edges back to give a more softened natural look.


In Celebration of Life

On Tuesday we held a Blessingway for one of our beautiful mamas, Michelle. She was adorned with a garland of native flowers, and we all sat in a circle around a candle lit in her honour. We each lit our candle and spoke a blessing for Michelle, as we threaded a bead onto a leather necklace. The words spoken were so thoughtful and heartfelt, and it was such a beautiful ceremony in its simplicity.

We then shared an amazing feast which all of our playgroup friends contributed to.

Finally I had felted this mat as a wall hanging for the new baby, and we each took some time to embellish it with dry felting and crystal beads, each person adding something of themselves to this gift.

Rainbows, root babies, gemstones, vines, swings, blossoms, toadstools, a wise old owl, and the warm sun... the end result was a gorgeous and unique adornment for the babys space which I am sure will be cherished.

On Wednesday Michelle gave birth to a baby boy! Congratulations Michelle, we can't wait to meet him.

Finally on Thursday I went to feed my ducks, only to find Mother Duck (who has been missing for quite some time) waddling up with 6 little ducklings in tow. They were so cute! Hopefully they will come to visit during playgroup one day too.