Tag Archives: Spring

Magical Fairy Dust to Brighten your Days: A Fairy Garden, Part 3


Just like the first spring blooms that have craned their necks out a little later this year due to the lengthy winter we have endured here in Ontario, we are slowly doing the same and beginning to stretch out a bit once again and unfurl. The last nine months have been spent adjusting to life with a newborn again.

While caring for a newborn is the most intense and rewarding experience I have the pleasure to share with my family, it takes a toll on all of us as we try to get back to some semblance of normal.

Gardening with our three girls is one of the ways we connect to our surroundings and each other. Not surprisingly, it feels very ‘grounding’. Having the sun warm your back and children giggling by your side, while you dig, and prepare the soil and plant the seeds, is very comforting and therapeutic and somehow sets everything in perspective. Stick with the basics, hold on to those close to you, do the work, reap the rewards. The answers are all there in nature.

I had posted about how you can make your own fairy garden last spring: http://faymeling.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/magical-fairy-dust-to-brighten-your-days-a-fairy-garden-28/ and also here http://faymeling.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/magical-fairy-dust-to-brighten-your-days-a-fairy-garden-part-2/. My children were thrilled with the final product, but alas, by the time I had a camera in hand to take pictures of it, it was nearing the end of summer and our magical fairy garden (though still magical!) was no longer in its prime. This year, we’ve started fresh with a beautiful Gerbera daisy, a full white blossomed Dahlia and a lovely purple Salvia. Once the moss is in season we will plant some Irish and Scottish moss as well for a nice soft carpeting.

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Happy Mother’s Day! The collective thoughts of some special mamas out there


It’s a beautiful Sunday morning and with lots to do today, so as I have limited time to write, here are some inspiring posts on Mothers and Mother’s Day. So if you’re not out enjoying the weather with your loved ones, sit down, relax, and enjoy with a cup of tea and cake!

Soule Mama – Mama’s Day (love her work and her blog):

http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/2009/05/mamas-day.html

The Magic Onions – Mother’s Day Crafts (love Donni’s world! Great fairy gardens displayed here as well!)

http://themagiconions.blogspot.ca/p/mothers-day-crafts-and-gifts.html

And a few from Alison Kramer of Reflections of Motherhood, a Canadian blogger and Waldorf mama who created this great video on motherhood:

http://www.reflectionsofmotherhood.com/

http://www.nummies.com/blog/2010/08/reflections-of-motherhood/

And her insightful comments on celebrating Mother’s Day:

http://www.nummies.com/blog/2012/05/1747/#more-1747

 

Happy Easter! How to Naturally Dye Your Easter Eggs


Thought I would share this post again in honor of the start of Spring and in celebration of Easter.

(With a little one who just turned 8 months, I’ve been relying on simple arts and crafts for the older children such as water colour and wet-on-wet painting with a fresh spring colour scheme. We are reusing our beautifully natural-dyed eggs from the previous year and enjoying the rest of our time playing outdoors in this fantastic spring weather.)

Happy Easter!

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It’s Easter Monday and we have had a beautiful long weekend with family. This year, we decided to celebrate rebirth and spring both indoors and out. We began with a trip to our local farm, Riverdale Farm, where children and adults alike can enjoy the daily activities of the animals and their caretakers. My older daughter is enrolled in a wonderful program there called, Little Farmers, where the kids learn about each of the different types of farm animals each week. This week the focus was fittingly on chickens and eggs.

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In keeping with the chicken and egg theme for Easter, we decided to naturally dye our hollow Easter eggs.

To do this you will need:

-8-12 eggs
-skewer sticks
-4-8 toothpicks
-8-12 strands of approximately 10-12cm length twine/ thin string
-15 yellow (Spanish) onion skins
-2 tbsp white vinegar
-pot of water

Directions:

Peel the outer skins of 15 yellow onions. Place in medium saucepan with 4 cups of water and 2 tbsp of white vinegar.

(At this point if you choose to dye hard boiled eggs that are red in colour, you can insert whole eggs into water as well.)

Bring pot to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes. (For those using hard boiled eggs, remove eggs at different intervals following this to achieve variation in desired colour.) Use a sif to separate onion skins from natural onion dye.

For those wishing to use hollow dyed eggs which you can later attach to string on branches for decoration follow these additional steps:

While waiting for pot to boil, you can remove egg yolk and whites from your eggs, by puncturing top and bottom of eggs carefully with tip of sharp knife. Make sure to make holes on bottom at least a 1/4 size of your smallest thumbnail.

Use skewer stick to push through hole on top and bottom of eggs and to puncture egg membrane.

Cover top hole on egg with mouth and blow the egg white and yolk out through bottom hole into medium sized bowl.

Do this for all the eggs. Rinse and store in egg carton.

Dip hollow eggs into boiled onion dye and let dye sink in for up to 20 minutes. Remove at different intervals for achieving yellow, pink and red colour. For a stronger reddish brown dye, leave eggs in dye overnight in refrigerator.

For a more finished look, coat eggs in olive oil which gives them a nice sheen.

To display your hollowed-out natural dye eggs:

Tie a small knot on end of each string of twine and insert toothpick that has been cut to 1 cm length into knot before tying tightly once only. Thread end of string and toothpick vertically into top hole of egg shell until stick is fully inserted. Once in, the toothpick should fall into a horizontal position easily to hold string in place. You can also attach string through egg holes with clasps or tape. Tie string with attached egg onto branches such as forsythia or pussy willows in a vase for a beautiful indoor decoration. Or plant in plantar outdoors.

Enjoy!

Here’s what we did in pictures:

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A beautiful symphony of flowers at Allan Gardens


During March break, the kids and I took a trip to our local conservatory, Allan Gardens. Children love learning about the different types of plants and flowers, and where, how and why they grow where they do. The conservatory is a walking symphony of spring blooms that are separated into different rooms with incredible plant species from all over the world. Here are some of the highlights of the visit.

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