Sorry about the long absence (and the very picture heavy post) but I had an unusually busy week.
Easter was a simple affair in the morning, a quick egg hunt with our felted eggs and some simple toys. The evening was an impromptu get together with our neighbors who have a daughter nestled right between our girls in age.
This Easter I had to also practice a lot of self forgiveness. Easter dresses were incomplete. Marshmallows were never made. The sweaters were finished but had no buttons on them (it was too warm for them anyway) Needless to say I was feeling quite… inadequate. This is a reminder that we can only do what we can do. I can’t get discouraged because I failed an arbitrary deadline. And besides, the girls (and Lawrence and I) had a great time anyway.
All I can do is move forward, and when I do look back, single out the things that are worth remembering.
A craft! With the children! It was so nice out I thought we would do it outside.
Those of you who know me have probably noticed that I am not a fan of plastic (at least as far as children go anyway… or food… okay, I don’t like plastic) but, with seasonal egg hunts upon us, what are we to do? Make wool ones, of course! With some roving and eggs borrowed from the play kitchen. There is a tutorial here but… I just looked that up for your benefit. We totally improvised. I kept it going until they got bored (20 minutes or so?) then I put them in a stocking and washed them in the washer. They are still drying right now, but I plan to have pictures of the egg hunt up soon.
Cara informed me that dish soap is not delicious.
This post is linked up at Friday Nature Table.
I have to say, I love handmade toys. I love them to the point that my family thinks I am a little strange (I hate plastic toys, and batteries are for flashlights!) I just think that handmade toys have more heart and warmth. For those occasions where I cannot hand make a toy (lack of skills, tools or time) I like to BUY handmade. It makes me feel good to know I am supporting like minded families with eco-friendly toys. You can’t beat etsy, and I love the etsy group Natural Kids.
Well, in honor of Earth Day, there are tons of Natural Kids Giveaways! w00t!
First is from the Natural Kids Blog itself, where they are giving away a knit ball, a onesie, an adorable knit snail and a certificate for a personalized heirloom spoon.
Next is from The Magic Onions where they are giving away a felted gnome, a set of scented handmade clay, a mini doll, and a felted snail.
At Progressive Pioneer they are giving away TWO dolls, more clay and a wool soaker!
Lastly, Natural Suburbia is giving away a wood toy iron, a play silk, and a felted snail.
Those snails sure do get around, huh?
Hurry up and enter, they all end on the 22nd. Also check out all the Earth Day sales and promotions the Natural Kids Team is having here.
Happy Earth Day!