Friday, July 03, 2015

Kingdom Artistry


One of my favorite garden beauties! I think these are Egyptian Onions or Onion Trees - Gorgeous works of Art!


Nature is abundant with amazing artistry...In Rick Joyner's The Harvest, he talks of a Creator God, who makes every snowflake different, whose creativity in nature is ample and lavish, and the "church being one of the most boring, void of spontaneity institutions on earth."


God keep us from an empty way of life! Keep our lives full of creative abounding Life in every aspect...a creativity that makes our world a better place, and prospers those around us!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dance like no one is watching


In this school of Life...we endeavor to always be teachable and always learning. Which means stepping out of my comfort zone and taking risks. We have everything to gain and only self-consciousness to loose! I'd say that is a win-win.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fairy Fast Wings: DIY Fairy Wings

DIY Fairy Wings...


Fairy wings are almost a dime a dozen in this country. Every corner dollar store has a pair. But Handmade, Hands Down is Always Best!  Are you ready for DIY Fairy Wings? Anything that stimulates our children's imagination, we are all for! Imagination is a gift from God - It's the start of Great Intelligence and Compassion!


Selah was three, and had begged and begged me to make her some wings. This was before they were a dime a dozen, and in every toy store. Exasperated one day, finally getting the baby down for a nap, Selah cried to me, "Please Mama, Please make me some wings!"


Sigh...it was just her and I alone, and not a tired, cranky younger sibling. "Lets go down in the basement to the hoard of craft supplies and see what we can find!" Spotting several sheets of tissue paper we started there. Laid them out, gathered them in the middle and tied some yarn around to keep the gather. We then wove in a huge loop of elastic banding, and sized it to Selah's shoulders.


Tied the elastic banding to fit. Voila, Fairy Fast Wings!
Here is the real Jewel part of the story.... I placed the fresh wings on her, and her facial expression went from Great satisfaction to discouraged shock! "Mommy! They Don't Work! Why don't they work?" I hid my own surprised amusement and disbelief...she had thought that she would be able to fly if only I made her some fairy wings. I love your Faith my sweet Selah!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Nature School and Authentic Birthdays

 "Find out what everyone else is doing and then do the opposite" - famous saying {Dani Johnson?} and one of my favorite parenting mottoes.

Our family is most peaceful when engaged in nature, imaginative play, and nature exploration.



When my children are engaged in shallow, unimaginative toys it is not as nearly satisfying as seeing them create with nature....'but my child loves {     } so much!' I've heard many mamas say before - yes, my child likes candy, too - but that doesn't mean they should have it as much as they want to.


As parents we are facilitators. Facilitating learning, encouraging the imagination, nurturing compassion. Does that mean there is not an inch of disney or media in our home? No, we are not purists. Limiting media and encouraging other options of passing of time, I aim towards.



Last week our second oldest turned 8. We did give Joash the choice: a birthday party with friends Or an authentic birthday with outdoor excursions...that is a hard choice when it means the absence of 'more presents'.  We were glad that he opted for the family overnight trip!


At Wukusko Falls, near Snow Lake Manitoba. We added this place to our definitely-will-go-camping-there list! Two swinging bridges and some campsites with lake access, that we circled on the Campsite map!


 Pisew Falls was the other destination. It was a cold weekend, this June, we almost wished we had brought mittens and gloves - but fun was had by all...and I have to admit, walking in the brisk air without the bugs is much more refreshing!


As soon as the children are old enough to handle an overnight hike, I'm looking forward to the Kwasitchewan Trail, where we can view Manitoba's highest waterfalls - the only access is by trekking the 22k trail.


...so there were no treat bags, overdose on cake and candy, no themed party paraphernalia...tired kids and tired parents, yes! But I hope memories were made at one of his authentic birthdays!

"They key to success is, find out what everyone else is doing and then do the opposite!"

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saturday Morning Mini Facial



Thanks to friend, Katherine, for suggesting I diffuse Orange and Cedarwood together. A combo I would not have thought of myself.

After washing my face quickly with a homemade patchouli soap, I followed a mini-facial regime from one my my green beauty books:
  •  Organic Sugar, Olive Oil and 1 drop of Vetiver 2 minute facial scrub and rinse
  • Facial Steam, under a towel over freshly boiled filtered water with 2 drops of White Angelica for 5 minutes or more. Heavenly!
  • Facial scrub for a second time for 1-2mins  with the same scrub as above while face is still wet from the steam.
  • Yogurt, honey, egg white and lemon oil/juice facial mask, smoothed over left to dry, and hope no guests show up! Rinse.
  • No need to moisturize with the olive oil residue from the scrub. Ending with a slather of Lavender Hand and Body Lotion on my hands and the toddler with some eczema!
All in a Saturday Morning's hard day of work!


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Upcycled Crayons


 Love the Art...Not so much the massive bin of broken crayons...If you use muffin papers, make sure you double or triple up. The wax can seep through and get onto your pans.


I do prefer our beeswax block crayons, with their brighter colours. Although I have not had success in making beeswax crayons that really work...I am wondering if this upcylcled crayon project combined with some beeswax would work well?


This is a great way to use up that hoard of broken, peeling crayon mass...Do You Have One of Those?


If you have any other ideas or stories of upcycling crayons...please share.

Warmly,
Patty-Jean