Saint Nicholas Day 2016

Every year Saint Nicholas pays our little Waldorf school a visit and stops at each classroom.  He reads from his magical book and leaves the children with gifts of nuts and apples or clementines.

This was Chloe’s first time experiencing St. Nicholas, and it’s something she’s been waiting for since she turned 3 years old. The children were asked to open their gifts after school, so we went to the office while we waited for Jeffrey to get out and I let her open her little gift there.  Her reaction was priceless and I am so thrilled I got it on video.

She is such a sweet little girl, and she is filled with so much love and gratitude.  I wish I could bottle it up.

Jeffrey’s second grade class was also visited.  Saint Nicholas usually addresses each child individually and reads each of them a special poem, but this year—due to a very tight schedule—our teacher said he addressed each child by temperament.  Jeffrey is phlegmatic and this was the poem that was read to him and his phlegmatic classmates:

Dear Golden Retrievers, (Phlegmatic):

Peaceful happy puppy, on soft velvet paws,

Plays with everybody, nips with gentle jaws.

Doesn’t need to be the center of attention,

Happy to receive an occasional mention

Staying out of trouble, wanting to keep peace,

Like a sweet little lamb, wrapped in golden fleece.

Who wouldn’t want to be in your company?

Kind pup, so cuddly, never uppity.

Though sometimes suddenly hungrily grumpy,

Funnily clumsy, or a little sulky.

You are loved by all and all feel loved by you,

For you’re a golden-hearted pup, through and through.

Yup, that’s my Jeffrey bean alright.  I am so grateful that they are able to have such a rich festival life at their school, and that they are still very much in that magical realm.  I am going to enjoy this as long as we can.

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

A few years ago, a mama at our Waldorf school led a Chat ‘n Craft for us where she taught us how to make these adorable felt Christmas tree ornaments from felt circles, embroidery floss, buttons and wooden beads.  They were so cute and so simple!  Several of us gathered together one winter morning and made one for every teacher and faculty member of our little school.  Flash forward to now and *I* am our school’s Chat ‘n Craft lady.

I was asked to come up with a fun and simple craft for our school’s table at Magical Child’s annual holiday party, one that kids could easily handle.  This adorable craft immediately came to mind and my family came along with me while I taught a bunch of people to make these just outside of the boutique.

It occurred to me that my readers might want to try this craft too, so here is a step by step tutorial for you!  🙂

First, gather your materials.  You will need:

  • 10 felt circles of 4 or 5 different sizes.  This doesn’t need to be perfect. I used my Sizzix circle cutter die, but you could trace round objects just as easily
  • 12″ of embroidery floss
  • a craft needle with an eye large enough for the floss
  • 5-6 2 or 4 holed buttons
  • a small star cut from thick wool felt (I got mine from Michael’s)
  • 1 half inch wooden bead

Using your needle and embroidery floss, thread the wooden bead so that it ends up in the center of the floss.  Then remove your thread from the needle and thread BOTH ends of the thread through the needle.  A needle threader makes easier work of this.

Find the center of your largest felt circle and push your needle and both ends of the thread all the way through it.

Before adding your next largest circle, use one of your buttons as a spacer in between your layers. This stretches out your tree a bit and makes it more interesting.

Continue adding your circles, adding button spacers between some of the layers.  You don’t have to do it between every layer. Have fun with this. Continue until your smallest felt circle is at the tippy top.

Now it’s time to put the star on top! You’ll want a star (or any shape you want, really) that is cut from thick wool felt so that it is thick enough to go up through the star. (See photo above.)  If you can’t find thick felt or don’t want to use it, get creative and use a pretty button or bead to top your tree instead! Once your thread has been pulled all the way through, make a knot at the very top and hang your ornament from a tree.  Methinks it would even make a cute decoration for the top of a present.  Bonus: if you have an artificial Christmas tree and miss the real tree smell, this cute ornament can even double as a hanging diffuser for some Idaho balsam fir essential oil!

I hope you and your kidlets make a bunch of these!  If you do, feel free to let me know in the comments, or tag me in your photos on Instagram.  Thanks for reading!  Until next time…

Today I organized my sewing and craft room, squeee!

Today I tidied up my sewing and craft room aka my woman cave aka our garage.  Squeeee!  I am so excited you guys.  This was a long, long, LONG time coming.  Now I can sew in a pretty space.  🙂  Let’s see how long I can keep it like this, ha!  Neatness does not come naturally to me, unfortunately.  That is all.  Have a fun day, friends!