Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Snow Day Activities - A Rare Post By Leal

When I was a kid, my sister and I had a lot of energy to expend, and I expect that we were probably real difficult to keep up with. One of the things I remember the most about my childhood, though, is being set down with our family's spiritual/parenting mentor and beading at the coffee table with her and my sister.

For some reason, this activity could fill up hours of our day where we would sit and bead while we caught up on recent events in our family, our future plans and our lives in general. And, even though we were stuck sitting at a table, there was no restlessness or boredom because we were always engaged in both creative activity and interesting conversation.

I've decided that next winter I'm going to be resurrecting one of these projects that I used to enjoy the most on cold snowed-in days.

Each winter for years, our mentor would come to visit on the first snow-day where we were stuck home from school and she would bring with her the supplies a very special project only done on this one special day each year.

On the first snow-day of the winter year, we made snowflakes. Not paper cut outs, although she did teach us that too. We made awesome, shimmering beaded snowflakes. Each one a unique piece of art that we'd later hang on the tree or in our windows. Sometimes we used forms and at other times, as we became older, free formed.

Next winter, I plan to have a collection of these to list in our shop for the holidays. So that we can share one of our own cherished traditions with everyone.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO SEE SOME EXAMPLES OF BEADED SNOWFLAKES, HERE'S A FEW SHOPS THAT CURRENTLY HAVE SOME IN STOCK: ZVIOLET, VINTAGEGIRLDEZIGNS,
AESTHETICSANDOLDLACE, CARAMIADESIGNSBYV, SONOMASTREET

7 comments:

nomadcraftsetc said...

What a wonderful story!
I can't wait to see those snow flakes next year!

Emme Toaye said...

You have such a wise way with words and deeds, I just want to hibernate in Winter.

Sarah said...

It's great to have memories like that. My Mom taught me how to make bird ornaments out of milkweed pods (And glitter. Lots of glitter.) when I was little, and she still hangs the few crumbling survivors up on her Christmas tree every year.

Ruthie said...

Snowflakes are something I'm thinking of offering in my shop next year too :P I love the memories you shared with us!

Ivy Presho said...

Yes, I have some snowflakes for next year too! Might have to start making them early though - I can't wait!

Made by Melissa said...

sounds like fun!

Splendid Little Stars said...

That is a really cool story and such a wonderful idea!

Post a Comment

Our Followers on Facebook


Quotes

"Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual." - Arthur Koestle

Archive

Other Blogs to Check Out

 

The Meandering Musings... | Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial License | Blog Design by Simply Fabulous