Woven Recycled Newspaper Baskets

Happy Earth Day!

yay! we are back to doing Wednesday crafts at the school.  Yesterday we made easy woven baskets  using newspapers.  how’s that as a great idea for recycling 😉  And with May Day in just 9 days, we got May Day and Earth Day taken care of with one craft.  next week we are making paper flowers to put in the baskets for May Day.

I started out with the instructions from Family Fun website. I found step 1 to be confusing so here’s what I did…

I cut strips of newspaper into 2.5 x 11 inches.  I made sure that the newspaper I was using was NOT current events or anything inappropriate on either side.  the ads worked the best. 

We then folded the strips of newspaper in half, opened it up and folded the edges inward meeting in the middle. then we folded it in half again.  (for those of you who sew… it’s just like making double fold bias tape)

after that, I just followed the rest of the instructions just fine ~starting with step 2.  we did 3-4 rows of weaving. 

the kids had a great time making their  baskets!

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Taking a walk

Today we decided to explore our neighborhood since the weather was so nice.  we ended up walking down the wash behind our house.


We gathered some pretty flowers that were in bloom


 Felicity insisted that she needed all of these cool rocks.  the stick is part of a dead saguaro cactus we saw.

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Looking Forward

Sarah (my 16 yo) is going to be in high school next year and I’ve been praying about what to do… where to take her for school… how will she deal with HS… etc.  My sister Beth reminded me about the only Waldorf School in the valley here and the more I thought about it the more the idea feels good.   BUT driving 45 minutes to school is going to be hard.

I showed the website to Sarah and she is sooo excited at the possibility! especially after watching this slideshow!

 I called and talked to the school receptionist, and the HS teacher called me back and talked with me for a while.  I’m going in to observe the school on Monday so wish me luck!

here’s the schools link: Desert Marigold school

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A Happy Easter

these sweet lambs live near my sister. 

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Coloring Easter Eggs


Beautiful, aren’t they?!  click on the pictures to see all the detail

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Cooking Class

Instead of teaching a fun craft, I had the opportunity to teach the cooking class at the school today!  What fun to teach the kids how to make deviled eggs and tell an Easter story.

Deviled Eggs

6 hard-cooked eggs, halved lengthwise
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
2 teaspoons mustard                                                                                                                                   ½ teaspoon dill

 Remove egg yolks. Mash, and combine with remaining ingredients. Refill egg whites, using pastry tube if desired. Chill.


while the eggs were boiling, I told the kids the story of The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous.  it’s a really cute story but it made me wish that we were painting eggs instead cooking with them!

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Spring is here and it’s time to change our Nature Corner.  I’m really excited that this year I’m taking part in Bits of Goodness spring nature table swap so I will have more springy items to add soon!

Here’s our table  at the begining of spring…


by next month it will look completely different! 

The sweet little fairies at the begining of this post have flown away to their new home with Suzanne (down in the meadow) as part of a personal swap with each other. 

I also sent her these:


 a few of these:

and some American candy. 

Can’t wait to see what I get from Suzanne!

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