The Changing Leaves - Waxing colorful Leaves 

The leaves outside our home are gorgeous: reds yellow, crimsons, greens, and every shade of brown.  Today we embarked on an Outdoor Hour Challenge from the blog Handbook of Nature

 Acorns - felting acorns 

We are LOVING the cool weather of fall, and the lack of bugs!!  We've been collecting acorns from our front yard (simply because they are there) and Hadley and Finley have been finding nut shells on the rocks and driveways care of the squirrels, so when I came across this activity I just had to try it.

 Fall Craft Roundup

 Our fingers have been busy here in the last few weeks with scissors and paper and fabric and felt, and our house is filled with hanging reminders of our hard work.  I've shared some of our favorite projects, but here is a roundup of some of the things we've been up to:

Fairy Houses
 The woods are full of fairies!
The trees are all alive;
Fairy Gardens
We've been hard at work here on our fairy garden.  There has been a lot of planning, collecting, building, a small bit of gluing and even a little sewing.

   Leaf Print Flags

It's that time of year again, when the leave start to shift, change and begin their slow fall to the ground.  In anticipation of the fall colors, we made a painted leaf bunting for our home to celebrate the changing season.

Naturally Dyed Eggs

This past weekend it was time to dye our eggs.  Since our eggs for our chickens are already lovely shades of brown, blue and green, (see the above photo) we actually had to buy white eggs to dye.

Popsicle Season

It's that time of year again: the sun is hot, the air is humid, and the popsicles are in the freezer.  The best part of making popsicles (and smoothies) is you can load them with all sorts of yummy, healthy, fillings.

A Little Bit of Butter

During the six months we lived in France last year, I gained a much bigger appreciation of butter.  There is something about French butter that is - better: it's creamier, it's smoother, it's better.

  Summer Solstice Headbands

Tonight we celebrated midsummer on a truly HOT day (I believe the temperature got well into the 90's here today).  We were joined by Opa and Ducky (Dave's parents) for a celebratory meal and a bonfire.

Simple Santas

These little Santas were the result of another project I am currently working on.  As I was cutting some sticks in our garage, I was reminded of similar Santas we had in our home growing up, a few quick cuts later and I was on my way to my own set.

Handmade Handwarmers

This past weekend as Dave and Finley headed off for some holiday shopping, Fin asked Dad where they were going?  "Shopping of course to buy Christmas presents," replied Dave.  "But Daddy, you're not supposed to buy presents, you're supposed to make presents!

Cooking: Pasta and Bread

Perhaps it is the cold weather outside, or the newly fallen snow, but there has been a lot of baking going on in this house in the last several days.

Make Your Own Books

I love planning projects with my children, but even more, I love when projects fall out of nowhere and change the shape of our entire day. 

A Few Valentines

This weekend we made a few more Valentine's cards for some of our friends.  Each of the kids came up with their own style.  For Finley's cards, I found this idea over at Homemade Serenity.

Symmetrical Hearts

Today we made some symmetrical hearts from an idea I found over at NurtureStore.  The idea was very simple, and the kiddos LOVED it. 

Heart Garlands

So many of our projects lately have been open ended, usually involving lots of glue, cutting, and many bits and pieces.

Cute Clothespins

Somewhere floating around the blog world I had seen these nifty clothes pins, so a few days ago we decided to give them a go.

Paper Mache Balloons

Oh the simple pleasure of flour and water mixed together - with a little paint.

Drawing with our Senses

 Before the day heated up, we packed our backpacks, grabbed some blankets and headed the twenty yards to the garden.  Somewhere between the tomatoes, the lettuce, and the asparagus, we spread out our supplies, and searched for inspiration.

Shape Books

Both Hadley and Finley have shown an interest in shapes over the last several weeks.  Everywhere we go, they are pointing out 'octagons' (stop signs), squares, rectangles, etc.  We started these shape books a few weeks ago, and are finally revisiting them.

Fairy Houses
 The woods are full of fairies!
The trees are all alive;
Fairy Gardens
We've been hard at work here on our fairy garden.  There has been a lot of planning, collecting, building, a small bit of gluing and even a little sewing.

Felt Wand

Last fall we had our first experience with felting.  Using the wet felting technique we made these acorns.

Waxing Leaves

Last year we waxed leaves and made these lovely garlands.  It was one of those activities you want to save and try again.

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