Saturday, 13 December 2014

Santa Lucia

Wishing you all a beautiful and bright Santa Lucia Day!

Nous souhaitons à tous, une belle et lumineuse journée de la Sainte Lucie!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Keep Calm Craft On: Christmas Crafting With Kids

Joining Nicole at Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On…

For this first week of Advent, I thought I would share some Christmas craft projects that my kids have been enjoying working on.

Last week, we made a batch of beeswax candles. The girls love to dip them. It has become a tradition in our home to make these every year in time to use and give for December celebrations.

Another tradition in our home is to make paper snowflakes to decorate our windows and seasonal mobile.

Lucie has been having fun sewing some Christmas trivets.

Pippa has been making some simple bookmarks to give using recycled watercolours and some finger knitting.

This year, Nicole inspired me to give Fiona Duthie's felted candles a try… The girls really enjoyed making these and Sacha enjoyed splashing around in the water and soap suds while we worked. I have also been making little gift boxes out of recycled watercolours (pattern can be found here).

Today, Loane had her homeschooling buddy over for a story and craft. We read not one but two gingerbread stories (the girls love them so much!) and then made gingerbread play dough (recipe here). Pippa and Sacha joined in the fun.

Happy crafting on!

Saturday, 29 November 2014

This Week - Cette semaine

a finished doll by Lucie, using a pattern from this book

une poupée faite par Lucie, en utilisant un modèle dans ce livre

des bagels et du pain aux raisins et à la cannelle

I made a batch of onion marmalade, using up a big basket of onions from our local organic farm

j'ai fait de la confiture d'oignons en utilisant un gros panier d'oignons provenant d'une ferme bio locale

I also made some citrus and vanilla marmalade for Christmas gifts

j'ai aussi fait de la marmelade d'agrumes à la vanille pour offrir à Noël

we got a huge snowfall!

nous avons eu une très grosse chute de neige!

Loane has been writing music for us

Loane aime nous écrire des pièces de musique

the girls have been learning to play chess

les filles apprennent à jouer aux échecs  

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

This and That - Ceci et cela

Loane recently finished knitting a case for her flutes. She loves going to her lesson every week given by a friend, her instructor from Waldorf summer camp.

She has been learning about local birds and trying to imitate their songs on the flute.

Loane a terminé de tricoter un étui pour ses flûtes dernièrement. Elle adore les leçons qu'elle suit, chaque semaine, avec une amie, son éducatrice du camp d'été Steiner-Waldorf.

Elle a commencé à étudier les oiseaux de l'archipel et leurs chants pour ensuite essayer de les imiter avec la flûte. 

We have also started reading fables together and I am quite surprised to see how much she is enjoying the stories, since Pippa was never that interested in them. 

Loane loves making the animals from the stories out of Alkena clay or beeswax.

Nous avons commencé à lire des fables ensemble et je suis surprise de voir à quel point elle aime ces histoires, puisqu'elles n'ont jamais beaucoup intéressées Pippa.

Elle adore modeler les animaux des histoires avec de l'argile à modeler Alkena ou de la cire d'abeille. 

the hare from The Tortoise and the Hare - le lièvre de La tortue et le lièvre

the crow holding a piece of cheese and the fox - le corbeau qui tient un morceau de fromage et le renard

We had our first snowfall a few days ago. All of it is gone now. Sacha was not happy to have to wear a snowsuit outside.

Nous avons eu notre première neige il y a quelques jours. Elle est toute partie maintenant. Sacha n'était pas très content de devoir porter un habit de neige.

I received another (belated) birthday gift this week, this time from my friend Jan. She sewed me a lovely book cover. I think it's a great idea so I wanted to share it here. 

J'ai reçu un autre cadeau d'anniversaire cette semaine de mon amie Jan. Elle m'a cousu une très jolie couverture pour livres. Je trouve que c'est une très belle idée, c'est pourquoi je partage une photo ici.