Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fiber Arts Class for the Kiddos

Yesterday for co-op, we had a fiber arts class. First we looked at various fibers - angora, cotton, bamboo, soysilk, silk, alpaca, llama, merino, and wensleydale sheep - and pictures of the plants and animals these fibers came from.

They all took turns carding some wool.

Miah demonstrated the drop spindle, and everyone took a turn with that too.

After showing the kids how to use the spinning wheel, I let them try out the foot pedal. I figured it would be a little difficult to teach 10 kids how to spin all at once.

Miah had partially needle felted some wool balls before the other kids arrived. They each got to add on more colors using the felting needles. Amazingly, we had only one finger-poke. I usually stab my own fingers several times when needle felting, so I thought the kids did a great job.

Here's my goofiest kid with his ball after we finished it off by wet felting.

For more pics of our day, visit It's A Boy's Life and Eclectic Momma.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Party, Fish

Yesterday, we had some fun at a birthday party for one of Larkin's friends.

Afterward, we went to the pet store to pick up some meal worms for Larkin's lizards and ended up buying a fish tank and some new fish. Actually, the kids bought it all with their own money. They had been talking about it for a while and when we saw a fish tank for half off with a free filter, I figured it was a good time to go for it.

February Gardening Day

I'm so excited about our garden this year. I'm so excited about our garden every year. Despite the fact that it's always somewhat of a failure, every year I'm convinced that THIS is the year we're going to have a really great garden.

Last year (after our garden was planted) I read some gardening books - permaculture, square foot gardening, companion planting. So this year, I'm combining some of those ideas, and I'm sure the garden's going to be wonderful.

We're not planting in rows but four foot wide blocks with various compatible plants in each section. And I hope to use more trellising to make better use of our space. I think it will be a fun experiment.

And I think we may actually get things planted on time too. That should help. :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Valentine Party

Today we had lots of fun at our co-op Valentine's party. First we had craft time.
Decorating bags for cards.

Love Rocks

Butterfly magnets.

Decorating cookies (with a professional!)

Exchanging cards.


I didn't want to post our cards before the party, so here they are now.