Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The daylight fast is dwindling
My little lamp needs kindling
Let your beams shine far
Into the dark night
Little lantern guard me
With your precious light
We interrupt our regularly scheduled WIP Wednesday post to wish you all a wonderful and peaceful Martinmas!
The girls and I have been preparing since Monday, reading the story of St.Martin and boxing up some warm clothes to donate to the homeless. I actually wish we were doing more 'charity wise' but it just snuck up on me this year so I didn't have a lot of time to plan.
Then we started on our lanterns. We did 2 different kinds this year.
We made our first by just simply decorating a glass jar with tissue paper and wheat glue. K had a lot of fun with that one. We decided to keep that one on our table as our meal candle since glass and little ones walking on concrete don't really go well together!
Then on Tuesday we started a lantern out of a painting. This is the lantern K will carry on our lantern walk. K painted some paper using the wet on wet painting technique, then we let it dry. *A note on paper for wet on wet painting. Make sure you buy the good thick paper. We bought some thinner wet on wet painting paper for this project and it didn't hold up very well and also made the paint colors more muted. We learned our mistake!*
I went over her painting with a light coat of oil last night and this morning we are going to assemble the lantern so it is all ready for our lantern walk tonight. We don't know of any public lantern walks happening around here so the girls and I will walk around our neighborhood after the sun sets. It feels a bit strange because this is our first year not celebrating Martinmas with our dear friend Tiffeni. We miss her so much! On that note, I thought I'd share a few moments from the last 2 years here and here (the last one was before I made this blog public. How funny!).
A couple of our Martinmas pictures on our nature table. We have others throughout the house.
Wishing you all warmth and moments of introspection during this special time!