Friday, November 5, 2010

Martinmas Prep & Pumpkin Picking

Glimmer lantern glimmer,
Little stars a shimmer.
Over meadow moor and dale,
flitter, flutter elf in veil.
Pee-witt, pee-witt, tick a tick a tick,
rou-cou, rou-cou.

Glimmer lantern glimmer,
Little stars a shimmer.
Over rock and stock and stone,
Wander, tripping little gnome.
Pee-witt, pee-witt, tick a tick a tick,
rou-cou, rou-cou.
- Traditional Waldorf Martinmas song (C's favorite one)

As I mentioned before lantern season is here. It's one of our favorite times of the year. Making lanterns is a huge part of celebrating Autumn and Winter in Waldorf communities. The sun has left us for these months and so we bring our inward light out.
Since Martinmas is fast approaching (next week!), I thought I'd share some of our lanterns from the past.

First we have the 'traditional' autumn lantern - the Jack O Lantern. This is the one K made at the Harvest Festival at the beginning of October.

Next are the two lanterns we made last year. A wet on wet water color lantern and a paper mache jar lantern.

A few of our star lanterns. We had a couple over the years but I went a bit crazy this year and made a ridiculous amount of them. If I remember correctly, these are traditionally done in eighth grade in the Waldorf schools. Definitely not a project for little ones but you could use their wet on wet paintings to make them. I think they would be even more special and beautiful that way. Our school store owner really showed me the secrets to making these lanterns perfect : a compass and a bone folder (my bone folder is made from wood and belonged to Kevin's Nana). I am debating if I should post a tutorial for these fun Martinmas lanterns or not. I had a couple other lantern tutorials I was hoping to post before next week but haven't had the chance to work on yet...

I thought I would post a few pics from our pumpkin picking adventures last Friday, as well.

A nice, simple pumpkin patch

Holding Daddy's finger on the hay ride to the patch

Pumpkin fun!

I'll be back next week with more lantern fun. Have a great weekend everyone!



adriane said...

Good morning! I am a recent reader of your blog, but it really makes my morning when you have a new post! I for one would really appreciate a tutorial for the Martinmas lanterns. I love the way they look, have tons of watercolour painting at my disposal and have been looking for a tutorial for quite some time. Thanks for all you do!

momma rae said...

oh how i love this season! i adore lanterns and share such joy with the children making them each year. we have made a different style each year in class thus far. this year we are doing the balloon ones with paper mache.

your sweet children are so beautiful! oh how i wish we lived closer!! xoxoxo

Jennifer said...

Oh, I know our family for one would LOVE to see a tutorial for the star lanterns. We live without a waldorf community, and cobble together what traditions we can, each one filling us up. We've made the balloon/tissue paper lanterns before, but as my big kids get bigger, more challenging ideas stir their imagination.

Bending Birches said...

we LOVE that song:)

Simply Playing said...

I would just LOVE a post on star lanterns! I was hoping to make some this year, but haven't found directions in any of my books. I just love your blog and read it regularly; thanks for taking the time to share.

melody said...

I vote for a star lantern tutorial! I was hoping to make some for the first time this year. :)

We're still deciding what kind of lanterns to do with our homeschooling group this year. We did the tissue paper on balloon ones last year and tissue paper on jars the year before. We're leaning towards carving turnip lanterns this year.

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

I LOVE the picture of C holding on to daddy's finger! Chessa still does that to us all the time, and it has to be a particular finger, and such a tight grip!

Your star lanterns are beautiful, I think I am going to make another attempt this weekend. For my practice one I was trying with just a piece of construction paper, I wonder if it would be easier with the thicker watercolor paper. I just didn't want to sacrifice one without know if it would work. But surely it will...

Your pumpkin patch girls are adorable, and so is your Little Red Riding Hood!

I had even missed your beautiful birthday post. But hooray, I finally wrote back to you!


mary said...

posting a tutorial would be amazing. cant tell you how many people have asked me for one after those lanterns I made last year for eden's class. I will use it for sure as I cant find my copy of the last one. and yes, exact measurements and folding strongly make great ones! love your colors! inspiring! ;)

tami said...

All of your lanterns are beautiful! I have been searching for a star lantern tutorial and haven't found one.....i'm sure many people would appreciate it. We have so many wet on wet watercolors, and i wanted to make a star lantern for each of my girls with their paintings.

My girls have been working on their lanterns in school this week. It's one of our favorite seasons as well! Enjoy.

softearthart said...

Oh the beautiful magic of Autumn's golden light. cheers Marie

Niki said...

I too would love the lantern tutorial - they are so beautiful!

nocton4 said...

lovely happy times xx

Whirlwind Woman said...

Your family visits some of my favorite places!!! :) Your pumpkin is wonderful. We are also making lanterns, the tin can variety, and will have a lantern walk at my home in a couple weeks (it was supposed to be Saturday but I spent the night in the ER instead). It also looks like you found a sunny day, rare commodity these days! The gnome/pixie hat is wonderful

Kate said...

Did you knit your youngest's hood? I have been wanting to make something similar for my boys, would you by chance be able to share the details?
Oh and the lanterns are beautiful.

izzy said...

What lovely hats!!! Its suits your girls so much. Great shots too!

sabjimata said...

beautiful everything as always! xoxo

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

Thank you, thank you for your kind words! I plan on getting on that tutorial ASAP!

Kate - I did knit C's little gnomie hat. The girls' actually have a collection of them b/c it's such a cute pattern! The pattern is on Etsy here:


Vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

came across your blog via Jules over at Adriondack Mama. I love that little knit hood your younger gilr is wearing and I was wondering if you could lead me to a pattern?

Happy Holidazzle!


Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

Hi there and welcome! Thanks for stopping by. The pattern is on Etsy here:

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

Hi there and welcome! Thanks for stopping by. The pattern is on Etsy here:

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