Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Keep Calm Craft On {crafting on}

waldorf doll socks

Well, the last day of school has come and gone. I am slowly coming back to life after a couple of weeks of exhaustion. While I normally use crafting as my stress relief and way to 'keep calm', I don't have any projects currently going. I felt the need to take a mini break and spend time reading a good book. So this time around it's all finished projects. I hope you don't mind.
I do already have a few ideas in my head and will probably start on something before this post even goes up. I'm not an addict, I swear!

I finished up the Waldorf doll socks for K's kindergarten classroom as I was hoping to. I did want to make more sets for them (they have quite a few dolls), but I suppose a girly set and boyish set will suffice.

flower prints

flower prints

flower prints

Portland Waldorf School Lavender Lotion

Our lotion ending up working out after all. I drained the extra water and then mixed it up again. This time it stayed silky smooth. Phew! The color is a bit greenish from the olive oil but the smell of the lavender and the feel of the lotion on your skin is quite heavenly. I think I will have to make a batch for myself now.

Also inspired by the same book, we made flower prints with random flowers we had. The girls seemed to get a kick out of smashing a flower with a hammer. C's sensitive little ears weren't quite as keen on the noise of it, though.
After they did a few of the flowers we had on hand we thought we would decorate the teachers' lotion label with lavender prints. K soon discovered an added bonus to using lavender - it makes the paper smell nice!

teachers' gifts

We went a bit crazy with an unintended lavender theme and made them lavender sachets, too. I stayed up until two in the morning the day they were due to knit these quick hearts. I used some of our leftover hand dyed yarn for them. (Love!) Once they were knit up I sewed the two sides together about 3/4 of the way, stuffed them with fresh lavender and wool sprinkled with lavender essential oil, and then finished sewing them up all the way. For a final touch to the whole thing, we made beeswax dogwood flowers to remind the teachers of our school grounds.

It doesn't seem like a whole lot but boy did it feel like it as we were making it all!

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