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Martinmas Ideas

Martinmas 2014Martinmas is coming soon… tomorrow. November 11.


If you are not familiar with this sweet celebration and tradition, read up here.


If you want to make your own lantern, I LOVE this tutorial.


And if you want to bake a typical Martinmas treat, try this.


And if you feel like singing, go here.


Happy Saint Martin’s day.



Candlemas and Swimming Candles

Swimming candlesIn Germany, the story goes as follows:

Beautiful flowers – Snow drops or Candlemas Bells – were brought to Europe in the 15th century. They were planted for Candlemas, which is celebrated on February 2. Even during the cold of winter, this brave little flower has enough strengths to push it way through the snow and act as an indication that  spring is near. Today, they are frequently found near creeks and in monastery gardens.

Since these flowers are hard to find around here, we use candles to signify the triumph of light over darkness.

So how better to illustrate this story and start this week with some homemade candles! Even better, nature candles that can swim – how cool is that?

What you need

  • Walnut shells or Bur oaks (those are the largest acorns – nuts work a little better though)
  • Wick (here’s an easy tutorial to do it yourself)
  • Leftover wax, preferably beeswax
  • An old can

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  • Bend a pouring snout into the can
  • Fill the wax in the can and place in a pot with hot/ boiling water
  • Line up all the shells and cupules on a baking rack
  • Find a volunteer to hold the wick while you poor in the hot wax
  • Let cool


Place candles in a bowl with water, light, and enjoy your own festival of light.

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Tutorial: Build Your Own Peg Loom

A fun project to do with your 3-6 year old is weaving.

  • Kids have fun feeling the yarn, picking the colors, and seeing the patterns emerge.
  • They are learning the simple technique of “over and under”.
  • They are learning patience… because it takes some time to get the hang of it and to finish their first project.
  • They are actually producing something. How awesome is this?

All you need to get your kids started is a Peg Loom. It is possible to make one out of cardboard . However, if you are planning on doing more than one project or having multiple kids work on it, you might want to get your tools out and put together this simple wooden Peg Loom.



1×3 8” – 2 pieces

1×4 8” – 2 pieces

4d Finish nails






Cut wood to length and sand.

On each 1×4, hammer finish nails about ½” apart.

Assemble loom with screws or nails, being sure to keep the frame square.








Use a sturdier string or yarn to set up the project. Tie string to the first nail. Go acrosse the loom and loop ariound two nails, securing around the second nail with an additional loop. Do this for the complete loom and tie again to the last one.



Happy weaving!