Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Waxed Cloth Food Wrap Tutorial

You will need :
Parchment paper,
 beeswax,
 cloth (large enough for what you plan on wrapping)
 scissors,
old cookie sheet (or something you can iron on that you don't need to worry about wax getting on)
 almond oil or another food grade oil,
 paint brush used for wax only,
  a pot used for wax only. (You may want to use a craft iron if you have one specifically for crafts.)
 Paper towels or old rags.
 Optional: pinking shears and ironing board

I used almond oil because it's what I had. I wouldn't suggest mineral oil because it's petroleum based.

Iron your cloth so that its nice and smooth. Then cut your cloth to size. Pinking shears may be helpful and add a nice edge around your cloth.

Grate your beeswax and melt in a double boiler. I used local beeswax which ended up changing the color of my fabric. A bleached beeswax would eliminate most of this though. I added just a few drops of almond oil to the beeswax to thin it out just a bit. This helps to get a more even coat on the fabric.

Put your cloth on top of the parchment to protect the surface your working on.  Start painting on the wax.

You will get some pooling of the wax but no worries, we'll eliminate that in the next step.

Put the waxed cloth in between 2 pieces of parchment. Make sure you have room all the way around the cloth for the excess wax to leak out.

Cover the waxed cloth with the top sheet of parchment and iron on a med-high setting.

You can see how the wax melts and moves to the edges as you iron. 

I like to use the edge of my iron to press out the extra wax.  

You may still see a slight layer of wax on top of the fabric. You can use a paper towel to blot this off while the wax is still hot. Let the fabric dry and then they are ready to use! 

Voila! Plastic-free food wrap. Next time I make them I will use a natural unbleached  cotton. This way I don't have to worry about dyes in the fabric. I really like wrapping cheese and butter in them. To was them use cool water and a little dish soap. Hang to dry.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Our Root Children Spring Garden...

Today has been gloomy here in Co. so Lily and I decided it was time to make a spring garden for our nature table.

It's not "our" idea. We got the idea from Daily-Colours. What a beautiful garden! I had to show my children and of course they asked if we could make one. I don't see how anyone could resist! 

One little root child fishing. Lily says she'll let me know when she catches one!

What do you think?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tiny Treasure Pouch....

I have been so busy with work these last few weeks I haven't had time to do anything else. Today I finally got a day off. I found a cute pattern for a treasure pouch on thesittingtree. I decided to knit my own using her pattern.

As you can see, it's pretty tiny. Just so for tiny treasures.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Keeping Calm and Felting Eggs....

I thought the title of this post to be rather funny:) I decided to do a little "eggs-periment"  today  with wooden eggs and wool roving. Last year I wasn't happy with the way they turned out with plastic eggs. I think it was the tape I used to hold them together or something.

I used smaller wooden eggs. That way I could see if it would work or not. It did! I'm pretty happy with the results so far.  

As I was felting, Lily akked if she could color.  When I looked at what  she was coloring and the story she was telling me about her artwork my jaw dropped!
This first one is (in Lily's words) a rainbow cave!

This picture is (in her words as well) Balloons! I haven't started to restrict her to just the 3 primary colored block crayons yet because I didn't want to start that to early, But with this, I know she's ready. I cannot believe it! Waldorf really DOES WORK!

I also found this beautiful rock on my nightstand yesterday morning. Tory found the rock on a hike this weekend. She's so thoughtful! 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Quiet Weekend...


Enjoying having the coffee table back in the living room.

I made an Ostara nest for my nieces and nephew.

Before wet felting....

I use my "Mama-Time" to finish knitting up a little dress ... I posted about that in my last post actually.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Henley's New Dress....

I've mentioned Lily's favorite stuffed toy in a few blog posts. He is not hand made but she loves him.  This is the new dress I made for him as she requested. 
The pattern is one I modified from one of our favorite books . You can purchase the pattern and/or the books HERE.

Almost finished!

I forgot to snip off the end of the string after burying the tail thread. Oops!
Wont she be so surprised when she comes back from her hike ?