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Women are the primary resource of the planet. They give birth, we come from them. They are mothers, they are visionaries, they are the future. If we can figure out how to make women feel safe and honor women, it would be parallel or equal to honoring life itself."

- Eve Ensler



Week Four : Now Is the Season

Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.

This is the time
For you to deeply compute the impossibility
That there is anything
But Grace.

Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Is sacred.  - Hafiz




Today was the last class of 2016 and I could hardly believe it.  We began the morning sipping hot cocoa from the mugs that we created and catching up on the past two weeks.  Once we settled in we started our first craft, Faux mercury glass lanterns.  If you wish to make more at home, here's a tutorial that I found on the web.





While the lanterns dried, we took a refreshing hike. 


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One of our favorite places in the forest is an enchanted rocky ridge that reminds me of a castle.  You will know the place by these landmarks:  The ear of the tree,  the library of stones, and the heart of the rock.
































































When we returned we began working on our second project, the Flower Child Scarf.  I saw this scarf  (photo left) in Anthropologie a few years ago and traced it back to a yarn shop in NY called Loopy Mango where I purchased the wool to make my own.  I received many compliments on the scarf so I figured I would teach the girls how to make it too.







( In case you wish to make more, but forget how to make it, Loopy offers a video tutorial here.  The scarf requires 9-10 yards of super fat yarn.   For the tassels you will need approx 22 yards of light to medium weight yarn. )

Meanwhile...the morning session made their potion bottle talisman necklaces and filled them with edible glitter.  Some chose to replace the cork with a twig which made it all the more magical.



We closed our wintry workshop with a special wish ceremony!  The girls wrote their wishes onto flying wish paper.  The wishes could be for themselves, for the earth, or for humanity.  There are no rules to wishing.  Once the wishes were written, we lit them aflame so our wishes could fly into the air.  We then catch the ash and either blow the ash into the wind or save it.  You can find Flying Wish paper locally here or from the manufacturer here.






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(My apologies for the compression of this video, 
will try to re-upload later. )


We ended the day with S'mores!



Dear Mighty Girls,

I can't believe our 2016 wintry session has come to an end.   The studio is swept, and supplies are put away and there is a palpable emptiness as though the studio awaits your return.  It was a great joy spending these past four weeks with you, hearing your stories, crafting, hiking and holding space for your wishes.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for the gift of your presence.  I wish each of you a magical holiday season surrounded by the people you love.  Mighty J, we missed you, but your friends packed you a bag full of craft supplies and will show you how to make the projects that you missed.

Made so & rooted by love,
Wendy

PS- I would like to take a moment to thank Lexi for her help prepping supplies. I have been fighting an upper respiratory infection and her help was a great relief to me.

Week Three : With Light and to Shine


Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine." - Mary Oliver























Today was a cold and blustery day.  We filled our mugs with hot cocoa and chatted about our week.  "What was your most favorite thing about last week", I asked.

In the morning session, our first project was the salt shaker snow globe - which I forgot to take photos of, but you can see one of them in the prior post.  In the afternoon session, we began with talisman necklaces.  These tiny potion bottles are filled with edible star glitter.  If you sprinkle it on your hot cocoa or tea, they float and look like constellations.





We took a nature walk out to the rock scramble and it sure was invigorating.






































For our secondary project we made tiny trees using paper twist ties.


























Due to the high winds we were unable to light the fire pit so we tried making s'mores over a beeswax candle.























Dear Mighty Girls,

I hope you have a lovely feast with your family and I will see you in December.  If you wish to wrap any of the gifts that you made, bring them with you and we will do that in the studio on our last day. 


Made so & rooted by love,
Wendy

Week Two : By the Light of the Magical Moon

"You are the root of heaven,
the morning star,
the bright moon..." - Rumi


When the girls arrived I asked if they saw the moon last night.  Indeed they did and they were as enchanted by it as I was.   The moon is especially close to the earth right now.  It hasn't been this close since 1948.  Tonight will offer another chance and tomorrow is the actual Perigee Moon.






















Everyone lined up to fill the mugs that they made last week with hot cocoa.




Our first project of the day was bird's nest photo holders.  The nests were given to us by a mighty mom and we were excited to incorporate them into our workshop.  I got the idea from these Pottery Barn place card holders.


































We then took a refreshing hike.  The morning group decided to bring along my pocket microscope to take a closer look leaves and mushrooms.   We hiked to one of our favorite parts of the creek and on the way back a few of the girls decided to climb trees.









Our secondary project was an up-cycled snowflake made from cardboard tubes.





























The girls wanted to squeeze in another project so we made dry snow globes from salt shakers just like the ones sold in Anthropologie stores.






















And always...S'Mores!!!!



Have a great week, girls!  Enjoy the Super Moon and I'll see you next week!

Made so & rooted by love,
Wendy