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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



Winter Break : Things to Do & Make!


And don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.
It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.  - Rumi



It's officially Winter Break in our neck of the woods!  Here's some crafty goodness to keep your creative fires aflame during the holiday season.   I will now be going into winter hibernation, researching new ideas for MGA Summer
and working on my own creations!  I'll be back and soon we will kick off Springtime at Maker Faire NoVA 2017!!!  Until we meet again, wishing you and yours peace, comfort & joy in the coming year!

Made so & rooted by love,


Wendy

Try making giant paper snowflakes out of white wrapping paper or use the wrapping paper from you gifts after you open them.  






















There's a whole bunch of wonderful snowflake patterns that you can download right HERE!!!
  


Some fun things to do with paper snowflakes that I gathered from the internet...make a mobile, use them as gift toppers or as I did for our solstice party one year - straw toppers...























"How full of the creative genius is the air in which these are generated!  I should hardly admire more if real stars fell and lodged on my coat.  Nature is so full of genius, so full of divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand." 

- Throeau



























 For some Winter Solstice Science, try making these crystal coated pine cones!  Directions HERE. 

http://www.sweetpaulmag.com/crafts/crystal-coated-pinecones





















Wish upon a star!  Write your wishes on scraps of wrapping paper and fold them into lovely little stars!  


http://www.morningcreativity.com/diy-newspaper-stars/

"We have only this moment,
 sparkling like a star in our hand 
and melting like a snowflake." - Francis Bacon

Add paper stars or snowflakes to your string lights with a hole puncher for a celestial garland.

http://www.monmakesthings.com/2013/04/star-light-star-bright-light-garland.html
The universe 
and the light of the stars 
come through me." - Rumi
 

Bring some of the outdoors indoors with bedside twigs and sprigs.




 Make your own Antler Ornaments with clay...


http://www.craftberrybush.com/2011/09/save-a-deer-a-pb-antler-inspired-tutorial.html
"I'm putting up antlers
like taproots into the sky
to draw down the power
of heaven"

- Robert Moss





Download the lovely freebies from on of my favorite illustrators, Penelope Dullaghan

http://penelopeillustration.com/blog/




















 

Yarn bomb some twigs and fill your vase with something wooly and wintry...


 
Photo by Aesthetic Outburst
Photo by Aesthetic Outburst






















Try this charming napkin fold... 



and make yourself some tree cookies...

Tree Cookies from BH&G








I made mine with chocolate dough!


































Make a snow globe!  Add an LED lid for a wintry nightlight.


http://motherrising.blogspot.com/2011/12/snow-day-diy-anthropologie-snowglobe.html
Anthro knock-offs I made with my son.
 

























Make wool snowballs. for indoor snowball fights!  I made these for my son when he was a toddler.  Just wrap wool roving around a wiffle golf ball then use the same method that you use when making your felted soaps. Unlike the soap, these can be thrown in the dryer before cutting them from the stocking!
























Force bulbs for Springtime in Winter...




and enjoy the season!

"You are the fearless guardian
of Divine Light.
So come, return to the root of the the root

of your own soul."

- Rumi


http://other-wordly.tumblr.com/


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. 


video 

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.






video

(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.