One of our local mums posted on Facebook recently that her son wanted to make things and sell them at the end of their drive. How many of us did that as kids? I remember trying to sell my toys and bunches of flowers when I was about seven years old. We lived down a country road and was bitterly disappointed when nobody came by.
Anyway, she came up with a great idea. For those keen, how about we get together at the park and have a little craft market for the children. The criteria was, the child had to make it themselves, sell it themselves and nothing would cost over a $1.
My children were super keen and we decided on 'stick men' because the sticks were free, we have lots of scrap fabric and all we had to buy was a packet of goggle eyes. We also had some air drying clay in the cupboard and Charlie decided he would like to make some fossils and I suggested to Sadie she could make some pendents.
With the air drying clay, Charlie made small discs of clay and pressed plastic dinosaurs into it. Some he pressed footprints and others bits of shell and rock. They looked great. He made a handful of pendants too and strung them up with some thick cotton.
Sadie rolled her clay out quite thinly and collected bits of fern, flowers and branches from the garden. The impressions they made were lovely. Once dry she painted a thin layer of white acyclic paint over them and also strung them up with a thick cotton. They looked beautiful.
We then went to our favourite wooded area to collect sticks for our stick men. We tried to find a variety of sticks of different shape and colour.
Stick men are loads of fun to make. With a glue gun, ribbons, fabric scraps , feathers, pipe cleaners and google eyes, Sadie and Oscar made some wonderful characters.
Ready for the market. It was a beautiful morning and all the children set up their stalls. There were home baked goodies, paintings on small canvases, binoculars made from cardboard rolls, balloon faces, notebooks , homemade lemonade and more. They all took it very seriously and were very proud of themselves.
Charlie sold all his dinosaur fossils for 20c each and sold them all.
Sadie sold her beautiful pendants for a $1 and her stick men for 50c or three for $1. They were very popular.
An amazing morning and we are now planning another one before Christmas.
If you're ever visiting Greytown you must drop into the Village Art Shop. It's run by the lovely and inspiring Janie ~ the shop window is always enticing with beautiful art supplies, books and bits of gorgeousness. Even if you don't need art supplies I guarantee you will find something of interest and inspiring.
Every holiday period Janie runs art and craft workshops for children. Yesterday Charlie and Sadie attended a candle making workshop.
Charlie was a little apprehensive at first, but when I picked him and Sadie up afterwards he told me that 'he loved it'.
They made candles in moulds and then hand dipped candles in beautiful rainbow colours. Each time they dipped their wick into the hot wax it was followed by a dip in cold water. Gradually with each dip the candle built up.
Beautiful ~ we are going to light them on Christmas Eve.
We are counting down the days for when Sadie starts school......40 days! She's very excited and is getting very anxious to start, especially when most of her friends have already started.
One of my concerns is that she won't have access and opportunities to do her art as much as she does at Kindergarten and at creche. Even though she has most of the things she needs at home ~ I need to make sure I make more time to nurture her artistic side, have paint, paper and pencils at hand for when she has that desire to create.
Over the weekend I relaxed a little when I suddenly realized that Sadie is an artist and you can't stop an artist from creating. Without my suggestion or help she glued pieces of paper together to make a large piece to work on. Already she had an image in her head of what she wanted to draw and she sketched it onto her paper.
The paint isn't accessible 24/7 and she had to ask me to get it out.....but maybe that is something that can change once Oscar is a little older......maybe her own little studio corner in the sun porch.
I love the way she works ~ and I can't wait to see this piece once completed.
It's a thoughtful but beautiful tale of a young man who leaves his home and family and travels far across the seas as a soldier in the Great War. His journey entwines with another great journey of a local eel as it too travels far to it's breeding grounds in the Pacific Ocean ~ both eel and soldier never to return.
While the baby eels made their way back to the river of it's parents a memorial bridge was erected in memory of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the war ~ and was named 'Anzac Memorial Bridge'.
The story stirred thoughtful contemplation within both Sadie and Charlie with them both agreeing that (in Charlie's words) "everything has a life cycle".
What made this story even more interesting is that Anzac Bridge is a real bridge located north of Masterton in the small community of Kaiparoro. So we decided to make a family pilgrimage to visit the place where the story was inspired.
The bridge was opened in 1922 and has a lovely Art Deco style to it. Names of those honoured are listed and it was exciting for the children to compare the illustrations to the real bridge itself.
Under the bridge is a perfect home for eels. We didn't think to bring some meat with us, it would of been fun to lure any eels out of their hiding places.
Daddy played a trick on the children by finding a piece of driftwood that looked just like an eel!
Wairarapa Archive has kindly offered my Heart Felt readers the chance to win their own copy of 'The eels of Anzac Bridge".
All you need to do is leave a comment and you are in the draw.
Giveaway is open to anyone around the world.
I will randomly select a winner this time next week.