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.