You all must know by now that I am a slow blogger. Even so I wanted to share a few images from our first day of spring. While picking up I from school, we saw a sign that told about a 1st Day of Spring tradition in Poland. Each year they build a huge doll out of hay and dress her up and toss her into the river on the 1st day of spring. We decided that would be a fun thing to do. Here is our version of this Poland tradition:
This is our doll. Made from the tall grass I cut down while the kids played in the yard. India picked a few strands and a thick piece from one of the fronds. I tied it all together for her. She wanted to dress the doll, but I was unwilling to throw away anything that would not a natural material. I guess we could have dressed her in old leaves… next year.
We drove to one of the kids’ favorite parks. The ‘river’ was pretty stagnant, I bet our doll is still there today, waiting for the rain to wash it away. I guess that’s appropriate since spring always seems to have a slow start.
Since the schools are planting right now, I thought we should get our seeds underway. As it stands, we are going to have a ton of thyme and kale. Anyone need some for their garden? We are happy to share.
This container is what the apples from Costco come in. I always think “what a waste of material.” So have never thrown them out. Now I’ve got a use for them. All I had to do was punch a few holes in the bottom with my awl and tape the edges. Not happy about that, as I can’t reuse that stuff. I Jimmy-rigged this fluorescent lamp ($17 at the hardware store) to our bookshelf without drilling anything into it. I think it will work nicely and can be moved up while the plants grow taller. The cover is already off the Kale… it is much taller than the thyme (pictured here)… and has to be watered every day. I want to get some tomatoes and peppers started also but will need a heat pad for that. I keep meaning to get to the thrift store for an electric blanket to use instead of the $30 heat pad. I love that idea.
I love this little box. It can be anything! This time ’round we made it into an art box. So much fun. I hope she likes it.
I typed instructions for some of the items in the box. The little black books that needs to be colored with light crayons, the dolls who need to be dressed, and the stack of papers to dress them with. There is also a pad of paper to make small masterpieces with.
This house we painted and varnished. It looked great. The dolls we lots of fun too. The parents are little spoons while the kids are the tiny clothes pins.
I think there are a few boy parties coming up. What should we make for them?? We’ll see.