Valentines Crafts

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I thought I’d go back and post some old photos from past Valentines posts.  We’ve done different crafts over the years…   We did dollie heart prints to make Valentines cards: This time we... READ MORE

Cross-Country Skiing Mount Baker

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We recently enjoyed some downhill and cross-country skiing at Mt. Baker.  For some reason it is difficult to find information about cross-country skiing at Baker, but there are actually a lot of different... READ MORE

Farm Run

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I have a run that I refer to as my “comfort run” which might make sense to you if you are a runner.  It’s my favourite run from my doorstep to my doorstep.... READ MORE

Christmas 2014

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It was a wonderful holiday season full of parades, concerts, crafts, baking, family and lots of fun!  Hope your Christmas was just as enjoyable!   READ MORE

Snowman Ornaments

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I saw this cute idea on Pinterest, but there were no instructions, so I thought I’d try it myself.  It was a really fun project and the students loved doing it. I bought... READ MORE

Mini Christmas Village

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After reading The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, our class decided to make our own little “Whovilles” which also fit in nicely with our Community unit. First we painted toilet paper rolls with bright,... READ MORE

Christmas Lights

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Usually our first task to start out the season, getting those lights up.  This year we had a mild, sunny day to do it. This year it was a bit of a father/son... READ MORE

Valentines Crafts

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I thought I’d go back and post some old photos from past Valentines posts.  We’ve done different crafts over the years…IMG_3797IMG_3798

 

We did dollie heart prints to make Valentines cards:IMG_3799IMG_3801 This time we made hearts out of homemade “rose” paper, buy making swirls with a white crayon and painting over top,IMG_2026 IMG_2016

Here are some Valentine bags I made with my class.  The students enjoy using a variety of different paper to make hearts and embellishments like sparkles and sequins.DSCN0134 DSCN0138 DSCN0139 DSCN0141 DSCN0146 DSCN0148Happy Valentines Crafting!!

Cross-Country Skiing Mount Baker

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We recently enjoyed some downhill and cross-country skiing at Mt. Baker.  For some reason it is difficult to find information about cross-country skiing at Baker, but there are actually a lot of different options, all with incredible scenery.

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Years ago we cross country skied on White Salmon Road, which is a logging road with an entrance off the highway slightly before the downhill ski area. IMG_3140 IMG_3146 There’s not a lot of parking near this road and the trail is not groomed, but it offers forest trails and mountain-edge vistas.

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This year we tried a new route, which was actually part of a green ski run which starts from the far right (east) Heather Meadows parking lot.  The trail is at the end of the Blueberry Cat Track black diamond run.

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It is a gradual, mild up-hill ski, again with beautiful views and look-outs.  We didn’t ski the entire way, but apparently you could go quite high.  IMG_0467 We also enjoyed the gentle, slow ski back down.  There is one more cross-country trail nearer to the base of the mountain that we hope to try when there is more snow.  They are called Hannegan Pass Road 32 and Salmon Ridge Snow Park and are groomed as well.  More exploring to look forward to for next time.  Hope you are enjoying some winter sports and activities.

Farm Run

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I have a run that I refer to as my “comfort run” which might make sense to you if you are a runner.

IMG_0356 It’s my favourite run from my doorstep to my doorstep.  I start out on a dike,

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but soon descend to a most quaint road with various hobby farms,IMG_0359including chickens and tractors.

IMG_0361I am so happy to have my Iphone along with me now, which is very portable and can still capture some rare moments and scenery quite well.

IMG_0366IMG_0376I think this run also makes me appreciate the local beauty, no matter what the season.

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Christmas 2014

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It was a wonderful holiday season full of parades, concerts, crafts, baking, family and lots of fun!  Hope your Christmas was just as enjoyable!

 

Snowman Ornaments

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028(1)I saw this cute idea on Pinterest, but there were no instructions, so I thought I’d try it myself.  It was a really fun project and the students loved doing it.

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I bought the ornaments at Micheals.  They were a bit pricey but I got them on sale for half price.  The ornaments are real glass, so remind the students to be very careful when handling them. 177

First the students used the black sharpies to put the eyes and mouth on.    They used an orange metalic sharpie to make the triangle nose. 021   With pink glass paint (Martha Stewart) the students sponge painted rosy pink cheeks and the last step was tying raffia around the top.025  Happy little ornaments that brighten up our classroom and to eventually find a home on the children’s Christmas trees!

Mini Christmas Village

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After reading The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, our class decided to make our own little “Whovilles” which also fit in nicely with our Community unit.

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First we painted toilet paper rolls with bright, festive colours.  We made the roofs out of wrapping paper cut into a circle and then glued into a cone shape.

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We glued the houses to a base made out of a paper plate wrapped in foil with a paper doilie on top.  The students had so much fun decorating the houses with windows, Christmas decorations and characters from the book.

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A perfect introduction to our Structures unit as well.  Happy Christmas crafting!

Christmas Lights

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IMG_0258Usually our first task to start out the season, getting those lights up.  This year we had a mild, sunny day to do it._MG_3578

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_MG_3584This year it was a bit of a father/son activity.  Mark had a very happy and excited assistant!_MG_3583

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Ah, love those Christmas lights!!  Gets me in the spirit.

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How to Make a Front Door Winter Container

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_MG_9359_MG_9355 While taking a winter walk, it can be fun to collect bunches of branches from the forest floor, especially after a wind storm.

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It was quite easy to use those branches to make an attractive outdoor container decoration to put outside our front door.  I simply used a foam block and some extra decorations from last year.

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It’s nice to add a little nature to the Christmas decorating.

Vancouver Waldorf School

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There’s nothing like a great weekend.  This was a “craft fair” weekend for me.  I ventured out with Martina, and Rosa, future blogger Little House on the Hill , to check out Make It Vancouver at the Croatian Cultural center.  Many impressive tables, and of course a night of laughs as well.

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On Saturday, our family headed to the Vancouver Waldorf School Children’s Craft Fair and open house.  I have been fascinated with Waldorf, since I did my teacher training.  At that time we were introduced to the Waldorf philosophy and unique teaching methods which incorporate the arts, including visual arts, music and drama.  For years I’d had a desire to visit the school myself.  It was definitely worth the visit.

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The crafts, mostly children’s items were beautifully made and very impressive.  Lots of felt craft.  My children were drawn to the wooden toys and sculpture by Eric Renken and Gabriele Schaub of Jalu Toys.  I was also excited to meet Ella, of The Little Red Caboose, who had her lovely crafts for sale.  Her son attends the school as well.

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The school had samples of student work, which my husband (high school English teacher) and I agreed were of a superior quality.  There was candle-making, nature crafts, and “Strings Cafe” a warm retreat from the rain, where we had Christmas treats, apple cider,

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and listened to our first Christmas carols of the season, played live, even by some of the students.  There was definitely a warm and welcoming spirit in the school and we enjoyed the experience.

I also must mention the TED lectures introduced to me by Martina.  My husband and I started watching a couple and in Mark’s words we were “addicted after the first hit”.  They are a collection of lectures by almost anyone you can imagine on a large variety of topics and very motivating and inspiring.  Much better than watching the tube.  Check them out!

Have a great beginning to your week!

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