Handmade Christmas Gifts – Friendship Bracelets

Kitty has made each of her friends a Christmas gift. She sat quietly, with my sewing basket in her lap, and worked peacefully on her own. “What are you making?” I asked her after a while, curiosity getting the better of me. “Christmas gifts for my friends” she replied as she proudly held out a few platted strands of embroidery floss for me to see. “Oh,” I answered… “and what are they?”. She looked at me with that look that says don’t you know anything, Mom! and answered “Friendship bracelets!”

On closer inspection they were really quite beautiful and a lovely gift for a girl to make for her friends.

She cut three lengths of embroidery floss, each strand a different color. (note: please pretend that she has clean and neatly cut fingernails!)

She knotted the top.

Then she braided the three strands together.

I tied them onto her wrist and cut the long ends.

Voila! Sweet little Friendship Bracelets for all of her friends. She assures me that boys like them too… as long as they are in boy colors.

A sweet little project for your children to make for their friends.

If I could, I would give each and every on of you a friendship bracelet too. I feel so honored to be a place you visit regularly and I thank you for your continued support. I am getting all mushy now because I mainly want to thank you for, firstly, nominating The Magic Onions for the Homeschool Post Blog Awards and for, secondly, voting for us… yes, friends, we won! Our new title is the Best Homeschool Method Blog of 2010! What a trip! You are amazing friends to have… thank you!

Merry blessing and magic,

Honest Scrap Blogshare.

I didn’t have a post planned for today. And then Louise from The Fig Tree passed this blog share on to me. Honest Scrap – it was refreshing and interesting to read her 10 honest things and I thought I’d have a go too.

1) My children don’t eat veggies! They eat carrots and corn and any veggie I manage to grow but our homegrown produce is paltry and, although I try, actually getting a veggie from the garden is a rare occurrence
2) This brings me to Honest Scrap no. 2. I start off my veggie garden with great gusto, buying every veggie seedling in sight. I plant them and water them with enthusiasm. But… they take SOOOOOO long to grow. Somewhere along this journey I loose enthusiasm and waterings become more sparse, debugging becomes less often… I have a, gasp, propensity to leave the veggie in the ground for too long and they go to seed! I have lovely yellow and white lettuce flowers in my garden right now!
3)I am not neat… I try, but putting things back into their ‘proper’ place does not come naturally to me. My house looks like it has been ransacked by the end of the day and then I grumble terribly at the work of ‘picking it up’ (a lovely little American saying for tidying up).
4)Bringing me to honesty no. 4… I am lucky enough, and yes I know it with all my heart, to have a wonderful, magical, blessing of a Fairy Godmother come into my house to clean it once a week. She is my godsend and I love her and I know my life would be so much harder without her. She comes in on a Thursday and whizzes around for 5 hours and leaves my home sparkling and clean. Thursday afternoons are my favourite in my house, my week begins on a Thursday afternoon!
5)I take a long, hot bath after the kids go to sleep every night. It has been a bone of contention for my husband… he is of the belief that a bath is a luxury and should be reserved for special occasions… it wastes water, you see. One should shower every day but bathing every day is just pure indulgence. So, I indulge every night… and do love it so.
6)My last bit of honesty for today… I tend to get nursery rhymes and lullaby’s stuck in my mind… singing them over and over again in my head, for days. It is most infuriating! It is one of the reasons for one of my most recent ‘most embarrassing moments’… I had just dropped K at school and T was home with A Good Man… I was alone in the car. I felt free, excited for the hours ahead. It was a lovely morning and I wound the window down so that the wind could blow my hair. I felt wild… I stopped at a red light, noticing, from the corner of my eye, the business man watching me from the car next to me.  That is when I realised that I was singing to myself… obviously not as softly as I thought! The song was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star… to make things worse, I was giving it a jazzy lilt in my excitement and freedom and happiness at the day. That red light sure did take a long time to turn green!
So, now I pass on the Honest Scrap Blogshare and look forward to some good reads…
I look forward to reading your Honest Scrap posts too.
Blessings and magic.

An award to share.

I feel SO honored to receive three awards from Dreamwriter over at Spiritual Expression. I have thoroughly enjoyed her blog and often find myself lost in her magical artwork. She has so many interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Thank you, Dreamwriter!

The award I wish to share today is the Swan Award.

This award celebrates bloggers who encourage and nurture others bloggers to explore and grow in their creative, spiritual or mental lives and for bloggers who are blooming and growing creatively, spiritually or mentally in their lives and sharing it on their blogs.

I am truly honored to have this award as I try so hard to encourage creativity and imagination in my children. A free and creative spirit is such a gift! 
I want to share this award with Stephanie from Ordinary Life Magic. Her blog is a daily inspiration for me. I adore being a part of her peaceful, gentle days as she explores ordinary days with her sweet family. I leave her blog, always, with the same message… everyday life is magic!

Magic and blessings.

Tree of Happiness Award.

Thank you Lisa from 5 Orange Potatoes for passing this award on to me. It’s the Tree of Happiness Award and receiving it made me very… happy! I love your blog. I visit it every day and always come away with a laugh, a new craft or a deeper understanding of something interesting. Thank you for your lovely blog.
As the award goes, I must list 6 things that make me happy and then pass the award on. 
I, instead of listing, have posted 6 photos of trees that made me happy.
Here are my trees including the top one that made me happy as it is just such a tree tree;
This is a very cute little tree, he made me smile. He reminds me of a gnome.

This is a nectarine tree in full blossom. She is splendid in her soft pink dress, don’t you think?
This is a peach tree. Her blossoms are also very beautiful and make the most gorgeous confetti when her branch is shaken.
This bamboo was fascinating… made us all feel very small, like ants might feel in the grass.
This tree is a Floss Silk tree. It is for my fellow tree-huggers. Do you see the thorns! We decided that we wouldn’t want to fall off our horse (if we ever had one) into this tree! I laughed at this and felt happy.

Now I would like to pass The Tree Of Happiness Award on. There are SO many blogs that make me happy! Thanks to them all. I have many favorites, here are just six;
Thank you to all these hard working blog writers for inspiring me and making me happy.

A Blogging Award to Pass On.

I have received my first blogging award… twice! I am honored that people even read my blog; an award tops the cake. Thank you Erin and Louise. I truely love both of your blogs, knew I would when I first saw you blog names!

See that pretty little lemonade stand? That’s the Lemonade award- an award that is passed to bloggers for showing great Attitude and/or Gratitude. I am honored… great attitude and, particularly, gratitude is what I am consciously trying to be mindful of in my life. A tragic, fatal, freak accident touched my life two years ago leaving me with deep sadness and a gift of immeasurable value… the instant knowledge that this moment right now is a precious gift to be cherished and thankful for. So, of all the values, gratitude would top my list… thank you once again to Erin and Louise for seeing this gift in my blog.

The rules of this award for recipients:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

I love all the blogs I read and want to thank you all for blessing us with your magic.

So here are my 10 in no particular order:

Tammy from Laugh, Live, Learn, Love. Your blogs are always full of such cool stuff and often make me laugh out loud.

Dawn from Renaissance Mama. You were the first blog I started following regularly. Your wisdom and grace shine through in every blog.

Lisa at 5 Orange Potatoes. Your creativity inspires me.

Tara at Periwinkles and Pine. Your photos are beautiful and a gift to us all.

Leanne at Home Made Rainbows. Your photos are a gift of beauty.

Julie at Four Leaves. Your blogs are filled with loveliness.

Carrie at The Parenting Passageway. I have enjoyed learning from you, particularly about the Waldorf way.

Ehoes of a Dream. Your blog is so full of crafty inspiration.

Kat from Seeking Sanity. I have linked you to the first blog of hers I read… Golden. It is such a beautifully written blog and proves that true love really does exist!

I have to include a blogging icon, the courageous Stephanie from the NieNie Dialogues. In the face of all you have endured, you are still grateful. Your beauty is vast.

Thank you all for your beautiful blogs.