Sunday, 22 November 2009

Seasonal Craft and The Winter Faerie

Today is the feast of Christ The King and the last Sunday in ordinary time.  This naturally leads on to the preparation of Advent and The Joyous Feast of Christmas, so this weekend heralded the start of our Advent crafting escapades.  First up is the Christmas Cards.  In an effort to by-pass mass consumerism these past two years we have made our own cards.  Benedict and Sara decided to undertake this task as their joint project and here they are discussing the format and construction of each one.

Hey Benedict you're supposed to be listening not looking at the camera!

Benedict adding the gold outline to some of the nativity figures.

Since our days have been one big blur these past few weeks, Benedict had forgotten that today was our planned visit to our local Steiner School for the Winter Fair.  Needless to say he was over the moon when Aunty Dorothea (a much loved and long standing friend) arrived in her car, to take me and Benedict on a treat of our own.  I have to say it was my first visit to the school and I was very impressed with the layout and obvious care given to the children throughout the year.  For the princely sum of £1.00 Benedict and I set to and made the gnome garden displayed below:

Our gnome friend in his new home at the top of our stairs.

Whilst waiting for the Winter Faerie to take her place we perused the various craft stalls and bought some presents for two big sisters.  No pictures as they sometimes read this blog!  At long last our wait was over and we slowly made our way along a tunnel of twinkling lights, a nativity scene and faerie houses, to be greeted by the lady herself sat on a faerie bower.  We threw our stars in the wishing well and made a wish!

Apologies for poor picture quality in my excitement I forgot the flash!  Darling husband came to the rescue and enhanced the image using the wonders of technology!

By now our rumbling tums led us into the cafe area where we ate baked potato and salad and warming soup, washed down with a mug of tea for the grown ups and an orange juice for little man.

Benedict and Aunty Dorothea.

The afternoon really resonated with Benedict and he came home buzzing with ideas.  Sara came to the rescue and between the two of them they tried their hands at a felted picture.  No surprises for guessing the main character all dressed in winter wool finery!

The beginnings of a special Christmas present sprinkled liberally with faerie dust and love!

Not wishing for Pip to be outdone since she missed the whole event, Benedict decided that he would be a winter faerie king and so the remainder of the afternoon was spent devising a costume and making an improvised throne.  Pip is truly blessed to have such a loving brother.

Faerie King Benedict waiting for his special visitor with her surprise gift.

Blessings to you little one!

Mission Accomplished!

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