Making & edtech

There be dragons

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I’m not religious in the formal sense of the word, perhaps because I don’t identify with the belief that humans are above other animals. However, I do love the atmosphere and beauty of churches and cathedrals. If, for a moment you brush away all of the grown up history of religion, cathedrals are the ultimate […]

Growing food

Harvesting coriander seed

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I love coriander when it goes to flower in the heat here. Not just for the beautiful flowers which attract beneficial insects into the veg beds, but because soon there follows an abundance of coriander seed. If you want to see the transition of this beautiful herb, there is a great blog post which shows […]

Making & edtech

Hand-made party bags

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Being a kid with a birthday at the end of the school holidays has disadvantages for sure. Just get that shiny new bike….and back to school! An advantage of having a birthday right at the end of the school holidays is plenty of time to think about party bags. My daughter loves making things, and […]

Making & edtech

Felt play set project: The Hobbit meets Jane and the Dragon

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Oh dear, my creative yearning strikes again. Please, save me from myself. I’ve decided to try felting, specifically to make a birthday present for my daughter turning 5 in October. I’ve been inspired by her being attracted like a magnet to the felt fairy dolls at a recent Autumn Fair at the nearby Waldorf School. […]

Making & edtech

How to make a faery house – really quickly

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Having just moved house, and after a year of upheaval – the big move from the farm,  and then renting  for around 9 months, my 3 year old expressed genuine concern about whether our garden fairies would know how to find our new house. In our rented house garden, we built many a daisy-flower fairy […]

Making & edtech

Gentle nature spirit

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Found this drawing/painting I did when Richard and I took an art class in the UK. I can’t really draw but having a tutor who can show you how to make eyes that hold emotion helps, and I was really proud of this Froudian-esque piece. This is the probably the only drawing I’ve ever been […]

Making & edtech

Inspiration from a blank page

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Next time you think that you’ll never be an “real” artist because you can’t afford expensive materials, be inspired by this guy, Peter Callesen. Simply take white A4 paper, scissors, glue and imagination: http://www.petercallesen.com/index/index2.html