st. valentine’s day – 14th February

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St. Valentine's hearts
“Kind hearts are the garden,
Kind thoughts are the roots.
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.”

A sweet Valentine’s craft for this week – we made these wax Kindness Hearts to hang in the window!  They are made from grating beeswax crayons onto wax paper and then melting them to create a beautiful transparent marble-effect for the light to shine through!

making crayon wax heartsHere are the step-by-step instructions:

1. Grate some beeswax crayons, or you can use shavings from sharpening them.

2. Sprinkle the grated crayon or shavings onto wax paper.

3.  Put another sheet of wax paper on top.

4. Melt the grated crayon between the sheets by using an iron on a low setting for a few seconds (adult required!)

5. Cut out some card heart-shaped templates in different sizes.

6. Draw around the hearts and cut out, punch a hole in the top and thread with ribbon, wool or string to hang in a window to catch the light – the melted crayon stays stuck to the wax paper which goes transparent when heated, so no need to peel away (and the wax paper keeps the hearts together).  The way the colours melt together creates a beautiful effect!  A lovely heart of kindness to give and share this Valentine’s day!

valentine’s day fun activity

We had a go making the beautiful Sarah’s Silks play silks into roses with some easy folding and rolling with beautiful results!

1. Open the play silk flat into a square and the fold it in half diagonally to make a large triangle.

2. Roll up from the bottom edge leaving about 10 – 15 cm at the top of the triangle.

3. Start rolling from the right hand side along the tail.

4. Keep rolling! Leaving about 10 cm at the end.

5. Stand it up on the base and wrap around the last bit of the tail and tuck it into the side.

6. It should then hold itself together.

7. Take the 2 points standing up and pull apart and over the round shape.

8. Turn it over and voilà! A perfect silk rose!

valentine’s day for the birds

valentine birds

As we move towards spring and enjoy longer days, bird song returns to our gardens and fields. In olden days, Valentine’s Day was known as the day birds chose their mates.

“Each little bird this tide, Doth choose her beloved peer

Which constantly abide, In wedlock all the year”

Above is the beautiful Ostheimer Bird Tree with Ostheimer British birds: SparrowBullfinchBlackbirdWoodpeckerWagtailRobinChaffinchGoldfinch, and Magpie.

Heart Crystal is hanging in the window, Grimm’s Stacking Hearts and Candle Holder are also shown.

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