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Friday, 23 April 2010
Rowan attends Junior Kindergarten 2 days a week and day care another two.  It is not our ideal, but with 2 working parents, it is what works. So we try to make the most of our Fridays together (my day off, Rowan home with me) and have made them our special day together since infancy.

Today we started witha  trip tot the church Rummage Sale.  And I said we were bringing nothing home, and it took less than 30 seconds for me to spy and grab eight Thornton W. Burgess animal tales! Oops.  Otherwise I behaved, having a full stock of wool sweaters and old tees already waiting for attention at home.
 This afternoon we took some time to create 'Nesting Balls' based on the fabulous ideas and tutorial found at Paint Cut Paste.
 Once I got the hang of wrapping the wire (you have to twist it around and back fairly often to keep the whole thing from wriggling off the ball in a tangled mess!), we were off and running.  We used firm street hockey balls at the center and they came out fine, just needing some adjusting after pullung them out, to get back our round-ish shapes. Starting with a center stuffed full of roving or other fluff made it simpler for 4.5 year old hands to get yarn and other bits to stay on and in. Be extra sure to fold/ twist wire ends for both the kids and the birds!

Rowan had a friend over to help and we fully expect to have the prettiest bird's nests in town this year!


Anonymous said...

Fabulous idea. :) I'd have made an exception for Burgess too. Great find!

jlbee said...

yay, your nesting orbs look fabulous! thanks for linking to my blog, too!

lilgamoma said...

That's a great idea, and so pretty. We sit our scrap yarns, thread..and hair cleaned out from the brushes out for birds on the edge of the birdbath, but that's a much more stylish way to do it!

The Magic Onions said...

What a sweet idea!! I LOVE this... we put roving on the tree but to make a ball is so cute.
Blessings and magic,

Kylie said...

Thankyou so much for linking to the tutorial - I am going to do this with my two for the comming SPRING:) I can't wait.

The Monko said...

these are beautiful. We have too many cats in our neighbourhood to encourage birds into the garden (don't want them ending up as a snack), but these would be great to decorate my indoor branch in the spring. Thanks for the idea.

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