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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
I have been MIA for the last few weeks.... lots going on!
Let's see...

Easter.  Always our busiest season for BTRT, so I have been busily felting and adding to the tattoos on my fingers. That is, I dye things, and then I felt and then I poke myself with the needle, injecting the dye!

Easter is also my busiest season at my 'real job', and I am preparing now for the Holy Week experience for our congregation.

We have started homeschooling! Yay! and Yikes!  We are using the Oak Meadow Grade One program. I am in love with their approach to childhood and education and will write more when I get a chance!  My husband is doing the bulk of the schooling, while I am the (envious) back seat driver, subbing in when I am able and working on the broad strokes of planning.  We hope to move through Grade One by September and then begin Grade Two 'on time'.

We have begun a counselling program with Rowan, to work on her anxiety~ to teach her the needed coping skills through cognitive behavioural therapy. Lots more on these things to come, too.

I am acting in a play that goes on at the end of April.  A little British farce, silly but lots of laughs.  Practices are ramping up to three nights a week this week.

So life is a little, um, busy! 
I am looking forward to being on the other side of April and having more time for just about everything!
Thanks for bearing with me, and I look forward to finishing a few waiting craft tutorials and running some sweet giveaways soon.
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Something new for the infinitely strong women I know!

Today is International Women's Day.
Tomorrow, I am stocking a little something for the women... circle or 'infinity' scarves!
I always try to do something for the mamas each spring~ we work hard and we rarely treat ourselves..

These pretties are hand dyed (by me) and can be worn in so many ways.
I am a big fan of a pretty scarf and have dyed up a few for myself, as well.
Each scarf is 14.5" wide and 67" long (that is 5.5 feet!).
The scarves are lightweight cotton jersey, easy to wash and wear!
The names for the scarves have all come from a lovely hymn/ song "Called by Earth and Sky"
The scarves will be stocking at 9 am (est) at FRESH.
(Fresh is a group shop I share with a bunch of amazingly talented, strong women... take a peek!)
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
{{• Tidy Up Gnomes :: Beneath the Rowan Tree •}}

Tidy Up Gnomes are fun little guys and gals made for keeping your child's boots (or mittens) together and reducing clutter.  (Now if only I could hire some laundry gnomes!).   My daughter insists that they *are* related to the Underpants Gnomes, which I can neither confirm nor deny.  All I will say is that they make tidying up FUN!

Suitable for children age 3+ with help for the needle and hot glue-y bits!
  • Wooden clothes pegs (the old fashioned kind)
  • scraps of fabric, felt, old sweaters etc.
  • embroidery floss & needle
  • hot glue gun
  • beeswax polish (optional, directions for making HERE)
  • bits of curly fiber, cotton fluff or yarn
  • scissors
  • hooded cape template 

 To PRINT TEMPLATE: right click, choose 'view image' and either right click + print or copy, paste into your preferred image handler and print at 100%

1)  Once you have gathered your materials, use your beeswax polish to seal the pegs.
This is optional. You can see a sealed vs. natural peg (right side) below.
Set them aside.
2) Print out and cut out the cloak template.
Measure the template against your clothespin.
As they vary in size, you may need to trim the template.
The hood portion (v & w) should meet easily around the 'head' of the peg as pictured below.
3) Once your template is sized to your pegs, cut out your fabric.

Any fabric will work, although the thickness of wool felt (or felted wool cut from recycled sweaters etc.) provides a more attractive cloak (and  I am not a huge fan of acrylic felt... but anything will work!) that will last through more handling.
4) Thread your needle with 3-6 strands of embroidery floss.
Make a running stitch from x to x, leaving a 2-3" tail on either end.
 Do not tie off or knot, you will use this thread to gather the cloak.
5)   Fold in half along line between Y and Z., matching v & w.
Using a blanket stitch,  sew a seam, creating the hood, from y to v/w.
Tie off to secure the seam.
6) Test the fit of the hood on the peg. 
If it is much too big, remove the stitches, trim and re-stitch~ however you should be able to make it fit securely in the next steps without these drastic measures!
**If you are making a girl gnome you need to add her hair to her head before securing her cloak (jump to #8 and then return to #6).
Remove the cloak.
Add a drop of glue from the hot glue gun to the top of the peg.
 Replace the cloak, gently shaping with your fingers to the desired shape (picking up some of the glue to secure the cloak, but taking care not to press the hood out of shape into the glue... it will stay that way!).

7) Pick up the thread tails at the neck of the cloak and pull them tight, creating a snug closure around the 'neck' of the wooden peg.
Tie off with a knot (or two) and then a bow (or trim away).

8) At this point, you can add hair or a beard to your little gnome (or leave it clean shaven!).
I have used curly wool locks, but yarn cut into the desired 'style' or even cotton batting will do.
Use a little hot glue and secure your chosen hair-do.
 Girl Variation... attach hair and return to step #6
9) Tidy up your gnome~ trim the hair and any loose threads.

10) Put your gnome to work!

Customize your gnomes with fabrics, embroidery, colours, patterns, hair dos... whatever it takes to make tidy up time a little more magical!♥

All photos and text are © Lori Campbell/ Beneath the Rowan Tree, 2011.
Please ask permission for use.
Finished gnomes are yours to do with as you please~ credit to the author is always appreciated!
Monday, 5 March 2012
My daughter is sensitive.
In every sense of the word.

Kids like my daughter are sometimes referred to as out-of-sync (The Out of Sync Child). They can also be 'highly sensitive children' (The Highly Sensitive Child).
And they make for sensitive, out-of-sync parents!

Last week I was reading an old blog post from when Rowan was 3ish.
About how she would have a meltdown because her socks were 'fligged'.
She still does this, although 'fligged' has slipped from her vocabulary ~ which is too bad, it was a perfect word for what she was feeling!

When I talk to people who are not 'sensitive' in the neurological/ temperamental sense (like my mother) it seems odd, lax or ridiculous to be a little panicked that your child has outgrown the one style of sock that didn't evoke tantrums for the last three years (and to be hoping for an early spring and the arrival of barefoot weather!).

But talk to another sensitive person or parent of one, and you laugh and commiserate over that perfect pair of socks, or the long list of foods that look too much like worms, or the stockpile of the favourite cereal that makes your mornings go more smoothly.

Several weeks ago we had an incident at skating lessons.
A boy was wearing a scary mask.
I cringed when I saw it, and then calmly (oh-so-casually!) mentioned it to Rowan.
She looked at it and declared it 'funny'.
Five minutes later, as the boy roared and chased the girls, I had a six year old wrapped around my neck in terror.
All the other children were enjoying the game.
For whatever reason, two mentions to the coach, one a direct request that the child take off the mask for the lesson, went unheeded (by the coach).
My daughter could not set foot on the ice.
I had to ask the boy's mother to remove his mask so Rowan could participate.
She did so, kindly and quickly.

And I was left feeling as out-of-sync as my daughter.
It was the right thing for me to do.
But I did it with the awareness that most of the other parents have no idea what it is like.

My daughter's sensitivity makes her kind and compassionate.
Creative and artistic.
Animals are drawn to her and trust her because she, like them, leads with her feelings.

It also puts her out of step with her peers.
It leaves her easily overwhelmed and easily hurt.
It saps her confidence and raises her anxiety.

It is tough.
We are on the verge of moving to homeschooling for at least the remainder of this school year because she has reached her threshold.
We are excited and terrified.
It is one more step out-of-sync, but it feels just right. ♥
Sunday, 4 March 2012
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