Sunday, April 04, 2010

A bit of Spring cheer!

Just a little brightness inside to help us truly feel Spring. Despite the chilly air outside, the daffodils are gloriously blooming! They really are fearless in the face of the icy wind and rain we've been getting this past week.

We received our new European nature table stand a few days ago, and I'm completely smitten with it. After so many years creating our nature table on a flat surface, this was just what we needed to change things up. On a whim, I took one of our white playsilks and dyed it pink with food coloring and vinegar. It worked very nicely. I heated up a pot of water with about a cup of vinegar and several (maybe 10-12) drops of red food coloring. I just submerged the damp silk into this and let it simmer in the color for about 15-20 minutes. Then I rinsed it out until the water ran clear. -- The cheery color makes me happy!

Knitted eggs, from last year's egg pattern, also made it onto the table to help celebrate Easter. The root children are waiting just a day or two longer to change over though... these little guys are several years old. I have no idea what happened to our flower children, so I'm making new ones this year... fun!! Hopefully they will show their shining little faces in the next few days.

I'm hoping the same for Mr. Sun, the big tease.

Wishing you an Easter morning that's clear and bright!!


  1. love it! :-)

  2. So cheery!! Much love to you all! Happy, hoppy Easter!

  3. Oh it's gorgeous! Where did you get the tiered stand? It does add a nice element to the nature table!!! I can't wait to see your root children :D

    Happy Easter Sara!


  4. Happy Easter, Sara! Lots of bright, spring warmth on your table. The pink silk cloth turned out a lovely shade. Like your flower children, our Jack Frost strangely disappeared during winter. Strange that these characters do that, isn't it! I wonder where you go to?

  5. Kelly, I've been thinking maybe the brownies or house gnomes take them... I mean, otherwise we'd find them, right??

    Jen, the stand came from and it's called the Jahreszeitenhaus. It doesn't look like they deliver to the US though... just Europe. :( But, they have lots of cool things on their site-- I love gleaning ideas from catalogs (I'm dying to make a strawberry house with people!!) And really, the stand doesn't look too hard to make. It's just two wonky pieces of wood with branches.

    Cari, thanks for telling me about Livipur! Moxy, Hoppy Easter to you, too. And thanks everyone for the nice words. You guys are the best!!!

  6. Hello Sara,

    I found your blog through "The Parenting Passageway." I'm a German married to an American living in the U.S. and using a Waldorf/Catholic/Classical/Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling. My husband has been interested in Switzerland for some time and I have some relatives in the French part. If you're interested, here's our blog:


  7. Welcome, Eva! It sounds like we have a cultural switch. ;-) You have a great blog-- I look forward to reading more of it!

  8. Thank you Sara! May I ask -- are you American or British and married to a German speaking Swiss?

  9. I'm American and so is my husband, though he did spend parts of his childhood in Germany.

    By cultural switch I mean that we're both raising kids/homeschooling in a foreign culture. It's difficult to navigate at times, at least for me.

  10. How are you able to use so many English homeschooling materials in Switzerland? My husband would love to spend a year in Switzerland, he's interested in doing research on Jeremias Gotthelf. I always wondered how that would work with homeschooling and the languages. I guess there must be a way!

  11. With temporary assignments it's probably the easiest, especially if you're only talking a year. Of course it depends on where you live, but we were never once approached about our schooling intentions at all in that first year. Other families have language tutors. Homeschooling is such a new concept here. It just all really depends on location and people and paperwork.

  12. That's good to know! My mother's cousin is a teacher in the Jura mountains -- she knows about homeschooling, but thinks not many people are actually doing it.

  13. Some of the homeschoolers are required to be under the supervision of Swiss teachers, so your mother's cousin could be very handy resource for you! :-)


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