I bought a book called Springsigns when I was a teacher. I think I still have it — I don’t think it was discarded in the recent purge of books. One year I used it to make a bulletin board outside my classroom. I hated bulletin boards, but I liked that one.
Therefore I use the word Springsigns when I see signs of spring, even though I’m always chastised by my software that it is misspelled.
Here are some recent Springsigns from my yard.
Soon there will be daffodils
Dark purple crocus in the front yard
Close-up of a Lenten Rose
light purple crocus in the front yard
A snowdrop blossom
Snowdrops in the back yard
Yellow crocus in the front yard
Many years ago I was friends with an art student. He’s an artist now. He and I shared a love of the Chronicles of Narnia so he painted a scene from Prince Caspian for me. I believe this is supposed to be part of the courtyard at Cair Paravel.
I am too lazy to find my copy of Prince Caspian to find the passage where this is described, but let’s just assume my memory is correct.
I tried to translate the runes, but either my translator is wrong or Jeremy tossed in some non-standard runes.
I’ve written about Mod Podge before, but only about my Mom’s use of it. I also made things out of ModPodge. I think my mom must have been losing her keys a lot so I made her a very large keychain using a block of wood, magazine clippings, and Mod Podge.
Front with Mom, a flower and a bird
Back, including thumb print and signature
Side, birds and flowers
Other side, Keys!
End, cut out of a key
Not part of my personal declutter, but part of things I found at my mom’s — a silhouette of a young girl with a barrette that I believe is of my Aunt Ginny. I remember that this hung on a wall at my Grandma Green’s house — possibly in her bedroom. And I believe I remember her telling me it was of Aunt Ginny when she was a child. It looks like her profile.
Yesterday was Aunt Ginny’s birthday. She would have been 72 years old.
When I was very young — 3 years old, perhaps — my mother bought or was given a book about crafts for children (a Web search indicates that it came with the My Book House set). While I remember making one or two of the crafts in the book, I mostly remember looking at the book over the years.
Cover of Creative Work for Your Child’s Hands
TOC of Creative Work for Your Child’s Hands
The one project I remember doing with my mother was the Indian Designs project. It involved soaking a square cut from brown grocery bag in warm water, squeezing the water out and letting it dry while stretched out. When it was dry we cut it into a bear skin shape and decorated it with “Indian” designs. I remember the rough feel of the paper after it was dried and can almost even smell the wet brown paper bag. This may or may not have been a school project, but I do remember having that pretend bear skin sitting around my bedroom for years.
Preparing the canvas
Native American designs
Some of the crafts in the book seem complicated and requiring materials not found in an average person’s home (for instance, Bunny Doorstop which calls for basswood, whatever that is and a coping saw (again — whatever that is). Others involve only a few materials (for instance Paper Tearing).
I held onto this book first, because I thought I might be able to use some of the ideas with my students (never did) and second, I thought that I might use some of the ideas with my own children (again, never did). Now I hang onto it because I remember poring over it as a kid, dreaming of the day we’d make A Moving Picture Show in a Box or Valentine Hats or Scottie Caps.
Moving picture box
Valentine and Scottie hats
So, joy? Maybe a little. It’s a keeper.