Tuesday, January 11, 2011

snow day crafts

In an effort to keep the kids occupied for a portion of the days they've been out of school for this disappointing, yet icy-road-causing, snowstorm, we've been doing a little bit of crafting. Elizabeth received a gift with a few recycling projects to try so she and Paulie tried out the recycled paper craft.

It's actually fairly similar to the paper stars Finn and I made at Christmas, but they had a great time searching for used papers in various colors to use for their "recycled paper".

The recycled paper turned out really cute if fragile. I'm not sure what you'd use it for, but they had a great time making it.

On Twig and Toadstool's blog several weeks ago, I noticed this adorable ice lantern that I knew would make a fun snow day craft. Yesterday morning, we found a few plastic containers to nest (all of our aluminum cans had a lip that made this impossible to do in cans). We put rocks in the center container to weigh it down in the water.

Then we layered greenery, berries and tiny pinecones inside the water to beautify our ice lantern.

As the snow began to fall, we placed our containers outside on the deck to freeze.

The frozen lanterns were so beautiful! I loved the frosty cap from our snow and the way each of the branches and berries looked timelessly frozen in their icy cocoon.

This evening as the sun set, we lit a tealight inside our ice lantern.

What a beautiful glow coming through our fancy ice lantern!

Night is not a night
If you see how it is bright

Winter’s quick look light

~ Peter S. Quinn

Finn, looking at the light.

And not to be forgotten, my yarn along for this week. I started working on a sweater for me, as it's the month of knitting for myself! This is actually the first sweater that I've knit for myself and it's worked top down and in the round. All new things for me in sweater knitting, but I'm very excited about how it's working up. The yarn is City Tweed by Knit Picks, and it's really much softer than it looks. I really love the brown and black flecks in the yarn too. I'm mostly staring at my Fitted Knits book this week trying to get this pattern down. This sweater is the Cozy V-Neck Pullover. I can't wait to show you when it's finished!


  1. I can't wait to see your finished sweater! Your snowy header is so beautiful by the way. I really need to change mine to match the season a bit better but I can't seem to make myself happy with any of my photographs lately.

  2. ooh that yarn looks nice. your kids are so sweet when they're bored!

  3. I love those ice lanterns! YOu are a knitting fool, Joy!

  4. Love the ice lantern. We have had one set out fro weeks but it's JUST warm enough and sunny enough lately to not really freeze up. I think that may change tonight! You are a knitting machine!

  5. The ice latern is beautiful, I love that idea!

  6. The ice lantern is gorgeous - Tricia over at momistheonlygirl.blogspot.com made ice ornaments last week.
    Alas, *much* too hot here to try this yetr, but definitely on my list of winter activities!!

  7. what a fun idea, making your own lanterns! thx for sharing.

  8. I love your lantern! We made one last Winter, a very simple one (no decoration) but I'm still to make one this year. Maybe today's the day! xx

  9. Hi Joy,
    My kids love making recycled paper too. We drew pictures and notes on them and then mailed them to grandma in the States.
    I was SO afraid that they'd disintegrate on the trip, so I took pictures of them before sealing the envelope. Silly, I know.
    My friends took a stash of our paper and used it to cut out decorations and had her littles paint on them. There's a way somewhere to use it. :-)
    Cheers from Latvia!

  10. Love the idea of the ice lantern. Nice job!

  11. wow! now I want to make some ice lantern! - but it's been so warm here :( - no snow, no freezing, just rain these days :(

  12. We love to make ice lanters too.

    the yarn for your sweater looks lovely. Can't wait to see it when you are done.

    Blessings, Elizabeth

  13. I love that color! What a beautiful grey.

  14. The sweater looks wonderful, I love the color. I also love the lantern or ice candle...I may have to try that with my kids.

  15. Oh joy, that lantern is beautiful! I wish it was cold enough to do here.

  16. Lovely, lovely, lovely ice lantern!

    It sure helps when you like the yarn you're using, doesn't it? :) I can't wait to see the finished sweater!

  17. Oooh! You are so fantastically creative! I am enjoying a deliciously inspiring ramble through your blog.

  18. I love all your projects. The sweater looks gorgeous!! I was just thinking of making paper the other day.


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