Sand Mandalas and Prayer Flags

Here are a few photos from todays class creating Sand Mandalas and Prayer Flags.Here is a list of some of the books we read (thanks Erica!)




Published in: on February 3, 2008 at 5:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Summer Sewing 1-2-3

There are lots of fun projects planned for the Summer Sewing 1-2-3 at CAM. These classes are perfect for a child/adult pair. Sew together with your little one, make some memories and a project together! What better way to spend a summer morning?

sew123pincushions - stitching

The great thing about this summer session – you can take one class or take them all! Some projects might not tickle your fancy, and others might be just what you are looking for. Like the Cape Class. Make a cape for your little fairy, super hero, flying nymph or butterfly. The Cape Class is perfect for the guys.  What little guy doesn’t want a cape?  Get him interested at a young age, and he’ll be able to sew a button, hem his pants or fix a knee tear.  Then ther is the Doll Quilt Class. This one will be 2 sessions, but tons of fun.  Each class we’ll learn something new about sewing, on the machine or by hand, and get to practice what we learn, class after class.
The thing to remember: Let the kids make all the creative choices. Let them learn about color and patterns and shapes. Share with them as they discover how to make a pattern and sew it together! They’ll be learning about math, color, pattern and sew much more.

Here’s the schedule (see below). Be sure to check the CAM website for items that you’ll need to bring. I’ll be updating the CAM website over the next week with more details about each class. So check back. Your sewing kit, your sewing machine are staples, you’ll need to bring them to every class.

All classes are $18 (for parent/child pair) with an occasional materials fee. Come for one or come for all, but you must register. This is not a drop-in class.

Classes are from 9:30am-11:30am, starting sharply at 9:30.

  • June 5 – Tote Bag
  • June 12 – Zipper Pouch
  • June 19 -Applique
  • June 26 – Cape
  • July 10 – Doll Quilt 1
  • July 17 – Doll Quilt 2
  • July 24 – Bucket Hat
  • July 31 – Belt
  • August 7 – Apron
  • August 14 – Sock Critter
  • August 21 – Lunch Bag

You can see some photos from classes here

To register for any or all of the classes, please contact The Children’s Art Museum 413.625.6826

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Published in: on May 30, 2007 at 1:00 am  Comments (1)  

Spring Tea Party!

Here is a reprint of an article I received by email…..I just loved it…..

Dear Teachers,

Every spring this is my favorite class activity! I wanted to share it with you because “my kids” enjoy it so much…

When I was a child I used to think bunnies and flowers and eggs were all about Easter. Then I moved to the Middle East. In Egypt, every year, Christians and Muslims celebrate spring together using the themes of flowers, bunnies and eggs! In Iran, the New Year falls on the first day of spring every year and is a national holiday. They celebrate by creating nature tables of springtime items such as wheat grassgrown in little pots, goldfish swimming in small bowls, shiny coins, colored eggs and flowers. Two years ago I visited Iran during No-Ruz (the new year) and was amazed at the variety of nature tables I saw at all the hotels, restaurants and homes! Now, when I plan my April crafts I don’t limit the bunnies, flowers and eggs to Easter Sunday but I celebrate all month with these spring crafts – you might even find me
dying eggs in May! One of my favorite crafts is called “The Spring Tea Party”.

The general idea of the craft is that the children all get to make their
own herbal tea and THEN dye some eggs with that same tea! You can make
this a little silly if you want by making invitations for the eggs and
inviting them to the tea party. Or you can make this event completely
sacred and solemn. It is your choice what to do with the event. However,
here is the basic formula:

Spring Tea Party

Supplies Needed:

Rosehips tea (Pink Dye)
Blackberry tea (Purple Dye)
Cinnamon Tea (Orange/Brownish Dye)
Chamomile Tea (Green Dye)
Lavender Flower Tea (Blue Dye)
Turmeric Spice Tea (Yellow Dye)

SEE-THROUGH Tea Pots or Glass Jars or French Coffee Press

Boiled Eggs

Tea Strainer


1. Boil a pot of water

2. You will need a spoon of herb for each cup of water you put in the
pots, jars or coffee press so calculate how many spoons of herbs you
will be putting into the pots and divide this by the children you are
working with so each child can spoon the same amount of herbs into the

3. Teacher or parent should then pour the boiling water over the herbs
and let steep for ten minutes.

4. At this point the children can pour some tea to drink. Use small cups
so that they may “taste” a little of each one. Have sugar, honey and
milk available for them to add to the tea if they like. Depending on
which container you use you may need to strain the tea through a
strainer to pour it out and the children may need some help. But
don’t strain the tea and THEN serve it because we are going to leave
the herbs in the “pot” for the dying later!

5. After the tea-tasting party is over you can add boiling water to the
herbs in the pots again if there is not enough water left in them. The
pots should be at least ? full. You can also add more herbs for a
deeper dye.

6. Have the children drop the eggs into the tea pots – one at a time.
This usually results in giggles. Leave the eggs over-night. In the
morning you will have colored eggs! You do not need to use vinegar.

7. The next morning show the kids what happens when the eggs “drink the
tea” too!


Kristie Karima Burns, Mh, ND

Kristie Burns is an naturopath, herbalist and iridologist who lives in
Des Moines, Iowa. She offers herbal and natural healing classes online
and in your home or business (for small groups) as well as online
Waldorf lesson plans and summer school ideas. She also does online and
office consultations & iridology readings and runs a discount Waldorf &
natural living supplies Ebay store.

You can visit her website at:

You may re-print this article for distribution as long as you keep the entire article intact, including the information about how to contact me. Thank you!

Published in: on April 7, 2007 at 2:19 am  Comments (2)  

Sewing 1-2-3 Vests

Sewing 1-2-3 Vests

Originally uploaded by zannestar.

Back in February (oh! I know it’s been a while, things have been very very busy! I have tons to catch you up on, one post at a time), we made our own vests! I knew that everyone liked green and blue, so I found some really wonderful fleece, a solid green, a solid blue and a “dip dyed” blue/green fleece. I made a quick pattern based on each individual measurements and they cut the pieces out! Using a needle and thread, they stitched the side seams and shoulder seams together. The gang was really creative with their panels, and each used a different color for each piece.

sew123vests - 1

sew123vests - 7

sew123vests - 4

sew123vests - 3

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Published in: on April 6, 2007 at 12:41 am  Leave a Comment  

What do we do on snow days?

Great paper templates here!

PS. Her book “The Toymaker” is great!

Published in: on March 20, 2007 at 12:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Sewing1-2-3 Making Wallets

I’m a little behind in posting about our projects, so here’s a little catch-up!

Remember this post about the wallets? Well…it was a great success!

After cutting out the wallet pattern pieces out of felt, we sketched our image for applique and used it as a pattern piece.
sew123wallets - cutting out our applique pattern
Then we embellished our applique, in this case, we added eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers!.
sew123wallets - decorating the applique
The applique was then sewn to the front of the wallet. Then the wallet was sewn following this tutorial.
sew123wallets - finished kitty wallet front

posted by ZanneStar

Published in: on February 15, 2007 at 2:49 am  Leave a Comment  

voila! BEAUTIFUL pincushions!

During our most recent Sewing 1-2-3 session, we made pin cushions! We started by cutting out the shapes of our cushions out of felt using pinking shears. Then some sketched their ideas in their notebook for a pattern, while others cut felt freely to use for an applique.
sew123pincushions - stitching
We then decorated our cushion pieces with embroidery and applique.
sew123pincushions - adding an applique
Once that was done, we stitched three sides of the cushion together and left the last side open so we could stuff the cushions.
sew123pincushions - stuffing the cushion
sew123pincushions - a stuffed cushion ready for closing!
sew123pincushions - stuffing a cushion
After the cushions were firmly filled, we stitched 1/2 of the last open side closed, then stuffed the cushion even further, and stitched the last bit closed.

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Published in: on February 15, 2007 at 2:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Clay and Papier Mache SnowPeople- Messy Kitchen Crafts!

Read all about it here……

A Kitchen Clay Craft

and Papier Mache Snowpeople Tutorial

Now go get dirty, and have fun!

Published in: on February 3, 2007 at 12:55 am  Comments (2)  

Sew 1-2-3 – Pirate Purse and Star Bi-Fold Wallet

To prepare for our next class that meets Monday, January 29 4pm-5:30pm, I’ve put together 2 items.

The first is this darling Pirate Purse. Since February is Treasure Chest month at CAM, I thought a sweet Skull and Cross Flowers were in order. This is made from felt and completely hand sewn. I’ve created a small tutorial for this project if you’d like to try it on your own. If you have a chance to make it, be sure to bring it to the CAM by February 25, where all the pirate paraphernalia will be on display.

Sewing 123 star bi-fold wallet

This is a bi-fold wallet with a place for bills, cards and change. Click here to downlowd the pattern for the wallet, create your own applique and follow the tutorial I’ve created and make your own. If you have questions post them here!

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Published in: on January 28, 2007 at 8:54 pm  Comments (1)  

Sewing 1-2-3 doll pattern

Our first class started as counted cross stitch, and turned into doll making. Both included pattern making. Here, a drawing was made, then traced for a pattern.

Cutting the fabric for the doll

The pattern was then cut apart and the pieces used to cut different fabrics for different parts of the doll. We were unable to finish during class, but the doll was taken home to be worked on. Maybe next week we can post pictures of the finished doll!

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Published in: on January 25, 2007 at 3:15 am  Leave a Comment