Updates, Sparklers & Autumn Creativity – by Rhiannon
Hello Friends from Rhiannon!
(otter drawing is by Dark Natasha, Papa put me in the picture!)
It’s been awhile since I shared with you, and some of you are wondering what we’ve been doing so here goes. I’ve been given a lot of new books and textbooks lately which is really great, and I remain determined to learn math no matter how much it hurts to do it! We’ve been a busy family, we brought out the Plant Healer Magazine (which even has a section by Kristine for kids!), and trying to get solar all working and firewood gathered for winter and things like that. We’ve had lots of visitors it seems, and I’ve been having a good time which I will tell you a little bit about.
Here are some pictures of us on Halloween, out by the fire circle where we like to cook and eat.
It was my first time of getting to see and play with sparklers, and the second time I got to try out the face paint Papa got me. Pretty scary huh?
I also got Mama Kiva to play flute for me while I did my Sparkler Dance.
And I got Papa to dress up in his Mongolian barbarian fur vest and hat (though he tends to dress this way around the house anyway!)
We had a wonderful meal of turkey that we smoked in the smoker that our friends Steve and Val donated to us, and Mama Kiva took time from work to come make things in the kitchen with Mama Loba and I including a chocolate cheesecake and cranberry apple crisp that was amazing with sour cream! Steve didn’t get to come like he wanted (don’t get me started!), but friend Danny and his kids did. Strange that I enjoy playing with their little 4 year old, and enjoy hanging with their 14 year old too. But of course I’m not very much like anybody else, I must seem like a trip to them!
Lately I’ve been making dolls, It’s the funniest thing! I’ve made about seven dolls so far for different people. Making dolls is one of my favorite things do. The photo below is of the very first one I ever made. It was a little hard at first cause I’d never made a doll before, but gradually I became used to it and got better and better.
The first thing I do is make a pattern, I made a head, a skirt, legs and pattern for the shirt which I stuff and make hands for. Then used the old fashioned sewing machine me and Mama Loba have and sewed the things together leaving a opening on each thing for stuffing I think stuffing it is my favorite part Then I sew all the body part together. Sometimes I add a bit of frilly ribbon to the skirt. I use yarn for the hair, I have black and red and a few other colors it’s fun sewing on the hair cause it gives the doll a new kind of personality. Then I embroider on the face, and then of course you name the doll then she or he is done! It’s amazing how easy dolls are to make, after some practice you can make some really beautiful one too. Each doll has it’s own personality, they seem almost like people though some dolls look more realistic than others. I heard you can also stuff dolls with dried herbs and stuff, I think I’ll try it sometime:) I encourage making herbalist dolls, partly cause it helps inspire people and partly cause it fun and it can help inspire you too!
There’s something so wonderful about Autumn, if I was going to pick favorite seasons it would Spring and and Autumn. I love it when it gets cold like it makes you appreciate fire all the more. We have a old fashioned wood stove that has been here for many years now. I love it, it makes the house comfortable and warm in the in the cold months. I love watching the leaves turn brown and red and then yellow and fall, it’s pretty they look like little butterflies in the wind. I like to think of all the different seasons having different colors to go with them. Spring would be green, Summer red, Autumn a yellowy orange color, and Winter of course would be white.
A few days ago I made a calender for 2011, It was so much fun to make. I often also think of months in colors, months, seasons, days, I think of them all as in color. So I had a lot of fun using different colors of construction paper for the different months. I also drew lots of pretty pictures, I had a lot of fun, for I love doing creative stuff like drawing and writing.
I also been writing a lot of stories! I’m starting a series of stories called The Fairy Tale Secret. I love writing stories, but like with all other creativity I have to be in the right mood for it. Lately I’ve been able to write a lot though, I’ve been having a “Creative spurt” ☺
Drawing, writing, and reading are such wonderful things to do! Plus making dolls! I will close with a drawing I did of a faery landscape, though I’ve actually gotten a lot better than that with my last pieces I’ll show you later.
I hope you all enjoy reading this blog post as I have enjoyed writing it and that it inspires you to take time for truly fun and meaningful things! Like we are always trying to teach, reality is for us to help create!!
-Rhiannon (age 10)
Categories: The Wild Child