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Monday, December 15, 2008

a little house

Our most recent craft project was little paper "Christmas houses". I helped Buddy and Foofie each make one last night. I cut ... they colored ... I assembled ... then we glittered. (Halo missed out because she volunteered to help Daddy move some things ~ I think she was too restless to sit still and craft.) Anyway ... she wanted to make one today ... and I made one too ... and Buddy and Foofie each wanted to make another one. (Foofie's second one isn't pictured though ~ she didn't finish it yet.)

Here are the houses designed by the girls ...

Here are Buddy's houses ...

And here is our little neighborhood ...
Some other recent paper~crafts we've done ... lots of red cardinals (the kids have given some away), snowflakes (I love making snowflakes), and swedish hearts. I wasn't sure if I remembered how to make a swedish heart ... but I figured it out after all. It's funny how something so small ... the swedish heart in this case ... can remind one of so much.
For many years, the Covenant Church my family attended when I was a child had a grand swedish festival one Saturday in December ... Lucia Day. There was swedish food, music, decorations. I think they sold Swedish crafts as well ... little blue and yellow horses, hearts bearing the words "Gud Jul", and the like. The childrens' choir dressed up as little elves and gingerbread ... and we sang and danced. Some of the older girls would wear white gowns and the traditional crown adorned with candles ~ fake ones if I recall correctly. It was always such an exciting day ~ partly because we'd have to get up super early ... maybe five in the morning ... to get there on time. It would still be dark out ~ and painfully cold, of course ~ but it seemed rather adventurous to a child.

4 comments:

MUM said...

I am very impressed with your craft projects! The little houses are adorable and the cardinals are very nice and seem very Christmassy! It's nice to know that you have fun memories about Lucia Day! It was even exciting for me back then. Think of the fun memories that you are creating for your children as you live "up North" in a log house making paper houses and red cardinals!

dana said...

Thanks! I think the houses are cuter in person ... so we'll bring some down to show you :)

MUM said...

Great! Can't wait to see them AND your cross-stitch project!

LBB said...

So sweet! What a nice little village! :)
Were the candles fake, really? I don't recall... but I too loved Lucia Day, dressing up as a pepperkaker (?), and having mum braid my hair in a ring around the top of my head!