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Love Bubbles

February 12, 2015

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Valentine’s Day. The day of love, cupid, chocolate, flowers, stress. Why do I never know how to get a grasp on this particular day? The boys seem geared up to celebrate this year, maybe because Jacob is busy getting his Valentine’s ready for his school mates? Something that he has never thought about in the past. Last night we made warm beeswax candles, a treat from Heather’s Hibernate course that I have loved this past month. What is it about the smell of warm beeswax? It is so soothing and perfect for cooler winter nights. It just beckoned for a long bath and a good book.

Landon and Emma Jeanne spent the day yesterday surrounded by bubbles. Love bubbles to be exact. Could anything be simpler or provide more hours of fun? A glittery pipe cleaner bent into a heart shape, and homemade bubbles that we keep in a jar and constantly pull out when the weather permits. Emma hasn’t quite gotten the grasp on how to blow the bubbles yet, but it is darn cute to watch. Elwood often blows them for her, and she chases them with giggles and glee. Oh this last little one of mine, she has the wildest of spirits, and the heart of an angel.

There is so much knitting going on right now. Do you all have knitting bursts? I often find that I can work on one project for months, and then all of a sudden I have made three sweaters in a week. There must be something to that. The fair isle is the Leftovers Cowl and I am in love. Seriously, I don’t want to ever put this down, but I have so many other things to finish up this week that I must. I am starting a weaving class tonight with my friend Stacy, and I can not wait to get my hands moving through the loom. Something else new and exciting to adventure with. I have had the strongest desire in the last few months to get out of my comfort zone and explore new techniques. I love learning new things, it makes me feel like I can always be young, always be relevant. I need that.

I wish you all a weekend full of love, of calories, and of many new adventures.

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Bubble Wands

June 18, 2014

Summer is almost here! This was by far the craft I loved designing most for Rhythm of the Home. These wands are still made every year during our summer solstice party, and they will be party favors at Emma Jeanne’s first birthday party. Nothing says summer quite like bubbles.

Bubbles and summertime go hand in hand. There is something magical about spending the afternoon watching bubbles float across the warm air, and even more so when you make the bubbles and blower yourself.

My kiddos have recently fallen in love with making their own wands, and they have become a staple gift in our household. A jar of homemade bubbles, and a magical wand always bring a smile to any little one’s face. They are also a staple at all of our family picnics. Galvanized steel buckets are filled to the brim with bubble sauce, as my middle son likes to call it, and we eat our corn on the corn to the sounds of popping bubbles and the taste of dishwashing soap.

Bubble wands are easy to make, and require just a few tools to transform wire and beads into the perfect wands for many different sized bubbles.

Bubble Wands

Materials

18″ gauge wire
Beads
Pliers
Plastic or metal pipe 1″ in diameter.

There are two ways to make these wands. The first is to fold your wire in half and place it over over the pipe, wrap a few times around itself at the neck and secure. In this version you have two equal length of wire and a round head. You will need larger beads for this version.

The second is to fold just the top of the wire over the pipe and secure it at the neck. This leaves you with just one length of wire, and the head. This allows for smaller beads, but it can also be a little bit more flimsy.

Place your beads on the rest of the wire, and secure with a decorative pattern to keep beads from falling off.

Dip in bubbles for hours of magical fun!

Homemade Bubbles

My mother gave me a bubble wand for my 16th birthday, and I remember the most beautiful afternoon spent eating and playing on the beach of Half Moon Bay. The recipe was attached to the bubble wand, and I have kept the concoction with me all these years. The recipe produces beautiful (and huge!) bubbles that will bring a smile to parent and child alike.

4 cups water
1 cup Dawn dish soap
1/4 cup corn syrup

Fill a bucket with your water, and gently add the other two ingredients. Stir without creating foam/bubbles and enjoy!

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