Feathered Nest Studio

Goodies for the Young at Heart, plus writings on baked goodies & art

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Ballet

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A little over a month ago, I started doing ballet again. I had forgotten just how much I love it– and need it. It is like therapy, a chance to clear my head, focus on nothing more than the line of my body, position of my feet, and placement of my hands. It lets my body and head unite for an act of beauty. My class each week refreshes me like nothing else does.

Anything that brings so much joy…

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Good Friday

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Today is Good Friday, and I am going to be completely honest: I dislike Good Friday. It depresses me endlessly. We read Isaiah 52:13-53:12 during the Good Friday liturgy and it makes me want to cry.

He was despised and rejected by others;

a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;

and as one from whom others hide their faces

he was despised, and we held him of no account.

…But he was…

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Five Years

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Somehow, this little baby

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is turning five today.

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I am not sure how that happened since it feels like he was just born– although at the same time, it feels like he has always been my baby and my life has always been being his mom. Strange, I know.

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He is such a joy and a blessing, and his birth five years ago was truly the day that has made the biggest, best impact on my life.

He reminds me of…

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

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Hope you had a nice St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th! We did some fun things on the actual day and the week or so leading up to it. We started earlier in the week by baking whole wheat Irish soda bread. G liked his slathered with butter and cinnamon sugar, while I went with butter and jam. Yummy!

bread2bread with jamWe also read a couple fun stories. The ABC one was filled with info about Ireland; the other one was a…

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PomPom Animals

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Yesterday the kiddo and I had a fun day at home, just the two of us. We started the morning off with a leisurely breakfast and knights & castle play, which was followed up with story reading, bread baking (more on that later!), and of course, a craft. I’ve recently become obsessed withnormally interested in the idea of making pompoms and bought some truly lovely organic cotton yarn for just that…

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Winter Trees

Winter Trees

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Last week, we did another project inspired by Outside Your Window. This time we read “Winter Trees,” then did a similar watercolor painting project as the previous week. We did this for two reasons: 1) my little guy loves crayon and watercolor together and 2) I like to do the same technique a few times to make sure he really gets it. We are particularly focusing on covering the whole paper with…

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Fairy Swap Goodies

Fairy Swap Goodies

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We received beautiful goodies from the Fairy Swap I participated in! Opening the package was such a joy! The love and care put into each handmade piece was so evident. In the package there was a flower fairy in a little pot, a beeswax flower with a little fairy curled up in the center, two lovely playsilks with some polished stones, a wood door that no doubt leads to a magic fairy realm, and a…

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Valentines

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Almost forgot to post about what we made for Valentine’s Day! The little guy was in a kids’ made Valentine swap and made these super sweet valentines:

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In exchange, he received valentines from five different kids from various parts of the country (all valentines were made with natural materials).

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He also made a few little gifts, too. The heart hanging decorations were made from paper clay, using…

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