We had a jam packed 3 days away before term started. After the initial blue skies at Jodrell Bank (Lovell telescope below), it all turned rather green:
Always did love a little Kate Malone but her Queen Pineapple vase at the Manchester Art Gallery is a showstopper - photo does not show it's enormity!
Using the playground in Jodrell Bank my son managed to do a great impression of a Yoshitomo Nara portrait.
The sun only shone the one day. After that we headed in doors to the Manchester Museum for Stan, theT-Rex, florescent minerals and er, tiny red frogs!
That's how the true knotsman described this green, not my knotting ;)
This weekend brought us back to Woodfest for some wholesome, family fun. The kids wanted to watch the stunt bikes, the pole climbing, hold an owl and make some string (not necessarily in that order) which was a happy co-incidence as I just wanted to get back to the Wydon Crafts stall we found last year. I carry my key fob (made by Jeff Wydon) daily and, every day I marvel at the little globe knot wishing I could make one. He is keen to ensure the hands-on crafts are passed on so this year, I asked him politely (persistently!) to show me how.
He's a very patient man. Very. And the result? Yes, it's not perfect but it's alright for a first attempt, right? Plus, I had to loosen it all so I could transfer it to a bigger ball (because I wanted to test a polystyrene theory) which made so much more work of it. Jeff was very kind and left me with extra cord to practice with. I really needed it!
Wydon Crafts may not be attending Woodiest again and if that's the case, you will be sorely missed by us 3 at least :)
Other great goings-on at Woodfest 2015:
Who knew there was a tractor brand called "SAME"? Farmers probably. What a lovely graphic that no one else seems to appreciate (except maybe the 7 people on my Instagram who liked the photo).
These graphically decorated, wooden bowls caught my eye. So sorry I didn't manage to catch the maker's name (I totally blame the kids)!
Then there's these guys, chainsaw carving for much of 3 days. At the end of the weekend these massive sculptures are auctioned off and I usually miss this bit so have no idea how much they sell for. Feel free to let me know!
Even better, this year I won our tickets so we only had to spend out on the fun stuff. Namely Mama Zo's homemade-from-scratch raspberry lemonade. No photo sorry, it didn't last long enough :)
School's back so our half finished, Jon Burgerman, colour-it-yourself, wrapping paper/poster is going to have to get rolled up ready for next time. The kids (and by that I mean me) were thrilled when the man himself commented on their efforts seen in my Instagram image (below).
You might recognise the pattern from an earlier post about my shopping frenzy in Fred Aldous back in December last year :)
For Comic Relief 2015; I didn't want them wearing face paint for the whole day in school but hadn't calculated how difficult putting gloves on would be that morning! His was particularly inspired by an image on Pinterest (no reference to the original photographer sadly).
They had to design their own faces on paper first using the face paint colours I already had. Except the blue which is good old Wilton food dye :)
Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!
A monochromatic post; you've been warned!
We had a little drawing class last week so I had an opportunity to use my spanky new whiteboard (totally for work otherwise and by golly, it is worth it's weight in gold).
We started with a swift contour portrait. Let me confirm that attempting their first continual line drawing equates to much amusement from 6 and 8 year olds! The demonstration took about six seconds, if that...
This one below was my 6 year old boy's... (on A4 paper)
The eldest produced these happy campers...
And finally, my 8 year old daughter created this tiny chap unfettered with the concerns of a forehead. Instinctively exploring the concept of gestalt - that's my girl :D
Our first foray into the world of geodesic building although we may have strayed into more basic euclidian stuff. Either way, the 'joints' are colour-dipped marshmallows which we ate as reward for our efforts :)
So, you're playing with noisy balloons for an hour or so and they get as tired as you do so... turn them into accessories!
My girl loves this bracelet particularly for it's colour (although it's me in the photo) whereas I like the ephemeral quality they have i.e. I don't have to find a space for them as they go into the bin once flat. Is that a mum thing?
It's that time of year here in the UK; school's out and so are the bugs! At least this one brought a bit of geometry to the party :-)
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