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Groundhog Day!

Since winter is in full swing where we are (and all over the U.S. for that matter) I figured I could be a little late in posting our ground-hog day activities.

This was a really fun mini-theme because the snug was able to do almost everything by herself. Obviously I helped, but you could see how fulfilling it was for her to be able to do most everything alone.

Here are the books we read.

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Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub and Kristin Sorra- this adorable little tale features an overwhelmed groundhog trying to appease the frustration felt continually from his localized weather reports. He recruits, trains, and posts more groundhogs to help create more accurate weather reports.

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The Groundhog day Book of Facts and Fun by Wendie Old- This longer more in-depth book, tells all about the seasons, why they actually change, whether groundhogs are proper advocates for changing weather conditions and how this tradition came to be.

IMG_7451Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? by Jerry Pallotta and David Biedrzycki- This fun and simple book is easy enough for the beginning reader to master. Strange things happen when other animals try to see their shadow to bring about spring.

Besides books, we had a little treat for this mini-theme. Some print offs! I really like activity village for many of our holiday activity sheets.

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Another super cute craft we saw floating around the internet was a ground-hog puppet. The puppet from Buzzmills was our favorite! Though she had some awesome clear directions, we made a modified version that the snug could do herself.

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The main shaft is a toilet paper tube. The snug measured and cute out the felt herself, though I did help with the shape of the groundhog and I hot glued everything, because hot glue burns are stupid. I get one every time I use a hot glue gun, without fail.

The snug sewed the groundhog by herself. I threaded the needle and tied the first and last knot and that was it. Definitely very cool.

Last was the food.

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That’s a groundhog pancake, by the way. Not the prettiest, but recognizable and more importantly edible.

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Next were those adorable groundhog cupcakes that have been floating around on pinterest. The original ones look amazing. Ours look more like something you’d find on pinterest fail sites. This point of the activity and the reason I love ours is because, again, the snug did this herself. She helped make everything, but frosted the cupcakes and decorated the cookies alone. (Those round things on top are ears).

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Groundhog cupcakes only a mother and child could love, right?

They were delicious by the way. Yellow cupcakes with strawberry frosting and butterscotch cookies. A mash-up of wonderful flavors. Everything was homemade, obviously.

Happy Winter!!

P.S. Did you know narwhals do have the ability to sense changes in weather??

Sustainable Project # 1: Stuffed Pigs!

Hooray it is April! Hooray Easter is done! Hooray, only wonderful, non-commercialized Earth day is coming up! I love Earth Day! I love Earth Day, every day!

In honor of spring, earth day, April, the wind, sustainability and all things reasonable, natural and respectful, I am planning on doing more and more sustainable projects! You will be able to note them easily by the title! These will be upcycled, recycled, bicycled (kidding) projects that are reasonable and more importantly sustainable!!! Sustainable meaning, they will use the absolute least amount of new materials (usually only thread) and will in (hopefully) no way produce more waste.

Some of these projects will be of my own creation, but many will be things I have been itching to make and can’t wait to share, created by many fantastic people.

First off, a long anticipated project, by one of the aformentioned people!!

HOMEMADE PIGS!!!

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“Jillian, Jillian, Jillian Jiggs, Maker of wonderful, marvelous pigs!”

I picked this book up about a month ago at a used book sale, it was one of my favorites when I was a kid, though I could only remember the adorable pigs! Now this story and I have been reunited (that is always so exciting!) and the snug loves it just as much as I did.

The best part?

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There is a pattern on how to make your own pig!!!

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Old tights with holes thtat are WAY too small for your ever-growing green bean child.

Also:

Needle and thread, Embroidery floss, scissors, Makers, Buttons, Felt, Fiber Fill, Yarn, and various fabric for clothing.

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First, take a leg of a tight and cut off a chunk. The pattern suggests 7 inches, we did a little bit more.

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Cut off the top part of the tight and unfold it. We cut a straight line up from the crotch of the tight, thus yielding two of these pieces. This part you can use to cut out the little circles, about 2 inches in diameter, to make the little piggy legs.

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Next grab the needle and thread and on the WRONG side of the tight sew a running stitch.

P.S. Those are not my hands!!! Babies first non-medical stitches!

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Adorable!

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Nice and almost straight. That doesn’t matter though, because in the next step…

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Pull those stitches tight and secure them (tie a knot). Then flip the whole thing right side out.

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Stuff  a little bit! This is a picture of an overstuffed pig, you only need a little bit in order to do all the head details.

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Sew the cute button nose right on the scrunched up part.

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Add the face details. We did the suggested French Knots for eyes and a smiley mouth. We will get creative with the next few we do.

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Cut some ears out of the felt and whip stitch them on! Then finish stuffing!

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Twist the tail and secure.

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Take the little circles and do a running stitch around the edge. Put a little bit of stuffing in the center and pull the stitches tight. You should get a little foot.

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Fasten the little foot together, so the stitches don’t come loose and attach to the pigs body.

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Soon you will have four cute little leg/feet things.

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An adorable little face!

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And a super cute butt!

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Next, add clothes and hair. Alas, this was as far as we got tonight, before bed time. Tomorrow we will finish this pig and make more! I will update with pictures!

Happy Sustainable Crafting!!!