Monday, 23 March 2009

Routine & first times

I'm glad that we are no longer traveling and finally established some type of predictable routine. I like to plan, I like to know what will happen during the day, I like being able to set myself few simple task to do and actually manage to accomplish them. Sadly blogging doesn't seem to be part of the current routine, though maybe I should just aim to write one post per week?

I'm trying to use my creative time in a more structured way and learn few basics. At the moment I'm concentrating on the colour theory (huge topic). However, I also want to have some fun, so hoping to make one simple item each week. Last week I learned how to make another Chinese knot and made this Pan Chang Knot necklace:
Pan Chang Knot Necklace
Last week Cat and I also got to try out felting in the Russian playgroup, which takes place only few train stops from us and was discovered by me complete accidentally after we made the decision to move to this area. (Did I mention that this area seems to have everything one may ever want?). The playgroup is very structured: dancing/exercise, singing & finger rhymes, snack with a short puppet show of a Russian folktale, simple craft activity (playdough or colouring) and free-play with lots of toys (I suspect that one is kids' favourite). Last week's felting took up most of the time. Like all the other kids, Cat is too young to concentrate for that long, so she choose the colours and the placement and I, like all the other mothers, got to do all the hard work of felting.
First attempt at felting
In a way doing or seeing something for the first time together with my daughter makes it more special to me. I'm aware of the uniqnuess of those moments to her, of the strong impression they have on her, of their power to expand her world view and therefore of the same effect they have on me.

We had another first last week - we went to the plantearium. I want to go again :-) and like my husband, who went many times as a child, wonder why I never did before.


Rachael said...

The necklace is lovely!

Glad you haven't given up blogging, even if it's just the occasional hello.

driftwood said...

what lovely first times, hope they become happy routines!

Annie said...

The necklace is AMAZING.... The playgroup sounds wonderful too! I wish our Russian School was so organized....

Erica said...

the felting is very colourful, I bet your daughter enjoyed it! I have to introduce my grand daughter to felting next time she is here.

Kayla coo said...

Beautiful necklace.
Felting is such fun!
I have never visited the plantearium, your so lucky to be near all these wonderful places.

Michala x

Tanya said...

I know it's already been said but that necklace is gorgeous. :)

Rachael said...

I miss your posts! Hope all is well with you and your family.