A few people have kindly asked to know more about making window stars. There are plenty of tutorials on line which can be found by searching for window stars, Waldorf stars, tissue stars, rainbow stars, etc. In this post I've included links to all the star patterns I've used.
This time I used kite paper to make the stars. This is waxed tissue paper and is stronger than plain tissue paper and, I hope, more lightfast (the stars haven't been up long enough yet to know). I ordered my kite paper from Myriad Natural Toys and Crafts. They have two packs available, this one with 100 sheets and this one with 500 sheets. I've used both (I needed lots of sheets for when I was getting my class to make stars) and don't think there's too much difference in quality. There are more colours in the first pack, but if you want to make a rainbow star there are enough colours to do this in the second pack - use the two shades of green to get the eight colours required.
this pattern from Arwen Arts. An alternative tutorial is available here at GardenMama. The big checked star is made using a whole sheet of kite paper for each point, the
smaller version is made using a quarter sheet for each point. The other star in this picture is from this book though I didn't bother cutting the paper to the right size which is why it looks a bit different to how it should. Now that I've seen the book, I personally wouldn't recommend it as most of my favourite patterns are available on line and there are only a couple extra in the book that I'd like to make.
this pattern, again from Arwen Arts (there are more tutorials for other star patterns on her site too). Here's an alternative instruction sheet in a nice graphic form from Wide Eyed Tree. The 16 pointed star requires twice the number of kite paper pieces and uses the same folding method but with one extra step. A tutorial is available here at An Abundance Of Rainbows.
While I had the camera out I took some more pictures of the living room looking tidy. It was the calm before the storm as we later had people round for a little party.
See you all next year...
Sunday 29 December 2013
The weather forecast was looking good and we were all in need of some fresh air and exercise. We arranged to meet up with friends in Balmaha and climb Conic Hill.
Home to fish suppers.
Now on with the essay...
Home to fish suppers.
Now on with the essay...
Saturday 28 December 2013
For me, it's still definitely Christmas time. I have one acquaintance who has already taken down her tree and put away all the decorations. I think she's got it wrong - she starts very early and therefore finishes too soon, whereas I like to put up the tree a little later (I think later than we did it this year would be even better, just so the magic feeling is still there for the day itself) and don't take the decorations down till 12th night. But each to his own (so long as it doesn't hurt anyone else!).
Now to some pictures from a walk/cycle A and I made on the 22nd of Dec, so just after the winter solstice. The photos were taken between 2 and 3 in the afternoon when the sun is already close to the horizon.
This year we were out on Christmas Eve thanks to N and the family of his best friend from school who were having a little social evening. It was a lovely chance to get to know some people from the village better. As it was a fairly late night for the children (though we were still home in plenty time for Santa to visit) we didn't have to get up till 8 on Christmas Day.
Now to some photos from Christmas Day...
Yesterday I took the kids down for a fleeting visit to my parents. They stay about 100 miles away so it's a bit of a trek. The weather wasn't pleasant for driving either, especially on the homeward trip in the dark - so much spray from the lorries when passing, rather unnerving I find.
Anyway, no more visiting/hosting obligations now till nearer New Year so I've time to get going on the essay again. Why am I therefore spending the time blogging? Sigh, I don't like essay writing, I'm going to end up doing several very late nights nearer the time methinks. I'm at the reading/researching stage and I find the academic style of writing challenging - why can't they just say exactly what they mean and get straight to the point in as few words as possible. Most journal articles to me seem unnecessarily complicated and long winded...
Thursday 19 December 2013
Christmas is coming!
I've another essay to write, I find essay writing surprisingly hard. I hadn't realised how much of a scientist/engineer I actually am - I'd much rather be given a big set of experimental data to analyse than screeds of academic waffle to make sense of and draw meaningful conclusions from. It's not due till Jan 6th so I'm sure I'll find plenty of opportunities for procrastination till then. It is nearly Christmas after all!
Sunday 8 December 2013
Wasn't it windy! With only ever being at home during darkness I hadn't realised how much we'd been affected, till the weekend...