This week it’s all about textiles. We have 3 sewing machines on hand, lots of different patterns, fabrics, ribbons, and yarn. Also stuffing for making various cute creatures, dolls and animals. Everyone contributes to what is going on. Kids are free to create whatever they want, whether that is using a pattern or making some wild string octopus. I think I want to make something wild and colorful and completely spontaneous! I will use various colorful fabrics, strings, stuffing, scissors, needle and thread and perhaps a permanent marker. I have a vague image of a far away fairy land that will guide me as I am making my creation. What would you create?
Last week we had organic gardening and yoga week. Our front yard garden is truly amazing! We have melons, pumpkins, watermelons, sunflower seeds (unbelievably delicious!), squash, wild strawberries and lots of pretty flowers! We had this cabbagy looking plant we had no idea about. We were close to getting rid of it, when we realized it was actually a beautiful poppy plant! We are now enjoying bright red and purple poppies, thank you Mother Nature!
But I think the most amazing thing about last week was our chrysalis journey! After we planted several milkweeds a few months ago, we’ve been observing many monarch butterflies come and go. One of them got named, Smoky. We believe it was Smoky’s egg that turned into a striped caterpillar and was hanging around eating milkweed leaves for a week or so. And then the caterpillar was gone! Oh no! Did a bird eat it? Maybe.
One day, a bunch of kids were playing with large wooden spools, walking on them in a circus act type thing. One of the spools was in the front yard and when they went over there to get it, that’s when our caterpillar re-appeared! Except it was a bright green chrysalis hanging on the wooden spool. Needless to say, that spool was not to be used for circus acts for a while. It was now being protected as a birthing place. Every day (or more), kids and staff were checking on the little green hanging bag. It looked unchanged for a good 2 weeks.
And then one morning last week, it was black! Oh no, said Becky, it is dead! Was our chrysalis really dead? No. We watched it for a few hours that day – first we could see the colors and patterns thru the clear chrysalis and then the butterfly emerged, wrinkled and wet. It was so cool! It’s one thing to watch it on TV. It was almost unreal to see it right in front of your eyes. We named it Beautiful. As soon as Beautiful dried up, she was gone. On to adventures. We researched and decided she was a second generation Monarch. Bye bye, Beautiful!