2013 in review

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Strange weather

During last weekend the temperature went down to -38 degrees C, but today the temperature is +5 degrees and a lot of snow has melted!

Because Teres had a C. section, she cannot light the pram up and down the steps to our house, so recently a friend helped me to build a ramp for her.

John made metal brackets so that we could connect the timber ramp to the metal steps

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The project took 3 hours to complete and we were pleased with the end result (as was Teres)

teres on ramp

 

 

Cattail Dolls-2

Take broader leaves and fold over the shoulders to form clothing and tie in place around the waist.

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Fold the broad base of a leaf over the head to form a hat and tie in place.

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Here’s a view from the back

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Now the basic doll is complete.  Use your imagination to create different types of dolls.  Here are some of mine;

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Including a Christmas Angel

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Cattail Dolls-1

The leaves of Cattail/Bull Rush/ Reed Mace (typha latifolia) are used to make these dolls.

Cattail doll with broom-2 (Small)Unfortunately Reed Mace does not grow up here in Northern Lapland, so I’ve not been able to make them since moving here.  In the UK I gathered the plants during August, separated the leaves and laid them out to dry for several days.

Take one or two leaves and roll it up into a ball to form the head.

cattail doll head

Take more leaves and fold over the head, ensuring it is completely covered.  Remove the outside edge of a leaf and use this is simple cord to tie under the head to hold these leaves in place.

cattail dollGather up 2 -3 leaves together and a third of the way along, twist them and continue to twist as if making cordage.

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Then do the same from the opposite end to form the arms.

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Separate in half the leaves wrapped over the head and insert the arms between them.

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Now cross leaves over and under the arms and around the body to help form the dolls shape and secure everything in place.

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Fold some leaves over the shoulders and tie these leaves in place both around the breast and at the bottom.

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