My little ones are making plans. I overhear ideas being tossed around in quiet corners. I see things tucked under beds. I am sweeping up a LOT of little pieces of paper everywhere. It's that time of year - I love it so - when the bustle of holiday making just begins. Autumnal and winter celebrations are coming! It's starting to happen here, and my babes seem to be leading the way this year. Adelaide might be the leader of us all at the moment, as each time she comes in she carries with her an armful (of pinecones, acorns, berries, chicken feathers, rotting front porch pumpkins and more), and says, "I had an idea...." before launching into some elaborate and beautiful decorative plan she's got.
"Decorate first", Ezra advised her, "then make presents after we're in the spirit."
She's planning on starting with her bedroom "It'll be the most beautiful room in the house, Mama, really, just you wait."
I hear talk of glue guns, and beeswax, and requests for glitter, glue sticks and more tape (always more tape).
But right now? We're all still in the gathering stage. Yes, there's lots of that. Those armfuls of pinecones and acorns and rocks and dirt (aka "brown glitter") were beginning to make this mama a little nutty what with all the sweeping. And tables that were quickly overtaken. And did I mention those rotting pumpkins? Hmn.
With Maya's buckets fresh on my mind, I quickly made a few to contain some of that goodness coming in. Excited with the opportunity to organize all her materials (oh, sweet Virgo child, I understand you), Adelaide cleared a spot to set it all up in her bedroom, and has declared it her 'ingredients table.'
The two buckets (two medium, one large) were made with a very old (in internet and fabric line years, anyway) Heather Ross Little Red Riding Hood print that I've been holding onto for a very long time. The buckets come together so smoothly...and quickly too. Which might be quite handy, because I anticipate a whole lot more 'gathering' before the 'making' begins.