Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Time Out for Crafts!


Acorn people and peanut jalopies . . . the creations of our grandchildren and myself! I've always enjoyed doing simple crafts with them, and we've made some happy memories around the kitchen table or sitting at the bar.

It doesn't take lots of "stuff" to make memories or fun projects. The little cars were made with raw peanuts, cheerios, toothpicks and glue. And the acorn people just needed faces drawn on them. The best part, however was walking down to the big oak tree by the pond and picking up the largest acorns that had fallen to the ground. Almost waited too late; the squirrels had eaten - or hidden - almost of all the acorns!

The floral frog that you see in the photo belonged to my mother and is probably as old as I am - or maybe older. We never had fancy vases, so I'm sure it fit into the top of a Mason jar to hold a bouquet of flowers. So, the memories involved in this pic go back a few years!

The grandkids are getting older now, and so their tastes in "crafty" stuff have changed. The boys are into putting models together, building things with complicated, "newfangled" Legos, and other mind-boggling projects. The girls are crocheting, knitting, embroidering . . . things they'll have to teach me! Now that'll be a memory-making, try-not-to-laugh-at-Nana time . . . 'cause I'm all thumbs when it comes to using needles!

Maybe I'll stick to using acorns, peanuts, cheerios . . . things that don't come with pages of instructions!

8 comments:

Southern Lady said...

Thank you for that post. It brought back wonderful memories of the year my youngest daughter made acorn people for everyone at our Thanksgiving table. She was only five or six. She is twelve now and isn't as interested in things like that any more. Thanks for making me think of those days!

Ginny said...

Isn't it the greatest, doing crafts with your grandchildren? Mine is three, and so far she hasn't gotten ahead of me! She did the acorn people last fall, but I've never seen the peanut and cheerios cars, they're adorable! I'm going to steal that one from you, and do it with her next time we have her. A very cute post!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how cute, Glenda.... Sometimes I think that kids have lost the 'art' of making things --out of doo-dads... Kids get so involved with TV, video games, their cellphones, etc... that they don't use their creativity like they should. I love your cute little crafts.
Hugs,
Betsy

S. Etole said...

what a lot of patience you must have to work with those little acorns ... grandchildren are the best, aren't they?!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love to do crafts with the grandchildren. When I have the joy of seeing them I always try to do something with them as I rarely get the chance. We've made japanese lanterns and stepping stones and lots of things with paper and paint, but I've not tried acorn people. I'll have to put that on my list. Thank you for the ideas today!

Southern Lady said...

Thanks, Glenda, for your comment about my knockout roses. I feel better after hearing from you and Marnie. I just have to learn as I go! Have a blessed day!

Dawn said...

I have not one ounce of craft creativity is present in my body! Cute things you made. My oldest grandgirl wants to learn to sew and I don't think I have the patience any more! Makes me feel bad.

Nancy said...

I love the peanut cars!! What a cute idea!! I'll have to remember that for Ella and Kam! :)