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I would like to do a spring nature table for my sons. I could use some ideas. I have a wooden rabbit and a calf that's it so far.<br><br>
Would anyone be willing to share pics of their nature table?<br>
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Our nature table sort of disolved over the winter. (Mostly due to my two-year-old moving/hiding things! Little scamp! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) I was just feeling inspired the other day to start a new one.<br><br>
We'll start some wheat grass from seed shortly so I will include that and I will clip some branches around the yard to "force" some blooms. Last year I made felted eggs so if I can find those, I'll add them. We'll be getting chicks soon (late April) so I'll probably incorporate some wooden hens and chicks.<br><br>
Thanks for the inspiration to think about this. I'm looking forward to having a nature table again!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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There is a photo of ours on flickr.<br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3315113252/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3315113252/</a><br><br>
If you look through my photostream you will also see photos of the elements closer.<br><br>
We have the table draped in pink and blue silks and green fairy wool for greass. I have needle felted Mother Earth and a flower baby in her arms. Also a tiny robin in a nest.<br>
There is our "tree" which has fairy wool buds on it which we'll add more to for leaves as the year progresses. Also a few bare branches and a bit of wool snow in patches as it is still fairly cold out here.<br><br>
In a few weeks we'll take away the snow, add some tiny eggs to the nest and add some root children and a sewn felt bunny. We are also planting a bulb this weekend in a small pot to have something actually growing on there.
 

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This will be my first nature table ever, done for an almost one-year-old, no less <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops"> One thing I know for sure that I am doing is we have a large, low planter dish (plastic, but oh well, Im not buying a new one) & I bought a fairy garden seed mix. I will plant those & hopefully be able to find a tiny bag of plain grass seeds (not wheat grass, regular grass, it's smaller and thinner) to plant w/ them to make our own indoor fairy garden <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I will have to start making some things as the time goes along. I collect bunnies for her, so there will be bunnies on the table, for sure.<br><br>
We don't have any gnomes or fairies or anything like that yet. I bought her some pocket gnomes on sale, but they are put away for Christmas (along w/ stacking houses, heehee). A nature table may be the perfect excuse to buy <a href="http://www.atoygarden.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=2368" target="_blank">this</a> b/c it is so cute and wonderful & I love it! I could keep it up all year and decorate around it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce">
 

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this was our 1st spring one 2 years ago or so..its all i have a pic of.<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2347046539/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2347046539/</a><br><br>
im making root children for this years (hopefully if i get them done in time). the nest is one we found in our front yard. heres a close up of our felted eggs:<br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2338111490/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2338111490/</a><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2338127408/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2338127408/</a><br>
kite above:<br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2337268903/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2337268903/</a>
 

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Thanks so much for posting. You remided me I have a felt egg & duck chick I got in a swap that I will use, and I have a knit baby pig. The beginnings of a table...
 

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Hannah - i love the motherearth holding the flower baby - did you make those? They are lovely!<br><br>
I love your table Nicole! Whereever did you find a pattern to make the lambs?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hannah - i love the motherearth holding the flower baby - did you make those? They are lovely!<br><br>
I love your table Nicole! Whereever did you find a pattern to make the lambs?</div>
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thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> my friend (who was the waldorf kindi teacher) gave me that pattern 3 years ago and that was the start of my knitting!! those lambs were the 1st things i ever knit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> it's a pattern meant for kids so it was super easy and perfect to start with! she gave me a piggie one too and i made TONS of those guys for swaps and things on here.<br>
oh the memories!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We didn't do a winter table at all because of moving things around and what not. But we did an autumn one and the way I did it was to put things on the table that we found when we were out for walks.<br><br>
I think I will try doing mostly that for spring too, like a branch with buds, and an early spring flower, and stuff like that. I like it being mostly "found" objects, although our autumn table had some gourds we *bought* from the farmer's market.
 

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This is ours right now<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3317331362/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3317331362/</a><br><br>
The pinecones are our natural "found" objects this time of year. I got the chunks/scraps of wood at a local burlwood shop and a wonderful Etsyian made the root children. At the equinox we'll change it over to Spring, it's our "transition to Spring" table <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">...
 

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Pablohoney's cool new felt figures inspired me to try my hand at needle-felting in preparation for our very first table this spring. I may have a new addiction!!!<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3316552133/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3316552133/</a><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3316552203/in/photostream/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/3097561...n/photostream/</a><br><br>
(and here it is with a face--I got rid of the face because I think it spoiled the calm effect and made it look creepy!: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3317377370/in/photostream/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/3097561...n/photostream/</a>)
 

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Spring feels SooooooOOOOOooo far away right now.<br><br>
*sigh*
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> my friend (who was the waldorf kindi teacher) gave me that pattern 3 years ago and that was the start of my knitting!! those lambs were the 1st things i ever knit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> it's a pattern meant for kids so it was super easy and perfect to start with! she gave me a piggie one too and i made TONS of those guys for swaps and things on here.<br>
oh the memories!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Oh wow - for a first knitting they are great!! the gnome pattern was my first knitting...<br><br>
Any chance the lamb pattern is free or for sale online? i'd love to make a set of my own... but i could only find the pattern for sale in Hebrew! Umm.. i need English <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hide.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hide">:
 

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I don't have any pics as I will enjoy every last drop of winter we get until the 20th. LOL. Some other things we have put on in the past would be felted or felt-sewn birds, eggs of some type, possibly a nest of some sort for the eggs to go into. I have little spring-inspired (pastels and some bright color) people that go on there. Sometimes I have out a little house for them to be in (at the moment either a mushroom or hollow log) so I'll sort of arrange them around that. A tiny felted baby bunting for the people. Mostly I arrange it, then my kids turn it all around into a jumble. LOL.<br><br>
Oh, and pastel/spring color playsilks will cover the table, sometimes behind it, or a heap of a green one to be more like a mound of green earth.<br><br>
And thanks to dd, there are always little sticks on it.<br><br>
I can't wait to see everyone else's photos! I get a lot of inspiration from etsy, too. I try not to buy too much that I can make myself, but sometimes the temptation is too strong. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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i love all the inspiration!!! does anyone have a tutorial for the root children? nicole? hehe i just started thinking about it this weekend...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh wow - for a first knitting they are great!! the gnome pattern was my first knitting...<br><br>
Any chance the lamb pattern is free or for sale online? i'd love to make a set of my own... but i could only find the pattern for sale in Hebrew! Umm.. i need English <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hide.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hide">:</div>
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it was from one of the waldorf knitting books lemme check what the name was..<br><br>
cat yes! from last spring's living crafts mag..but lemme see what i can do to get a pattern to you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is ours right now<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3317331362/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3317331362/</a><br><br>
The pinecones are our natural "found" objects this time of year. I got the chunks/scraps of wood at a local burlwood shop and a wonderful Etsyian made the root children. At the equinox we'll change it over to Spring, it's our "transition to Spring" table <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">...</div>
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Love it, mama! Beautiful! I'm excited for the "transition to Spring" just looking at your pics!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">it was from one of the waldorf knitting books lemme check what the name was..<br><br>
cat yes! from last spring's living crafts mag..but lemme see what i can do to get a pattern to you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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Any luck?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i love all the inspiration!!! does anyone have a tutorial for the root children? nicole? hehe i just started thinking about it this weekend...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Last year's Living Crafts Spring issue has a felted mama earth figure, would you be interested in that? (I just LOVE that magazine, can't believe how often I refer to it for crafts!)<br><br>
Kris- I found a lamb pattern in Toymaking with Children, will PM you<br><br>
3901sca-love your gnomes!<br><br>
Thanks Ashley!
 
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