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Recently I participated in the Southern seasonal exchange. Last time it was on I thought I’d love to do it, but never did.

This time I didn’t want to miss out!

If you haven’t heard of it, basically you get paired up with a partner from somewhere in the world and send each other some  handmade goodies with the seasonal theme (obviously this one was Autumn).

So exciting waiting for a special parcel to arrive!

My partner Kylie sent me the most beautiful things, we love them all! Estelle was so excited she decided it was her turn to arrange the nature table with our new items.

Included was the beautiful autumn angel, an earth gnome inside a felted egg, a felted playscape and a lovely postcard.

I think she did a pretty good job of arranging things! I hung the angel while she ran and got the duck for the pond. The white easter hare is in the meadow. I’m not sure what the green and blue blocks are for, maybe food for the hare? Her favourite was this teeny tiny earth gnome. Anything miniature will win her heart everytime!

So cute!

(I don’t know why there is a big line through that photo but I can’t seem to fix it…)

I sent to Kylie a standing doll, a little felt easter rabbit and a ceramic pot and some seeds to make an easter garden.

This was the only picture I got, because I of course forgot until I was ready to back out of the driveway to post it that I needed to take a picture. I ran back inside and snapped this one.

Luckily Kylie was lovely and sent me this one of her in her new home. Thanks Kylie!

You can read about the season exchanges here, maybe you would like to join for the next one?!

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Our favourite book at the moment is this one.

We read it every night and Estelle loves looking at the beautiful pictures.

It’s a story of the changing seasons and how during winter the little flower children are under the ground with mother earth sewing their spring clothes ready to bloom up on the earth when spring comes. And then when Autumn comes they return back under the ground and rest as little root children until the next year comes.

So I thought that we would make some little root children together to refresh our Autumn nature table. We made some very simple little standing dolls, I wanted to be able to make them quickly enough to hold her attention! We made one together, this is how we did it.

Get your stuff ready. We used tricot (fabric used for doll making), cotton string,  pure wool felt,  wool for stuffing, embroidery thread, some yarn, a needle and some scissors.

Cut a square out of the tricot. Roll a small ball out of the stuffing and place it in the centre of the square.

Squeeze the wool into a ball and tie it up with a piece of the cotton thread. It helps to wet the thread before tying, to get a tighter knot.

It should look like a little dim sim. Mmmm, dim sim…

Cut a rectangle out of the felt. Add any embellishments you would like to put on the body at this stage.

Stitch up the short side of the rectangle using blanket stitch. You will end up with a little tube like this.

Next cut a circle from the felt to fit the end of your tube and blanket stitch together. This forms the base of your doll.

Stuff this tube through the open end. Make sure you don’t overstuff making the flat bottom bulge, otherwise the doll won’t stand properly.

Next insert the head, put a running stitch around the top edge of felt and gather in tightly around the head. Slip stitch the head to the gathered row of felt to hold it in place.

Cut a thick line out of the felt and trim into a row of triangles. This will form a cap for the head.

Sew a running stitch along the straight edge and gather up until the ends meet. Stitch ends together.

Then crochet or finger knit a row with the yarn and double over to form a loop. Tie ends together.

First stitch this little yarn loop to the head and then place the felt cap over the loop and stitch into place.

It should look like this. Yay! A teeny, tiny doll!

While I was sewing, Alice did a bit of this.

And Estelle did a lot of this. And also a lot of stabbing felt with pins and spreading stuffing everywhere. Fun!

I made some friends for this little root child and we changed up the nature table the next day.

Estelle found a cicada shell at the park so she put him in a little boat on the table too. The bowl is full of all the leaves and gumnuts she collected.

It’s lovely to have this visual reminder inside our home of what is happening outside around us. Now every time we walk past we can imagine all those little roots making their way down back under ground to rest with mother earth.

It takes so little to create magic in the mind of your little one. And it is so much fun!

(All the supplies are from Winterwood)

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