Whew. That was a mouthful! As some of you know, we’ve been decorating our ‘stick tree’ seasonally – I keep thinking “Ok NOW we’re going to put it away…” but then we get another idea for the next month. I think this spring incarnation is my favorite that we’ve done. (For more detailed peeks at the tree, go check out the pix at Pink Sparkle Fun.)
I thought that we would put it away definitely in the summer, but Julia doesn’t want to, and it’s become this THING, so I guess we’re going to keep going with it. After fall time, I’ll make a retrospective of all the ways we decorated the tree and make some sort of collage so no one around here forgets HOW DARN HARD MELISSA HAS WORKED ON THE STICK TREES. (The Valentine’s tree gave me the most trouble for some reason.)
Last spring, we made spring-esque Japanese lanterns that hung from our kitchen window. I loved them so, but didn’t want to do the same exact thing this year, so I made them mini-sized for our stick tree. I love these little guys even more than the ones we did previously! I’m going to direct you to last year’s lantern post to get the lantern making instructions.
I found the most beautiful origami paper at the craft store for about 3 dollars! And I have a ton left over. I might need to learn how to actually do origami.
Julia took her cherry blossom making job VERY seriously. And she had to work in her prairie girl bonnet. She made about a dozen cherry blossoms and then announced “You can do the rest Mommy.” I remember so fondly making tissue paper cherry blossoms in Hawaii when I was a little girl. It’s my dream someday to go to Japan to see the cherry blossoms there, which I know will be tourist central at that time, but I still want to go. . .
I have no explanation as to why Julia thought she needed to wear her prairie girl bonnet. But honestly, I think I really want to get one and wear it too. Why did awesome articles of clothing like this fall out of fashion? I would totally wear bonnets if not for the Andrew-mocking-me-factor. Oh wait, he does that even with my regular sun hats. Heck, I have nothing to lose by wearing a bonnet! How about dignity, you might be saying right about now. WHAT’S THAT?