We've had what feels like weeks of grey weather here. When it isn't snowing, it's been cloudy and grey. I bemoaned aloud this lack of sun yesterday and as soon as the words left my mouth I thought "we should make our own sun." So that's what we did.
I gathered up a thrifted teak bowl, some sticks, a few pieces of old yellow and orange bed sheets, yarn, and other fabric scraps.
I gave the bowl a face and drilled holes around the perimeter, slightly smaller in diameter than my sticks.
The tips of the sticks were whittled down and glued into the bowl. I made sure to have an odd number of "rays" so the kids could easily weave the strips of bed sheets over and under, over and under. I taught the boys how to rip strips of fabric, a task they found especially fun. In hindsight, I'm not sure I should have shared that tip with them, I forsee many torn bed sheets in our future.
I started the weaving out with some sheets that I had previously spun into yarn and as I started to wind, what should appear?
The sun! I couldn't believe it! His appearance was brief but oh so appreciated.
Once our sun was suitably full I delighted the kids by wrapping a string of LED's around the back. Once plugged in, we had a glowing sun on our wall, long after the real one had gone down.
It kind of looks like an eclipse, no?
I hope the sun finds you this weekend, too. Have a good one, everyone.