Our Japanese Cherry tree (I'm pretty sure) It's not really spring here until it blooms. This variety blooms late and then we have to rake up the blossoms that drift into our neighbors yards for weeks. It's amazing and we love it so much.
Sadie is obsessed with making the "family." She is no doubt influenced by our art collection (the small object's stick portrait she often studies hangs in our living room. It's from this amazing series here.)
That's pete there on the end with the pink dress, then mama, sadie and delia. She picks out the sticks, which are all nasty and grimy from being at the bottom of her crayon box for months. Then she and delia pick out the fabrics. Then the glue stick comes out and coats, coats, every inch of everything (then they wipe their hands on each other when the other isn't paying attention) then we draw the faces. The arms are chenille pipe cleaners. There have been lots of families made and they get tucked into bed. So there are a lot of sticks in the bed.
This is one of those crafts that I get so into. It just sort of happened-which I know moms with older kids understand, but I just didn't get until sadie turned 3. The girls love the toys they can make themselves and it so pleasing to see. I remember loving the weird bits of yarn and leaves and rocks I put in boxes. I know I had a shoebox of acorns that I kept for years. And I had logs in my room that I named. Not big logs, but I'd say they were logs, certainly bigger than sticks. And I swear I made a diaper for one of them out of Kleenex (Mom, am I dreaming this?? And how exactly did that get wrapped on? I will try to re-create this.) That's a bit away from the stick family. I can only hope that one day soon the girls will find the fun in putting a diaper on a log.