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August 1st, 2012 by Janina

Meditation Wands for Children

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These are fun to make and YES they really work!

I cannot take credit for these. I got this idea from the head teacher at my church, who by the way is an amazing spirit and caregiver. Every other week I help out in the preschool class and have seen children quiet their minds using these.

It’s beautiful.

The idea is to use the wands like mala or rosary beads.

Starting at one end of the wand, take one bead between two fingers and take a breath ” In and out”

and then move on to the next bead until you have taken 10 breaths.

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Sometimes we call these “Wishing Wands” where we make a good wish with every bead,

then we bring our hands to prayer pose with the wand in between our palms and rub our hands together.

(As if your warming up your hands)

After your wishes are all warmed up

Open up your hands and blow the wishes out into the world.

Here is what you will need to make some:

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crafting wire

1/2 to 3/4 inch size beads (larger beads are easier for the little fingers)

 pliers and wire cutters

  • Have your child pick out their favorite beads. I made these with 10 beads each.
  • Eyeball and cut enough wire to string the beads on and leave about 1 1/2 to 2 inches extra .
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    Using the pliers make a small loop at one end of the wire.

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    Start beading. Or better yet let your little one do this.

  • Close up the wand with another loop, but leave about an inch extra wire to allow easy movement of the beads.
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Pass them out to the little yogis in your life!

Namaste

May 16th, 2012 by Janina

Reusable Coffee Filters and Tea Bags

 I have been meaning to get to this project for a while now…

I spied a package of reusable tea bags at my local market some time ago, but just haven’t got around to making some of my own. While shopping the other day, I saw them again. This time they were along side a package of reusable coffee filters. Reluctantly buying my box of paper cone coffee filters, I vowed that this would be my last purchase of this kind. So while dinner was cooking, I pulled out my serger, some muslin and whipped some up. Finally!

Make some!

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You will need:

muslin

scissors or pinking shears

chalk or fabric maker

a sewing machine or serger or needle and thread

paper coffee filter

Coffee filters:

Take the muslin and fold it in half. You will be using a paper coffee filter for your pattern, so place it on top of the doubled muslin. Then trace the shape of the filter. I traced mine a little bigger because the filters I had were # 2 sized filters and I wanted to make mine #4.

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Cut out the pattern.
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Sew up the side seams leaving the curved edge open. I used my serger for this step. If you are not using a serger, cutting the pattern out with pinking shears will help prevent fraying. But don’t worry if you don’t use pinking shears, muslin frays rather neatly.

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Here is the seam of one I sewed on my sewing machine. I used a zig zag stitch.

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Use the filter with the finished seams on the inside so you don’t get coffee grinds stuck in the raw seams. Enjoy!

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Tea Bags:

The tea bags I made are pretty straight forward. The ones I spotted at the store were much smaller and had cute little draw strings to keep the tea inside. Like these. I was short on time and well, frankly am pretty lazy when it comes to details. So I cut 4×4 squares out of the muslin and serged the seams up.

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To keep the tea inside, just tie a knot on top.

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Enjoy!

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