Mondays can go in one of two directions, depending on how well planned out we are for starting the week. To keep some consistency laid out for the beginning of each week, I’ve added The Monday Make as part of our routine to kick start the week of snacks off better. I find when there are snacks made and available in the house for those in-between meal hours, everyone stays content (for the most part.) And I always welcome suggestions so forward your own recipes and we’ll add them to our baking sessions and post them, making sure we give credit where it’s due.
Last Monday we had a very cultural and exciting adventure out to Six Nations Native Indian Reserve with our RBG (Royal Botanical Gardens) instructor, Heidi. We met Heidi last year when the kiddos were signed up for the home school nature classes at the RBG. Heidi’s knowledge and great enthusiasm kept us coming back for more, and wanting to stay in touch. And since the classes haven’t been running this year, we found another way to hang on to her. She is a very talented artist, and so we’ve found a new teacher of many crafts.
Do you know anyone who knows how to make moccasins?! I mean the real thing?! Well Heidi does. To make it a very well rounded learning lesson, she thought it would be neat to bring us out on the Reserve to the craft store to buy the best beads, the best thread, and the best needles for the craft of Indian beading. The store was amazing, full of so many detailed works of art, and the entire back of the store dedicated to the materials needed to create these works of art. The children felt the buckskins, moosehides, horse tails, furs and cowhides lined up along the back wall for sale.
We were wowed and awed by the fact that Heidi had crafted so many of these Indian bead works of art herself, having learned the technique from a native Indian and even the craft of sewing moccasins.
She came to the house laden down with bins of beads, material, felt, and projects to inspire us towards getting hooked on this addictive and very therapeutic skill of beading.
I would not have thought at the outset that beading would be termed “therapeutic” when we were all calling her name over and over again, trying to split her into eight Heidis with all our questions and starts and stops as she patiently tried to move us through each step. It sure made us appreciate the time and effort that goes into these detailed creations, particularly this gorgeous hummingbird we all stood ooh-ing and ahh-ing over (and pulling out cameras). But it didn’t take long until we were hooked.
Heidi set the kiddos to work first with tracing out the felt with a mug, and another tracing out the brown paper to make the backing sturdy for sewing.
Once that was accomplished she handed the children each a piece of strong thread and a ball of beeswax that they were to run their thread through to help strengthen it for working with and keep it from tangling.
Once we got going we couldn’t stop, and haven’t stopped since. We spent the most part of the following day sitting determinedly at the table sewing our designs, mesmerized by the task.
It was my intention to serve out this Fruity Indian Pudding from the Family Fun Magazine (though the link I have is another almost identical recipe, and only because I couldn’t find the Family Fun recipe online) a few days later when everyone was due back for the next lesson on how to sew moccasins together, but alas one member is ill and so a re-schedule is due. But we’ve eaten the pudding all the same, and will have a re-do when the lesson is re-scheduled in the weeks to come. So be sure to check in again to see the finished product and get a close up look at some of Heidi’s other moccasin creations I’d like to feature (if she lets me…will you let me Heidi?)