The Monday Make: Jerusalem

A great Canadian, “Sorry,” up front to those of you expecting the routine recipe for my Monday Make post.  There just wasn’t time today in the midst of making Jerusalem with the kiddos.  A dear friend had sent us some of her ideas for Lent and Holy Week from when her children were wee, and I quickly grabbed the idea of making the city of Jerusalem, something I’d never done before, nor ever thought of.  She sent this link from a Bible maps site if any of you are interested in the same challenge.  We printed the map and used it as a guideline for drawing out ours on cardboard.

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Of course Mummy is always way more gung-ho in the pack for pulling out every stitch of ribbon, every tube of paint, every pipe cleaner she can find tucked into the crevices of the art cabinet….

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I did manage to persuade one–who quite honestly, is still getting over the flu and now fighting a chest cough–to use her artistic abilities to paint us a small canvas backdrop of the garden of Gethsemane.


My eldest, also sick with the flu and still in the throes of fever world, offered to paint our walkways.

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And the boy, well, he snuck away to listen to his audio but did help with Herod’s palace.

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Littlest was my faithful side kick with the continuous, “What can I do next Mummy?” and “Do you need me yet Mummy?”

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It paid off to haul every imaginable craft supply from the depths of the basement even if I, at the time, didn’t think it would be needed.  We came up with some creative on the spot ideas for how to make the floors of the palaces (embroidered ribbon trim), and how to make the garden of Gethsemane special and pretty (dried, pressed flowers we had stacks of and had never used.)

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And yes, it was just me at the end of the afternoon still adjusting the pipe cleaner walls, eating my way through a tin of Quality Street chocolates along with a spot of tea, all the while deciding whether or not to use earthy string to line the walkways, and how to fit my Grace Garden onto the cardboard to finish it all off nicely.

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As for the children, two are napping, one is back at his audio, and the other is likely being nine, and playing.  Now if I could only think of what I should make for dinner.  Anyone have a Monday Make suggestion for me?

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