Waldorf Style Blocks

Or, mulberry log slices.

This is our block city.

The kids love playing with seashells.

They’re not perfect, and we’ll be making more, but here they are!

The real trick to making “branch blocks” or “natural log blocks” or whatever these are, is curing the wood. “Curing” the wood really means heating and drying it out to kill bugs/bug eggs, as well as to prevent warping and mildew.

To cure the wood, you can either bake your wood in the oven at 175˚F – 200˚F for a few hours. I hear you can also microwave the wood for 1 minute. I preferred the oven, because that meant I didn’t have to cut the blocks while the wood was still moist and green, so I just put a couple logs in the oven to cure before they became blocks.

Sometimes simplicity is easy to find.

More to come.

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House Plants On The Loose

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of the wonderful leafy goodness that is indoor house plants.

With little kiddos in the house, and the actual need to occasionally open the windows… I came up with a plan to make window-opening less of a chore.

Behold: The houseplant windowsill fence.


I had a spare board (1×4, if anyone’s interested), so I bought one of those adorable picket fences they sell to make fairy gardens, and hot-glued it around the perimeter of the board. It didn’t go all the way around, but I liked it that way. Easy, quick, and solved the problem. I placed the board in the right place so that the window can open with out being moved at all, and used a couple command strips to keep it in place.

 

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Blocks, Part Two!

I said I’d polish the blocks, and polish them, I did!

I used a beeswax wood polish (also from my sister’s blog), which I already had mixed up, from when I made a katana, yea these many moons ago.

See how much deeper the colors are? Just lovely!
See how much deeper the colors are? Just lovely!

 

The basic method of this is pretty straightforward:

  1. Get some of the beeswax-and-oil goop from whatever container it’s in.
  2. Smear said goop all over the surfaces of whatever you want polished and protected, until every bit is covered. It shouldn’t be thick on there, just enough to make it very shiny; maybe a bit slippery.
  3. Let all goop-covered items sit for at least 15-20 minutes. (I let mine sit for a couple of hours, because I got distracted, and it made zero difference.)
  4. Wipe off any excess polish with a soft cotton cloth.
  5. Enjoy your pretty bit of wood!

I also used this polish on my black walnut buttons. 🙂 Just goes to show, a good method is the gift that keeps on giving.

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