Saturday, October 2, 2010

Decoration Opinion--Crows?...Ravens?

I'm sorry I haven't been blogging as much, if anyone noticed, but I am having a bit of a difficult time adjusting to working 5 days/week instead of the 2 or 3 I had been accustomed to since Miss A was born. Additionally, kindergarten seems a lot more difficult than fifth grade, which seems like an odd thing to say.... But, the thing is, these children are learning how to be in a room with 22 other little people who also want my undivided attention, so there is a lot of adjustment for them, too. So, it's challenging in a way that I've not been challenged before. Plus, it's my first year with a kindergarten curriculum, which means I am spending a lot of my "free" time developing circles, learning songs, and things like that, rather than spending time on the computer. At first, I thought, Okay, this will just be tricky for the first year, next year I will have it down and be able to think a little more about my non-work life when I am away from school. But, then I remembered that many of our children stay with us for two years (remember, this is a waldorf-inspired school), so next year we will tell different stories, do different crafts, and lead different circles and I will be spending time learning all the new things again. At least I should have our daily/weekly rhythm down by then!... Long story short, I've been wanting to craft and sew and blog, but the time just hasn't been there. Kindergarteners take a lot more energy, too, so I can't stay up late like I used to and still have enough energy the next day. This is proving to be helpful in sticking to one of my New Year's Resolutions that had fallen by the wayside.

But, you thought I needed your opinion in this post, so why are you reading about my job? (Are you still reading?!!) Well, that was just a side-note, because it was on my mind and I wanted to thank you if you are in fact still reading this blog. Yes, I am looking for your help. Here's the deal:

We have a murder of crows (I love that!) that roost in our neighborhood. I love the fact that they are so intelligent; it freaks J out a bit. I also am a big fan of ravens. We don't have any around here, but I fondly remember the ravens from the Tower of London. So cool... Anyhow, it's getting near Halloween (in case you didn't already realize that) and I would like to step up my decorations a bit. In honor of the neighboring birds, I've decided I would like a crow/raven theme. So far, I have a bale of hay on the front porch, which has nothing to do with ravens, but it's all I've been able to do that had something of an autumn theme.

What else should I do? What should I make? (Remember the start of this post when I told you I don't have as much time on my hands as I would like...) Have you seen anything in a store, on a blog, or have you crafted something yourself that might work with my theme? Please share it here! I will do my best to follow some/all suggestions and post about it here in a timely manner.

Thank you in advance for your help, and thank you for reading this blog (though the posts are now few and far between). With gratitude!


  1. I think the crows theme is a fantastic idea! I remember seeing crows at Michael's a few years back and wanting them badly for myself. That's about the extent of my help.

    Hope your school year starts to quiet down.

  2. Hi WElcome to the blogtoberfest. I also was ,years ago, teacher at a kindergarten. An ordinary one , but I remember that i always was preparing projects and so on. But you'll see that after one year it will be easier for you, everything is new at the moment at that also costs a lot of energy.
    I saw on whipup net a tuto of a birds mask , I immedeately thought on that when I read your post. Maybe this is an idea, you also could make them with the children maybe... Here is the link

    Good luck

  3. Tavia, my bro in law in Sac put a fake crow in the front yard and the local crows were very upset. They flew down onto the lawn and were squawking at it and pecking at it and one knocked it over and they were even more upset! He finally had to take it in due to all the racket, so I'd be careful before you put too realistic of crow decor in your yard!!!! Good luck though and Happy early Halloween to you and your family!