Camouflage Capture The Flag In the Dark Game

Who is that having so much fun?
You won’t see me tonight!

When I had a bunch of homeschool families over to play capture the flag in the dark, trackerschool style, I had fun demonstrating to the kids and adults how to use mud and oily charcoal to camouflage yourself for the game we were about to play.  ONE of the most fun parts of the night, for me, was the look on people’s faces when I dipped my hand into the coconut oil/charcoal mix and rubbed it across my face and shirt!  I should have gotten it in my hair too, that would have been even better.  I have to say, my face felt silky soft and smooth after I washed this mix off!

The BEST part of the night was, however, when one of the kids, a beaming boy of about 6, came up to me afterwards as we were cleaning up, and with a face as happy and shining as the sun, exclaimed to me with the utmost joy, his escapades of the evening!  His friend, who was about his same age, echoed every point, as he stood by adding his two cents when he could get a word in edgewise!  Unforgettable!

This past couple months, I was privileged to teach a group of 8 to 12 year olds at our homeschool group, Life Academy of Salem.  We had 9 enthusiastic students who loved learning to make fire with friction; a debris hut; cordage; a deadfall trap and a snare; hunting practice with bows and arrows (and a little pink stuffed bunny); making bowls with raku clay (and firing them in a campfire); awareness games; and hearing stories about my teacher, Tom Brown Jr. and his best friend Rick, as they learned from their mentor, an Apache Scout named Stalking Wolf.

I hope I get to share these fun skills, and more, again next school year!

Finally . . . My First Felting Workshop in Oregon!

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Saturday, April 30th, 2016, I will be holding a scarf felting workshop in my home in Salem Oregon. The time will be from 9am to 3pm, and will include a half hour break, in which a light lunch will be served.

Pictured are some examples of the types of scarves that can be made in this workshop. The maximum size for layout will be 9 feet long and 12″ wide, which results in a scarf that is approximately 8 feet long by 10″ wide. They can be made smaller, however, based on your preference.
My very large assortment of merino, and merino silk fiber blend, colors will be available for each of you, up to 5 ounces for each scarf (most that I make weigh 4 ounces), and in any color combination and as many colors as you like.
The cost of the workshop is $75 and these scarves are more beautiful, in my opinion, than similar fiber scarves found in the nicer stores for upwards of $200.00, because they are handmade and works of art rather than machine manufactured. These scarves reflect your tastes and color preferences, besides being a lot of fun (and a bit of work) to make.
The more the merrier (up to six attendees) as we visit and work together. The time will fly!
Please call or text me to reserve your place in the workshop.
407-766-2588
Or, if you prefer, you can email me at micheleballantynedesigns@gmail.com