Turkey Note Holder
by: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 and up
This cute little turkey can hang from your refrigerator or your
front door. Whether his note says “Welcome”, “Where’s the Beef?” or
“What’s for Dinner?," everyone will think he’s adorable!
What you'll need:
● 2 jumbo craft sticks
● Brown acrylic craft paint
● Small wooden clothespin
● Small straw hat, cut in half
● Small red foam heart
● Miniature orange foam triangle
● 2 yellow foam chick feet
● 2 small wiggle eyes
● White craft glue
● Hot glue gun
● 9 feathers in fall colors
How to make it:
Paint both craft sticks and clothespin with brown paint, set aside
to dry. Paint a second coat on the craft sticks, but not the
1. Glue feathers
in a fan behind one of the craft sticks. Sandwich the second craft
stick behind the feathers.
2. Glue the straw hat half to the top of the craft stick.
3. Glue two wiggle eyes under the hat.
4. Glue red heart upside down for waddle. Glue the orange triangle
upside down at the top of the waddle.
5. Glue the yellow duck feet to the bottom of the craft stick,
6. Glue the clothespin to the front of the craft stick, pointing
To hang on the fridge, attach two round magnets to the back of the
To hang on a door, attach a piece of ribbon or yarn to the back of
Save the other half of your straw hat for another project.
Winter is Fallow
continued . .
The deserts of
Southern California winters are not touched with freezing
temperatures and snow but we do have the shorter days of sunlight
guiding us into the longer nights of winter. The darkness offers us
the grace of a desert winter. The darkness allows us to cloak
ourselves and descend. At Hallows Eve our focus was on slowing down
and the descent into the darkness of winter. The Temple congregation
received dream pouches. They were filled with more seeds (corn) for
the future, flowers such as lavender, rose, hibiscus, and herbs
including mugwort, witchhazel leaves, wormwood leaves, and alfalfa.
Each person imbued their pouch with all that they wish to accomplish
in the coming year. All their dreams, plans, intentions,
relationships, projects, large or small, were magickally placed into
the fragrant bags. Instructions were to put it under a pillow and
dream all their aspirations into the world. This is our preparation
Yet, our ancestors, who lived by the seasons and farmed the land to
feed their families used this fallow time to prepare for the coming
spring. All those tasks and chores that were set aside during
planting and harvesting can now be tended to. So as we slow down and
descend into the dark of the winter days and dream of 2009 and what
we wish to grow in our lives, it is an opportunity to prepare our
dream seeds for planting in the spring, whatever that means to each
of us. Is it a new job to seek? Re-connecting to others? Career
strategies to be outlined? A new business or project to be planned?
Putting ourselves out to meet the other? Whatever must be done to
care for those dream seeds during this winter, to protect them from
the mold of procrastination, the mildew of hopelessness, and to keep
them safe from the rodents of our own fears. We must trust the
darkness of fertility and growth to nurture future plans into the
reality of spring.
Regardless of where one lives, Winter is the time, not to stop, not
to give up, but to plan for the hot days of Summer when crops grow
full under a golden sun. Winter is the time to slow down. It’s hard
to take inventory of yourself and your environment if you’re running
helter-skelter. Slow down. Meditate with your dream pouch, inhaling
the sweet aroma of embryonic dreams. Look, really look, at the
complexity of the mix, examine the uncountable permutations. Know
that if you take the time to protect those dreams, those plans
throughout the Winter, get to know those dreams intimately, then you
will know the proper time and place to plant those seeds of infinite
possibility. And most assuredly some of the seeds will fall on
fertile soil, be properly fertilized, be adequately watered, and
will grow into a plant you will be proud of.