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Summer Solstice Celebrations

Tomorrow is the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer Solstice. And one of my very favorite celebrations.  The longest day and the official kick-off to the summer season. We’ve only been observing this day in my little family for the past couple of years, but I think we’ve already got our traditions pretty much down for this one.
This year our festivities were joined by some very dear friends and celebrated a couple of days ago. It’s one of just a few days my little ones are allowed to stay up well past their bedtime, as we don’t started til after that time anyway. My husband makes a fire for us to roast veggie dogs and marshmallows over and we allow about an hour before the sun begins to go down to eat and blow bubbles. We spread blankets over the ground and ate picnic style.

My rosemary plant is growing like crazy so I made these yummy Rosemary-Lemon Cookies. We also have plenty of cold lemonade and blackberry cobbler. Don’t you love the foods of summer?!

After everyone has gotten full and it’s dark enough we all run around catching fireflies. They were being rather elusive the other night so instead we sat on the hill and watched them flickering in the distance.

Our celebration is simple, but I think that’s why I love it so much. Happy Solstice, everyone and have a happy summer, too!

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Photo Tutorial: Summer Solstice Sun Wand

The Summer Solstice might be my favorite holiday.  The earth is at last warm again and the lilac trees are full of flowers. School is over and pools are opening!

To celebrate the longest day, I made this very simple wand that takes no time to assemble.

You need

  • A twig of any sort. I used driftwood from our beach.
  • Yellow, red and orange felt
  • Lace, strand of yarn, ribbons….

What to do:

  • Cut a sun shape in your yellow felt, double it. I went really pointy with this one, but you can make a rounder one.
  • Embellish it to your imagination
  • Blanket stitch all around, but leave one point open

  • Cut your stands of lace and ribbons the length of the twig

  • Attach it to one end of the twig.

  • Place inside the Sun.
  • Here I blanket stitched over the lace to firmly attach the Sun to the stick

And you’re done!