See what I meant about candy-corn colored knits around here? I've used the last of the naturally dyed self-striping sock yarn but still have enough solid colors for a few pair.
The kernels from the decorative corn in this post from last year is what we used for both necklaces and decorations, soaking them in water until they were soft enough to string on a needle and beading thread. We soaked the corn husks to make a corn husk doll as in the Legend of the Corn Husk Doll, following these directions. We glued the dry kernels and 11 bean soup mix onto paper (Too bad we didn't have any dried squash seed as well to represent the third sister). We also strung some extra, stale popcorn for hanging on the trees outside, made cornbread, and even tasted (a tiny bit of) corn syrup. The popcorns balls have dried cranberries and sunflower seeds added for a trio of native american foods in one very sweet treat. It's called homeschooling and crafting-on-a-shoestring with what we had on hand!
Enough corny-ness for now. It's been a rough couple of days around here, which makes all this sweet craftiness. This full-time homeschooling mom needs a break! Luckily, tomorrow will be a sort-of one as it's a holiday and we'll be enjoying the day with friends and family and far too much food. Then I could really use a day to myself, NOT for running errands or cleaning up around here or catching up on blogs, but REAL time just hanging out with girlfriends just ourselves, not easy to arrange with kids and families to juggle. We're just going to have to make it happen, though. It would be in everybody's interest!