These cool looking pods are the size of a ping pong ball (or can be smaller) and are an Oak gall. That hard little center in the starburst holds a bug. The starburst is to support the little greenhouse which insulates the little worm during the winter. All the little spines are attached to the inside of the ball - very si-fi! I had never seen them before this year (we have been at out house for 5 years!). It comes from our very large oak tree out front. Very cool. Its such a nice green color.
I am now ending my first year of teaching handworks to 7 - 1st and 2nd graders. Its been wonderful and I am then tackling a full schedule of part time work teaching all the grades handwork next year. I draw some of my inspiration from my good friend here -
She and I along with a great group of women are getting our training at Sunbridge College.
I hope to post more through the summer of my plans and actual projects I will be giving out. I know I have a lot of samples to make!!