It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, August 22, 2010

CHAPTEr 8, Page 22, Book 10

It's R & R DAY once more.

I really enjoyed our craft yesterday with DS#1 and family and also some other camping friends so I thought I'd tell you and show you today what we did.

I'm not sure if any of you are familiar with RainSticks but that is what we made.

A rainstick is a long, hollow tube which is filled with small pebbles or beans and has small pins or thorns arranged on its inside surface. When the stick is upended, the pebbles fall to the other end of the tube, making a sound reminiscent of a rainstorm as they bounce off the pins. Rain sticks have
become very popular in the last 200 years, and are often sold to tourists.

The rainstick is believed to have been invented
in Chile or Peru, and was played in the belief that it could bring about rainstorms. It is also said that the rainstick was introduced in Mexican music in the 1960s. Rainsticks are usually made from any of several species of cactus. The cacti, which are hollow, are dried by the sun. The spines are removed, and driven back into the cactus, like nails. Pebbles or other small objects are placed inside the rainstick, and the ends are sealed off. A sound like falling water is made when the rainstick has its direction changed to a vertical position.

Since the gentle sound of rain produces a very calming effect many love to have them around when they need a way to RELAX. So this craft fits in very nicely on our day of R & R.

We also enjoyed a rather long gentle rain Saturday afternoon and evening...

First of all we took long cardboard tubes. There are not cacti to be found around here for sure. I found these inside my wrapping paper at home. So now all my wrapping paper is rolled up at home without a tube inside it.

Then we filled the insides of the tube with stripes of paper that had been folded back and forth like a fan. This takes the place of small pins or thorns.

After placing a disk of paper on one end and taping it shut we filled the tubes with 1/2 cup rice and 1/3 cup unpopped pop corn.

Then we taped disk of paper over the other end to seal it shut.

After that we decorated them using markers, paints, ribbons and pipe cleaners

When you move them up and down sideways or back and forth it really does sound like rain. Crafting is a wonderful relaxing and rewarding thing to do with children and adults too.
This morning I'm hoping to make it to church, unless the rain washed ruts in the road off the hill, in that case I'll be staying here until they can grade the road.

I'm sure that due to all the rain sticks we made, we were blessed with quite a ground soaking rain Saturday evening.

As always you all are in my Thoughts and Prayers today.

I hope your Sunday is filled with lots and lots of that good old R & R.

Rest and Relax today!

'On Ya'-ma


Hollie said...

What a cute idea. I once saw a rainstick in a gift store in Cherokee, N.C. We need a rainstick as it's been so dry lately!

jack69 said...

An amazing craft tale. One to keep folks busy and also to entertain. Must be fun to come to ma's campsite.

Love from Kansas
Sherry * Jack

Buttercup said...

We have predictions for rain all day, so your work was very productive. We need it, too! Wishes for a very relaxing Sunday.

grammy said...

I was wondering what you would do for a craft (o: were you happy with the sound it makes?
Hope the road is fixed soon.

betty said...

I remember the kids making rain sticks with this or that group; it is a fun project and sounds like you all had fun doing it! I think the nice thing about crafts is as people are working on them, they sometimes talk more freely about things since it is in such a relaxed setting. I bet it was nice though to have the rain come through, maybe cooled things down a bit?

hope it is a nice Sunday for you all :)


Amelia said...

Oh thatz cool. My son would like to do something like that.. Hope you made it to church. Take care.