Dressing in costumes is a major part of celebrating Reformation Day. Renaissance/Medieval costumes. Think: princesses, knights (think armor of God), Robin Hood, maidens, etc. I saw a knights kit at Target (in the toy section) for $12. And with all the Halloween costumes in stores, you should be able to find a costume relatively cheap and easily.
You can also go for a traditional monk costume. I made Jack's out a brown turtleneck and a piece of cording.
More on Anne's costume here...Every little girl loves dressing up like a princess and this is a perfect opportunity.
Capes are also very fun and reformation-ish. Simplicity Pattern 5927, is a very easy and simple pattern to follow. This pattern requires very little sewing when you make it with felt (what the pattern actually calls for). You pretty much cut out the cape and the hood and then just sew those two pieces together. Add some ribbons ties and you are done. Plus, with felt recently on sale at Joann's these cost only about $8-9 to make (including ribbon). I altered it a bit for Anne's version (above) to include a lining and the strap and vintage button across the top. I used red velour for hers. Note: Red is the liturgical color of Reformation Day.
And, here I am in full garb with Anne (a Reformation princess) and Jack (Martin Luther).
Decorations and Hammers
Red is the color of Reformation Day (representing the Holy Spirit and also martyrs of the Christian Church). I set the coffee table up with red linens and Anne's little red chairs. Matt helped me make these little wooden hammers, which the girls used to "hammer" on the doors around the house (just as Luther nailed the 95 thesis on the church door). The also used them to knock on doors when we went to give/receive treats.
The girls made stained glass windows, like those that had to be replaced after riots and fighting broke out in Germany during this time. They also wrote with quills, as Luther did when he translated the Latin Bible to German so the common man could read it.Transcribe the Bible
In Martin Luther's time, the Bible was only available in Latin--a language very few could read. While he was in hiding (many people wanted to kill him), he translated the Bible into German. This way, the common man would be able to personally read and reflect on God's Word, instead of relying on priests and scholars.
Have your little one "transcribe" the Bible by copying an entire page or just a chapter of the Bible in their own handwriting. Or just have them write one verse. Or, if they don't know how to write (like mine), they can just pretend to write.
To make it more fun, let them use a quill or feather. And let them use a fun color of watered-down poster paint.
Reformation Day PDFS:
A color sheet with the "Luther Rose" and a verse. The Luther Rose was an important symbol for the day because it was a seal that Martin Luther wore as a ring. The Luther Rose consists of a black cross, on a red heart. The heart is set in the middle of a white rose. The white rose is placed on a field of heavenly blue. Encircling this field is a ring of gold.
And, a printout of Reformation Facts and Activity Ideas.\
If you are interested, you can also read my first post about celebrating Reformation Day in 2008.
We celebrate Reformation Day (Oct 31). For those of you who also might like to celebrate this year, I thought I'd better post some stuff so you can plan your special day. Over the next couple of days, I'll be reposting some ideas from last year as well as some new items.
To me, Reformation Day is an opportunity to teach my kids a little church history and instill in them the message that our salvation is through faith not works. And, yes, this my attempt to create an alternative to the spooky stuff (and sometimes evil) associated with Halloween. Let me be clear: I'm not saying you're bad if you celebrate Halloween. No judgment here, my friends. This is just something we are doing for our family.
Let's start with...What is Reformation Day?
Also, the illustrated book above is a great resource. Beautiful illustrations and it does a great job outlining the history. The text may be a little long on some pages for really tiny ones, but I just abbreviate as I read sometimes.
# 270 :: I am thankful for the magic of the season's first snow.
First Snow, by Mary Louise Allen
Snow makes whiteness where it falls.
The bushes look like popcorn-balls.
The places where I always play,
Look like somewhere else today.
#273 :: Tasting fresh snow.
#274 :: Wearing knitted warmth made by my mama.
#245 :: The warmth you feel after returning into the house.
#246 :: marshmallows melting in hot chocolate
Besides a day of teaching and the food...each sewing student took home some goodies.
Each student left with a sewing binder, with notes, patterns, suggested books, blog and resources...
They also got to take home a tea cup pin cushion of their choice. Other goodies (not pictured): homemade caramels by my mom (thanks, Mama!), Sew Lovely vintage flash card, Sew Lovely verse card.
I had such an amazing time teaching all of these ladies. But I especially had an amazing time getting to know them and becoming friends. They've already been texting me pics of their sewing projects that they've done at home. Thank you ladies for a wonderful day.
Learning how to use a rotary cutter.
Teresa and I are trouble-shooting the sewing machines, teaching the ladies how to make button holes. I think most of the ladies will agree that one of the best parts of the class was using how to use their machines--tension, stitches, button holes, etc.
Here are the ladies modeling their three completed projects: a rice pillow and pillowcase, small tote bag and an apron.
Paula--a dear friend in real life. Loved her kitchy Christmas fabric she used on her apron.
Erin--a blog reader who has become a real-life friend. She looks so cool with all her coordinated fabric, doesn't she?
Amber--blog reader, now a real-life friend. Love her fabric choice!
Jen--I met Jen when she was taking Kristen's Click Class. She was actually one of the inspirations for this class--encouraging and motivating me to get it started and inviting her friends to come. Thanks, Jen!
Amanda--Also took Kristen's Click Class. She is good friends with Jen, but my friend now too!
Carrie--While we didn't know it at the time, we attended the same church 10 years ago when I first moved to Denver. She is a blog reader and friends with Kristen and now MY friend, too!
Nicole--friend of Jen's, now my friend too! Loved the cherry print she brought.
SEW LOVELY ladies: If you have a blog to link to, I'd like to include. Just leave a comment or shoot me an email and I will link it to your name in this post.
One of the funniest parts of SEW LOVELY (for me) was creating unique details and decor for my guests to enjoy....I worked for the month following up the event making and creating...
Vintage thread spool place card holder...
My fabric stash on display.
My manikin Evelyn welcoming the guests at the front door. Special thanks to Anne (5) and Annalise (7) for dressing her in the fall attire. (P.S. If you are new to the blog, Evelyn is my vintage manikin that I dress up for the seasons and move around my house.)
I made this bunting out of vintage sewing patterns (scanned to card stock). Tutorial to come later this week.
I found this illustration of Dorcas (a woman in the Bible who sewed for widows and orphans) in an old childrens book. I adorned the print with stitching and notions. (You SEW LOVELY ladies now know what "notions" are.)
Okay, the ladies came to sew, but they also came to eat. Good food is as much a part of SEW LOVELY as a needle and thread. Here's what we ate.
Butternut Squash Soup:
Afternoon snack was chocolate chips cookies straight out of the oven. I'll link to the recipe as soon as Kristen posts her secret recipe!
While I made much of the food in advance....it could not have been completed, served and made lovely without the help of Teresa and Kristen. Thank you so much ladies for being there for me!
And thank you, Kristen, for documenting the day with all your amazing photos.
the classroom--sunroom/playroom converted
yard stick chandelier--creative genius idea of Kristen.
Thank you Kristen for taking all the pics. More posts coming in the next few days: the food, the goods, the ladies....