Monday, September 5, 2011

Little Miss Muffet, Tuffets and fun Spiders!

Hey y'all!

Little Miss Muffet detail of painting
by Scott Gustafson

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Poor little Miss Muffet!

Let's make some cute spiders,
so next time she won't be so frightened!
Spider Pretzels 
These arachnid treats are easy to make and they look positively lifelike
crawling across your child's snack plate.
For each:
2 round crackers
(like Ritz)
2 teaspoons smooth peanut butter
8 small pretzel sticks
2 raisins

With the peanut butter, make a cracker sandwich.
Insert eight pretzel "legs" into the filling.
Place them 4 on one side, and 4 on the opposite side.
With a dab of peanut butter, set two raisin "eyes" on top, front.
Makes 1.

I do have a photo, but I can't figure out how to get it to the blog. Sorry.
Use your imagination, and I'm sure they will be cute!

So just what is a "tuffet"?

Well, it can be a little stool to sit on,
or it can be a patch of grass, like a tuft of grass.

In most of the pictures/illustrations/paintings that I have found,
Miss Muffet is sitting on a low stool.

A vintage Jessie Wilcox Smith postcard

Here is a great Spider Iris Folding pattern, courtesy of Chona:

If you can't quite remember how to do Iris Folding,
type into my search box "iris folding" and a nice tutorial should pop up,
along with several more patterns. These will be in different blogs.

1889 vintage illustration

There is a charming coloring page on Mary Engelbreit's web site:

She has several super coloring pages!

I have a simple scherensnitte (papercutting) pattern for you next.
The pattern page has Little Miss Muffet on the top,
and Little Jack Horner on the bottom.
2 for 1!

vintage illustration, courtesy of

So what are curds and whey?
Sounds icky....
Whey is the watery part of milk that separates from the curds
when making cheese.
I kind of think of it as watery cottage cheese!

Miss Muffet embroidery pattern from TurkeyFeathers
Here is another fun 'Spider' to make!
Spider Pops

You will need:
black pipe cleaners (chenille stems)
Tootsie Pops (lollipops)
googly eyes

1. Hold four pipe cleaners, center them at the base of the pop and
         wrap them around the stick once so there are 4 legs on each
         side of the round pop.
2. Bend the pipe cleaner ends of each leg to form eight feet. Just
         about 1/2" or so.
3. Glue on googly eyes to the bulb of the pop, in front.
4. Spiders can crawl around anywhere you want them to, on their 
          pipe cleaner legs!

Wouldn't these make cute Halloween party favors or hand-outs?

Note Miss Muffet's MUSHROOM tuffet!

He creates interesting digital photography art.
I have had fun with Little Miss Muffet today.
This is the blog that I had done in July,
only to have blogspot eat it.
But I'm not mad today, so we had some tuffet-fun!

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