Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two Children of the Forest for Jennifer inspired by Elsa Beskows Book

Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow

Children of the Forest affirms the life children experience within the stillness of the forest floor. They are little people who wear acorn caps and toadstool hats and spin yarn from cotton grass.
The children of the forest live deep in the roots of an old pine tree. They collect wild mushrooms and blueberries and shelter under toadstools when it rains.
They play with the squirrels and frogs, and when autumn comes, they collect and prepare food to see them through the long winter, until the warm spring breeze starts to blow.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Martinmas

Martinmas is one of our favorit festivities each year. 
Our Lanterns are prepared for tonights lantern walk.

“Down with darkness, up with light,
Up with sunshine, down with night.
Each of us is one small light,
But together we shine bright.
Go away, darkest, blackest night,
Go away, give way to light! “

St.Martin Tischbild
mit freundlicher Genehmigung von © 2009 Waldow Verlag

For Pascal



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

For Brittany

 
This doll is made of marzipan colored skin fabric, her hair is made of soft blond mohair yarn. Her clothes are made of extra soft materials like wool knit and cotton velvet and her hat is handknitt of pantdyed lambswool.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Autumn Nature Table

The weather is shifting and so we are more inside these days. The storm Gonzalo brought low temperatures and outside it is wintery cold. Just the right day to rearrange our Autumn Nature Table a bit. The two wooden figures are made by Rjabinnik a fellow member of the Natural Kids Team at Etsy. If You would like to know how to make a lantern like on the picture You can use this tutorial

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Review - Bump: How to Make, Grow and Birth a Baby by Kate Evans

Some months ago I was invited to contribut in the New Mama Welcome Pack Project of Catherine Redfern. Catherine has gathered over 60 inspirational authors, artists, therapists and mothers, from 13 different countries, who have contributed ebooks, videos, printables and more to help new mums to get through those all important first few months. One of my fellows from the New Mama Welcome Pack is Kate Evans. Today I am happy to share her new Book "Bump: How to Make, Grow and Birth" with You.
It was really a joy to read! Kate Evans´ illustrations and words are so close to my heart. I was laughing tears when reading through it. I absolutely love this book! The laugh-out-loud cartoons are brilliant, written and illustrated in a sympathetic and (positively) angry tone.
'Bump is delicious and gorgeous and needed in this world. This purposeful and fun book will gently educate, encourage and inspire people everywhere.' – Midwife
Find in this book:

• Early pregnancy advice

• Stop telling me what to do

• Food, glorious food

• The call of the duvet

• The physical preparations

• Ripening and readying 

• Waiting well past your due date

• The art of birth (labour)

You can find a preview of Kate Evans Book here and You can order the book here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Do what You love or love what You do.... or just ride the horse in the direction it goes, so to speak.

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do"

Rumi

Often, when working outside with my sewing basket like yesterday, right next to an rough-and-ready set up outside painting atelier of my little daughter, this kind of working from home life seems to be so incredible perfect for me. I can do what I love and be with my children. On the other hand working from home with little ones alongside can be a wee bit stressful too with its many, many interruptions and for that reason its just modest income. As soon as my three year old entered the scene after his nap time and started painting too, Mama sewing time was over for the rest of the afternoon...

... sibling quarrel, spouted paint dangerously close to my sewing basket...
..... and then this little ladybird landed on the lambs wool fleece in front of me and reminded me that all is really well. So lets just do what we love or sometimes just love what we have to do .... or just ride the horse in the direction it goes, so to speak.

And since I was reading some beautiful quotes lately here is one more quote for the conclusion.

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."
Buddha

For Diemute



Monday, September 29, 2014

Autumn Activities

Finaly autumn has come after a cold and rainy, sometimes really autumn like summer. And with this season, with all its treasures to be found in our garden, mud pie kitchens are set up instantly each year and little hands are busy cooking and preparing delicious mud pie kitchen food.
Tea and cookies
Washing the dishes
  
Sausages and mustard
 Roasting French Chops
Dumplings
And last but not least and very important! Dessert!

If You are inspired to create Your own Mud Pie Kitchen. Some years ago I made a little How to for a Mud Pie Kitchen Set Up