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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

For Crisler



This dolls skin is made of cfe au lait skin fabric, her hair is made of soft merino yarn and her hat is handknit of plantdyed lambswool.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

For Emilia



This doll is for little Emilia a dear friends nice. Emilias Papa is caribbean and has dark skin and dreadlocks which we wanted to blend in Emilias doll. The dolls hair are made of a very unique and beautiful handspun and plantdyed lambswool yarn made by textil artist Heidrun Trenkler.
Her tunic dress is made of linen cotton mix and her a-line reversible dress is made of pure linen.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dollskin and Price Transparency

The last weeks my stock of doll skin fabric has become less and less and it was time to order some new. It was always very important for me to only work with the best materials available. I spend a lot of time doing reseach to find and get the best fabrics, the best woolstuffing, the best yarns for my dolls.
Unfortunatly the best dollskin, which is made in Switzerland and which is tested and reviewed since many years as the very best available for the purpose of Waldorfdoll making, was always expensive but has become even more expensive since I ordered the last time. The prize has increased more than 30 % up to 41 USD per meter, including customs and shipping. 
I decided to pay the higher price and not to change the manufacturer of the dollskin fabric in order to provide best quality to my customers which means that the price of my dolls will rise slightly within the upcoming days.

Monday, June 23, 2014

A doll for Doralice and Summersolstice celebration

After one weekend full of summersolstice celebrations and midsummer firemaking I completed this 40 cm Companion doll for Doralice. She has peach skin, dark brown mohair wool hair and green eyes. Her dress is made of beige linen and her hat is handknit of plantdyed lambswool.