Saturday, August 1, 2015

Rainbow Heart Garland


On my workbench for August..


I'm participating in a swap on the Facebook group Fairies and Gnomes Handwork.  The theme is Rainbow bridge birthday celebration in the Waldorf tradition.






The hearts measure 4 x 4 inches each and are made from 100% wool felt and stuffed with wool batting.  They are strung on cotton floss and 7 rainbow colored wool felted beads are spacers.






If you enjoy crafting for your children check out my previous blog on the various swap groups.












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Monday, July 13, 2015

Walking Around the Yard

 Here's what I found on a walk around my New England yard today.




I was excited to get this photo as these cardinals are so skittish!





Lasting only day these lilies are so brilliantly orange.







My yard is on the wild side-no manicured lawn for us.  But we like it that way.  In the spring are white and purple violets, may flowers, bluets, etc.  In the summer the mushrooms pop up and are gone just as quickly.







Some grow singly, some bunch right up on one another.







Today I found 7 types of mushrooms.  I have such a fondness for them.





Many of them show signs of nocturnal foragers.








Do toads eat mushrooms?  This one hopped out when I moved the hose to fill the birdbath.









One lonely pink wild flower in the whole lawn!





Under the shade of the human made Amanita is what we called smoke bombs as children.  What a delight to find and step on a dried one, releasing the spores.





These mushrooms can be found in my Etsy shop.




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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Blue Jeans Gnome Family



What do you make with old blue jeans?  An extended family of gnomes! 
 I had a lot of fun making this family.










Grandma and grandpa.  I gave him a braided beard after rewatching the Lord Of the Rings movies. Gnomes and dwarfs are different creatures I think, but I am not sure, never having seen a gnome.  At any rate the braided beard is in honor of Gimli, son of Gloin.





Grandma has a long gray braid and I think she must have help with it every morning.  Maybe her grandchildren help.







Aren't they cute!  I especially like the girl's stick-out hair.  They are 3.5 inches tall.





Here they are with grandma and grandpa.





Mom and Dad.  All the men in this family braid their beards.  The adults are 5 inched tall.










More photos in the family album.





Father and son.





Mother in law and daughter in law.





Mom and the twins.





Dad and his treasures.




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and other elementals Here 

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Monday, May 4, 2015

What's New

You may remember that I made a Celtic goddess peg doll back in January as a special request. The same person asked for a stag king. He is now finished and ready to greet the world. There are many examples of stag kings, AKA the Horned God in Europe. He is a nature god of the hunt and the cyclic year, the embodiment of fertility and masculine power.  Some call him Cerununnos.

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He lives and dies each and every year.  Born at the winter solstice, he mates in the spring at Beltane with the goddess and dies at Halloween or Samhain.  




I have chosen to give him antler horns, sometimes he has ram or bovine horns.  He holds a staff and a snake.  Around his neck is a torc, a male neck adornment and symbol of power.  He is dressed in green with a brown cape and a Celtic knot.






He is dressed in green with a brown cape and a Celtic knot at his waist. His hair is long and wild. Here is a photo of the Cerununnos on a Celtic cauldron.




Every year I create a design in my garden from ocean beach rocks.  I have done labyrinths, spirals, hearts and a medicine wheel.  Since I have Celtic theme going this year in the dolls I am making i decided to do a Celtic knot.  This is a trinity Celtic knot representing the 3 fold nature of the goddess-maiden, mother and crone; or the human-mind, body spirit; or in Christianity-the father, son and holy spirit.


By the way, that is a patch of day lilies in the upper corner.



What else have I been working on? Here is a sample of things I have made for swaps (Read about swaps HERE.














Witches are probably the most popular thing in my Etsy shop.  After a long hard winter I made spring witches with embroidered pussy willows and snow drops.









And a Turquoise witch in the largest peg size:







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Friday, February 20, 2015

Swaps

I recently participated in a swap for the Facebook Group, Fairies and Gnomes Handwork. Have you heard of swap groups?

The idea is that you create 6 items or sets worth a specified amount ($15-25) and receive 6 items or sets in return. Each swap has a theme that generally goes along with the season or holiday, but not always. You have a month or so to craft and stay in contact with the other members of the swap through posts and photos on the group page, email or messenger.  By the deadline date you package up you efforts and send it off  to the hostess who organizes everything, repackages and sends you back your new items  Fun!.



I do not have small children at home but I will have grandchildren one day so I participate for them. I have a nice little stash of handcrafted playthings made of natural materials in the Waldorf tradition. For those with young children this is a great way to acquire a variety of items for a seasonal display, storytelling, creative play or nature table.





The theme of this swap was gnomes and the item or set needed to be worth $20-25.  I chose to do peg doll gnomes and mushrooms.  These spring gnomes are slightly smaller and more slender than most of the gnomes in my shop conveying the new growth of spring.  They stand 4 inches tall with their hats and the mushrooms are around 3 inches.






Below are the addresses for the groups I am familiar with although there are probably more.

Yahoo Group

Bits of Goodness: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Bitsofgoodness/info


Facebook Groups

Festivals By Hand: https://www.facebook.com/groups/festivalsbyhand/?ref=bookmarks

Waldorf Swap Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/waldorfswapclub/?ref=bookmarks

Fairies and Gnomes Handwork:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1378380559112213/?ref=bookmarks

Earth Mama Swap: https://www.facebook.com/groups/827392397301586/?ref=bookmarks

Fairytale Swaps: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fairytaleswaps/?ref=bookmarks

Creative Expressions Swap Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/749676275060547/?ref=bookmarks

Two Little Gnomes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/twolittlegnomes/


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ETSY

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