Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Christmas day photo of my family.

And So This is Christmas by John Lennon

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Swaps

I have taken part in two Holiday swaps this year.  Marigold's Loft's Secret Santa and Natural Suburbia's Christmas Ornament swap.

Both were handmade swaps and here is what I received:

Thanks so much to my Secret Santa for this imaginative up-cycled purse, beautifully made.  It came with a penny for good luck.

Thanks so much to Sarah from South Africa who writes: "This is a woman dressed in traditional Xhosa clothing".  I love her!

Happy Holidays to one and all!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Handmade Ornaments on the Christmas Blogstop Tour

Click to go to Craftfest 


Handmade felt ornaments are a wonderful project for families around the holidays.  Depending on the age of the child they can be simple or elaborate.

For the very young child an adult can do the cutting of the pieces.  This pattern is from a book that should be in every family's craft library: Feltcraft, Making Dolls Gifts and Toys by Petra Berger.  The pattern is for a child's soft ball but I have adapted it for this ornament.  When I was teaching in a Waldorf kindergarten with children ages 2-6 we made these balls each year.

You need 6 oval shaped pieces in the colors of your choice using wool felt.  This is a perfect medium for young sewers.  It is easy to push a needle through and does not fray.

The sewing  can be a simple overhand or running stitch for preschoolers, or older children can be taught the blanket or chain stitch and/or combine the stitch of choice with beads.

After sewing the six pieces together you add a loop to the top to hang it from and some ribbon to the bottom.  Stuff with sheep's wool and it is very festive!  Make as many as you want for your tree, mantle, stairway, or window.

These ornaments are in my stall at Craftfest and in my Etsy shop.

This post is part of a blog tour from Creative Connections, sponsor of Craftfest and publisher of Creative Crafters Magazine. I have an article in the October issue about my peg dolls.  Check it out.

Schedule of Craftfest Bloggers

I hope you visit these participating blogs!

Saturday 16th November
One post                            Sharon, The Old Button -

Sunday 17th November
One post                          Tania, Cola Creations -

Monday 18th November
AM post                            Vicky, Vicky Myers Creations -

PM post                            Jill, Fabrilushus -

Tuesday 19th November
AM post                             Heidi, Hectic Eclectic -

PM post                             Jane, Loopy's Place -

Wednesday 20th November
AM post                             Jane, Jane Cameron -

PM post                             Lisa, Designs By Lisa -

Thursday 21st November
AM post                             Sarah, Sew Jewellery -

PM post                             Kristin, Pastelesta -

Friday 22nd November
AM post                            Louise, Elsie May & Bertha -

PM post                             Karen, Bridgits Bell -

Saturday 23rd November
AM post                             Michelle, Shelly Berry Originals -

PM post                            Joy, BeadedBazaar -


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Work in Progress for the Holidays

My witches were featured on BeBestsy on November 2.  Thanks so much!  Many, many crafters and foodies link up at these parties.

I am participating in Craftfest, on online Holiday Fair.  Follow this link to my stall (which links back to my Etsy shop):

While you are there check out the other stalls for your holiday shopping.

 In the meantime I am continuing to get orders for witches for stocking suffers so I am still making quite a few.  Here are some with a holiday theme.

Orders for angels are also coming in.  I have hanging and table top angels in the shop.





Monday, October 28, 2013

Song-ography Forever Young

Can you see a song?  

Can a photograph sing to you?

This weeks prompt from Song-ography is the Forever Young.  Written by Bob Dylan it is widely covered.  At the end of the post I have included a beautiful version by Norah Jones.

My daughter and husband 24 years ago.  As every parent knows, our children are etched in our minds and hearts as the babies they once were.  

In the adult we can't help but remember the child.

May God bless and keep you always 
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others 
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars 
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous 
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth 
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous 
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy 
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation 
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful 
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

Alice, current day, in a vineyard in Germany

Norah Jones' Forever Young


Friday, October 18, 2013

40 Witches

Probably lots of online shops would say the same thing.  There is no predicting the flow of orders. In the space of 3 days I received 9 orders for 40 witches! 

Now, Halloween is coming so it does make sense that witches would be popular.  It is just hard to track how these 9 people found my shop and decided to order in that 3 day period.

One of the orders was for 28 witches: 4 red, 4 orange, 4 yellow, 4 green, 4 blue, 4 purple and 4 black.  I shipped it yesterday and felt like I had run a marathon.








Each witch is unique.

28 down and 12 to go!




Monday, September 30, 2013

Waldorf On Etsy: Brigit's Bell

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Mother and Daughter Witches


I am making sets of mother-daughter witches.  Here is the first pair decked out in black dresses with vibrant red clocks and hats.  Are they not sweet together?

They are made from the 2 3/8 and 3 9/16 inch size peg dolls.  I purchase them here in bulk:

I photographed them in several spots in a beautiful cemetery near me.  It has wonderful old trees.  These photos were taken with them on a large shelf mushroom on a rotted tree trunk.


They found another kind of mushroom which they thought was so pretty.  Being witches they knew this one was of the poisonous variety.

Wouldn't you like to take them home and name them?  They are in the shop now.




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