Today we're sharing a special giveaway by Waldorf on Etsy artist Lucinda Macy of Willodel. The giveaway begins on Dec. 1, 2013 and ends on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
"In the spirit of goodwill and giving back to those who have given and
all those who would like to give and inspire the imagination,
creativity and embracing the spirit of the natural world..... let us
enjoy our grand extended family that we have become and are becoming!"
Joining the Willodel shop in this giving is The MagicFairyLady
shop on etsy, a shop that embraces the love of the natural world and
the power of creativity in a most unique and beautiful way.
I am a dreamer, poet, Mama to 5 girls, artist, maker of happy messes, fan of unmade beds. Inspired by sunlight and those still unkempt sacred wild places. We are a family inspired by all things Waldorf. I fell in love with the traditional Waldorf crafted dolls and began to make them 6 years ago. They have such a simple, soulful quality about them.
The name "tillytilda" is a nickname of my little girl
Matilda who is now 6 years old, and the biggest fan of my handmade
dolls. I call her my little apprentice doll maker.
Since childhood I have always loved to make and create. I have fond
childhood memories of hours spent sorting buttons, trims and scraps of
fabric into dollies, teddies and outfits for them all.
Waldorf dolls have simple facial features that do not overwhelm a child.
A child may bring their own imagination to a doll. Their doll will
become a dear and special friend, a keeper of stories and reminder of
adventures taken together.
As I create, a story is being woven through my hands.
That is why each and every doll is unique and their characters become so alive for me.
I hope that this translates. Especially for the children who will play with them.
I start every single piece from scratch. Simple fibres, that enliven and quicken my heart and ignite the embers of a dream. "Amaya
seemed happy enough in her lace trimmed lavender dress but looking into
her deep brown eyes I knew there was more to this girl than simply
lavender and lace lovely though it is. As soon as she spied my fluffy,
sky wisps of merino sparkling like sunlit water in the evening light I
noticed her eyes light up." There's more to this story, visit TillyTilda's blog to read more and see the accompanying pictures of Amaya.
And then there is the wrapping.
I use eco friendly wrapping materials as much as possible. I like to keep it simple, elegant and rustic.
I want the wrapping to be part of the experience of receiving a tilly tilda doll or crown.
I want it to be a warm "hello" and a gentle "shake of the hand."
An introduction and a welcome.
One or two simple, lovingly crafted natural toys are the kind of toys a
child will connect to, bond with, love and as the skin horse in the
Velveteen Rabbit says " be loved real" in a child's mind and heart.
As they are made entirely of natural fabircs the dolls themselves have a wonderfully comforting feel to them.
These dolls are perfect for snuggling under blankies with. They are also very easy to dress up, as their arms and legs are very flexible. Tillytilda dolls are made in the old German doll making tradition. In accordance with the Waldorf pedagogy they are made using natural materials which are safe, soft and hard wearing.
Children will love to touch these dolls soft mohair yarn locks and hold their comforting carded fleece filled bodies.
Almost all of my work has once been a dream. Not necessarily a sleeping dream, but something on the periphery of my vision in waking hours.
Each creation seemed to me something that needed to become "real."
One part vision, one part whimsy, one part the child in my arms and the last part my own childhood heart.
What I create is an essence of all these things fused together expressed in form.
Every piece carries a little bit of story in it's fibres.
In honor of my sons, my nephews, my cousins and all the other October birthdays, here is a post to inspire you to bring more kindness to your everyday life. I'm stepping outside the Waldorf on Etsy team today to bring you the work of Alissa, a homeschooling mom to three kids, who blogs about having a fulfilling, creative life that includes her children:
100 Ways to be Kind to Your Child was written in February 2012 by Alissa, as a participating blogger for Toddler Approved’s 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge. She spent a month knowing she would be writing about how to be kind to her
children. It’s not that she didn’t want to be kind to her kids all the
time, but, it made a real difference to be thinking about this
"When I consciously decided to find ways to be kind to my kids I found
I was catching myself more often before I sighed impatiently." Alissa shared, "I
started finding more times to make kind eye contact, or smile. These are just little shifts, but they add up. "
2. I love you no matter what.
5. I love you when you are far way. My love for you can reach you wherever you are.
8. Thank you.
9. I enjoyed playing with you today.
10. My favorite part of the day was when I was with you and we _______.
11. The story of their birth or adoption.
14. A story about yourself when you were their age.
16. What your favorite color is.
17. That sometimes you struggle too.
18. That when you’re holding hands and you give three squeezes, it’s a secret code that means, “I love you”.
22. Hop Scotch
23. Board Games
26. Twenty Questions
27. I Spy on long car rides
29. To catch their kiss and put it on your cheek.
30. That their tickle tank is empty and you have to fill it.
31. That their high five is so powerful it nearly knocks you over.
33. That you are explorers in the amazing world of your own backyard.
35. To get enough sleep.
37. To eat decent food.
38. Dressing in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable.
41. Dancing in the kitchen.
45. Using a kind voice, even if you have to fake it.
46. A book of silly poems.
47. A story and then act out the plot.
48. Your favorite childhood book to them.
50. Outside under a tree.
53. About age appropriate behavior so you can keep your expectations realistic.
54. To your child in the car.
57. One second longer than you think you have patience for.
58. For the feelings behind your child’s words.
60. What do you think would happen if______?
61. How shall we find out?
62. What are you thinking about?
65. Your child how to do something instead of banning them from it.
68. How to cut food.
69. How to fold laundry.
70. How to look up information when you don’t know the answer.
72. That taking care of yourself is important.
91. Of how you thought it was going to be.
92. Of your need to be right.
93. A kind look.
94. A smile when your child walks into the room.
97. Your child a chance to work out their frustrations before helping them.
99. A hug. 100. You get to choose the next one! What is your favorite way to be kind to your child?
eight year old son gets to choose his daily school work from a weekly
checklist. Once per week his list includes form drawing and without
fail, enthusiastically, he chooses it every Monday.
So, what is so wonderful about form drawing for him? "Probably, I like
it because of all the crazy forms I get to draw," he answers me. It may
go deeper than that.
1919 Rudolph Steiner introduced form drawing which is taught to
children ages 6-10 . This simple idea, of having children essentially
copy freehand drawings, is more than just a crayon to paper. Before
children are shown a form to recreate on their page, they are immersed
in the feeling of the form. Children are introduced to each new form
through stories, movements through the air, or walking the form as a few
examples. The feelings from this engagement with a form can vary based
on the form taught. For
instance, if a teacher has a restless group that needs energy, a sharp,
stiff form can create some liveliness. In contrast, slow, rounded forms
can do just the opposite, create harmony and peace for children who
need some calm. Having children focus on a form and replicate it with
intention create zen like moments that can linger.
year my son would not stop at the end of the page. Indeed he drew form
drawing borders around his pages and went on to create new forms based
on his moods. This year he chooses form drawing every monday and enjoys
each new expression. An acquaintance's daughter grew up to create and
sell beautiful celtic knot motifs on cards as an extension from early
form drawing instruction. Form drawing is enjoyable.
CELTIC DRAWN CARD: Form
drawing gives pleasure while creating repeated patterns with lines
instead of waiting to admire only an end product. It is an experience
one can feel. The creating can indeed trump the joy of the ended
Counting? Geometry? Art? Form drawing can dive into any of these
aspects as indeed the line is the most primeval form of creation and
art. Teaching children to enjoy the movement of line over paper proves
My etsy shop is full of handmade miniatures, dolls and
toys. They are Waldorf inspired for nature table, storytelling and
imaginative play or lovely seasonal displays. Natural fibers and
materials are used almost exclusively.
I started my shop to offer many of the items I made for my classroom but
also to express my interest in spirituality, myths, folktales and
The world of Waldorf on Etsy is filled with beautiful, natural arts and crafts, gift ideas and educational items. Yet, the work of the artists in our group is not limited to items for sale. We also share a wealth of information, ideas, craft projects, and creative posts about Waldorf inspired family life from a wide range of blogs.
Visit the Sunshine Living blog created by Stephanie of the Waldorf on Etsy shop Petals and Sunshine. See the journey to her beautiful Waldorf style playroom she created for her children, get a recipe for Carrot-Pineapple muffins or simply enjoy the happy pictures. There's all kinds of ideas and information on this blog from a fellow Waldorf inspired parent to you.
Lorna, fiber artist and owner of the Waldorf on Etsy shop, Wandering Sheep has an information packed blog all about "felt works and fiber mania." Her blog shares the same name as her etsy shop. Visit the Wandering Sheep blog to learn all about felt - it's history, its making, as well as examples of her beautiful work and the processes she uses to create it.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and in the work of Waldorf on Etsy artist Claudia Marie those words ring true. Check out the beautiful pictures of her amazingly lifelike felted creations on her blog Claudia Marie Felted Creatures
"Living, loving,learning, naturally" is what Lavendar and Ladybugs is all about! Authored by Yuki of the Waldorf on Etsy shop of the same name, this blog is bound to become a treasure. Be one of the first to follow it!