Back again with animal themed items from six international shops in our Waldorf on Etsy Team. We are a group of sellers who share a common interest in Waldorf education, either in the home or through a Waldorf school. Our goal is to support and enjoy our unique community while promoting our businesses.
Weekly posts showcase handmade items crafted from varied materials. I also share the item on my Pinterest, Tumbler, Twitter and Facebook page. Where possible I have included social media links for the artist/crafter.
Karsten Liesner from Germany sews children's clothing, adult clothing and housewares in fun patterns. About this shop listing she writes "A comfy hat in light blue with red foxes. So stay warm ears in winter, there are some under the chin ties. Having two layers this baby aviator hat is reversible and there are also no itchy tags or seams annoying your child. Inside comfy cotton velours in baby blue (or red if you like). This double-layered joyful baby pilot hat completely covers your child’s ears keeping out the wind and cold. The baby hat is easy to put on and therefor perfect for "doing alone phase" of your child. ♥ All items by 'pickNicker' are 100% handmade and can slightly differ from the ones in the photos."
She is on Facebook.
Karen Anderson from California, USA makes interesting ethnic and gemstone jewelry. "
The three little blue elephants in this necklace were handmade in China in the early 1900s. They are fully dimensional silver plated copper beads with repousse' work on both sides. Two of the elephants have Royal blue and one has medium blue enameling, with silver accents on the trunk, eyes, mouth, and ears. They are about 43mm wide by 32mm tall--and as cute as they can be. The elephants are strung with vintage Chinese porcelain beads from the 1930s, hand painted in Royal Blue glaze with little ducks on one side and lotus flowers on the other. The smaller dark blue glass beads are also vintage and I believe Chinese (they came from a hand-knotted carved cinnabar necklace). These are heavy, solid glass with a beautiful lapis blue color. The lighter blue rondelles are vintage Venetian glass."
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Karen and Jack in Massachusetts, USA have a shop full of wooden items for all ages. She describes this game: "Each set includes 16 discs (the numbers theme has 20 discs) that are blank on one side and painted with an assortment of themes on the other. WE DO NOT STAMP OUR DISKS. Each disc is hand-drawn, hand painted and outlined in black. (some variances may occur). Comes with its own muslin drawstring bag for easy storage and portability making it a great game while traveling or waiting in the doctor's office or at a restaurant. Directions included. Why not make a more challenging game by adding another one of our sets to double the fun?"
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Mari Vanzon from the Netherlands has many appealing animals as well as homespun for sale. "This lovely penguin with his baby was handmade by me. Papa penguin lovingly cares for his little one. They are 15 cm (5.9") and 6 cm (2.4") tall. All the animals are handmade of wool that is carefully selected by me. A lot of love and attention is integrated in this unique sculpture. Most of the wool is bought from local sheep, handwashed, coloured by hand, and carded, before transformed in a life like animal. Needle felting is a form of sculpting, it takes a lot of time to make the definite form. Gradually the animal comes to life and looks at you with his own unique personality. It is a magical process! A needle felted sculpture is a work of art, it is not suitable for active playing. It is important to keep the sculpture clean, for it can not easily be washed."
Bear Pillow by Waldorf Dolls By Iren
Irene Bodnar from Hungary makes classic Waldorf dolls. Of this pillow doll she writes "This unique bear pillow is a lovely, soft cuddling toy for your kid.It’s made of cottonl fabric. His eyes and his nose is a soft felt fabric, with embroidered stitch for mouth. This pillow doll is filled with synthetic toy filling (so it's easy to wash), but I can make you one with pure wool if you prefer.
Suitable from birth upwards. Child safe (no buttons or other removable parts), soft, warm, light and very easy to handle.
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Denise Clemenco from Romania diversifies her shop with crocheted items and exquisite Byzantine religious paintings. "Little Owl crochet toy / cushion is a cuddly and soft toy meant to become the best friend of your child. Here is a Crochet Owl Purse that will be perfect for any young girl. It is for children under 3 years. size 12cm / 14cm.