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The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook Giveaway, go here to enter.

Welcome to Creative Friday,

Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

I have added a Creative Friday button on the sidebar of my blog, please feel free to add it to your blog for Creative Friday and link it to so others can find this space and share their creativity too:)

1. I have started a Creative Friday Flickr Group where you can post your beautiful photos that you link to each Creative Friday. To join the group, please go here.

2. If you would be so kind as to link back to Natural Suburbia in your blog post that would be lovely or pin, share on Facebook and Twitter.


The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook and a Giveaway

Waldorf Handbook

When Valarie from Audrey Press contacted me about Donna’s blog tour for her new book, The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook, I was thrilled and honored to be a part of it! I have always loved the Waldorf philosophy of education and have used it in homeschooling our children and still use aspects of it today. When we began our Waldorf homeschooling journey a few years ago, there was so much information out there. I thought that if we had a few curriculums to choose from, it would give me a great source of information and would inspire me to build wonderful lessons. However, I soon discovered that too much information from different sources only caused confusion and I became overwhelmed.

What I like about Donna’s handbook, is that it’s clear and simple, it guides you through the planning process for your schooling with wonderful suggestions and her own experience and this will ensure that you don’t become trapped under a mountain of different curriculums unable to navigate your way back to shore.

Even though we have been homeschooling for a while now, I have found reading this Waldorf book very refreshing and I will be looking at our homeschooling from a different angle and  implementing a few of the suggestions offered. I feel that this book is such a gem not only for those new to Waldorf homeschooling but also for those who have been moving along the Waldorf path of a few years already.

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Once you have read through this publication, you will have a clearer idea of what will work for you as a mother and teacher and what will work for your children. I also love that Donna has included a section about how important it is, that we as parents take time for ourselves each day to recharge and by doing this, be the best we can be for our families and ourselves.

Thank you Donna for offering us this guidance and for mentoring us on our journey…

Here is a little more information about the book:

Homeschooling can be complicated and frustrating, especially if you are overloaded with
information. The good news is that you don’t have to figure it out alone. Donna Ashton’s
TheWaldorf Home School Handbook is a simple and step-by-step guide to creating and
understanding a Waldorf-inspired homeschool plan. Within the pages of this all-in-one
homeschooling guide parents will find information, lesson plans, curriculum, helpful hints and
the secrets behind the three Areas for Optimum Learning. Join Donna as she guides you through
the Waldorf method and reveals how to educate your children in a nurturing and creative environment.
This Book Features:
-Tailored curriculum
-Teaching methods and materials
-How to Plan
-Meal planning
-Daily Rhythm Maps

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Audrey Press is offering a copy of this beautiful book as a giveaway to one of my readers!

If you would like to win a copy of the book, please leave a comment below.

To gain extra entries please post about this giveaway on YOUR Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or your blog and remember to leave extra comments each time you share about the giveaway.

I will draw a winner on Friday the 14th of February.

Congratulations to:

treebee February 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm

fingers crossed!

You can also buy copies of the book from Audrey Press.


Nori the Narwhal Pattern and a Giveaway

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Nori the Narwhal’s pattern is available on Ravelry for sale from today, to buy his pattern, go here.

Here are a few of the test knitted Narwhal’s:

Nori the Narwhal Test Knit

Knitted by GPKnitwit on Ravelry


Knitted by Spotdogabby on Ravelry


Knitted by Matureknitter on Ravelry


Knitted by Melsparks on Ravelry


Knitted by Dawnstorm on Ravelry


Knitted by Feelgr8 on Ravelry


Knitted by Melosa on Ravelry

They are looking so lovely and there are still a few more to come from the test knit over the next few days.


I am offering 2 Nori the Narwhal patterns as a giveaway, if you would like to enter, please leave a comment and to earn extra entries, please share about this giveaway on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest feeds and remember to let me know here each time you share.

I will announce a winner on Sunday:)

Chat soon,



Sponsor Giveaway from Simply Playing

Today I have a lovely interview and generous giveaway from Ann over at Simply Playing.

Linda: Tell us about the beginnings of your business and how it has  developed and grown.

Ann: I began making toys when my son started preschool at a Waldorf School four years ago. Before then I never really thought of making toys, they were just something you purchased.  But seeing the wonderful array of handmade items, including toys, that the children were surrounded with in the classroom of this school really moved me.  It was like an “ah ha” moment of, this is as it should be; children should be surrounded by warmth, beauty and items which have soul.
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So, at first I only made toys for my son.  But after a while Sam had pretty much all he needed, but I didn’t want to stop making these knitted toys.  After inundating friends with gnomes, cats etc. I turned to Etsy as a way to be able to keep creating and sharing my love of wool toys.  My shop has grown over the years with items changing some, but always wool based material.  After a short while I turned to only using plant dyed wool as I felt that even deepened the handmade natural quality I wanted my toys to have.

Linda: Who or what is your inspiration?
Ann: My original inspiration for Simply Playing was definitely my son Sam, but I’ve always had a deep need within me to create.   Now, I’d say my inspiration are the fibres and toys themselves.  I can always see something more – another color, form or size and these changes, albeit small, really keep me moving forward.  After all these years of knitting cats, gnomes and crowns I still truly enjoy making them.  

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Linda: What is your creative process?

Ann: My mood changes very frequently so I like to have many projects going on at once all in different stages.  One day I’ll want to only knit, the next day only sewing and stuffing toys will do.  Sometimes the rhythm of spinning is all I can think of to fill me up.  When I get to creating, it’s very random and really is woven throughout my entire day.  My son is now homeschooled which gives me more freedom and time to sit in my little corner of the living room, pick something from the basket beside my chair and knit, sew, stuff etc.  I will pretty much always end my day with knitting as a release for any worries and stress.

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Linda: What do you enjoy most about your business?

Ann: What I enjoy most about my business is how I feel when I finish making a toy,  a doll blanket or a skein of yarn.  Knowing that each item really began with a bit of wool and then transformed into this warm soulful object filled with love, really makes me happy.  I mean you can’t help but smile when you have a knitted gnome in your hand – it just makes you feel good inside.  


 Linda: Are there any new exciting products you would like to tell us about?

Ann:Coming soon to Simply Playing will be handspun yarn that will either be in it’s natural color or plant dyed.  I’ve always purchased my plant dyed yarn so I am very excited to be taking on this part of the process myself.

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Ann is generously offering this beautiful hand knit bunny, knitted in a luxurious hands-pun wool and angora blend. Isn’t he gorgeous? Here is a link to the listing on her shop for you to read more about this lovely giveaway item:)

Ann is also offering my readers 15% off items in her shop for the month of September with the code NaturalSuburbia15

To enter this lovely giveaway for this beautiful handmade bunny, please leave a comment in this post. To earn extra entries, please share about this giveaway on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram pages and leave extra comments here each time you share:)

The winner will be chosen on Wednesday the 18th of September and will be announced here.

Congratulations to Kathleen for winning the beautiful bunny.

Ann, thank you so much for sharing about your business with us today and for your lovely giveaway:)

Have a wonderful weekend friends:)

I would be very honoured to promote your handmade business, if you would like to sponsor on Natural Suburbia you can contact me at

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