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April 1st, Germandolls

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Welcome to our new sponsor Ulla, who creates the most beautiful handmade dolls and sells them in her Etsy shop, Germandolls.

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In Ulla’s words:

In an age when everything is made of plastic and synthetics, my cloth dolls are handmade with pure wool and cotton, natural materials that warm to body temperature as they are held. Have you ever hugged a plastic baby doll on a cold winter morning?

My soft, warm dolls are unique, huggable, and as individual as the children – young and old – who love them! I fashion my dolls using Waldorf techniques. It is an old tradition of making cloth dolls developed in Germany around 1900.

According to the Waldorf philosophy dolls should be made from what nature has given us: natural fibers such as sheep’s wool, mohair, and cotton. The dolls have a unique inner head construction which gives form but not detail to the face. Often the dolls have very simple features, sometimes no features at all.

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This beautiful doll can be found in Ulla’s lovely Etsy shop Germandolls.

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willow in basket with bunny copy

Ulla’s recently started selling her work on Indiecart where independent dollmakers offer their finest collectible wares for sale. Hope you visit her upcoming auction. Willow and her sweet bunny baby will be for sale there on Wednesday the 2nd of April!

Here is the link for the auction and here is the link for the Ulla’s Indie Store.

Other places where you can find Ulla:

Flickr
Blog
Twitter

For sponsorship / advertising information you can contact me here: lindadawkins@mweb.co.za

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Creative Friday and an Easter Bunny Knitting Pattern

Easter Rabbit Knitting Pattern

Easter Bunny knitting pattern

Hello friends, I can’t believe it’s almost April and Easter will be here soon. I have added a link above to my Easter bunny knitting pattern for you if you’d like to knit one or a few for your Easter baskets. If you are attending craft fairs you may sell the bunnys knitted from this pattern:) The bunny is knitted in the Magic Loop but not to worry, I have included a tutorial link for this in the pattern post.

If you’d like to see other knitters bunny projects of Ravelry go here.

Happy knitting!

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 http://www.naturalsuburbia.com/ 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.

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Creative Friday

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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 http://www.naturalsuburbia.com/ 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.

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The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook and a Giveaway

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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.

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