Portrait Sunday

Our Snowdrops are emerging slowly from the soil, I just love them, to me they signify the new hope of Spring around the corner…

Today we have all spent time with my dad in hospital, he is doing much better, still weak but sooo much better. He will be moving to a step-down rehabilitation center tomorrow for two weeks of care and exercise, to give him back his strength and then he will return home. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers, he has come so far and still has a long way to go, but I can see that he will get there…

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday, I am finishing off knitting my Cotswold Cowl this afternoon…

PS Rachel’s lovely giveaway from her shop Little Woodlanders is still running, you can enter here.



Creative Friday

My Tea Leaves Cardi is patiently lying in my basket while I work on this new design, it’s called the Cotswold Cowl and I am really enjoying the design aspects of it. I love how maths can be incorporated into knitting, so I have based the design for this cowl on the 8x table. The double knitting Merino wool I am using is from Colourspun, the colour variances are wonderful, chocolate brown, pink, maroon and even a little red. I should have it finished to show you in a few days.

Update for my dad:

Thank you so much for the continued support you have shown me concerning my dad, I am thrilled to say, that he is more awake and is speaking to us, he is also able to sit up now, which is amazing!! He’s going to be moved to a rehabilitation centre on Monday so that they can help him to gain strength in his arms and legs again. There has been a dramatic change and I am so grateful!! Spending time in the hospital has has left me humbled and filled with joy…


I have two lovely giveaways running on my blog at the moment, if you would like to enter there is still time to do so:

The first is from Jeni from The Blog Maven:

Jeni is offering a custom designed header for your blog to the value of $150.00 enter here

The second is from Rachel from Little Woodlanders:

Rachel is offering a giveaway choice of 3 gorgeous wooden hand-made treasures enter here

Jeni and Rachel are both amazing women and it is such an honour to host them here.


Welcome to Creative Friday!

Thank you so much to everyone who shares the love and their beautiful links:) 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 also love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please leave a comment:) Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Just add the name of your blog to the widget and then add your blog link with the http:// at the beginning of your link address:) 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:)

Have a wonderful day,



Natural Suburbia Sponsor Giveaway from Little Woodlanders

Today I would like to welcome Rachel from Little Woodlanders, she is a new Natural Suburbia sponsor and lives in the United Kingdom.  Rachel makes the most gorgeous Waldorf and Montessori inspired wooden toys, in her lovely shop you will find, teethers, toys, stacker puzzles, play food and nursing necklaces. Rachel is offering a beautiful giveaway choice that you can see below. She has a beautiful blog too and has shared some lovely projects there…

This is Rachel’s story…

Natural Suburbia: Tell us about how your business began.


I started making wooden toys for my children shortly after I discovered the Waldorf ideas about play.  I love the idea of open-ended toys made from beautiful natural materials, that allow children to use their imagination.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat


 Natural Suburbia: Who or what is your inspiration?


My inspiration mostly comes from my children.  I watch what they like to play with and talk about, and often get ideas from them that way.  I also get ideas from going outside or looking out the window at nature and from storybooks.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears


Natural Suburbia: What is your creative process and how long have you been creating these beautiful treasures?


I’ve been making wooden toys since the end of last year and opened my Etsy shop in January.  My creative process begins with an idea that I sketch onto paper and then transfer onto wood.  I have a few different power tools I use, and then some hand sanding with a couple different grades of sand paper.  I then do some carving, painting, wood-burning, and beeswax/olive oil polishing, to end up with a completed product.   It’s very exciting to see an idea that begins in my head become an actual wooden toy!


Wooden Rainbow Village


Natural Suburbia: What do you enjoy most about your business?


My favorite thing about my business is knowing that I’m supplying children all around the world with natural, handmade, open ended toys, that will allow them to use their imagination and have fun!


Wooden Balancing Butterfly and Tulip Set

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


I’m very excited about my newest product, the Balancing Butterflies Set.  It comes with 5 little wooden butterflies each in a different colour of the rainbow, and one red tulip.  You can stack the butterflies on top of each other on top of the tulip or fly them around to get nectar from the flower.

Some other new items are the play food, such as the toast and jam with a knife set and a wooden dinosaur.  I have lots more new toys in the making as well!

Baby-Wearing Mama


Rachel’s Social Media Links for you to follow and see what beautiful items she is busy making:

 Giveaway Items:

Butterfly Metamorphosis set for the Life Cycle of the Butterfly

(PS I love this so much I have just purchased a set from Rachel for Kye, I can’t wait for it to arrive!!!)

Giraffe Teether made from Maple Wood

Mama and Baby Squirrel made from Oak



Rachel is very generously offering these 3 giveaway items above to choose from.

Giveaway: Worldwide :)

One winner will be chosen and can choose 1 of these gorgeous giveaway items.

Rachel is also offering Natural Suburbia readers a 10% discount for the month of August, the coupon code to use when you visit her shop is Natural10.

To enter just leave a comment and let us know which is your favourite treasure from Rachel’s shop.

To earn more entries:

Share about this giveaway on Facebook

Share about this giveaway on Twitter

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest

Follow Little Woodlanders on Facebook or Twitter

Please remember to leave a comment for each share or follow for your extra entries.


The winner will be chosen and announced on Tuesday the 14th of August and will be announced in this post.


Congratulations to:

NinnyNoodleNoo August 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm # Edit

And I pinned one of the babywearing mamas – as they were my favourite from her shop.


Thank you so much Rachel for sharing your story with us and for offering your beautiful treasures to our readers. We really appreciate your support by being a sponsor on Natural Suburbia.


If you are interested in our very affordable sponsorship options you can email me at: lindadawkins@mweb.co.za

A Day Full of Surprises!!






I took this photo with my phone on the way to buy chicken food today, just loved the starkness of the tree against the sky.


Today has been the most exciting day ever!! We had snow!!! Not a lot, but we had snow!!!

We have been hoping for snow since the last time we had it in 2007 and here it is. It has been snowing on and off for most of the day. The kids are beyond excited and so am I!

This is the new fence we have been building to keep our chickens to one side of the garden.

Later the sun came out, so we went out into the back garden, Sandy started chasing something and we ran to see what it was. It ran and jumped into our swimming pool. It was a young Moorhen. She was so beautiful, such vibrant colours and the most amazing green and yellow legs and feet.

We quickly drove down to the pan and released her there with all the other Moorhens, I am so happy she escaped Sandy and we were able to return her to her home!

Aaaah and then to make my day even more perfect, a parcel arrived from dear Lori, such a wonderful gift, her photo book from her travels to Namibia! Every photo is beautiful and precious. I will treasure this special gift always!

PS If you haven’t yet entered the giveaway from Jeni, The Blog Maven for a beautiful Custom Blog Header worth $150, go here.

Have a great day, I am off to play in the snow!!

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