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Welcome to Our August Sponsors

I would like to welcome our new August sponsors to Natural Suburbia:

Little Woodlanders

Rachel is the owner of this gorgeous shop. You will find handmade, wooden, open-ended toys such as stacker puzzles, wooden teethers, play food, nursing necklaces, baby-wearing figures and more.

Sparkle Stories

Sparkle Stories is an amazing online resource that offers beautiful audio stories for children and families.

Super Skivvies

Steph is the owner of this lovely business. She designs and makes the most wonderful cloth training pants for little ones.

The Blog Maven:

Jeni is an amazing blog migration specialist, offering various services to help improve and update your current blog tremendously.

 

Thank you so much to all these businesses and blogs for their continued support:

Waldorf Essentials:

In Melisa’s words:
We started almost six years ago with our first book, A Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling, Kindergarten.  Today we have a full curriculum for the grades and a book on inner work “108 Days”. We also have a brand new program for Waldorf homeschool teacher training.

Vistaprint:

For all your printing needs, Vistaprint. Offering wonderful printed cards, calenders and business cards.

Nest:

Such a beautiful shop, stocking the most gorgeous eco-friendly, heirloom toys and practical things for your home.

Brighton Park:

A lovely, Waldorf inspired, homeschooling and homesteading blog. Make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy browsing through Katie’s many beautiful pages, a wonderful read.

Woolies:

At Woolies you will find the most beautiful heirloom quality stuffed animals and toys made from natural materials.

GermanDolls:

In Ulla’s words:
 ”I am German doll maker living in the US. I have been making cloth dolls in the Waldorf tradition since 2000. 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! Hope you get a chance to visit my shop and blog.”
A lovely group of artisans creating the most beautiful heirloom and natural products for children and their families.
A truly lovely eco friendly blog with pages of delicious recipes, natural cleaning recipes for your home, gardening and crafting. A wonderful place to visit…
Please do visit these wonderful businesses and blogs and see what they have to offer.
Thank you to our lovely sponsors, we do appreciate you very much. Your support allows me to share our life via blogging and also contributes financially to the home education of our children, thank you.
For sponsorship / advertising information you can contact me at: lindadawkins@mweb.co.za
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Natural Suburbia Sponsor Giveaway from GermanDolls

I would like to introduce you to Natural Suburbia sponsor Ulla from GermanDolls. Ulla makes the most gorgeous Waldorf style toys and dolls, her craftsmanship and eye for detail is impeccable.

This is Ulla’s story…

My name is Ulla. I am a German immigrant living in beautiful Colorado in the United States. I was born and raised in Germany. I moved to the US in 1996. Living your life and growing a family in a foreign country is like being on an endless roller-coaster ride of emotions. Creating art and making toys has helped me immensely in this journey.

Sunny, a 15 inch Waldorf inspired doll

Growing up in Germany I had a lot of handmade toys. A few of them were made by my grandfather in his wood workshop. Some other precious items came to me through a local toymaker. But most of my playthings were made by my mother who was a great knitter and seamstress. My 4 sisters and I always wore matching outfits. Our dolls were just as perfectly dressed.

After I had children of my own in the US, I was concerned that they would grow up without the same quality handmade toys that I had when I was little. I noticed how many toys here were made of plastic. Who wants to hug and cuddle a plastic baby? I started making Waldorf style cloth dolls after my daughter was born.  Naturally, I had to dress the babies and make doll clothes for them.  Some patterns I use have been handed down in my family. Others I created from scratch, inspired by my daughter’s play. My daughter has always been fascinated with little babies. Even when she was a toddler she would want to pick up other children who were younger. I invented my trademark pocket dress with the miniature doll because of my daughter’s need to constantly nurture little ones.

Doll Making has provided me with a perfect outlet for my artistic sensibilities. I used to be an oil painter but didn’t want to expose my children to the chemicals. So changing media from paint to fabric made perfect sense. I love the smell of the natural wool stuffing I use. It feels good to work with products from nature that are not harmful to my children or our planet. If a doll breaks it can be stitched and repaired. Broken plastic babies go to the landfill forever.

Sewing has helped me stay in touch with the Old World, my German roots, yet at the same time enabled me connect to people in the New World. Living in a small town in the US you can find many fine crafters and quilters. It’s always fun to talk to folks about sewing. Winning the title of the Weld County Overall Champion in the Department of Sewing and Home Decorating with one of my dolls was one of my proudest sewing moments here.

When I first started making dolls I made dolls for all my nieces and nephews. Next I made dolls for friends’ children. After that I just kept making them because I loved it so much. They began to take over the house. To the great frustration of my husband there wasn’t a place in the house to sit down, so it was suggested to me that I sell a doll or two online. That is how my little business got started.

It has been over a decade since I began making dolls. I still enjoy creating dolls very much. It gives me great pleasure when I receive pictures and wonderful notes from people who tell me how much their child loves a doll that I made for them. I greatly treasure the strong personal connection to many of my customers I have made through my work over the years.

 

Links for GermanDolls:

Etsy Shop

Facebook

Blog

Twitter

Pinterest

Congratulations to:

rebekah July 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I shared on my facebook!

 

Giveaway:

Ulla is offering 1 reader a $25.00 Gift Certificate towards any item in her shop.

To enter, please leave a comment below in this post. To earn extra entries, please share the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and remember to leave extra comments each time you share about the giveaway so you will have more entries.

The winner will be announced in this post on Wednesday the 25th of July and will be chosen by random generator.

Ulla, thank you so much for sharing your story with us and for offering this generous giveaway.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Linda

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