A new tutorial

February 27, 2013

Over at Sunshine Weavers there is a new tutorial on an old favourite.


Walnut baby necklaces.

Do pop over and take a look.  I find I am posting a lot more of my crafts over there than here at the moment, and pinning them here too, So please forgive the long silences between posts here. I’ll try to remember to update things here once in a while.  Maybe once in a blue Moon 😉



Pop over to http://sunshineweavers.wordpress.com/ to see what we have been busily crafting for our Steiner School Fair.

Our stall has some lovely needle felting this year thanks to the inspiration of Marie from Softearth’s World, as well as our annual favourites.  Do take the time to click through,  scroll down and have a look.


Yet again more photos of craft items we have made for the school fair.   This format of  WordPress does not seem to like posts with more than 4 photos, it seems to overlay, hide or lose them. Sorry about the three installments.  I think a change of topic will be in order for next time.  If you are looking for more crafty inspiration don’t forget to check out the previous two posts.  🙂

knitted puppies




Matchbox people




felt bunnies and mini pom pom flowers

felt caterpillar and finger puppet butterfly in a drawstring pouch

knitted kitten


pipe cleaner digit dolls


wooden bead bracelets

A few more crafts made and waiting for the fair.  Don’t forget to check the previous post too if you are looking for some crafty inspiration.  Hopefully I’ll post some more tomorrow.  Uploading photos is proving painfully slow just now. 

Spring Fair Craft Projects

September 6, 2011

Time to share some past crafts that I have made for our Spring School Fair. A reminder for myself really, as I like to look back and remember the treasures that have been lovingly made and sent forth to bring joy to others.


felted cherries


Fleece gnomes and their knitted homes



mini shape candles and felt pouches

Ladybird pegs and pine cone people


Cuddly Dolls

I will post some more once I have uploaded some more photos

I have returned from the other half of the world, and back to my blog, just in time to take part in a lovely swap for the south. Katie Cadamn seems to be hosting a southern hemisphere seasonal exchange… it would be lovely to get on board for some summertime crafting … Here is what she has posted…

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE SEASONAL EXCHANGE  – Ready for a ‘Summertime’ crafting challenge!
Southern Hemisphere Seasonal Exchange is inspired by the small nature table I have tried to start for my young children to mark the changing of the seasons. However, I have found most material and craft project sourced for inspiration is often based on seasons in the northern hemisphere which is not always relevant to us, as seasonal changes where I live in the Southern Hemisphere can be subtle and quite different from what is happening in the northern hemisphere.
Like my children, I am also learning about the unique seasonal differences in Australia, I am new to crafting and new to keeping a nature table. I would love some inspiration and I am sure other people would as well.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have Seasonal Craft exchange reflective of the seasons of the Southern Hemisphere.  I am sure there are many of you like me, who are ready for a crafting challenge, a chance to create your own symbolic item reflective of the current season and a chance to inspire a stranger through your chosen craft.
So here goes, to get the ball rolling and to keep it simple I thought we would start with a ‘Summertime‘ themed craft swap.  As it is a busy time of year, to participate you need to include a minimum of one handmade item that you can swap with your allocated partner.
The crafted item should be related to the current seasonal theme, in this case ‘‘Summertime.
The swap is open to all those in Australia and overseas. [You don’t have to live in the Southern Hemisphere to participate!]
As a participant, you must be willing to mail overseas and honour your swap commitment.
The details: Participants will be allocated one (only) swap partner. You will send directly to your partner and they will send directly to you. Swap partners will be randomly allocated.
No prior crafting/ art skills required.
Participation should be done in the spirit of openness, appreciation and sharing. The only requirement is the item you send should be handmade by you with love and care. Make something special that you would love to receive yourself.
No returns!
The exchange is open to all ages!
All packages must be mailed by the 1st December, the first day of summer and should be suitable to send in the mail.
So…. if you would like a small handmade summer inspired keepsake to add to display over summer sign up now!
At least one, no more than five items.
One of these items must be handmade. It can be an object, an artwork, an ornament, small handmade book, something to display. The key requirement is it is something made by you.
If you would like to include additional items things that could be included might be items from nature (unless you are shipping internationally), a card, additional artworks, a candle, purchased items made from natural materials (no plastic/polyester/foam/etc) etc.
All of the items must be theme and seasonally appropriate.
Optional: You may want to include in your package a little blurb about your items and/or yourself.
In addition, it would be wonderful if you were able to document the process of making and the final product. These images can be posted on the Flickr group Southern Hemisphere Seasonal Exchange http://www.flickr.com/groups/1548872@N21/
Sign ups will take place here until 18th of November.
The first 100 people to sign up are in!
Please email at southernseasonalexchange@gmail.com
In your email please send your
Real Name, Mailing address (in English), Email address, [Optional: Facebook and/or Blog URL and Blog name.]
**Please make sure you email me this info to be entered into the swap.**
PRIVACY: Your privacy will be respected and your details will not be passed on unless you give permission.
Partners will be allocated after sign-ups have closed.
I will confirm when you have been added to the list. Please be patient, this may take a couple of days.
Sign ups are open now!
As I mentioned previously I am a mother of two very young children, new to crafting and have never undertaken co-coordinating something like this before, so your patience and understanding is really appreciated in this first attempt. I am excited to see if anyone else is interested in participating and will give it my best shot to get it up and running.
If it is a success we might try it again when autumn comes around.
Thanks for Seasons Round Exchange http://seasonsround.wordpress.com/ and New Zealand Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap http://www.newzealandhandmade.co.nz/2010/10/new-zealand-handmade-christmas-ornament.html for inspiring the idea of the craft swap.
Want some inspiration check out some of the swaps on flickr. Here are some to start with
Seasons Round Exchange  http://www.flickr.com/groups/seasonsround/
The SavVy { Seasons } – a modern Swap http://www.flickr.com/groups/1437999@N23/pool/
Soft trees swap http://www.flickr.com/groups/15961496@N00/
Rhythm of the Home http://rhythmofthehome.com/
Also another wonderful webpage is Seasons South and North http://www.seasons-south-and-north.co.uk/

Story Dolls

October 27, 2009

In many of our stories a few simple props or even just hand gestures can captivate and capture the imagination as the tale is spun, and often helps to hold the youngest members interest in storytime  in our mixed ages playgroup.  I have seen some beautiful table plays or stories told in other steiner settings with marionette puppets, but for our simple stories (and a single storyteller) I have found props which can stand themselves are easier to use with less fuss and free up a spare hand or two as you go along. 


One of my favourite alternatives for people characters are wood and wire type dolls which I sew clothes onto (from wool felt mostly).  They are slightly posable and stand well on most surfaces.  These are two I have made recently,  Joanne and Peter.  Of course they can easily be called other names and be other characters, and they often are in the traditional tales I tell.  But I have found the stories I write myself tend to take on the characters of some of the storydolls I have sewn.  I can easily see how commercialised toys could limit the play or storylines a child spins for themselves, being so heavily invested in a set character, and find it interesting I have the same tendancies with my own handmade supposedly open ended dolls!  I need to make a conscious effort to shake myself up a little and let Peter be the little boy or the wise old farmer, or the proud father, and Joanne to be the big sister, the crafty aunty, or the strong harvester … 🙂 Not always an easy thing to do!