Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Candle Kits are Ready!

At last I've been able to source beeswax sheets from a reputable supplier... Tonight I have busily been creating some Candle Kits and they're now ready for those customers waiting to purchase them. Thank you for your patience!

The Kits comprise of four sheets of quality beeswax and a length of wick to make up to 6 long candles. Included is a basic instruction sheet to make cylindrical, tapered and block candles.

The sheets smell of honey and have a beeswax honeycomb pattern. The wax is provided by hard working Australian Bees. The resulting candles are very clean burning with a natural colour and beautiful glow through the wax at the top of the candle as it burns down.

Wrapped in clear cellophane.

Candles made by request.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Craft for the Holidays

Are you a Facebook Fan and/or newsletter subscriber? If so, you'd know about the special offer valid to 31 March 2010. If not, contact me.

Planning on doing some craft in the Easter holidays? We've just fully re-stocked the craft supplies, check them out here.

Some places we get ideas for craft include:

Rainbow Made

The Silver Penny

Craft Ideas

Don't forget our Specials page - items added all the time, most of them while stocks last, others expire 31 March 2010.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Rhythm of the Home

Rhythm of the Home is an online magazine filled with inspiring words, projects, and celebrations. Grab a cup of tea, and take some real time to explore all of the work that is featured there.

There is a small forum where readers can enjoy further discussion about projects and features in the magazine to share inspiration, tips, and further their communication about the many benefits of bringing rhythm, warmth and seasonal celebrations to their families. Check out others' projects in the flickr group as well.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Waldorf Window Stars

I love receiving new products from artists!

These large window stars measure 21cm across and are a ‘checks’ design.

Ronnie makes the stars by hand-folding small squares of kite paper, overlaying the folded paper, and then gluing them together to create different patterns. Kite paper which is a transparent wax paper. Each point is folded separately with great care.

A beautiful gift, or to decorate any room of your home.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Seven Times the Sun

"When you honor the ordinary moments of life, you bring balance and joy to your family."

Seven Times the Sun is a 221 page softcover book. It is a unique and wonderfully creative guide to help parents and children turn simple moments into loving, consistent rituals forging a strong family bond.

Simple rituals to bring balance to your child's day
Whimsical verses to add a bit of magic to the ordinary
Easy songs to celebrate daily life
Helpful resource lists of books and music
Inspired parenting tips to help your child feel secure
Contemporary re-tellings of Grimms' tales

"There is a rhythm pumping through every vein of the universe. Call it Divine Spirit, call it God, call it the creative power of nature. The rhythm is taken up by the sun, the grass, the children at play. Eternal heartbeat."

This was the first book of its type to come into our family's home several years ago. I felt so blessed to have a resource for verses, stories, poems, songs and activities to assist with building a sense of rhythm and reason in our children's lives. From our family to yours, this is a highly recommended title.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Conscious Parenting Guide

This website is a practical guide for those seeking a conscious approach to pregnancy, birth and early childhood parenting, based on an all-encompassing view of the child.

The suggestions found on the site aim to support the natural development of the physical body, encouraging agility, physical confidence and grace, and allow the feeling life, the imagination, the emerging consciousness and future thinking abilities to arise and flourish without hindrance.

It is an interesting collection of articles, links, a reading list and information, illustrated with a lovely selection of mother and child artworks.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Lyra Skin Colour Pencils

Caitlin the Princess

Levi the Tiger

Lyra Skin Colour Pencils $14.00

This boxed set of six coloured pencils to decorate your skin offer an alternative to the usual face paints. They are designed for broad designs and fine outlines. Application is simple, and the colours are easily removed from skin. The vibrant colours are encased in wood, keeping fingers clean. Colours include black, white, green, blue, red and yellow.

LYRA skin colour pencils are a quality, dermatologically tested product, manufactured according to Good Manufacturing Practice which governs the production of cosmetic products. They offer the highest possible colour concentration and intensity as the cores with a diameter of 6.5 mm are not dye cast but carefully extruded. Made in Germany.

*Thank you to our lovely customer Kellie from WA for sharing these great photos!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Autumn Craft

There has been great interest in our Autumn Products and a customer wrote today to ask about ideas for crafts to use the Autumn Craft Pack. We're working on some fact sheets to go with the craft packs for those customers who need some help choosing what to make. I do really like the idea of keeping it open-ended and more organic though, and the results customers have shared amaze me!

We stock some books with craft ideas, as well as the wonderful Living Crafts magazine subscriptions (back issues coming in 2010).

There are also endless ideas shared by generous like-minded folk online. Here are a few (try searching for waldorf, steiner, craft, autumn, fall and see what you can discover too!)

Mama Roots' Tomten Pattern (in preparation for the coming winter)

Walnut Cradle at Make-Stuff
(another one for the nature table)

Craft Ideas' Autumn Leaves
(for the window, a mobile, a wreath, or...?)

Gnome Tutorial at Wee Folk Art (there's also a cute sleeping bag pattern here - adapt to any season)

Items you can make from our craft pack include, but are not limited to -
* cards, wall hangings, mobiles or single decorations (a leaf on a piece of yarn, for example)
* bags, purses, bracelets, necklaces, anklets, crowns
* fairies, gnomes, dolls, animals and other little figures for play or the nature table
* beds, pillows, blankets, rugs, clothes - capes and hats, flowers, leaves, tress and other accessories for above characters
* finger puppets and dolly peg puppets
* photo frames, pin cushions, pouches, garlands, yarn dolls, felt food...

Monday, 1 March 2010

Autumn Time

Autumn leaves crunch underfoot
Taking nature walks in the afternoon
It is time to gather the harvest
For Winter is coming soon...

I can't believe how fast Summer has flown by. I hope it was a beautiful season for you too. It is time to collect a basket of nuts, seeds and twigs to create mobiles, critters, puppets, collages on boxes and other items. Playing with nature's gifts will inspire you to their varied uses. For ideas on crafts and other activities to celebrate the season, check out our range of books. More stock coming soon - please email us with your requests.

Autumn Products

Autumn Cards - for the Equinox, a Birthday or any reason at all. Also a beautiful addition to your Season Table.

Autumn Craft Packs - great value and great fun! From Rainbow Made.

Autumn Dolls - a collectible toy and best-seller, also from Rainbow Made.

Lono & Coco Boato - the Autumn book by Susan Whitehead.

Wood & Felt Gnomes - available in orange for Autumn.

Playcloths in muslin, silk or cotton - perfect for play or display for all ages.

Barefoot magazine - Autumn 2010 and Autumn 2009 both available now.

And our pick of the gifts for Autumn include:
Natural Wood Blocks $33.00
Glass Bead Spiral Bracelets $7.50
New Lyra Osiris Pencils $12.00
Felt Horse $16.00

For those subscribers in the Northern Hemisphere - all of our Spring books, dolls, playcloths, cards and craft packs are in stock. Our pick of the gifts for you are of course the most popular Flower Press, or the lovely Flower Fairies Kit.

This is just a small sample of our range of hundreds of hand-selected items. The New Products page will keep you up to date with brand new lines, and our regular products are re-stocked frequently. Happy Browsing!

Gathering together is the theme of Autumn. Traditionally, it is the time when we store food for winter, close up our homes and spend more time indoors. The Autumn Equinox on 21 March 2010 is a wonderful time to unite with friends for a harvest feast. It is a time of balance - equal sunlight and darkness. Harmony...