DIY Waldorf Doll

Earlier this year I bought a few of these cute blank wood posable dolls with the intention of making a whole slew of them into Waldorf dolls – gnomes, mainly. However, as with most some of my projects, they got put on the back burner in favor of other things. I did make two ‘prototypes’ for R to play with, but I didn’t get any further than that. I really wanted to get some quality materials (pure wool felt, for example. I used craft store felt) for the dolls I wanted to sell, but it just never happened. So, today I thought I’d make a listing for the blank dolls! Why not let someone else make a doll to their liking? It really isn’t hard, and you can use just able anything to do it. Scrap fabric from old clothes or linens would work great. Some yarn for hair. A glue gun to hold it all together. Perfect!

You can see the listing here: Blank Posable Wood Doll


Weekend Roundup!

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It was gorgeous here this weekend and we spent almost the whole time outside! We all got a nice base tan, so hopefully we won’t have any burns this year!

Friday we went a local lake to play in the water with our friends. Saturday we went to a May Faire at the Waldorf School. Then to the first farmer’s market of the season and had lunch. We played outside in the yard that afternoon. Sunday we went to visit Mima and Papa (my parents) and they watched R while we went out to brunch. We met at a great park and everyone hung out. Today B took the day off and we went to the lake again and did some yard work.

It was a lovely weekend and I’m sad that it’s over! The weather is supposed to be nice for the next week, so plenty of outside time in our future.


Yarn Along

Always sneaking in late…

Joining Ginny again this week for Yarn Along!

I didn’t met my goals from last week… but I did finish two projects!

yarn along 1-23I knit Bunkers a wool cowl and set of mittens. At our Waldorf school mornings they do out-side time no matter the weather, so I had to knit him some mittens. His hands are always very cold when we’re outside!

I didn’t follow a pattern for the cowl, I just knit away! And the mittens are very loosely derived from this pattern for 1 year old mittens.

I have shelved the newborn sweater for now. I have another friend in mind for that one. It was taking me a long time to knit it… and I’m not even half way done! I will keep knitting on it as I have time.

For this coming week I’d like to make another pair of the knitted booties from last week for yet another friend with a little one on the way. I’d also like to work on a sweater or vest for Bunkers.

Still Stitchin’

No, I’m not done with my Winterwood Sampler, yet! Yes, I’m still working on it! You can check out the Flickr group and see who’s done. I hope to have it done by the New Year. We have a trip to Oregon coming up, so that will be lots of car time to work on it. I think I am going to knit something on that road trip, too! I haven’t decided what just yet.

Yule/Winter Solstice is tomorrow! We are opening gifts tomorrow instead of Christmas since we will be out of town. I am excited! I can’t wait for Bunkers to see his new toys.

I worked on a few handmade gifts for Bunkers (these are the only gifts from us to him because the grandparents have been very gracious and I don’t want to fill our living room with too many toys!). I made him a set of playsilks and a small Waldorf inspired wool bunting baby. They both turned out really well! I already gave them to him. When he saw the doll he proclaimed, “Baby!” without any prompting! Cute cute.

Change is in the Air

I’m not overly into politics, but I was on the edge of my seat last night watching the election unfold. It was just this great unknown that was going to impact our entire country and likely much of the world, I couldn’t not be held under its spell. Did you watch election night coverage?

I won’t get into it much, because I don’t have much passion or interest in big government, but I will say that in my state (WA) our Ref 74 allowing for gay marriage passed and I’m so happy about that! Everyone can get married in Washington and enjoy the freedoms that married couples have. What a wonderful thing!

This year I felt like fall came on so quick. We had a long end to the summer, and then fall happened overnight! But it seems to be dragging out the end before winter arrives. I can feel it, though. Change is in the air. The nights are getting colder. The blankets and quilts are coming out of the cedar chest. The furnace is running more consistently. Our GAPS soup is tasting even better on the cold mornings. I just love this time of year!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (two weeks away!) and then we will be in the midst of holiday season. I really want a down played holiday this year. No big extravagant gifts. No big parties. Just a cozy holiday at home.

I’ve been doing a lot of Waldorf reading lately because Bunkers and I are starting a parent and child class at the local Waldorf school in January. I always knew I liked Waldorf education (‘always’ is in since I first heard about it!), but in reading more about it I just love it! I’m especially really into the ‘rhythm of the home’ and keeping yourself really immersed in the seasons and celebrations of the year. I was so into that as a child, and as I became an adult the ‘rat race’ and day-to-day life of an adult really brought me away from that. I’m excited to get back into it and have many meaningful celebrations throughout the year surrounding the seasons and our family life. I am really looking forward to starting the class so that I can get some first hand experience at incorporating these things. You can only read so much in a book!