happy new year

 From our home to yours...

 Wishing you all the best in the coming year!


a fun day at the sf waldorf school winter fair

Riding the Tricycle-Carousel

 Around and around and around...

 Opening up a golden box with a treasure inside...

A beautiful banner hanging from a tree...


And another beautiful banner...

Some beautiful music, a fishing game, gnome bowling, a castle-quest obstacle course, a visit to the fairy house and the cookie house...

 A petting zoo with chickens...

Plus goats, ducks, rabbits, the tiniest piglets...

 And a very sweet pony...

Two very happy boys (along with all the other happy children, not depicted here) at the San Francisco Waldorf School Winter Fair today...


gnomes at knitionary

dolls, bag and photo by Kristen: Knitionary

About a month ago, I heard from Kristen over at the blog Knitionary.  She had acquired a copy of my book and wanted to say hello.  Now, as you can see, she has made some gnomes (and a gnome-home toadstool bag) from patterns in my book!

bag and photo by Kristen: Knitionary

You can see more photos of Kristen's gnome-making and gifting adventures here at her blog Knitionary.  And on Thursday, if you go back again to visit her blog, you will be able to read about a chat we had over coffee a few weeks ago.

dolls, bag and photo by Kristen: Knitionary


winter angel give-away: forest fairy crafts style!

doll & photo by Lenka Vodicka-Paredes: forest fairy crafts

Hello friends!  Today I have a wonderful surprise for you.  To start off your winter holiday with some extra angel-sparkle, Lenka Vodicka-Peredes, author of Forest Fairy Crafts, and I are teaming up for a tandem give-away.  But before we get to the give-away, please let me tell you about Lenka’s book.

Forest Fairy Crafts, C&T Publishing, 2013

Forest Fairy Crafts (C&T Publishing, 2013) is written with such love and so much joy that I get a happy glow every time I see the bright cover.  The gorgeous photos and fun, inspiring text make this book very inviting, especially for children. After spending a few minutes looking through the book, I personally couldn’t wait to start creating magic, “Forest Fairy” style.

Once I got started, it was fun to step out of my usual craft mode and try something new  (I was utterly charmed by the fairy hat shop, dress shop and hair studio!)  It was also wonderful to watch my 10 year old son design and customize his own wizard and warlock figures. If you get your hands on a copy of this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

doll & photo by Lenka Vodicka-Paredes: forest fairy crafts

Now for the information about our giveaways… Here on my blog, I will be choosing randomly to give away this sparkling winter angel created by Lenka, while over at Lenka’s blog, she will be giving away a tiny pegdoll angel-ornament which I have created!  

To enter the giveaway for Lenka’s angel, just leave a comment below this post, and if you wish, please tell me about your favorite holiday ornament (mine is the little blue fellow you can see here in this post -- he lives tucked in my bookshelf to bring light all through the year because I cannot bear to put him away.) Also, please be sure your comment is linked to an email address so I can get in touch if you win.  (It’s as easy as that…) 

Comments for the giveaway will close Monday December 9th at 12:00 noon, Pacific Standard Time. A winner will be chosen via random drawing and announced at that time. 

If you’d like to see the angel I’ve created and have an opportunity to win it, please visit Lenka’s blog Forest Fairy Crafts.

doll & photo by Lenka Vodicka-Paredes: forest fairy crafts
Good luck to you if you are entering our giveaways, and to everyone, I wish a shining winter holiday season.


dolls & photo by Lenka Vodicka-Paredes: forest fairy crafts