.:To take a look at seventeen new and inspiring ornaments I just posted on the wellness tree visit here:.
[I look forward to sharing today an interview and generous three-part giveaway from my sponsor Anna of the online shop Windsting Arts!]
GardenMama: "Would you share with us the story of how your shop came about?"
Windsting Arts: "Thank you Nicole for sponsorship on your blog, being allowed into your life in this manner is so very inspiring. It truly is my hope that every child has someone who loves them so fully, that their heart may feel as though it would burst. I first saw a Waldorf style doll being held by a little boy and so asked his mother where she had bought it, for it was the most beautiful toy I had ever seen. It turned out that she herself had made it. My oldest son had just turned three, and I got my hands on as much Waldorf literature as I could. I was very sad not to have heard about this movement before his birth. However, I made my son his doll (which he loves to this day) and began using this philosophy to guide our way of life.
I continued making dolls for my son, and for myself really, as I found this type of work to be healing. Happiness, was a gift each doll gave me as they were worked and completed. About four years ago my friend Dotty who owns the most wonderful handwork shop, The Net Loft saw one of my son's dolls and asked me about it, and so I told her. She let me know that if I ever wanted to sell them, they would be welcome in her shop. I have been taking dolls to her ever since. The dolls have always sold well, and so this year I decided to open a shop on Etsy. I love that the dolls along with all my love, best wishes, and intentions are traveling with the wind to children who may need just a little more love. Most importantly, it is the child, who may need a little someone to share their love with in return."
Gardenmama: "Anna for those of us who may not be familiar with Waldorf inspired dolls would you share the philosophy behind them?"
to Waldorf philosophy a doll is an image of the human being. If a child is
given a doll, the child will make the doll a part of him/herself. It
is best to select a doll with this in mind. A baby (up to 2
years) may benefit from having a doll that shares their own proportions. (With a simple bunting that
does not come off.) An older child (5 and up) would benefit from having their
doll with clothing so that they may be dressed/undressed, hair that may be
brushed, arms and legs that bend, and who seem to have an upright
position as does the child. The doll is soft and made from
natural fibers, so as to be "warm". The doll is simple, a couple of
stitches for the eyes and mouth are all that is needed. In this
way a child may imagine their baby to be however they feel they should at
any moment, whether this be happy, angry, surprised, or any
other emotion that may occur to the child.
Gardenmama: "Play silks as well as Waldorf dolls have played a very important role in my children's imaginative play, for those who may not be familiar with play silks would you share a bit more about them?"
Windsting Arts: "I have heard play silks being called 'A toy that has magic still in it.' I love that, and it is so true. In this way of thinking, children have to look and find the magic inside this toy and bring it out in their play. This is a toy that can be transformed into anything that child can imagine it to be. If they are playing at pirates, the play silk may be transformed into a sash for their sword, it may be a rope on the pirate ship, a scarf for their head, a pulley to haul something on board, a hammock, a blanket to cover up with on a wind swept night, a tent for when they arrive on the beach, and on and on and on."
Gardenmama: " I would love for you to tell us about the handmade gifts that will be given away today!"
Windsting Arts: The first is a blue Rain Baby hand made with all natural materials and stuffed with organic cotton. It is about 1 3/4" wide and 2" high. A wee sweet companion, that fits tenderly into a child's hand. The second is a winter colored Petite Bunting Baby handmade with the most natural materials, stuffed with organic wool and love. The third is a Forest Play Silk which I hand dyed naturally, using lovingly picked wild Alaskan salmonberries. It was dyed using a first dye bath, producing a lovely cream color, perfect for a winter nature table. It is 30" x 30". A Forest Play Silk = wondrous, open ended, imaginative play.
Gardenmama: "Thank you for sharing about your shop and this generous giveaway." Windsting Arts: "Thank you so very much Nicole."
For a chance to win these three sweet toys from Windsting Arts leave a comment on this post. For three additional entries post a link to this giveaway on your next blog post Comments will close Tuesday evening at 8:00 EST. A winner will be announced that same evening at 8:30 EST.
Shop: Windsting Arts