She’s in Japan

Posted by on Jun 21 2014 | crafts, handmade, sewing, waldorf, waldorf dolls

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I’m so jealous of her! Not only this doll is in Japan right now – a place I’ve always wanted to visit -  but she is in Japan with my husband. Today they are  out gallivanting in Kyoto, the two of them! How did that come to happen, you may ask… Well,  Warren was invited to take part in a symposium about education taking place at  a college in Kobe. He commissioned this doll originally to take as a gift to either the organization that is hosting the event or to the Waldorf school he is visiting during the same trip. He will also use the doll as a prop for his talk about Waldorf Early Childhood Education at the symposium.  Now, there’s a small chance the doll will fly back home with him if he finds it is not appropriate to give it as a gift (there are quite a few etiquette rules and taboos around gift giving in Japan), in which case Liliana (and I)  will be delighted to have her back!

 

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New baby doll

Posted by on May 17 2014 | crafts, sewing, waldorf, waldorf dolls

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I just wanted to share this new baby doll I made using a cashmere cardigan that I felted by accident. This baby is a gift to a lovely little girl who is turning two. The doll is so soft you can’t help but just cuddle it.  I hope she will be as loved as the old cardigan was!

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New socks

Posted by on Feb 19 2014 | handmade, knitting

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Socks for me! For those I used a very basic sock pattern and added the lace pattern from a stitch dictionary book I have. A little bit of math was required to fit the pattern for the lace into the multiples of four structure I used for the sock. It worked just fine!  I’m proud.

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Finished Macro Mitts

Posted by on Feb 05 2014 | crafts, knitting

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Blog activity has been really slow lately, but I had to pop in just to show my finished Macro Mitts. It was love at first sight but it took me two years to complete this project. Don’t ask… it’s not that hard at all a knit. I made the first mitten (left hand) very quickly once I worked out the right gauge for the yarn I used. Then, for the right hand mitten it just didn’t work that easily. I must have misread the chart twice as once the thumb came out on the wrong side and the next time the star was out of place… then I parked it for a while. When I picked it up again, the gauge was completely off and it came out twice the size even though I used same yarn and needles combo. Anyhow, the spell is now broken and all that is in the past! I’m so happy with my new mitts! I love them!

The right hand mitten looks a bit wonky in the picture and that is because it is slightly twisted. It asctually looks great!

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Here she is, my latest Waldorf doll!

Posted by on Nov 29 2013 | crafts, sewing, waldorf, waldorf dolls

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My latest Waldorf doll is now part of the Advent Crafts Sale at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. The Crafts Sale is a fundraiser to support their Early Childhood Teacher Training program.  I hope this spirited little girl will find a loving home soon!

 

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Minha mais nova criação é parte do bazar de Natal do Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto.  O Bazar é para arrecadar fundos para ajudar o programa de treinamento de professores de jardim da infância da pedagogia Waldorf. Espero que essa meniniha cheia de personalidade encontre seu lar logo!

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What have I been up to?

Posted by on Nov 28 2013 | crafts, waldorf

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Wow, the speed of things really picked up in my corner of the world after the Summer break. It wasn’t my intention to go on a blog break at all, but the time to sit down with a clear mind for writing never seemed to materialize. I’ve got my hands full with lots of fun things, but it has been challenging to keep it all in balance at times. Since September I’ve been teaching sock knitting to parents at school. The group is still going strong and I’m proud to say that quite a few have successfully finished their pair of socks! I’m also facilitating a handwork circle for parents every other Tuesday evening. People bring whatever project they are working on and we have a nice time keeping our hands busy and  enjoying good company. On top of that I’m also  running a doll making workshop on Thursday evenings. Phew! … I’m not even going to mention all the crafts projects I’m working on… ok, tomorrow I’ll show one that I just finished. I promise.

 

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Caramba, depois das férias de verão a vida ficou super corrida aqui no meu cantinho do mundo. Eu não tinha nenhuma intençaõ de tirar férias do blog, mas o tempo para sentar com a cuca fresca para escrever nunca se materializou. Eu estou ocupada com um monte de coisa boa, mas não sem os desafios de manter a vida equilibrada. Desde setembro eu tenho ensinado a fazer meia de tricô para os pais na escola da marta e Lili. O grupo continua firme e forte e é com orgulho que eu conto que muitos já terminaram seu par de meias. De quinze em quinze dias, às terças à noite eu facilito um grupo de trabalhos manuais, também para os pais da escola. E prar completar também estou dando um curso de bonecas as quintas à noite. Ufa! Não vou nem contar os projetos nos quais estou trabalhando… tà bom, amanhã eu mostro um deles. Prometo.

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Last Minute makings

Posted by on Aug 15 2013 | crafts, sewing

Two days before we go I decided to make new skirts for Marta and Liliana. They have been asking for it for ages but I haven’t been able to put my hands on the sewing machine the whole Summer. It was about time, so I got to it. The skirts are ready, but it is late, dark and my models are fast asleep. If there’s time I’ll photograph them tomorrow and post it from Philadelphia. The skirts look pretty! I want one for me too.

 

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Dois dias antes da viagem e eu rsolvo fazer  saias novas para a Marta e Liliana. Elas já tunham me pedido há um tempão, mas eu não toquei na máquina de costura o verão inteiro. Já era tempo, então eu arregacei as mangas e mandei brasa. As saias estão prontas, mas estã tarde, escuro e as minhas modelos estão dormindo. Se der tampo fotografo amanhã e posto da Filadélfia. As saias estão lindas! Eu quero uma pra mim também.

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Summer Art Camp – year 2

Posted by on Aug 13 2013 | canada, family, fun, handmade

We’re in between travels. We came back from the cottage on Sunday and we’re now preparing to go to Philly on Friday. Only four days at home to get the laundry done and all organized for the next trip!

We spent 10 days at the cottage and we named in it our “Summer Art Camp II”. Our days were filled with creative endeavors. Warren and Tim worked hard to complete the sculpture project they set off to do. But still some time was left for some oil painting. The children joined right in and worked on their own projects. Other than that there was a lot of yoga in the morning , journaling, swimming, playing, fairy gardening, reading, cooking delicious food, the occasional outing to town to have ice cream , visiting with our friends at the Radiance of the Ordinary and a storytelling session at an art gallery with our delightful Dawne! We had a wonderful time being nourished by friendship, nature and arts!

Only one thing was missing, though… some knitting. I even brought the yarn and needles but couldn’t fit it all in.

 

 

Estou entre viagens. Voltamos da cabana no domingo e agora estamos noa preparando para ir para a Filadélfia a sexta feira. Só quatro diazinhos em casa para lavar as roupas e nos organizar para a próxima viagem.

Nós passamos dez dias na cabana e demos o nome de “Colônia de Férias Artística” ao nosso feriado. Nossos dias formam recheados de aventruas criativas. O Warren e o Tim trabalharam duro para completar a escultura que eles começaram. Mas ainda sobrou um tempinho para a pintura a óleo. As meninas se juntaram a nós e puseram-se a pintar também. Além de muita arte também teve muita yoga, journaling, jardim de fadas, banho de lago, bricadeiras, leitura, comidinhas deliciosas, visita a cidade para tomar sorvete, visita aos nossos amigos da Radiance of the Ordinary e contacao de história com a nossa querida Dawne. Foram dez dias maravilhosos sendo nutridos pelas amizades, natureza e artes!

Só faltou uma coisa… tricô. Eu at~e levei fios e agulhas, mas não deu tempo de fazer tudo!

 

 

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Liliana’s 5th Birthday

Posted by on Aug 01 2013 | family, fun, waldorf

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Our baby has turned five!!! On Sunday we celebrated Lili’s birthday with the five friends she chose to invite for her party. This was actually the first time Lili had her friends over on her birthday. We’re usually away this time of the year, and though we’ve always celebrated her birthday, it has been with whoever is around. We made pizza with the children, giant soap bubbles and even a bouncy castle came out (don’t ask!!!).  As per her request I made lemon cake, which was greatly appreciated by the children and adults alike. And for the children to take home we made mini fairy gardens with them. Lili was so very happy with her birthday party. She was quite tired by the end of the day but she was still radiant and feeling very especial. We love you Lili!!!!

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A nossa caçula fez cinco aninhos! No domingo nós celebramos o seu aniverario com os cinco amiguinhos que ela escolheu conivdar para a festa. Aliás, essa foi a primeira vez que a Lili tem uma festa de aniversario com seus próprios amigos. Geralmente estamos viajando nessa época do ano, e apesar de sempre termos celebrado seu aniversário, era com quem estava por perto. Na sua festinha fizemos oizza com as crianças, bolhas de sabão gigantes e até um pula-pula apareceu para alegrar a festa (nem pergunte sober isso!). Atendendo a pedidos da aniversariante eu fiz um bolo de limão que foi apreciado tanto pelas crianças como que pelos adultos. E como lembrança da festa as criaças fizeram mini-jardins de fada para levar para a casa. Lili ficou muito feliz com a sua festinha. Ela estava exausta no final do dia, mas também radiante e se sentindo muito especial. Agente te ama Lili!!!

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A creative Summer

Posted by on Jul 31 2013 | canada, crafts, fun, handmade

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I’m just emerging from a very busy month. But also a very creative one! July is when the Summer Festival of Arts and Education that Warren organizes at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto takes place. This year the festival ran for three weeks and the offers of workshops were amazing.

I took part in weeks 2 and 3 while my girls enjoyed the Summer camp at school. It was hard to choose which workshops to take. On week 2 and I ended up opting for those who appeared most challenging to me: creative writing and metal work, go figure that decision! On week 3 I went for the fun and chose painting.  I had a blast in all the three courses. Creative writing was a joy, specially having Paul Matthews – our dear friend from England – as the teacher.  I also really loved what I produced in the Magic of Work workshop though I was a bit out of my comfort zone working in a medium that I’m not do familiar with. But now that I got to have a taste of it, I wish I had more time in the metal shop to make a few more things! As for painting, I enjoyed this technique called growing a painting. It’s a seven stage process in which you start with areas of colour and without any intention of form. Then you slowly add layers of colour until it was time to look for the form starting to emerge -  in this workshop we were looking for the human form. Then it is time to flesh it out and add more detail to it. I thought it was a wonderful exercise in being open to what wants to be!

I was also the official photographer of the event. Have a look at the gallery and get inspired! Maybe you’ll join us next year? Pictures of week 1, pictures of week 2 and pictures of week 3

But Summer is not finished yet…  We’ll be away for a good chunk of time now but I might pop in for an update or two, time permitting.

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To acabando de sair de um mês super agitado. Mas também um que foi muito criativo. Julho é quando acontece o Summer Festival of Arts and Education que o Warren organiza no Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. Esse ano o festival durou três semanas com as oficinas uma mais interessante do que a outra.

Eu particpei das semanas 2 e 3 enaquanto as meninas curtiram a colônia de férias da escola. Foi difícil escolher os cursos e eu acabei fazendo a oficina de escrita criativa e trabalho em metal na semana 2. Engraçado é que são dois temas que me desafiam! Na semana três eu escolhi pintura por pura diversão. Eu curti todos os três cursos. Escrita criativa foi muito legal, principalmente porque o professor era o nosso querido amigo Paul Matthews, da Inglaterra. Eu amei tudo o que produzi na oficina de metal, foi o processo que foi penoso. Mas agora, já tendo um pouco de experiência com o meio eu queria um pouquinho mais de tempo na oficina para fazer umas coisinhas a mais. E da pintura eu curti muito o processo de sete estágios onde se começa apenas com areas de cores e sem a intenção de forma. Depois aos poucos vai se adicionando outras camadas de cores até o ponto em que formas começam a surgir -  nessa oficina procuramos pela forma humana. Depois de indentificada é hora de defini-la e detalhá-la. Eu achei o processo um exercício muito incrível em estar aberto para o que quer vir a ser!

Eu tive também a função de fotógrafa do evento. Dá só uma olhada na galeria e se inspire! Talvez ano que vem você se junte a nós! Fotos da semana 1, fotos da semana 2 and fotos da semana 3

Mas o verão ainda não acabou… estamos de partida e estaremos fora por um bom tempo. Se eu conseguir apareço para uma atualização ou outra.

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