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Crochet Hat with Flower using Super Bulky Yarn and 9mm Crochet Hook. A Cold Tuesday Morning, November 19, 2013

131119 Little Valentina warming her ears with super bulky yarn crochet hat with a flower square cropped

Tuesday morning, November 19, 2013

On this cold November morning, our craft group gathered in the back room of The Company of Angels school store at about 9am for our weekly craft group get-together.

Today Christine Newell showed our craft group how to “crochet a hat in a single morning using super bulky yarn and a 9mm crochet hook “. This is the quickest way to crochet a hat. We could make one in about an hour and a half! Gisela (who has extensive crochet experience) says “this project is spectacular, simple and fast.”

Cost $15 includes instructions, all supplies (many colorful super bulky/thick yarn to choose from) even you own crochet hook (5.5mm, 6mm, 9mm N).

Gisela fed us freshly baked homemade German plum bread, Alena shared some homemade apple cider and Rachel made us rose petal hot tea! Thank you Gisela, Alena and Rachel.

Thank you Rachel Skelly and Christine Newell for organizing our Waldorf School of Orange County weekly craft group get-togethers! – Jzin

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Gallery of Past Projects from The Waldorf School of Orange County Craft Group

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Today Christine taught us to crochet a hat using bulky yarn

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The following project will help. We crochet hats in a single morning!

All materials were supplied by Christine.

131119 super bulky yarn and instruction cover for making crochet hat with super bulky yarn

131119 US 9 mm large crochet hook needle and Wool-Ease Thick and Quick bulky yarn.

131119 supplies for making super thick bulky yarn crochet hat

Christine also taught us how to read crochet instructions.

131119 Instructions for crocheting bulky yarn hat with a flower.

131119 Yvonne, Christine and Kathy crocheting at craft group

Some of us are just learning to crochet. Gisela, however has been crocheting since she was 6 years old.

I wet-felted late last night. I am so excited with the process of my wet-felting experiment. This morning, I brought it in to mend the torn parts where the armature was showing through.

131119 Yvonne, Christine, Rachel and Kathy crocheting by Jzin's large mermaid grotto wet-felted project

Another view of my wet-felting work in progress…

131119 Jzin's wet-felting experiment on a chair in the backroom of The Company of Angels school store

This was intended to be my mermaid’s grotto for my latest playscape. The challenge was building an impromptu resist, and to have that resist carry the weigh and size of this piece. The ulterior motive was to play with colors.

131118 Mermaid Grotto photo on 131119

The flip side of this. I was mending the torn areas showing armature that morning. This is yet to be finished, I think. However, presently I do not know what direction the piece is telling me to go, so I have to stop going along with my planned sketches and listen.

131119 inner chamber of Jzin's wet-felted mermaid grotto

Christine showing us how to change yarn and add a different colored trim to our crochet hat.

131119 Everyone watching Christine explaining crochet

Gisela, who had been crocheting since she was 6 years old, was the first to finish making her hat. Here, Gisela is having Anička try on the finished hat. It will go to Gisela’s granddaughter for her upcoming birthday.

131119 Anicka modeling Gisela's newly crochet hat with large flower

Gisela’s family has just opened Active Culture Healthfood cafe in San Clemente this weekend! Check it out!

8 year old Anička crocheting a scarf while her mother was making a hat for her.

131119 Anicka intently crocheting a scarf

A warm, newly mommy-crocheted bulky yarn hat from the morning plus a big loving kiss. Life is sweet.

131119 Alena planting a kiss on Anicka's cheek as she wears her newly handmade crochet bulky yarn hat from the morning

Little Valentina warming her ears with handmade super bulky yarn crochet hat.

131119 Little Valentina warming her ears with super bulky yarn crochet hat with a flower 2

crochet hat with flower, made in one morning.

131119 Alena, Anicka and homemade apple cider in front of school office 2

All you crocheters out there, don’t let life interrupt you from doing what you love! Enjoy crocheting! – Jzin

131221 African babywearing mommy walking and crocheting white shawl

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More Photos from Last Week’s Bendy Doll Project.

November 19, 2013 Gisela made a girl gnome for her grand daughter’s birthday.

131119 Gisela's girl gnome with her baby in a sling in a forest in front of The Company of Angels store

131119 Gisela's girl gnome with sling and baby next to green gnome in blue felt cap

When her jacket is removed, she has a different look. Here she is with her baby next to Alena’s homemade apple cider at craft group.

131119 Gisela's bendy doll girl gnome and her gnome baby beside Alena's homemade apple cider at craft group.

Josephine also made a girl gnome to keep her Winter gnome company. They have a baby gnome as well, but Josephine forgot that baby at home.

131119 Josephine's newly handmade girl gnome in purple and boy Winter gnome

Click here to view the rest of our bendy dolls and crafting process for them on this page.

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Some Examples of this project from Maple Village School

Christine Newell also teaches handwork at the Maple Village School in Long Beach, California. Our talented friend Cathrine Ji made this winter couple below. They are ready for snow! I love the clever way she made the shoe laces of the boy’s shoes!

131117 Cathrine Ji's boy, girl and baby standing posing bendable wood and wire handmade bendy winter dolls from Maple Village School craft group

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Pick up craft kits from front office to make Winter Festival Elves Workshop crafts

If you would like to volunteer and help make some craft items for the children for 2013 Winter Festival Elves Workshop, you can stop by the front office to pick up a kit to work on. Your help is appreciated! Please return kits to office or to Christine Newell by December 4, 2013. After all, Winter Festival is on December 7, 2013.

Josephine made some felt doves for Winter Festival.

131119 Josephine sew white felt doves for Winter Festival Elves Workshop

Saturday morning. November 16, 2013. My children made Winter Gnome peg dolls for Winter Festival Elves Workshop with my help (while playing a game of chess). Here is my 9 year old (she just turned 9 in November) cutting out felt pieces for the gnome’s hats.

131116 Nunu cutting felt to make cape for peg winter gnome doll

My son helped bake a little pumpkin for lunch that morning. In the interim, he cut some felt pieces to dress the Winter gnomes.

131116 Vivi cutting felt to make shirts for Winter Gnome peg dolls

Sunday night. November 17, 2013. Horray! We completed the Winter Gnomes in time for December 7, 2013 Winter Festival.

131118 Kit for making Winter Festival Winter Gnome Peg dolls instructions, supplies and patterns with logo

Monday morning. November 18, 2013. Oh! How joyous they look, in the morning sun!

131118 Completed Winter Festival Winter Gnome Peg dolls in front of our garage in the morning sun.

131118 Peg doll winter gnomes in front of Cathy's house with logo

Here are some photos of our magical Elves Workshop from 2012 Winter Festival…

Two elves by the Elves Workshop Exit.

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Crafting for Christmas Season

Friday night. November 22, 2013. After practicing their piano pieces in the afternoon (Rachmaninoff, Clementi, Bach, Khachaturian, etc), our girls happily needle-felted Christmas tree ornaments at night.

 131122 Fri night Nunu and Anicka needle-felted snowmen.

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Please “Like” us on Facebook (top left sidebar of this page). You will be connected to what we do here, plus you will be notified on our up coming handmade giveaways. Thank you! – Jzin

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Jzin’s Little Mushroom Gnome Home and Pansy Flower Fairy

131109 Jzin's Felt mushroom gnome home at Tanager Parksquare cropped

Friday, November 9, 2013

In the midst of my busy mommy days, I made this little gnome home this evening (while keeping the children fed and clothed) ! Kick ass! Yay!

Gnome Home, available on Etsy. Thanks to my ADHD (self-diagnosed), this gnome home is also a night light! Just add a flameless battery operated tea light candle inside and the warm glowing hearth fire inside the gnome home will keep your child company through the night. Go ahead and buy it on Etsy, this way I will have to money to hire someone to my wash dishes as I craft all day! https://www.etsy.com/listing/168671935/felt-mushroom-gnome-home-doll-play?ref=shop_home_active

131109 Felt Mushroom gnome home front view Tanager Park

A toy, a playscape accessory, a home for peg dolls and a sleeping aid! It’s also a night light! You have to add your own battery operated tea light candle inside.

I also made another flower fairy. You can purchase her and all my othe handwork on my Etsy store.

131113 Upside Down Pansy flower close up view of her crimpy hairstyle bob smart little bonnet square cropped

131113 Pansy Flower Fairy ready to do a cartwheel logo

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Jzin’s Crafting Shennanigans…

Here is my first tutorial for sale. Here is it, on Etsy: Felt Boat tutorial: No sewing, no needle-felting. Easy enough to craft with children! It is written with much love and hand-holding. Lots of photos. You can also ask questions. Go ahead. Buy that tutorial!

131030 Ring of glittering mermaid on blue silk around boat with merbaby Nigel sitting in it

Click on the picture below to enter Jzin’s Wet-felted, no sewing, felt BOAT TUTORIAL.

131030 Jzin's Boat Tutorial square cropped with Mermaid Georgina, Merbaby Sunshine and Sailor Prince in white and mint blue felt boat

You can see more pictures of my felt boats here.

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Next Week’s Craft Group Projects…

We are taking a break for Thanksgiving. See you next week!

Click here to view a gallery of our past craft group projects.

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Local Happenings

The Nutcracker Ballet at Irvine Barclay Theatre, December 2013

This year again, many of our Waldorf School students, including my daughter, who will be performing as a “Little Party Girl” at Irvine Barclay Theater’s Nutcracker. This will be a lavish ballet performance with over 200 dancers! Do not miss it!

The Nutcracker Ballet: 12/13/2013 – 12/24/2013

Tickets: $40 adults; $37 seniors; $35 children

Tickets can be purchase by clicking on the image below.

2012 Festival Ballet. Nutcracker Ballet. Irvine Barclay Theater.

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Jenny’s Fabrics Annual Sale 20% off!

131126  Jenny's Fabric 20 percent off sale 2013

Piecemakers Christmas Village

December 7, 2013. Costa Mesa, California

131031 Piecemakers Christmas Event

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Support Our Local Waldorf Community/ Place a Free Ad

If you are interested in placing an ad on “Support Our Southern California Waldorf Community” (free if you are a member of Southern California Waldorf community) please e-mail me a good picture and a link.

Meanwhile, please support our local peeps! Thanks! – Jzin

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Waldorf Seasons Table Dolls by Castle of Costa Mesa

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130925 Windswept hair, red lambswool sweater, yellow kite blonde handmade Nova Scotia Kite boy Fall Autumn Waldorf Seasons Nature Table post pretty.

130924 Waldorf Season nature table dolls for all seasons.  All Seasons The Wanderer post pretty

Castle of Costa Mesa’s Etsy Store

You may support my crafting mania and justify my obsessive hoarding of craft supplies by shopping on my handmade Etsy store on the link below. Please do! – Jzin

Click on the image below to enter Castle of Costa Mesa Etsy store

130127 The Sailor prince and Mermaid Merah mirage on Corona Del Mar Little Beach

Just for fun, click here instead view a gallery of my handmade dolls.

Castle of Costa Mesa Handmade Doll Giveaways

Fall 2012 Handmade Doll Giveaway mermaid by CastleofCostaMesa.Com

I give away my lovingly handmade dolls periodically. If you “Like” my Castle of Costa Mesa Facebook page, you will be notified of upcoming giveaways. Click here to view the list of my past giveaways. Perhaps the next winner could be YOU?

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Our School Store Company of Angels has a Facebook page!

If you use Facebook, please “Like” our school store “The Company of Angels”. Also, please tell all your local facebook friends about our school store! Thank you!

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Photos from Waldorf School of Orange County Craft Group

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