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The Magical Elves’ Workshop at The Waldorf School of Orange County Winter Festival. Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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December 6, 2014. Saturday 1pm-5:30pm

Winter Festival is a heart-warming annual community celebration hosted by The Waldorf School of Orange County in Costa Mesa, California, USA. The Elves Workshop is a booth within this festival where children exclusively can shop for handmade gifts for their loved ones.

This year, our craft group elves handmade about 600 little treasures for The Elves Workshop. Our handwork teacher, Christine Newell assisted by the 7th graders offered this beautiful experience for the little ones where big people were not allowed inside. I managed to take a peek inside. I am sharing it the sights (click here to skip ahead to see), so you too, can get to experience some of the magic and wonder that our little ones got to enjoy each year.

In the spirit of this festive season, I am offering a Handmade Giveaway on my Castle of Costa Mesa Etsy store. It is open World Wide. You may win my handwork (Fairy Tale Dolls, playscapes, needle-felted pictures and more)! 3 winners will be selected. Click here to enter Castle of Costa Mesa GIVEAWAY.

Each week I feature someone from our Waldorf community at the bottom of this page. This week, I feature our school store, The Company of Angels. Clicking here will take you to The Company of Angels, the lovely little gift shop at our own Waldorf School of Orange County in Costa Mesa. It’s the best kept secret in shopping in Southern California!

For our next craft group meeting (8:40am Monday 15, December 2014), we are having an end of 2014 potluck party AND crocheting broomstick lace. Click here to see FUTURE craft group schedule plus a picture gallery of our PAST craft group projects.

– Jzin, your crafting-fiend friend

Monday Morning Craft Group at The Waldorf School of Orange County.

Click on below picture to see a schedule of future craft plus a gallery of our past craft group projects.

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You can “like” and follow our weekly craft group projects on facebook here.

Please think also of craft group projects you will like to make or see offered, as our craft group donations for our 2015 Waldorf School of Orange County annual gala fundraiser. It’s still early for May 2015, but it’s good to give ourselves plenty of time. E-mail me, if you have ideas: Jzinius@yahoo.com. You know if it’s up to me, it will be another playscape set or puppet show set!

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The Great, Big Winter 2014 Giveaway on Castle of Costa Mesa Etsy Store

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The Children and Their Treasures from The Elves Workshop

A beeline of the littlest shoppers was already forming at 11:30am for the Elves Workshop whose scheduled opening time was 1pm.

141207 Quinn, Kaili children waiting in line to enter Elves Workshop.

A harpist provided the magical ambience for the Elves Workshop shoppers.

141206 Alyssa playing harp music to calm the shoppers at Elves Workshop with snow.

Each child was allowed to shop, unaccompanied by parents or adults, with a maximum of 12 tickets ($1 per ticket).

141206 Boys in dress shirt and black pants lining up to enter Elves Workshop to shop for handmade gifts.

Elves workshop is that magical place where a child can go in to select handmade toys and gifts for themeselves and their loved ones.

141207 Deege bearing basket of handmade treasures from elves workshop.

I am so happy that our lovely harpist picked my handmade mini wool tapestry!

141206 Alyssa picked Jzin's needle-felted girl feeding bunny wool picture.

“I got the whole army!” cried this one trimphantly.

141206 Nicholas got an army of knight wooden peg dolls outfitted in felt.

Logan happy with his selections.

141206 Logan satisfied with his selected red father christmas handmade peg gnome

He also selected 3 needle-felted wool pictures besides this little father Christmas peg doll.

7th Grader elves.

141206 Elves workshop santa's elf helper and gift wrapper peek a boo.

A little one and her hand picked treasures…

141206 Erowyn and her hand picked treasures of the elves workshop.

This one selected a guardian angel wool picture, among other gifts.

141209 Sebastian buying boy angel on blue background needle-felted wool picture mini tapestry by Castle of Costa Mesa.

This one discovered a treasured gnome.

141208 Little girl Joy holding felt star gnome blanket stitched wool locks beard.

… cuddling the Elves Workshop guarded treasures that were handmade with much love.

141206 Jadyn cuddling her handmade treasures Hannah walking out of Elves Workshop.

141208 Quinn with basketful of handmade treasures Renuka's peg doll.

141206 3 boys with their hand picked handmade christmas gifts from Elves Workshop.

This generous little one gave little gifts to her mother and grandmother who, as big people, were forbidden in the magical Elves Worshop. Joy for everyone!

141208 Lucy and her daughter in law and grand daughter with snowflakes.

By 3pm, all 600 handmade treasures were sold, to the disappointment of late comers. Next year, the elves may need to start crafting earlier into the year, perhaps in October or so, to amply stock the shelves.

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Peeking Inside the Elves Workshop

Big people (teenagers and adults) were off-limits at the Elves workshop. Well, except for our handwork teacher, Miss Christine Newell. If you want something from there, be sure you have a little one who wants to shop for you and gift that to you!

Thank you Christine (and countless elves, you know who you are) for making this possible!

141206 Christine Newell inside Elves Workshop 2014 At WSOC Waldorf School of Orange County Winter Festival celebration.

141208 Kathy's painted wooden birdhouses with little birds perched upon mossy nests christmas tree ornaments.

141206 Cathrine's handstitched felted red cardinal bird Christmas tree ornaments on a string.

The elves at our home handmade wool pictures for this event. This picture shows one of the several panels of wool pictures needle-felted over Thanksgiving break. We lost count how many were made. You can purchase some of these on our Castle of Costa Mesa Etsy store here.

131211 dyptich Jzin and Nunu busy crafting to donate to Elves Workshop at WSOC 2014 Winter Festival.

Click on this page to see the elves preparations before this day.

Oooooooooh! Renuka made the sweetest peg dolls below. Ooooh!

141206 Renuka's handpainted wooden peg doll winter snow gnomes and fairies with feather wings one looks like sebastian

141208 handmade treasures felt fairies peg doll princesses and clowns crochet rose broooches stockings.

141206 festive glass balls Christmas tree ornaments hanging on ribbons.

141206 Colorful glass christmas tree ornaments felt lady bugs on leaves.

Knight peg gnomes

141206 felt handstitched knight wooden peg gnomes handmade for Winter Festival at WSOC.

Mermaid petting her pet fish by Castle of Costa Mesa.

141130 Blonde Mermaid petting a fish needle-felted wool picture by Castle of Costa Mesa.

 The sweetest little darlings… handmade by Renuka.

141206 Renuka's painted handmade felt and wooden sweet peg doll prince princesses gnomes cape 2.

Lavendar in lace sachets, one elf ticket each.

121208 Dried lavendar aromatic in white lace sachets with silk rose embellishments for one elf ticket each.

Little pine cone elves.

141208 Little pine cone elves with wool locks white beards glue gunned wooden heads.

Winter peg doll gnomes intricately embroidered with much love from the elves.

141206 Handmade wooden father winter peg gnomes with wool lock beards and pointy handstitched embellished felt hats.

141206 Wooden peg doll babies in a bunting blanket stitched.

Oh! Jolly snowmen peg dolls dressed warmly for Winter, how delightful!

141206 Olaf snow man peg dolls with felt hats and scarves.

Magical decoupage treasure chests big enough for fairy dusts. Thank you Jenifer for these gifts.

141206 Jenifer's decoupage wooden treasure chest with stickers and decals.

Kathy’s handmade decoupage wooden bird Winter holiday decorations.

141206 Kathy's wooden decoupage bird Christmas Winter ornaments on metal wire legs.

141208 Needle-felted wool vignettes Nunu's girl feeding bunny in meadow my dandelion elf.

Lovingly hand-stitched felt gnomes.

141207 handstitched felt gnome stars.

141206 painted biard houses wool pictures handstitched felt cardinals bath salts christmas light.

141206 A child's view peeking inside children only Elves Workshop gift shop handmade by elves.

141206 Cathrine's handstitched felt bird white dove of peace for christmas.

141812 Felt blossom fairies hanging on manzanita branches Christmas tree ornaments.

141208 Claudia's wooden peg gnome clowns with pompoms and blossom fairies.

141206 crochet rose flower hair pins peg doll princesses in capes wooden peg doll clowns bath salt and galore.

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Other Sights at The Winter Festival

December 6, 2014. I managed to take only a few pictures of the other areas of this very beautiful event.

My little crafter and her classmate. These 4 graders served at the Twinkle Star Cafe, a cafe staffed by 4th graders, serving only children up to 3rd grade, without parental accompaniment. A live string orchestra played as the little dinners enjoyed their meals.

141206 Sophia and Nunu outside Twinkle Star Cafe.

My little boy, Vi taking in the sights and sounds of Winter Festival.

141206 Vi at Winter Festival before Advent spiral

A beautiful closing for a beautiful celebration. The 7th graders sang and led a candle-lit procession to send us all home at the end of the day.

Long is our winter
Dark is our night
Oh come set us free
O saving light

141208 7th Grader choir candlelit procession  singing as Winter Festival closes.

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Schedule: Upcoming Monday Morning Craft Group Projects and Other Local Crafting Events

December 15, 2014. Lets have a party the last week of the year !!! Bring treats.  We will also crochet infinity cowl, scarf or beanie that day – get this: with a broom stick! How awesome is that? Yes! Broomstick lace crochet…. also known as jiffy lace and peacock eye crochet, is a historic crochet technique from the 19th century which is traditionally done using a broomstick.  They make for lively party conversations and lovely handmade gifts

141201 Katya modeling crochet handmade broomstick cowl and beanie. Photo by CastleofCostaMesa.com

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Announcements

Rachel is hosting a party to benefit iSanctuary this Sunday. This international agency rescues victims of human trafficking in India and places them into safe environment. Please e-mail Rachel for directions: rachelskelly@me.com

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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. If you would like a free shout out for any special events or offer, let me know as well. Time permitting, I will toot your horn. Meanwhile, please support our local peeps! Thanks! – Jzin

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The Great, Big Winter 2014 Giveaway on Castle of Costa Mesa Etsy Store

 

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Happy Holidays! Welcome to the Great, Big, Winter 2014 Handmade Giveaway by CastleofCostaMesa.Com!!!

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This Week’s Feature:

The Company of Angels Gift Shop: Waldorf School of Orange County School Store.

The Company of Angels store. The best kept secret in shopping for heart-warming, handmade, specially curated, one-of-a-kind gifts, in Southern California, USA.

141117 The Company of Angels School Store for Christmas Tree ornaments toadstool child baby pegasus.

This place brings awe and magic to our daily lives!

141117 Little mouse in rocking cradle bed Christmas presents at Company of Angels.

There is always hot chocolate, coffee, tea and homemade baked goods in the gift shop! 141117 brownies and other homemade fresh baked goods at The Company of Angels Gift Shop.

Arts and Craft books, supplies and MORE. Doll making books, needle-felting supplies, natural wool yarn, hand-dyed felt to list a few.

1411117 Doll making craft books and arts and craft supplies at the Company of Angels gift store in Costa Mesa.

The 100% natural yarn wall!

141117 Yarn, felt, doll-making, needle-felting arts and craft supplies at The Company of Angels Gift Shop in Costa Mesa, Southern California, USA.

I have not even shown you the handpicked book selections, toys, home goods and other sections.

Come on by, treat yourself a visit and check it out yourself!

141117 The Company of Angels gift shop brings magic and wonder into our everyday lives.

  • Address: The Company of Angels, The Waldorf School of Orange County, 2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, California, USA.
  • Phone Number: (949) 574-7735
  • Check out the store hours on The Company of Angels Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thecompanyofangelsWSOC

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