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Making 7 inch Posable Dolls with Wood and Wire Frames with Christine Newell. November 5 and 12, 2013

131112 Christine and Josephine's handmade posable gnomes on Rachel's mosaic bench

Tuesday morning, November 5, 2013

On this cool November morning, our craft group gathered outdoors under the gazebo in the garden of The Company of Angels school store at 8:45am for our weekly craft group get-together.

Today Christine showed our craft group how to make “bendable, posable 7 inch dolls with wood and wire frames “. These dolls have large steady wooden feet so they can stand upright without falling over. They have flexible wire bodies for posing and for playing. They are fun to dress up and characterize in felt or wool. For a fee of $15 per 1 doll (or $25 per 2 dolls), we received instructions and the use of craft tools and supplies for today’s craft project.

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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 showed us how to make 7 inch posable dolls with wood and wire frames

Today Christine showed our craft group how to make a bendable, posable 7 inch doll. These dolls would be made with large steady wooden feet so they can stand upright without falling over. They have flexible wire bodies for posing and frolicking. They can be used for doll house play. They are fun to be characterized or dressed up in felt, wool or other fabrics and materials.

Here are some example of bendable dolls by Kathy Kruse of Germany. This set is sold on Magic Cabin for $79.98.

131106 edited Kathe Kruse Magic Cabin gnome fairy doll setSource

Here’s another set, also by Kathy Kruse, sold on Magic Cabin, with characters from the nativity scene.

131106 Kathe Kruse Magic Nativity Dolls Set Magic CabinSource

Here is one handmade by Christine Newell, as an example for our craft group today.  This one is a gnome.

The character stood 7 inches tall. The head, hands and feet are made of wood with bendable arms and legs. The clothing was made from hand-dyed natural wool felt. This was a simple project using blanket stitch and some gluing.

131105 Christine's sample posable bendable gnome with wood and wire frame

Christine prepared many gorgeous craft supplies for our project, including colorful felt that she hand-dyed herself.

131105 posable bendable 7 inch wood and wire framed doll finished and in the process of being made with logo

You can buy some of these doll bases online by searching the internet for “wood and wire dolls” or “bendy dolls”.

12/21/13 Jzin’s Note: We did not use these, but I found some lovely bendy doll bodies in different sizes here on A Child’s Dream website: http://www.achildsdream.com/small-bendy-rope-doll-body/

A lovely morning among friends and beautiful crafting supplies!

131105 Michaela stopped by at craft group.

Denise sewing on hand-dyed wool felt pants on her doll.

131105 Denise sewing wool felt pants on her wood and wire framed doll

Christine’s old edition of The Gnome Craft Book by Thomas and Petra Berger

131105 The Gnome Craft Book by Thomas and Petra Berger.

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You can get the newer edition online here…

121105 The Gnome Craft Book by Thomas and Petra Berger

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November 7, 2013. Heather sent in her completed table top puppet witch doll. Click here to see the rest of our craft group’s table top puppets (October 1, 2013 craft group project).

131107 Heather Sebring's completed Table Top Puppet Witch doll on her fall naturre table with a needle-felted pumpkin, acorn child and found natural objects.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013. The Second Week of this Project

Here are some of our handmade dolls by craft group so far: A motley crew of gnomes photographed on Rachel Skelly’s beautiful mosaic bench in front of the Company of Angels store.

131112 Christine and Josephine's handmade posable gnomes on Rachel's mosaic bench

Josephine’s Winter gnome in his frosty blue suit. Today, she is making a mate for him. Scroll below to see his girl.

131112 Josephines's blue winter gnome in his pointy hat and blue suit

Christine’s mother and child all bundled up in the chilly autumn weather.

131112 Christine's mother and child gnome dolls in front of the Company of Angels store

In front of the Company of Angels store. Christine painted the doll’s shoes brown.

131112 Christine's mother and child gnome dolls in front of yellow flowers by the company of angels school store

Gisela made two magical Forest Wizard Gnomes. Wow!

131112 Gisela's 2 handmade forest wizard gnomes with their magical wands

 Here’s our Smörgåsbord of doll crafting goodies prepared by Christine for craft group. She hand dyed these beautiful wool felt pieces for the doll’s outfits.

131112 a Smörgåsbord of doll making goodies at Orange County, California weekly Waldorf craft group

Little Jack fork knitting alongside the crafting adults.

131112 Jack fork knitting alongside our craft group

Stacey made some honey pots for our upcoming Winter Festival’s Elves Workshop…

131112 Stacey made some red honey pots with beeswax inside and sparkles for 2013 Winter Festival Elves Room

by the way, our lovely Stacey is also an artisan perfumer who makes hand-crafted indie perfumes, luxury soaps, lip balms, & scents. “Like” her Jade Daisy Essential facebook page to find out more about her beautiful crafts!

131017 Jade Daisy Essentials. Hand Crafted Soap

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!

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

Two elves by the Elves Workshop Exit.

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November 19, 2013. More Bendy Doll  Gnomes from Gisela and Josephine

 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

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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Rachel Skelly’s Mosaic Work

Check out Rachel’s recently completed mosaic work! I love that mirrored dragonfly and that beast of an iguana. Smashing!

131110 Rachel Skelly. Smashing Designs. Mosaic BBQ. mirrored dragon fly and iguana

Another view, of her work in progress.

131027 Poolside BBQ counter top. Finished grouting.

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More photos of “Simple Baby Dolls in Knitted Blanket Bags” from previous weeks

131105 Mommy handmade is always the best. square cropped.

Mommy-made is always the BEST!

Gisela’s handmade girl gnome for her grand daughter. What a lucky girl!

131105 Gisela's handmade girl gnome doll for her grand daughter

Gisela’s fishing gnome…

131105 Gisela's fishing boy gnome sitting in a basket

Click here to view pictures of “Simple Baby Doll in a Knitted Blanket” from past week. On that page you will also see Gisela’s GORGEOUS gnome dolls she needle-felted for her grandkids.

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Jzin’s Favorite Book: FeltPassion by Ellen Bakker and Ricarda Aßmann

November 5, 2013. Today I brought in my favorite book to share with craft group. This book is gorgeous and so entirely inspiring!

131105 Jzin's latest favorite book, Felt Passion by Ellen Bakker and Ricarda Asmann

Selling price is € 27.50. You can get your copy from here: http://www.textile-link.com/

FeltPassion on youtube.

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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 Made Last Friday, now available for purchase on Etsy

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. Here is Miss Upside Down Surprise Petunia Flower Fairy. Ready to be shipped from my Etsy store. When held upside down, she is a flower. With a flip, she magically turns into a flower fairy! https://www.etsy.com/listing/168826933/upside-down-purple-petunia-flower-fairy

131110 upside down Petunia Flower Fairy with yellow center dyptich with logo

Yes, when life gives you ADD, you make a doll, I mean a flower, I mean a flower/doll chimera!

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Giveaway! The Latest Tiptoes Lightly Book: The Treasure Cave: Sea Stories of Tiptoes Lightly

We love Tiptoes Lightly books! Here is the latest one in the series. You can win a copy by entering this giveaway below. Ends November 15, 2013.

131106 The Treasure Cave Book Giveaway 3

Enter giveaway here.

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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…

Here are some of the craft projects Christine has lined up for the next few weeks:

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

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Christine Newell’s 16 inch Waldorf Doll Making Workshops

Christine Newell’s Handmade Doll workshop:

131015 Flyer for Christine Newell's next Waldorf 16 inch Doll Workshop.

Here are handmade 16 inch Waldorf Dolls made by Kim (the blonde doll) and Luka in Christine Newell’s past workshop.

121107 Kimmy and Luka's 16 in Waldorf dolls on trees

Click here to see gorgeous photos from her past workshops.

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Local Happenings

Yuko’s Holiday Jewelry Party in Costa Mesa. Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 1-3:30pm

131110 Yuko selling her jewelry at Stacey's Neighborhood Holiday boutique in Costa Mesa

Come support our own craft group’s Yuko’s Holiday Jewelry Party!

When: Sunday, November 17 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Where: The Home of Heather and Jim Sebring in Costa Mesa

RSVP: Via email to heatherlewis.sebring@gmail.com

Questions: Yuko McCarthy 714-658-5813

Dear Friend,

A long time ago, in a far away place, and in a different life, I ran a jewelry business. I traveled to Thailand and other countries to source product to then sell in Japan. I enjoyed the business and it was successful. But, babies came and I quietly put my jewelry away. Recently, I decided to bring it back out for this show. I really hope you can come.

I have many beautiful, distinctive, hand-crafted pieces made with sterling silver and semi-precious stones like turquoise and amethyst. I think you will love them. I also have a colorful selection of bags and other hand-crafted items.

Please feel free to bring a friend or two as we’ll take the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company while we get a head-start on Holiday shopping.

Please mark the date on your calendar! I look forward to seeing you.

Warmest Thoughts,

Yuko McCarthy

131109 Yuko's Holiday Jewelry Sale. Neighborhood Holiday Craft Fair at Jade Daisy Stacey's home

Start your Christmas shopping early. Bring  your friends!

131109 Cara, Gina and Kim shopping Yuko's jewelry at Stacey's Neighborhood Holiday Boutique in Costa Mesa

 

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The Nutcracker Ballet at Irvine Barclay Theatre, December 2013

This year again, many of our Waldorf School students, including my little Nunu, age 8 is performing 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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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

130924 African Merprince Summer post pretty

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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