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140304 Lisa watching Katherine cutting pine needles

Tuesday morning, March 4, 2014.

Christine Newell showed our craft group how to make pine needle baskets today. Here is a finished basket by Christine.

140319 Christine's handmade pine needle basket with stone in center, front and rear view dyptich

Here is a tutorial I found online by Clay Burnett for a slightly different pine-needle basket than what we made today.

140304 Clay Burnett Tribal pine needle basket tutorial. A Natural State. tutorial

Tuesday morning, March 4, 2014.

140304 Heather smiling at baby while Gloria and Katherine weaved pine needle-basket

140304 Gloria and Katherine working with pine needles

Josephine sewing the leather base of her pine needle basket.

140304 Josephine sewing the base of her pine needle basket

140304 roomful of crafters making pine needle baskets in the back room of the Company of Angels

140304 Gloria cuddling Katherine and working with pine needles

Tuesday morning, March 19, 2014

Southern Californian plein air pine-needle basket weaving Waldorfians congregating in their natural habitat.

140319 Southern California plein air pine needle basket weaving

What a lovely morning, crafting with friends in the garden at the Company of Angels store in Costa Mesa, California.

140319 natural craft supplies for making pine needle baskets

Gloria served us freshly baked, warm homemade cake!

140319 Gloria's fresh baked bread cake for craft group

Gabby won my mermaid at our Waldorf School of Orange County 2014 Gala and Auction and requested a change in hair color. Will do! Done! Before Makeover After Makeover Jeanine weaving.

Jo-Ann always look so elegant.

140319 Jo-Ann always looking so elegantJoAnn’s handwork resting by some fresh, premium, long, pristine green pine needles hand-harvested by her from the residential greenbelts of Irvine.

140319 Fresh premium long green pine needles harvested by Jo-Ann from the residential greenbelts of Irvine.

Mommy and baby love! Katherine adoring her mommy! Long, beautiful pristine pine needles harvested by Jo Ann on the pristine green belts of Irvine. I shared that I had wanted to be a Catholic nun, a sister of the poor, when I was grown up. My aunt, Sister Margaret-Claire de Marie whom I admire, is a Catholic nun in Montpellier, France. As a young child, I saw that my aunt led the old tenants of her convent in doll-making workshops, to increase hand flexibility. The handmade dolls from the convent were so beautiful! There birthed my love for doll-making which was pushed aside for decades for other things in life. Christine said, “My, aren’t we having a nice conversation here!”

Kathy weaving with fresh green and brown pine needles.

140319 Kathy weaving basket with pine needles

Jeanine receiving some tips from Christine.

140319 Jeanine sewing up the base of her pine needle basket

Josephine’s work…

140319 Josephine sewing bundles of pine needle into her basket

I brought in my handmade mermaid (left) sold at our Waldorf School of Orange County auction this past weekend. The winner of the auction has requested that I change the hair color (original: dark golden curls on the left) to match the hair color of the lucky girl who would be the new owner of the doll (final color on the right). I sell handmade mermaids on my Castle of Costa Mesa Etsy store here:

140319 Gaby requested changing mermaid Leonara's dark golden curls to straight dark brown hair

Rachel Skelly, SmashingMosaics.Com

Learn mosaic with Rachel this summer 2014!

140604 Rachel Skelly mosaic workshop at Lisa's home in Huntington Beach

Check out Rachel Skelly’s new Smashing Mosaics website!

140318 Rachel sweeping tiger mosaic ad 2

Summer Crafts with Christine Newell

Christine Newell will be teaching 3 children’s craft camps this year with the following start dates:

  • June 23rd
  • July 14th
  • Aug 11th
  • 1 week long, each  9:30am to 1:30pm
  • cost per week $160 plus $65 supply fee total $225.

If you would like to join us this workshop just e-mail Christine Newell:

Dye workshop with Christine at Maple Village School in Long Beach, CA

  • Saturday July 26th
  • Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Food color-vegetable-fiber reactive-acid and plant dyeing we will dye yarn, felt. roving, fleece and silk
  • $70 includes some supplies.

Felted Slippers Workshop with Christine Newell:

  • Saturday August 23rd, 2014
  • Location: Maple Village School in Long Beach, CA
  • Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • $55 includes materials.

If you would like to join us for either or both of these workshop just e-mail Christine Newell:

Jzin’s Etsy Store, Castle of Costa Mesa

My spring Apple Blossom Upside Down Surprise Flower Fairy on Etsy. Give it as a bouquet to your child on their next concert/birthday/event. It will surprise your child as she transforms into a flower fairy, when turned upside down! Unlike cut flowers, this handmade wool felted flower will not wilt and will blossom forever in the heart and imagination of your child! My Etsy store...

140327 Little Apple Blossom Flower Fairy with wild blonde golden hair  mini bouquet nosegay diptych

Planning to give a bouquet of flowers to your child for a recital, ballet concert, birthday or event? Why not give her this one-of-a-kind, memorable “Rose” to commemorate the occasion? When facing one way, it is a beautiful pink rose, when turned upside down, it stands as a doll! This handmade flower of natural wool fibers will not wilt. It will blossom always in your child’s heart and imagination! This flower fairy is made with much love.

140327 Woodland Rose Upside Down Surprise Spring Flower Fairy by CastleofCostaMesa Castle of Costa Mesa store on Etsy

 My New Art Website:

I have not been posting on CastleofCostaMesa.Com the last two months because I have been busy painting. Check out my new art website:

Please “Like” my painting facebook page, so you will see my upcoming artworks. Thank you for your support of my passion! – Jzin

140131 Yoni the Jew shoulder crop 2

140519 Tracey inked steampunk flapper in fishnets at Catalyst Art Studio right face square cropped.

140109 Vanna Mae 1 hour 20 minutes sanguine sketch shoulder crop 3

140527 Le Beau Temps Man Ray study by Jzin 2

Please “Like” my painting facebook page, so you will see my upcoming works.

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

Click on the image below to view our Waldorf School of Orange County weekly craft group projects.

121202 Vintage Life photo show girls crafting inside trailer at war times. Post button for Wednesday Morning Craft Group

Be in the know for upcoming handmade giveaways: Like CastleofCostaMesa.Com on Facebook

130530 Square Giveaway 6 Waldorf Flower Fairies at Tanager Park

I give away my lovingly handmade dolls and crafts every season. 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?

Like Us on Facebook black and white. Fairy Tale Dolls, Handmade With Love. I want you to love learning mandarin chinese!CastleofCostaMesa.Com

Summer Camps 2014

Miss Nicole’s Holistic, Outdoors Craft Summer Camp

Dear Los Angeles and Orange County friends, check out Nicole Ichtertz‘s Kids’ Unique, Holistic, Outdoors Craft Summer Camp in Long Beach, California. Runs Tuesday, June 24-Friday, June 27, 2014. 10am-2pm.

You may also want to check out Nicole’s beautiful illustrations here.

140618 Nicole Ichtertz Summer Camp flyer page 1

140618 Nicole Ichtertz Summer Camp flyer page 2

 Costa Mesa Piecemakers Summer 2014

Summer 2014 Piecemakers newsletter: here.

Check out summer classes for children at Piecemakers in Costa Mesa, California: Sewing, painting, knitting, crocheting, quilting and more.

Support Our Local Waldorf Community/ Place a Free Ad

Check out our own Lisa and her man’s new restaurant Taco Surf and Skate. It’s located at the new Vans skate park in Huntington Beach, California. 7491 Center Ave. Official website…

140408 Taco surf and Skate, Huntington Beach

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.

Also check out our local Astrophysicist crafter, Maraia’s Etsy page!

140321 Maraia Hoffman CosmicBling by Marsgrl Ad by Jzin

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

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