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140513 Christine putting on felt earrings on Josephine

Hot Tuesday morning in spring. May 13, 2014.

Today Christine Newell showed our craft group how to make wet-felted earrings. This was inspired by a tutorial in Living Craft Magazine.

140513 red cherry handmade wet-felted dangling earrings 2

140513 blue wet-felted earrings on Gisela's rainbow scarf 2

140513 many earrings on leaf 2

140513 Jzin's black handmade wet-felted dangling earrings 2

Below: Christine demonstrating how to get our 2 earrings to be of the same size. She rolled a length of wool roving inside a sushi mat, thus making a partially felted “noodle”. This “noodle” was then cut with scissors into equal halves/pieces.

140513 Christine rolled wet-felted noodle felts with sushi mat 2

Below: making equally sized pieces of partially felted nuggets for earrings.

140513 sushi mat rolling felt noodles for making earrings

After cutting up the (not fully felted) wet roving into equal pieces, we rolled them into balls between our palms with warm soapy water. The longer we rubbed and rolled, the harder, rounder and more felted the balls became.

140513 Christine rolled wet-felted roving into balls

Happy times, crafting in the morning. Christine shared with us the story of her time on a desert island as a sea captain’s girlfriend…

140513 The sea-captains girlfriend wet-felting earrings 4

Christine brought in silver earring accessories for our local craft store. With 2 sets of fine pliers we crafted our handmade earrings.

Kathy modeling her emerald felt earrings made just this morning.

140513 Kathy modeling her handmade felt jade colored dangling earrings 2

Jeanine’s beautiful green and lavendar felt earrings handmade this morning.

140623 Jeanine's lavendar and seafoam green wet-felted earrings

Thank you Christine for yet another wonderful craft day! – Jzin

December 12, 2014. My friend Taya showed me these Beard Baubles. What do you think? Is this all wrong for your man? Well, you can handmake your own and tone it down the shine, with our wet-felting version, which would be more warm and organic looking!

141212 Beard Baubles dyptich hipster christmas tree ornaments


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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