cooking

Posted on oktober 15th, 2009 @ 3:13 pm in found,toys by Meike

keukenYeah! Look what we just got! It’s the IKEA mini kitchen. 😀 Extremely hard to come by around these parts, since they’re always sold out within a few days, but we got lucky this time! I know, it’s not Saint Nick just yet, but a girl’s got to start planning gifts early, right? Now at least I can finally throw in all these little cooking utensils I’ve been collecting over the years!

We were originally going to build our own kitchen, but I just couldn’t resist this one. Besides, Pieter’s still recovering from all the renovating we had to do in our new home. And hey – this one has cooking rings that light up red. 🙂

Ah, to be a child again!

Waldorf doll resources: a list

Posted on oktober 4th, 2009 @ 12:04 pm in found,tutorial,waldorf dolls by Meike

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve finally gotten round to adding a Waldorf Doll Resources list to this weblog. On it, you’ll find links to books, DVDs, online patterns and tutorials I have collected over the years. I hope you’ll find it of use! If there’s anything missing that you think should be on there, do not hesitate to let me know, either by sending me an email (meike{AT}starrysheep{DOT}com) or by leaving a comment.

But before you go (and I cannot stress this often enough), please note:

Most of the patterns I am linking to are for personal use ONLY. Please respect the original owner’s copyright – do NOT claim any of these as your own and do NOT copy or redistribute any of these patterns/instructions in any way without asking the original copyright owner’s express permission first!

Thanks… and enjoy!

Waldorf Doll Resources: a list

books

Posted on september 29th, 2009 @ 9:49 am in found,waldorf dolls by Meike

For Kate: my two new books. 🙂

Frohliche Puppen SelbstgemachtThe first is Fröhliche Puppen selbst gemacht, by Freya Jaffke. Not yet available in English, but I am certain there will be a translation in the near future; most of Jaffke’s books have been translated into a number of languages. I must say though that I was a bit disappointed by this book. Nothing new in it for me, and I don’t much care for the tone in which it is written. Much too pedantic, in a I-know-how-you-should-be-raising-your-children way. Maybe that’s just me – I like the Waldorf way, but I’d like to make my own decisions, thank you very much. I’m not one for blindly sticking to one theory or way of life, and I definitely do not like people telling me “this is what you’ve got to do or your child will end up depraved”. I don’t think my children will be lesser persons if they’re not surrounded by Waldorf all the time. It’s all about balance, that’s what I think. Anyhow! I’ll get off my soap box now. 😉 It’s a decent book, it’s got all the basics, and it does a fine job of teaching you how to make different types of Waldorf dolls, from a simple knot doll to a knitted doll to a limbed doll, and that’s what really counts, right?

Sewing dollsThe second book is still on its way to me; I’m expecting it this week, and this is the one I’m really excited about: Sewing Dolls, by Karin Neuschütz (translated by Susan Beard). I’ve already got Neuschützes book Die Waldorfpuppe, and it’s my absolute favourite, so I’m very happy one of her books has finally been translated into English! I’ll most certainly be spamming you all with it a bit more once it gets here. 🙂

Edited to add:

To clear up any confusion – From what I wrote above, you may have concluded that Sewing Dolls is a translation of Die Waldorfpuppe! This is not the case; Sewing Dolls is a translation of a different (originally Swedish) book! My apologies for not being clear in the first place…

interrupted

Posted on september 23rd, 2009 @ 5:25 pm in daily life,found,waldorf dolls by Meike

I feel the urge to complete things. Sound familiar? 😀 I don’t even know anymore how many times I’ve told myself “you need to finish what you’ve got lying around here!”. And now, now that there are two books on their way to my home, two new dollmaking books, it’s a more persistent urge than ever before. Because new books means new patterns means new ideas… And never enough time! Especially now that Pieter’s abroad, in the US, for business. It’s easier than I thought it would be, just me and the kids; we’ve settled into a routine very quickly (which isn’t to say that they don’t drive me mad regularly, because good heavens, they do), but still… When it’s 8 o’clock at night and the last chatter has finally died down, that leaves me with just two measly hours in which I can craft uninterrupted. I really think I should call this weblog ‘Craft, Interrupted’ sometimes…

stop

Posted on september 4th, 2009 @ 9:00 pm in BJD,daily life,found by Meike

I will Lati Yellow Byurlnow stop looking at BJDs. I WILL. Because I have found my favourite. It’s not a Puki after all; it’s the Lati Yellow Byurl. Or the Lami. Perhaps. (Note to self: perfect wigs here.) Much to my chagrine, the company that makes them is not taking any preorders right now, so I’ll have to wait at least another month before being able to order one, perhaps even longer. And THEN it’ll take between 8-12 weeks for it her to get here! Ugh! A well-deserved lesson in patience, one might say. Go ahead, say it. I dare you.

Anyhow, I’ll stop speaking in riddles now. But before I do, will you look at the sweet girl?! Goodness. (I’ll just whisper very softly that I’ve already ordered the wig, and you’ll pretend you haven’t heard, okay?)

And now, I’ll really go back to my knitting. Or something. I seem to remember there’s a book I need to have finished editing by Monday, and well… *cough* Byeee.

(Picture courtesy of Nessadear.)

puki

Posted on september 4th, 2009 @ 9:51 am in BJD,found by Meike

O no. Why me? Why now? I’ve got a new obsession. My eyes are almost rectangular, I’ve been browsing the web so much. I even dreamt about it last night. O… dear.

It’s not Waldorf, not even close – it’s plastic and Asian, and I cannot help myself. I have just discovered the world of BJD. That’s ball jointed dolls. And I am completely in love with the Puki Puki dolls, extremely tiny dolls made by a company called Fairyland.

There are so many Flickr groups dedicated to these lovelies, there’s a group on Ravelry, and I just cannot stop! I’ll be adding pictures later on.

For now, I think I need to get away from the computer, to go knit something, something Waldorf-y, as a counterweight to all the plastic cuteness. I feel like a split personality now. 😉

squirrels

Posted on september 2nd, 2009 @ 4:28 pm in found,waldorf dolls by Meike

At long last... Lena has a mouth! Look! She’s got a mouth! And now that it’s finally there, I cannot imagine her without one – it’s like it’s always been there. Silly how these things work… Anyway, I should be able to finish her dress pretty soon. Or as soon as I’ve figured out how to do magic loop for the last bit, because right now there are so many stitches on my double pointed needles that I’m afraid they’ll slip off… Pictures when it’s done, promise! Then booties, and some unmentionables, of course. 😉

Inootjesn other news: my kids and me played squirrel this afternoon. We may not live in the woods, but there are plenty of hazelnuts to be found in these parts regardless! Just behind our back garden, to be precise, next to a small playground. Why no one else was there, gathering nuts like we were, is beyond me. Come to think of it… They probably all thought *we* were a bit nuts and stayed far, far away… 🙄

the cardi question, follow up

Posted on augustus 30th, 2009 @ 9:12 am in found,knitting,waldorf dolls,yarn by Meike

Mima's new cardi-to-beThank you for all your input! It seems the prevalent opinion was that Mima’s outfit didn’t need a cardi at all – or if she did, it would have to be one that isn’t as much off in colour and texture. I quite agree; that’s why I asked. I think a cardi in a different colour, and a different material,  will be a good addition to the outfit – we are gearing towards Autumn after all, and a girl does need something for those cooler days coming up. 🙂 So! A new cardi, it is! I found a lovely dark pink cotton yarn in my yarn stash, which I’m trying out right now. If I like it, I may even decide to knit Mima a little hat and booties as well. In Summer, she’ll just throw off the extra layers, and voila. A doll for all seasons, eh?

In other yarn news: have you seen Rowan’s new Alpaca Cotton? It’s so, so… sumptuous! (Can one call yarn sumptuous? After bunny yarnfeeling this alpaca mix, I believe one has to!) Bunny knitting season is upon us, I can feel it in my bones…

With a big thank you to THE one and only bunny knitter, Julie, who posted about it first and made me whip out my purse immediately. 🙂

off they go

Posted on mei 20th, 2009 @ 11:07 am in etsy,found,knitting,waldorf dolls by Meike

boxed!

I packed up two dolls this morning… Sniff!

Lavendula and Cuddly (no name for that one, cuddlies have to be named by their little owners!) are now on their way to the United States, where they’ll be reunited with my pink ballerina doll, Rosalina! 🙂 I finished the cuddly yesterday evening, and for the first time ever, I am now confident about embroidering eyes! I’ve found that all I really need is one strand of embroidery floss, instead of the often recommended two or even three strands. That, and a good lamp plus a magnifying glass… Ugh. Whatever happened to my eyes? Must be middle age approaching… 😉

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Anyhow! Crafting can now resume as normal – back to Gwendolina! Although I also found this extremely sweet pattern – Wasabi the Gregarious Pug. O!

Available from Rebecca’s Etsy store here.

sarah jane

Posted on mei 16th, 2009 @ 12:54 pm in etsy,found by Meike

sarah jane calendar printsI’ve been saving the money I’ve been making selling my dolls and bunnies on Etsy. I wanted to buy something special from what I’ve earned. What better way to spend it than to buy something from another Etsy-seller? I am sure you all know Sarah Jane Studios – and if you don’t, please go take a peek at her shop!

I’ve had my eyes on her calender prints for quite some time, and now that we’ll be moving into our new house soon (two weeks until we get the key! two and a half months until we move!), I thought we needed a housewarming gift. So I finally did it: I bought the full set of calendar prints. They will look so very lovely, framed in simple wooden frame, above our nature table! I just know it. And the best thing is: I’ll be able to put up a new one each month as the months go by! 🙂

Image courtesy of Sarah Jane Studios.