Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Once in a Blue moon

The magical light of the second full moon this month welcomes the New Year of 2010! Although back in the mild sunny climes of the west now, the Phoenix family enjoyed the blast blizzard in the big apple. We were gifted with a trudge through Central Park with the local residents who were out enjoying the crispy undergrowth with sleds in tow. It was truly a most beautiful walk, the icy river sparkling under pelted flying snowballs, and we met a few frozen sno-men along the way. We spied ruddy smiling faces of those who ventured out and our winter wet hands were warmed with my favourite winter treat hot chestnuts!

Did you know? : The Aztecs made a red dye from the bracts of the the wild poinsettia bush and also used the sap to reduce fevers!

Many blessings this season to you and may this New Year be a prosperous, healthy and happy one!

Monday, December 14, 2009


And so to the advent spiral we go into the winter season! What a lovely way to create an inner moment of clarity in the darkness, by the offering of an apple clad candle, lit from a central point and a gradual glow illuminates the evergreen spiral. There are no actual pictures of this event since it can only be captured by the mind and soul, that is rightly so!

The Jusso stream and tree to read under

G.bye sweet nymph
The excitement at winter faire so electric, 3.5 hours of sleep, a fabulous 5th grade lecture and eurythmy lesson had my adrenals pumping for the day! My calloused elven hands are still busy making gifts and treasures, some will appear in the new and lovely, "Petals and Stems" shop at Westside Waldorf and will continue to pop up over the year I hope!

Infinity Cave Playscape

mermaids in waiting for a kit and kaboodle!

A fresh bounty of veggies fell my way when a spare CSA box was offered last week, and did I mention that we won a raffle to Mammoth Mountain!! We are so very excited, we've never won anything and have been wanting to to take the kids ski-iing for years! I feel the love, thank you!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Yep I know..

Straight off the workbench and into your hands! Here are some items made recently ( some are gone already). I will attempt to get more into the Etsy store by Thursday this week, but many items may well be whisked away by elves for eager little ones to play with. Please do stop by and see if there's something for you! I will be having a booth with the ever lovely Dragonfly Artisans at this years OCS winter faire Dec 12th from 10am-4pm, come and shop with all our talented artisan vendors making Waldorf items. 20 % proceeds support the school and the remainder will pay some tuition at Waldorf Institute of Southern California!!!

Partial to pears in a tree?

whimsy wands whipped and ready for magic

During this holiday season bringing light into our darkest days of winter, we remind ourselves that it is the giver who makes the gift precious. “Not what we give, but what we share, for the gift without the giver is bare.”
–James Russell Lowell, 1819–91

playscape big and small for every occasion and nature table

Put your hands and handiwork into your gifts ( or support handmade items by artisans). Make homemade gifts from the kitchen to share with loved ones and enjoy the simple pleasure of making and giving, not just doling out paper dough!
recycled sweater needle cases with felted embellishments