Yesterday, I attended a lecture at our local Waldorf school by author, midwife, and waldorf educator Rahima Baldwin Dancy. Two of her books, (You Are Your Child's First Teacher and Special Delivery) were SO influential in the very early days of parenting for me (yeah, like I've moved on to the "later" days?). So her talk was on Creating A Harmonious Home. It was fabulous to hear her speak--she's got a great spirit. Lots of good ideas, and lots of reassurance. There's so much I love about Waldorf education and anthroposophy (the "spiritual science" that is the basis for Waldorf Education) and try to incorporate into our home and unschooling life, but also so much that I struggle and even strongly disagree with. But anyway...I'll save all those opinions to myself. ;)
After the lecture, I just had to pop over to the school store--a dangerous place indeed--full of beautiful wooden toys, books, craft supplies, and on and on. But I impressed myself and came away with only some postcards for our nature table (see above picture), some lovely, luscious plant dyed wool felt, some skin color fabric for dollmaking, and the book Toymaking With Children. I have several of the other craft books by this press (Floris Books), and this author even, and I like them all okay, but this one I think I' m going to really like--it's a thick one, full of many different toys to make with and for children--from knitted animals, dolls, wooden toys, and even outside projects. Love it. Here's what grabbed me first:
And look at this farmhouse scene! I've been working on growing their farmhouse "gear" with the Ostheimer pieces, and a few knitted animals as well. But this book has lots more knitted animals that I haven't made yet. Knit ducks! Fun!
PS. May Softies Theme announced today, and I LOVE it! Flowers! SO much room for doing different things with that. And oh, is it really time for FLOWERS??? Heavenly day, spring is here.