Monday, December 28, 2009

Winter Transparencies














We have coveted the beautiful transparencies that we've seen at Steiner College Bookstore and in others' blogs.  We finally learned how to make them, thanks to Jen Dimonte at www.ancienthearth2.blogspot.com.  She has a very easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make these from watercolor paintings and kite paper.  Thank you, Jen!  Please be sure to follow her blog.  She posts such inspirational examples of Waldorf-inspired homeschooling.

Joey decided to make hers look like the sun setting behind the mountains (first pics show candlelight, second ones are daylight).












Ricky wanted his to look like a wintry forest.






























We leave them on our table in the Dell where the sun shines through them during the day, and then light candles behind them at night.  Perfect for meditating and reflecting during this final week of the year.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Memories





Advent Wreath


Decorated Tree and Straw Star Garland

Presents Wrapped in Silks with Watercolored Tags

Handmade Stockings

Stocking Stuffers: Maple Candies for Ricky, Crayon Rocks for Wilson, Chinese Jumprope for Joey, Dr. Hauschka Lotion for Daddy, Crocheted Flower for Mommy (from Joey)

Gifts:  Felted Fairy Mobile by Ricky for Joey, Wildcraft Board Game, Nature's Prints Photo Paper, Books, Waldorf in Education Book for Daddy, Massage Certificate for Mommy, Crocheted Items for Everyone from Joey

Since the kids were under the weather, we didn't all get to see the cousins and other relatives.  Mommy made a soup and a vegan carrot cake with macadamia nut-lemon frosting using veggies and lemons from the gardens.

Happy Family,
Peaceful Day....
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Waldorf Blogs

Here is a wonderful blog by a Waldorf teacher: http://www.waldorfreviews.com/  Please check out her blog!
Also, see Rick's blog for a post on watercoloring and using salt (snow effect), as well as his physiology lessons that he has been teaching at a Waldorf school:  www.thewaldorfway.blogspot.com.
Waldorf Watercolor Painting Set - Complete set for one child

Friday, December 25, 2009

Waldorf Dolls

 









We just wanted to take a moment and feature a wonderful Etsy shop that creates beautiful Waldorf dolls!  The shop is called Whitter Woodlands.  The owner, Mindy, sometimes uses our handspun yarns and naturally dyded silks in her lovely fairy, mermaid and other doll creations.




Making Waldorf Dolls
Kinder Dolls: A Waldorf Doll-Making Handbook

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Our family holiday newsletter.  Merry Christmas! 
-- The Tan Family



Winter Poems





Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More Winter Crafts





6-pointed Snowflakes made from Kite Paper




Needlefelting Tommy Tomten (from a Donsy of Gnomes --wonderful book!)





Pinecone Birdfeeders




Felting a Nutcracker Ornament



Making Ceramic Bowls


Embroidering Gifts


Making Caramel


Folding Window Stars




The Christmas Craft Book
The Children's Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothes (Festivals (Hawthorn Press))
Magical Window Stars
A Donsy of Gnomes, 7 Gentle Gnome Stories