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Interview and Giveaway With BirchLeaf Designs

Comments on this giveaway are now closed. The winner has been announced at the bottom of this post.

 

 

Our giveaway this week comes from Wendy and Mojo of BirchLeaf Designs. Their wonderful shop is full of beautiful play silks and hand made wooden toys. Let’s get to know them.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
We are BirchLeaf Designs, a home-spun, hand-crafted family business. We make natural playthings for children and adults plus some housewares, as well. We live, learn, and create off the grid at our homestead tucked away in the woods.

How do you balance you family life with creating?
Balancing family life and creating can be a circus act! Especially when you toss in a bit of homeschooling and other work as well! We go about our day with a little of each in order to “get ‘er all done”. The most important thing is to keep it fun!

What advice do you have for others, trying to make a business with their craft?
The best advice we can give others is to take the leap of faith! You have to dive in, give it your best and trust that everything will be alright. Being your own boss is so liberating and our children learn so much about all aspects of the business.

How do you encourage children’s creativity?
Give them the tools and invite them to keep their minds “wide open”… anything goes! Tools include being outdoors as much as possible! Also, having open-ended playthings, like playsilks and little baskets full of acorns or scraps of wood and the like. Our children love to craft with us too! They like to paint on cards with watercolor, make faeries and other woodland creatures. They love to make things out of wood, like wands and carved knives and also make jewelry with copper and glass beads. All they need is a little support and open-ended materials.

What thoughts do you have for parents on the importance of natural toys for creative play?
Natural playthings are so important for creative play! They just feel good to the touch and are good for the soul! You can rest knowing that your children are playing with things that are not only good for them, but also good for the environment.

Wendy and Mojo are offering two 35×35″ playsilks from any set…you get to choose the colors! Their silks are hand-dyed with love and care.

Here’s how to enter;
Visit BirchLeaf Designsand leave us a comment letting us know what your favorite item in her shop is.

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Giveaway is open wordwide.

We will choose a winner randomly on October 20th, 2011. (Please, make sure we have a way to contact you!)

 

And the winner is…

Andrea Gommans

 

Congratulations, Andrea! I will contact you right away.

 

 

Julie Hunter is a single mama raising 3 spirited girls, two babydoll sheep, angora rabbits and a gaggle of chickens and ducks in the North Carolina Foothills. She spends her days at home, crafting with her children, homeschooling, taking long gathering walks in the woods and knitting Waldorf-inspired toys. You can find her blogging and keeping shop at This Cosy Life.

61 thoughts on “Interview and Giveaway With BirchLeaf Designs

  1. Right now, I am DROOLING over the Halloween playsilk set. Oh my!

  2. I follow the natural kids blog.

  3. I tried to like birchleaf on facebook, but I could not find them 🙁

  4. Oh man. Do you have any idea how my boys would flip for those daggers/swords with sheath and strap? They are forever charging off to defend the castle.

  5. I follow the NaturalKids blog. (:

  6. Love the playsilks! Thanks for the giveaway! cokelush at gmail

  7. Following on FB. My id is Robin Phillips-Knotts. Thanks! cokelush at gmail

  8. Well, everything is quite lovely, but I know that my son, who is so very into knights, would love the wooden sword and shield. =D

  9. I like Birch Leaf Designs on Facebook.

  10. I follow the Natural Kids blog via email.

  11. I wasnt sure how to comment for a chance to win the playsilks. So hopefully this will work.
    My daughter would LOVE to have the playsilks. She is fascinated by them. I bought material to dye so we could have a version of these but the dye never took (KoolAid) and alas she still does not have them.
    All of your items are wonderful and inspiring.
    Thank you!
    Michelle
    http://www.gypsyroot.blogspot.com

  12. Great creations from one of the loveliest places in the world, the UP (eh!). I love the arts & crafts items, but my kids would just adore the large poi!

    Andrea
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZiezoDesigns

  13. I like BirchLeaf Designs on FB

  14. I follow NK blog via google reader

  15. The playsilks are so beutiful, and ofcourse I would love to win two! In their Etsy shop i totally fell for the “wood mojo” I am sure my difficult hands would love it too!

  16. The “like” button has just been hit by me on facebook.

  17. I liked them on fb 🙂

  18. My favorite item is the earth rainbow playsilks!

  19. What a great shop!! I love the large poi and all those silks are gorgeous!
    thanks for the chance
    meangreenmom[at]gmail[dot]com

  20. I’m an e-mail subscriber to your blog as well 🙂

  21. Everything from BirthLeaf Designs looks lovely. I especially love the Waldorf Inspired Rainbow 7 Playsilk Set. :))

  22. Am subscribed to NaturalKids Blog.

  23. The swords are lovely, but the play clips are my favourite, because they could be used in so many different ways.

  24. Oh, I LOVE their set “Eight Phases of the Moon in Silk” – such a beautiful colors!

  25. I follow your blog!

  26. I like BirchLeaf Designs on FB (Sandra Mil)

  27. Shared on my profile page on FB (Sandra Mil) – but I have no clue how to link it there…

  28. I absolutely love the Rainbow playsilks! I also think the wooden teething rings are fantastic!

    My email is cynthia.rhoads@gmail.com

  29. I follow the Natural Kids blog

    cynthia.rhoads@gmail.com

  30. I like the large wooden toolbox.

  31. I posted this giveaway on Twitter

    cynthia.rhoads@gmail.com

  32. I like BirchLeaf Designs on Facebook

    cynthia.rhoads@gmail.com

  33. I shared this giveaway on Facebook

    (Can you tell I would REALLY like to win this?)

    cynthia.rhoads@gmail.com

  34. My favourite item is the
    Love Me Three Times – 3 Playsilks.

  35. I shared on facebook

  36. I am following the Natural Kids blog via e-mail

  37. I liked Birchleaf Designs on facebook

  38. I follow the natural kids blog

  39. Thanks for sharing the great family picture! Love you Wendy and fam’!

  40. I love the wooden spoon and of course all the silks.

  41. I subscribe to Natural Kids Team.

  42. I shared this link on Facebook.

  43. I liked Birch Leaf Designs on FB.

  44. my boys would love those leather sheaths!

  45. and i follow the naturalkids blog

  46. I love the watercolor holder! Among other things 🙂

  47. I follow the NaturalKids Blog too

  48. And I like BirchLeafDesign on Facebook. Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. I love the daggers/swords with sheath and strap. giveawayhound at gmail dot com

  50. follow on twitter giveawayhound at gmail dot com

  51. Like BirchLeaf Designs on Facebook. giveawayhound at gmail dot com

  52. What a lovely family picture! Amazing stuff! Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. i love the dagger and the sword. the colors of these silks are so vibrant!! 😉

  54. I love the wooden toolbox. My little guy has started to like daddy’s tools and he would love to have his own place for his growing collection of mini-tools.

    pelletiermonicaa at hotmail.com

  55. I follow Natural Kids blog via facebook

    pelletiermonicaa at hotmail.com

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