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