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Art of Felting Winner

The winner of this beautiful work of art from ‘The Art of Felting’ is…..

 

Cynthia Toy

 

Congratulation, Cynthia! I’ve already contacted you via your Twitter account. You have 48 hours to get back with us

 

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.

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The Art of Felting Interview and Giveaway

Today’s giveaway is from Daria, who’s Etsy shop is called The Art of Felting. Her shop is full of such wonderful, magical creations, all made from wool. Let’s get to know Daria a little better.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
About myself shortly:
Born in Minsk (Belorussia) I live in Israel. I’m a Mother for three adorable daughters 7, 5 and three year old, studying in Waldorf
educational system. I work mostly with natural fibers (wool, silk and others) and the field of my activity is quite wide, for I create
tapestries, dolls, felted animals and different items for natural tables. It’s hard to say what my favorite is.

What inspires your creations?

I draw my inspiration from the world around me, observing my kids and their friends, from studying the Steiner legacy. Sometimes I
wake up with a ready image in my mind and feel necessity of creating it. One of the most important sources is found in the costumers’
orders and feedback.
How do you balance your family life with creating?

I’m busy all the time with my family and my art. My art is a part
of my life as my family is. My kids play with toys I’ve made and run
natural table with felted items.  Thus it’s hard to say how I balance
it, it comes naturally as breathing.
When did you start creating?

Art was always a big part of my life. I was painting sculpting and working with clay trying, to express myself in different artistic
mediums. I was introduced to the world of felting through the Waldorf community. The kindergarten, which my elder daughter started visiting, did not allow storing bought toys so I made her one, then another one. Next thing, I was making all her friends toys too. Little by little it became not only a hobby, but also a business.
What thoughts do you have for parents on natural toys for creative play?

According to Waldorf education is very important to develop kid’s imagination. The knowledge and experience he/she will purchase with the years, but the importance of childhood is to keep and support the source of creativity by playing with natural toys which inspire imagination.
Today Daria is giving away this needle felted Waldorf King Winter-standing doll-soft sculpture. King Winter is a relative of Santa. Sometimes they come together, but more often King Winter comes earlier and stays longer. The presents he gives are much less personal: white frost decorating the windows in your room, the snow banks shining in the rays of the cool winter sun, and festal white clad trees.

Here’s how to enter;
Visit The Art of Felting and leave us a comment letting us know what your favorite item in her shop is.

For additional entries;

(leave a separate comment for each entry, if you don’t, they count as one)

Tweet this (include @NK_Store in your tweet

Share on Facebook

Blog this giveaway

Follow the NaturalKids blog

 

Giveaway is open wordwide.

We will choose a winner randomly on September 15th, 2011. (Please, make sure we have a way to contact you!)

 
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.

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Nobby Organics Interview and Giveaway

Comments on this giveaway are now closed.

This week we take a closer look at Nobby Organics with owner and artist Daria.

Tell us about you!
My name is Daria. I live with my husband and five children in a small town in Westchester County, NY. My days are filled with part-time teaching Russian language at a parochial school, homeschooling, sewing, designing, reading, traveling, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, listening to my children play the piano, and enjoying the changing seasons in our backyard. I was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to the U.S. with my husband 18 years ago. Born into an artistic family, I learned to love and cherish the creative process from a very young age. My grandmother taught me how to sew and crochet when I was little, so I started making dolls and toys for myself and my brother and, later, for my own children, and I literally couldn’t stop. Our house is filled with fabrics, yarns, pieces of wood, and many other materials which inspire various family projects.

Tell us about your business!
I have been sewing all my life, but as a business, I began working very recently,

only about a year ago. After combating two of my children’s severe eczema, and, in the process, learning a great deal about the toxicity of many conventionally-made products, I became committed to a healthier life style – eating local organic food, using organic fibers and herbs to minimize chemicals people are exposed to from their birth. I shared my newly-gained knowledge through the various hand-made gifts I made my friends and family. Then I found out about Etsy which gave me the opportunity to develop the hobby I love into a business. Almost everything I create, with some exceptions, is made from 100% organic cotton, wool, and silk, but at the same time doesn’t renounce style and comfort. I wanted a company name which would sound unusual and at the same time convey the elegance, sophistication, and purity of my products. The word nobby means exactly that – stylish and smart.

What do you make?
I specialize in children’s products, creating millet pillows, sleeping sacks, wool comforters, Waldorf dolls, and a number of other things, all of which I make with my own children in mind, using materials mostly produced from natural fibers such as organic cotton, organic merino wool, and organic silk.  Everything I sell I have used with my own children and have seen it work!

Where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration comes from my children, whom I watch as they play, laugh, create, and grow, my family, nature, or it could just be a piece of fabric… I put a lot of love and energy into my work and hope that this will be felt by those families who welcome it into their homes.

What’s the favorite thing you have ever made?
I think dolls have been my favorite. Seeing how abstract pieces of wool and cotton gradually shape themselves into a doll with its own peculiar physical characteristics and personality traits never fails to awe and excite me! 

How long have you been on Etsy and how has it been for you so far?
I joined Etsy a little less than a year ago, and it is still slow going. I sell products for children, which is a very competitive field, but I really enjoy the process and strive to create products of the highest quality, and I’m pretty sure the sales will come. It just takes time for people to get to know me and my work.

What do you hope to gain or contribute to the Natural Kids group?
I feel really happy to be a part of the NK team with its wonderful artisans and crafters who share their knowledge and time and support each other at every step. And for my part, I hope to contribute my enthusiasm to the team.

What thoughts do you have for parents on the importance of natural toys for creative play?
Natural materials like silk, wool, and wood provide a very different experience for your child’s little hands compared to the plastic of manufactured toys. Besides being comfortable and warm to the touch, natural materials allow your child to explore lots of textures which are totally unlike the relatively uniform and unnaturally-cool feel of plastic. Moreover, being open-ended and easy to use in a variety of ways, natural toys help develop a child’s imagination, encouraging creativity and hours and hours of play.

Find Nobby Organics here:
www.NobbyOrganics.etsy.com
www.NobbyOrganics.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nobby-Organics-Eco-Products-for-Children/136736249677153

Today Daria is giving away a set of Felt Spring Birds.

Here’s how to enter;
Visit Nobby Organics’ Etsy Shop and leave us a comment letting us know what your favorite item in her shop is.

For additional entries;
(leave a separate comment for each entry, if you don’t, they count as one)
Tweet this (include @NK_Store in your tweet)
Share on Facebook
Blog this giveaway
Follow the NaturalKids blog.
Contest is for US residents only, thank you for your understanding.

We will choose a winner randomly on August 25, 2011. (Please, make sure we have a way to contact you!)

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Saturday Giveaway: Cute Little Thing





cute little thing, needle felting kits

Are you ready for some serious cuteness? Check out these brand new needle felting kits from Roseann of Cute Little Thing! Her little boxes are full of craftiness & directions for making your own cute little thing. Today Roseann is offering up one of these kits to our readers for our Saturday giveaway. The winner will get their choice of a cute little barn owl, brown bunny or hedgehog kit.

About the Cute Little Thing:
As a die-hard d.i.y.er with a penchant for cute + conscious design, cute little thing is evolving from a hobby into a artist-owned small indie biz. We are so thrilled to be launching our line of charming needle felting kits + gear to help other creative types craft cute + create consciously. Cute little thing allows us to empower others to create, connect to their artist within + be a hand to hold as they try something new. Not only is this a super easy way to have “all-you-need” to learn to needle felt in one cute little giftable box, but we have consciously sourced the most wonderful materials that i use in my own fiber work. We proudly use wool provided by humanely raised sheep with 30% organic content, wool from small regional farms that are working to bring back rare breeds, USA made needles + recycled packaging + promotional materials. We, at our core, value a cute aesthetic, creativity, conscious living + purposeful spending. We know your dollar is your “vote” + we do our very best to provide a product worthy of it. To promote a “culture of love” we donate $15 for every 10 kits sold to feed the poor.

How to Enter This Giveaway:

Visit www.cutelittlething.etsy.com & leave a comment below about what cute little needle felting kit you would choose!

Get extra entries by leaving a separate comment for (1 comment=1 entry):

Liking Cute Little Thing on facebook ~ www.facebook.com/cutelittlethingstudio
Following on twitter ~ cuteliltweet

You can also find Cute Little Thing on ravelry ~ cutelittlething
ravelry felting group ~ jab + gab
or by visiting the blog ~ cutelittlethingstudio.blogspot.com

This giveaway will close next Saturday (May 14th). The winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email.

*Please note: Members of the NaturalKids Team and their families are excluded from this promotion. International winners are responsible for any customs fees or taxes.

This giveaway is now closed congratulations to Amanda with comment #4:

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GermanDolls Treehugger Giveaway!

I know Earthday was last week. My Giveaway for one of my beautiful trademark pocketdresses was supposed to happen last weekend. But in my mind every day should be Earthday, and we should always take care of our evironment!

Instead of visiting my various online shops/ sites and professing your love for GermanDolls Natural Dolls and Toys I would rather have you do something good for our planet.

If you would like to enter in the drawing for one of my awesome Treehugger Pocketdresses –  shown in the pictures – please leave a comment on what you have done this week to make our planet greener and better. It can be anything as trivial as picking up trash left behind by someone else at the park, or bringing your cloth grocery bags to the store.

Tell us about it! Or if you have any great Green tips, please add them to your comment!

For each report of a good action or Green tip that you leave in the comment section this week, you will be entered in the drawing for one of my sweet pocketdresses. Don’t forget to leave your email address where I can contact you if you win!

Contest starts today April 30th, 2011 and lasts 7 days. Last day for entering is May 6th!Winner will be announced Saturday May 7th.

Rules: Members of Natural Kids team and their families are not allowed to enter in this drawing. International entries are welcome, but keep in mind that the winner is responsible for taxes and custom fees…
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COMMENTS FOR THIS GIVEAWAY ARE CLOSED NOW!

The winner is comment number 63 by CarolynMcIntire! Congrats, to you!

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Natural Kids Giveaway! Happy Earth Day!

From the Natural Kids Team! Fabulous array of gifts to be won – in honor of Earth Day, and because we use all natural materials to create.

Simply go here:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4db068be92738eef9319079a/win-this-naturalkids-team-earth-day

And leave a comment to be entered to win. Winner will be chosen April 25th. If you’re not a registered Etsy user, you’ll need to register, which just takes a few seconds, really!

Good Luck, and Happy Earth Day!

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Saturday Giveaway: Fairiesnest


This weekend I bring to you an amazing Giveaway by Cynthia from The Fairies Nest. Cynthia has been a long time member of the NaturalKids Team. Her unique dolls with hand painted faces are simply gorgeous. Handmade toys of the finest kind! You can rest assured that no two dolls ever look exactly the same!

Check out this cute set of 3 lavender babies in a flannel bag. In order to be entered in the drawing for it, please leave a comment with your email address where Cynthia can reach you. The winner will be randomly picked from all comments and announced here next week.

How to enter this Giveaway:

You have ONE week to visit Cynthia’s shop/online places on the internet and report back here. The more comments – the higher your chance to win this cute set!

Please visit Cynthia’s Etsyshop and report back to us what you liked. You can earn additional entries by visiting:

The Fairies Nest
1.Website http://www.thefairiesnest.com/
2.Twitter http://twitter.com/fairiesnest
3.Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheFairiesNest
4.Blog: http://thefairiesnest.blogspot.com/

Don’t forget to check out Cynthia’s DA gallery (the best place for a comprehensive view of her work) http://fairiesnest.deviantart.com/gallery

This giveaway will close next Saturday (April 23rd). The winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email.

*Please note: Members of the NaturalKids Team and their families are excluded from this promotion. International winners are responsible for any customs fees or taxes.

This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Ani with comment #15!

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Saturday Giveaway: MuddyFeet



The giveaway this week is for a set of five little felt forest friends from MuddyFeet!  The tiny animals are just under 2 inches tall, are hand-stitched from 100% wool felt and stuffed with wool.  They make a great addition to nature tables, easter baskets and are the perfect size for tucking into a pocket!  The set includes: raccoon, mouse, bear, rabbit, fox.


About the Artist:

Hi, I’m Kelly, and I work with a variety of materials to make the types of toys I wish I had as a child.

I love learning.  New processes, new mediums, new ideas – I want to explore it all!  I especially enjoy working with wool (I wet felt, needle felt, sew felt), wood, silk, and hemp.  There is just something “right” about creating using the materials provided by the earth that will return to the earth when they are no longer used.

When I am not creating, I am often working on one of my many (many) projects.  Right now, we are trying our hand at raising silkworms, butterflies, crickets and even cockroaches (yes, really!  In the garage of course!).  I am also currently homeschooling one of my children, and spend quite a bit of my time attending the kids’ sporting events (and shopping for cleats).   


Learn more about me by visiting my website, blog and shop!





How to enter this giveaway: 

Head on over to MuddyFeet’s Etsy shop and comment below with your favorite item(s)

Get extra entries by (1 comment=1 entry):

  1. Adding MuddyFeet to your Etsy favorites.
  2. Becoming a fan of Natural Kids on Facebook (and/or post this giveaway to your FB page)
  3. Following NK_Store on Twitter and/or Tweet about this giveaway.
  4. Blogging about this giveaway with a link back to the post.


This giveaway will close next Saturday (April 9th). The winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email.

*Please note: Members of the NaturalKids Team and their families are excluded from this promotion.  International winners are responsible for any customs fees or taxes.





Congratulations to Glenaeon Class 3,2010  with comment #2.  Please contact MuddyFeet@MudHollow to claim your prize!  A new winner will be chosen Apr 27 if not claimed.


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Natural Kids on SouleMama!

We have a really exciting giveaway opportunity for you all today! We are offering a giant NaturalKids team giveaway over on the lovely SouleMama blog so head on over to find out how to enter for a chance to win all the goodies listed below-hurry though the giveaway ends Sunday at 8am EST!


Pastel Wooden Sorting Bowls by The Enchanted Cupboard http://www.etsy.com/shop/theenchantedcupboard

Starbaby Pin by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/fairiesnest

Cotton Play Cloth by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/BirchLeafDesigns

Gnome by ~ Woohttp://www.etsy.com/shop/woolies

Spring Chick Puzzle by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/justhatched

Doll dress by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/germandolls

Newborn-3 month Vintage Cloth Baby Shoes by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/povertyjane

Felted Creature by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/chimera

Bitty Bu by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/TicketyBu

Owl by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/Driaa

Felted White Kitty by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleElfsToyshop

Organic Noonie by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/LalasPequenos

Dawn fairy Soft Sculpture by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/darialvovsky

Art Clips by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/MapleShadeKids

Little Elf Familly by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/FeeVertelaine

Spring/Flower Dollhouse Doll by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/Woolhalla

Hardwood Ring Stacker by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/finnsandflowers

Jacket by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/Handfull

M. Wool Interlock Soaker by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/wildchildwoolies

Hanging Fairy by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/nushkie

Gift Card for 1 Needle Felting Kit by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/cutelittlething

Blanket by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/shereesatelier

Wooden Teething Toy by ~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/littlealouette